Top Villages to Visit on Mykonos Greece

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It is true that Mykonos, Greece is definitely known for being a party island and once you experience them, it’s easy to se why. However, it’s mainly tourists who experience the nightlife. For those who live on the island, they see a much different side of that.

If you want to see what life is really like on Mykonos, it is important to get away from the parties and head to the villages. Here’s more information:

Mykonos Town

Sure, Mykonos Town is a major hub for tourists, which means that there are plenty of bars and nightclubs here. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to spend all your time in them! If you step away from the major attractions, you’ll see that Mykonos Town offers some great opportunities to observe what Greek village life is really like. Also known as Chora, this place is home to thousands of native inhabitants and also has some stunning scenery. In order to find the places where locals go, ask at your hotel for advice. Some of the best experiences, such as tavernas where locals gather, aren’t necessarily found in the guide books.

Ano Mera

Another great village to visit is Ano Mera, which is considerably smaller than Chora, or Mykonos Town. It is still the second largest village on the island, which means that there is still plenty to do while here. In other words, Ano Mera is quaint without being completely isolated. Since it is smaller than Mykonos Town, though, you won’t need to go far to witness the Greek people experiencing their everyday lives. This is also a great village to visit if you want to see certain sites, such as the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani. Ano Mera also overlooks the water and has some amazing scenery.


Glastros is one of those villages that gets a lot of tourist activity since it is so close to the island’s airport and also to the main village. There are a lot of hotels, restaurants, and bars here, but it is still a great place to visit to witness the everyday life of the people living on Mykonos. Between all that, there still is plenty of time to visit the beaches. Many of the most popular ones are within close proximity to this village.


If you’re staying near Mykonos Town and want to get away from the touristy areas, Drafaki is a good place to be. Although it is considered a part of the main town, it actually stands on its own. There are some restaurants and hotels here, but for the most part, the people who live here are able to go on with their lives. Spend some time walking the streets, taking photos, and sitting in some of the cafes and restaurants to enjoy the day.

While on Mykonos, enjoying the parties isn’t all there is to do. These villages offer a great way to spend your time.

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