Mykonos is a great destination for solo travelers, gay travelers, couples, and families with many things to do.
The windmills of Mykonos are among the most recognized landmarks of the island. For many centuries the mills used to refine grain with the help of the high winds that blow on the island. With the progress of technology, the use of the mills declined, and now the ones that survived are used as private homes or museums. The most famous ones are the Kato Myloi ( Lower Windmills) that stand on a hill facing the sea. Only seven of them have been preserved. I highly recommend that you walk up the hill in Chora and visit the windmill of Boni that is now a museum. The view from up there is incredible, and it’s also one of the best places to watch the sunset.
Lose yourself in the winding alleys of Mykonos town with the white houses, blue doors and windows and colourful bougainvillaeas. Head to the area of Matogiania with the chic shops and trendy bars. The place to be in the centre of the town.
Mykonos has one of the best shopping scenes in Greece. In the alleyways of the town, you can find the most famous designer labels, jewellery shops, leather goods and art shops along with very attractive shops selling traditional products and souvenirs. If you have money, the possibilities are endless.
The island od Delos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the most important Archaeological Sites in Greece.
According to Mythology, it was the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. The island is now uninhabited, but you can visit it by taking one boat from Mykonos.
The picturesque old harbour of Mykonos is a great area to walk around especially at night. There are many cafes and restaurants in the area overlooking the sea. From there you can also catch the ferry to Delos island. The old port is also home to the famous Pelekan of Mykonos. The last time I was there I spotted him in the backstreets of the town instead of the harbour.
One of the main characteristics of Mykonos is the abundance of churches that can be found scattered around the island. Some say that the number of churches and chapels are almost 800 and about 60 of them can be spotted in Mykonos town (Chora). Some of the most famous are Panagia Paraportiani and Agios Nikolaos in Chora and the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani in Ano Mera. During my walk in Mykonos town, I spotted a couple of them. I believe I lost count.
Mykonos is a party island and has the best nightlife in Greece.
You can start your evening by watching the sunset and sipping a cocktail in Little Venice and as the night progresses you can visit the legendary Scandinavian bar, the gay-friendly Jackie O, Cavo Paradiso or you can head in one of the famous beach bars like Nammos, Scorpios and Jackie O on the beach. The options are endless.
The beaches of Mykonos are famous for their golden sand and crystal clear waters. There is a beach for every taste. If you want to party, then Paradise beach and Super Paradise beach is for you. If you want a family friendly beach, you can head to Kalo Livadi, Elia, Ornos, and Lia. If you are looking for a secluded beach, then you can go to Kapari or Agios Sostis. Now if you are looking for a trendy beach, where all the celebrities go you should go to Psarou. There you will find one of the best beach bars worldwide, Nammos. Beware though it is expensive. If you are looking for a trendy place, then you should go to Paraga beach with the famous beach bar Scorpios or Ftelia beach with the Alemagou beach bar.
Mykonos has a plethora of places to eat from gourmet restaurants to tavernas and souvlaki. Food like most things in Mykonos is expensive. If you are looking for friendly prices and excellent food I recommend the followings:
When to visit Mykonos
For me, the best time to visit the island is during May and the first half of June and then in September. That way you will avoid the big crowds and enjoy the island more. Moreover, flights and accommodation cost less during these periods. If you want to swim, you might find the sea a little bit chilly in May.