The main Mykonos attractions are the beaches, where you can sunbathe, relax, snorkel — even party. Away from the beach, tour Panagia Paraportiani in Chora, photograph the Windmills, or visit the island of Delos for its archaeological finds. You will love Little Venice for its restaurants, shopping and postcard views. Save some energy for an evening out, as the island has long had a reputation for seaside hedonism.
Other Points o f Interest:
Many people flock to Mykonos for two reasons: beaches and parties. A trip to the southern coast and Paradise Beach — Mykonos’ original nudist beach — will kill two birds with one stone. Soft sands, azure seas and a rowdy atmosphere have made Paradise one of the most popular places on the island.
Sitting in the heart of Mykonos about 4 miles east of Chora is the island’s only other real town. But because it lacks the sea view, Ano Mera isn’t as crowded as other parts of Mykonos; and many say you should only visit if you’re passionate about religious history (the town is home to the island’s two monasteries). The 18th century Monastery of Panagia Tourliani — located southeast of town — is renowned for its intricate marble carvings and massive Italian baroque altar screen.
If you’re looking to have fun in the sun without having to put up with rowdy parties and nude bathers, skip Paradise in favor of Psarou Beach. Located northwest of Paradise Beach along the coast, Psarou’s powdery sand, clear blue waves and more relaxing atmosphere make this beach popular among families and honeymooners.
Mykonos Folk Museum
The Mykonos Folk Museum consists of three separate historical houses. The main museum can be found in the 18th century House of Kastro in Chora. Here, you’ll find Cycladic costumes, traditional musical instruments, historic paintings and old photographs of the island.
Archaeological Museum of Mykonos
Overlooking Delos from the Chora harbor, this small museum houses numerous artifacts discovered during the island’s excavation. Displays contain vases, jewelry and pottery dating back to the 25th century B.C., as well as many relics relating to the numerous battles and raids that plagued the island.