Mykonos Town, or Chora as it’s called by the locals, is one of the nicest and most charming towns in the Cyclades island complex. Built amphitheatrically, it has endless narrow streets, whitewashed houses with bright colored doors, windmills, churches, and terraces with flowers in full bloom. Put on the map by Aristoteles Onasis and Jackie O in the 60’s, Mykonos Town is the Saint-Tropez of Greece. During your stroll in the labyrinth-like alleyways (intentionally designed like that to confuse the pirates in the old days) the chances of coming across some international celebrities are quite high. For more about Mykonos the island check here.
The Trademark Windmills
The two trademarks of the island can be found in Mykonos Town. The windmills are standing on a hill overlooking the city. Meanwhile Peter the Pelican, the island’s mascot, is usually spotted around Little Venice. One of the most picturesque neighborhoods of the capital. Mykonos Town also has an archaeological museum, located between the port and the town and built-in 1902. It has a rich collection of pottery, grave statues, funerary urns, and other items. The are from the prehistoric till the late Hellenistic period. In the city center, there’s also the Naval and the Folklore Museum with interesting collections. Another cultural monument spotted in Mykonos Town is the church of Panagia Paraportiani. It is a cluster of chapels fused into a “masterpiece of accidental architecture”, a superb representation of Cycladic architecture and perhaps one of the most photographed churches in Greece.
Unlike most island ports, Mykonos Town is not built on a hillside, but spread out over a flat plain, which is good as you can easily walk through it. On a side note, the city center is closed to traffic during most of the day so walking the maze streets of the town is the only way to explore. If you are into windsurfing then make sure you make a trip to Ftelia.
Where to stay in Mykonos Town
The options for accommodation in Mykonos Town are endless. From exclusive villas to small boutique hotels, to self-catering rooms and studios. If you choose Mykonos Town for your accommodation there are certain pros and cons. No matter how close to the center you choose to stay, you will always be close to the never-ending nightlife of the city, so drinking a bit too much is not a problem as a car will not be needed for your transport.
Stay around Fabrica square if you don’t have a car. This is where the central bus station is. So you can have easy access to all the beaches of the island. Generally, Mykonos Town is a good choice for those who cannot stand the traffic, as everything – and especially the nightlife – is in close proximity. Yes, you can find heavy traffic in Mykonos during the summer months. Because of conveniences like this, the prices usually are on the high side of this resort. Besides the (usually) stiff prices, another disadvantage is the noise. If you’re staying really downtown, chances that a bar or club is night next to your room are high. That means sleepless nights (sometimes without your consent).
On a side note, bear in mind that Mykonos Town is quite flat. If you want to have seaside and sunset views, you’d better choose something towards the outskirts of the town, on the slope overlooking the city. Accommodation there is much quieter (but not necessarily cheaper) and the views are what you’d expect to get from a Greek island.
Where to eat in Mykonos Town
Let me start by saying that the options for fine dining restaurants in Mykonos Town could be even more than cheap eateries. The variety is vast: Greek, Italian, French, Asian, International… the list is endless. Just to give an idea, there are more than 130 restaurants / taverns and eateries only in Mykonos Town! The majority of the big restaurants are around the harbor. If you‘re not eager to spend a fortune for a meal, try exploring a bit the area behind the harbor front. Some quite nice and cost-effective restaurants can be found hidden in the small streets. Restaurants in Little Venice ooze charm but will probably empty your pockets. A meal can will cost double the average there.
Nevertheless, if you are willing to spend a few more euros for a nice lunch or dinner, below are a few suggestions: “M-Eating” is my favorite place when it comes to haute Greek cuisine, located in an old traditional Mykonian house. I always visit again and again “Avra” for its amazing atmosphere and its lovely courtyard. “Bakalo” makes you have a blast from the past with every bite, mom’s food at its best! “Sea Satin Market” is the place to be for seafood and some good Greek music. And if you feel like indulging in Cantonese cuisine, “Ling Ling” will be waiting for you – a unique experience if you haven’t tried Hong Kong delicacies before! And since I mentioned Asia, Matsuhisa is one of the best places in Greece to try Japanese.
Mykonos Town nightlife
This place is the Greek party island. This is not a fame, but a fact. Mykonos Town can be easily considered the capital of partying. When the sun goes down, the narrow streets of the city fill with crowds ready to party and dance all night long. Little Venice is a nice place to be during the night. Many bars are located in the area, which also becomes quite noisy and lively during night time. If you ask me, I cannot just give one or two suggestions.
The options are unlimited and all equally nice, from clubbing to piano bars. “Caprice” is the club that everyone knows, with a vivid presence in the Mykonian night scene for many years. Other dancing options include “4711”, “Guzel”, “Omega” and “Rock n’ Roll”. If your dancing moves are a bit rusty, then you might want to have your drinks at “Babylon”, “Astra”, “Jackie O’”, “Kastro Bar” or “Rhapsody”. The one sure thing is that no matter where you go in Mykonos Town, you’ll have a great night out!