Mykonos Island is a whitewashed paradise surrounded by the crystal-clear waters and alluring islands of the Cyclades. This glamorous cosmopolitan destination knows how to party, whether it’s on the beach or in late-night clubs, but also features laid-back dining and boutique shopping scenes, as well as historic attractions.
Things to do in Mykonos
If you love Greek history, make a beeline to the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, home to fascinating artefacts dating from the Prehistoric to Hellenistic periods, such as urns, funerary artwork and notable figurines. You can also see funerary statues and interesting archaeological finds at the Archaeological Museum of Delos, including the Heritage-listed Delos Theatre and large lion statues.
Mykonos’ collection of white-sand beaches and alluring water give you numerous options for swimming, beachfront dining and sunbathing on loungers. Paradise Beach is one of the most popular, known for its nightclubs, water sports and beach parties, while Elia has beachfront bars, sun loungers and cocktail-blue water. For something calmer, head to the protected cove of Agios Stefanos or the southern side of Paraga.
Embrace the glamorous side of Mykonos along Matoyánni Street, where you’ll see rows of brand-name retailers, fine-dining restaurants and quaint cafes. If you prefer old-world character, head to Alefkántra, also known as “Little Venice” for its 18th-century buildings, charming waterfront cafes and hidden laneways.
To discover the local art culture, visit Rarity Gallery, a contemporary art gallery with international painters, photographers and other artists on display. It’s close to Lena’s House, where you can step back in time inside the traditional Mykonian home with authentic furnishings and artwork.
Getting around Mykonos
Mykonos Island is easily reached via year-round ferries from the Piraeus and Rafina mainland ports or by flying into Mykonos International Airport. You can get around on regular land and sea buses, hail taxis or rent cars and motorbikes.