Mykonos is considered to be the temple of eccentricity, high end shopping, fine dining and clubbing, but still, it does preserve some well-hidden secrets, only revealed to those in search of the authentic.
If you want some hints on how to get off the beaten track while in Mykonos, keep on reading!1.Explore the Caves in Dragonnisi Islet
Opposite to the popular southern beaches of Mykonos, Dragonisi or Tragonisi will surprise you with its extreme natural beauty! A paradise hideaway, this uninhabited islet consists of a network of sea-caves, home to the Monachus Monachus seals and rare marine flora, an ideal setting for diving and snorkeling!
2.Take a Cheese tasting tour
Apart from the high-end dining scene, a pole of attraction for the cosmopolitan foodies, Mykonos has a unique gastronomic identity totally tied to its humble Cycladic nature. If you want to taste flavors that are simple and authentic, opt for a visit at Mykonos Farmers dairy… You will learn about the traditional cheese making process and will try handmade gourmet products, accompanied by selected wines!
3.Swim in peaceful Agios Sostis beach
Mykonian beaches are gorgeous but at the peak of the high season they are packed with crowds! If you are not here to see and to be seen, Agios Sostis, a protected area- part of the Natura network, is one place where you can still enjoy peace and simple beach life in an amazing scenery. Next to the beach with the sand dunes and the crystal clear waters, Kiki’s tavern offers simple yet delicious dishes and chilled wine that will tantalize your senses!
4.Take a Horse Ride to Fokos
If you want to spend an alternative afternoon close to nature, try a horse riding experience. From the farm in Ano Mera you will follow a rural route typical of the Cycladic landscape, leading to Fokos, a wild and quaint beach at the north part of the island.
5. Plan a different evening in Hora
Evenings in Mykonos Town are always exciting, offering countless options for entertainment. But if you are more into art and culture, then you should plan a walk at the island’s galleries that often showcase the work of internationally recognized artists and host interesting events. Or maybe, discover the hidden open-air cinema Manto, showing classic and contemporary films in their original language, set in a botanical garden, an unexpected oasis amidst the buzzy narrow streets!
Written by Katerina Bardaka