On the sensational island of Mykonos, there is always plenty to do, see and explore whether you book your excursions through official tours or go it alone. Mykonos really does have something for everybody so whoever you are, you are sure to find plenty to do and plenty of interesting places to go.
A walk around the maze-like streets of Mykonos town is both relaxing and exhilarating. The flat roofed, whitewashed buildings set to the backdrop of the Aegean Sea make it one of the most photographed places in Europe, especially in the part of town known as Little Venice. Home to many artists, this picturesque area has colorful balconies and some of the most beautiful sunsets you are ever likely to see.
The Windmills of Mykonos
Overlooking Little Venice can be found a surviving example of a fully functional windmill from the 1500s. Though only one is functioning, the island is home to sixteen windmills in total. They were built by the Venetians and were primarily used to mill wheat.
One of the best ways to see the island is by taking a boat trip around its coastline. Spend the day relaxing on board while taking in the magnificent scenery, or for those who are a little more adventurous, you can arrange to go swimming, snorkelling or even fishing.
Day trip to Delos
As a part of your Mykonos holiday, a day trip to Delos is a must. Thousands of years ago, Delos was an important center for religion and politics in Greece and today, it is full of archaeological ruins. An English speaking guide will walk you through all the architecture and history of the island, that according to legend was the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Before your visit there, it is worth checking out the Archaeological museum on Mykonos that houses many artifacts found on Delos.
Petros the Pelican
Petros the Pelican is the island’s mascot and a favorite with tourists and locals alike. The original Petros was found injured in the 1950s by fishermen, who nursed the bird back to health. He then made the island his home until he died in the1980s. Since then, three new pelicans were introduced who can be petted and fed, and are usually to be found around the harbor.
Situated in the most western part of Mykonos is a church called Panagia Paraportiani that stands out as an excellent feat of architecture. Work started on the church in 1425 and took around 200 years to complete. It is made up of five different chapels, four on the ground floor (one of which is open to tourists), and another built on top of them.
Agios Sostis Beach
Mykonos is home to many beaches but for the more adventurous explorer, none is quite like Agios Sostis Beach. This secluded place has no rental chairs or umbrellas and no accommodation. It is a great place to avoid the crowds for the day and has one of the best small restaurants nearby on the whole island.
Author Bio: Derek Samson has enjoyed his honeymoon in Mykonos and has studied Greek history for 10 years.