Top 10 Things To Do In Mykonos
- by XpatAthens
- Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Travel blogger and author Rebecca Hall takes us on journey through Mykonos and shares her top 10 things to do while visiting this picturesque island!
1. Visit Delos, the Birthplace of Apollo
No trip to Mykonos is complete without a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, located 20 minutes away by small ferry. Ancient Greek mythology tells us that Delos is the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, the children of Zeus conceived through his affair with Leto. Delos was a safe haven for Leto to give birth, away from the jealousy of Zeus’ wife. Whether you’re a fan of Greek mythology or not, wandering through the ancient ruins on Delos helps you realize the importance of this island and Greek gods — it was constructed solely as a testament to the gods.
2. Explore the Quiet Town of Ano Mera
Ano Mera — the only other “town” on Mykonos — is an approximate five-mile or 15-minute taxi ride from Mykonos Town. It’s not particularly well-known to tourists as it lacks a sea view, yet is well worth visiting for its 18th-century Monastery of Panagia Tourliani. The monastery’s architectural splendor includes intricate marble carvings and a massive Italian baroque altar screen.
3. Escape the Crowds at Agios Sostis Beach
You can find secluded beaches on Mykonos if you know where to look. Head to the north coast of the island for Agios Sostis Beach, overlooked by Agios Sostis Chapel. The 250 meters of unspoiled sand is free of crowds and luxuries such as beach chairs and umbrellas. You’ll find that locals come here to swim.
4. Go Sea Kayaking
Spend your time paddling in the Aegean waters. You’ll have the perfect opportunity to spot dolphins, monk seals, Mediterranean shags and gulls. You can also snorkel in the clear water and eat a simple, yet delicious lunch on a remote beach. Previous experience of kayaking is not necessary, but a reasonable level of fitness is required. Perfect for families and all age groups.
5. Wine Tasting at Mykonos Vioma Farm
For those wishing to taste Mykonian wine, a trip to the old monastery vineyard at Mykonos Vioma farm in the village of Ano Mera is a must-do. Sample the organic red and white wines served with meze dishes specific to Mykonos, such as spicy Kopanisti cheese and traditional pork sausage. Sample salads made from herbs and vegetables picked right from the farm and fresh eggs from their chickens. Talk about farm to table.
To view the full list of Rebecca's suggestions, please visit: Onboard