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A secluded, forgotten island like Mykonos, south east of Tinos, seeming to drift off lost and forlorn into the Aegean Sea would seem to be an unlikely destination for over 800,000 tourists every year. And yet they pile in on domestic flights and cruise ships to get a taste of the wild nightlife, scenic views, powdery golden beaches and superb examples of Greek architecture. The way in which Mykonos developed into such a hot destination has a historic origin, everyone wishing to follow the footsteps of the Greek elite who made Mykonos their private playpen. Nowadays, August and especially July constitute a veritable open season, and require some re-routing of your daily schedule if you wish to avoid being totally suffocated by the crowds.
The intrinsic charm of Mykonos, however won’t be lost on you. Just get in reverse-tourist mode, which means get up early to enjoy the morning sun on the untouched waters surrounding the island, and splash into the aquamarine coolness as the golden light of the morning adds an extra sparkle to the splash. Among delightful watersports such as boating and snorkeling and windsurfing, Mykonos is also one of just a few places where scuba diving is permitted in the Greek Isles, though other popular dive sites can be found on islands such as Samos in the Aegean Sea or Corfu in the Ionan Sea. Various places to rent diving equipment can be found in the city, or you can bring your own and store it in your luxury villa or other rental property.
As the masses begin rolling out of their beds in their holiday villas and onto the beach, take this as a cue to start exploring the city as it empties out. Indeed, spending the hot afternoons strolling around the cool, shaded streets of the old city is one of the more exquisite, if lesser-known pleasures of booking Mykonos accommodation. A great place to start is the Church of Paraportiani, a magnificent example of the periodic architecture, something that undoubtedly sparked the notice of aristocratic pleasure-seekers as a truly refined destination. A mid-afternoon picnic on the hillside is a wonderful way to enjoy a view of the harbour and sea, while discovering peaceful isolation above the din of the city. That din, however, may be just what you’re looking for as night falls and the lights turn on in the city; nightlife in Mykonos is as raucous and fun-filled as it is inviting. Then relax by the pool in your Mykonos villas or other holiday rentals.
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