Situated in the Cyclades island group off the coast of Greece, Mykonos is among the most popular of the Greek isles for travelers who seek relaxation, stunning views, delicious meals and sun-soaked shores. Offering so much to do and see, it’s tough to do it all in just 24 hours. But if you only have a short time to spend on this jewel of the Aegean Sea, here are 6 attractions you absolutely have to experience before you set sail to your next destination:
Breakfast at En Plo
There are plenty of amazing places to enjoy your morning meal in Mykonos, but at En Plo, you’ll get delicious Greek and international cuisine with an incredible seaside view. That’s because this quaint café/restaurant is situated just steps from the water on the old Mykonos Port, with plenty of outdoor seating.
See the Windmills
The island’s principal village is called known as Chora, and it features the famous Mykonos island windmills. Built by the Venetians in the 16th century, they were originally used to mill wheat, but now stand as icons of the island itself. There are 16 windmills total on the island, but the best place to see them is on the hill in Chora, which features a cluster of seven windmills, as well as sweeping views of the entire village.
Visit Little Venice
Featuring gorgeous old houses situated precariously on the edge of the Aegean, it’s difficult not to fall in love with this beautiful little enclave of the island. From the charming whitewashed facades, to the
rustic wooden stairways, to the winding pebbled streets, to the sound of the waves crashing right below your feet, Little Venice truly is a magical sight.
Come to Little Venice for the stunning views, and stick around for the shopping. Dotted with artisanal craft shops and merchants selling everything from clothing to jewelry, to “designer” handbags, the charming streets of Little Venice are the perfect place to pick up a unique souvenir of your trip to the Greek Islands.
Dinner at M-Eating
Situated in a gorgeous house, complete with all the whitewash, natural wood, and stone that characterizes the local architecture, this delightful restaurant offers extraordinary Greek fare. From the soutzoukakia and octopus to the Myconian honey pie, you really can’t find a bad meal at this cozy little eatery.
A Drink and a Sunset
Mykonos is a sunset-watcher’s paradise from pretty much anywhere on the island. But, if you want to step your sunset game up another notch, head over to 180º Sunset Bar just outside Chora. Serving delicious cocktails on an expansive patio overlooking the harbor and the brilliant blue Aegean Sea, this is THE perfect end to your whirlwind romance with the isle of Mykonos.