What is Mykonos in Greece known for?

Mykonos is undoubtedly the queen of the Cyclades. It is an island with the most vivid nightlife in Greece, but it also has astonishing beaches, a beautiful Chora and elegant shops, boutiques and restaurants.

Let’s see everything you need to know about Mykonos, the ideal destination for jetsetters and demanding guests!

Chora of Mykonos

Mykonos Chora

The Town of Mykonos (or in Greek Chora) is full of white-washed houses, narrow paved streets, bars, high-end restaurants, haute couture boutiques and shops with local products, where you can stroll around for hours!

The most romantic spot is Little Venice, where fishing houses line the waterfront with their balconies hanging over the sea, creating a unique scenery, which reminds of Venice. Cocktail bars and restaurants by the sea are perfect for relaxing, but after midnight, most bars in Little Venice become party spots.

Another unmissable spot in Mykonos Chora are the Windmills. They are standing at the highest point of the town with a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea and the whole island. They are well-preserved, being a vivid sample of the Cycladic architecture. Taking photos at this spot is a must to remember the unforgettable moments of your vacations, as the windmills are the trademark of the island.

At night, the best place to be in the Chora is the streets inside the town that remind of a labyrinth. They are called Matoyiannia, and here is the center of Mykonos nightlife with innumerable clubs and bars for a convenient bar-hopping with lots of drinks and the sound of techno, house, pop and Greek music until late the next morning. Elegant shops, restaurants from many cuisines, boutiques and wonderful squares make this area in Mykonos Town the best place to walk around, meet new people and discover the beauty of this white town.

Best beaches in Mykonos

paradise beach mykonos

Mykonos has amazing, long and sandy exotic beaches with azure sea waters. They are well-organized, with beach bars and luxury restaurants as well as water sports facilities.

Top beaches, where you should definitely swim in Mykonos, are:

  • Super Paradise: A beach of extraordinary beauty, it is considered a party beach, with two beach bars and restaurants for having fun until night. It is also a gay-friendly and nudism beach.
  • Paradise: Next to Super Paradise, it attracts mostly young people thanks to its endless day and night party. It is also nudism-friendly and has also a diving club. Cavo Paradiso, which is located there, is the most popular club on the island, if not in Greece. Worldwide famous for its electro, techno and house music, Cavo Paradiso organizes parties with the best DJs in the world.
  • Kalo Livadi: A beach that combines both partying as well as relaxation, this stunning beach with golden soft sand and crystal-clear waters is considered among the most elegant in Mykonos.
  • Paranga: Paranga seems, due to the rocks in its middle, like two beaches. The left part is quieter, while the right part has famous beach bars for an unforgettable experience of luxury. Chill music in the afternoon, which turns into dance music after a while, gives you the opportunity to drink your cocktail, swim, sunbathe and dance in the exact same place.
  • Kalafatis: Kalafatis is famous thanks to its fully organized water sports center due to the constantly blowing north wind, so it is the ideal spot for kite and windsurfers.
  • Elia: Elia is one of the longest beaches on the island. Only 10 km from Mykonos Town, it offers a wide choice of taverns and restaurants and is quieter than the other beaches.
  • Lia: This beach is famous for its soft sand and its crystal waters, and it is quieter than the other beaches in Mykonos. 
  • Agrari: Even quieter, actually an off-the-beaten-path choice, Agrari is partly organized, with soft sand and the clearest waters you can find, offering you a perfect opportunity to relax.

Nightlife in Mykonos

Mykonos Party

The greatest asset of Mykonos is its nightlife, which makes it one of the most popular destinations for young travelers. Of course, even older people come to the island because there they can also enjoy high quality nightlife in elegant clubs and beach restaurants.

Parties in Mykonos are everywhere, at the beach bars or in Chora. The day begins after 11 or even 12 in the noon, because last night, everyone was having fun in a club until late.

During the day, you can go to one of the numerous party beaches in Mykonos, such as Super Paradise, Paradise, Paranga or Kalo Livadi and stay there until late at night, swimming, dancing, flirting and drinking alcohol. Most people go then to their accommodation, sleep and get rest until the midnight.

Then, the party in Chora begins! Little Venice, Matoyianna and the Old Port are the best spots to party until the dawn.

However, many youngsters choose spots outside the town, such as Cavo Paradiso, for unforgettable festivals and DJ sets that everyone talks about.

Delos Island

Delos Mykonos

Mykonos is not only the island of crazy nightlife, alcohol and partying all day long. It is also an island that offers you the opportunity to spend cultural vacations and visit one of the most significant historical sites in Greece.

For the lovers of history, the island of Delos is something unique. According to mythology, Delos was the birthplace of God Apollo, and the ancient Greeks considered it a sacred place, building the Temple of Apollo and a theatre for theatrical performances. The historical site of Delos is located in a very close distance to Mykonos and is connected with it by boat several times in the day in less than 20 minutes.

In addition to the ancient temple and the theatre, you can also see the Avenue of the Lions, the House of Dionysus, the Doric Temple of Isis and the Hellenistic Agora.

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