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Mykonos, Greece Travel Guide  

     Kykonos Town and its harbor offer much to see and do

The Island of Mykonos, believed to have been populated since the 10th century BC, takes its name from Mykon, a descendant of Apollo. The island is mentioned in several key stories of Greek Mythology and its history also includes settlement by the Phoenicians, rule by the Persians, participation in the Roman Empire, administration by the Byzantine Empire and conquest by the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. 

Mykonos is a popular travel destination and the island has thrown off much of the classic Greek island culture and assumed the role of a more cosmopolitan playground.  Mykonos is best known for great beaches, enchanting windmills, nightclubbing, "beautiful people" and having fun.

Mykonos is picturesque and considered by many as the leading place to be in the Greek Islands. Others consider it limited, offering only sun, sand, numerous "nude" beaches and "hop till you drop" nightlife. However, if that is what you are looking for, Mykonos is the best place to find it in the Greek Islands.


The center of activity is Mykonos Town, which  known by its "picture postcard" looks.  The town is comprised of  numerous whitewashed buildings complete with colorful doors and a myriad of wandering, cobbled lanes that help give the Mykonos its unique, mysterious and romantic atmosphere. 

You can visit the town's famous windmills, take in a church or two  or visit the island's small but modestly interesting museums.  However, we think you will find the town understated, at least until the nightlife starts, and prefer to spend your days playing in the sun at one of delightful beaches for which Mykonos is so well known.

     Mykonos beach scene at sunset

     Mykonos Town and its harbor are the start of many adventures

The old fishing port at Mykonos is still charming, even though the island has evolved into a jet-set attraction featuring fine hotels and amenities.

     Sunsets at Mykonos can be spectacular, you just have to snare them for the record.

Sunsets at Mykonos can be spectacular.  The number of cruise ships on the horizon should tell you that this is a popular place with travelers.


Another reason for visiting Mykonos is that it is the best place to start a tour of the impressive archeological site on the nearby island of Delos, Greece.  Delos, a small, rocky island, was one of the most sacred places in Greek mythology due to its role as the birthplace of  the twins Apollo and Artemis, two of the most important gods of the early Greeks. 

The island's small size does not prepare you for the incredible extent of ruins and ongoing excavations that can be found on Delos.  We highly recommend a visit, as Delos is, perhaps, the most outstanding archaeological site in Greece, outside of the Acropolis and other ancient sights in Athens. 

    The Lions of the Naxians at Delos, Greece
    The Lions of the Naxians at Delos, Greece


If you visit, be sure to tour the small but excellent Archaeological Museum of Delos  of Delos.

Delos is hot and dry much of the year, so bring water, sunscreen and a hat.  Sturdy footwear is recommended. There is much to see here, so joining a tour or hiring a guide is highly recommended.

Additional Resources

Mykonos does not have an official tourism website and the one posted by the municipality of Mykonos lacks detail.  The commercial website Greeka is a good resources, as is Mykonos Web.  Both provide additional information on the places we recommend in Mykonos, as well as details on lodging, tours and more.

Check our recommendations for the best places to visit in Greece for more details on this vacation paradise

Additional information on travel in Greece can be found at Visit Greece, the official tourism website for the country.

For country facts on Greece, as well as travel information related to visas, driving rules, safety, medical conditions, visas and other travel-related information, see this page on Greece Travel from the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. State Department.  Regardless of your home country, we think you will find the information provided to be useful when planning a trip to Greece.

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winding lanes, cobbled paths, colorful doors add to the mystery of Mykonos Mykonos has many inviting cobbled lanes.

 All of the Greek Island have churches, but those in Mykonos are exceptionally scenic The simple but beautiful rooftop view  of one of the many whitewashed churches of Mykonos.

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