A brief tourist guide to Mykonos.
The picturesque island of Mykonos, one of the larger of the Cyclades Islands, is visited by countless tourists every year. And it's not difficult to see why. It is heralded as being the typical Greek island with sun, sea and sand alongside a beautiful rolling landscape dotted with whitewashed houses and blue domed churches. It draws a range of people, from couples on idyllic honeymoons to young people enjoying the nightlife, and older people looking to relax.
At one time it used to draw the rich and famous and was the place to be seen. While this reputation has diminished slightly over the years, it is still an amazing place to visit for a number of reasons.
If you want to see a bit of everything, your best bet would be start looking at Mykonos Town hotels. The town, located on the west side of the island, has something for everyone and is within easy travelling distance of most places on the island.
It's a very pedestrian friendly place to visit, with vehicles being banned from the waterfront, so take some time to explore its winding streets on foot. The town is well known for its Venetian influences with its stunning architecture shown off in buildings such as the Panagia Paraportiani church; 'Little Venice' is one of the most popular things to see in Mykonos. Make sure you don't miss the 16th century Venetian style windmills that perch on a hillside above the town.
If you're looking for a bit of peace and quiet not too far away, head to Agios Stefanos beach. It's less than 2km away from the town but still has all the necessary amenities such as tavernas and cafes.
It's very family friendly with plenty of activities such as water sports for the kids to take part in while the parents can relax. Mykonos is renowned for its stretches of gorgeous white sandy beaches, so wherever you are on the island you're bound to find one for you.
Mykonos is also famed for its nightlife. In the evening and late into the night, everyone comes out onto the streets to party. Many people start the evening in a restaurant along the harbour or in Little Venice before heading out to the clubs and bars much later at night when the party really begins.
There are a huge number of bars and clubs to suit everyone's tastes, but the most popular are Argo, where you'll hear a selection of rock music, Cavo Paradiso, with its famous DJs playing electronic and trance club music and Pierro's.
Make sure to indulge in a little of the Greek shopping experience while you're on the island too. The most traditional shops are found down the small streets, selling handmade items such as jewellery and crafts. There are also a number of designer boutiques mainly concentrated around Matogianni Street.
If you're getting a little bored of the island, there are ferry services between many of the Greek Islands as well as to Athens and the coast of Turkey. Head down to the harbour to find out what's available for you during your time there.