If you were to rely on the news, gossip blogs, travel magazines, and social media chatter, you would be forgiven to think the world only recently discovered Mykonos. Now mentioned in the same circles as Miami and Ibiza, Mykonos has, in fact, been part of the celebrity holiday circuit for more than half a century.
Greece’s most luxurious party island draws rich and celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, Tommy Hilfiger, and Lewis Hamilton. Its enduring appeal is not an accident. While there are various reasons for this consistent popularity, the things to do and places to go in Mykonos are certainly top of the list. Here are some of the most exciting sights you can immerse yourself in on your next Mykonos vacation.
Your accommodations probably have the biggest impact on the overall quality of your vacation. Fortunately, as a magnet for celebrities and billionaires, it goes without saying that Mykonos has some exceptional luxury residences and hotels.
You can find villas in Mykonos with picturesque views in a luxurious setting for a comfortable and unforgettable stay. For instance, Little Venice’s homes are half-submerged in the sea, giving colorful reflections in the water that are a sight to behold.
If you consider going to the beach an integral component of your ideal vacation, Mykonos will exceed your expectations. It has some of the most idyllic beaches in Europe. The calm waters and white sand of Panormos beach are breathtaking. However, it can get quite crowded during the summer, so be prepared to wait when you place an order from either of the two beach bars.
If you want a more adventurous environment, you could check out Elia beach. With its “clothing optional” policy in some sections, this could be your chance to find out how liberating nude swimming can be.
Once you get your tan, schedule a visit to one of the island’s museums next. Now, given Mykonos’ reputation as a party haven, you are probably surprised that museums would feature anywhere on your itinerary. And that is exactly why you should take the time to visit them. Visiting a museum takes you off the touristy path and gives you a different perspective on this fascinating part of the world. Mykonos is, after all, in a country that features prominently in the history of human civilization.
Mykonos’ museums are not of the large scale you would find on the mainland. Rather, they are villas and homes converted into intimate makeshift museums. One of the more notable ones is the Folk Art Museum, set in the 18th-century house of a ship captain.
4. Panagia Paraportiani
The histories of Greece and Christianity are closely intertwined. It is therefore not surprising that churches are an important attraction in Mykonos. The most famous church is the Panagia Paraportiani. Whitewashed, it sits at the entry of the Kastro neighborhood next to the sea. Comprising five churches that were merged into one, it is a must-see. The five churches were built over several centuries, starting in the 14th century and ending in the 17th century.
Its classical Byzantine architecture gives the perception of a building growing out of the rocky ground. The church is notable for the absence of exterior decoration and the large, low dome that blends into the church’s roof, almost giving it the appearance of a monolithic structure if you can visit at dusk when views of the structure are iconic.
5. The Chora
Chora means town and is the capital of Mykonos. The town is a maze of narrow pedestrian streets lined with cubic, dazzling white houses. Chora is a traditional Cycladic urban area with small white churches, bougainvillea, colorful doors, windows, and balconies. Take a casual stroll around the maze and enjoy the unique sights. Even if you get lost, you will still somehow find your way to the waterfront.
Find time to check out the six famous windmills at Kato Myli at sunset – though you may have to brace for crowds given how popular the dusk views are with tourists. Chora’s bars and restaurants serve drinks and meals well into the night.
Something for Everyone
Despite its reputation as a party destination, Mykonos has something for every type of traveler. Your vacation here will be exciting, unique, and one you won’t soon forget.