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Welcome to Mykonos

When it comes to the Greek islands, few places are able to meet idealized expectations like the island of Mykonos, with its stark-white buildings and beautiful beaches on the azure waters of the Aegean Sea. Now one of the more cosmopolitan destinations in Greece, Mykonos also serves as a convenient jumping-off point for nearby attractions. The neighboring island of Delos—the alleged birthplace of Artemis and Apollo—scratches that mythology itch with its treasure trove of ancient ruins, including the Temple of Apollo, Sacred Way, and Terrace of the Lions. Visitors who decide to book a tour have the choice of a catamaran, yacht, sailing boat, or even cruise ship to explore the nearby uninhabited island of Rhenia and its paradise beach; and guided scuba diving and snorkeling trips are popular ways to enjoy the region’s clear blue waters. Back on Mykonos island, there are two main communities: Mykonos Town, or Chora, is a sea of charming whitewashed houses and winding streets originally intended to confuse invading pirates. Though the town has developed rapidly, its original style is intact and evident in the medieval houses and wooden terraces of Little Venice. Inland, the small village of Ano Mera has a different energy, with a 16th century monastery and traditional tavernas still steeped in the old Mykonian spirit. After all the sightseeing tours, soak in Greek island spirit against a sunset backdrop to end any day in this Cycladic gem.

Top 10 attractions in Mykonos

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Little Venice

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Little Venice is a tiny quarter of trendy boutiques, churches and whitewashed fishermen’s houses lining the seafront in Mykonos’ Old Town. Flowering bougainvillea adds a touch of crimson to the bright white walls, and wooden balconies painted in trademark Grecian colors of blue and rust hang over the narrow streets. Just south of the Old Jetty at the entrance to Little Venice, stands the rocklike Church of Panagia Paraportiani, while the town’s iconic row of hilltop windmills overlook the quarter. Come to Little Venice at dusk to capture postcard shots of a Mykonos sunset, and stay on into the evening at a waterfront taverna.More
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Mykonos Windmills (Kato Mili)

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The whitewashed windmills lined up on a hill overlooking Mykonos Town are a signature island sight. Capped with wood and straw, the 3-story conical windmills were built in the 16th century to mill flour. Out of the 16 preserved windmills on the island, seven are found in the area of Kato Mili overlooking the Chora Mykonos harbor.More
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Church of Panagia Paraportiani

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The flower-bedecked Church of Panagia Paraportiani is a highlight of your walk through Mykonos’ picture-perfect Little Venice. Built between the 14th and 17th centuries, the island’s most photographed church is comprised of five whitewashed chapels across two floors that once guarded the entrance to the town’s castle.More
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Mykonos Cruise Port

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Known world-over for its cosmopolitan lifestyle and booming nightlife, Mykonos is a favorite amongst visitors on the Greece leg of their Mediterranean tour. With a load of wonderful beaches to park at, Mykonos is also filled with museums and other tokens of cultural life. The town itself is a wonderful maze of charming little streets and traditional buildings full of shops, cafes and restaurants. Feel free to get lost when exploring Mykonos. Now with two ports, one of which is the relatively new, but smaller marina, all sorts of cruise liners, yachts and other boats swarm the island of Mykonos - making it a common ferry destination from places like Rafina or Piraeua, where you can catch a ride daily. Mykonos also has an international airport only a few miles away from the town itself, offering flights from a number of major European destinations.More
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Kalafatis Beach

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With its long stretch of golden sand and steady coastal winds, Kalafatis Beach is not only one of Mykonos’ most beautiful beaches–it’s also earned a reputation as the island’s water sports hub. The beach is most renowned for its windsurfing, but other popular activities include jet skiing, water skiing, banana boating and wakeboarding.More
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Ornos Beach

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Tucked away from the buzzing nightlife of Mykonos Town, Ornos Beach is draped around a sheltered bay whose calm water makes it a popular family swimming spot. A generous selection of seafront restaurants, tavernas, and resorts offer plenty of amenities for a day in the sun or a longer stay on the island’s quieter side.More
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Armenistis Lighthouse (Faros Armenistis)

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With its stark white tower perched atop the sea-cliffs of Cape Armenistis, and views stretching out over the ocean, the remote Armenistis Lighthouse (Faros Armenistis) feels a world away from the lively streets of nearby Mykonos Town. A striking reminder of Mykonos’ rich maritime heritage, the lighthouse dates back to 1891 and, despite standing at just 19-meters high, makes a dramatic sight, looking out across the strait towards Tinos island.More
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Panagia Tourliani Monastery

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Ano Mera is the second-largest settlement on Mykonos, and as far from the island’s party-crazy reputation it is possible to get. A whitewashed cluster northeast of Mykonos Town (also called Chora), life rumbles on here as it has done for centuries. There’s a daily fresh produce market in the village square and Ano Mera is popular with local families for leisurely Sunday brunches in traditional tavernas. The village’s chief claim to fame is the 16th-century whitewashed monastery of Panagia Tourliani and its church, which is fronted by an intricate marble bell tower and ornate triple bells. Founded in 1542 by monks from the neighboring island of Paros and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the monastery’s Byzantine styling is apparent in its red dome and its layout around a fountain-filled courtyard.More
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Paros

