The setting for the legendary battle between the Gods Zeus and Typhon, Mykonos has braved the odyssey of an extraordinary past, emerging in the 20th century as one of the most sought-after seaside destinations in the world. Jet-set glitterati sparkle amid timeless fishing villages on the Aegean Sea, mixing modern charms with an enduring maritime heritage.
Before there were holidaymakers bronzing on the golden-sand beaches and dining out at trendy tavernas, this was an active seafaring island. Brush up on merchant-ship history through handsome displays of model ships, old maps and nautical memorabilia in the bite-sized Aegean Maritime Museum. Step into the tranquil back garden where ancient anchors, ship wheels and a 1890 lighthouse are planted among the flowers.
From garden tavernas shrouded by the gnarled branches of ancient olive trees, rustic footpaths lead to a long stretch of sandy coastline that curves toward the sun. The crystalline waters of Panormos Bay glisten with shades of turquoise and azure, gently lapping these golden shores. A humble Greek church is nestled into the dunes above seemingly keeping watch over this unspoiled beach far from the crowds.
Wooden spindled windmills with thatched roofs and white towers are essential to the Mykonos skyline as a reminder of the island’s agrarian past. Elevated on a rise overlooking the harbor, the well-maintained Boni is one of the best examples of a 16th-century windmill. While no longer functioning, this lookout point is a stunning spot to catch the dazzling sunset.
White lions, carved in stone, sit regally among crumbling walls and arid desert wildflowers. For thousands of years they have stood watch over the mythical birthplace of twin gods Apollo and Artemis. Extraordinary archaeological sites cover this fabled island just off the southern shores of Mykonos. Some date back to the fourth millennium B.C. when this most holy island was covered in temples dedicated to Greek deities.
Elegant whitewashed houses trimmed in crisp blue hug the shoreline of Mykonos’ most photographed enclave, Little Venice, once home to wealthy sea captains. Look the breezy-beachgoer part with a pair of Michael Rampias’ handmade sandals, a must-have since the Mykonos Sandals shop opened in 1948. Celebrate the iconic purchase over sunset cocktails from a seafront table at Caprice Bar.
Stroll the narrow stone alleyways and admire the postcard-perfect sugar-cube white homes lining the way. Browse trinkets at simple souvenir shops tucked in between the houses, and pop by a charming taverna for savory snacks.
Candlelit processions, singing, troupes dancing in traditional costume, and specialty feasts are all part of the highest Greek Orthodox holy holiday.
Join the beach party and seafood feast to celebrate fishermen in this waterfront village.
Witness the candlelit church processions and join in the town-wide feast that honors the church for which the festival is named.
Get a glimpse of ancient traditions by taking part in the procession and feast celebrating the monastery in the village of Ano Mera.
Traditional crafts, music, and the art of winemaking are celebrated as part of this harvest festival hosted at the Mykonos Agricultural Museum.
"When it comes to exploring Crete, it’s not a matter of what to do but where to start. The remarkable history is evident across the island—from the ruins of the Minoan Palace of Knossos to the Venetian fortresses of Rethymno to old mosques and Byzantine monasteries to the legendary birthplace of Zeus. "
Nothing is more coveted on Mykonos than a secluded stretch of sand. Indulge at the hotel's private beach complete with umbrellas, loungers and towels.Learn More
Steps from the cerulean sea and a private beach, relaxation is made easy - especially with complimentary spa treatments, daily breakfast in bed and signature cocktails.Learn More
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