The Cycladic Island cluster is made up of 21 major and 200 smaller islets, dotting the Aegean Sea and surrounding the sacred island of Delos. Situated among Syros, Tinos, Paros and Naxos, Mykonos, is the so- called “Ibiza” of Greece, famed as an international hot spot, due to its vibrant nightlife, its open- minded mentality and its carefree spirit.
From its foundation, in the 11th century, till today, Mykonos has been claimed by the Byzantines, the Franks, the Venetians, the Catalans, pirates, the Turks and for a short period, the Russians.
After its final liberation in 1821, the island prospered and developed. In the 20th c. it became the party- Island for the rich and famous, a title that still holds, being one of the most desired destinations in the world.
Individually or with a group, make the most of your stay in Mykonos: visit its quaint countryside, learn its rich historic past, enjoy the sea and the countless marine activities, go sailing or hiking, go island hopping, gather precious, stress- free moments, all through the day and night.
Take the opportunity to unwind, enjoy a cocktail by the seaside, taste mouthwatering specialties at the many restaurants and bars and allow yourself total relaxation.
Walk around the main town of Mykonos, called Hora, which will take your breath away, with its captivating atmosphere, the cubic style whitewashed houses, the colorful gardens and the small mazelike streets, the most picturesque squares and neighborhoods.
Make a stop at Little Venice Quarter, whose colorful houses seem to be "hanging" over the sea, an ideal place for a coffee or snack and for the most impressive photos.
Watch the sunset from the hill where the iconic five windmills stand, overlooking Mykonos Town. Nowadays they are restored as residential dwellings, shops and a museum.
Museum- hopping: Visit the Archaeological (archeological artifacts found in Mykonos, Delos and Rhenia), Aegean Maritime Museum (preserving and depicting the maritime history and tradition) and Folklore Museum (exhibits of folklore items, everyday utensils, furniture, ceramics, and embroidery)
Church- hopping: Make a stop at some of the many quaint white churches that are spread in town (Agia Varvara, Agios Georgios, Panachrantou 17th c.church, Panagia Paraportiani 15th c., Agia Kiriaki & Agios Fanourios church, as well as the Catholic Church of Panagia Rodario) and the impressive monasteries, such as The Monastery of Paleokastro and Panagia Tourliani, both in Ano Mera.
Take an island tour to the sacred island of Delos, birthplace of Apollo and UNESCO world heritage site.
A party- island like Mykonos is noted for its glamorous beach parties, day and night. Whether in Town or at the stunning open-air beach clubs, one thing is for sure: Mykonos’ people know very well how to party! Get ready for amazing fun, at this amazing place where fun and enjoyment reign!
Get the Taste
A party- island like Mykonos has plenty to offer in the culinary and entertainment scene.
From traditional tavernas, tucked away between bays and coves, to hip sushi, fusionand Michelin- awarded restaurants, there is a tasteful trip that can satisfy every palette.
The Mediterranean cuisine is characterized by healthy salads, homemade pies (cheese, spinach, pumpkin pies), local cheese varieties (tyrovolia, xyrotiri, kopanisti), freshly caught fish and seafood, natural herbs and marinades, extra fine olive oil. Nature right on your plate, in the healthiest and tastiest version!
Top choice in the menu: charcoal barbequed meat and fish, traditional Greek specialties (souvlaki, moussaka, shrimp saganaki or stuffed vine leaves, pies and tarts, stuffed tomatoes) and mouthwatering sweets (sweet pie “melopita” or the almond sweets “amygdalota”).
Don’t miss the local wine and spirits (ouzo, tsipouro, raki).
Sea & Sun
The best organized beaches in Mykonos are found on the southern coast, while, beaches on the northern coast of the island are less organized and ideal to enjoy some calm moments. All areas can be reached either by car or yacht, allowing privacy and comfort.
Megali Ammos is the nearest beach to the town centre. On the northwest side of the island and only 2 km from Mykonos town, we find two family-friendly beaches, Ornos (on the southwest corner of the island) and Aghios Stefanos (next to the new port of Tourlos).
Beach lovers who prefer organized beaches, can choose Aghios Ioannis (sandy, few tavernas), Psarou (tranquil, bars, cafes), Kalo Livadi/ Kalafatis (long sandy beach with shallow waters, tavernas, water sports), Elia (golden sand beach, water sports, partly nudists' beach), Agrari (quiet, clothes-optional, medium-size beach with pebbly sand).
On the other hand, there are those who prefer undeveloped and less crowded places. For pristine and natural beauty, away from the crowds, opt for Lia beach (small, peaceful, sand, pebbles and rocks), Fokos and nearby Mersini, all in Ano Mera. Aghia Anna is a small hidden beach only a few minutes’ walk from Kalafatis and Aghios Sostis is of the most remote beaches of the island, protected from the strong northern winds. Panormos on the northern side of Mykonos, on the way to Aghios Sostis, is nudist - friendly but also quite popular with families, with sand and rocks.
The cosmopolitan island is famed for its wild beach parties and all-day fun. Paraga beach in Platis Gialos, Paradise beach in Tourlos and Super Paradise beach in Plintri are the so-called "party beaches" that are extremely popular, flocked with celebrities and party lovers.
Last but not least, the island boasts some beaches which are a windsurfers' paradise, such as Kalafatis (sandy, southern beach) and the pristine Ftelia beach (no umbrellas or sun beds, a couple of tavernas). A beautiful pebbly beach, the only one in Mykonos, is Houlakia. You may be tempted to take a pebble as a souvenir, but it is absolutely forbidden, as the beach is a protected area.
Design clothing, casual or fancy, posh jewelry, exclusive pieces of art, handmade local products, are just some of the shopping temptations you will be faced with, at this amazing cosmopolitan island.
Most shops are found around Matoyianni Street, Matthaiou Andronikou Street, Alekfandra Square and Enoplon Dinameon Street. Whether you prefer local items and souvenirs or VIP brands and unique pieces of art, one thing is for sure: a shoppers’ paradise awaits for you...
You will be tempted by the most famous brands and trendiest designer clothes that cater to all styles and types. Art and jewelry are also a “must-have” temptation. You will be amazed by the rich collection of the most exquisite art jewelry created by world- famous Greek designers and you will definitely opt for handmade works of art, paintings and even furniture.
For your shopping spree to be complete, don’t forget to buy local memorabilia that will remind you of this wonderful place or even a “taste” of the island. They are also ideal for tokens and gifts to your loved ones. Choose culinary specialties (“Louza”, similar to prosciutto, soft “kopanisti” cow-milk cheese, “amigdalota” or almond sweets), hand-spun woolens and loom-woven fabrics, handmade pottery or beautiful leather sandals.
Police Station: (+30) 22890 22716 Tourist Police: (+30) 22890 22482 Airport: (+30) 22890 22327 Port Authority: (+30) 22890 22218 Municipality: (+30) 22890 22201, 22890 23990 Post Office: (+30) 22890 22238 Health Centre: (+30) 22890 23998, 22890 23994 First Aid: Mykonos Town (+30) 22890 22274, Ano Mera (+30) 22890 71395