The 10 Best Things to do on Holiday in Mykonos

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Mykonos is one of Greece’s most popular islands, with a wealth of pristine sandy beaches, ancient archaeological sights and delicious cuisine. It is known as a popular destination for partygoers, renowned for its nightlife and range of beach bars and nightclubs. There’s a quieter side to the island too, with tranquil beaches to the north and charming shopping malls and restaurants in Mykonos town. In this article we’ll discuss the 10 best things to do on holiday to Mykonos.

The 10 Best Things to do on Holiday in Mykonos

Hit the beach

Mykonos’ most famous attraction is without a doubt its beaches. There’s a great variety to choose from, the quiet northern beaches such as Agios Sostis are perfect if you want a relaxing few hours of sun, sea and sand to yourself. There’s no beach clubs, sunbeds or even restaurants here, and it is much quieter than the busy southern half of the island, which is the best place to head if you fancy a cocktail and a hearty meal.

Visit Delos

The island of Delos is just a couple of kilometres off the coast of Mykonos and is easily reached by ferry. Visitors to the island will discover one of Greece’s most famous archaeological sites – the birthplace of the twin gods Artemis and Apollo, according to Greek mythology. The ruins here are incredibly well preserved and worth a wander around if you have an afternoon to spare.

Stroll through Little Venice

In Mykonos town you will find the neighbourhood known as Little Venice, perhaps the most well known part of the island. The picturesque scenery is a great place to enjoy a meal at one of the tiny independent restaurants, or to hunt for souvenirs in quaint local shops. Little Venice lies along part of the harbour and is a great place to spend an evening or two on the island.

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Party at Paradise

Beach Mykonos is something of a party location and the best parties are found at Paradise Beach. A wealth of cocktail bars and nightclubs host some of the world’s most famous DJ’s and beach parties are known to continue well into the early hours. If you’re after a few drinks and a good time in Mykonos, it’s definitely the place to start. If partying isn’t for you, however, then don’t worry. The northern half of the island is generally much quieter and more family friendly.

See the Mykonos windmills

One of the island’s most recognisable landmarks, the seven Mykonos windmills are one of the first things you’ll see if you arrive on the island by boat. Located right by the harbour, these Venetian windmills can be reached easily on foot and make a great location to snap some photographs of the island.

Wander down Matogianni Street

The main shopping street in Mykonos town, the best way to explore Matogianni Street is to head there with no plan in mind. Countless tiny alleys spring off the main street, hiding away all sorts of hidden gems – traditional restaurants, tiny shops and boutique jewellery stores.

Enjoy a bike tour

Mykonos is home to stunning natural scenery, with rolling hills and mountains, remote beaches and a jaw-dropping coastline. One of the best ways to get to the heart of the island is by bicycle, and there are numerous operators on the island who will take you on a guided bike tour of the main sites.

Visit the Rarity Gallery

In recent years, Mykonos has been gaining a reputation as an art destination, largely thanks to the Rarity Gallery. Opened in 1995, the gallery features three rooms and houses paintings, sculptures and photography from a variety of well known, as well as up and coming artists.

See the Church of Panagia Paraportiani

Just to the north of Little Venice, one can find the iconic Church of Panagia Paraportiani. One of the island’s most famous attractions, the church actually comprises five separate buildings, with a domed church dedicated to the Virgin Mary at the top. The whitewashed walls of the church contrast beautifully with the island’s blue skies, making it a charming place to visit.

Explore the Archaeological Museum

When compared to the rest of Greece, Mykonos isn’t renowned for its wealth of historic sites. But that isn’t to say there aren’t plenty of fascinating exhibits at the island’s Archaeological Museum. A number of treasures recovered from Mykonos and other nearby islands include reliefs depicting the capture of Troy, 4,000 year old patterned pottery and a well preserved statue of Heracles. Mykonos offers something for every type of traveller. There are plenty of relaxed beaches, chilled bars and quiet restaurants, as well as a livelier side to the island. Shopping and eating opportunities abound and there is a good variety of historical and cultural attractions to visit too. The island itself is stunning, well worth exploring on foot or by bicycle in order to get the most from the landscape.

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