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Mykonos, Greece is a star of the Aegean Sea. Its glamorous resorts, sun-bathed beaches, and lively nightlife have inspired some to call it the “Ibiza of Greece.”
Globetrotters began discovering Mykonos in the 1950s. A trickle of visitors became a flood of A-listers that hasn’t stopped. The fashionable crowds contribute to the cosmopolitan vibe of this surf-and-sail locale.
Mykonos is one of the country’s most popular and priciest islands for vacation homes. Second home ownership is high among Greeks, and Mykonos’ location, just 35 minutes by plane from the capital, makes this spot in the Cyclades a natural destination for Athenians. They’re joined by a large contingent of international buyers including those from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, the United States, and more recently, the Middle East.
The capital is the port town of Chora on the West Coast, also known as Mykonos Town. Most of the population is concentrated here among marvelous examples of traditional Cycladic architecture: sugar cube-shaped, whitewashed houses with flat roofs and colorfully painted wooden doors. The town’s narrow streets are wonderfully winding with brilliant pops of purple, courtesy of bougainvillea. A cluster of windmills, dating back to the 16th century and operational until the last century, are landmarks of the landscape.
On the western end of Mykonos Town is a romantic 18th century district called “Little Venice.” Sea captains originally built their mansions here, precariously perched over the sea. Many of the residences are now home to galleries, elegant little shops and restaurants with views of the island’s most majestic sunsets.
Every beach on Mykonos has its own personality. Some are known for their party scenes. Others for their exclusivity. Most are well equipped with cafes and lounges. Southern coast beaches are the most popular, sheltered from the strong meltemi winds that blow annually, while equally lovely North Coast beaches are less crowded and more isolated.