Mykonos

Welcome to the little Cyclades island with the huge reputation.

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Mykonos can be one long beach party, if that's what you want; but it can just as easily be long, sunny days on deserted sands, followed by lazy dinners in seaside tavernas. Whichever way you see it, Mykonos is impossible not to love.

Essential sights

Aegean Maritime Museum A passionately curated museum in the heart of Mykonos Town. The collection here explores Greek maritime history in intricate detail. Among the intriguing exhibits displayed around the museum's pretty garden are a replica of the Armenistis Lighthouse and several ancient nautical tombstones.

Archaeological Museum of Mykonos Every Greek island has archaeological treasures, and Mykonos is no exception. The bulk of this collection was unearthed in the early 20th century, and today it is housed in an elegant, purpose-built gallery. Look for well-preserved Hellenistic vases, chilling funeral statues and a collection of artefacts from the nearby island of Rineia.

Mykonos Windmills Mykonos is known as the ‘island of the winds’, and back in the 16th century Venetian settlers harnessed that natural resource with a series of windmills. Only seven now remain, occupying a dramatic position overlooking Mykonos Harbour. The sails still spin in a stiff breeze, and they are, without a doubt, the island’s most recognisable landmarks.

Panagia Paraportiani This quaint church next to Little Venice looks like a whitewashed rock from a distance. Get closer and you can see several different buildings, crowned with an elegant 17th-century dome. The complex actually consists of five chapels, though only the ground floor one is routinely open.

Rarity Gallery The Rarity Gallery was one of the first in Greece to concentrate solely on international contemporary artists. A stunning exhibition space, even without the art, it’s just a few minutes’ walk from Mykonos Old Port, and hosts a number of shows each year, with a focus on sculpture and painting.