Discovering Mykonos: A Guide to the Ultimate Greek Island Experience

Published April 8th, 2024
Travel Guides

Welcome to the enchanting island of Mykonos, a jewel in the Aegean Sea known for its dazzling beaches, vibrant nightlife, and rich history. Whether you are a sunseeker, history buff, or a lover of exquisite cuisine, Mykonos has something to offer for every traveler. In this guide, we will walk you through the essentials, from arriving at Mykonos Airport to immersing yourself in the island’s unique culture and attractions.

1. Arrival at Mykonos Airport from the US

Your journey begins as you touch down at Mykonos International Airport (JMK), ready to embrace the island’s charm. From the US, several airlines offer connecting flights to Mykonos with a layover in Athens. Upon arrival, the airport is conveniently located just 4 kilometers (approximately 2.5 miles) from southeast of Mykonos Town (also known as Chora), the island’s bustling central hub. Mykonos Town is only 4 kilometers from Choulakia Bay, where our luxury vacation villa is nestled. The name “Choulakia” derives from the unique beach and its significant ecological value attributed to the presence of large, rounded pebbles known as ‘Choulakia.’
Getting from Mykonos Airport to our villa in Choulakia Bay, Mykonos, is a straightforward process. Taxis are readily available outside the airport; a scenic drive will take you to our villa. Also, renting a car is a convenient option, allowing you to explore the island at your own pace.

2. Connect with Nature

Mykonos, though famous for its lively nightlife and stunning beaches, also offers opportunities to connect with nature. Here are several ways to enjoy the natural beauty of Mykonos:

Explore the Beaches:

-Mykonos boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the Aegean. Relax on the sandy shores of beaches like Psarou, Agios Ioannis, or Elia. Consider quieter options like Ftelia or Agios Sostis for a more serene experience. The distances between our villa in Choulakia Bay and the mentioned beaches are approximately 15 minutes by car.

Agios Stefanos beach lies on the west side of Mykonos, near the new port (Tourlos) and is a most popular beach on the island. It’s a partially organized sandy beach that features stunning sunset vistas as well as views of the adjacent Delos and Rhenia islands.

Delos Island Excursion:
Take a boat trip to Delos, a nearby uninhabited island and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore ancient Greek ruins and absorb the natural beauty of this historic location.

Sunset Views:
Enjoy spectacular sunsets from iconic viewpoints like Little Venice in Mykonos Town, the windmills, or the Armenistis Lighthouse. The golden hues against the Aegean Sea create a mesmerizing spectacle.

Water Sports:
If you seek water adventures, Mykonos won’t disappoint. The island’s beaches offer a variety of water sports, from windsurfing at Kalafatis, snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters, to jet-skiing at Platis Gialos.

Boat Tours:
Discover hidden coves and secluded beaches on a boat tour around the island. Many companies offer day trips or private charters, allowing you to explore the coastline and nearby islets.

Countryside Drive:
Rent a car or a scooter and explore the rural side of Mykonos. Drive through picturesque villages, olive groves, and vineyards, immersing yourself in the island’s natural charm.

3. Shopper’s Paradise

Mykonos is a shopper’s paradise with a mix of high-end boutiques, local markets, and quaint shops. Stroll through the narrow streets of Mykonos Town to discover unique fashion, jewelry, and local crafts. Matogianni Street, the most popular street in Mykonos, is renowned for its designer boutiques, offering the latest trends.

Even though expensive designer stores are a true attraction of Matogianni street, the authenticity of the unique local souvenir and clothing shops should not be underestimated. As you leisurely stroll through this vibrant street, make sure to explore the handmade souvenirs and crafts offered by the smaller establishments—a delightful way to bring a touch of local charm back home with you.

4. Exquisite Dining

Indulge your taste buds in the rich culinary scene of Mykonos. Enjoy traditional Greek cuisine at local tavernas or savor gourmet dishes at upscale restaurants. Fresh seafood, fava beans, and kopanisti (local cheese) are must-try specialties.

Little Venice is a picturesque area with seaside restaurants perfect for a romantic sunset dinner. Visit Alefkandra and Remezzo for amazing sea views and a fusion of Greek, Mediterranean and seafood.

Located in the same area, only 4 minutes walking distance, you will find some amazing dining options on Matogianni Street.

