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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

Little Venice

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Situated in Chora Mykonos (aka Mykonos Town), the waterfront quarter of Little Venice is one of the island’s top sunset-viewing spots. Rows of whitewashed old fishermen’s houses—now occupied by bars, shops, and restaurants—back onto the seafront, their brightly painted red and blue balconies jutting out over the water.More
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Mykonos Windmills (Kato Mili)

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

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

Mykonos Cruise Port

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The cruise port of Mykonos offers easy access to both the town itself, called Chora, as well as the rest of the island and its sun-drenched beaches. Take time to get a little lost in the town’s maze of charming streets and traditional buildings full of shops, cafés, and restaurants before heading back to the ship or hotel.More
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Kalafatis Beach

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.For less adventurous beach-goers, Kalafatis also offers ample opportunities for swimming and snorkeling, as well as boat cruises around the sea caves of Dragonisi island. The beach itself is well equipped for families, with sunbeds and parasols for hire, beach volleyball nets, and a selection of cafés and restaurants nearby.More
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Armenistis Lighthouse (Faros Armenistis)

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.Today, the lighthouse is no longer in use and is closed to the public, but remains an impressive landmark and a popular spot from which to watch the sunset. The lighthouse’s original 19th-century lantern has been restored and is now on display in the Aegean Maritime Museum in Mykonos Town.More
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Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach

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By day, Paradise Beach is a water sports hot spot, with swimsuit-clad revelers enjoying banana boat rides, Jet Ski jaunts, and scuba diving excursions. Come late afternoon, its legendary party scene gets going as fun-seekers flock to the beach bars and clubs for music, dancing, drinking, and fun.More
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Panagia Tourliani Monastery

Panagia Tourliani Monastery

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Most visitors come to Ano Mera, in the interior of Mykonos, to see the Byzantine Panagia Tourliani Monastery, fronted by an ornate bell tower with triple bells. Its interior is perhaps even more impressive, with carved marble and wood, Byzantine frescoes, crystal chandeliers, a gilded pulpit, and a wooden altar screen with scenes from the New Testament.More
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Ornos Beach

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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Paros

Paros

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Long a ferry hub for trips throughout the Greek Islands, Paros has quietly become a second Mykonos without the crowds and the price tag. Away from its sun-kissed beaches—popular for soaking up the Aegean sun—terraced hills climb up to the mountainous interior, where the island’s famous pure-white marble is quarried.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Mykonos

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Sailing :)
EdMugnani, Oct 2021
Mykonos Catamaran Private Sailing Cruise with Food and Drinks
Anchored in a few beautiful spots…Outstanding homemade lunch…Great way to see the island
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A must for getting g around quickly
Angela_N, Oct 2021
Half-Day Private Guided Tour in Mykonos
Our half day private tour was perfect to see beaches, hills and Mykonos.
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Wonderful Mykonos Tour
Veronica_B, Oct 2021
Half-Day Private Guided Tour in Mykonos
We got to see all the highlights of Mykonos.
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Great tour of Mykonos
David_M, Aug 2021
Best of Mykonos island, 4 hours private tour
This was a wonderful opportunity to see the island of Mykonos.
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Unique Experience
Johnny_J, Aug 2021
Delos Tour from Mykonos
Is a unique experience to see al the ruins in Delos is really impressive.
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Fun on the Mediterranean Sea
Kimberly_P, Aug 2021
Mykonos Private cruise in south beaches, caves and Dragon island
Excellent way to see the island of Mykonos from the water view.
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Unforgettable
Andres_C, Aug 2021
Hiking Adventure in Mykonos with Lunch Option
You get to see incredible beaches and the view from the top is awesome.
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Mykonos from a different perspective
Rebecca_S, Nov 2021
Mykonos Wild Experience Tour
We went to an old monastery and town in the middle of the island which was full of local life, so pretty and good to see where the locals go.
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Great way to see Mykonos
Chris, Nov 2021
Discover Authentic Mykonos
Great way to see the animals.
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A very enjoyable experience!
Barinder_A, Sep 2021
Delos Day Trip from Mykonos
The only let down was that I was given a headset which did not always work well and was in Italian language instead of English which meant that I needed to stay close to Athina to fully understand and not miss any parts of the tour.
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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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Fun and informative small group tour
Marjorie_F, 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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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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Half day tour to Delos
682milesc, Apr 2019
Ancient Delos Tour
Just enough time to visit the museum before returning to Mykonos.
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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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When researching the various...
RobertD_L, Oct 2017
Ancient Delos Tour
When researching the various excursion options on our Mykonos stop we chose to visit Delos rather than the beach trips.
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