A trove of historical sights, cobalt waters, and vibrant city-life, Greece's most famous cosmopolitan island suits every visitors' tastes.
According to Greek mythology, Mykonos was named after local hero and son of the god Apollo, and formed by the bodies of invincible giants after being killed by Hercules. A fusion of ancient historical sites, modern lifestyle, and simplistic architecture, Mykonos stands the test of time as one of the most beautiful cities to visit.
The unmatchable turquoise waters are the island's biggest natural attraction. Whether you're looking for a secluded cove or a beach covered with vendors and fellow tourists, you can find the perfect place to set up for a day in the sun on one of Mykonos's 25 beaches. Located on the northern side of the island, Fokos Beach offers a secluded and relatively tourist-free beach with calm waters perfect for a relaxing and refreshing swim. Situated in front of a small fishing community, Ornos Beach is the perfect destination to for adrenaline-seekers to dive, waterski, and windsurf. The beach is surrounded by an array of oceanfront restaurants to satisfy visitors after working up an appetite on the water.
The second biggest attraction, aside from the spectacular beaches, is the capital town, Hora. Here, you can enjoy a beautiful stroll through the narrow, marble streets while admiring the iconic whitewashed houses with colorful stairways and terraces.
Only a short boat trip from the island is Delos, one of the most important mythological, historical, and arheological sites. According to mythology, Delos is the birthplace of Apollo and Aphrodite. In addition, the Archeological Museum of Delos displays many artifacts, allowing visitors to visualize how ancient Greeks lived.
Try Mykonos's trademark dish, Kopanisti Mykonou. The salty, spicy cheese has been found in Mykonos for over 300 years, making it a must-try before leaving the paradise island. While the dish can be found all over the island, enjoy it at the famous waterfront Yialo Yialo along with some more traditional Mediterranean specialties, fresh fish, and an incredible view of the ocean.
Nicknamed the "Party Animal of the Cycladic Islands," Mykonos is the island that never sleeps. During its peak summertime months, DJ's from around the world gather at superclubs, such as Paradise Club, giving visitors unforgettable performances lasting until the break of dawn.
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