Things To Do In Mykonos
Mykonos is a beautiful island located south of the Greek mainland, in the Aegean sea. It is part of the Cyclades. The island is known as the Island of Winds and is famous for its beach parties. It is frequented by all types of tourists whether bachelors, students, families or honeymooners. The population living on the island is only about 10,000 but it can get quite crowded during the summer time which is peak season for tourists. The things to do on Mykonos mainly revolve around the many beaches here - partying, sun-bathing, swimming, water sports, boat tours etc.
Party On The Beach
Mykonos is known as a party island and there are wild parties during the summer. They have parties that last all day and all night with great DJs and awesome cocktails. It can get very crowded very quickly so caution is adviced. Some of the best beach clubs are located in Paradise Beach, Paraga Beach, Psarou Beach and Ornos Bay. If you want to witness the parties in peak season, the best time to visit is between July and September. By October things start fizzle out.
Explore Mykonos Town
The streets of Mykonos Town are quite picture perfect. The entire town of Chora (Mykonos Town) is only for pedestrians and so walking is the best and only way to explore it. The narrow streets are lined with retail outlets on both sides from where you can pick up some great souvenirs. Mykonos is known to be more expensive than other parts of Greece though. Every street will also have or lead to a lovely restaurant with outdoor seating. Some of the most famous landmarks of Mykonos can be found in the town like the windmills, Little Venice, some museums and also the Panagia Paraportiani Church. Also, visit the old port for a beautiful sunset and calming breeze.
Engage in Water Sports
Walk Among Ruins At Delos
Delos is an uninhabited island near Mykonos, which was once an important religious & trading centre. The Greeks believe it was the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, the mythological Greek Gods. The island isn't all that big and can be explored easily on foot. There are different trails that you can choose to take, depending on what you want to see and how much you want to hike. You can find many temple ruins, homes, markets and also a stadium and theatre. The most popular artefact found here is the Naxian Lions. The original statues can be found in the museum located on the Island itself.
You can combine this tour with a tour of Rineia, which is another uninhabited island that comes under the administration of Mykonos.
Go Beach Hopping
Every beach at Mykonos has its own charm, so going beach-hopping is the best way to get to feel the different vibes of each place. Some beaches are more crowded than others, some are more family-centric. You will find nudist beaches, gay-friendly beaches and party beaches. Some have great sandy shores that have perfect swimming conditions, while others might be slightly rocky. But nevertheless, all of the beaches are super clean with sparkling blue water. Some of the best beaches to visit are Platys Gialos, Paraga, Psarou, Paradise, Ornos, Elia, Agios Ioannis, Lia, Agios Stefanos and Kalafatis.
Relax By The Old Port & Waterfront
The old port of Mykonos is located in Mykonos Town. It's a beautiful place where you can just sit and look out into the sea and watch the docked ships. In the evenings the sun sets over the town and its a pretty sight. Just next to it is the waterfront which has some lovely restaurants, also offering great views of the sea. Stop by the Gelato shop or pick up some souvenirs by the gift shops all along the promenade. Just relax, feed the birds and enjoy the breeze.
Tour The Island On A Bicycle
Riding a bike around the island is an interesting and offbeat way to explore Mykonos. Visit hidden gems that aren't usually on the tourist route. Ride along the countryside and get a glimpse into the religious and culinary traditions of Mykonos. You can also use electric bikes as well. The tours can be 4 to 5 hours and there are a few tour operators who offer these services.