Mykonos – Jewel of the Cyclades

Everybody has heard of Mykonos – it is probably the best-known of the Greek Islands and today it is certainly the chicest.  This island became known as the main Mediterranean resort for gay tourists back in the 60’s, and although it is still very gay-friendly the island now attracts a diverse and upmarket crowd who come to enjoy the sun, sea, food and stylish nightlife.

My first visit to Mykonos was many years ago as part of my very first trip to Europe, which was one of those “if today is Monday, this must be Rome” type of excursions;   we ended the holiday with a week in Corfu and also visited Mykonos.

Top things to do in Mykonos Greece: Yachts
Mykonos Yachts

Top things to do in Mykonos


Most people come to Mykonos to soak up the sun and party, party, party.  For the former, you need a beach and Mykonos has some great beaches on offer.  The best way to find them is to hire a car – not much more expensive than motorcycles and a lot more comfortable and safe.  Panormos Beach is a very pleasant sheltered beach away from the crowds with a nice Taverna.  Close to the main town of Hora is Agios Stefanos Beach, also quite sheltered and has two good Tavernas.  Many people say Paranga is the best beach with lovely swimming, but it can be quite noisy.  The main “party” beaches are Paradise, Elia and Super Paradise Beach; perfect for the young – but the non-stop music means that those wanting some peace should rather choose another option!

Top Things to do in Mykonos Greece: Mykonos State Building
Mykonos State Building

Other Top Things to Do in Mykonos:

The Windmills:

The Windmills on Mykonos are the main place to go for the perfect photograph to remind you of Mykonos!  Try to go at sunset for the best photo opportunity.  You could also visit Little Venice and photograph the mills from there while sipping a sun-downer.


The island of Delos is just a short ferry trip from Mykonos and is an absolute must on your itinerary.  The archaeological site is wonderfully preserved and make sure to visit the museum to see some superb ancient marble statues and mouldings.

There is more, much more top things to do in Mykonos than what I have mentioned; you should do some research before you go to make sure you do not miss anything!  Late spring is probably the best time to visit.  On my last visit we were there at the end of the season and even in the main town of Mykonos it was depressingly quiet with many places already closed for the winter. Mykonos is also a regular stop on East Mediterranean cruises to the Greek Islands from Venice, Rome and Istanbul.

About Bridget Halberstadt


Hello, my name is Bridget Halberstadt: I am a freelance Travel and Food writer from Cape Town, South Africa. Travel and Food have been my passion for many years and I love to inspire others by sharing my travel experiences with them.

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