Mykonos stands out as one of the most desired stops on a cruise among the islands of Greece. With so much to choose from, here are top things to do while your on the island of Mykonos. Windswept, remote and simply beautiful, the Greek island of Mykonos is a little over 40 square miles of thirsty, dry terrain. The island has a genuinely rugged feel.
Its landscape is dotted with hardy native bushes and plants, unforgiving sun-bleached granite and the quintessential whitewashed houses and buildings you expect to see in this part of the world.
You are never far from a beach on the island. Coupled with the endless blue sky and azure seas, you can guess the main reasons many tourists head to Mykonos, but there are plenty of other sights to see and things to do there, especially if you arrive in port as part of your cruise.
Mykonos is but one of approximately 220 islands that make up the South Aegean’s Cyclades group. The small residential population of Mykonos swells in the peak holiday months (usually in May through to September), as people look to have a good time in any one of the island’s pulsating nightclubs. That said, for those who prefer things a little quieter, away from the main towns some intimate and traditional restaurants and bars can be easily found where al fresco dining under the scorching sun or starlit sky is a real treat.
The main area is called Mykonos Town (sometimes called Hora). It is a real delight with its Byzantine cobbled stone lanes picking their way around restaurants, homes, bars and boutiques. A great way to explore the town is simply on foot, where a lazy meander brings unexpected delights around each corner. The unusual cube-style architecture is unique to the island and makes for some great photo opportunities. This style is particularly well represented on the nearby island of Delos, a mere 15 minute boat ride away.
Further away from the town, any number of quaint villages boast a red domed and whitewashed church as well as windmills, for which the island is best known. For day trippers, taxis are reasonably priced and in the peak months the island bus service is frequent. Daily car hire is also an option, but before hiring a car, make sure you have all the relevant documents to allow you to do so. Also ensure that you hire from a reputable firm and take our insurance.
Mykonos boasts approximately 25 different spots for sun worshipping and swimming, some with an option to wear clothes or not! The most popular spots are very well run and maintained, with facilities including toilets and showers. Most of these spots are located on the southern side of the island, where you are naturally protected from the heavy winds that torment the rest of the island much of the time.
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