The Ancient Majesty of Mykonos
Mykonos is a Grecian wonderland renowned for its pristine beaches, alluring landmarks and authentic Greek culture. Whether you want to explore archaeological sites for ancient treasures, recline upon the silky sands of the sun drenched shores or sample the explosive flavours of a traditional Mezze, Mykonos is guaranteed to exceed all of your travelling expectations.
Begin your day in Little Venice, a picturesque pocket of the Chora coast that is considered to be one of Mykonos's most stunning sights. The area's name derives from the grand building's close proximity to the gently lapping waves, and was a place where prosperous ship captains built grandiose homes to reflect their wealth and status. Now, the area boasts a charming collection of traditional restaurants and ambient bars in which to enjoy the gorgeous ocean views. After filling your lungs with salty ocean air, ascend the hilltop beside Little Venice to visit the town's most iconic landmark. The 16th century Kato Myli windmills are a historic symbol early innovation and overlook the glittering harbour and enchanting neighbourhood of Chora. On your descent, visit the Mykonos Folk Museum to truly immerse yourself in the intriguing history and culture of the island. The museum comprises of 3 historical houses which contain everything from musical instruments and traditional costumes to archaic farming tools and old photographs of the island.
Blissful Beaches and Water Works
For an idyllic retreat from the bustling crowds of the centre, head northwest from the windmills in order to experience the crystal clear waters and luminous white sand of Psarou Beach. After submerging yourself in the total tranquillity of the beach, get your heart racing again by indulging in some exciting water sports. The high winds on the waves make this beach the perfect spot to soar into the sky on a wind surf or ride the waves on a jet ski. The nearby Paradise Beach is an exuberant spot to enjoy a traditional lunch and shot of Greece's signature alcohol, Oozo. Ambient bars such as Tropicana Beach Bars are beloved by locals and tourists alike, so ensure you enjoy an exotic cocktail upon your visit.
The Ancient Mysteries of Ano Mera
The historical heart of Mykonos lies a few miles east of the Paradise Beach, and can be easily reached by bus or foot, so enter the tranquil religious haven of Ano Mera after your beachside cocktail.The town is home to the island's two ancient monasteries, Panagia Tourliani and Paleokatro, which date back to the 12th century; the intricate marble carvings and Baroque architecture of the structures are an aesthetic delight not to be missed. No visit to Mykonos would be complete without a feast of authentic Greek cuisine; the acclaimed To Steki Toou Proedrou restaurant is located in the heart if Ano Mera, and serves honest, flavoursome and fulfilling Greek food for incredibly reasonable prices. Some of the most delicious dishes include tender lamb kleftico, crumbly feta cheese and stuffed vine leaves. Cleanse your palate with a dish of complimentary fresh fruit before toasting your wonderful day with a glass of sparkling wine.