Mykonos is One of the Best Greek Islands to Visit
One of Greece’s iconic islands featuring whitewashed buildings, beautiful Greek churches, a resident pelican as the island mascot and of course the famous and often photographed windmills. Indeed the nickname of Mykonos is the “island of the winds.” Mykonos is one of the best Greek Island to visit for first time visitors.
In Greek mythology, Mykonos is the site of the battle between Hercules and the Giants, and many of the stories of the geography and formation of the island and tied to this myth.
Mykonos is one of the smallest Greek Islands and it is easy to get around. With poor soil and little natural resources, tourism is the primary industry and I have to say, the locals of Mykonos were fantastic hosts.
Many first time visitors to the Greek Islands and many large cruise ships stop on Mykonos making it one of the most visited of the Greek Islands. Unfortunately that also makes It one of the most expensive.
It is a very picturesque island. All of the buildings are built in traditional style and are white. Only certain traditional colors can be used for trim including shutters and balconies. There are very strict building guidelines to maintain the traditional look and authenticity of the architecture. As a visitor it makes for some great pictures.
What to Do on Mykonos
It is a small island with one town, Mykonos or Chora (meaning town in Greek) or Hora as it is also called. Chora town is the place to stay if you want in the middle of the action. It can be loud and busy. Cruise ships dock here and the town can be extremely busy with day visitors. There are a number of nightclubs here as well and Mykonos has a reputation as a party island.
In Chora (or Hora)
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- Wander around the streets of this small town, the architecture and shops are just fantastic. The streets wind around and you are sure to get lost, but that is all part of the fun. (Most shops close 2-5 pm.)
- Little Venice- is the area on the west of town near the sea. There are lots of bars, restaurants and cafes offering a seat near the water and a great place to watch the sunset.
- Look out for Petros the Pelican (as all pelicans on Mykonos are named) the island mascot wandering the streets.
- The Windmills- one of the most photographed and well known landmarks of Mykonos located on the west side of town near the harbor. This is a popular place to watch the sunset.
Beaches On Mykonos
Mykonos has a number of quieter beaches where you can find accommodation and restaurants. For those of you that prefer something a bit quieter, Platis Gialos (or Platis Yalos) provides some nice accommodation, great beaches and your choice of restaurants.
Other well known areas with beaches include Agios Ioannis and Agios Stefanos.
There is bus service and taxis all around the island and no need to rent a car. (The island is tiny). You can also rent a scooter to get around if you prefer.
A few days lazing around the beach and you will have no trouble adjusting to the pace of island life.
If You Visit Mykonos
Mykonos is easy to reach by plane or ferry.
Weather reports have Mykonos receiving over 300 days a year of sunshine. It receives most of its rain in February and March. It is a dry, windy island without reliable water supply. Water used by both residents and tourists is sourced through reverse osmosis.
The best time to visit is May-June or September –mid October. July and August can be quite warm and very busy and is the peak season. Mid-Oct through late April/early May can be quite windy and most things are closed on the island. Mykonos has a resident population of only 10,000-12,000 people (estimates vary) and many people head to the mainland for winter.
English is widely spoken throughout the Greek Islands.
We really enjoyed Mykonos! Read our next post to find out more about the food and hospitality of the locals on Mykonos.