THE BEST THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MYKONOS
HISTORY of MYKONOS
From the recent discoveries, the island would have been home to caries tribes in the Neolithic. The archaeological remains indicate that the island was inhabited by the ancient peoples of Ionian sea since the early part of the eleventh century BC. In the final phase of the Persian Wars, Mykonos became part of the Lega delio-attica. During the glorious years of Delos, the island of Mykonos experienced a long period of prosperity, thanks to the economic growth of its neighbour. However, after the disaster of Delos, the island went back to the anonymity. During the years of the Roman Empire, it came under the control of the Romans, while some years later it became part of the Byzantine Empire. Under the Byzantine Empire mykonos was inserted in the province of Achaia and was then occupied by the Venetians until 17th century.
IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL IN MYKONOS
Mykonos is a quite safe island, but sometimes with all the partying and drinking it becomes dangerous to drive, especially if you are riding a scooter. Many young people after party, drive like crazy on scooters without a helmet. Attention must be also paid to pickpockets. Don’t leave any of your possessions unattended on the beach, and be extra cautious if exploring the Mykonos nightlife solo. Take due precautions on the island and it’ll be unlikely that you will encounter any problems. You know, who goes to Mykonos certainly doesn’t look for a quiet holiday.
BUDGET TRAVEL IN MYKONOS PER DAY
Mykonos is really expensive. Pubs, restaurants and nightclubs will charge a fortune for drinks; charging 15 euros per alcoholic beverage is not unusual. And there are clubs where a cocktail will cost you at least 25 euros. Same things for hotels and villas, during summer prices literally blows up. Taxis are expensive, renting a car is expensive, ( I paid for a BMW 1 series 110 euros per day) everything is expensive, but if you look well you can also find places where you pay less.
BEST HOTELS IN MYKONOS
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BEST TIME TO VISIT MYKONOS
The best time to visit Mykonos depends on what are you looking for: wild parties all nights or something more peaceful. If you want the first option go for June, July and August. If you choose the second option then is better in September and October. In those months you’ll see that the crowds have left, the water remains warm and the hotel rates descend back into a reasonable range. The spring, before the summer rush comes, is also a great and affordable vacation time.
BEST RESTAURANTS IN MYKONOS
Mykonos cuisine is unsurprisingly heavy on seafood with Greek flavors. There are olives and olive oil in many dishes. They serve also a lot of fresh local cheeses. On the more casual end, street vendors sell gyros, or Greek sandwiches, which are also relatively inexpensive.
Here below you will find the best restaurants in Mykonos:
ALEMAGOU BEACH BAR RESTAURANT
AVLI TOU THODORI
SKORPIOS MYKONOS RESTAURANT
NIGHT LIFE IN MYKONOS
“Party Island” is the new name of Mykonos. It’s impossible to have no fun on this island! An island that never sleeps with its continuously parties from dusk to dawn without stopping. Evenings usually starts with an aperitif on the beach while you admire the sunset and continues in one of the restaurants of the island, ending with a good cocktail in a bar in Little Venice. The final destinations are the beach bars and discos, where the party lasts until morning. The most popular beaches with the best beach holidays are Psarrou Beach, Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach. Here below you find the best discos and beach bars that you must see absolutely!
TROPICANA BEACH BAR
GUZEL MYKONOS CLUB
SCORPIOS BEACH BAR
TRANSPORTATION AROUND MYKONOS
You have many ways to go around MYKONOS. You can hire a car, scooter, quad, take a taxi, bus, whatever you want! Just one thing, as I said renting a car is expenisve and taxis too. If you are just a couple go for a scooter, the island is small and rain is very rare during summer period. You can also opt for the bus, travel tickets can be purchased directly on board of the vehicle, paying exclusively in cash. The fare varies depending on the route and the distance. In general, it ranges from a minimum of 1.00 euro to a maximum of € 2.50 euro per person. There are no discounts for kids. There is no doubt that buses represent the most economical solution for moving around Mykonos.
TOP SIGHTS OF MYKONOS
If you are looking for a less crowded beach experience, you can go to the northern side of Mykonos, where you can find Panormos Beach, this bay is protected from high winds by the surrounding hills. The beach is more wilder and harder to reach than the other beaches. The beauty of this beach is that you can
walk along the white sand or play beach volleyball or go to drink some cocktails in a cool taverna without all the crowd hat you find elsewhere.
The “lower windmills” or Kato Mili in Greek, are historic windmills that stands on the hill facing the sea in the Chora town. Icons of the Mykonos landscape, the wood-and-straw capped windmills were first constructed by the Venetians in the 16th Century. Today, the windmills are perfect preserved relics that have been transformed in museums and are among the most popular attractions in Mykonos. Cuurrently in Mykonos you can find 16 windmills of which 7 are situated on the famous hill in Chora. I suggest you to visit the windmills to see how the Venetians exploited the power of the wind, and to enjoy a panoramic view of the town and Ionian sea.
Yeah I know, Mykonos is made perfectly to spent the entire holidays sunbathing on the beaches sipping a delicious Frappuccino, but an excursion to Ano Mera can’t be missed. This village was built around an 16th Century monastery, called the Panagia Tourliani. The monastery was restaured, with its statuesque bell town and marble fountain. Inside it are exposed Byzantine relics. You can find also a several souvenir shops and restaurants nearby. Not far from Ano Mera is located an even older monastery, the Monastery of Paleokastro, as well as the ruins of a Byzantine castle.
At Mykonos, you must absolutely see Paradise Beach, one of the most popular party spots of Greece. Home of the island’s largest nightclub Cavo Paradiso. This massive open air disco club frequently hosts world-famous DJs who entertain guests until late mornings. During the day, you have several open-air lounges on the beach that serve cocktails and other drinks to beachgoers while they relax beneath grassroofed cabanas and umbrellas.
Little Venice, as the name suggests it’s a section of Mykonos where the sea breaks its waves against the sides of the charming buildings, elegantly perched on the water’s edge. The town was built during the 16th and 17th century by sea merchants and is situated on the western edge of Chora near Alevkantra beach. The romantic atmosphere and ethereal beauty of Little Venice Quarter makes it one of the favorite hangout for the artists who have recreated the scene in countless paintings.
Not just sea and fun, but also history and mythology. Delos, the archaeological site located on the island near Mykonos. A marvel not to be missed for passionate tourists in search for the remains of the glorious Ancient Greece. The island of Delos has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s an ark of history that floats on the waters of the Aegean Sea, just a few miles away from the lively island of Mykonos. It’s the symbol of the glory of Greek civilization, one of the Cycladic emblems and the birthplace of many immortals.
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