Explore the Real Essence of Mykonos

Endless parties and wild nights out isn’t what Mykonos is all about; at least for the most part. There are still many things to do while visiting the island. Wandering around the quaint cobbled streets is always refreshing, while the whitewashed edifices and the Cycladic architecture enthralls the senses but there’s so much more to it than that. To capture the real essence of the island you must live it like a local. 

Just eight kilometers away from Chora lies the peaceful village of Ano Mera. Impressive in its minimal curvy lines, the center of the village features a square surrounded by cafes and taverns. Locals are having their own land, cultivating their own vegetables, while they have their own livestock. So having a meal to the nearby taverns is a must. In the main square, you will also find the imposing monastery of Panagia Tourliani. The monastery was built by two monks in the 15th century and is adorned with some impressive Florentine wood carvings.
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The best way to explore Mykonos culture in a hands-on experience is going to a Panighiri. The island is literarily dotted with churches which are dedicated to a saint. The saints are celebrated on a designated date, with the festivities (Panighiri) taking place around the church, featuring lots of food, traditional music, wine and sweets. 

Many locals -mostly on Sundays- come down to the Old Port to catch up with their friends and family while drinking ouzo. The gatherings usually take place after one o’clock. Ouzo comes with meze, (various traditional treats) so you will get the chance to taste some mouthwatering delicacies. We suggest you take it slow, as ouzo is quite strong and the day probably will last longer than you have planned. 

There are also many beaches that aren’t popular among tourists. If you are looking for the authentic local experience just head to Mersini, Tigani, Fokos or Mechia. These beaches are rather peaceful, away from the hustle and bustle of the more cosmopolitan ones.
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