Thinking about your next summer holiday in the middle of winter? We can’t blame you! There’s no better way to lift your spirits on a cold, grey and dreary day. And if you dream of sun, sea and endless partying with a splash of culture, then Mykonos is the destination for you.
Here are the top 5 reasons to visit the most glamorous island in Greece.
1. Nightlife: With its world famous clubs and bars, if you want to party with the jet-setters, Mykonos is the place to be, its nightlife being often compared to that of Ibiza. From classy and sophisticated Caprice to all-day beach party mayhem in Super Paradise, you’re bound to find just what you’re looking for, from dusk ‘til dawn!
2. The Church of Paraportiani: One of the most photographed sights in Mykonos, it is the main feature of “Kastro”, meaning “castle”, which is the oldest part of town. The name “Paraportiani” comes from the word “porta”, meaning “door”, as it was built next to the entrance of the medieval castle in Mykonos town. Dating back to mid-15th century A.D., in reality, the church is a group of five smaller churches built in 4 different architectural styles: Byzantine, vernacular, traditional and western.
3. Windmills: The No. 1 Mykonos trademark, scattered throughout the island, are the picturesque 16th century windmills. Back then, Mykonos was a very popular trade route and the windmills were built near the harbor to be easily accessible for delivering flour and grains. Today, the windmills are no longer in use, but many of them still stand, offering endless photo-opportunities.
4. The Armenistis Lighthouse: This particular lighthouse is a historic building, constructed in 1891. It deserves its own place on the list because of its stunning views, perfect for snapping pictures. Located on the northeastern side of Mykonos, it overlooks the island of Tinos, and from the very top you can see the boats arriving and saying goodbye to the island.
5. Delos: The Sacred Island of the Ancient Greeks is only accessible by ferry or a cruise-ship, but the trip is truly worth it. At the archaeological site of Delos you can explore the ruins of one of the largest, most significant, and well-preserved ancient Greek settlements. To learn more about the eye-opening ancient Greek civilization visit the Delos museum, a definite must-see.