- Mykonos All inclusive holidays
Mykonos is one of the top party destinations in the Greek islands and is renowned for its lively atmosphere, staggeringly beautiful sunsets, and friendly welcome. Well-known DJs frequent these shores, and nightclubs stay open until well past dawn. Step beyond the usual ex-pat haunts and into the interior of the island and you will find the authentic Aegean culture that has been here for thousands of years.
Filled with picturesque, whitewashed houses, Mykonos’ western corner is known as ‘Little Venice’ and is a firm favourite with tourists. Over the years, it has become a cosmopolitan melting pot, with many bars and restaurants lining the sea. The walk from Fabrika bus station is less than ten minutes long, so it’s easy to pop in and out.
Mykonos is an island with a rich history: since the early 11th century BC, many empires have reigned and multiple invasions have taken place. If you wish to learn more about the original inhabitants and their culture during your Mykonos holidays, head over to the Archaeological Museum. One of its best known artefacts is the Archaic Hydria; a vase that was unearthed from the Purification Pit which dates back to 426-425 BC.
Island hopping around Mykonos is great fun, and one of the most interesting is the tiny island of Delos. Jump on a ferry from the pier on the west side of the harbour, and head out to this UNESCO world heritage site, complete with temples and statues dedicated to Greek deities such as Apollo and Hera. Other possible daytrips include island hopping to Naxos, Paros, Tinos and Syros, or try a longer excursion over to the island of Crete.
The iconic feature that immediately identifies Mykonos from its neighbours are its windmills. These magnificent and incredibly photogenic features have been here since the 16th century. For centuries, the windmills made Mykonos quite literally the ‘breadbasket’ of the Aegean era. Today the windmills are beautifully preserved, and the headland where they sit is a favourite place to watch the sun set against a truly memorable backdrop.
The Folklore museum is a great place to stop by if you are interested in antiques and other historical artefacts. The museum sits in an old, two-storey captain’s house in the Kastro of Mykonos town, and houses an astounding collection of artefacts including ceramics, jewellery and sculptures.
One of the more unusual ‘landmarks’ has feathers and a very large bill! The original ‘Petros the Pelican’ – the island’s official mascot - died some years ago, but in honour of this unusual visitor to the island, the islanders have elected a trio of ‘Petros’ pelicans, who can be seen wandering about Mykonos harbour.
Mykonos town is home to some charming churches, one of them being the Panagia Paraportiani (its name literally translates to our lady of the side gate). This is a Byzantine church dating back to 1425 and is an incredibly popular church on the island. It consists of five small churches and, when the evening sun streams through the window, the inside of the church turns a glorious honey gold colour.
It’s hardly surprising that the sea has a huge influence on island life, and any Mykonos holiday should include a visit to the Aegean Maritime Museum. It’s full of unusual and interesting navigational instruments, along with antique maps that show you just how far the past islanders have travelled.
All inclusive Mykonos holidays are rarely dull, thanks to the island’s club scene. With pumping clubs, bars open until dawn, and some of the best DJs in the world doing regular guest spots, it’s the place to be. Bars in Mykonos town range from small and intimate, to vast and lively, and the thriving gay scene can also be found around the Little Venice part of town. Beach bars are popular, and tend to have a more laid back atmosphere.
If you fancy something a little different during your Mykonos holidays then the Cine Manto is a great alternative. This open-air cinema is set in a stunning garden, complete with its own café. Films are shown in their original languages.
Live music is part of Greek culture, and during the summer you will find plenty of impromptu live music nights, especially in smaller, more traditional tavernas. The Greeks love to sing and dance, so expect even the most reluctant of revellers to get up and join in! Keep an eye out for festivals throughout the year too, especially on religious days.
Why choose an all-inclusive holiday to Mykonos
All inclusive holidays in Mykonos are a chance to sample some of the best of Greek cooking. Like many other Aegean islands, the staple ingredient in most local dishes is fish and shellfish, with an abundance of fresh produce brought in through the main harbour every day. You’ll find the usual burgers, pizza and a good mix of international cuisine, but look out for some local specialities too, such as kopanisti, a cheese that’s served on rusks with tomatoes and olive oil dressing.
Mykonos is also famous for its sausages. They may not look like the usual wobbly pink tubes you buy from the supermarket, but they are handmade, packed with flavour and absolutely delicious. Another speciality is kremidopita, or onion pie, which is flavoured with dill and served across the island.
The Greeks have a sweet tooth, and the combination of honey and almonds is an enduring favourite. Look out for kalathaki, or almond cake, which is regarded as a special treat amongst the locals.
Restaurants can be a little on the expensive side in Mykonos, especially in the centre of town. To get an authentic taste of the island, and to be a little kinder on your wallet, head out of town and hunt for local tavernas in the surrounding villages. Like cheap all-inclusive holidays to Mykonos? Check out our other amazing deals for Mykonos holidays!