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As one of the most cosmopolitan spots in Greece, Mykonos truly has something for everyone: party beaches, quiet stretches of sand, pretty cafes that offer prime seating for watching Greece’s famous sunsets and more. Mykonos has developed over the past decades to offer options to everyone from the party crowd and gay couples to newlyweds and families. Away from its famous beaches, anyone can appreciate the ancient archeology of neighboring Delos and the picturesque alleyways of the island’s main town, Chora. Here are the five things our Forbes Travel Guide editors say are not to be missed in Mykonos:
1. Sunsets in Little Venice. Little Venice is the most picturesque corner of Chora. Its colorful buildings seem to rise right out of the sea. The lively area is full of cafes and restaurants and watching the sunset with a chilled drink in hand is a nightly ritual.
2. Seeing the windmills up close. The island’s iconic windmills have been greeting visitors for centuries. Once used to produce grain, the distinctive windmills are the first things visitors see when approaching Mykonos. You’ll want a few photos in front of one of the round white structures with their thatched roofs that rise above Chora.
3. Psarou Beach. This luxury beach is a see-and-be-seen kind of place. Reserve one of the spacious, chic lounge beds in advance and wear your designer bikini. Then, sit back, order a cocktail and keep an eye out for celebrities.
4. Discovering Delos. A short boat ride takes you to this sacred island, where you can explore the impressive and expansive remains of an ancient sanctuary and theater by foot. Delos is thought to be the birthplace of mythological twins Apollo and Artemis and is one of Greece’s most important archeological sites. You can hop a ferry at the port for the 30-minute trip to the island or charter a boat that includes a private tour guide and lunch.
5. Photos at Panagia Paraportiani. While Mykonos has a lot of historic churches, this white, asymmetrical beauty is the most photographed in Greece. The whitewashed place of worship is actually made up of four little chapels. The entrance offers sweeping views of the sea but be careful when you enter as the church is still in use for services.