When it comes to those bucket list destinations for a dream vacation, Greece is often a country that pops up on many people’s lists. The country is known for its architecture and history, as well as its picturesque collection of Greek Islands. Among those islands is Mykonos, which is a wildly popular destination among tourists, and for good reason. It’s described as a very glamourous destination that manages to combine beauty with a very active nightlife scene.
If you have recently booked a trip to Mykonos, or you’re currently trying to decide if the destination is right for you, you’ll want to pay close attention to this list of the top eight things to see and do on the island.
If you have an interest in churches, then the Panagia Paraportiani in Hora is not to be missed. This is the most famous church on the island and features that world-famous whitewashed rock-like finish. It is made up of four small chapels inside, and then an upper level that you can reach by using a staircase outside the church. It should be noted that the church itself is usually locked, but it’s still well worth visiting for a photo opportunity.
Aegean Maritime Museum
Also located in Hora is the Aegean Maritime Museum which is a must-visit for history and naval buffs. You’ll find historical maps and navigation instruments and be able to explore the many models of world-famous paddle steamers and sailing ships.
If you’re looking for some relaxation time, then you need to head to Paradise Beach. This is one of the most famous beaches in Mykonos thanks to its great beach and its party-atmosphere. At the same time Paradise Beach was the original nude beach of Mykonos. You’ll get the full Greek experience here. There are a number of restaurants and resorts that line the beach, which means you can laze in the sun on the beach and then easily browse the amenities when you’re done.
Yes, you’re in Greece but why not experience a little bit of Italian flair in the process. Little Venice is another popular spot with tourists and is well known for its historic homes that have been completely transformed. These homes have been made into nightclubs, shops, bas, and restaurants and the area is alive with activity 24/7.
Archaeological Museum of Mykonos
Here’s another one for the history buffs out there, and that’s the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos. Here you’ll find an incredible mix of collections that date back to the prehistoric to late Hellenistic period. You’ll find clay figures from the 2nd and 1st century B.C., grave stelae and funerary statues, jewellery and other small objects and pottery, all from that same period.
The Windmills of Mykonos are also well known and date as far back as the 16th century. While you may think that the whitewashed buildings are the calling card of the island, these windmills are just as famous and photographed by tourists. Because of its location along the history sea trade route that acted as the gateway to Asia and Europe, windmills were needed in order to refine and then compact grain for ease of transport.
The most famous windmills known as Kato Myloi can be found in Hora, where you’ll find that seven out of the original 10 are still standing. At one point the island had as many as 20 operating windmills.
The Full Greek Dining Experience
Of course, you can’t mention a list of must-see and do activities in Mykonos without also mentioning the Greek cuisine. Be sure to sample the Greek classics such as souvlaki, moussaka, pastitsio, gyros, louza, kopanisti, and baklava.
A Stay in a Luxury Villa
To cap off the experience, why not get the full effect of this luxurious destination by booking a stay in an elegant luxury villa. The Mykonos Villas Rentals market features all kinds of different options, with different price ranges which is clear when you take a look at what the Blue Villas Collection has to offer as they have multiple different sizes and prices for their villas. You can pick the location, size, amenities and atmosphere for your specific villa which means your vacation will be exactly the way you envisioned it.
Mykonos Villas Rentals are not only a luxurious type of accommodation, they also give you more space and privacy than a standard hotel room. Many also feature outdoor space, some even offer a pool.
Mykonos – a Trip and Adventure of a Lifetime
Mykonos is one of those destinations that seems to offer that perfect mix of relaxation, fun, activities, sight-seeing, history and architecture that makes it a real standout for those searching for the perfect holiday. This is just a very small sampling of what the island has to offer visitors year-round.