If possible, you should spend a lot more time in Mykonos Town than one day but if that’s all you have, the following suggestions should give you a good feel for this delightful town.
Begin your day with breakfast at a Mykonos Bakery such as Gioras Wood Bakery. Try their spanakopita, a traditional savory Greek spinach pie.
Save the morning for the Chora (the old town) where you can spend hours exploring the cobblestone streets and boutiques. Don’t miss the traditional white washed Panagia Paraportiani (Our Lady of the Side Gate), a famous church complex. Begun in the 15th century, it was completed in the 17th century and consists of four churches with a fifth built above them. If you love art there are several galleries you should visit including Rarity Gallery, Dio Horia Gallery and HOFA (House of Fine Art).
Take a break for lunch at the popular Kastros in Little Venice where you can enjoy delicious traditional Greek dishes, including many popular fish dishes.
Walk off your lunch along the coast to the windmills that are so quintessential to Mykonos. Built hundreds of years ago, they are no longer operational though several have been turned into museums, the most famous being Bonis Windmill. Ten minutes from the windmills, you can enjoy a refreshing swim on Megali Ammos Beach. The name means “large sand” and this describes this large stretch of beach perfectly. There tends to be strong winds here so there are few if any umbrellas but it’s a fun spot to soak up some sun and enjoy the sea.
As the light begins to wane, Mykonos comes alive with bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Stop for an aperitif at Galleraki Cocktail Bar and watch the sun set over the sea, then head on to dinner at Avra, a charming garden restaurant that offers both Greek and international cuisine in a beautiful courtyard resplendent with colorful bougainvillea and lit by candles. If you’re looking for more of an upscale dining experience head over to Kalita, a sophisticated, restaurant that offers classic Greek flavors with a modern touch in a beautifully designed setting. You can’t go wrong with either spot, they are both some of the best restaurants in Mykonos.
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