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The holiday island of Paros is the place for chilling out and napping on the beach, soaking up the relaxed Aegean vibe. Away from the beaches, terraced hills climb up to the mountainous interior, where the island’s famous pure white marble is quarried. The Paros marble has been famous for millennia, used by the ancient Greek genius who carved the beautiful Venus de Milo and by the sculptors who adorned Napoleon’s tomb. Your main base on the island is the port of Parikia, at the head of the bay on the northwest coast. There’s a labyrinthine old town to explore, a 13th-century Venetian fort and taverna-thronged waterfront for sunset drinks and seafood meals. The Panagia Ekatontapyliani church is a highlight of the entire Cyclades, with an ornate interior dating from the year 326. Make sure to visit the Byzantine Museum while you’re in the church grounds, filled with icons and other artifacts from the early Christian era.More
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Paradise Beach

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After a day relaxing on the sand or jet-skiing through the water, Paradise Beach is where holiday makers come to party when the sun goes down. During the day, you can rent an umbrella and beach lounge, and make the most of the beach’s bar service. At night, there are a couple of restaurants in town, but it’s the pumping music played by beach club DJs that draws the mostly young crowds. Paradise Beach is fine for the family during the day, but the scene turns loud and sexy after dark. Don’t come here to sleep! As well as the beach dance floor, there’s the famous Paradise Club all-night party megaclub, that’s been a favorite rave scene since 1993.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Mykonos

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Amazing time
Mirian_M, Sep 2020
Wine Tasting Tour at a traditional farm in Mykonos
We would recommend this to anyone who is curious or/and looking for activities around Mykonos
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Our guide Athena
Nikola_H, Sep 2020
Delos Day Trip from Mykonos
We booked the 4 hour tour which was enough time to see the whole island and be right back for lunch on Mykonos.
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The guide. So friendly and kind
Kathleen_K, Aug 2020
Beach Tour + Lunch
You get to see some of the famous Mykonos beaches, enjoy some good food and relax.
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Fun and informative small group tour
Pioneer484843, Oct 2019
Discover Authentic Mykonos
Our small group tour of Mykonos took us around the island to see the amazing views, beaches, and churches.
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A Beautiful City
lisap111, Oct 2019
Half-Day Small-Group Guided Tour of Mykonos
We were able to wander the port of Mykonos and get to see what was right in the port area.
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Excellent!
Vacation17403241660, Sep 2019
Private Tour: Mykonos Island in Half a Day
This tour is perfect for any one who wants to see different sides of Mykonos - it’s a beautiful and spiritual island, not only parties and beaches!
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Great Mykonos Overview!
N6655UBmichaelm, Sep 2019
Best of Mykonos island, 4 hours private tour
Excellent tour to see the highlights and gameplan other things to do around Mykonos.
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Off the Beat and Path
immapfefer, Aug 2019
Discover Authentic Mykonos
Great way to see Mykonos from the eyes of a local.
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Great Tour!
BethS_Cincinnati, Jul 2019
Best of Mykonos island, 4 hours private tour
She’s a Mykonos local and knows all the great spots to visit on the island.
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Fun way to see Mykonos!
Brent J, Jul 2019
e-Tuk Mykonos Cosmopolitan Riviera VIP Tour
Great way to see Mykonos for the first time!
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the best way to describe Mykonos...
Margot G, Aug 2017
Mykonos Old Town Walking Tour
so our guide showed us the main things to see and more important how to get there on our own : Great tour
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An outstanding guide who presented...
Jean L. A, Sep 2016
Mykonos Town and Island Half-Day Tour
An outstanding guide who presented the tour in both English and German with a flair for humor and informative narration.
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Very nice way to see the most of...
Ruth V, Jul 2015
Private Tour of Little Venice, Kalafati Beach and Panagia Tourliani Monastery
Very nice way to see the most of Mykonos , A lot of walking so make sure you have proper footwear .
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Best tour guide!
Cord_T, Jul 2020
Sunset at the Top of Mykonos!!!
100% worth it and a great opportunity to see the beauty of Mykonos.
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A Must!
Ryan M, Oct 2019
Sightseeing with a Mykonian
After learning about the town and walking through while hitting all the major spots, we went to the other side of the island and were able to visit the oldest church there and its attached museum, which were amazing, and lastly we were taken to a sma
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Amazing views, knowledgeable guide
464tamekaw, Sep 2019
Half-Day Small-Group Guided Tour of Mykonos
We were able to see about 4 different islands that our tour guide gave us brief histories on.
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An ideal off the beaten path experience
XXBP, Sep 2019
Sightseeing with a Mykonian
Excellent tour for anyone who wants to see the natural beauty of Mykonos.
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Very educational Tour
ByronA601, Aug 2019
Half-Day Delos Tour from Mykonos
There were lots to see and a lot of information to digest and I found a bit of research beforehand a great help.
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Mykonos Private Catamaran Cruise
LightPacker641606, May 2019
Mykonos Catamaran Private Sailing Cruise with Food and Drinks
We were able to visit Delos and get some incredible pictures of Little Venus and windmills from the water.
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Best day of our trip!
Maureen K, Jul 2018
Mykonos Catamaran Daytime or Sunset Sailing with Food and Drinks
I hope to see you the next time!!

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