A Greek Island that’s only a touch behind capital Athens in the tourism stakes, Mykonos is a fabulous corner of the Mediterranean, coated with white washed buildings and lush sandy beaches, while colorful, palm-strewn, rugged mosaic pathways take visitors around the ornate towns below a sparkling summer sky.
There may be an abundance of visitors to Mykonos, but there’s also a wealth of stunning beaches and clear semi-tropical waters to enjoy, enough to reduce overcrowding and encourage visitors to spend time away from the towns. Sights like Fetelia Beach welcome windsurfers shooting along the crests of waves, while beaches like Agrari could have been custom built for the hoards of tan-chasing European’s who flock here. Not to forget are the one of a kind endless beach parties and wild night entertainment at Tropicana Beach Bar at the Paradise Beach.
There’s more to Mykonos than just bumming on the beach, though. A day trip to the nearby island of Delos allows visitors to explore the birthplace of Apollo, now a relic-strewn home to tastes of ancient Greece, including the internationally recognizable image of two fading marble lion statues roaring from the height of the tiny island’s terraced peak. Mykonos has it’s own treasures, too, including an ornate selection of churches and large sections of the island that are totally untouched by tourism, and have their own rugged, natural beauty to uncover with a little effort or a long hike.
Get involved with the local scene, in fact, and you’ll be rewarded with a taste of Greek culture that’s a far cry from the beer and BBQ theme that most tourists stick to. The lethal local spirit, Ouzo, is a regular feature at local gatherings, which are also heavy on freshly caught seafood and an inevitable abundance of the local delicacy, olives.
The heavy levels of tourism on the islands are all but unavoidable (it’s by far the chief source of income for locals), but equally the whitewashed towns and lush countryside invite you to make of the islands what you will. Put in a little effort and you’ll find yourself a million miles from the beer-swilling parties. Assuming, of course, that you want to be…