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  • One of the most popular destinations in Europe
  • Famous, high-octane nightlife and lifestyle-tolerant beaches
  • Stunningly picturesque town with a maze of tiny streets and cube buildings gathered around a harbor
  • Warm days can be spent island hopping among the Cyclades
  • Luxury Mykonos villa rentals boast breathtaking views from private verandahs and terraces

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Destination — Mykonos

Mykonos is situated in the middle of the Aegean sea, the largest in the Cyclades group of islands.  The numerous beaches with soft white sand and crystal clear waters are popular and busy.  The island is the most cosmopolitan destination in the Greek Islands combining glitzy and glamorous night-life, diverse clubs and intense nightlife.  Mykonos Town, the largest urban centre on the island, combines a vibrant 24/7 party atmosphere with maze-like winding streets, traditional Greek architecture and picture-perfect, white-washed buildings.   Luxury fashion boutiques, exquisite jewellery, high-end leather goods and private galleries as well as more touristy shops offer entertaining shopping opportunities.

Must Try Restaurants

The greatest selection of restaurants can be found in Mykonos Town and range from sophisticated gourmet dining to casual ouzeries and tavernas.   Authentic Greek cuisine abounds with many tavernas offering fresh fish, meze (a Greek version of Spanish tapas) and other local foods.  Fine restaurants with world renowned chefs offer a more contemporary take on Greek food.

Here are a few `must not miss` dining destinations:

Avra in Mykonos Town offers a secluded courtyard garden, roof top terrace or air conditioned interior with traditional Greek décor.   A Mediterranean menu favours Greek fusion.  A quiet, relaxed ambience makes it the perfect spot to meet with friends and a favourite among locals.

Tiki torches, a beach view and casual dining on Omos beach give Ithaki a relaxed and romantic atmosphere.  Simply prepared, authentic Greek dishes include daily fresh fish (sea urchins, basil scallops, mussels and octopus).  Steaks, pasta, salads and Thai food complement the menu.

Uno con Carne is tucked away in an Art Deco designed court yard.  Meat is on the menu with the juiciest most flavourful steaks you`ll find on the island accompanied by an extensive wine list.  If beef isn`t your first choice, lamb or chicken are available and a terrific oyster bar is also featured.  A large and lively open air lounge and the longest bar in Mykonos make it a great late-night hotspot.

Delectable Local Cuisine

Mykonos is world famous for kopanisti, a soft, creamy, salted cheese that’s prepared with chilli peppers.  Although it has been likened to Roquefort, it has a real kick and a unique flavour all its own.   It’s often served in Mostra, a dish containing dry bread with kopanisti cheese, chopped tomatoes and Greek olive oil or as a meze and served with ouzo.

Also try louza (air dried meat) sausages seasoned with salt, oregano, savory and pepper… delicious and more lean that fat. 

Must See Local Attractions

Mykonos has no shortage of amusements.  Beaches on the south coast of Mykonos are packed with partiers and include many nude beaches.  But if you’re looking to escape the crowds Lia Beach with its thick sand, pebbles and two taverns offers a quieter alternative.  Lia, accessible only by private vehicle, is the furthest beach from Mykonos Town on Mykonos south shore.

Mykonos Town is home to designer fashions and chic boutiques, picturesque bright-white houses decked with bougainvillea and geraniums and photogenic churches.  For the best bars and restaurants on the island explore Little Venice, a district on the western-most edge of Mykonos Town.   Known for its beauty and romantic atmosphere it’s the place to enjoy a cocktail while watching a stunning sunset.

The Island of Delos, not too far offshore from Mykonos, makes a fascinating day trip by boat.   One of the most sacred islands in Greece, it predates Greek culture and contains among the most important mythological and archaeological sites in Greece.   Littered with classical ruins, it has extensive archeological excavations.  Among the highlights are the Temple of Delians dedicated to Apollo, a classic example of the Doric order, the Avenue of the Lions a monumental avenue comparable to the Avenue of the Sphinxes and the House of the Naxians a shrine where treasures were stored in antiquity.

Ano Mera in the central part of Mykonos, is a picturesque village organized around the historical monastery of Virgin Mary the Tourliani… a must-see that dates from 1543.   Traditional food and sweets are definitely worth trying including the local milk patty (“galaktompoureko”) at the “Glykopolio” shop.

The Best Watersports, Tennis, Golf and Spas

The beaches of Mykonos are varied and numerous and some of the best in the Cyclades islands.  Many well-organized beaches provide a plethora of water activities, including wind surfing, horse riding, kite surfing, jet skiing, diving, pedal boat and water skiing.

Platis Yialos is the most popular beach on Mykonos with a regular bus service to town 2 ½ km. away.  This is the family-friendly beach on Mykonos and offers all the amenities for enjoying fun in the water.  Boat transportation to all the south coast beaches is available.

Ornos south-west of Mykonos Town has a beach that slopes gently into the sea and is perfect for families with young children.   Schools for water skiing and surfing are also found.

Psarou offers scuba diving as well as the usual water sports.  Kalafatis Beach and Agia Anna Beach offer surfing and a diving school.

Megali Ammos, Kavlo Livadi, Tourlos, Agios Ioannis and Korfus Bay are other family oriented beaches.

More cosmopolitan beaches like Super Paradise is half family oriented, half gay with nude bathing permitted.  Paradise has many water sports and with lively bars adjacent and a dynamic night life it’s popular with a younger crowd.

Tennis facilities­ are available at most of the major hotels on the island with tennis pros onsite to step-up your game.  The Mykonos Tennis Club offers three courts, one hard surface and two grass courts with private and group lessons available.

