Locals hanging out in Old Port, Mykonos, GreeceMykonos is mostly known as the cosmopolitan, glitzy party island in the Greek Aegean Sea.  It maybe a wild, loud party mecca at night but we found that if you explore Mykonos during the day, when the party vampires are asleep, you’ll discover that Mykonos is just like any charming, idyllic Cyladic village where whitewashed walls glitters under the sun, where the maze of tiny alleys are full of charm at every turn and where the locals are still as laid back as island dwellers should be. 


Town of Mykonos, GreeceThe whitewashed buildings of Mykonos glistens under the sun.


Windmills of Mykonos, GreeceDespite the influx of tourism, luxury shops, trendy bars and boutique hotels, Mykonos has retained its Cycladic identity. Its traditional architecture remains very much intact.


Old Port, Mykonos GreeceThe boats on the bay and the whitewashed homes on the hill.


A local hanging out in Old Port, Mykonos, Greece   If you start early in the day, you’ll have the pleasure of meeting many locals hanging out by the  Old Port. They have maintained their laid back lifestyle despite all the excitement and development that tourism brought to their island.


Fishing boats in Old Port, Mykonos, Greece A fisherman docking his boat at the harbor.  Despite its glamorous tag, Mykonos is still a fishing village at heart.


Fish for sale in Old Port, Mykonos, Greece Fish fresh out of the boat for sale at the harbor.


A Church in Old Port, Mykonos, Greece A chuch standing guard on the harbor.


Church of Panagia ParaportianaLocals, Mykonos, Greece Worth visiting is Church of Panagia Paraportiana, the most important church in Mykonos. It is consists of four chapels.


Facade of Church of Panagia ParaportianaLocals, Mykonos, Greece Facade of Church of Panagia Paraportiana


Cafe by Old Port, Mykonos, Greece A glistening cafe by the harbor.


A red door in Mykonos, Greece

A bright red door.

Blue Door in an Alley of Mykonos, Greece

Quiet residential alley in the village of Mykonos (also called Hora).


Yellow door and white stairs, Alleys of Mykonos, Greece

An alley in the village of Mykonos.


Steps in Alleys of Mykonos, Greece Steps in an alley of Mykonos.


Narrow Alleys, Mykonos, Greece Passing through narrow alleys.


Children of Mykonos, Greece We met these friendly children as we were wandering around the maze of Mykonos neighborhood. Keith entertained them with his magic tricks.


Beautiful residents of of Mykonos, Greece Beautiful family we met in the village of Mykonos.


Windmills of Mykonos, Greece The windmills of Mykonos were used to grind wheat from 16th century to mid-20th century. Today, around 16 of them still stand and serve as iconic landmarks of Mykonos.

Windmill of Mykonos, Greece


Little Venice, Mykonos, Greece The homes in Little Venice, one of the charming neighborhood of Mykonos.


Cafes in Little Vence, Mykonos, Greece Little Venice is surrounded by charming cafe/bars. Later in the day, they will be filled with sunset watchers.


Restaurant in Little Venice, Mykonos, Greece A quiet time at a Little Venice cafe with view of the windmills.


Old Port, Mykonos, Greece A family enjoying a walk along the harbor late in the afternoon.


Old Port, Mykonos, Greece We also enjoyed a walk along the harbor ourselves before heading to Little Venice to see the sunset.


Sunset Cocktail in Little Venice, Mykonos, Greece

A colorful, fruity sunset cocktail in Little Venice.


Sunsnet Crowds, Mykonos, Greece Sunset watchers in Little Venice. Sunset time is a mlld party time.


Sunset cocktail in Scarpa, Little Venice, Mykonos, GreeceWe took our place in our favorite spot La Scarpa, where the comfy cushions made sunset viewing more pleasurable.


Wine at sunset, Little Venice,Mykonos, Greece

Sunset in Mykonos


Shopping street at night Mykonos, Greece

Walking in a shopping alley after sunset.


Restaurant in an alley, Mykonos, Greece

A quiet lounge early in the evening.  Late at night it will be rocking and rolling with party aficionados.


Party Lounge, Mykonos, Greece A quite lounge by the harbor.  If you want to enjoy the trendy lounge/bar without being overwhelmed by party crowds, early evening is the best time go.


Restaurnat, Mykonos, Greece Mykonos has a lot of quiet, laid back restaurants to choose from.


Motobikes, Mykonos Greece The typical mode of transportation in the island.


Paradise Beach, Mykonos Greece

On a party mode or not, you can’t go to Mykonos and not check out one of its beaches.


Paradasie Beach, Mykonos, Greece Mykonos has beaches that cater to every crowd, taste and scene. Some beaches are exclusively for gays, some beaches cater to families, etc. We chose Paradise Beach, which caters to all sort of crowds. It’s also only 15 minutes bus ride from the town center.


Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Greece If you’re ready to leave the idyllic mode and in a mood to party without waiting for late night hours, the beach is the place to go. By 4:00 pm, people started dancing to the music blasting in full volume.


Travel Notes:
  • If you’re in Mykonos, we recommend that you visit the island of Delos, one of the most important archeological site in Greece.  It is only about 30 minutes ride by ferry from Mykonos.


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16 responses to “The Tamer Side of Mykonos

  1. Kira

    I love the shot of the alleys and the people. Really beautiful.

    • Traveling Solemates

      Hi Kira, thanks! The alleys were really fascinating and the people were truly charming.

  2. Carrie Sieber

    Hey guys, love you Mykonos photos. You captured the idyllic side of it so well. Love all the shot of the colorful doors against the whitewashed walls. I also like the shots of the two of you in the tiny alleys. Really adorable.

    • Traveling Solemates

      Hey Carrie, thanks a lot. Those tiny alleys were really something.

    • Traveling Solemates

      Thanks Celine!

  3. Danica Moran

    Yoy just took me to another awesome trip. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

    • Traveling Solemates

      You’re welcome Dani. Glad you enjoyed the trip:)

  4. Marisol and Keith, you are such a beautiful, GENEROUS couple, I absolutely love these amazing images! I spent a wild night in Mykanos years ago, en route to Turkey, but your photos make me want to go back and really experience the island properly. Beautiful; the colours, the angles, the little details you seem to find (like the one chair out of place) just go together to create magnificent images. You’ve inspired me to take better photos!
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    • Traveling Solemates

      Hi Sarah, thanks! We’re glad you enjoyed the images. Mykonos is so charming and photogenic that its hard not to take good photos. I hope you can go back and have a relaxing time in the island — maybe after your epic Rickshaw Run? :)

    • Traveling Solemates

      Hi Aleah, yes people know Mykonos mostly as a party island. That’s why we featured the tamer side of it.:) It’s a fun and beautiful island, but Santorini still holds a special place in our hearts.

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