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A guide to Mykonos

Mykonos is one of the most popular of the Greek islands for travelers and cruise ships. It’s known as the island of the winds and most would say it’s the “party island” or the best island for young couples and singles.

In August droves of tourists flock to this island for summer vacation, making it a task to even move through the streets. Avoid this time of year so you can enjoy the island without crowds and long wait times.

I visited the island in September – the perfect time in my opinion.

Here are some of the island’s highlights I discovered during my stay.

The Windmills

The island is full of windmills, but one particular area on the south side of the inlet where Little Venice is has 4 windmills stacked together. They’re an icon of Mykonos.

Little Venice

This is the area of Mykonos where the houses and shops are right along the water in the city-center. Many of the popular bars and nightclubs are in this area and outdoor seating provides a great view of sunsets and the Windmills.

Little Venice (Copyright WhoRoamtheWorld)

Ornos Beach

There aren’t any real beaches near the more populated-area of Mykonos, but Ornos and others are about a 10-minute drive away.

cc: Kathryn Kramer

Once at Ornos, grab a day bed for 5 euros. Wait staff walk by from time-to-time in case you’d like something to eat or drink. There are also several restaurants along the beach if you’d like to stop in for a sit-down meal.

Travel tip: Don’t make eye contact with the many vendors who walk along the beach trying to sell knick-knacks unless you want to buy.


An archaeological site in Cyclades archipelago. It is the birth place of twin Gods Apollo and Artemis. The island’s ruins includes temples, houses, an amphitheater, lion statues and markets. The easiest way to visit this island is via tour boat. Your hotel should be able to assist in booking the right one for you.

Sunset bar

Here is where I experienced the most beautiful sunset ever. It’s 10 euro to get in to the outdoor bar, which includes a drink ticket. Grab a seat near the bar and enjoy the show.

cc: Sabrina Russello

Know before you go: Getting to the bar is all uphill and the climb is slick at times. Wear shoes with a good grip. Cabs do not venture up to the bar so prepare yourself for the hike.

Panagia Paraportiani

This is the most popular church in town and a favorite spot for photo opps. It’s right around the corner from restaurants and fish markets.



  • It’s all about Avra in Mykonos. This was one of the restaurants highly recommended by locals. If you go, try the roasted lamb – it melts in your mouth.

cc: Sabrina Russello


  • There’s no such thing as a bad meal at mplate. It’s a smaller establishment with the second floor overlooking one of the town streets. Recommendations: Lamb, sea bass, risotto and a Mykonos Mule.

Pasta Fresca

  • On a night you’re in the mood for Italian, it won’t be difficult to find in Mykonos. This particular dining establishment is smack-dab in the center of town. When you’re done here, take an evening stroll to the windmills.


  • Seafood, seafood, seafood. Mamalouka is an open-atmosphere restaurant edged by Pink Bougainvillea flowers. The grilled scallops and ceviche are delicious, so that’s where I’d start.

The Liberty Breakfast Room

  • For authentic Greek brunch, head up hill to the Liberty. It’s a modern restaurant with a great view of Mykonos. Whatever you choose, make sure to get a cup of Greek coffee.



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