Mykonos is famed as a cosmopolitan destination amongst the Greek islands and
widely recognized as one of the great travel meccas. It is the most touristed
island in the Aegean. This means that any visitors should be prepared for loud
dance clubs, English breakfasts and over-priced merchandise.
Mykonos is a grand example of unique Cycladic architecture set around a
picturesque fishing-village bay. Totally whitewashed organic cube-like buildings
fit closely together to form a kind of haphazard maze of narrow alley ways and
streets. Many well preserved windmills and hundreds of tiny red-roofed churches
adds a flavor of culture and custom to the scene, enhanced even further by many
museums and the historical ancient site of nearby Delos. Though considerably
less picturesque than Santorini, visitors to Mykonos will find it comparable to
the Greek version of Disneyland. Much of the landscape is obviously put up for
"show" fooling tourist families about its authenticity.
Ferries and Highspeed catamaran services run daily from Piraeus and Paros. Flying
Dolphins has a 3 1/2 hour trip for around 50 euros each
Mykonos can be reached directly from Santorini by flying cat.
Mykonos has an airport, about 4km away from the main city. The airport has
flights for Athens and Thessaloniki. The airport can be reached only by taxi. In
summer - during high season - charter airlines are going directly to Mykonos
from many European airports.
On Mykonos you can get around by scooter, atv, car, or bus. A sophisticated bus
network, which takes you to virtually any point of the island.
Additionally taxis operate at constant rate. In the evening, it can be nearly
impossible to find a taxi. You can wait hours at the taxi queue in town.
There are now two ferry terminals at Hora (Mykonos), the main sea port on the
island. If you are on foot and leaving the island, be certain whether your ferry
leaves from the old port (the nearest one to the main section of town) or the
New Port (about 10 km to the north).
There is also a third "port" from whence boats to and from Delos depart and
arrive, but most travelers won't confuse this with the ferry landings.
* The Windmills - the windmills are the landmark of Mykonos.
* Little Venice - a district in Mykonos City, famous for its colourful
* Petros the Pelican can be found at the waterfront. Originally the pelican was
found after a storm back in the 1950s. After Petros died he was so popular that
a new pelican was introduced as a successor. Now there are two pelicans
inhabiting the island, who can sometimes be found up in the town as well as at
* Archaeological Museum of Mykonos - the exhibition of the museum includes a
large number of vases, ranging from the prehistoric to the late Hellenistic
period (25th-1st century B.C.), grave statues, stelae and funerary urns from
Rheneia, and very few finds from Mykonos.
* Delos Guided Tour from Mykonos - Only a short boat ride away, and history
awaits you. A must for all visitors.
* Agios Ioannis Beach - a small beach with fantastic snorkeling opportunities.
Never got over crowded, deck chairs were available to rent. Great tavern and
cocktail bar very close. Not a tourist beach. Was used in the film Shirly
* Paradise Beach - a crowded party beach for the under 30 set, nudity is common.
Large pebbly sand is great for windy days.
* Super Paradise Beach - another crowded party beach for the under 30 set.
Paradise and Super Paradise may be some sort of quarantine created by the
locals. Also popular with gays, and transgenders. Nudity is quite common and
practiced in the central beach area.
* Psarou Beach - Half the beach chairs and umbrella require reservations during
peak season. Non-reserved chairs are available first come, first served.
* Platys Gialos Beach - busy family and tourist beach. Jet ski rentals
* Elia Beach - Rents beach chairs and umbrella for 10 euro. Rentals for Jet ski,
watersking, wakeboarding and para sailing are available. Elia is a large beach
compared to other Mykonos beaches. Nudity is permitted but not as common as
Paradise, Super Paradise and Paranga.
* Paranga Beach - another popular beach. Full nudity is practiced on the right
end (facing the water). Becoming more popular for nudists that don't want the
party atmosphere of Paradise and Super Paradise.
* Ornos Beach - a quiet family beach. Lots of umbrellas and lounges available
for rent. Bathing suit bottoms are required on Ornos. The beach is lined with
great restaurants, hotels and a nearby grocery store and town. Some hotels and
restaurants are quite upscale. Serviced by bus and boat taxi.
Mykonos Island Guide