The other side of the island
Mykonos is renowned as a cosmopolitan party isle, but scratch the surface and you’ll find the real Greek island experience. Athenians, Egyptians, Catalans and pirates have all called the island home since it was founded in the eleventh century, leaving a land rich with history and architecture. See Mykonos’ windmills, particularly those around the town of Xora, which command the island’s landscape.. The Aegean Maritime Museum and Folklore Museum can also be found on the island. Greco Philia is positioned on the tranquil south side of the island, close to the village of Ano Mera. Wander through streets of brilliant white Greek homes. Around Ano Mera’s delightful square you’ll discover traditional tavernas and bakeries. Pay a visit to the whitewashed Panagia Paraportiana, one of the most iconic church buildings in all of Greece Explore hidden beaches, take a horseback ride, or while the day away amid gorgeous Cycladic streets. The island houses tiny family cafés and world class restaurants, as well as plenty of shoreline activities. Neighbouring island Delos is a short boat trip away. The birthplace of Apollo, the tiny island was a capital for the Athenian, Spartan, Roman and Turkish navies. Now it boasts unspoiled beaches, turquoise coastline and picturesque ruins. It houses the first century Temple of Hera and the monumental Terrace of the Lions as well as the Archaeological Museum of Delos.
By night, the clubs, bars and live music venues of Little Venice on the island’s north side spring into life. Famed for its flawless sunsets and cocktails, Little Venice is strewn with spots for drinking, dancing and enjoying Mykonos’ nightlife. Dance DJs from across the globe touch down in Mykonos each year, and there are venues for fans of all kinds of music, from classical and jazz to rock and techno. The shoreline bars Scarpa and Galleraki — home of the Katerinaki cocktail — epitomize the Little Venice scene, morphing from sedate waterside cocktail spots into allnight house and dance clubs. Mykonos is also renowned as a haven for LGBT clubbers and holidaymakers, thanks to its welcoming locals and wealth of LGBTfriendly clubs and bars.