What to see in Greece
Tourist attractions Mykonos
One of the best-loved Greek islands, Mykonos is known as a hedonistic paradise, famous for its vibrant nightlife and paradise beaches. Mykonos is part of the Cyclades island group, situated between the islands of Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. A vacation to Mykonos is a great choice for sun-worshippers who can spend laid-back days on the shores of beaches such as Elia, Paradise, Super Paradise and Psarou.If you travel to Mykonos you’ll find the island holds all the usual Greek charms: white and blue low rise towns, cubist architecture and plenty of sea view tavernas from which to watch the local ferries and cruise ships come and go. With to-die-for sunsets and a distinctively upscale atmosphere, a trip to Mykonos is a highlight of any Greek island-hopping vacation.The majority of the island’s population is concentrated in Mykonos Town, known as Chora, on the island’s west coast. Bursting with life during the summer season, Chora takes on a more tranquil charm come winter. Behind the town stands the famous Mykonos windmills, the legacy of the island’s heritage as ‘the breadbasket of Greece’ and a symbol of Mykonos’ nickname: ‘The Island of the Winds’.Named after the grandson of Greek god Apollo, despite Mykonos’ youthful appeal, you can still scratch your itch for culture at a variety of archaeological and ecclesiastical landmarks. The best time to travel to Mykonos is from the early spring to the late autumn, but be aware that the island becomes incredibly busy during the height of summer.
Many of the best things to see in Mykonos are situated in and around Chora, also known as Mykonos Town. The centre of life in Mykonos, a stroll through this historic centre will allow you to soak up the white and blue architecture, get lost in the labyrinthine cobbled streets and shop for souvenirs in any number of boutique shops. Once you’ve found your way back to the old port, grab a chair in one of the sea view tavernas overlooking the Aegean in Little Venice, the perfect place to people-watch.A trip to Mykonos is incomplete without visiting Panagia Paraportiani Church, dating back to between the 15th and 17th centuries. One of the most photographed religious buildings in the whole of Greece, this humble church is situated in the quiet Kastro neighbourhood. Its white-washed exterior is the epitome of traditional Greek-island architecture and it's one of the best things to see in Mykonos.If you’re longing for a little insight into the secrets of Ancient Greece, one of the best things to do in Mykonos is to take a day trip to the nearby island of Delos. A 30-minute boat ride from the old port will whisk you away to the uninhabited island of Delos, once a major pilgrimage destination and the site of the ancient Delian Games. Filled with enchanting archaeological sites the island is believed to have been the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, two of the most revered Greek gods. A day trip to Delos is the perfect antidote to the party atmosphere of Mykonos and is the best way to add a little culture to your Mykonos vacation.Back on the island, a trip to the Archaeological Museum in Chora is a must-do. Established in 1902 it is home to invaluable Hellenic-era treasures from across the Cyclades island Group.
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