You won’t find a better beach destination than Mykonos with its pristine beaches set against the deep blue Mediterranean Sea. Picture-perfect whitewashed villages, quaint windmills, little churches and windy, cobblestone streets characterise this Cyclades island.
During its 3000-year old history it has been the topic of legends and ruled by the Romans, Franks, Venetians and Turks. It is fairly easy to explore Mykonos independently. Highlights include the Panagia Paraportiani, a Byzantine church complex comprising five churches dating back to the Middle Ages; the Mykonos Folk Museum, housing an important collection of old and modern Mykonian craft including embroidery, ceramics and furniture; and the windmills, which are the quintessential symbol of the island. Spend a few hours visiting the Delos archaeological ruins, the alleged birthplace of Apollo or spend the day at Elia Beach or Kalafatis Beach. Mykonos is one of Europe’s most gay friendly islands and as such features a vibrant gay nightlife. The most popular beaches with gay visitors are Super Paradise and Elia, although there is a small beach between Elia and Agrari that is known as a gay beach.
Your cruise ship will dock at the new port in Tourlos from where you can make use of the cruise shuttle bus to Mykonos Town or catch a taxi, although these may be few and far between.