The Greek Cyclades is the perfect destination for a quick getaway and one of my favourite islands has to be Mykonos. Just a short flight from London, this glamorous and charming island has become extremely popular of late with travellers escaping here for a bit of R and R.
It’s not hard to understand why with its beautiful whitewashed towns, numerous sandy beaches, turquoise waters and plenty of places for ice cream pitstops! Although it’s easy to fall in to the trap of sunbathing all day long, don’t forget to explore more with this quick guide.
Explore Mykonos Town
Mykonos Town is the island’s very own little capital. Located on the west side of the island and in close proximity to the airport, it’s one of the most popular and picturesque areas for travellers to stay in.
Much of the town is inaccessible to cars so it’s perfect for exploring on foot. Here you’ll find winding whitewashed alleys, incredible restaurants, great cocktail bars, tiny boutique shops and the famous windmills.
Located right on the waters edge of Mykonos Town, Little Venice is the place to go for shopping, dining and a few cocktails all accompanied with the most amazing seaside view. The clustered Venetian style houses are picture perfect and one of the best places on the island to watch the sun go down.
Churches and Windmills
There are said to be over 400 churches and 16 windmills across the island of Mykonos so it won’t be hard for you to find them. Some of the islands most famous buildings are actually located in Mykonos Town including Panagia Paraportiani right on the waters edge, Saint Nicholas Church as well as the famous windmills located on the hill as you enter the town.
Make sure to take the short hike up to Boni’s Windmill where you’ll also get amazing panoramic views of the town and the Aegean Sea.
Indulge in Greek Delicacies
Fresh fish, greek salad, feta, olives, tzatziki, baklava, moussaka, souvlaki, gyros…the list goes on. Greek cuisine is one of the most delicious in the world and definitely worth indulging in whilst on holiday.
Relax on the Beaches
The island’s beaches are some of best in the world with golden sand and crystal clear water. If you’re looking for a lively Ibiza party atmosphere head to Paradise Beach or Super Paradise Beach. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more relaxing scene set your towel down on Platys Gialos Beach, Agios Ioannis Beach or Ornos Beach.
Take advantage of the high winds that surround the island and get out on to the water. Whatever aquatic activity you’re interested in they have it covered on the many beaches.
Greek Island Hopping
Extend your trip and explore further afield on an island hopping adventure. Mykonos is surrounded by many other beautiful Grecian islands including Santorini and Ios. It’s relatively cheap to travel between islands on the local ferry’s and is easily done throughout the summer months.
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