There’s so much fun to be had getting lost in the maze-like lanes of Chora (Mykonos Town) where hidden corners reveal cafes and shops of quiet charm. Its unsurpassed Cycladic beauty where whitewashed buildings are set against clear blue skies and flowering bougainvilleasis a photographer’s dream. I’d recommend getting up early to avoid the hustle and bustle (and the midday sun) so you can capture that perfect shot of the sleepy empty alleys. It’s 100% worth setting your alarm for.
Set on the hill overlooking the Aegean Sea, these 16th Century windmills were originally constructed by the Venetians. Mykonos is known as the “island of the winds” so the windmills were used to grind wheat and barley for the island’s bakeries.
Nowadays, they stand prominent still making a romantic backdrop and enhancing the cycladic beauty of Mykonos. A short walk down the hill leads you to Little Venice, a perfect spot soak up the views of the ocean in the golden hour.
There’s a beautiful peacefulness about Little Venice in the mornings compared to the buzzing crowds of visitors that come to this area for the sunset views. A coffee (or aperitif) stop is a must if you’re walking through Little Venice to soak up the charming area. The waterfront is lined with 18thcentury fishing house that now contain bars, restaurants, cafes and shops.
One of the most popular beaches on the island, in order to secure a bed you must get there for around 12pm. In peak season it costs 120 euros for 2 beds and and an umbrella with towels. The service is second to none and the food and ambience at the restaurant is dreamy.
180 Sunset Bar
Set in the remains of the picturesque Castle Panigirakis, you’ll struggle to get a better view of the island during the golden hour making this bar ripe for that perfect instagram-worthy shot. Plus, there’s a swing you can have endless fun doing photoshoots on!
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