MYKONOS the “Island of the Winds”
At first glance, Mykonos may appear as a peaceful traditional Cycladic Greek island but you already know what they say about appearances, so don’t hurry to judge! It is the most glamorous Greek island that you can visit. Your stay at Mykonos will be like a never-ending party!
The centre of Mykonos, Hora, is the kind of place that will capture your heart with its cosmopolitan ambience and its architecture.
Like every other Cycladic island the scenery of the beautiful and quaint whitewashed and blue houses, as well as the famous windmills offer an additional charm to the island.
By strolling around the alleys of Mykonos or visiting its popular beaches there is a high chance of meeting international celebrities. Especially during summer, Mykonos becomes a hot destination for any age and nationality. But the most prominent and famous figure of all that you may come across is Petros, the popular pelican, which is the official mascot of the island! Wander around the pedestrian shopping streets of the Hóra and be conscious of your surroundings, there are always so many colourful and busy places that may hide surprises. The most glamorous of all is Matoyánni Street, lined with brand name stores, charming cafés and stylish restaurants
How to reach Mykonos Island
Mykonos Island is possible to visit in many ways:
If you already are in Athens and you decided that you have to have these experience than you have to options.
a) Piraeus Port see the schedule with all Companies
b) Rafina Port see the schedule with all Companies
2. By Air
You can find many options to reach Mykonos Island all year and many chrters diarecly to Mykonos.
· Delos Archaeological Site & Museum. Take the boat from Mykonos to Delos, the holy island of Apollo (30min). There you can see some archaeological monuments like The Agora of the “Hermaistes (one of the main markets of the Hellenistic period), The Temple of the Delians (a temple dedicated to God Apollo), the Minoan Fountain (constructed in the second half of the 6th century BC), the preserved marble theatre, The “House of Dionysos”.
· The Folklore and Maritime Museums
· Take a walk to Armenistis Lighthouse or/and the Windmills. You’ll be amazed by the simple yet scenic beauty of the buildings and surely inspired to take lots of photographs at them as a souvenir!
· Little Venice is a beautiful place for the hopeless romantics who want to gaze at the amazing sunset while it unites with the azure blue Aegean ocean! The neighbourhood gives off an elegant and cosmopolitan aura of the glorious 50’s, the decade that Mykonos became known worldwide!
Don’t miss out the gorgeous beaches:
· The amazing Super Paradise Beach is one of the most popular places on Mykonos (reachable by taxi-boat , regular boat services are also available from Platis Yialos and local bus). It is considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece and it is widely known around the world not only for its sandbank with its beautiful crystalline waters but also for welcoming the hetero as well as the LGBT community.
· At the Paradise beach, you have the opportunity to combine your swimming time with the beats of partying all day long as there are beach bars full of people (esp. youngish) that start partying from one morning till the next one!
· Other beaches that are worth visiting and you can do various water sports activities, as well as wild-clubbing, are Platis Gialos, Paraga and Psarrou.
The sweetest & savourest time of the day is the tasting of Aegean local specialities! You have to try some freshly baked bread with kopanistí, a soft cheese seasoned with pepper, the island’s gastronomic trademark (as an appetizer). For the main course try “loúzes” (cooked pork fillet with spices) and tasty local sausages sprinkled with pepper and to finish off your wonderful meal what would be most appropriate than good local pastries, like “amigdalotá” (small round cakes with ground almond, rosewater and caster sugar) and honey pie!
Be prepared for a never-ending summer party!