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A visit to Greece is not complete without a little island hopping around the Agean Sea. There are many islands that are part of the Cyclades that are open to visit, but a must-see is Mykonos. This island is known for its partying ways and is the the spot to be in the summer. For a more relaxed time in Mykonos, head there after the summer is over. The weather is still pleasant enough to enjoy days at the beach, and you can enjoy a peaceful visit without the throngs of partygoers each night.
Only a quick 2.5 hour ferry ride from Athens, this island is a great place to spend the weekend. While planning your trip, try and keep the weather in mind. Ferry schedules can be easily canceled due to strong winds and stormy waters. While visiting the islands make sure you sample the fresh seafood and get your hands on some baklava or kataifi. For coffee lovers, immerse yourself in the greek culture and replace your typical drip brew coffee for some greek coffee. You will not be disappointed.
1. Ornos Beach (or any of the beaches on Mykonos for that matter)
This family friendly beach can be found about a 10 minute ride away from Mykonos Town. Carefully tucked away in an inlet, the crystal clear and calm waters will entice you to go for a swim. Rent a lounge chair or prop your towel on the sandy shore to soak in the rays. With several restaurants and bars lining the shore, you never have to leave the beach to enjoy delicious food or any libation of your choice. If you are really in the beach going mood, there is a ferry that lets you beach hop from Ornos to Elia Beach with several stops in between.
2. Mykonos Windmills
A trip to Mykonos Town is not complete without visiting these windmills. Carefully perched atop a hill overlooking the sea, these windmills built in the 16th century are quite the spectacle. You can find many of these windmills sprinkled across the island, but for the best view head here to take an amazing view of Mykonos.
3. Little Venice
With a short walk down the hill from windmill row, you will find yourself in Little Venice. Along the shore you will find several restaurants that offer some of the most picturesque views of the sea that are hard to turn down. Head through the town to find a maze of shops selling goods for you to pick up. Try and get your hands on some olive oil soap and snag a souvenir toting the “evil eye” for good luck.
4. Chora Port
Take a quick stroll through Mykonos town and head to Chora Port for a beautiful view of the sea while you get a bite to eat. Stop at one of the many restaurants for some great seafood, and then finish off at a gelato shop for a sweet treat. At Chora port you can find a ferry that will take you to the island of Delos, which is said to the the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. As one of the most important mythological, historical, and archeological sites in Greece this is a must when visiting Mykonos.
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