Mykonos Travel Guide

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Fabulous. No other word can describe this Greek island set in the heart of the Aegean. After all, where else in the world can you find picturesque towns, marvelous beaches, impressive museums, archaeological sites and well-preserved Cycladic architecture in one place? And it's gay-friendly to boot! Nowhere else but in Mykonos, Greece. Sure, you'll have to jostle with fellow sun worshippers for space on the beaches of Platys Gialos, Psarou and Paradise -- and spend more than you usually would in other cities in Greece (save for Santorini), especially in the peak seasons of July and August. But with all there is to see, do and relish in this truly hot holiday destination, money is the least of your concerns.

 

Sights

There are many eye-popping sights in Mykonos Town. Start with The Windmills in the western area. A short walk down will bring you to Little Venice with its medieval houses and romantic ambiance. In the Kastro district, also in the western part of town, you can admire the Byzantine-styled architecture of the Church of Panagia Paraportiani – and even say a prayer or two. Explore the Pirate Alleyways, a maze of alleys that were originally designed to confuse the pirates who once ravaged the Cyclades. Or visit the unearthed vases and urns in the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos. If you want to enjoy the beach, head to the quieter stretches of sea and sand in the east coast to Kalafati and Kalo Livadi. The uninhabited island of Delos known for its archaeological excavations is a must on every vacationer's itinerary. And don't forget to say hello and pose with Petros the Pelican, a pelican (three, actually) who has taken residence on the island.

 

Restaurants

Don't leave Mykonos without sampling Greek cuisine. There are many restaurants that dot Mykonos Town, converging on the waterfront beside Taxi Square.  Greek salads and kebabs as well as Italian and seafood fare can be found in the restaurants at Drakopoulou, Kalogera and Tourlianis. There are quaint cafes in Little Venice while bars and pubs can be found along Matogianni and Enoplon Dynameon. Good eats and a lively nightlife can be found in the many restaurants, bars and clubs along the beaches of Mykonos.

 

Shopping

There are no department stores on the island, but high-end fashion boutiques including Dolce and Gabbana and Lacoste are the norm. At the entrance to the town, the Gold Market is worth checking out but most of the stores are concentrated along Matogianni Street. Many quaint shops can also be found in Plateia Alefkandra and along the streets at Enoplon Dynameon. Supermarkets, groceries, pharmacies, bookstores and photo shops are also scattered around town.

Where to Go in Mykonos

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16 Kalogera Street, Mykonos Town
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