Mykonos is About More Than Just Its Nightlife
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Even though Mykonos has a reputation for being a party island, there’s so much more to it than that! The reality is that you can easily escape the party life. Sun soaked beaches, peaceful views, and the traditional culture on Mykonos still make this island ideal for those looking for a slow-paced Greek vacation. There are also plenty of cultural and educational activities to enjoy on Mykonos, too. Here’s a list of the essential things you can do on Mykonos that don’t involve staying up all night in a beachside club.
Watch the Sunset
Mykonos is one of the best places in all of Greece to watch the sunset. Head on over to Little Venice, an area restaurant that boasts amazing sunset views. Enjoy a glass of Greek wine and a meal while watching the sky light up with brilliant colors! If you’re not quite ready to settle down for your evening meal, head on over to one of the beaches for an amazing photo opportunity. To make the shot even more memorable, make sure you take a few with one of the island’s unique windmills.
Relax On the Beach
You don’t need to visit one of the island’s hectic beaches to enjoy the crystalline Aegean! If you want to avoid the party scene, avoid Paradise and Super Paradise beaches. Even though these are family oriented, they’re also quite busy during the peak season. For a much more sedate time by the ocean, head to Ftelia, Panormos, and Agios Sostis beaches instead. They’re much quieter than some of the other beaches on the island.
Enjoy Outdoor Sports
You don’t need to sit on the beach to fully enjoy it! If you’re the type that likes adventure, Mykonos has several great options for outdoor sports. You can rent a canoe or kayak and explore the island from its gentle seawaters. Go snorkeling so that you can catch a glimpse at the under water sea life. For something more intense, consider going scuba diving. If you do, be sure to dive near the Peloponisos wreck, which will make your experience even more memorable.
There are also several opportunities to hike throughout the island. If you want to enjoy the outdoors without doing anything strenuous, consider going for a walk through the streets. Even meandering through the island’s shops can help you get some exercise while also shopping for souvenirs!
Go Wine Tasting
Did you know that Mykonos is actually known for its wines? The island has an ideal climate for growing several varieties of wine grapes, and the wines are considered amongst Greece’s best. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to sample some of these world-class wines! Popular varietals include Greece’s native Assyrtico as well as plenty of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Ask around for recommendations about which vineyards to visit, and be sure to order the house wine whenever you dine out, especially if the wine was made locally. You could also join an organized wine tour and they often include both wine and food.
This post was written by Greek Boston