Before you come to this magnificent destination, you will probably want to find out a bit more about what Mykonos is like. Sure, we all know about the parties and beaches, but what about some practical stuff to help you get around? For instance, is Mykonos walkable? This is definitely an important thing to know, as it can significantly affect your vacation, so let’s find out.
When you finally get off the plane and begin your magnificent Mykonos trip, the question that will be on your mind is where to go in Mykonos first. There are so many fantastic spots (and you can be sure they are all pretty Instagrammable places) that you’ll have a hard time deciding where to head to.
Hopefully, your vacation will last long enough so you can see it all. Still, you have to figure out how to get from one beach to another – is a car rental required, or can you simply get around the island just by walking?
Mykonos is a pretty small place – it would take you just 40 minutes or so to drive from one end to another, and that’s if you take the longest route. It’s safe to say that most of the beaches on the south coast are so close that you can walk from one to another, but this won’t work with the entire island.
It would take you a lot of time to walk from Mykonos town to, let’s say, Kalafatis Beach. That’s why you need to get a car rental – even though you can walk to many places, some would take a lot of time to reach on foot.
If you’re eager to begin the vacation with a fantastic beach day, this walk is the perfect thing to do. Thanks to the size of the island, a lot of Mykonos attractions are close to each other, and that includes the best beaches on the south coast. They are so close that you can easily visit a few of them on the same day – and have enough time to swim, have a drink and sunbathe at every spot.
So, here’s the perfect route on the south coast – you will start from Psarou, one of the most popular beaches in Mykonos. If you face the sea, on the left is Platis Gialos – just a short walk away. If you continue in the same direction, the next one is Paraga Beach, and after that, you will arrive at Paradise Beach. We would advise you not to go down the regular roads – there are hiking paths that connect these beaches, and they make up for a lot shorter way than going by the routes for cars.
Mykonos town, otherwise known as Chora (which means “town” in Greek), is a little piece of heaven. Here you can see some beautiful examples of Cycladic architecture and the remains of the island’s history. We suggest you start your tour in Chora from the old port, which is located mere minutes from the center of town.
It used to be the only port here until the early 2000s when the new ferry port was built – now it’s just a picturesque site with luxury yachts and tiny boats. A short walk from there, you will find a unique spot – Little Venice, one of the hallmarks of Mykonos, Greece.
The place is full of lovely restaurants that would make for a magical dining spot – just imagine the sunsets. Less than 5 minutes from Little Venice, there are famous windmills. This is still considered the center of Chora – if you want to get out of town, we suggest walking to the beautiful Megali Ammos – the golden sad and clear sea are only 500 m from the center.
There are many organized tours with a guide that will take you around Chora. Although we can’t say that it wouldn’t be of use, we’ll argue that you don’t need a guide to fully experience this historic place. You can simply wander through the narrow streets and get to know the area on your own – it would be just as fun as with the guide.
Armenistis Lighthouse is a beautiful landmark that’s been a part of Mykonos for so long. Today, it doesn’t serve its original purpose but is instead a popular tourist attraction. Our advice? Come here at sunset if you want the stunning view and magical photos. Armenistis is located 4 miles north of Chora, so it’s a nice walk – not too long, but still exciting. You won’t regret setting aside time to visit this place, we can promise you that.
You should know that Mykonos isn’t particularly great for hiking compared to other Cycladic islands – there just simply aren’t many hiking trails you can enjoy. Still, if there is one route hiking lovers should see, it would be this loop trail that starts from Agios Sostis. The walk lasts for 2 and a half hours, and it’s considered an easy trail, so it’s great for everybody who wants to clear their heads from the noisy bars and crowds that are so common in Mykonos.
At the end of the hike, you’ll be back to Agios Sostis, where you can find the most amazing traditional Greek restaurant – Kiki’s Tavern. Do not miss the chance to try their food – that is, if you can find an empty table!
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