10 Amazing Things to Do and See in Mykonos, Greece

The Greek island of Mykonos offers a wealth of attractions beyond its beaches and nightlife
The Greek island of Mykonos offers a wealth of attractions beyond its beaches and nightlife | © kavalenkava volha / Alamy Stock Photo
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2 September 2020

The cosmopolitan island of Mykonos attracts thousands of visitors every year, thanks in part to its vivid nightlife, fabulous beaches and breathtaking landscapes. But what else is there to see and do here? From Little Venice to the Monastery of Paleokastro, Culture Trip rounds up some of the best attractions in Mykonos, Greece.

Spot the pelicans

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Pelican Petros, the town mascot in front of the blue domed church, Mykonos, Cyclades Islands, Greek Islands, Greece, Europe.
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Peter the pelican was an emblematic figure of Mykonos and a symbol of the island during the 30 years of his life. A local fisherman found him wounded in 1958, and afterwards, he was nursed and supported by the locals who named him Petros, from petra, which means “rock” in Greek – petra being the dominant architectural element of Mykonos and the Cyclades in general. Thousands of tourists used to run after the island’s mascot every summer for a picture. To the disappointment of locals and tourists, Petros was killed by a car in 1985 and was mummified in Thessaloniki, according to the decision of the Municipality of Mykonos. Nowadays, three pelicans live on the island of Mykonos, one of which is named Petros to honour the island’s symbol.

Little Venice

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Restaurant at waterfront, Little Venice, Mykonos island, Greece.
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One of the most famous and charming areas in Mykonos is called Alefkantra, or Little Venice, as its picturesque setting next to the sea is reminiscent of the Italian city of Venice. The settlement of Little Venice was created during the 18th century by rich merchants and captains. Visitors will be fascinated by the elegant and beautiful houses that stand literally above the sea. This area is one of the best locations in the Aegean to enjoy the sunset.

Windmills

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White windmills and Aegean sea on the island of Mykonos
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The windmills of Mykonos constitute one of the most typical highlights of the Aegean Sea, famous all over the world. The impressive white windmills are located between the settlement of Little Venice and the neighbourhood of Niochori. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the island had more than 20 windmills, which contributed to the wheat production, a fundamental element of the island’s economic development. Nowadays, seven of them are maintained in decent condition.

Lena's House

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Griechenland, Kykladen, Mykonos, Mykonos Stadt ( Chora ), Lena´s Haus, Volkskundliche Sammlung in einem historischen Privathaus.
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Lena’s House is located in Chora, near the area of Tria Pigadia. It is an authentic sample of a Mykonian middle-class family house of the 19th century. It hosts a collection of European and local furniture of the 19th century, as well as a wide range of useful or decorative objects, from mirrors to gravures and embroideries. From April until October, it is open to visitors on a daily basis except for Sundays from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

The Folklore Museum of Mykonos

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The grinding mechanism of the Folklore Museum Bonis windmill. Mykonos Upper Chora. Cyclades Islands, Greece
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The island’s Folklore Museum is located in Kastro, just some minutes away from the famous Paraportiani, in a two-floor traditional building. It hosts interesting collections of classic furniture, handmade ceramics, Byzantine pictures, and important manuscripts and photographs. You have to visit this museum in order to get in touch with the deeper cultural identity of the island, which is so much more than the vivid beach bars.

The Monastery of Paleokastro

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Interior of Monastery of Paleokastro Greek Orthodox church, Ano Mera, Mykonos, Cyclades Islands, Greece.
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The Monastery of Paleokastro is a women’s monastery north of the settlement of Ano Mera. Dating back to the 18th century, it was named after the homonymous nearby hill and is a typical example of Cycladic monastery architecture.

Archaeological Museum of Mykonos

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The  Archaeological Museum on the beautiful Island of Mykonos in the Cyclades Islands Greece
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Famous for its rich collection of vases, some of which date back to the 17th century, the Archeological Museum of Mykonos is located in the heart of the island, close to the port. Except for the vases, it also hosts a unique collection of sculptures, ceramics and jewels. It is open to visitors every day except for Mondays, from 8.30am until 3pm.

Aegean Maritime Museum

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Inside the Maritime and Cultural Tradition Museum, in Bourdzi, Skiathos town, Skiathos island, Northern Sporades, Magnessia, Thessaly, Greece.
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Located in Tria Pigadia, next to Lena’s House, the Aegean Maritime Museum is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 with the goal to preserve and promote Greek maritime history and traditions. To that end, it exhibits replicas of rowing and sailing ships from the prehistoric times until today. It also hosts a rich collection of maps, ancient coins and sculptures, all under the thematic umbrella of maritime life. It is open to interested visitors daily from April until October, from 10.30am until 1pm and from 6.30pm until 9pm.

Mykonos Town Hall

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Mykonos Town, Greece - September 20, 2019: Facade of the Town Hall in Hora, also known as Mykonos Town, capital of the island and one of the best exam
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The Mykonos Town Hall is a two-floor building that dominates in the Chora of Mykonos. It was initially constructed to become the residency of a Russian earl during the Russo-Turkish war (1770-1774) and was afterwards used as the island’s Town Hall, maintaining its initial, classic architectural form. Next to the Town Hall is an equally important and historical building, the first school of Mykonos.

The town's churches

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Mykonos, mikonos Greek island, part of the Cyclades, Greece. Agia Kyriaki Church in the souk area
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The island of Mykonos hosts more than 70 Christian Greek Orthodox churches, following the tradition of the Greek islands. A large amount of them was constructed after the Byzantine period by rich families of the island in order to thank God or honour one of their relatives. You don’t need to be religious to visit some of those beautiful churches. The most famous Mykonian churches, known for their architecture, include Zoodochos Pigi, Agia Kyriaki, Saint Nicolas, Paraportiani and Agia Eleni.

These recommendations were updated on September 2, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.