It is one of the most visited islands in the Aegean. This means that visitors taking a holiday to Mykonos have the option of joining in when it comes to loud dance clubs or can opt for something a bit more cerebral and get out to the beautiful beaches the island has to offer.
Mykonos tends to be extremely crowded with visitors in July and August. The best time to visit Mykonos is mid-May through June when the accommodation is much cheaper and it's not as hot or after the peak season in September through mid-October.
Mykonos is an extremely gay friendly island, featuring a vibrant gay nightlife from the famous Jackie O's to the Elysium's own cabaret and sunset cocktails.
Mykonos Town has plenty to offer too. The windmills are one of the most recognised landmarks of Mykonos. Once this island was a great producer of wheat and bread.
Also be sure to check out Little Venice (Alefkandra) which is located by the sea and is famous for its picturesque medieval two and three storey houses, which stand like a wall above the sea, and their colourful wooden balconies. Little Venice is one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the whole of Mykonos and offers a fantastic sunset. A favourite activity is drinking a cocktail in one of the many bars and cafes while watching the sunset on the seashore.
Of all the churches on Mykonos, the most impressive is Panagia Paraportianí, a true Byzantine jewel. The whitewashed church, which dates back to 1425 and was not completed until the 17th century, is the most popular and most photographed of the 400 churches on the whole island of Mykonos. It is made up of four chapels at ground level with another one above. Only one of the chapels on the ground floor is open to visitors, from early morning until sunset. The church is located in the Kastro district, the oldest section of Mykonos Town.
Petros the Pelican, the island's mascot, can sometimes be found at the waterfront or even up in town. Originally the pelican was found wounded off the coast of Paranga shore after a storm back in the 1950s by a local fisherman. The pelican was nursed to health and remained on the island supported by locals. It soon adopted the name “Petros”. To great disappointment by locals and tourists alike, Petros was hit by a car on 2 December 1985 and failed to recover. After Petros died in 1986 he was so popular that a new pelican was introduced as a successor. Now there are three pelicans inhabiting the island. This means that the Petros you meet may well be a Petra.