An island legend where luxury finds its natural home
What to do in Μykonos? The jet-setter that invites you to experience its palpable energy, perfect beaches and pulsating nightlife.
Everyone has heard of Mykonos, the most famous island in the Aegean and the most popular destination in Greece, and in the world, for travellers of all types. Satisfy your appetite for luxury and adventure in this cosmopolitan island that provides whatever you desire! It has been attracting well-heeled Athenians and international celebrities like a magnet since 1960.
Voted the top summer holiday destination time and again for good reason: exceptional beaches, award-winning restaurants, legendary parties, expensive yachts, dreamy villas, luxury hotels, beautiful people, 5-star service. Mykonos will seduce you. Awash in its iridescent Aegean light, which it shares with neighbouring Delos, you will be transformed. Put your finger on its pulse and you’ll fall hopelessly in love.
What to do in Mykonos?
It’s hard to imagine a time when Mykonos was a humble little island, without electricity, just a layover on the way to famous Delos. Things changed in the 1950s, with the arrival of the likes of Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Jackie O, Marlon Brando, Grace Kelly, Princess Soraya, Elizabeth Taylor, Nureyev, Pierre Cardin, Stavros Niarchos… Legendary names of the international jet set became associated with Mykonos and the island quickly became the favoured holiday destination in Greece for the super-rich, artists and movie stars.
And the list of celebrities continues to grow: Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Shakira, Lady Gaga, Steven Spielberg, Monica Bellucci, Liam Neeson, Hugh Jackman, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Clive Owen, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Giorgio Armani, Russell Crowe…
Hip hip Hora!
Sparkling white with a blue Aegean backdrop, the island’s architecture is one of a kind. It extends into the little neighbourhoods of the island’s main town, Hora, with captains’ homes, old churches and wells. Everywhere you look, there’s a maze of white-washed alleyways. In Gialos you’ll find the famous pelicans, as well as Agios Nikolaos Tis Kadenas, the Town Hall of 1780, and the imposing Mavrou school. Through Barkias you will reach the Church of Panagia Paraportiani, a complex of five churches, completed in the 17th century.
Little Venice and the windmills
Perhaps one of the most photographed spots on the island, Little Venice is made up of homes that were built in the 18th century and have their foundations in the sea. It has been said that behind these doors above the waterline, pirates would store their loot. Today they have been converted to bars and restaurants and the view of the sparkling Aegean Sea from their balconies is dazzling. Mykonos’ other main attraction is its Windmills, which stand facing the sea and at night are beautifully lit up. Powered by the north wind, these windmills used to ground grain into flour until the early 20th century.
24-hour party people
Look who’s dancing barefoot around you; your favourite TV stars, supermodels, in-vogue fashion designers, pop stars. In Mykonos anything’s possible. From Little Venice to Super Paradise, from Matogiannia to Psarou, Orno, Paradise… the party’s swinging all summer long. Day and night, spontaneous and organised, with guest DJs from all over the world. Holidays in Mykonos mean fun, fun, and more fun – champagne on the beach, cocktails on balconies, dancing and flirting until the sun comes up.
Shopping in Hora is a high-fashion experience, during which you can find the latest collections from top design houses. Sitting along Matogiannia makes for some great people-watching: the colourful crowd comes and goes, streaming in and out of brightly lit stores, whether they’re just window shopping or holding bags full of clothes. Could there be a more beautiful catwalk than the cobblestone streets of Mykonos’ Hora?
A feast fit for a king, with the flavours of the Cyclades
In Mykonos, you will find some of the best restaurants in the Mediterranean. Award-winning chefs bring you a medley of local and international cuisines. Fresh, local ingredients, elegant and refined dishes inspired by international culinary trends, all paired with wines that would satisfy even the most selective oenophile.
Green, blue and turquoise water, pebbly sand; some of the best beaches of the Aegean are found here. Open your eyes underwater and you’ll see the deep in all its technicolour glory. Agios Sostis, Kalafatis, Lia, Ornos, Paraga, Super Paradise, Ftelia, Psarou. By boat, car or on foot you can get to cosmopolitan beaches or secluded coves. You’ll find all sorts of water sports; tubes, banana, water-skiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, parasailing, windsurfing… The choices of how you’ll spend your day are endless.
Out, loud and proud: Gay-friendly Mykonos
In the 70s Jackie Onassis introduced Mykonos to her gay American friends. Being particularly open-minded, locals welcomed the gay community and Mykonos became known throughout the world as the most gay-friendly destination in Greece. More and more hotels, bars, beach-restaurants and clubs each year cater to gays.
Hidden gems of Mykonos!
The other side to Mykonos
These important sights and attractions are well worth a visit: The Gyzi Castle in the hills of Paleokastro, the Neolithic settlement at Ftelia, the Myconian grave in Angelika, the ancient wells and ruins … all witness to the island’s great history.
The surrounding islets
Three small islands next to Mykonos will enrich your holidays in Greece. Rineia, Tragonisi, Ktapodia. Full of tiny bays with emerald water and caves inhabited by the protected Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus).
Dating back to 1891, this is one of the most interesting lighthouses in the Cyclades. It is worth making the trip on foot and seeing the old mechanism in the garden of the Aegean Maritime Museum in Hora. Spend an evening there and watch the sunset, one of the most beautiful in Greece. Take a dip in the Aegean as the sun disappears into the sea – a moment you’ll never forget!
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