Harbouring a glamorous reputation, Mykonos is one of Europe’s most coveted holiday destinations. In high season, the island teems with sun seekers, families and cruise ship crowds. Mykonos Town serves as the main hub, enchanting visitors with its dreamy whitewashed houses and cobblestone streets. If you can drag yourself off the beach, Mykonos is home to a fascinating string of historic sites and museums to explore.
Things to do in Mykonos
Most of the action is concentrated in Mykonos Town, also known as Hora. Its cobblestone streets are lined with whitewashed buildings, which house a colourful lineup of bars, restaurants and boutiques. The iconic Mykonos windmills watch over the town, whirring since the 16th century.
There are plenty of opportunities to soak up Cycladic culture, with highlights including the Aegean Maritime Museum, Archaeological Museum and Folklore Museum. You can also take a day trip to the archaeological site of Delos, famous as the mythological birthplace of Apollo.
Of course, the Mykonos beaches are one of the island’s biggest draws. Ornos is ideal for families, Paraga throws wild parties and Super Paradise is famous for trendy scene. Tucked away in a sheltered bay, Agia Anna has a more relaxed vibe.
For an intimate ambience, Little Venice is one of the island’s most romantic neighbourhoods. Outdoor tables fill up fast at sunset, as there’s no better place to enjoy fresh seafood, local wine and sparkling sea views.
Getting around Mykonos
Public transport on Mykonos is limited, which means taxis are usually the fastest way to get from A to B. Buses do run from the old and new ports, stopping at major beaches like Ornos and Paradise. Chances are, you’ll notice people zooming around on scooters and quad bikes. The island is home to a handful of rental companies, with most based in Mykonos Town.