The Best of What to Do and See in Mykonos
Perhaps the most famous of all the Greek islands, Mykonos is renowned for its super clubs, dazzling beaches, panoramic ocean views and being a lure for the rich and beautiful. We've put together a list of some of the top beaches, sights and dining spots on the island that you shouldn't miss.
Must See Beaches
Mykonos has some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean, if not the world. Famous for their golden sand, crystal clear waters, beach bars and water sports, Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach are the top party beaches in Greece. Elia Beach is Mykonos' unofficial nude beach and is well kept and tends to not be as crowded as some of the other touristy spots. Psarou, Platys Gialos, Agia Anna, Paraga and Paradise Beach are all connected by a coastal footpath. A day of swimming, snorkeling, wining and dining along these 5 beaches will surely be the highlight of any trip. If you're too tired to walk back, water taxis are available.
History & Sites
Much of Mykonos' charm comes from the simple beauty of Greek windmills, whitewashed houses clinging to the hills and enchanting tavernas with terraces open to the sky and the sea air. A great way to see the Mykonos town is on a walking tour that will showcase the lifestyle and the true history of this unique settlement. Step inside the Archaeological Museum and stroll through the narrow streets packed with Cycladic houses. You will come to appreciate the fact that this confusing layout was designed to foil attacking pirates. In picture-perfect Little Venice, named for its striking resemblance to the famous canal city, the famous windmills of Mykonos offer a wonderful photo opportunity. Stop at a traditional bakery dating back to the fifteenth century that is still functioning today. It is one of the few bakeries in Greece that still uses wood ovens.
Where to Stay
Perfectly positioned over Megali Ammos bay, just a few minutes walk from Mykonos Town, this luxury boutique hotel inspires the imagination with its 30 spacious luxury suites in off-white, gray and cream hues that are hidden among its premises for ultimate privacy. The Honeymoon Suite is a world class destination for a honeymoon couple, whether your style is active, relaxed or a little bit of both. Covering 43 sq. meters, the Suite features a grand terrace with outdoor Jacuzzi and lounge area offering endless hours of relaxation and romance. Enjoy peacefully romantic moments luxuriating in crisp white linen bedding in a king size bed. Unwind in the outdoor Jacuzzi, on the private veranda and revel with the panoramic view of the iridescent sunset colors reflecting on the Aegean Sea at this design honeymoon hotel in Mykonos.
Nestled into the hillside above Elia Bay, the 5-star Villa Collection is a uniquely luxurious resort concept. The essence of Myconian beauty and lifestyle runs like a blue thread through a constellation of exceptionally spacious suites and rooms, while superb villas offer the discreet yet unbounded opulence of a private house on Mykonos, complemented by personalised 5-star service around the clock. Perched right above legendary Elia Bay in Mykonos, the in-house Elegant Suite features luxuriously appointed interiors and a magnificent furnished terrace with private Jacuzzi that enjoys sweeping sea views. A master guestroom with en-suite marble bathroom adjoins a spacious living room that has just the right balance of custom-made creations and international design items.
Where to Eat in Mykonos
Little Venice is a street full of shops, trendy bars and restaurants on the seashore, beside Mykonos' windmills. This area is known for its fine dining and is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail and watch the sunset. Many restaurants here serve excellent traditional Greek specialties like souvlaki and moussaka but don't forget to call ahead and make a reservation!
Ana Mera is the second largest town and one of the most traditional on the island but surprisingly isn't overrun with tourists. Here you'll find charming restaurants, shops and cafes. At the main square you can savor a taste of ouzo, the local licorice-flavored liqueur and a mezedes snack of Greek specialties.
- For Local Cuisine - Blue Myth Restaurant
- Best View - Compass
- For Fine Dining - Krama
- Quick & Cheap - Markos Falafel
- Something Different - Indian Palace
Cruise the Meditterranean
10-Day Adriatic Dream | Departs: Venice, Italy | Fares From: $1,899
Aboard Holland America Line's Veendam
This cruise begins in Venice, Italy and will take you to Split, Croatia, Korcula, Croatia, Kerkira, Nisos Kerkira (Corfu), Greece, Katakolon (Olympia), Greece, Mykonos, Greece, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey, Catania, Sicily, Italy, Naples (Pompeii), Italy and Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy.
The Verandah Spa Suite features floor-to-ceiling windows and a private verandah, these light-infused staterooms feature two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our Signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and thoughtful amenities.
Mykonos' peak season is from June to September, when prices are at their highest. A good time to plan your visit is between April and the beginning of June or from late September to October.