Mykonos, or the Island of the Winds as it is also known, is a paradise at the heart of the Cyclades, with whitewashed buildings, ancient architecture and artefacts and vibrant and hard-to-resist beach clubs.
Whether you want to rub shoulders with A-listers, immerse yourself in history, go on a gastronomic adventure or lose yourself in the spectacular sunsets and picturesque beaches, we’ve rounded up our favourite experiences to try in Mykonos, and some of the most luxurious hotels by the Myconian Collection. The family-run Myconian Collection is renowned for its exquisite five-star villas and hotels, of which three are Relais & Châteaux hotels, two are Leading Hotels of the World, two are Design Hotels, two are Preferred Hotels & Resorts and one is a Small Luxury Hotel of the World.
Take an authentic cooking class
One of the main highlights that makes a trip to Mykonos memorable is the food. Why not expand your culinary skills and learn some recipes to take home with you? You’ll be invited to a real Greek home where your host will share their cooking tips and teach you to make meze snacks such as dakos with kopanisti cheese and louza (pork fillets). This is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture and learn about the Greek lifestyle while tucking into delicious traditional food. The Myconian Utopia Resort is a fantastic place to stay for foodies, with a Relais & Châteaux restaurant where you can sample irresistible Mediterranean flavours.
Go horse riding on the beach at sunset
Can you think of anything more romantic than riding off into the sunset in Mykonos? Enjoy a serene evening horse riding and picnic experience on the secluded beach of Fokos. Those without horse riding experience will receive training and afterwards, you’ll be in for a treat, exploring the beautiful coastline by horseback. This will be followed by a picnic, complete with bean bags, flowers, champagne and chocolate-coated strawberries, with candles and a fire under the starry night sky. Bliss…
Enjoy a classic film outdoors on a warm Greek night
Fancy a chilled evening enjoying the balmy air of Mykonos? Sit among palm trees, pines and unique species of cactus at Cine Manto, an open-air cinema, which provides a respite from the bustling island and is a great alternative for families wishing to avoid the thrumming nightlife. Here you can watch two classic films back-to-back every evening, after enjoying dinner at the restaurant. Sitting back and enjoying a film under the stars makes for a relaxing and fun evening. The Myconian Villa Collection is perfect for families with children, providing ample space and total privacy to enjoy some quality time together.
Dive to see the shipwrecks
Dive into the clear, turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea and discover an underwater world where you’ll find not only an abundance of marine life, canyons and rock formations but also the ancient history of Greece. Led by a guide, you will discover a plethora of items from the past, including shipwrecks like the Peloponnesos and the Anna II cargo ship. The Aegean offers a visibility of 30-40 metres, beautiful coral reefs and a great variety of things to see. Divers and history buffs, prepare to be enthralled. If you wish to immerse yourself in the history of Mykonos back on land, we recommend staying at the Myconian Kyma, a charming hotel overlooking the Old Town, where you can find gems like the 17th-century Panagia Paraportiani church complex.
Go on a boat tour of Delos
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Delos is renowned for its archaeological treasures. The route from Mykonos to the historic island will lead you to discover some of the most incredible relics, like the famous white marble Temple of Delians, which dates from 476 BC and the Artemision (a bronze sculpture said to be either Zeus or Poseidon). Another highlight is the Agora of the Italians, consisting of 112 white columns which are scattered across the hilly landscape. You’ll be accompanied by a guide who will tell you stories about the ancient civilisations and the history of this former trading island. We recommend staying at the Myconian Naia which has whitewashed alcoves and balconies overlooking the iconic windmills of Mykonos and is only a short boat trip from Delos.
Catch some sun on pristine Mykonos beaches
You can’t go to Mykonos without visiting its dreamlike, sun-soaked beaches, with clear blue waters and golden sand. The luxurious Royal Myconian Resort is located on one of Mykonos’s most popular coastal spots – Elia Beach – and so is the Myconian Avaton, providing a perfect base from which to explore it, with private Jacuzzis and pools overlooking the beach. The most renowned beaches include Scorpios, which has an exclusive club overlooking the Paraga and Kavos lagoons and is just a stone’s throw from the Relais & Châteaux hotel Myconian Ambassador. Nammos is another one of our favourite beaches, which has a popular beachside restaurant and bar. Kalafatis Beach, exposed to the strong and dry Meltemi winds from the north, has a great windsurfing community, while the secluded Fokos Beach is a great place to beat the crowds.
If you’re looking for a hotel in Mykonos, we highly recommend the Myconian Collection. We’ve told you about a few of them above, but there are ten in total - all offering luxury accommodation across Mykonos, from castle-like hotels in remote hilltop locations over Chora (Mykonos Town) to stunning beachside settings like Elia and Platis Gialos.