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The island of Mykonos is known for its emblematic windmills and its narrow streets with whitewashed facades. This small island in the Aegean Sea is also one of the most popular destinations in the area and is an ideal choice if you want to find modern hotels and restaurants.
Spend your day strolling through the streets of Little Venice or relaxing at one of the many beaches before heading to one of the buzzing night clubs.
Visiting Mykonos is the perfect opportunity to discover Byzantine architecture and to visit the nearby UNESCO World Heritage site of Delos. If you start feeling crowded in the main city, head to one of the smaller inland villages or take a drive around the island to admire the wild landscapes.
The windmills are probably the most recognizable landmark on the entire island. This is the perfect spot to watch the sunset and you will also get a great view of the sea and of Little Venice.
There are 400 churches on the island of Mykonos. Head to the Kastro district to see the Panagia Paraportiani, one of the most known churches in all of Greece.
If you are interested in archaeology, make sure you visit the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos and take a tour of the nearby island of Delos. You can also learn more about the island's culture and history at the Folklore Museum and see a restored house from the 19th century at Lena's House Museum.
The beaches on the southern coast tend to attract the most tourists but you can head to Lia on the east coast or Fokos on the north coast if you want to find more secluded beaches. Most beaches have tavernas, bars, and restaurants.
Mykonos is an incredible destination if you enjoy dance clubs, bars, and taverns. Yacht Club and the Paradise Club on Paradise Beach are the perfect spots to party. Mykonos Town also has some fun nightlife spots such as the Skandinavian Bar.
The summers are typically warm and the winters mild. There might be some rain between October and April but you will find that the weather is pleasant all year round. Avoid July and August since the island can be crowded. Travel to Mykonos between May and June or between September and October to get lower prices and avoid crowds.
The Mykonos Island International Airport (JMK) is just over two miles away from Mykonos Town. Most hotels offer a free shuttle but you can take a taxi to town for approximately EUR8 or take the bus to town for EUR1.60. It is best to book your transport in advance if your hotel does not offer a shuttle.
You can also get to the island by taking a ferry or a catamaran from the Piraeus Harbor in Athens or from Rafina. The trip from Athens should cost between EUR32 and EUR50 depending on the speed and class of the boat. The trip from Rafina should cost between EUR23 and EUR50. Hellenic Seaways, Blue Star Ferries, and other companies offer ferry services to and from the other Cyclades islands during the high season.
Staying in Mykonos Town is ideal if you want to be near dining options and want to experience a typical Greek town. The Poseidon Hotel Suites, Belvedere Boutique Hotel Mykonos, and the Portobello Boutique Hotel are great options. If you would rather stay in the Paradise Beach area, think about staying at the Mykonos Palace Beach Hotel or at the Argo Hotel.
Centertown - this is a typical Greek neighborhood with narrow streets and whitewashed steps. You will find a lot of churches, boutiques, art galleries, cafes, bars, and restaurants. The area can be crowded but is always charming.
Little Venice - this is the western part of Mykonos Town. Little Venice is a very romantic area where you will find many cafes and bars. The colorful balconies and houses overlooking the sea give the neighborhood a picturesque feel. Make sure you visit the Paraportiani church and the old port near Little Venice as well.
Ano Mera - this is a smaller community located four miles east of Mykonos Town. There are many other small villages on the island but Ano Mera is worth visiting for the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani and for its tavernas.
Taking the bus is a convenient way to get around the island. You will find two bus stations on each side of Mykonos town, where buses leave to go to Platys Gialos, Ornos, Agios Ioannis, and Paradise Beach among other destinations. The fare is EUR1.60 or EUR1.70 and night buses cost EUR2. The Plati Yalos Boat Service connects Mykonos Town to the beaches located on the southern shore of the island. Taking a boat to the Paradise Beach area should cost between EUR5 and EUR7.
There are only about 30 taxis on the entire island since there is a rule that limits the number of taxis permitted. Finding a taxi during the high season is not easy and it is always best to call in advance. There are fixed rates for each destination. A trip from Mykonos Town to Agios Ioannis should cost EUR6 and fare to Agios Stefanos should cost EUR4.
You will find car rental agencies at the airport or near the southern bus station, including Action Rent a Car, Budget, or OK Rent a Car. Keep in mind that cars are not allowed inside of Mykonos Town but are a very convenient way to get around the rest of the island. You can rent a car for EUR30 to EUR45 a day or opt for a motorbike or a bicycle if you want a cheaper option.
The centertown area in Mykonos Town, and more precisely Matoyianni Street, is the best place to shop for souvenirs. You will find several souvenirs shops, art galleries, and jewelry stores in this area. There are no department stores anywhere on the island.
You will find a Mini Market and a Savvas in Mykonos Town. There are larger grocery stores east of town, including a couple of Flora Super Markets locations. Expect to pay EUR4.50 for a gallon of milk, EUR4.50 for a dozen of eggs, and EUR0.90 for a loaf of bread.
There are many high-end romantic restaurants in the centertown and Little Venice areas, but you will also find a lot of more affordable eateries that serve traditional gyros and souvlakis. If you are in the centertown area, Eva's Garden is an excellent choice for traditional Greek fare and the Appaloosa Bar & Restaurant is an interesting mix of Mexican and European fare. Bakalo is one of the best eateries near the southern bus station if you want to try souvlakis and other traditional Greek foods. You will find taverns and bars near most beaches and need to stop by Marco Polo or Niko's Taverna for an authentic Greek tavern experience. A meal should only cost EUR10 if you go to an affordable eatery. Eating at a mid-range restaurant should cost EUR25 and a meal at a more upscale restaurant in the Little Venice area should cost EUR50 or more.