After the club’s music disappeared and before drinking at the beach, what will you see at Mykonos, the queen of the night? Mykonos is known as a destination for young people looking for fun and, starting with its beautiful beaches, the many attractions of the island are not explained. In addition to the holiday beaches that I like late at night, there are secluded beaches and equipped beaches, very suitable for families with children. Here are some things to see in Mykonos!
City of Mykonos
Chora, Hora or Mykonos: as you want to call it, the capital of the island and the main port are unforgettable places. Imagine rows of white houses caught in alleys and bougainvilles in bloom. In this idyllic image, add a noisy bar with live music and easily convives with expensive jewelers, fashionable art galleries, exclusive boutiques and souvenir shops, and you will have an idea of Mykonos’s eclecticism.
The city has been able and will continue to serve very different types of travelers, as groups of young friends, romantic couples and individual travelers. Mykonos’s most famous area is the little Venice, while the street of shopping and nightlife is Matoyianni, starting from the old port: depending on the type of vacation you want, avoid or immerse yourself completely!
In Mykonos, one of the most characteristic and popular tourist areas is obviously little Venice. The small Venice, on the right side of Alefkandra’s bay, collects colorful houses on the hill, reflected in the blue of the Aegean sea. In these roads, the largest number of restaurants, taverns and shops meets for souvenirs and crafts. It is advisable to take a walk here, especially in the evening, at sunset, before a special dinner in the moonlight and an unforgettable night.
The name of the area derives from the existence of the ancient Republic of Venice on these islands, especially from historic buildings overlooking the sea, which were once the residences of rich merchants, mostly Italians. Today these buildings are home to boutiques, refined taverns and windows are flush with water.
They are considered a symbol of the Netherlands, but perhaps not everyone knows that they are also one of the main attractions of Mykonos. They are scattered almost everywhere, but Alefkandra’s that is particularly famous. From the beginning they were built to represent the basic elements of the development of the island, and also because they served to grind the grain of the surrounding islands thanks to the very favorable wind. In particular, the grain is cultivated directly to Mykonos and the produced flour is exported abroad.
Over time the island’s economy focused on tourism, and these mills have gradually lost their original function, and after some renovations have become tourist attractions. At the same time, they also provide extraordinary postcards for the best postcards. Among other things, one of the factories has become a museum, which tells the story of these symbols of the island with words and photos.
Lighthouse of Capo Armenistis
In the tranquility and splendor of this sea area, rises the Armenistis lighthouse, built in 1891 and still in use today. It is located in the area of lights about 7 kilometers from Chora on the North Coast Highway. As mentioned above, overlooking the stretch of sea between Mykonos and the nearby island of Tinos.
Its position is strategic and, obviously, can provide a series of panoramic views of the surrounding area. It is worth making a stop because it manages to make visitors understand the fascinating history of the island and shines with beautiful light. It was built after the sinking of the British steamer once in 1887, killing 11 people. Since then, the lighthouse represents a security guide and is an indispensable reference.
The beaches of Mykonos
The political parties and criminal activities have made mykonos famous all over the world, but first of all is still a great destination for many beaches. Everything is very nice and varied, suitable for the different needs of tourists. Almost all of them are concentrated on the southern coast and are more easily locked by the wind, while north we find the most desolate beaches. Paradise Beach is perhaps the most famous, and literally means the youngest striker: here there is the most fashionable club, here the best conductors of shows on the international stage are performed here and you can meet here at any time.
On the other hand, Psarou is the most fashionable, crowded VIP and luxurious bar beach. Agrari, made of sand and pebbles, is absolutely quiet, gay friendly and frequented by naturalists, is very close to the famous Elia beach and within walking distance. Near Ano Mera, we found Kalo Livadi and his golden sands at the foot of white houses (and hotels).
Island of Dragonisi
Another paradise outside Mykonos, also known as a borrowing nisida. An enchanting island at six kilometers from the Gulf of Kalafis, characterized by rock formations formed by the influence of wind and water, is now completely uninhabited. If you are a lover of wild nature, then this is not to be missed, away from mass tourism.
It is ideal for diving in crystal clear waters, which reveal a beautiful background (also visible from the surface) and marine caves rich in breathtaking views. Some are accessible only to expert speleologists, such as the famous seal cave. But in many other galleries you can immerse yourself freely to meet the fun of yellow anemones (you find them only here) or glass fish. The environment protected by the European Union guarantees that the best habitat is protected for every kind of plant and animal at risk. It should be emphasized that even the nun’s seals are shelters here.