The snow-white spherical Mykonos windmills date to the 16th century and are iconic Chora landmarks. Although no longer operational, they remain a great symbol of the island’s past.
The island’s capital is celebrated as one of the most beautiful spots in the Cyclades. Home to shops, bars, restaurants and cafes, the architecture of Chora is the biggest treat of all: whitewashed cubic houses, flat roofs, blue doors and bright balconies lining a labyrinth of winding paved streets. While exploring Chora, be sure to sip on a coffee in Little Venice where elegant old houses drop down to the sea. Head here in the late afternoon for the most breathtaking sunset views.
Shopping in Mykonos is an experience that you’re not likely to forget! With boutiques around every corner, you’ll find the best of cutting-edge fashion, accessories, art and more. Also, look out for chic jewellery designed in ancient Greek style and traditional Greek sandals, given a sparkling modern twist!
Unbeknown to many, Mykonos is home to over 350 churches, all painted in sparkling white and capped with bright blue or red domes. The lovely church of Panagia Paraportiani is a fine example of traditional architecture, located in the Kastro quarter at the end of the picturesque harbour.
If you love getting better acquainted with the past, head to the Folklore Museum in the Kastro part of town. Giving visitors a glimpse of Mykonian life over the past four centuries, you can feast your eyes on various local artefacts. And if you’re keen on spotting ancient monuments, Delos is the place for you – a tiny island a few hours south of Mykonos, regarded as one of the most spiritual centres of Ancient Greece, said to be the birthplace of Apollo. The island is packed with ancient monuments including the awe-inspiring Terrace of the Lions, the House of Dionysus and the Temple of Isis.
Nothing beats the buzz of the Mykonos nightlife. Trendy clubs and bars line the streets, so you’ll never feel bored for a second, regardless of your musical preferences or style. In the summer months, famous international DJs descend on the island, with party-loving crowds humming to the Mykonos beat. Beach parties are also very popular, and there’s always a variety of cultural and artistic events adding a creative flavour to balmy evenings, with artists from around the world flocking to Mykonos to participate.
Mykonos may be a relatively small island, but there are countless pretty beaches with crystal-clear waters to spend the day. Some of the most famous include the lively half-moon-shaped bay of Platis Gialos, the delightfully pretty Ornos, and the magical Psarou Beach with its soft golden sands. Paraga Beach is well-known for its party atmosphere and was a real hippie hot spot in the 1970s.