Mykonos

Travel Preparation

DURING YOUR TRIP - GENERAL ADVICE

IDENTIFICATION Before departing for your trip, make sure you have all the information you need. Print out copies of your documents but also make sure you have digital backups, in email or in a cloud. From your travel itinerary to ...

BUSINESS TRAVEL

Business travelling can be hectic. Once you land at your destination, you are often taken directly from airport to meetings, constantly getting through peak hour traffic jams to reach the next appointment, having to be on time for client luncheons, ...

CORPORATE RETREAT AND GROUP BUSINESS TRAVEL

As a company who aims to plan an overseas corporate travel for a group of employees or organise an out-of-country corporate retreat, you should be aware that such undertaking requires a huge amount of planning and coordination. To make sure ...

BUSINESS AND FAMILY TRAVEL

If you travel for business but wish to bring your family along, a concierge service can help you manage the travel planning and organise activities for your companions. This allows you to focus on your work, while your family still ...

SOLO TRAVEL

Solo travelling can be exciting but also daunting at the same time. It helps to pre-plan your trip and research thoroughly to make sure you have as much information that you need to feel secure and confident. When you arrive ...

TRAVELLING AS A GROUP OF FRIENDS

It is always fun to travel as group and there is so much to enjoy and indulge in on a cosmopolitan island such as Mykonos. One of the challenges is making sure everyone gets the time and space to do ...

FAMILY TRAVEL

Traveling together as a family allows you to bond as well as create priceless, lasting memories. However it cannot be denied that traveling with children, especially the younger ones, can be restrictive in terms on how to have fun during ...

COUPLE TRAVEL

Depending on your interests, most couples want to mix cultural exploration with some romantic elements during a couple’s trip. Research your trip properly and try to include activities that appeal to both parties if possible. Know what you are looking ...

TRAVELING WITH ELDERLY

Traveling with an elderly family member might not be easy but it can be a worthwhile experience. It takes patience and understanding to make the trip a successful and enjoyable one. Slow down the pace of the trip so that ...

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Important Contacts

Area code of the island
Tourist Police
Tourist Office (GNTO)
Port Authority
Airport of Mykonos
Health Center
Municipality of Mykonos
Municipal Area of Ano Mera
Center of Public Services (K.E.P.)
Center of Telecommunications (O.T.E.)
Post Office (EL. TA.)
Bus Station
Taxi station
Mykonos Archaeological Museum
Delos Archaeological Museum
Mykonos Folcloric Collections
Aegean Maritime Museum

Local Facts

Who is Petros The Pelican from Mykonos?

Petros was a wounded big white pelican who was adopted by a local fisherman in 1958. After being nursed back to health, he settled in Mykonos and quickly became a part of the island. The locals adored him, tourists admired ...

History of the monasteries

For an island the size of Mykonos, there are impressively close to 800 churches and several are actually historical monuments with deep heritage and interesting stories. In Chora itself, there are 60 of such monasteries in existence. Many of the ...

The Famous windmills

The iconic windmills on the hill of Mykonos are found near the area of Little Venice, at Kato Mili. Many of these windmills were built by the Venetians in the 16th century and the primary use of these windmills was ...

Local Myths

Mykonos in mythology

Mykonos was a local hero, and the first ruler of Mykonos. He was the son or grandson of Apollo. Mykonos was the battle site between Zeus and the Titans. Hercules slaughtered the powerful Giants here after they were lured out ...

The creation of Delos

Leto was the goddess of obscurity, who caught the eyes of Zeus. Zeus turned into a quail to pursue Leto, impregnating her with twins. Hera found out about this and became jealous, ordering all the land to disappear under Leto’s ...