There is no shortage of choices when it comes to spa facilities on Mykonos; almost every major hotel and resort on Mykonos offers a high-end spa experience.  Taken as a whole, the full range of spa and beauty treatments to pamper and de-stress are available on the island.

The Althea Spa Center at the five star Mykonos Grand Hotel and Resort is located across from the Island of Delos.   All-natural treatments and traditional Greek therapies are featured including spa ingredients that are indigenous to the Greek islands.  Ultra luxurious amenities and atmosphere.

The Elixir Spa and Fitness Gallery is found at the Mykonos Blu Luxury Hotel.  A sauna, a fitness room complete with Cybex and cardio equipment and private massage rooms are offered.  Various massage therapies are available including aroma therapy, lymphatic massage and restorative head and face massage.   Custom treatments can be tailored to guests’ individual needs.

The luxurious Petasos Beach Hotel & Spa features the Aqua Marine Spa where thalassotherapy is offered in a Bisazza mosaic decorated Thalasso pool.   Sea water is heated to 31 to 33 degrees and special hydrotherapy jets concentrate the beneficial effects of seawater on the skin.  Relaxing and rejuvenating.

The Best Time to Visit Mykonos

Mykonos has hot dry summers and mild winters.  Rain is rare during the summer months with most rain showers occurring from April through October.  The tourist season runs from May through October with

July and August the hottest months, averaging 30 degrees C during the day and 22 degrees C at night.  During July and August the meltemi, the constant wind in the Cyclades, blows offering some respite from the heat.

August is the busiest month and beaches and towns are packed wall-to-wall with people.   If you love the energy of crowds and aren’t deterred by the higher prices of the busy season, then July and August are the best months for you.

If you prefer less crowded beaches, restaurants and shops as well as a more laid-back atmosphere, there are a couple of choices.  During September the season is winding down, many of the tourists have left, the atmosphere is more relaxed and the water is still warm for swimming.  In May and June, the tourist season is winding up, but business owners in shops and restaurants aren’t burned out from the summer crowds.

Summer celebrations are built around the honouring of patron saints on designated days.  Local churches organise traditional panigiria, time-honoured feasts with delicious food and local wines.  Much singing and dancing occurs late into the night.

In Mykonos the most important feast days are Agion Apostolon June 30, Agia Paraskevi July 26, Panagia Tourliani August 15 and Agios Ioannis, August 29.

Local Shopping and Crafts

Matogianni street in Mykonos Town is one of the major shopping streets with chic boutiques offering luxury fashion, jewellery both contemporary as well as ancient and Byzantine reproductions and house-designed sandals in a variety of colors and styles.  Galleries that feature many well know Greek artists are abundant.   Mykonos, at one time, was famous for vegetable dyed and loomed weaving.  Examples are still available from Nikoletta one of the few shops that still sells these traditional goods.

For sundry little shops and boutiques running the range from exclusive to touristy, the district of Little Venice is worth exploring.

Bring the Family

Mykonos is known internationally as a sun-soaked, jet-set, party-hard destination.   Night clubs feature pounding electronic and house music and the hottest DJs in the world.  It’s sun, swim, shop and party 24/7.

That said, family friendly activities and beaches are not hard to find.  Platys Gialos is the designated family beach on Mykonos with all the water activities you could wish for, swimming in warm, crystal blue waters, wind surfing, kite surfing, jet skiing, pedal boat and water skiing.

Many less pricey hotels that cater to families are common, as are more family orient restaurants

A quieter beach in the town of Ornos located in the middle of the island is great for swimming, sunning and exploring.  The beach slopes gently into the sea for families with young children and there are schools for water skiing and surfing.

Other beaches geared to a quieter family time are Megali Ammos, Kavlo Livadi, Tourlos, Agios Ioannis and Korfus Bay and east of Ornos, Platis Gialos.

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- Exploring Mykonos -

Surrounded by the warm water of the Aegean, the Cyclades island of Mykonos is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. The glitterati are drawn in high numbers by its famous, high-octane nightlife and lifestyle-tolerant beaches where you can see and be seen. Mykonos also has less-frequented beaches, where visitors can just lounge, swim and soak in the island charm at their leisure.

Chora, also known as Mykonos Town, is the island’s capital. Stunningly picturesque, it features a maze of tiny, stone-paved streets and whitewashed lanes, cube houses and churches gathered around a harbor in the middle of a wide bay. Despite its many shops, boutiques, art galleries, cafes, bars and restaurants, Mykonos Town retains its charming ambience, with many of its buildings dating from antiquity. The labyrinthine old section of town provides a quiet contrast to its other bustling parts.

The warm days can be spent aboard a rented boat island hopping among the Cyclades Islands, or by taking a guided excursion. Sun bathing and water sports are also enjoyed by many, while other visitors find contentment in a beach cabana, witnessing the parade of yachts, cruise ships and sailboats, as well as the passing stream of humanity.

Anyone who wants a contrast with the bustling energy of Mykonos can take a day trip to sacred Delos, an uninhabited island six miles away that is a vast archeological site with superb monuments. Attractions here include the Sanctuary of Apollo, with its temples, altars, votive offerings and other buildings, the Temple of the Athenians, the Sanctuary of the Bulls, Tomb of the Two Hyperborean Maidens and many more.

Luxury Mykonos villa rentals boast breathtaking views from private verandahs and terraces, as well as elegant furnishings and the very best amenities. They provide the ideal way to spend days basking in the sun and lying on the alluring beaches, or investigating the ancient archeological ruins. With Jacuzzis, pools, manicured gardens and easy access to the ocean, the villas are a welcome refuge after a day of discovery and activity.

Whether you are in the mood for adventure or leisure, LaCURE Mykonos villas let you experience one of the world’s most enchanting and exciting destinations in luxurious comfort and style.

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