Mykonos is known as the party island of the Aegean Sea’s Cyclades Islands. I didn’t do much partying, but the weather and the sightseeing was terrific.
Flight to Mykonos
To get to Mykonos, I purchased a one-way ticket from Athens (ATH) on Aegean Airlines (return via ferry). My first time on this airline. It reportedly has a good frequent flyer program that some see as an easy way to achieve and maintain Star Alliance elite status.
Mykonos has an area of only about 33 square miles. The only municipality on Mykonos is — Mykonos. Kind of like New York, New York I guess.
Side streets are narrow and charming but at times become choked with tourists.
Buildings are colorful. Blue, red and green contrast the whitewashed plaster construction.
Little Venice is a great spot for dinning and viewing the sunset.
Stick around after diner to view the nearby Mykonos windmills as our friendly neighborhood star sinks below the horizon.
There are many small chapels on Mykonos. For a number of years, building a house required first erecting a church on the property.
The Armenistis Lighthouse sits high above the Aegean Sea on Cape Armenistis.
The lighthouse was built in 1891. It remains in operation, but the original mechanism was removed in favor of a fully automated design.
The lighthouse and location reminds me of Cape Point and the Cape Point Lighthouse at the Cape of Good Hope.
Santorini is more popular (and more expensive) compared to Mykonos, but the Myconians claim to have far better beaches. There are many of them.
I think the order of business for many is party past dawn, stumble over to beach, recover, repeat.
Most of the beaches are not directly in front of hotels but require a drive or walk to get to them.
Seafood is always a good bet on Mykonos.
Greek salad is another can’t miss choice.
Streets are narrow, and there are not many sidewalks. Still, just walking around without any particular goal in mind always produced unanticipated discoveries.
Returning to my hotel one day, I encountered this pelican standing guard.
The best way to sum up Mykonos is beautiful. Everything about Mykonos is beautiful — weather, people, food, beaches and scenery. It is a place everyone should make an effort to visit at least once.