The island of Mykonos is a whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades. Named after the grandson of Apollo, Mykonos, it is believed that Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. The dry and barren island is home to charming villages with beautiful white sandy beaches and dynamic nightlife and has a vibrant waterfront lined with bustling restaurants and cafés serving fresh seafood against a backdrop of picturesque fishing boats. The capital town (Hóra) of the island boasts quaint narrow marble streets lined with whitewashed houses with colorful doors and window frames, purple and pink bougainvillea trees, and hidden churches. Head to this idyllic island in the Greek Cyclades for an unforgettable escape. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Petros the Pelican
Petros the Pelican is a local legend and beloved mascot of the island of Mykonos. Rescued and adopted by a Myconian fisherman in 1958, the pelican fast became a stalwart of the local community, joining local fishermen as they sat at local cafés and wandering around the fishing harbor getting fishy treats from everyone. The docile bird became a living mascot and was drawn, painted, and sketched by local artists, and made his way onto souvenirs and hotel and restaurant brands. The happy pelican died in 1985 and is remembered by the many pelicans that now call the island home.
Mykonos Town, 846 00, Greece
2.Little Venice (Alefkandra)
Little Venice (Alefkandra) is a beautifully scenic area on the island of Mykonos with whitewashed buildings constructed amongst the sea rocks that seem to dangle over the edge of the island right above the sea. Dating back to the 16th century, this area of the island gives visitors an idea of life on the island before it became a popular tourist destination. Marble-paved, car-free alleyways wind between the houses and quaint seaside taverns with wooden bay window boxes and little balconies serve ocean-fresh seafood and other Greek delicacies. Little Venice (Alefkandra) has some of the best sunsets on the island.
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The island of Mykonos is synonymous with its windmills, which stand on a hill above Mykonos Town against a backdrop of turquoise sky. The seven iconic windmills are set on a small cape and are the first sight that is seen when pulling into the harbor, standing as an epochal symbol for the island. Built by the Venetians in the 16th century to mill wheat, the mills were constructed close to the harbor to make offloading grain into the ships easier and are oriented to the north to catch the prevailing wind. Harkening back to an era when wind power was used to grind grain, the windmills have a traditional round shape, whitewashed walls, small windows to keep the interiors cool, and pointed roofs. One of the windmills has been transformed into a museum that documents the history of the windmills and the role they played on the island.
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4.Lena’s House Folk Museum
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Based in a traditional, historic Mykonian home dating back to the 19th century, Lena's House Museum is a quaint house museum dedicated to life on the island in the 1900s. Located in the Tria Pigadia in the center of Mykonos Town, the museum is named after the last owner of the house, Lena Skrivanou, and features two bedrooms, spacious drawing rooms, pretty courtyards, and a dovecote. The house museum is decorated with rich antique furnishings, ornate mirrors and woodcarvings, beautiful tapestries, and splendid prints in large frames.
Enoplon Dinameon, Mykonos 846 00, Greece, Phone: +30-22-89-02-23-90
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5.The Folklore Museum of Mykonos
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The Folklore Museum of Mykonos showcases a collection of 19th-century antiquities, ranging from furniture and mode ships to paintings and sculptures. Established in 1958 by Professor Vasilios Kyriazopoulos, the museum is situated in the Kastro neighborhood of Mykonos Town, close to Paraportiani, and houses a fascinating collection of objects like ancient tools, traditional musical instruments, hand-embroidered clothing and tapestries, vintage furniture, ceramics and potteries, historical photographs, and maritime equipment. The Folklore Museum of Mykonos also has an impressive collection of paintings by local and international artists.
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6.The Monastery of Paleokastro
Set high on a hill close to the village of Ano Mera, the Monastery of Paleokastro is an 18th-century nunnery with traditional Cycladic architecture, a magnificent altar, and several handmade religious icons. Named after the remains of the nearby medieval Gizi Castle, Paleokastro (meaning ‘old castle in Greek) is near to a quaint church dedicated to Saint Vlasis and a prehistoric tomb with an ancient menhir that rises ten feet above sea level.
Ano Mera, Mykonos, Cyclades, Greece, 84600
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7.Archaeological Museum of Mykonos
The Archaeological Museum of Mykonos is a quaint archaeological and educational museum in the heart of Mykonos Town dedicated to the history of the island from the Prehistoric to the Hellenistic period in the 1st century BC. Established in 1902, the museum has an interesting collection with several signature pieces, including a pithos (jar) with carving depicting the capture of Troy from the 7th century BC, ancient Cycladic patterned pottery dating back to 2800 BC, and a statue of Heracles wielding a club in high-quality Parian marble from the 2nd century BC. The building in which the museum is housed was designed renowned architect, Alexandros Lykakis, and is an architectural treasure.
