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Mykonos vacations are about real leisure time. It’s an island where life moves slow and the evenings are to be enjoyed. Look out for the large boulders dotting the landscape, which the Ancient Greeks believed to be the bodies of giants slain by Hercules. Wander through the quiet streets of the Chora old town, stumbling upon hidden tavernas of whitewashed stone, covered in climbing bougainvillea vines. End a day accompanied by the joyful sounds of local Bouzouki music long into the evening, toasting a perfect Mykonos vacation.
Every Mykonos trip should involve regular trips to its beautiful sandy beaches that line the island’s coast. Our Travel Experts will take you off the beaten path to Mirsini Beach, whose calm blue waters are surrounded by rocky coves. If sunset is too early for bedtime, head to Paradise Beach, where the cocktails flow long into the night. Life’s a beach on your Mykonos vacation!
Mykonos’ most famous landmarks are its iconic windmills, built by the Venetian rulers of the island in the 16th century, visible throughout the town of Chora. Head south to explore windmills themselves and the rocky headland they were built on, the breeziest spot in town. Take your pick from the quaint tavernas in the area, enjoying tangy olives and salty Kopanisti Mykonou cheese as the long Greek evening draws in.
While the Venetians were in control of the island, they created a little slice of home in the harbor of Chora. Owned by rich merchants, these beautiful waterside houses had private boathouses in their basements, leading the locals to believe that many of them were owned by pirates. Today, the cost tavernas with whitewashed walls are a favorite with the locals and Tourlane’s Travel Experts alike.
Hop over to the neighboring island of Delos for an incredible view into the history of the Greek Islands. Explore the ancient ruins that dot the island, believed by the Ancient Greeks to be the birthplace of the gods Apollo and Artemis. Look upwards for the soaring columns of the Temple of the Delians and the Terrace of the Lions, before seeking out the intricate mosaics adorning the House of the Dolphins.
The Church of Paraportiani literally translates as the Church of Our Lady at the Side Gate, a reference to the fortifications it was once part of. Today, there aren’t any fortifications left, only an oddly-designed white church, built over 200 years and completed some time in the 17th century. Navigate the strange architecture of the church, a deep contrast to the neat buildings of the adjoining Little Venice.
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