ROL Cruise recommends…
1. Explore Tourlos and Mykonos Town
Waterfront cafés and quaint villas line Tourlos port, making it a pleasant place to meander as you search for Petros Pelican, the island’s real-life mascot! At nearby Mykonos Town (also known locally as Hora or Chora), winding streets once frequented by pirates lead you to various atmospheric haunts. Stop a while at the fifteenth century remains of the Church of Panagia Paraportiani and visit the nearby museums, before admiring the medieval houses and gallery-lined streets of Little Venice. Don’t miss the sixteenth century Kato Myli windmills, originally built by the Venetians to grind wheat, or the three wells of Tria Pigadia.
2. Discover the island’s traditional heart
In the centre of the island, five miles from Tourlos, you’ll find the photogenic village of Ano Mera. Head here for the beautiful Monastery of Panagia Tourliani dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and a bustling open-air market. In the small central square, there are tavernas and pastry shops selling traditional sweets.
3. Pinpoint your perfect panorama
For stunning scenery and panoramic photo opportunities, head a few kilometres out of Mykonos Town to the Armenistis Lighthouse (decommissioned). Unfortunately, the lighthouse itself is not open to the public, but the site boasts excellent views of Mykonos Town and surrounding area. Visits are recommended on less windy days as the site is very open to the elements.
4. Pick your personal beach paradise
Whatever you want from a beach trip, you’re sure to find it in Mykonos. Unwind in remote seclusion on the coarse sands of the Lia beach coastline, or join the parties at the Paradise, Super Paradise or Elia beaches. Make your way to the famed ‘Shirley Valentine’ beach of Agios Ioannis for crystalline waters, or choose to rub shoulders with the Greek elite at Psarou. Families can enjoy water sports and castle-building on popular Platis Gialos and Ornos beaches, while the young at heart can take to the waves in Kalafatis. For something a little different, there are also opportunities for horse-riding, diving or glass-bottomed boat tours around its scenic shoreline.
5. Embark on a historic pilgrimage
In Greek mythology, the nearby island of Delos was the birthplace of Artemis, Hellenic protector of wild animals and childbirth, and her twin brother Apollo, god of music, beauty and light. Catch a ferry to the sacred ‘Island of Light’ to explore the sites of numerous ancient temples, to walk around the ruins of the Agora of the Competialists and to see the spot where Zeus’ twins were born. Now marked by realistic replicas, the original marble statues from the Terrace of Lions can be seen in the Archaeological Museum of Delos, along with jewellery, mosaics and other grand artefacts discovered on the island.