People from around the globe choose the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos, located in the middle of the Aegean Sea, to enjoy, relax and unwind. While vacations in Mykonos offers all kinds of amenities typical of a modern holiday resort and it is perfect for the jet-set crowds who want to have something to do by day and party all night, there are also calm retreats on the island where you can retire for a peaceful holiday, away from the intense nightlife.
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Most of your Mykonos vacations will be centered in Chora, a stunningly picturesque town with a maze of narrow white cobblestone streets lined up with whitewashed houses and churches in Cycladic architecture, crowded around the harbor in the middle of the bay. One of the most cosmopolitan towns of the Aegean, the town is the center of tourism and it gets pretty crowded, particularly in high season. The tiny streets are lined with stylish cafes, bars, restaurants, shops, boutiques, and art galleries and the town has seen some rapid development in recent years. Despite the tourist development, strict building norms on the island have ensured that the traditional style of Cycladic architecture has been well preserved.
An important landmark of the island that you are sure to visit on your Mykonos vacation is the windmills above Chora that date from the 16th century. Due to its vantage position on the major sea route between Europe and Asia, the windmills were built to process grains and prepare them for transportation. With industrialization, these structures lost their importance and have become mere relics of their once glorious past.
Little Venice, a small quarter of Mykonos, is inevitably an important part of your walks around the island during your Mykonos vacation. Located on the western side of the island, just on the waterfront, this little town is one of the most charming places in Greece. Some of the buildings here date back to the 16th and the 17th century when pirates roamed the Aegean. Proximity to the sea made it easy for quick loading and unloading of goods. The beautiful Venetian houses with its brightly colored doors and windows and its balconies overhanging the waters are breathtakingly beautiful. Visitors can relax in one of the numerous cafes or bars of Little Venice, and enjoy the beautiful sunset over a fancy cocktail.
Just a short ferry ride from Mykonos, there is the ancient site of Delos. This island is one of the most important archeological sites in Greece and has a small museum with findings from the excavations there.
The best part of your Mykonos vacation will be the beaches. Gorgeous beaches with crystal water and soft sand dot the coastline of the island. Most popular beaches are located on the southern side, where most people head during their Mykonos vacation either by bus or by boat. Paradise, Super Paradise, Lia, and Platis Gialos are among the best beaches on Mykonos, well organized and close to many tourist facilities. Equally popular are the beaches of Psarou and Paranga, but obviously smaller in size. For calm holidays, visitors head to the northern side of the island, in the regions of Tourlos, Agios Stefanos and Panormos.