M-eating: M-eating stands as a culinary gem offering an elegant and upscale ambiance. Renowned for its sophisticated atmosphere, this restaurant crafts a dining experience that seamlessly blends Greek and Mediterranean flavors with a modern twist. The diverse menu caters to discerning palates, making M-eating a go-to destination for those seeking a refined and eclectic culinary adventure in Mykonos.

Nice ‘n Easy: Nice ‘n Easy stands out with its stylish and contemporary ambiance. Specializing in Mediterranean cuisine, this culinary haven takes a modern approach to Greek dishes, emphasizing organic and locally sourced ingredients. With a commitment to sustainability and a focus on fresh, quality flavors, Nice ‘n Easy invites diners to experience a unique and tasteful journey that harmoniously blends the richness of Greek culinary traditions with a modern and eco-conscious twist.

Only 10 minutes away from the main street of Matogianni Street, you will find the following culinary gems:

Kounelas Fish Taverna: Located right on Agios Stefanos Beach, Kounelas Fish Taverna is your go-to spot for a laid-back, seaside setting where you can kick back, enjoy the salty breeze, and savor some of the best, mouthwatering fresh seafood and classic Greek dishes. The best part? You get to soak in the beautiful sea views, making it the perfect spot to unwind and dive into a delicious Mediterranean experience.

Kuzina Mykonos: Situated on the golden shores of Ornos Beach, Kuzina Mykonos captivates with its beachfront charm and trendy ambiance. Offering a delightful blend of Greek and Mediterranean fusion cuisine, this culinary gem is celebrated for its chic atmosphere and a menu that sparks creativity.

5. Historical Hub

Delve into Mykonos’ rich history by visiting the following landmarks:

Windmills of Mykonos: Spread across the island, the windmills of Mykonos are iconic symbols. Built by the Venetians in the 16th century, these windmills once served as a vital part of the island’s agricultural economy.

Church of Paraportiani: This iconic whitewashed church, a harmonious blend of five smaller chapels, dates back to the 15th century. Its unique architectural design and historical significance make it one of the most photographed and visited landmarks in Mykonos.

Archaeological Museum of Mykonos: This museum showcases a fascinating collection of artifacts, including pottery, jewelry, and sculptures, offering a glimpse into Mykonos’ ancient past. Among its treasures are items from the nearby island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Ano Mera and Panagia Tourliani Monastery: Ano Mera, a traditional village at the heart of Mykonos, is home to the Panagia Tourliani Monastery. This 16th-century monastery boasts a stunning marble bell tower and houses a valuable collection of icons. Visiting Ano Mera provides a tranquil escape from the bustling tourist areas, allowing you to immerse yourself in the island’s cultural and historical heritage.

6. Embrace the Nightlife

As the sun sets, Mykonos transforms into a party paradise. Explore the lively nightlife in Mykonos Town or dance the night away at beach clubs where the vibrant atmosphere and world-class DJs make for unforgettable evenings. Here are some most popular nightlife spots to visit:

Cavo Paradiso: Cavo Paradiso is an iconic open-air club situated on Paradise Beach. It’s renowned for hosting top-notch DJs, featuring a spectacular setting overlooking the Aegean Sea, and drawing an international crowd.

Scorpios: Located on Paraga Beach, Scorpios is a beach club and restaurant with a bohemian-chic vibe. It’s famous for its sunset parties, eclectic music, and artistic ambiance, making it a favorite among those seeking a sophisticated nightlife experience.

Super Paradise Beach Club: A legendary beach club and party destination, Super Paradise Beach Club is known for its lively daytime atmosphere and energetic beach parties that continue well into the night.

Nammos: Located on Psarou Beach, Nammos is a high-end beach club and restaurant that transforms into a vibrant party venue after sunset. It attracts a glamorous crowd and is well-regarded for its upscale ambiance and music.

Astra: Astra is a classic nightclub located in the heart of Mykonos Town. With its stylish decor, open-air dance floor, and a mix of international and local DJs, Astra is a popular spot for those looking to dance the night away.

To Wrap Up

Mykonos, with its unique blend of history, culture, and leisure, promises an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re captivated by its charming, narrow cobblestone streets, mesmerized by its beaches, or enchanted by its history, Mykonos has a little something for everyone. Book our luxury vacation villa in Mykonos and create memories that will last a lifetime by embracing the magic of this unique Greek island.

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