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Greece’s most glamorous island destination is Mykonos. After-dark activities center on Mykonos Town, noted for its chic boutique hotels, classy seafood restaurants, and live music venues. Other attractions include Paraportiani (a whitewashed church in Mykonos Town) and numerous sandy beaches along the island’s south coast (served both by bus and taxi-boat from Mykonos Town). The island is particularly popular with international celebrities. Mykonos has an airport and is connected by ferry and catamaran to Athens’ port, Piraeus, and Rafina.
Mykonos’s nightlife, both in town and at Paradise beach, is renowned and often pricey, with cover charges frequent. Standard Hóra practice is to start the evening with a sundowner at one of several congenial, laid-back bars at Little Venice – Galeraki, with a gorgeous upstairs salon and obligatory seaside terrace below, is a personal favourite – with livelier action shifting later to the inland lanes. Also, don’t miss Cine Manto (00 30 22890 26165; cinemanto.gr; June–early Oct), just off Kalogéra, one of Greece’s older outdoor cinemas, with a lovely garden bar-bistro (until 2am) thrown in; one or two screenings nightly of quality films at competitive (€6) prices.
Venue locations are general owing to the limitations of Google and imprecise Greek street addresses – if you get lost ask a local.
Look for the five windmills here. They are icons of the town and make the perfect place for a selfie. Along the waterfront you might see pelicans. These huge birds flock to the waterfront during the day and may let you get close enough to pose for a photo with them.
Beaches are one of the main attractions in Mykonos. For a beach close to Myknonos Town, try Ornos Beach. It’s crowded in summer but it’s only a ten minute ride by public bus. Another close beach is Plats Yialos Beach. This one is compact and good for families with relatively shallow waters. There are beach tavernas here so you can have a meal right on the beach. If you like water sports try Panormous Beach. Less crowded than some other spaces, it’s a favorite haunt of locals. Slightly farther away from Myknonos Town is Elia Beach. It’s quieter and more secluded. You can also more easily get a sun umbrella and place to sit. This is where many wealthy Greeks choose to keep a second home so it’s rather upscale.