Located in the South East of the Aegean Sea, Mykonos is known as the ‘Island of the Winds’ due to the strong wind current coming from the West. It is a hugely popular island that is no doubt an essential stop in your Greek island hopping adventure.
Across history, Mykonos has been a subject of occupation, maritime wars and children of Greek Gods. It is also home to Greek noblewoman and local heroine Manto Mavrogenous who sacrificed her family’s fortune for Greece’s independence against the Ottoman Empire. You can find out more about her if you decide to visit the Aegean Maritime Museum.
In the modern day, Mykonos promises to feed your appetite for a good time. Cocktails, a stunning horizon and quality bars, what more could you want in paradise? Many tourists are drawn to Mykonos for its thrilling night life, but its natural beauty and villages are not to be underestimated. Unblemished beaches, beautiful weather and a plethora of local food to try out, if you’re not into the night scene there is still plenty to enjoy and discover. Before your big night out, make sure to check out here everything Mykonos has to offer.
As soon as you arrive you will notice the marvellous whitewashed houses sitting on the cliffs. This is the town of Mykonos and has earned the title of ‘Little Venice’ for its stunning lanes that give Venice a run for its money. Retaining that classic Greek charm found in the likes of Santorini, the houses once belonged to merchants and wealthy noblemen. They have since been given another lease of life by being converted into shops and restaurants. Strolling through the lanes these whitewashed houses are a memorable and magical experience. Don’t forget to come back in the evening to watch the sun sink into the sea with a meal and drink in hand.
The windmills are an iconic part of Mykonos’ landscape. You can find many of them marking the blue skies in the town of Chora and speckled across the island. Mykonos is known as the ‘Island of the Winds’ and there’s no better reminder than the presence of these windmills. One of them have even been converted into a museum! Once serving agricultural purposes, they now stand for the pleasure of visitors and locals. Undoubtedly, they have become a symbol of the island.
Churches and museums
There are a few of historical churches and museums to discover. As mentioned, there is the Aegean Maritime Museum. Small but mighty, this museum was set up to preserve Greece’s marine history. Displaying many model ships, illustrations and a number of artefacts. If you’re on an island hopper adventure, this is definitely recommended to immerse yourself in the history of the journey you’re taking.
In the town of Mykonos, a 16th century building stands as the Folklore Museum. This museum has seven rooms that showcase the island’s history with a myriad of artefacts. This is perfect for anyone who enjoys their history and wants to know more about Mykonos.
Last but not least, you can’t go to Mykonos without experiencing the nightlife. Mykonos is known as the place to let loose and with a host bars and clubs to choose from, with an LGBT+ friendly atmosphere it’s not hard to see why! You can enjoy the pristine beaches both morning and night as there are many harbour bars and clubs to choose from. Head to Little Venice or Paradise Beach to be in for a great night out!
At Travel Talk, we know where the good times are and give you best guidance on how to make the most of your trip. Check out our Greece tours where you can tick off three islands at once including Mykonos, Santorini and Ios! Get ready for some fantastic summer memories!