Mykonos is an undeniable queen in the Mediterranean Sea and perhaps the most sought-after summer destination among A-lists and, of course, luxury travel lovers. Its unbeatable cosmopolitan flair blends with the heart-stopping charms of traditional Cycladic architecture, infusing a sense of unique Bougainvillea-filled balconies, narrow cobblestone streets, crystalline waters, sugary beaches, and some of the most gorgeous sunset views are some of the things that can make you fall in love with the Island of the Winds. Combined with a vibrant night scene, high-end shopping, VIP dining, and ample opportunities to live authentic Greek island experiences, Mykonos is definitely much more than a popular party mecca, here are some of the best places to visit…
This spot is known as one of the most charming places in the world and just one of the many beautiful places to visit in Mykonos. The small neighborhood overlooks the harbor and has an incredible history to it. The area played a major part in the 13th-century Venetian trade routes, hence its name. Ship captains and wealthy merchants eventually settled into this little town and began to build magnificent homes that have now been turned into nightclubs, boutiques, and restaurants.
This neighborhood is known for being incredibly romantic and perfect for honeymooners. The narrow streets are full of shops and bars and there are plenty of options in terms of places to stay.
Little Venice is also home to the Venetian Windmills that were originally built to process wheat and barley. Despite the fact that they are no longer in service, they are still standing and make a beautiful photo op.
There are a lot of churches on Mykonos, 365 to be exact. But perhaps the most well known is Paraportiani Church. It was constructed during the Byzantine era and is technically a combination of five churches in one.
The church contains religious artifacts from a variety of religions and looks right over the Mediterranean Sea. The building is painted entirely white, like many of the buildings in Mykonos, but looks the best during sunset. The outside is completely plain and has a dome-like structure to it, making it even more photogenic.
If you are looking to explore more of the church, you can take one of the many guided tours that are offered. To get to the church, all you need to do is take a short bus ride or rent a car.
The island of Delos is a must-see whenever visiting Mykonos. It’s said to be the birthplace of Apollo, the god of music and light, and that of Artemis, the goddess of wilderness and animals. It was once a major religious center during the first millennium BCE and even features a huge amphitheater. This island is an incredibly important archeological site and can only be reached via ferry.
The museum on the island features one of the best collections of ancient Greek sculptures and other ancient artifacts that have been found on the island. Interestingly enough, Delos was abandoned in 88 BCE following an attack from the Roman Empire. The island was later revived in the 19th century when scholars began to excavate and find priceless ancient artifacts.
The House of Fine Art
Art enthusiasts will be thrilled upon visiting the House of Fine Art, which houses paintings, photographs, and sculptures from talented contemporary artists all over the world. The HOFA is one of three, the other two of which are located in London and Los Angeles.
The museum features different exhibitions throughout the year and has a unique collection of artwork. Most surprisingly, the HOFA became the first art gallery to make their collection available for purchase using cryptocurrency.
Mykonos Brewing Company
If you’re looking to stop for a libation in between sightseeing, Mykonos Brewing Company is the place for you. While there, you may be interested in taking the 30-minute tour offered by the brewery that also includes six samples of their small-batch beers.
While on the tour, you will have the opportunity to learn about the brewing process and what happens throughout it, purchase limited-edition craft beers, and even find your favorite type of beer. The best part is that the brewery is only a 30-minute walk to the nearest town, which means that you won’t have to worry about finding reliable transportation.
This lighthouse is an iconic monument in Mykonos and, despite being built in 1891, is still standing. Even more amazing is the fact that the lighthouse is still up and running. That is why it should come as no surprise that it’s such a big attraction to tourists.
The lighthouse isn’t the only thing that’s breathtaking, however. The surrounding areas are just as beautiful, with the lighthouse overlooking the vibrant blue waters of Mykonos. Originally, the lighthouse was built following a tragic steamship in 1887 where 11 people lost their lives. As a result, the lighthouse was built to prevent this from happening again.
This is one of the many beautiful beaches that Mykonos has to offer, but one of the few that isn’t surrounded by bars and a rowdy crowd of people. If you’re looking for a place to bring your family, this is the place to go.
The beach features the bright blue waters that Mykonos is known for as well as the powdery sand that’s perfect for building a sandcastle. Those who are into water sports will love Psarou Beach as it’s perfect for windsurfing, scuba diving, and water skiing.
Where to stay
There are many fantastic accommodation options on the islands, from small guesthouses to upscale boutique hotels. I stayed at the beautiful Kivotos Mykonos which is a seriously impressive upscale hotel with a gorgeous location on a rocky hillside overlooking the beautiful Aegean Sea. Offering more of a home than a hotel it has a unique and striking design too.
Other hotel highlights include a private beach (that are only 4km away from the famous Mykonos windmills), yoga classes on the beach, a spa, hot tubs, and even trips out on a private yacht are also offered for a fee. Upgraded rooms feature whirlpool tubs and sea views and some have private pools. Somewhere I would definitely recommend staying if your budget allows!