Since its days as a quaint fishing village, Mykonos has become the must-visit destination for those seeking relaxing days and lively evenings. Sit and enjoy a meal al fresco in one of the many traditional tavernas. Or simply feast your eyes on the beguilingly simple fishing houses and windmills that are dotted along the landscape.
Windmills and whitewashed villages, with a spirited side by night.
Things to do
At some point during your stay in Mykonos you are bound to wander down Matoyianni Street, a narrow pedestrianised treasure trove of shops and boutiques. Here you’ll find all sorts to tempt you – from jewellery to clothes and souvenirs.
During a storm back in 1954, Petros the pelican found refuge on Mykonos and stayed ever since. The islanders took a shine to him and after his death replaced him with a new pelican. The tradition continues, so keep your eyes peeled to spot Petros’ latest incarnation.
There are plenty of museums on the island that are well worth a visit. The Aegean Maritime Museum contains a fascinating display of regional boats and seafaring craft, while the Panagia Paraportiani church seems hewn out of the rock itself.
If you’re intending to take a boat trip to nearby Delos and sample its unique archaeological history, take hats and sunscreen – there is very little shade on the island.
Top tip from SLH