If you have dreamt of holidaying in the Mediterranean, then the Greek island of Mykonos is worth packing your suitcases and taking the next available flight to it. The vibrancy and energy when you simply walk around the distinct white and blue island is tremendous. No wonder it is always buzzing during the peak summer season which typically starts in June and ends in October. It is mostly warm for the major part of the year and the lovely sea breeze blowing through your hair makes it look like a scene just out of a movie.
The sandy white beaches are always beckoning you to visit and take a dip in the crystal-clear waters. The most popular ones are Ornos, Paradise, Super Paradise and Elia.
Ornos being closest to the city center is much quieter and the winds are relatively less as compared to the other beaches. Thus, making it perfect for families and for those looking for some ‘me time’.
The Elia Beach has the longest stretch of white sands and transparent waters; although it is far from the city center still attracts many people.
Paradise is the most popular among backpackers and party goers alike. Typically, the beach parties start around 4 pm and go on till wee hours of the morning. The city is best explored on foot or if that is too tedious for you, there are multiple options for ATV’s, bikes, scooters, mopeds and even buses.
You can start walking at leisure around little Venice, which derives is name due to the little houses on the water. This is an excellent place to spend the evening sipping coffee or wine in one of the many bars and catch a glimpse of the sunset. You can also treat your eyes to the white windmills, which are historically symbolic to the island in terms of the prosperity and trade. Out of 16 that are preserved, 7 are perched on a small hill in Kato Myloi (Lower Windmills) in the village Chora.
You can visit 2 of these windmills namely; Bonis Mill and Geronymos mills to get a good look and understanding of how they work.
As you walk around the city passing through cobbled streets and narrow lanes, you cannot help but notice the serene white colored buildings and houses perfectly complimenting the blue Aegean Sea water. Thus, making it a symbol of the Greek flag colors. But more importantly, they were initially painted white to insulate the homes and make it heat resistant. Winters become cooler, but most of the island is empty and only a few hotels are occupied. If you are looking for a relaxing way to spend your afternoon, you can also take a boat tour of the island or smaller islands around for as little as 250 Euros. But make sure to make bookings in advance to get some good deals.
Mykonos has something for everybody; families, honeymooning couples, solo travelers and even senior citizens. You can enjoy the fast-paced beach parties or relish your favorite dish or simply plonk yourself on of the quieter beaches to catch the sunset and windmills. If Greece is on your bucket list, be sure to include Mykonos in the itinerary because it is truly worth it.