Out of the Cyclades, the islands that encircle the sacred island of Delos, Mykonos is perhaps the most famous, renowned for its rolling hills, white beaches and the high-rolling international crowd that vacations there. While visitors who travel to Mykonos are sure to admire the island’s cubist Cycladic architecture – white country chapels dot its hills, creating a scenic vista – Mykonos also provides a good jumping off point for archaeological day trips to nearby islands, most notably Delos. Allow Travel & Leisure’s Mykonos travel guide to direct you towards the best activities, sights and experiences the island has to offer.
Things Not to Miss in Mykonos
• Visiting the Aegean Maritime Museum
• Lounging on Agios Sostis Beach
• Wandering through “Little Venice,” Mykonos Town’s historic 18th-century district
• Taking pictures of the island’s famous windmills that line the coast
• Visiting the historic Church of Paraportiani
• Partaking in some of the island’s famous nightlife
When to Go to Mykonos
In summer or high season, the Greek island is packed with rich jet-setters and cruise-ship tourists alike. If you travel to Mykonos during this time, expect high prices, crowded beaches, and a non-stop party atmosphere. Those looking for a more relaxed vacation should visit Mykonos during its off-season. In winter, the glittering throngs are nowhere to be found, and the island becomes a relaxed, tranquil retreat.