Mykonos is one of the group of islands known as the Cyclades which also includes Santorini, Naxos and Ios
Mykonos is famous for its beautiful sandy beaches, immaculately whitewashed houses, sophisticated nightlife and quality boutique shopping.Blessed with such qualities Mykonos has something for everyone and is of course one of the most cosmopolitan of all the Greek islands.
Mykonos is also one of the most beautiful and it has now developed a reputation and quite justifiably attracts large amounts of tourists from all over the world, amongst them many star celebrities all in search of that little piece of heaven.
Its famous windmills stand guard on the hilltops looking over the sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea and the many sandy beaches along its shoreline. Mykonos is a Cycladic gem which is understandably why holidays to Mykonos are becoming increasingly popular.
Mykonos is associated with leading figures in Greek Mythology, which include Hercules and Apollo and so any holiday in Mykonos can also include a chance to explore Greece's Ancient History and Mythology.
The island's popularity as a holiday destination owes as much to its exceptional Cycladic architecture, which is characterised by white, asymmetrical buildings and clear lines, as its picturesque beaches. Together these characteristics on Mykonos attract tourists from all over the world, and even the British film as Shirley Valentine was filmed here in the 1980s.
From the harbour, you can see the main square beyond the small town beach and a cluster of buildings, referred to as Taxis Square.. Here you'll find several travel agents, kiosks, snack bars and of course, and the taxi station.
The main street leads south off this square behind the church. The street is narrow, but you can hardly miss the bars, boutiques, and restaurants. Several 'blocks' along you'll find several hotels and restaurants. Traffic is banned from Mykonos town centre which has preserved the character of the town. Part of the fun is getting lost in Mykonos Sky through the small streets.
The Windmills are located in Mykonos Town, on the opposite side of the famous Little Venice. There are four beautiful white windmills also considered as the trademark of the island. From this side of the bay, the windmill area offers a beautiful view over Little Venice.
Little Venice is located in Mykonos Town and it is considered as one of the trademarks of Mykonos Island. It is more exactly situated in the area of Alefkandra. If you get there, you will really be impressed by the landscape.
Agios Stefanos Beach is as long as a football pitch and, thanks to bookending headlands, it's well protected from the strong meltemi winds. Cafes, ice-cream spots and tavernas line up behind the sands. Down by the shore, meanwhile, you've got watersports like kayaking to try out. Just be sure to get here early for a good spot it's the closest beach to the capital, so it can get busy in the summer months.
Ornos is only a short distance away from Mykonos Town, but it has developed in to a large family resort in its own right. Its coarse sandy beach curls around a wide bay, which is sheltered from the island’s strong summer winds. Behind the beach the view takes in a big range of shops, restaurants, and smart hotels. And behind them, the petit white houses on the surrounding low hills are watched over by the 16th-century windmills which is all part and parcel of the Mykonos landscape.
This wide sandy beach, has wooden loungers, and a gentle shelf in to the sea, which makes Ornos Beach a great find for young families with children. For more grown-up tastes, there’s no shortage of things to do, either, whether it’s water-skiing or windsurfing, or taking it easy with a cold drink at one of the beach bars.
To one end of the bay there’s a small harbour where visiting yachts drop their anchors and water-taxis ply their trade, shuttling passengers back and forth between the south coast beaches. Small boats also stop here en route to the UNESCO-listed inslet of Delos, which has many ruined temples and statues dating back to the days of Apollo and Artemis.
The island's capital Mykonos Town is practically on the doorstep and it's a 5-minute bus ride away. Its many bars and clubs and its 2 beaches playing around the clock music have earned it a reputation as a place 'to be seen'. But it's also got bags of charm with whitewashed buildings,and a maze of slender streets. The area known as Little Venice, meanwhile, is flooded with art galleries and chic restaurants tucked between tall Venetian houses.
Plati Yialos is on Mykonos southern coast and is perhaps best-known for its long curl of golden sand. It sets the bar high, but the supporting cast rises to the challenge. A bumper crop of smart hotels and tavernas are built right up to the shoreline and give the place a real cosmopolitan vibe. Behind the front, meanwhile, cube-like houses sprinkle the countryside like French Fancies, with the low spine of the surrounding hills at their back door.
The beach here comes with Blue Flag credentials, and a lot more besides. It's set in the safe arms of a cove, with the hills buffering it from winds. A shallow shoreline and lots of watersports make it very much a family place. But if you do fancy a change of scene, there are regular taxi-boats that come and go from the port at the left side of the bay to a succession of blonde beaches.
You're in a good spot for getting to Mykonos Town, the island's capital. It's a 10-minute drive north, and there's a regular bus service. Stick a pin in your guidebook and there's lots to see here. The look is straight from a picture postcard, with a cat’s cradle of streets containing sugar-cube dwellings and tiny chapels. Plus, there's a trio of museums, and tonnes of boutiques and art galleries. The picturesque waterside area is known as Little Venice because of its arcaded Venetian houses built right up to the shore.
How To Get There:
Charter flights are available from all major UK airports and start in May until October. Mykonos Town is located 4 km away from Mykonos Town, approx 10 mins drive.
By Ferry Boat
Mykonos is a small port with sea links to Athens (Piraeus Port), Rafina ,Cyclades Islands, Santorini, Crete.
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