Many people ignore the charms of Mykonos, preferring eventful, party-filled holidays or fulfilling trips where they enjoy only the luxuries. But what if we told you that you could combine these things? Although the island is not that big, Mykonos has much to offer.
1) A Trip to Delos
Near Mykonos are some of Greece’s most important and large archaeological sites. Delos is larger than Pompeii in Italy. Needless to say, it is one of the must-see sights in Mykonos.
Boats leave daily from Mykonos to this small island. Guided tours (55 euros per person) are recommended, but some people prefer to see the sights on their own (from 23 euros per person).
The advantage of hiring a guide is that they bring Delos to life and give you a deeper understanding of what you see.
The island of Delos has been a famous pilgrimage site for all religions for hundreds of years (the remains of temples to Greek, Egyptian, Syrian, and other gods have been discovered.) – Unusual for its time).
You will also have time to explore the ruins on your own and have the opportunity to climb to the highest point on Delos. From there, you will have a fantastic view of the old town and the small islands in the blue sea.
2) Little Venice
“Little Venice” in Mykonos Town is an attraction where the ocean literally becomes a pathway for bars and restaurants. It is arguably one of the most beautiful spots in town, with unparalleled views of the sea, the houses with pretty wooden balconies on the right, and the windmills of Mykonos Island on the left.
The food and drinks here are somewhat expensive (and frankly not very special), but fortunately, you can sit on the pebbly beach nearby and enjoy the same view.
3) Sunset at Armenistis Lighthouse
The sunset over the windmills of Mykonos is beautiful, but the same view is even more stunning on the back side of the Armenistis Lighthouse on the northwest of the island. The imposing 19-meter-high structure stands amid a rocky and desolate landscape, yet it is in perfect harmony with the other white houses on the island.
The Armenistis lighthouse was built as early as the 19th century in response to a fatal shipwreck and is still functioning today. The flashes of light that can be seen after the sun has completely set over the Aegean Sea are a spectacle in themselves, but the reason to come here is, of course, the sunset itself.
The pink glow mixes with the darkening sky and the blue of the ocean water to create an unexpected color. Relax on one of the walls or sit on the rocks in front of the lighthouse and enjoy.
4) Paralia Agia Anna
Paralia Agia Anna is a small beach, but its crystal clear waters and golden sands make it one of the most beautiful places in Mykonos.
Popular for its turquoise and deep blue waters, beautiful rocks in the background, and limited number of tourists, the Nicholas Taverna on the beach is also worth a visit.
This cozy restaurant is authentic, and the chairs and benches on the sand are the perfect places to spend hours. And we haven’t even talked about the food yet! Without a doubt, they have some of the best seafood (especially shrimp) on the island here. An absolute must!
5) Anomella and the Panagia Turiani Monastery
Ano Mella is another town on the island with houses typical of the Cyclades. But the real reason to be there is the Panagia Turiani Monastery.
It is a cultural heritage site in Mykonos, and the building is quite impressive inside and outside. The pastel-colored interior is studded with Greek Orthodox relics and richly decorated with gold, silver, and copper. Beautiful!
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