Mykonos: traditional & international
Known as the most fashionable and trendy of the Greek islands, Mikonos offers fun, marvelous beaches, romantic windmills, bar and discos in which to have fun day and night to the rhythm of music. Here the summer season begins immediately after Easter, thanks to the continuous influx of tourists, mostly very young, and the continuous warm and breezy climate.
Since cosmopolitan antiquity, a crossroads of flourishing commerce and tourism, this Cycladic jewel has a timeless charm that will also allow you to get away from the crowds and chaos to enjoy a romantic walk through the characteristic white houses, which are said to have been built by pirates, and churches, markets and beautiful Hellenic temples.
By Choosing Mykonos as a destination for your holidays you will experience a melting pot of ancient and modern culture, giving you a continuous party, and certainly you will not have time to get bored!
Of course one of the most appreciated attractions on this island are the beautiful beaches of crystal clear water.
Less than 5 kilometers from the capital lies one of the most famous beaches of Mykonos: Paradise Beach. Between fine sand and emerald waters, tourists take part in a big beach party that culminates at sunset. Served by numerous beach bars and restaurants, this stretch of coastline also offers the opportunity to practice various water sports. To reach it by land, just follow the signs for Ano Mera.
Moving to the famous area of Paranga, just 5 kilometers from the center of Mykonos town, you will find two other small beaches divided by a rocky promontory: the first is Agia Anna, entirely covered with pebbles, while the second is that of Paranga, sandy and shallow water. Both are dotted with exotic umbrellas lined with palm leaves and trendy venues such as Kalua and Scorpios.
If you want to relax away from the crowds along the Livadi Bay, which can be reached from Ano Mera and only 10 kilometers from Mykonos town, you will find the golden beach of Kalo Livadi. Here the landscape is enchanting and as it is one of the areas most recently opened to tourism, it is still possible to enjoy the most naturalistic and less commercial aspect of the island.
Finally, 8 kilometers from the capital we can find two other beaches, Panormos, served by a traditional tavern and the more recent Principote, and Agio Sostis, where you can find the famous Kikis tavern, where you will taste delicious Greek local dishes. Both beaches can be reached by a road that runs along the Marathi lake.
Mykonos offers a rich cultural heritage too often overshadowed by the festive nightlife that distinguishes it. To get away from the continuous parties there is nothing better than a walk through its famous white windmills with characteristic thatched roofs, located on the hills and in the district of Kastro, memory of the strong rural tradition of the past as well as one of the island’s most impressive attractions.
Among the churches spread over the island, the beauty of Panagia Paraportiani, built during the 16th century and located in the historic district of Kastro, is a characteristic seaside village known also as the little Venice and characterized by the typical overhanging houses.
If you love marine exhibits, don’t miss the Aegean Naval Museum, while for a sublime example of nineteenth-century architecture and furnishings you can visit the nearby Casa di Lena.
Finally for shopping and souvenirs we recommend a visit to the crowded streets of Hòra, one of the main ports and tourist centers of the island where you can find a parade of shops, jewelers, craft shops, bars, taverns and restaurants where you can immerse yourself in Greek culture.
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