Mykonos

A jet-set vacation destination since the 1950s, the island’s pulsating nightlife is world-class. You find a balance here, between its secluded beaches and serene hillsides, its gourmet restaurants and crowded dance floors. Mykonos is a dream from which few wish to be roused. It’s a symphony of disparate but harmonious notes.

Highlights


Ano Mera – A Traditional Cycladic Village

Beyond Mykonos Town, near the centre of the island, is the traditional village of Ano Mera and the magnificent monastery of Panagia Tourliani, founded in 1542. Panagia Tourliani houses a remarkable collection of Cretan icons and other religious art. Its carved wood baroque iron screen, its episcopal throne and its pulpit, all from the end of the 18th century, were built in Florence. Don’t miss the bell tower and the drinking fountain, both wonderful examples of Cycladic marble carving. Ano Mera is also known for its lovely square.

The Alefkhandra Neighbourhood – Little Venice

Make sure you stroll along the harbour, past the folklore museum and the island’s oldest church, Paraportiani, to Little Venice, the Alefkhandra neighbourhood, which begins just beyond postcard-perfect Kastro, the oldest section of Mykonos Town. Little Venice is a magical quarter and one of the most photographed places in the world. Built in the middle of the 18th century, the quarter’s wooden houses and their colourful balconies, the former homes of wealthy merchants and sea captains, seem to rise from the Aegean. This might be one of the best places on earth to sit down with a Greek coffee or a glass of local wine and watch a magnificent Mykonos sunset. But don’t forget to look south, up the hill, to where the island’s iconic windmills also revel in the sunset. The people of Mykonos have availed wind power since the 15th century.

Petro’s The Pelican Welcomes You to Mykonos

Mykonos has its own celebrity mascot, Petros The Pelican. In 1958 one of the island’s fishermen found a wounded pelican, named him Petros and nursed him back to health. Petros soon became part of daily life in Mykonos Town, and since his passing, there has been a succession of friendly pelicans who bear his name. You’re sure to meet him as you stroll around Mykonos Town. If you want to get on his good side, feed him some fresh fish and give him a quick caress.

Excursions


Myconian Feast

Duration: 3.5 hrs
  • Kastro + Folklore Museum
  • Paraportiani Church
  • Alefkhandra ‘Little Venice’)

Mykonian countryside tour with Hora and Little Venice

Duration: 4.5 hrs
  • Agios Ioannis
  • Kalafatis
  • Ano Mera
  • Mykonos Town