The only bigger town on the island is the local capital. Chora is probably the most picturesque and beautiful of all places in the Cyclades. The Greeks refer to it as the Greek Venice. White houses with blue shutters and window frames, narrow alleys, countless little churches and chapels this is how you picture the Cyclades.
If you arrive by boat be careful where you arrive. There are two ports. The old port is conveniently located in the very heart of the old town. The new port is about 3 km out of town. If you arrive there you'll have to take a bus or taxi into town.
The "city centre" is around the old port. Here you find fancy night clubs and expensive discos. If you walk north from there you reach little Venice, the most beautiful part of Mykonos. Just behind little Venice are the famous wind mills. These are the once that are on pretty much every picture of Mykonos.
If you go from the port into town (rather than along the sea front) you reach old town. It is the perfect place to get lost. There are loads of narrow alleys; basically a perfect labyrinth. Most of the capital is a pedestrian area.
Port and sea front
It's pretty, you have to give them that much. It doesn't really get more romantic than the old port with the water front. Small boats, pretty restaurants, fancy cafes, a little church and the broad promenade where at least most of the time you'll find pelicans. Mykonos is actually famous for them.
At the left end of the port the boats to Delos depart. On top there are two rather nice beaches (Gilaos and Agia Anna) so what else could you possibly ask for? This is also the area where Mykonos famous night life is happening. Two classic places are the Scandinavian Bar and of course the Mykonos Yacht Club.
One of THE landmarks of Mykonos is the quarter Little Venice. The typical white houses with blue window frames and shutters, narrow lanes with expensive souvenir and jewellers shops; everything looks like from a picture postcard. It's not just the looks. Here you find some of the finest restaurants in all Greece. The downside of being such an attraction is that during summer the place is packed with people.
The windmills are probably the single most famous motif for photographers. Every day legions of tourists pose in front of them and take pictures. The windmills turned into an iconic symbol for the Cyclades islands.
Mykonos Old Town
The old town is the most exciting part of Mykonos. It's actually quite big. The best way to approach is to just walk in and get lost. It is really pretty. The houses follow the Cycladic style white and blue but are more colourful than for example in Little Venice. Even the pavement looks cool. It is build with dark slabs with white joints. On every corner you find and some new and exciting shop or restaurant or bakery, you name it.
There are quite a few classy restaurants hidden in the old town of Mykonos. You better check the menu up front. You can easily spend a 100 Euro on a meal. Also very impressive are the many little churches and chapels.
Mykonos - Food
(The cheapest Menu I could find in Mykonos Town)
restaurants on the island are expensive. The price level
could actually be compared to the real Venice. Even a basic
meal like Moussaka will easily cost you 15 Euro. Quite a few
of the restaurants there don't even pretend to be
reasonable. They offer exquisite French and Italian cuisine.
If you travel on budget finding something to eat can become
a challenge. It is not impossible though.
Mykonos by night
clubs are in the area around the harbour. Another epicentre
is in Xenia Street near the windmills on the way to the bus
station. Most of the bars actually cater for a gay audience
however; there are bars where you will find a mixed
Accommodation on Mykonos
again, if you travel on budget you are in the wrong place.
It is literally impossible to find an at least reasonably
cheap place to stay. With the rich and beautiful Mykonos is
as popular as Saint Tropez. To find a room for less than 70
Euro a night is impossible. There doesn't seem to be an
upper limit to room prices. Even it low low season and I
don't just mean outside of high season a room will easily
cost you about 45 Euro. This has nothing to do with
occupancy. Most of the rooms might be empty but they are
still expensive. On this website you can
book cheap rooms in Mykonos.
Beaches on Mykonos
There are no bigger towns on the island other than Chora. Very popular are the beaches. The most famous beaches are in the south of the island. Most popular with the gay community is Super Paradise Beach. Other popular places are Paradise beach and Agrari-Paradise in the south and Ormos Panormos in the north. You'll find tavernas and some sort of accommodation on all of them. The prices are somewhere in between OK'ish and expensive. During summer they have a tendency of being rather pricy but that's just the way it is on Mykonos.
Busses on Mykonos
are frequent busses from Chora to all major beaches. Only
Super Paradise beach is rather difficult to reach by bus.
The bus terminal for the beaches in the north is just next
to the old port. The busses to the much more popular beaches
in the south leave from the other bus station that is
situated just outside of the Old town and what a surprise
rather difficult to find. It makes no sense at all but is
a very Greek approach.
Ferries to Mykonos
ferry port is one of the biggest in the Cyclades, second
only to Paros. There are plenty of direct connections to
Paros, Naxos, Ios,
Crete, Delos and of course
Athens. You can also get to the smaller Cyclades islands by
boat, ferries will be less frequent though. If you are
planning to go to Crete from here be prepared; expensive
catamarans are pretty much the only available options.
You'll easily spend a 50 Euro one way.
Flights to Mykonos
Mykonos has a pretty big airport second only to Santorini.
There are quite a few direct flights from the major European
capitals. Needless to mention that there are also plenty of
flights from and to Athens.