Mykonos is an idyllic island which is a part of the Cyclades and is home to long sandy beaches, a great nightlife and some great historical places. The area attracts visitors from all walks of life and from many different ethnic backgrounds and is known as one of the most cosmopolitan holiday destinations anywhere in Europe.
Beaches on Mykonos
The biggest and most popular beach on Mykonos is Paradise, closely followed by nearby Super Paradise. Both have areas set aside for nude sun bathing and both attract many holiday makers from the gay community. By day they are ideal for sunbathing and swimming and by night they play host to all night beach parties that are famous throughout the world as being one of the best party spots around.
Platys Gialos is more family orientated and is lined with loads of hotels, restaurants and bars. The beach also provides a boat to get to other beaches on the island and is situated around 6km from the main town.
Kalafati is another favourite though as it is not on the south coast, it is affected by a strong wind that makes it no good for sunbathing. However the wind and climate provide the perfect opportunity to indulge in some water sports, in particular jet skiing and windsurfing.
The best places to visit in Mykonos Town vary depending on what you need. If you want to shop, you won’t be disappointed as there are many high street names to found alongside local shops and boutiques. Little Venice is full of rustic restaurants with balconies overlooking the Aegean Sea which are beautiful any time but really come alive with colour at sunset.
The town also has many places to drink with bars and clubs that cater to all tastes. Some places offer a bohemian atmosphere while others are more geared towards the party crowd. The place really gets going in the evening when you are likely to meet interesting people from all over the world.
History sites on Mykonos
There are a number of historical attractions on the island that are well worth visiting during your stay. A set of 16th century windmills offer a look at the wheat making facilities the island had and nearby is the Agricultural Museum which is testament to all things agricultural from Mykonos’s past.
The Folk Law Museum has an intact 18th century sea Captain’s house and a 19th century middle class home and the Archaeology Museum has artefacts from the nearby island of Delos. From there, Delos itself is easily accessible which has been home to a number of Archaeological digs down the years that have revelled everything from temples and other ancient building to vases, pottery and funeral and grave goods.
Mykonos is one of the best holiday spots in the world because of the wide variety of great places to visit. The beaches, clubs, bars, shops and historical attractions all have something to offer everyone and add up to make a perfect holiday.
This article is provided by Makis Itsios, who is a travel blogger and mykonos lover. Makis also works for Hotel Palladium, a hotel in mykonos.