Mykonos has acquired worldwide fame for being the Mecca of Greek nightlife and the ultimate summer playground for the rich and famous. However, there’s so much more to Mykonos than its wild party scene and glamorous beach clubs. Here are a few of the most authentic things to do in Mykonos for those of you who want to get a taste of the real island.
Wander Around Ano Mera Village
Ano Mera is a beautiful traditional village right in the centre of Mykonos Island. Walking around its narrow alleys is the best way to appreciate its gorgeous architecture which is most striking at the village’s quaint main square. If you want to have the village to yourselves, make sure you visit in the afternoon when the peace and calmness of Ano Mera are simply irresistible.
The village’s ultimate highlight is the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani with its impressive architecture. Last but not least, don’t leave Ano Mera without trying homemade sweets at Odos Araxame, a picturesque traditional coffee shop right in the heart of the village.
Visit Armenistis Lighthouse
Built in 1891 after a fatal ship accident, Armenistis Lighthouse stands in all its grandeur at the north-western part of Mykonos, overlooking Tinos Island and the great blue beyond. Armenistis Lighthouse is a beautiful building on top of a low hill that offers unique views of the sea, especially at sunset. A mere 15-minute drive from Mykonos Town, a visit to Armenistis Lighthouse is definitely not to be missed.
Drink Local Wine
Instagram may be flooded with photos of impressive cocktails at fancy Mykonos beach bars or sunset terraces with panoramic views. But did you know that Mykonos is also an island which produces amazing wine? Wine in Mykonos is produced in small batches and there are no Mykonos-specific appellations. Yet this doesn’t mean that the local wine isn’t worth trying while vacationing on the island.
The best way to savour the distinct aromas of Mykonos wine is by joining a wine tasting tour at an authentic farm where you will be initiated to the secrets of the island’s limited wine production.
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Famous for its great nightlife, covering the needs for both backpackers and the international jet set, Mykonos is one of the most well-known Greek islands among locals and visitors. But, for those looking for more than just a wild partying, Mykonos offers the opportunity for new experiences in sandy beaches, sapphire waters and picturesque locations.
1. Get a scenic view from Armenistis Lighthouse
Have you ever visited a real Aegean lighthouse? On the northwestern part of the island, with a height of 19 meters, stands the secluded attraction of Armenistis Lighthouse. If you are on the lookout for a magnificent view of the island, take the chance to visit it and get to know its history from 1891.
2. Tour the Ancient City of Delos
Not far from Mykonos town, stands one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. A tour of the wonderfully preserved temples, theaters, and other buildings, remnants of another glory from Greek antiquity, could give a vivid picture of how the holy site of Delos might have looked like.
3. Enjoy the sunset over Little Venice
The most popular image of Mykonos is the facades and windmills of Little Venice. Many visitors have fallen in love with this elegant and charming quarter with its fan base getting bigger. Here, you can admire the architecture of the houses, drink your coffee in many of the small cafés right on the shore or you can enjoy your drinks on a cruise watching the sun setting over the azure Aegean blue sea.
4. Discover marine life underwater
The beauty of the island is not limited only to windmills, beautiful houses and its landscape, but most of its magic could be found under the sea. Take a boat and experience how it is to be… in the flippers of a diver. Nothing compares to the “weightless” feeling of breathing and exploring the wide diversity of marine life.
5. Sail with a yacht
The comfort in holidays is a precious commodity. Board for a cruise and enjoy the golden sandy beaches, accessible and secluded. Let yourself to relax and sunbathe like a celebrity on the bow of a yacht while tasting Greek flavors and drinks. And, why not, savour the island from a different perspective.