Delos Island – Image courtesy S. Lambadaridis/gogreeceyourway.gr
Things to do
Mykonos is an ideal place for sunbathing and enjoying a wide range of watersports including swimming, windsurfing, water-skiing and parasailing, as well as banana boats, wakeboards, tubes and jet skis.
Many of the major resorts also offer the usual range of activities including tennis, beach and pool volleyball and beach soccer – perfect for active couples.
Windsurfing – Unlike the sheltered southern beaches, Mykonos’ northern coast is windy and offers great fun for windsurfers. Head to Kalafatis beach, home to some of Europe’s biggest windsurfing contests and probably the best windsurfing school in Mykonos. Take a beginners, refresher or advanced technique course.
Walking – Stroll around the winding labyrinth of narrow streets in Chora. The best time is early morning when the centre is closed to traffic and the town quiet, as people head to the beaches or are sleeping-off the previous night’s excesses.
Scuba diving – Mykonos is one of the few islands on the Aegean Sea where scuba diving is still permitted – diving is typically prohibited in Greece to protect undersea archaeological treasures from theft. The best month is September, when the water temperature averages 24˚C, with visibility up to 30m. Equipment is available for rent.
Snorkelling – Rent a mask and flippers from your resort and snorkel above colourful wrasse swimming around the rocky headlands of your beach or join a group and head to Dragonisi Island, an uninhabited private island a few miles south-east of Mykonos. Snorkel over caverns inhabited by hundreds of glassfish and thousands of small yellow sea anemones.
Spas – Revitalise with a massage or beauty treatment from one of the many spa centres found in most of the major resorts.
Cruise Join a leisurely cruise along the south coast of the island, sailing past all of the famous beaches, then spend a day on the isolated beach of Fraggia: swim in the crystal clear water, snorkel, play volley ball and beach soccer or simply relax and work on your tan.
Off-road safari – Experience the rugged side of Mykonos on a 150km off-road excursion around Mykonos’ back roads. Discover isolated beaches, lighthouses and the old deserted mining town. Rent a moped or car to explore the remote areas of the island.
Shopping – Best buys are vegetable-dyed, hand-loomed weavings. Mykonos was once world-famous for these handicrafts but today only a few shops continue this tradition – browse Nikoletta (possibly the best) or the shops between Plateia Tria Pigadia and Plateia Laka, for a good selection of handwoven scarves, rugs and tablecloths.
Mykonos is crowded with art galleries, jewellery and clothing shops, but beware, as many sell overpriced goods aimed solely at cruise ship day-trippers.
Island hopping in the Cyclades – From Mykonos, enjoy a day trip to one of the nearby islands or stay longer to explore sugar-cube villages and relax on stunning beaches in Santorini, Naxos and Ios. Discover the surreal lunar landscape of Milos and the undulating hills and beautiful Venetian buildings of Siros. Get in touch with Greek history by wandering around the archaeological wonders of tiny Delos Island.
Island hopping is easy in the Aegean Sea: a choice of inexpensive (but relatively slow) ferries, high-speed (but noisy) hydrofoils and smooth and quiet catamarans connect all the islands. Read more the Cyclades . . .