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Published: November 3rd 2016
If you’re looking for a holiday destination with heaps of culture and diversity, fun filled activities, glamour and history, and – not to forget – spectacular views, Mykonos has it all!
The island, located within the Cyclades, is very popular with a mixture of people, from families to travelers and even A list celebs such as Hugh Jackman, Lady Gaga and Tom Hanks, to name but a few. The reason? Mykonos has an abundance of things to do and see and great accommodation
options, meaning it won’t fail to impress even the pickiest of holidaymakers.
History and Culture
The creation of the island holds a pretty interesting tale, if you’re a believer of Greek mythology. It is said that Hercules fought against giants here and threw them into the sea, and the petrified giants formed into rocks, thus creating the island we now know as Mykonos. The island was named after its hero and first ruler, who is thought to have been a God, Apollo’s grandson.
These historical beginnings are echoed across the island even today. These impressive historical ruins, and the Cyclades architecture, come together to create a perfect holiday, full of sightseeing and studying for those
looking to soak up some Greek history.
The 13th century castle of Gyzi, located in the centre of the island, is a Venetian castle, built to protect the island from pirates and enemy attacks. Alongside the castle, you can see ruins of the ancient city of Mykonos and the 18th century church of the Holy Saviour. This area is ideal for day-trippers looking to soak in a little history and culture.
Tip: Try to time your visit to Gyzi when it’s not too hot, so that you can make the most of your trip without feeling uncomfortable, as it does tend to get incredibly hot here.
Golden sands and a clear turquoise sea make the island’s beaches spectacular. If you are in need of some true beachside relaxation, then look no further. With a choice of many different sandy stretches to explore, you will not be disappointed. Most tourist beaches are well equipped with beach side facilities like bars, restaurants, shops and other amenities.
You can also enjoy beach parties on Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach, if you’re in the mood. And, if a calm, tranquil beach day is
more your thing, then you will find more secluded beaches on the Northern coast of the island, where you can relax more with the locals. It is wise to note, however, that the quieter beaches are less prepared for tourists, but you may just find a gem, a local Greek restaurant, where you can experience some rustic Greek tastes and smells after a day on the sands.
A trip to Mykonos wouldn’t be the same without a taste of true Greek cuisine. Like most islands, Mykonos serves up a lot of fresh grilled seafood, but the restaurants here are also famed for the island’s most well known cheese, Kopanisti, which is usually served on bread or rusks, with tomato and basil. This refreshing snack is best washed down with a shot of ouzo.
Pork is also another staple in the Mykonos diet. Traditionally, families on the island would buy a small pig at the end of the summer and look after it until Christmas time, when they would make sausages. The Mykonos sausage is known for its lean meat content and, with less fat, this pork, mixed with herbs and spices, makes a healthy, delicious, yet reasonably
The top three restaurants to visit on the island include M-eating
(authentic Greek), Buddha Bar Beach
(Asian, for something a little different) and Bill & Coo
If you’re looking for the high life, Mykonos is definitely the place to be. Cosmopolitan bars and restaurants adorn the beachfronts so that you can soak up the atmosphere while sipping some bubbly.
If you fancy spending some time away from the beach, shopping is also great on the island. With high-end retailers like the Greek label, Maurizio Mykonos, and the Swiss design, Franck Muller, you can enjoy updating your wardrobe and possibly brushing shopping bags with a few celebs!
Mykonos at Christmas? Indeed! With temperatures reaching 14 degrees and an average rainfall of only 8 days, you can still enjoy a holiday to Mykonos around Christmas time.
Temperatures like these can only stop beach goers, but Mykonos has so much more to offer all year round, and with – on average – 6 hours of sunshine, you can still appreciate those amazing sea views.
The island hosts many festivities and most restaurants get into the spirit of Christmas with decorations, outdoor heaters and great menus. If beaches aren’t for you, or the weather is a little on the chilly side, the island offers a lot of other activities such as water sports, hiking and mountain biking.
Whether you’re looking for a trip in the height of the summer, or you want to chase away the winter blues with some Greek hospitality and culture, Mykonos should certainly be on your radar when it comes to planning your next trip.
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