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Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos is one of the most popular of the Cyclades with its stylish accommodation, choice of no less than 25 beaches for every day of your holiday and cosmopolitan party lifestyle. The beautiful coastal stretches of beach which fringe the Greek island including Paraga and Psarou a favourite for beach parties, Kalafatis and Agios Ionassis for watersports including windsurfing, Ornos for excellent seafront restaurants and Elia with its vast stretch of white sand a definitive choice for families.

Mykonos is recognisable for its trademark 16th-century windmills which grace the landscape sitting on a hillside above alluring Little Venice and are visible from every point in Mykonos Town (also known locally as Chora). Overlooking the bay, perhaps the most famous, Bonis Windmill now houses a local museum open to the public. Mykonos Town is picture perfect, with alluring maze of narrow streets with whitewashed houses draped in bougainvillea, tiny orthodox churches and chapels. It’s a wonderful destination which adds a touch of glamour to this Greek island brimming with sights, sounds and shopping with quirky boutiques, art galleries and artisan jewellers, many who craft beautiful reproductions of Byzantine jewellery. After dark the cocktail bars and clubs of Mykonos come to life, living up to its name of the Greek party island.

The neighbourhood of Little Venice is named after the Italian city with its elegant two-storey Venetian houses that sit close to the shoreline. It is an atmospheric quarter with a romantic ambience and one of the most photographed places in Europe. Many of the buildings have been converted into chic waterfront tavernas where you can sit and soak up the views of the captivating sunsets as the sounds of the wave crash around you.

There’s plenty of places to venture out for Cycladic idyll such as Ano Mera one of the oldest villages of Mykonos which you can reach by bus from the Old Port. It has a few historical sites worth visiting including the Venetian ruins of Gyzi Castle and the captivating 16th-century Panagia Tourliani Monastery. Also from the Old Port tours depart to uninhabited Delos island, a remarkable place UNESCO World Heritage-listed and believed to be the birthplace of twin gods Apollo and Artemis. One of the most well-preserved archaeological sites in Greek, Delos’s ancient ruins encompass Doric temples, markets, an amphitheatre, houses with mosaics and the iconic Terrace of the Lions statues.

Mykonos will fulfil you with its breathtaking beauty and unique historical places creating memories to treasure forever.