Captivating Mykonos: Fine Blend of Tradition and Simplicity
Mykonos is different than the typical island that you probably imagine – it’s dry and rocky, without rich nature and tropical paradises. So what is it about Mykonos that makes it a top destination amongst the Greek islands for celebrities like Leondardo Di Caprio, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Adriana Lima that are used to glamour?
It gives the escape from luxury into a paradise of simple white washed buildings and the tranquility of the beautiful azure sea. The sea, the wind, and the whitewashed churches all combine to give Mykonos a vibrant allure. Everyone gathers in cafes overlooking the sea, simply drinking an ouzo or an exotic cocktail and enjoying the sunset and the noise from the slamming waves.
While the island has some museums that are worth visiting like the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, the real attraction is going around the streets: dining, shopping, or simply strolling. The core of Mykonos town is literally a maze, designed centuries ago to prevent invaders from finding their way. This worked on me, too. But still, I can’t think of any other place where getting lost is so enjoyable and fun. Wandering in the narrow cozy streets I found some hidden gems like Victoria’s Secret and even couture boutiques such as Louis Vuitton for dedicated shoppers. In “Little Venice” – an 18th century district, dominated by mansions with colorful balconies and stylish windows, you can find an abundance of shops selling paintings or hand-made plates as well as some small art galleries.
Food lovers are rewarded for exploring the town’s tiny streets. While there are many good places to dine by the beaches, there are small tavernas worth trying in the heart of the town of Mykonos. The stylish Familia restaurant surrounded by fragrant bougainvillea flowers is one of the best restaurants in the village. It is a great place to have a drink and to savour your Mediterranean meal.
Another great place to have a bite at is Pasta Fresca Barkia. It distinguishes itself from other restaurants for its handmade pasta production in Mykonos since 1978. There, you can enjoy a variety of choices of fresh pasta such as stuffed pasta, gnocchi, truffle ravioli, etc. If you would rather explore the local cuisine specialties, there are lots of other restaurants to stimulate your taste buds. There you can try the famous Greek salad with feta cheese, gyros, moussaka as well as the Zesty Tzatziki salad.
When you are done exploring the town, you can go relax at one of the sandy beaches around Mykonos and enjoy what the Greek islands are renowned for – the turquoise water and the Mediterranean sun. There are so many beaches in Mykonos that it has been nicknamed the “Capri of Greece.” There are a countless number of churches and chapels in the island as well, and each of them has a unique story and history attached.
Whatever you choose to do, the island of Mykonos offers activities for every curious traveler and the streets of its town – a secret place that you discover each time you visit. You can even find AUBG Daily’s owl symbol!