Mykonos is one of the smallest of a cluster of Islands called the Cyclades. Located very close to some of the most beautiful islands in the region - namely Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos - Mykonos is known locally as the 'isle of wind' so don’t be too surprised when the breeze picks up.
Famous the world over Mykonos, with its cosmopolitan culture and fabulous beaches, has something for everyone and every occasion. Mykonos Town has stayed true to the old Cycladic architectural style with narrow stone streets lined by picturesque houses with colourful doors whose whitewashed walls are hung with cascades of geraniums, clematis and purple bougainvillea blooms.
People come to Mykonos from all over the world and every year, A-listers, millionaires, families, college students and backpackers visit the island for their own reasons to discover what their personal journey to Mykonos will be about. Some come looking for a relaxing time on the beach, some a cultural experience, some to get lost in the meandering stone streets. Others come to stay up all night until sunrise.
It's not only very beautiful it's also very accessible. A ferry from Piraeus (Athens) will take between 3 and 5 hours depending on the route you take. Alternatively the boat from Rafina takes around 2.5 hours. You could also travel by air from Athens or, if you are lucky, get a direct charter flight straight to the island.
In reality Mykonos was named after the son of the King of Delos although local and Greek Mythology romantically claims it was named in the honour of the Olympian God Apollo's grandson. Also according to the myth the Olympian Gods Apollo and Artemis, the children of Zeus & Letos, were born on Delos. There is evidence that Mykonos was inhabited as far back as 3000 BC. It was realatively poor in ancient times and served as a supply island for Delos, a very small neighbouring sacred island that, was densely populated with around 25,000 inhabitants on a surface hardly 5km in length and 1.3 km in width due to its sacred status.
Because of its later success in both agricultural and maritime trade Mykonos became a target for the ever growing pirate population of the Mediterranean. This explains the small passageways within the main town, which as is the case with many Aegean islands, were used for protection against pirate invasions.
Don’t miss the chance to take a little boat across to Delos. It’s naturally beautiful, has heaps of history and has been kept in immaculate condition – it’s simply magical.
There are a number of Museums on Mykonos for culture vultures:
The Folklore Museum boasts a collection of ceramics, old documentation, Byzantine Icons and much more.
The Aegean Maritime Museum displays a collection of old coins, maritime maps, instruments and various other artefacts.
The Archaeological Museum has statues, ceramic pots and artefacts dating back to 7 BC as well as items from the Trojan War.
Museums are generally open from the early afternoon and some are also open in the evenings.
It is always a good idea to double check the times with your Hotel or local information point.
If you are up on the North West side of the island go and have a look at the 1891 built Armenistis Lighthouse for beautiful views of the sea across to the neighbouring Island of Tinos.
No proper visit to Mykonos is complete if you don't bump into the island's official mascot, the Pelican! Petros, the original mascot of the island, was found by a fisherman. After years of walking along the streets and harbour his passing brought a huge amount of grief to the locals. So in honour of Pétros they established a long tradition of pelicans waddling around the waterfront – people love having ‘selfies’ with them.
For many visitors day time on Mykonos is mostly about the beaches – and with good reason as they are beautiful, well looked after, and most have well-organised amenities. Here are just a few of the better known ones:
Food-wise Mykonos will totally spoil you for choice but don't forget to try some local Aegean specialties! Cover your freshly baked bread with pepper flavoured kopanistí, a soft cheese that is the island's gastronomic trademark. Also try ‘loúzes’ which is a pork filet with spices, and the local sausages which are sprinkled with pepper and local oregano. If you’re on the waterfront and feeling slightly more adventurous ask if any fresh Sea Urchins are on the menu – they are a delicacy enjoyed across the Mediterranean. Don't miss out on freshly caught fish as there is nothing nicer. To finish off your meal you can spoil yourself with a sweet ‘amigdalotá’ either the traditional way or in a ‘basket’ form.
When it comes to eating in Mykonos town you can enjoy your meal in picturesque settings hidden in the maze of narrow streets. Venturing further out you’ll find everything from rustic tavernas to more glamorous and trendy restaurants. Whether you choose authentic Greek dishes or the gourmet food of international cuisine you can do so against a backdrop of endless sea views, romantic settings or a lively atmosphere.
It won’t take you long to understand why Mykonos has a world-renowned reputation for its nightlife. A great way to begin any evening is to visit an area in the main town called ‘Little Venice’. This untouched 18th century district is dominated by sea captains' homes and colourful balconies perched over the sea and rocks. It’s a poetic setting and the ideal place to start the evening or late afternoon enjoy a mesmerizing late afternoon with great cocktails, relaxing music, the ever soothing sound of the sea below you and the stunning sunset to add that extra wow factor to your evening.
When it comes to late night entertainment Mykonos is quite simply ‘party central’. Year on year Mykonos leads the clubbing fashion in this part of the Med but venues change every summer so it’s best to check out what’s hot with the locals when you get here.
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