We’ve all heard that Mykonos is one of the most popular Greek islands and one of the best tourist places in the whole world. But have you ever wondered – what is Mykonos famous for? What makes this part of the Cyclades so unique that the wealthiest and most famous people have been coming here for decades? If you plan on coming to Greece soon, keep reading to find out why Mykonos should be your top choice for a vacation.
Mykonos has been the perfect tourist destination for many decades now – since the 60s, jet setters and the rich have been flooding the island every summer. Many great names have visited it at least once, and coming here should be on the bucket list of every world traveler. This tiny part of Cyclades is located between Syros, Tinos, Paros, and Naxos and offers the best from Greece. Whatever you want for your vacation, this place will have it, so coming here will be an adventure of a lifetime.
The island wasn’t always a mecca for party lovers – in fact, until the 1930s, it was just one of the many simple, agricultural islands. The change came with discovering Delos’s archeological sites. Archeologists and artists were amongst the first tourists here, but people quickly realized that the nearby Mykonos has its charms. Since then, its popularity has constantly been on the rise. The proximity to Athens helped as well – it takes only a ferry ride to come here from Athens (the fastest one being about two and a half hours).
The party scene here is one of the strongest in the world. During the high season (July and August), there are countless beach bars and clubs where the music starts in the afternoon and ends in the morning, and nightclubs in Chora (the main town) will show you the partying of your life. Sure, these places are pricey compared to the rest of the Greek islands, but they are well worth it – you’ll see for yourself.
Mykonos has been known as one of the most queer-friendly places for a long time. Gay bars are basically part of the tradition here since the 70s – the first one, Pierro’s Bar, was opened in 1973, and it’s one of the top places for the queer community in the world. Today, you can find plenty of gay bars – Lola, Babylon, Jackie O’, and Porta, being some of the top-rated ones.
The principal town, Chora, is located on the west coast. Chora means “town” in Greek, and even if you don’t have much time to explore the isle, be sure not to skip Chora. There are plenty of things to do here, from tasting traditional cuisine in an excellent restaurant to shopping for souvenirs (or designer items, if you prefer).
The streets are narrow and easy to get lost in, which is part of the charm and even considered one of Chora’s attractions. Chora also has over 60 Orthodox churches – the architecture is breathtaking, so be sure to visit at least one. You can go to Paraportiani or St. Vasileios Church to enjoy their breathtaking architecture, fresco paintings, or woden icons. The center is a pedestrian zone because of its archeological significance, so be sure to add wandering around Chora to your travel plan. You will get to seee many archaeological sites around the town.
Once you’ve toured the streets of Chora, you must go and check out Little Venice. The beautiful houses on the coast, with characteristic Cycladic architecture, offer a lovely view, especially during the sunset. It’s one of the most romantic spots, and what’s even better is that you can stay in one of the picturesque houses – just imagine the view from your window!
Either way, be sure to visit Little Venice, and after that, hop on to see the Mykonos windmills. They are quite a photogenic spot, and the view is more than worth your time – again, this should definitely be one of the things on every travel plan.
Don’t forget about golden beaches that surround every part of the Mykonos coast – after all, this is Greece. If the country is known for anything, that would be a sandy beach and clear turquoise sea. Who can resist that? Sure, you’ll enjoy partying and maybe even take a boat ride to Delos (or a ferry to Athens, who knows?), but can you really say you’ve been to Hellas if you haven’t explored the beaches?
You know you’re in for a real treat when you add beach clubs to the equation. If you prefer just relaxing on the sand and swimming in the Aegean Sea, worry not – there are calm beaches here as well. But why not check out as many as you can? Here are the most beautiful beaches you should see during your stay:
Clearly, Mykonos is known for many things – it’s just one of those places where you can’t decide where to go first. From swimming to sightseeing and exciting nightlife, your vacation will be filled with fun activities and memorable experiences. Still, one thing you shouldn’t overlook is the importance of good accommodation. If you want to treat yourself like you deserve, booking a luxury Mykonos villa should be a priority.
Let us help with that – we offer a wide variety of beautiful private villas in Mykonos to make your stay comfortable and pleasant. If you want to explore the island, we can provide you with a car rental service as well. For those who prefer to sail instead of drive, we have many gorgeous yachts for rent. Reach out to us, and we’ll ensure you have everything you need for the most luxurious vacation that you’ll never forget.