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Top Things to do in Mykonos
If you are planning a trip to the magical isle of Mykonos, then you are in for a treat! The island is home to some stunning beaches, wonderful food and a host of friendly locals waiting to welcome you with open arms. Mykonos offers the perfect combination of activities and attractions for a fun, varied holiday. Whether you are looking for outdoor activities, culinary experiences, parties or simply relaxing on the beach, Mykonos has it all! In this article we have brought together some of our favourite things to do in Mykonos. The list is not exhaustive, but if you cover these activities you are sure to have an unforgettable holiday!
Taste the island
One of the best ways to experience a new holiday destination is through its food and Mykonos is no exception! The island has some fantastic seafood, pork, soft cheeses, wine, olives and olive oil that you simply have to try during your stay.
There are number of wonderful food experiences on the island but one of our favourites is provided by Anita Zachou at Mykonos Olive Oil Tasting. While the island may not be well known for its olive oil, that is all about to change thanks Anita’s industry knowledge and hard work. Unlike your usual Greek olive oil experience, this one will focus fully on teaching you how to taste different olive oils and tell them apart. You will get to taste olive oils from across Greece including extra virgin, regular and defect oils to teach you exactly what aromas and flavours to look for. Leave Mykonos not only fully relaxed from your holiday but with a brand-new skill to impress friends and family and more importantly, improve your cooking!
If you are interested in ancient Greek history, then Mykonos has a lot to offer. Just off the coast is the island of Delos, one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a boat trip to this magical island, join a guided tour and be transported back in time!
According to Greek legend, Delos was the birth place of the gods Apollo and Artemis. To honour these gods, important sanctuaries and temples were built and the island became a centre for commerce. Delos became rich and prosperous, attracting merchants, artists, craftsmen and travellers from all over the Mediterranean world and beyond. The ruins and artefacts they left behind are all that remain of this flourishing civilisation. Today you can explore the reconstructed ruins with their gorgeous pillars, mosaics and impressive carved lions. If you want to learn more, you can also spend some time at the fascinating Delos Archaeological Museum.
Relax on the beach
You cannot go to Mykonos without spending time on some of its gorgeous beaches. The best ones are on the south coast of the island, where it is a lot more sheltered. There are beautiful beaches in the north, but they are often quite windy!
One of the nicest beaches on the island is Agios Sostis with its long, wide beach and clear, turquoise water. You will need your own transport to get here and when you do make sure to spend some time at the renowned Kiki’s Tavern with its wonderful food and perfect views. Elia Beach is also a good option on the south coast, but often a lot more crowded, especially during the high season. It is the island’s longest beach and is each to reach by bus or taxi. There is also a nudist area at the east end, if you are looking to get that all over tan! A quieter option on the south east coast is Kalo Livadi. This pretty sand and pebble beach is long and wide and can be reached by buses that stop at Ano Mera. There are just a few tavernas here and a few small areas with sun loungers. Just a bit further along the coast to the east is Kalafati Beach, the ideal location for watersports! Here you can enjoy snorkelling, water skiing and jet skiing for an action-packed day out.
Take a tour of the coast
One of the best things about Mykonos is its gorgeous coastline and there are many great ways you can explore it during your trip. Whether you are looking for something a bit more active or simply want to sit back and relax, you will find plenty of options.
For the more active, why not consider a cycling tour of the coastline? Feel the rush of the fresh sea air in your face as you race along the coastal roads! Many tours will allow you to do a varied tour that includes routes through the countryside and the island’s quaint villages. There are even tours that stop at some of the island’s vineyards! Another active option is to take a kayak tour of the coast. This is a great way to see the coast up close and from a different perspective. Plus, you get to visit beaches, coves and caves that are not accessible on foot.
If you are looking for something a bit more relaxed, then choose one of the many island cruise options. You can choose from a number of routes and will often have the opportunity to combine the cruise with a diving or snorkelling experience and visits to quiet coves along the coast. For a unique and unforgettable experience, why not consider a sunset cruise with dinner onboard? Mykonos has some amazing sunsets and this is certainly one of the best ways to experience them!
We hope these activities will help you plan your trip to Mykonos and have inspired you to explore everything that the island has to offer.
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