Mykonos

Mykonos © HBarrison
Mykonos is upmarket, fashionable and a favourite among gay travellers. It's quite possibly Greece's most expensive island. Designer shops, perfect beaches, colourful tavernas and throbbing dance clubs are all on offer. That said, trendy crowds and nude beaches have not erased the destination's enchanting traditional flavour.

Sightseers can visit the island's archaeological museum, which displays finds from the necropolis (cemetery) on nearby Rhenia. Day trips to the uninhabited island of Delos are also highly recommended. The UNESCO World Heritage archaeological site was the Aegean's religious centre during ancient times, and features in some captivating myths. Its history is almost as interesting. Visitors can explore the temples and the Avenue of the Lions, and see stunning archaic sculptures in the museum.







Resorts

See our separate guides to the following Mykonos holiday resorts: Paros

Attractions

Aegean Maritime Museum
Aegean Maritime Museum © Zde

Aegean Maritime Museum

The Aegean Maritime Museum is a non-profit institution. Located on the island of Mykonos, it collects, studies and promotes Greek maritime history and tradition. Visitors can enjoy wonderful models of pre-Minoan ships, a superb collection of old maps and documents, navigational instruments, as well as rare coins and engravings. The museum is also proud of its three 'living' historical exhibits, namely the 'Armenistis' lighthouse, the Perama-type sailing boat 'Evangelistria', and the cable-laying steamship, 'Thalis o Milissios'. Along with these treasures, visitors can stroll through a picturesque garden courtyard and admire anchors, the top of the old Mykonos lighthouse, and replicas of drowned sailors' gravestones. All in all, the museum gives fascinating insight into the island's history, and is a good stop for the entire family.

Address: 10 Enoplon Dynameon Street 846 00 Myconos island, Greece; Website: http://aegean-maritime-museum.gr/en/aegean-maritime-museum-myconos


The Lions' Terrace in Delos
The Lions' Terrace in Delos © jandiano

Delos

The island of Delos is a must for history buffs and lovers of Greek mythology. In fact, the UNESCO World Heritage site one of Greece's most important mythological, historical and archaeological locations. People have lived on Delos since the 3rd millennium BC, with the island serving as a sacred site for multiple religions, cults and sects over the centuries. It has also played a role in numerous historical events and been the subject of myths and prophecies. Archaeological excavations on Delos are extensive and ongoing, uncovering many valuable buildings and artefacts. Some of these are on display in the Archaeological Museum of Delos. Visitors should look out for the circular Sacred Lake, the Minoan Fountain, the Terrace of the Lions, and several impressive ancient buildings and temples. Travellers visiting Mykonos should definitely include a trip to Delos in their plans.


Windmills
Windmills © Clarence

Mykonos Windmills

The white windmills are iconic on Mykonos island and are visible from every part of Hora village. Those interested in the mechanics of windmills - once such common and important technology and now seldom seen - will be captivated by them and children also tend to be enthralled. There is a reason for everybody to take a stroll to the famous windmills though, and that is the spectacular views from the hill. The hill is best visited in the late afternoon, towards sunset, and overlooks the whole town of Hora and the harbour too. There are 16 windmills left on Mykonos and seven of these stand on the hill at Hora (also often called Chora). Some of them were built by the Venetians in the 16th century, but construction continued into the 20th century so they are not all that old, or have been renovated since then. They were once an important means of survival and income for the inhabitants of the town and were used primarily to mill wheat. They are white-walled, thatched-roofed windmills and are rather mesmerising, although they are now out of use. It is a great spot for photographs and picnics and one of the mills has been turned into a small museum. There is no need for directions as the windmills are probably the first thing you see when you enter the village or the port.