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8.Aegean Maritime Museum
Based in a historic 19th century Mykonian building in the Tria Pigadia, the Aegean Maritime Museum is a maritime museum dedicated to the preservation of Greek maritime history and the merchant-ship history of the Aegean Sea. Founded in 1983, the museum has displays of ancient maritime artifacts such as models of ships from the pre-Minoan period, rare engravings, navigational instruments, maps, and rare coins. The museum also houses fondly restored structures such as the Armenistis Lighthouse (1890) which stands in the museum’s lovely gardens, alongside ancient marble gravestones of sailors lost at sea.
Enoplon Dinameon 10, Mikonos 846 00, Greece, Phone: +30-22-89-02-27-00
9.The Town Hall of Mykonos
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The Town Hall of Mykonos is an elegant, two-storied building that was built in 1785 as the residence of Russian Count Ivan Voinovich during the Russo-Turkish War. The hall is a beautiful example of local 18th-century architecture of the period with elegant design features such as arches and a small wooden balcony on the façade. Today, the building houses the offices of Municipality of Mykonos and features six well-stocked libraries with an impressive collection of books, documents, and ancient manuscripts.
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10.Avli tou Thodori
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Situated on the beautiful Platis Gialos beach with spectacular views of the Aegean Sea, Avli tou Thodori is an award-winning restaurant that serves classic Greek dishes prepared from scratch with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Appetizers range from homemade feta cheese wrapped in filo pastry, fava beans, fried zucchini, hummus, and grilled halloumi cheese, while hearty entrées include locally caught fish, calamari, sardines, and grilled octopus, steamed mussels, pork or chicken souvlaki, and grilled Greek lamb. A full-service bar menu offers a variety of libations from local Greek beers, easy-drinking Greek wines, imported spirits, and signature cocktails. Avli tou Thodori is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
Avli tou Thodori, Platis Gialos, Mykonos, Greece, Phone: +30-228-90-7-81-00
Based within a traditional Mykonian house dating back to the 18th century with a charming courtyard garden in the Lakka neighborhood of the Old Town, Bakalo serves traditional Greek food using local ingredients and fresh produce from neighboring Cyclades islands. The quaint, homey restaurant is family-owned and uses generational recipes to create dishes such as Cycladian cheese dumplings with lemon dressing, Mykonian spiced cheese with sweet peppers, marinated octopus from Syros, and handpicked mushrooms stuffed with gruyere cheese and pork from Naxos. A charming outdoor patio has a few tables set out beneath the branches of a large tree where diners can watch the world go by.
Mykonos Town, 846 00, Greece, Phone: +30-22-89-07-81-21
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12.Eva's Garden Restaurant
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Nestled on Goumenio Square in the heart of Mykonos Town, Eva’s Garden Restaurant is an elegant eatery with a beautiful rooftop terrace bordered by hanging vines that embraces spectacular views of the Aegean Sea. A traditionally Greek with an extensive selection of fresh seafood is served with specialties like tzatziki and hummus to spanakopita (spinach pie) and grilled octopus, along with entrées of fresh sea bream and swordfish, lobster and shrimps, pork and chicken souvlaki, and roasted Greek lamb. A full-service bar menu offers a variety of libations from local Greek beers, casual wines, and spirits like ouzo and raki to imported wines and classic cocktails.
Goumenio Square, N. Kalogera 2, Mykonos Town 84600, Greece, Phone: +30-22-89-02-21-60
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Set on the beautiful Agios Ioannis beach south of Mykonos Town, Hippie Fish offers a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of the Old Town. Designed to reflect a laid-back beach bar, the restaurant provides a casual, toes-in-the-sand dining experience against a backdrop Aegean Sea views with a creative menu of traditional Greek cuisine. Featuring locally sourced ingredients and produce from surrounding islands, the menu offers dishes like local fish dishes, lobster and crab, sea-urchin spaghetti, Mykonian Mostra, risotto with cuttlefish, kopanisti cheese, and Kydonia cockles. A variety of libations from local Greek beers, casual Greek wines, and spirits like ouzo and raki is available to enjoy with the food or for watching the sunset.
