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Things to do in Mykonos

Top things to do in Mykonos

Mykonos is a Greek island in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea. It is famous for its party atmosphere in the summer, but this island has more quirks than just that. This cosmopolitan whitewashed island is nothing sort of a living dream. An ideal vacation spot for both couples and singletons alike.

According to Greek mythology, Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. Apparently, the island is named after the grandson of Apollo, “Mykonos”. “The Island of the Winds” is it’s other nickname. Read on to find out more about the top things to do in Mykonos.

Beaches and parties – Mykonos has a lot of beaches spread across the island but the most famous ones for beach parties are Paradise and Super Paradise. These beaches have bars that blare thumping music for its patrons. Massive dance clubs attract world-renowned DJs. The beach parties normally start around 4pm in the afternoon and typically carry on well past dawn.

However, if you are not quite the party type, the island has family oriented resorts in the Platys Gialos and Psarou beaches which is perfect for a laid-back relaxing break.

Top things to do in Mykonos
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Little Venice – This area in Mykonos town just by the sea, will remind you of Venice a little bit. This a great place for romantic stroll. Explore the numerous shops and eateries, restaurants and bars, at your own pace.

The narrow whitewashed streets and brightly coloured painted staircases adds beauty and character to this island. Not only that, if you are lucky enough, you can also come across Petros,

Petros, the pelican, is one of the most fascinating stories about this island. Pelicans, as you may know, are not natives to islands such as Mykonos. But in 1958, a wounded great white pelican was found off the coast of Mykonos by a local fisherman. The locals nursed it back to health and ever since it has become the mascot of Mykonos.

The original Petros was unfortunately killed in a car accident in December 1985. Subsequently, three new pelicans has taken up residence around the main town of Mykonos. One, honorifically, was given the name “Petros”. If you are lucky, you can get a glimpse of the Petros as it strolls leisurely in their own pace through the city’s many alleyways in Little Venice.

The windmills of Mykonos, one of the most iconic symbols of this island, is also located in this area. A bit worn down today, most of them were built by the Venetians (yes!) in the 16th century, but their construction continued into the early 20th century. They were primarily used to mill wheat. Whilst you can see them at any time during the day, they look their best in the evening during sunset.

Little Venice also is perfect to see an amazing sunset, with the windmills in the background, whilst drinking a cold beer (or whatever you choice of drink is).

It is recommended to book tables for sunset views in advance to avoid disappointment. However, there is always the rocky shore if you can’t get a table at one of the bars.

Little Venice, Mykonos
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Colour streets of Mykonos
Photo by Shinjan Bhattacharya
Windmills of Mykonos
Photo by Jack Krier on Unsplash

Cheap flights to Mykonos

OriginDeparture atReturn atFind tickets
Thessaloniki7 June 202211 June 2022Tickets from 38
Athens21 June 202223 June 2022Tickets from 53
Budapest9 July 202212 July 2022Tickets from 71
Milan12 June 202214 June 2022Tickets from 81

Churches of Mykonos – Although famous for its parties, Mykonos has close to 800 churches and chapels scattered across the island. With a population of around 10,000 people that is a very high church to people ratio!

One of the reasons for such high numbers of churches is that for a number of years to build a house, the islanders were required to build a church on their land first. The churches are very simple in their architecture and their domes are painted either red, blue or white depending on the origins of the family building the church.

The most famous churches to visit in Mykonos are Virgin Paraportiani, Virgin Tourliani, Paleokastro Monastery and Catholic Church of Virgin Rodario. You can read more about the churches here.

Church in Mykonos
Photo by Shinjan Bhattacharya

Delos – Although not in Mykonos, the ancient island of Delos is easily accessible from Mykonos.

Delos is the oldest and largest archaeological site in Greece and makes a fabulous half-day trip from Mykonos. According the Greek mythology, Delos is the birthplace of the Greek god Apollo and his twin sister Artemis which makes it one of the most important mythological and historical sites of Greece.

Excavation of this island began in the late 19th century and only an estimated third of the site has been excavated till date. Home to the iconic Terrace of Lions, amongst other landmarks, this is an absolute must things to do in Mykonos on your visit.

Terrace of Lions, Delos
Photo by Shinjan Bhattacharya

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