Are you planning a trip to the Greek islands? If so, you need to know about these eight things to do in Mykonos.
Are you visiting the charming Greek Island of Mykonos? If you’re not sure what there is to do, fear not, there is no shortage of activities on this island. In this article, we’ll give you a list of 8 things to do in Mykonos so you can begin to plan your itinerary. Read on to get started.
1. Little Venice
One of the things to do in Mykonos that you just cannot miss is paying a visit to Little Venice. This area is also called Alefkantra and it got the name of Little Venice because it resembles the charming Italian city. This area came to be in the 18th century when merchants and captains made the area into what it is now. It was once believed to have been a pirate island because it was easier to load and unload goods. Buildings and houses in this area are picturesque with beautiful bright colors and balconies that look out into the sea. Nowadays the area is not ridden with pirates, but people still love to stroll around and take advantage of the cafes, bars, and restaurants. Who wouldn’t enjoy a little charm of Venice while in the middle of Greece?
No visit to Mykonos would be complete without a visit to the Pelican of Mykonos. Although the original pelican, Petros (Peter) the Pelican, settled in Mykonos in 1954 it remains the mascot of the island. A fisherman once found the pelican injured and he was nursed back to health with the help of the locals. Peter the pelican lived in Mykonos a good thirty years before passing away. The loss of Peter the pelican made it into a symbol of the island. Now visitors of the Mykonos run around trying to take pictures with the iconic pelican.
3. Archeological Museum of Mykonos
The Archaeological Museum of Mykonos was open to the public in 1902. And since then, it has been captivating the public with its large collection of artifacts from the Purification Pit. These artifacts date back to 426-425 B.C. The collection includes vases, jewelry, battle artifacts, and pottery from the 25th century B.C Visitors interested in visiting the museum can find it in the center of town and close to the port. The museum is open to the public every day from 8:30 am to 3 pm, except for Mondays.
4. Matoyianni Street (Mykonos Street)
If you like the charm of old towns, the narrow streets, and getting lost in the maze, then you should visit Matoyianni Street. Although nowadays these narrow and mysterious streets captivate visitors, back in the day they were used to confuse enemies coming from the port. These days the locals don’t have to run away from enemies. Now the charming narrow streets of Matoyianni are filled with souvenir and local shops that charm tourists. People love to walk around and admire the white-washed buildings and houses with the bright colored windows and doors.
5. The Folklore Museum of Mykonos
The Folk Museum is divided into three historical houses. For starters, the main museum offers a glimpse into historical paintings, musical instruments, and photographs of the landscape and the island. If you want to see how the upper-class of Mykonos lived, visit Lena’s House, which remains preserved ar the final owner left it. The third house is the agricultural house or the Windmill of Boni. At the Windmill, you will learn all about the agricultural history of the island. While in the windmill area, visit the miller’s house and observe how things were done back in the day. You can visit all three of the Folk houses every evening. The museum is free and opens most evenings from 4:30 to 9 p.m., so don’t miss out.
6. The Windmills
No visit to Mykonos would be complete without a visit to the iconic windmills. These windmills are as old as the 16th century. Since the wheat industry was a fundamental part of the island and contributed to trade, it’s what makes windmills so iconic to Mykonos. The windmills can be found between Little Venice and Niochori. At one point in the peak of the economic height of the island, Mykonos had almost 20 windmills. Although not as many windmills exist these days, you can still find several well-preserved ones all over the island. The windmills might not grind grain anymore, but they will offer you incredible views of the island from the hilltops.
7. Paradise Beach
Out of the many things to do in Mykonos, you cannot miss a visit to one of the many beaches. When you’re in Mykonos, you don’t want to miss a visit to the famous Paradise beach. You will find Paradise beach on the southern shore of the island. If you love to relax on the beach as much as you enjoy a great party, then Paradise beach is the place to do so. Along the beach, you will find resorts, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs — where you can party until the sun comes out. Paradise beach also welcomes nudists, so if it’s something you’ve always wanted to try, now it’s your chance.
8. Visit the Many Greek Orthodox Churches
An interesting fact about Mykonos — there are over 70 Christian Orthodox churches on the island. Many of the churches on the island were built right after the Byzantine era by the affluent families of Mykonos. They built the churches in gratitude to God or to bring honor to one of their family members. If you’re not a religious person, you can still appreciate the architecture of the many churches. While you’re there, make sure you don’t miss some of the most iconic churches, Zoodochos Pigi, Agia Kyriaki, Paraportiani, Agia Eleni, and Saint Nicolas. Don’t forget to learn about the history of each church while you’re there.
Only a Few of the Things to Do in Mykonos
There are many things to do in Mykonos whether you like to relax by the beach, party all night, or learn about the history. Need personalized VIP tours while you’re in Mykonos, check out what we have to offer. And if you need a private chauffeur while you’re at it, contact us to make a reservation.