What to do in Mykonos, from sunny sailing trips to open-air film screenings


Insider tip: There is free admission on 18 May (International Museum Day), national holidays and the last weekend of September. 

Contact: 00 30 28890 22325;
Opening times: Nov-Mar, Tue-Sun, 9am-4pm. Apr-Oct, Sun, Mon & Wed, 8.30am-4pm; Thurs-Sat, 9am-9pm
Price: £

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Central Mykonos

Find a slower pace in the countryside

Ano Mera is the second biggest town on the island after Chora, but its position inland, 30 minutes’ drive away, means it feels more sheltered and quiet. It’s great to escape to if you tire of the beach or the nightlife, with some fascinating sites, including the ruins of 13th-century Venetian castle, Gyzi, and a couple of handsome monasteries. Panagia Tourliani has a beautiful, well-preserved belltower, while Paleokastro Monastery is simpler but offers beautiful views from its elevated position.

Insider tip: Stop for a photo-op by the beautiful red, yellow and blue painted Sun of Mykonos apartments, scattered with oversized, primary coloured pots, just five minutes’ away in Klouvas.

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