The cube-shaped buildings and whitewashed exterior facades of Mykonos scream Mediterranean. Winding roads twist through the main city of Chora, expensive storefronts and beautiful churches give the island a grounded sense of Greek tradition. But Mykonos is far from conservative, as it’s known for its rowdy beach parties and crazy nightlife. In the “Ibiza of Greece,” you’re never far from a party at any point in the day.
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Mykonos’ silky sand beaches are the biggest draw. Vacationers come to them to see and be seen — ahem — often in the nude. This laissez-faire attitude particularly appeals to those who love a ruckus; Psarou and Paradise beaches start jumping early in the day and don’t clear out until sunrise. Don’t worry early birds, there are also plenty daytime sights like the Cycladic-style buildings of Chora, the windmills of Kato Myli and the ornate temples of Delos. Here, you’ll discover the perfect Greek mix of sophistication, relaxation and jubilation.
Early morning transfer from your Athens hotel to Piraeus pier for ferry embarkation, sailing for Mykonos. Early afternoon arrival and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
DAYS 2 & 3
Two days at leisure to discover the beaches of this island or wander through the maze of narrow white-washed alleys, churches, cafes, tavernas and shops. Overnight at hotel.
Transfer to Mykonos pier for your return ferry/hydro to Athens. On arrival in Piraeus pier, end of our services.
This Chora neighborhood is known as one of the most stunning places on the island. Overlooking the southwest end of the harbor, it was here that many early ship captains decided to settle down and built uniquely magnificent homes overlooking the sea. Today, many of these historic homes have been transformed into a variety of cozy restaurants, bars, shops and nightclubs, making this a bustling place at all hours of the day.
These iconic windmills overlooking Little Venice date back to the 16th century when islanders used wind power to grind grain. There are 16 windmills in total, and while they are no longer operational, they stand as a monument to early innovation. The views here are spectacular: From this hilltop perch, you can see Chora and the harbor in the distance. While you’re here, you might want to check out the nearby Mykonos Agricultural Museum, part of the Mykonos Folk Museum. On your way to the windmills, don’t overlook the surrounding neighborhood of Alefkandra. This historic area is a great place to stop for a bite to eat or a glass of ouzo as you head back toward Little Venice.
Many people flock to Mykonos for two reasons: beaches and parties. A trip to the southern coast and Paradise Beach — Mykonos’ original nudist beach — will kill two birds with one stone. Soft sands, azure seas and a rowdy atmosphere have made Paradise one of the most popular places on the island. Paradise has become more developed over the past few years and now features a nearby strip of resort hotels, restaurants and beloved carousing spots like the Tropicana Beach Bar and Cavo Paradiso Club. If you’re not one for built-up beaches, head east along the coast to the Super Paradise Beach; although it lacks many of the amenities, the party scene attracts barely clothed bathers and a large portion of Mykonos’ LGBT community. Paradise Beach sits about 2 miles south of Chora and can be reached on foot or by bus or boat. The beach is open 24/7 and you don’t have to pay to lounge. However, you may want to bring some euros with you just in case your glass runs dry.
Most agree that, if you have the time, a day trip to the nearby island of Delos is a must. This little island was once the religious and political center of the Cyclades; Greek legend has it that this was the birthplace of Apollo (the god of music and light) and Artemis (the goddess of the wilderness, animals and the hunt). Because of its mythological significance, the ancient Ionians declared Delos their religious capital while a few centuries later, the Athenians set up a treasury here. However, after a Roman attack in 88 B.C. and numerous pirate attacks in the decades following, Delos was eventually abandoned. It wasn’t until the end of the 19th century — when the French School of Archaeology began to excavate — that Delos’ rich history was finally uncovered. Today, you can wander about the ancient ruins of once-monumental structures like the Propylaea (formerly a grand marble archway) and the Sanctuary of Apollo. Travel experts say you should make some time to hike up the rocky Mount Kythnos (just southwest of the harbor) for excellent views of the surrounding islands. You can also find many of the artifacts recovered from Delos at the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos.