The Windmills of Mykonos - The most recognised ones are the row on the landmark hill opposite Little Venice, but the island houses 16 in total. Built by the Venetians primarily in the 16th century, the windmills were originally used to grind grain. After production ceased in the 20th century some were converted into homes and some left empty. One of them is now a museum.
The Monastery of Paleokastro - (or "Old Castle") is an 18th-century nunnery located on one of the greenest hills of the island on the outskirts of the village of Ano Mera, a few miles inland. Although it is small and plain to look at on the outside, the interior of the monastery houses an impressive altar and a small museum of church relics and icons. What has also been of considerable interest is the huge 3 metre high granite slab (menhir) protruding out of the ground next to it. which is thought to either be a gravestone or an ancient shrine.
The Paraportiani Church - or more correctly Panagia Paraportiani, is situated in the Kastro neighbourhood of Mykonos town (Chora). Construction of this church started in 1425 and was not completed until the 17th century. This impressive, whitewashed church actually consists of five individual but structurally joined churches; four at ground level constituting the base of the fifth church that sits above them. Its name literally means "Our Lady of the Side Gate" as its entrance was found in the side gate of the entrance to the Kastro area.
Little Venice - this beautiful stretch of coastline is lined with typically whitewashed bars and cafe's, all with shutters of varying colours framed by the blue skies and turquoise waters of the Aegean. It has been the subject of many photographs and paintings both in full sunlight and in the evening when the tables are adorned with candles. Beware of the wild waters which occasionally splash onto the promenade!
Post Card Me - for those of you who can't choose one location, we have the ideal recommendation; a photographic tour of the island! You will be escorted by a professional photographer to some of the most beautiful sights and will get tips and tricks on how to capture your memories for you to relive or show off to your friends once you get home. Alternatively you can be the star as your personal photographer does the work and photographs you in your favourite spots.
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Matogianni Street - for the avid shoppers among you who would like more than a souvenir to take home, this is the town's main shopping street. Almost cutting through the middle it features small artisanal shops as well as high end fashion boutiques. However, merchandise aside, with its cobbles and white varnished grouting the street itself provides a lovely way of meandering through the town. Lined with whitewashed buildings and adorned with bougainvillea that casually spills over little balconies and housing the occasional eatery or small church, Matogianni Street is the perfect place to start when exploring Mykonos Town for the first time. It can get very busy, especially if there is a cruise ship in port, so an evening visit is usually advisable. Don't worry.... shopping goes on until after midnight!
Mykonos is filled with wonderful beaches that cater to everyone. Whether you are looking for a quiet relaxing oasis or a party club experience, there's a beach for you! Click on the button below to access information to the many beautiful beaches of Mykonos and who they cater to. You may even spot a celebrity or two!
Kiki's Taverna -This intimate taverna is located just above Agios Sostis beach. As well as the plentiful selection of salads and side dishes, this taverna prides itself on the fresh meats and fishes which are grilled outdoors on a barbecue. With stunning views on the little bay below you can enjoy your meal in calm and secluded surroundings. They don't take bookings, no exception (even an aged Oscar winner had to wait!) but they do offer complimentary wine or water while you wait and tables are allocated on a strict first-come-first-seated basis. The afternoon can get very busy but if you arrive around 12:00 you don't usually have to wait more than 20 minutes. Its worth the wait!
Niko's Taverna Located just 3 minutes walk from Molly's Maisonette, this taverna has become a culinary landmark of Mykonos. There are tables everywhere you look... up the steps, on little balconies, in the square and even some tables inside that are all covered with checkered tablecloths. Fresh fish and traditional greek dishes are the staple foods and with fresh crusty bread & dips and tin carafes of wine you are sure to enjoy a tasty meal in unpretentious surroundings. Don't be alarmed by the amount of guests; the service is exceptionally quick and. we've never waited more than 5 minutes for a table. Click here for more info.
Sale & Pepe Italian Restaurant Do you fancy a break from Greek cuisine for your evening meal? What better than Italian food? Located in Laka Square in the upper part of the town, this quaint restaurant boasts delicious pizzas and dishes cooked to perfection. They have a well-stocked wine cellar and even make their own cheeses and chutneys. To top it off there is often live singing too. Click here for more info
As with everything on Mykonos, the selection of places to eat is vast, from sophisticated restaurants, where you can sample gourmet recipes, to casual tavernas serving mouthwatering traditional food and Mykonian specialities. All you have to do is choose the place that's rights for you. These were a couple of our favourites but you can discover a further array of other places to suit you if you click on the button. Or..... simply wander through town and see what draws you in.
Kali Orexi !
Why should the evenings be any different?. There is an abundance of things to do, places to visit and people to meet and certainly far too many to all be listed here. So, we've chosen to highlight a selection of places that span a varied range of tastes. Click on the links and enjoy!
Kastro Bar & Restaurant Located along the stretch of the Little Venice peninsular the spectacular views over the ocean will certainly not disappoint, whether you are choosing to dine there or simply watch the sun set on the horizon as you sip a cocktail.
Cine Manto Located in the heart of Mykonos Town, this is the place for every movie enthusiast. What better way is there to experience a good film than under the stars? You can even eat and drink there too.
Lola Bar Also located in the heart of the town and only a few minutes walk from both Cine Manto and Little Venice, this classy bar with its decadent but chic decor has been a staple of the island for many years. Known for its expertly and deliciously concocted cocktails and its carefully selected music (pop, jazz and even the occasional camp extravaganza) its a bar where everyone gets a warm welcome and is therefore a magnet for returning customers.
54 Cocktail Lounge & Sky bar Located on the far end of the old port harbour, this newly refurbished hotel houses both a cocktail lounge on the entrance level with a canopied terrace overlooking the waterside cafes and also a roof terrace bar with expansive views over the entire town. Elegant and sophisticated it is the perfect location for the beginning of your evening as well as the end!
180 Bar Located above the town and named for its uninterrupted 180 degree view over the Aegean, this open-air expansive terrace really does take your breath away. It's worth checking availability before you go however as it gets very busy and booking is often required..
Notorious Bar Located just behind the harbour, this family run bar is the epitome of old Mykonos. Its homely look and rustic outdoor tables can be a welcome break from the more bustling crowds of busy clubs and loud music. The prices are very reasonable and they have expanded to include a menu of hearty home-cooked soulful food. Here too there are occasional evenings of live music and singing. Check out their page for details and upcoming events.
Jackie O' Beach & Town Nightclub It wouldn't be right for us not to mention this incredible group that has gone from strength to strength over the last decade. Starting with the night club in town by the edge of the sea and then expanding by developing and opening a hilltop beach club on Super Paradise Beach, these guys have created a world of fun and campness which has achieved the perfect balance between sophistication and inclusivity. Their establishments are smart but unpretentious and the staff is always well prepared and hard working. They even have drag queens performing every evening!