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Find information on Mykonos Town in our Travel Guide covering sights, foods and nightlife plus more...
Mykonos Town, also known as Chora, is one of the prettiest towns in the Greek Islands. The town rises up the gentle slopes from the harbour which is in the centre of a wide bay. The buildings gleam like white sugar cubes with shuttered windows and painted balconies swathed in trailing blossom and flowering plants. The centre of the town, with its narrow winding streets, is traffic-free adding to the pleasure of visitors. Mykonos Town is recognised by the four white windmills that dominate the skyline. It is a very upmarket town with many expensive restaurants and boutiques and a scintillating nightlife. There are several beaches close by offering a range of water sports and good bathing.
If you are looking for guaranteed summer sun, sand and sea, water sports, culinary delights and good wine in a picturesque setting then Mykonos Town is the place for you. If you are also looking for a wild nightlife, it is renowned for its dusk to dawn parties. Mykonos is a very gay friendly island and is therefore a popular destination with the gay community.
Mykonos Town is popular with young people drawn by its fun-loving reputation. It is also very popular with the gay community. Although there are good sandy beaches nearby; the town is not geared towards families. The island is becoming popular with brides and grooms looking for a romantic and beautiful setting for their wedding.
The dry hot summers are the most popular time to visit Mykonos Town The island can be fairly breezy and this tempers the heat at the height of the summer.
Mykonos Town is always a hub of activity with cruise ships bringing day trippers and visitors from around the island arriving by the bus load. This is unsurprising as Mykonos Town is very quaint and picturesque and is on everyone’s sightseeing list. It lies on the west coast of the island in the centre of a wide bay and winds its way up the gentle hill from the harbour. The narrow cobbled streets are filled with delightful buildings decorated with pots of brightly coloured flowers and trailing bougainvillea. The hill behind the town has the easily recognisable Mykonos windmills, and behind them are the barren hills of the island. The sunsets from this west facing town are spectacular. The town has an air of sophistication with many excellent international restaurants and exclusive boutiques. The brightly painted houses of Little Venice, to the east of the harbour, are popular with tourists, as are the museums and the Church of the Paraportiani.
There are several sandy beaches within a few kilometres of Mykonos Town including Ornos, a popular family beach and Agios Ioannis which was featured in the film ‘Shirley Valentine’
Mykonos Town is noted for its cosmopolitan life style and its very lively nightlife where music and dancing continue until dawn. A Mykonos Town holiday offers a guarantee of summer sunshine in picturesque surroundings where partying continues from sun down to sun up.
Nightlife in Mykonos Town is world famous with a huge choice of bars, restaurants and clubs where you can party until dawn. It is said to have some of the most sophisticated nightlife as well as some of the most relaxed. There are also many gay venues in the town.
Mykonos Town’s narrow streets and small squares have an abundance of specialist shops and boutiques providing a wide range of goods. Even if you are only window shopping, the maze of cobbled streets is a delight to wander through with its sweet scented pots of flowers and herbs. Popular holiday souvenirs include brightly coloured ceramics, embroidered linens, leather goods, jewellery and soaps made from olive oil.
Mykonos Town has very many restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets. The more exclusive provide a wide range of international cuisine while others provide traditional Greek food. Fish is obviously an important part of an island’s gastronomy and restaurants excel with their menus of fresh ingredients simply cooked. Local wines are pleasant and inexpensive.
Children are always made very welcome in restaurants and their tastes and portion size are taken into consideration.