Mykonos, 846 00, Greece, Phone: +30-22-89-02-35-47
Tucked away down a small narrow street in the heart of Mykonos Town, Avra is a locally owned, laid-back restaurant with a cozy courtyard surrounded by old Mykonian-style buildings and an elegant rooftop terrace. Helmed by Chef Nikos, the quaint restaurant serves a menu featuring a combination of traditional Greek dishes and European-style fare, ranging from stuffed vine leaves and shrimp saganaki to wild mushrooms with fresh lemon and garlic and rosemary roasted lamb. The courtyard is strung with creepers and vines and soft flickering candlelight creates an intimate, romantic atmosphere.
Avra, Kalogera 27, Mykonos Town, Mykonos, Greece, Phone: +30-22-89-02-22-98
Based in the luxury Vencia Boutique Hotel in Mykonos Town, Karavaki is a fine-dining restaurant with an outdoor terrace that offers an exceptional dining experience against a backdrop of spectacular views over the Old Town and the Aegean Sea. Seasonal menus boast an array of local Mediterranean flavors with dishes prepared using locally sourced ingredients and fresh island produce, including hand-caught seafood and shellfish, hand-raised lamb and chicken, organic salads, and vegetables, and locally produced olive oil. Karavaki serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with handcrafted desserts, house-roasted coffee, and an array of libations.
Mykonos, 846 00, Greece, Phone: +30-22-89-02-36-65
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Based in the Little Venice area of Mykonos Town, Kastro’s is a premier fine-dining restaurant that serves award-winning Greek and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in an elegant setting with beautiful views of the iconic Mykonos windmills. Once one of the island’s top cocktail bars, the now-transformed restaurant offers an exceptional fine-dining experience with seasonal menus featuring contemporary dishes of fresh seafood, grass-fed chicken, beef and lamb, and handcrafted desserts. Diners tuck into exceptional plates of a lobster medallion with black truffle, pork escallops with caramelized strawberries, and tender lamb souvlaki with a peppermint sauce while sipping perfectly paired fine Greek wines.
Mykonos, 846 00, Greece, Phone: +30-22-89-02-30-72
Based in a small traditionally designed Mykonian house with whitewashed walls and elegantly decorated wood-trimmed interiors, M-eating is an intimate restaurant that serves authentic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. Boasting a charming outdoor veranda and pretty garden for alfresco-style dining, the restaurant is ideal for a Greek coffee and pastry in the morning or a romantic dinner under twinkling lights in the evening. Diners can enjoy dishes of fresh island produce, including hand-caught seafood and shellfish, hand-raised lamb and chicken, organic salads and vegetables, and handcrafted desserts like sweet baklava and traditional island honey pie.
M-eating, 10 Kalogera street, Mykonos Town, Greece, Phone: +30-22-89-07-85-50
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White Star an award-winning Michelin Star restaurant run by the celebrated chef Lefteris Lazarou that offers an unrivaled fine-dining experience with contemporary Greek dishes and a world-class wine list with vintages from top-wine growing regions around the world. Located in Lakka Square in the heart of the Old Town, the acclaimed restaurant boasts an exceptional menu of innovative dishes inspired by the surrounding islands, such as sea urchin salad, salmon with seaweed, cuttlefish ink soup, mussels with cauliflower mousse, cabbage leaves stuffed with minced shrimp, and beef ragout with Tagliani cheese. Professional sommeliers pair the exquisite cuisine with a hand-curated selection of fine wines from Greece, France, and Italy. White Star is open for dinner only, daily.
Mykonos, 846 00, Greece
18 Best Things to Do in Mykonos, Greece
- Petros the Pelican, Photo: korpithas/stock.adobe.com
- Little Venice (Alefkandra), Photo: korpithas/stock.adobe.com
- Mykonos Windmills, Photo: Lucian Bolca/stock.adobe.com
- Lena’s House Folk Museum, Photo: images and videos/stock.adobe.com
- The Folklore Museum of Mykonos, Photo: The Folklore Museum of Mykonos
- The Monastery of Paleokastro, Photo: viii/stock.adobe.com
- Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, Photo: 4Vetra
- Aegean Maritime Museum, Photo: jechm
- The Town Hall of Mykonos, Photo: Raul H
- Avli tou Thodori, Photo: Avli tou Thodori
- Bakalo, Photo: Bakalo
- Eva's Garden Restaurant, Photo: Eva’s Garden Restaurant
- Hippie Fish, Photo: Hippie Fish
- Avra, Photo: Avra
- Karavaki, Photo: Karavaki
- Kastro’s, Photo: Kastro’s
- M-Eating, Photo: M-Eating
- White Star, Photo: Gregory Lee/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: korpithas/stock.adobe.com
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