A buzzing nightlife scene and lifestyle-friendly atmosphere are just two of the many reasons Mykonos ranks as one of the most visited Greek islands. Located in the Aegean Sea as part of the Cyclades island group, Mykonos features a modern, cosmopolitan society blended with traditional whitewashed houses, colorful verandas and maze-like streets. Because of its popularity, Mykonos tends to be more expensive than some of the other Greek islands but certainly worth it.
One of the smallest of the Cyclades islands, Mykonos features two primary towns, Mykonos Town and Ano Mera. Embellished with charming whitewashed buildings and winding lanes, Mykonos Town pulses with lively shopping boutiques, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and stylish bars. Sites not to miss here include the 16th century windmills, the stunning Byzantine church, Panagia Paraportiani, and the romantic seaside district of Little Venice.
Ano Mera is the island’s only inland settlement and is known for the 16th century monatery, Panagia Tourliani, and its large city square that is flanked by many Greek tavernas. Other smaller settlements good for exploring include Agios Stefanos, Platys Gialos, Ornos and Tourlos.
A popular excursion for many Mykonos tourists is a boat ride to the uninhabited island of Delos to see its cluster of archaeological ruins that include the likes of Cleopatra’s House, Temple of Apollos and an ancient marble theater.
Like most of the Greek islands, Mykonos boasts beautiful beaches. Tourists will find tavernas, restaurants, beach umbrellas and deck chairs on most of the beaches here.