Visiting Mykonos: A Tourist Guide

Visiting Mykonos A Tourist Guide from North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom

Mykonos is a town on the west coast of the Greek island, which has the same name. The town is where most visitors to the island head, and where most of its 10,000 residents live. It has been a popular tourist destination since the 1950s, and its warm and welcoming inhabitants are said to be some of the most tolerant in the whole of Greece. This has encouraged people from all walks of life to visit Mykonos, including celebrities, movie stars, and members of the LGBT community. The younger generation is attracted to it because of its party atmosphere, but age is no barrier, and there are plenty of older people that have really enjoyable holidays in Mykonos.

Traveling in Mykonos

You first arrive at the island either by plane or ferry, and then there is a range of ways to travel in Mykonos.  There is a reliable and regular bus service that reaches most places, or taxis that will take you wherever you want to go. Boats travel around the island for people to get on and off at any of the beaches, or they will take you to one of the other nearby islands. Cars are available for hire at the airport.

Accommodation in Mykonos

Mykonos has been described as a place where it does not matter how rich or poor you are, how glamorous or plain, everyone mixes together. The accommodation on the island is pretty much the same; there are all types of small cheap apartments to luxury villas in Mykonos, which you will often find also range a lot in price. There is something to suit everyone and all budgets, just use the search tools available to you to find something within your price range.

Mykonos villas are one of the most popular options because of the freedom they give holidaymakers, and as they can accommodate several people, groups can stay together without being put on separate floors, which can happen in a hotel. Staying in a villa on Mykonos need not mean a holiday of cooking and cleaning for yourself either. There are plenty of wonderful places to eat out at, and things like cleaning are all taken care of for you.

If you do not want to stay in the bustling town of Mykonos, the island has 10 villages for you to choose from.

Places To Visit In Mykonos

There are lots of beautiful places to visit in Mykonos.  In Little Venice, many early seafarers settled down and built unique homes overlooking the sea. Many of them have now been transformed into bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and shops making Little Venice a busy town whatever time of day you visit. 16 windmills that date back to the 16th century overlook the town, and although they are no longer working, they are a testament to early technology.

Mykonos has one of the best shopping centers in Greece, and you can certainly shop till you drop without leaving the town. There are alleyways with designer shops selling famous labels of fashion and jewelry. You will also find colorful and attractive souvenir shops, many of them selling products made on the island. It is very easy to spend a day wandering around the shops of Mykonos, but if you have had your fill of shopping, you can always finish your day off with a stroll around the port.

You can also take a short boat ride to the island of Delos, one of the most important historical sites in Greece. As it is so archeologically important, there are guided tours around the sites, which you have to pay a small amount for, but it is well worth the cost just to see so many amazing finds.

The beaches of Mykonos are famous for their golden sands and clear waters. There are beaches for every taste. Some of them are quite relaxing places, while others such as Paradise Beach are for partygoers. Family-friendly beaches can be found at Kalo Livadi, Elia, Ornos, or Lia, and secluded beaches at Kapari or Agios Sostis.

Food in Mykonos

Traditional foods in Mykonos include delicious pork dishes, sausages like you will not taste anywhere else, wonderful cheeses, and barley rusk. The locals know how to eat and drink well, and want you to join in with their great fare. Bread and pies are baked fresh every day in the local bakeries, honey pie and onion pie being two of the favorites. They also make an almond shortbread that has a strong taste of bitter almonds.

Broad beans cooked with fennel, cabbage, and various wild mushrooms is a local dish that is popular and is often served with fish that has been marinated in vinegar, rosemary, currants, and limpets.

Of course, you will find burgers and chips if that is what you really want, but some of these traditional foods are just too good to miss.

The town and the island of Mykonos offer holidays to suit all tastes, no matter what age the tourists are, and if they are families or solo travelers. Mykonos has something for everyone.

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