Mykonos may be known as a party island, but this Mediterranean destination offers a range of options for those seeking a slower pace
No longer just the playground of those looking for a party, magical Mykonos has evolved into a cosmopolitan island escape, blending authentic Greek hospitality, fresh local cuisine, blissful beaches, panoramic views and a dining scene that can be as lively or laidback as visitors desire.
While Mykonos might always offer beach clubs and nightlife worth planning a trip around, the island’s allure is expanding to include a variety of unique experiences. Visitors to this Greek island can explore iconic architecture, tantalise their tastebuds with island cuisine, get a bird’s eye view of Mykonos, walk down streets that have graced the silver screen or venture further afield to the neighbouring island of Delos.
Genuine Greek Hospitality and Family-run Accommodation
Hospitality is said to be abundant in Greece and Mykonos is no exception. Steeped in a tradition of opening homes to weary travellers, Mykonos’ residents offer insight to some of the island’s most appealing sites. One such family is the Daktylides family, behind Myconian Collection, who opened and operated its first hotel in 1979. Today, the four sons of the founder, George, continue the tradition by running the luxury boutique Mykonos hotels in some of the most desirable locales.
The Myconian Villa Collection is the only property in Greece awarded Legend Collection status as a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. Blending the benefits of a luxury resort with an intimate, boutique setting akin to staying in a high-end private house, the Myconian Villa Collection is nestled into the hillside above Mykonos’ longest sandy beach, Elia, on the chilled southern side of the island. Villas and suites enjoy panoramic ocean views from balconies, outdoor jacuzzis and infinity pools, while flexible accommodation configurations make the Myconian Villa Collection an ideal option for groups of families and friends. Guests can take advantage of 24-hour butler service, an in-house chef, on-site boutiques, gym, restaurants and a world-class Thalasso Spa, all within 10 kilometres of lively Mykonos Town, but in an idyllic location made for experiencing indulgent island life.
Walk in the Footsteps of Stars
With all its Greek island charm, it’s no surprise that Mykonos has hosted several famous movies over the years. Memorable pictures include the upbeat 80s film Summer Lovers, spy thriller The Bourne Identity and heartwarming Shirley Valentine. Fans of Shirley Valentine can follow in the heroine’s footsteps by relaxing on the low-crowd Agios Ioannis beach.
Travel Further Afield
Those looking for an historical experience that’s more hands on can delve into ancient Greek history on the nearby island of Delos. A UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s known as The Garden of the Gods, Delos is accessible from Mykonos on a private yacht charter. Visitors can marvel at iconic statues, ancient houses and temples and gain insight into early Greek life and the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis with an experienced local tour guide.
Exclusive Myconian Experiences
Arriving in Mykonos on a cruise ship? Then the Old Port of Mykonos will likely be your alighting spot. Yet visitors to the Mykonos Old Port are drawn to the picturesque white-washed buildings, winding streets and eclectic cafes and shops.
Travellers can explore the waterfront village ambiance of Little Venice while taking in the tastes and smells of local cuisine. The shorefront buildings directly abut the sea, offering guests the perfect balcony spot for unwinding alongside the sunset.
Another equally awe-inspiring location to watch the sunset on Mykonos is amid the 16th century windmills overlooking Mykonos Town (Chora). The sunset view from the windmills’ vantage point is one of the most iconic in Greece, so be sure to leave plenty of time to climb up to the apex.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to capture a village with white-washed buildings and iconic blue doors, then look no further than Mykonos Town, also known as Chora. Culture fanatics can also delve into Greek history and tradition in Chora while the less formal presentations of Greek culture can be found within the shops that pepper the cobbled streets.
Neighbouring Little Venice, stands a complex of Greek Orthodox churches known as the Panagia Paraportiani. Travellers come from near and far just to get a glimpse of one of the world’s most photographed sites—and maybe even contribute to the Byzantine era church’s status.