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Not a Party Animal? Here’s 8 Other Reasons to Love Mykonos

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Last Updated on June 21, 2018 by epapp

Ah, Mykonos. The island that never sleeps.

“Last call” is an enigma to the Mykonos crowd, and while most neighborhood bars go dark at about 2AM, Mykonos is just getting started.

But even if you’re not the type to dance (on table tops or otherwise) until dawn, there are plenty of other reasons to fall in love with this magical island.

1 - Beautiful Beaches

Mykonos beaches are among the most beautiful in the world, and although the island is a breeding ground for fist-pumping beach clubs, there are still plenty of stunning, low-key options to enjoy on the island.

Elia Beach, Mykonos
Elia Beach, Mykonos
  • Elia Beach

    The largest beach on the island, Elia offers crystal clear water, golden sand, and a peaceful ambiance. Located near some of the island’s most luxurious hotels, Elia Beach includes top-notch service and is sure to check off all of a paradise seeker’s boxes.

  • Ornos Beach

    Resembling a small village by the sea, Ornos Beach is a great family-friendly option.

  • Psarou Beach

    Known as the trendiest beach on the island, Psarou Beach offers a variety of fine restaurants and beautiful sand.

  • Platys Gialos

    In addition to its beauty and plethora of restaurant options, Platys Gialos is conveniently located near bus stations that can take you directly into Mykonos Town.

  • Agrari Beach

    One of the more secluded options, Agrari Beach offers a peaceful atmosphere and beautiful sand. Just be sure you arrange for transportation, as there is no bus to Mykonos Town.

2 - Fashion-Forward Culture

If you’re a Stacy-London-lovin’-Madison-Ave-fashionista, you will LOVE Mykonos Town.

Imagine the splendor that is Louis Vuitton.

Now imagine it ensconced in white.

Now stop imagining.

Louis Vuitton in Mykonos Town
Louis Vuitton in Mykonos Town

To be totally honest, I don’t even shop here, but I couldn’t resist the photo opp!

From pashminas, to handbags, to jewelry, to sandals, Mykonos Town has everything you need to be fashion-forward and fabulous.

I even found a store named after me!

Elena Makri in Mykonos Town
Elena Makri in Mykonos Town

3 - Little Venice

Developed in the 18th century by captains and rich merchants, the beautiful area of Little Venice is named after the famous Italian city.

Lined with centuries-old fishing houses and an abundance of laid-back waterfront restaurants, Little Venice is a delightfully charming area that is the face of many a postcard.

Little Venice, Mykonos
Little Venice, Mykonos

Whether you’re sitting down for an authentic seafood dinner, grabbing a drink, or taking advantage of the colorful scenery for a photo opportunity, Little Venice delivers.

4 - Gay-Friendly Environment

Mykonos is a famously forward-thinking, gay-friendly island.

In fact, it’s been ranked among the top 10 most gay-friendly travel destinations in the world.

Advertised as the island’s “Str8 Friendly Hotel,” Elysium Hotel provides the ultimate exclusivity for gay couples on holiday.

5 – Iconic Windmills

A trip to Mykonos is not complete without a visit to the island’s iconic windmills.

Operated from the 16th – 19th century to make use of the island’s famous winds, these windmills may be out of commission, but they still get plenty of attention from tourists!

6 - Gateway to Ancient Delos

Another major plus of Mykonos is that it serves as a gateway to ancient Delos Island.

The mythological birthplace of Apollo and a UNESCO world heritage site, Delos is an archeological experience unto itself.

The island’s ancient ruins include stunning scenery, Doric temples, amphitheaters, and everything in between.

And the best part? Delos is just a brief ferry ride away from posh Mykonos!

Ferry ride from Delos back to Mykonos
Ferry ride from Delos back to Mykonos

7 - Gelato

One of my favorite things about Mykonos was the delicious gelato, and there is certainly no shortage of options for the gelato lover!

Similar to finding a Starbucks on every Manhattan corner, you can find gelato at virtually every turn in Chora.

The hardest part will be deciding which flavor to have first!

8 - Petros the Pelican

And last, but certainly not least, is the island’s famous mascot, Petros the Pelican.

As legend has it, the beloved Petros was wounded by a fisherman in 1954, and made himself at home on the island for thirty years after.

Although Petros passed away in 1986, if you’re lucky, you just may catch a glimpse of his descendants should you decide to visit this magical island!

For additional activity inspiration, check out Top 5 Things to Do in Mykonos from This Wanderlust Heart’s blog!

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