Welcome to Mykonos
Mykonos, also known locally as The Island of Winds due to the strong winds that usually blow during the summertime, is another Greek island of the Cyclades Islands complex in the southern Aegean Sea so world-renowned, visited and internationally adored, that it needs little introduction. Like Santorini, its fame has reached the four corners of the globe, and has often surpassed that of the capital Athens altogether. It is located between the Greek islands Tinos, Syros, Naxos and Paros, with an extremely idiosyncratic and very beautifully unique natural landscape dominated by granite, stone and rock formations, barren hills and a charmingly dry complexity.
Some tend to consider Mykonos busy, and too cosmopolitan for their liking. However, most swear by its name, and its greatly appreciated fusion of authentic Greek and traditional Cycladic island culture with the merits, premium quality services and a luxurious twist that one would usually only come across in distinguished areas of an international metropolis like New York, Los Angeles, Dubai, London, or Paris. Its dedicated international clientele of the highest caliber is a testament to the islands’ vision and success. In essence Mykonos manages to skillfully combine an air of luxury with a traditional Cycladic vibe that is unique globally in its own right.
Despite the above, Mykonos still also manages to offer a surprising abundance of monuments, sites, activities and cultural delights to please even the most demanding culture and history enthusiasts, as well as those seeking a relaxing holiday though within a highly serviced context of premium quality and finesse.
Tourism mostly came to dominate the local economy following frequent visits and stays on the island by non-locals during the important excavations carried out by the French School of Archaeology, which began in Delos in 1873. Mykonos then progressively became popular with the international jet set in the sixties, and by the early 2000s it had already become one of Greece’s most upmarket and expensive islands.
As Mykonos generally offers such a rich variety of places to visit & enjoy, we will make an effort to list some of the most interesting ones here. The prime thing to note however, is that you can always ask us for tips prior to your journey, or we could also design your holiday experience for you, and tailor it to your own likes and needs.
Distances are almost never that long in Mykonos, and getting to even the furthest places on the island should not require too long a journey. And the best way to start, is by listing some its remarkable beaches, a feature that makes this island as unique and superbly impressive as anything else!
Famous beaches closer to town include Ornos and Platis Yialos, as well as Psarrou beach, where you will find the internationally renowned Nammos beachside Bar & Restaurant. Further away, superb sandy beaches like Paranga beach, Paradise, or Kalamopodi beach and Super Paradise beach combine an exquisite sandy shore, crystal clear blue waters, several dining and drinking options as well as fantastic clubbing opportunities, boasting various bars and internationally famous clubs along their shores.
Further away, Agia Anna, is a fully serviced beach with a number of restaurants & tavernas on-site. Kalafatis is also a fantastic serviced beach which includes choices for nibbling and dining. It is extremely popular among water sports enthusiasts and includes a water sports centre. Kalo Livadi beach at about 600m is one of the most visited fine beaches in Mykonos, a true aesthetic jewel with fantastic clear blue waters. A few more secluded beaches, some at the northern tip of the island offer a more relaxed, less ‘organised’ and certainly less busy environment where you could enjoy the sun, sea and golden sand without any crowds.
On the culture side, first and foremost, in close proximity to Mykonos lies the small but of vast historical and cultural importance island of Delos, a landmark site of ancient Greek history and among the very top archaeological sites in Greece and the world. In Greek mythology, Mykonos was named after its first ruler, Mykonos who was the son or grandson of the god Apollo, and a local hero in his own right. Myth has it that Mykonos was also the location where the great battle between the Giants and the Gods, or Gigantomachy, took place. The many rock boulders scattered across the island are believed to be remnants of that very battle.
Other cultural and historical sites include the Municipal Library, an 18th century mansion housing over 8,000 volumes and a vast collection of 18th and 19th century documents, pictures, and other rich historical relics, the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, built in 1905 and one of the oldest museums in Greece, the Aegean Maritime museum and the Folklore museum, the Armenistis lighthouse, the charmingly quaint district of Little Venice, especially at sunset, the famous stretch of Mykonos windmills, Petros the Pelican, somehow the mascot of this highly unique island, and so many more to list here.
Please remember that we are always available to provide you with tips, to offer guidance, or to assist you in perfecting the ideal Travel Design fully tailored to your own tastes and likes, prior to, or during your trip. For a peak of what is on offer, check out our Path Travel Designs website, or simply tell us what you are after by contacting us here.
What you choose to do, whether that is to enjoy the highly cosmopolitan and distinguished aspect of this unique island, to explore its vastly important archaeological and cultural history, to go clubbing from sunset till dawn and beyond, or to relax and enjoy Mykonos’ unique natural landscape and remarkable beaches, really depends on your personal tastes and likes.
Making sure you enjoy the island of Mykonos in full comfort & style is exactly what we do.
Check out the different prime quality accommodation options we offer on the island below, let us know about what you are seeking so we can give you tips and arrange it all for you here, and treat yourself with a trip that will certainly relax and rejuvenate you this summer!
Cyclades islands, Aegean Sea
How to get there
- By plane directly from major European cities
- From Athens by plane (domestic flight 40 min), by boat (3 hrs) or by helicopter (35 min)
- From major cities and island by plane, boat or helicopter