Mykonos is famous for its intense nightlife, while the windmills and “Little Venice” are the landmarks everyone recognizes in photos. The island’s mascot for the past 50 years has been Petros, the pelican, a “celebrity” of the waterfront.
Mykonos is a gay-friendly resort, offering special resort areas during the summer, where several
gay clubs are located, while many international –and Greek –celebrities have a summer residence in Mykonos.
How to Get to Mykonos
Mykonos is very easy to get to by air and water. By air, there are daily flights from Athens –the flight takes about 50 minutes – and several flights from Crete, Rhodes and Santorini. By water, there are daily ferry connections with Athens (Piraeus Port) –the journey takes between 4 and 5 hours -, Andros, Ios, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Syros, Rafina and Tinos, as well as frequent connections to Crete and Rhodes. However, Mykonos is less frequently connected by water to Thessaloniki.
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>> Ferries from Mykonos to Syros (and return)
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Crete (and return)
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Paros (and return)
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Ios (and return)
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Tinos (and return)
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Andros (and return)
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The weather on all of the Cyclades islands –Mykonos included- is typically Mediterranean: mild winter, dry and hot summers, in short: sunshine and wind. Rain falls between February and March but Mykonos has very low rain fall during the tourist season.
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The island’s landmarks since the 16th century, the windmills, can be seen from every place on Mykonos. In the past, they were used for grinding the agricultural products, while in recent times they have been restored to serve as museum –such as Bonis mill- or as dwellings.
Petros, the Pelican
The star of the island is undoubtedly Petros, the pelican. He has been the island’s mascot for the past 50 years as he has always guarded the waterfront of Chora. After a terrible storm, the pelican gave up migrating and became a local resident. He even has a girlfriend and they both walk along the waterfront.
Another important landmark of Mykonos is “Little Venice” (settlement of Aleukantras). Little Venice is located to the east side of the harbor, stretching between the beach of Aleukantras to the old Castle (Kastro) District. Many artists have been inspired by the houses with balconies and their wooden terraces under which the waves are breaking, creating a truly unique site. Nothing compares to a night out on one of the terraces, enjoying the Greek cuisine and music, while watching the magnificent sunsets. And it can be the setting for a wonderful romantic getaway.
Famous for the golden sand and crystal clear waters, the beaches on Mykonos offer a lot of sport facilities for any traveler. The most popular beaches are located on the southern part of the island. Beaches such as Paradise and Ornos tend to be overcrowded during peak season mainly because of their location. Also, Paradise and Super Paradise are known as the best party beaches, where excellent beach bars are located.
The nightlife is considered among the best in Europe as Mykonos is marked among the four top clubbing destinations in the Mediterranean, rivaling with Ibiza and Rimini. A lot of famous DJs are attracted by the best clubs and beach bars on Mykonos, among which the best well known are Paranga and Paradise.
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