Greek Words for thought

Greetings
Hello
Γειά σας
Yia sas
Good morning
Καλημέρα
Ka-li-mera
Good evening
Καλό απόγευμα
Ka-ló apó-gevma
Good night
Καληνύχτα
Ka-li-nih-ta
How are you?
Πως είστε?
Pós eísai?
I’m well, and you?
Είμαι καλά, εσύ?
ime kalá, esý?
Good, thanks
Καλά, ευχαριστώ
Ka-la, ef-ha-ri-sto
Very good or very well
Πολύ καλό, Πολύ καλά
polee kalo, polee kala
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Important basic words
Please
Παρακαλώ
pa-ra-ka-lo
Thank you
Ευχαριστώ
e-fha-ree-sto
You’re welcome
Παρακαλώ
pa-ra-ka-lo
Yes
Ναι
ne
No
Όχι
o-hi
Okay
Εντάξει
endaksi
Excuse me
Με συγχωρείτε
me see-ho-ree-te
I’m sorry
Συγγνώμη
see-gno-mee
I don’t understand
Δεν καταλαβαίνω
den ka-ta-la-ve-no
Do you speak English?
Μιλάς αγγλικά
mee-la-te ang-lee-ka
Today
Σήμερα
simera
Tomorrow
Αύριο
avrio
Yesterday
Εχθές
ekthes
I am staying at (the hotel)
Μένω στο (το ξενοδοχείο)
méno sto (xenodocheío)
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How to ask questions
How much is…?
Πόσο είναι...
póso eínai
Where is…?
Που είναι...
pwee-neh
Where am I?
Πού είμαι
pooh eemeh
Where are we?
Που είμαστε
pooh eemasteh?
When?
Πότε
po-te
What is…?
Τι είναι..
ti eínai
How to…
Πως να...
pos na
I'm looking for…
Ψάχνω για...
psáchno gia...
This/That
Αυτό
Aftó
Can I try?
Μπορώ να δοκιμάσω
boró na dokimáso
May I please have…?
Παρακαλώ να έχω
parakaló na écho
Can you help me?
Μπορείς να με βοηθήσεις?
boreeteh na meh voytheeseteh
What is your name?
Πως σε λένε
poseh leneh
Where is the toilet?
Που είναι η τουαλέτα?
pooh eeneh i tualéta
I am looking for…
Ψάχνω για…
Psáchno gia…
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Dining out
Olive oil
ελαιόλαδο
elaiólado
Beer
μπύρα
bee-ra
Wine
κρασί
kra-see
Good wine
καλό κρασί
kalo kra-see
Nice food
καλό φαγητό
kalo fagito
Delicious
νόστιμο
nostimo
Good appetite
Καλή όρεξη
kali oreksi
Greek salad
ελληνική σαλάτα
ellinikí saláta
Bread
ψωμί
psomí
Appetizers
ορεκτικά
orektiká
Main course
κύριο πιάτο
kýrio piáto
Dessert
επιδόρπιο
epidórpio
We are sharing food
μοιράζουμε φαγητό
moirázoume fagitó
Cheers
Στην υγειά σας
stin iyia sas
Water
νερό
ne-ro
I don’t eat…
Δεν τρώω
den tro-o
I’m a vegetarian
Είμαι χορτοφάγος
ee-me hor-to-fa-gos
I would like…
θα ήθελα
tha eethelah…
I would like to make a reservation
θα ήθελα να κάνω μια κράτηση
tha íthela na káno mia krátisi
Table for two
τραπέζι για δύο
trapézi gia dýo
Table for a group of six people
τραπέζι για έξι άτομα
trapézi gia éxi átoma
With a view
με θέα
me théa
I want to order food
Θέλω να παραγγείλω φαγητό
Thélo na parangeílo fagitó
I want to order drinks
Θέλω να παραγγείλω ποτό
Thélo na parangeílo potó
What would you recommend?
τι θα πρότεινες
ti tha próteines
Bring me the popular dishes
φέρτε τα δημοφιλή πιάτα
férte ta dimofilí piáta
I want to order for takeaway
Θέλω να παραγγείλω
Thélo na parangeílo
The bill, please
Τον λογαριασμό παρακαλώ
ton lo-ga-ria-smo pa-ra-ka-lo
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Leisure
Sea
θάλασσα
thalassa
Sun
ήλιος
ilios
Beach
παραλία
paralia
Island
νησί
nisi
Wind
άνεμος
ánemos
Water sports
θαλάσσια σπορ
thalássia spor
Sailing
ιστιοπλοΐα
istioployehya
Sunset
η δύση του ηλίου
i dysi tou iliou
Summer
καλοκαίρι
kalokeri
I need some towels
Χρειάζομαι κάποιες πετσέτες
kree-yah-zo-may kápoies petsétes
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Getting around
Luggage
αποσκευές
aposkevés
Left
αριστερά
a-ri-ste-ra
Right
δεξιά
the-xee-a
Straight ahead
ευθεία
o-lo ef-thee-a
Turn left
αριστερά
stree-pste a-ree-ste-ra
Turn right
στρίψτε δεξιά
stree-pste the-xee-a
Slowly
σιγά
siga
Stop
σταμάτα
stamatá
I want to stop here
Θέλω να σταματήσω εδώ
Thélo na stamatíso edó
How to go to…
Πώς να πάω στο ...
Pós na páo sto ...
Bus stop
στάση λεωφορείου
sta-see le-o-fo-ree-u
Tickets
εισιτήρια
eisitíria
One way
χωρίς επιστροφή
chorís epistrofí
Round-trip tickets
εισιτήριο μετ 'επιστροφής
eisitírio met ‘epistrofís
Reservation
κράτηση
krátisi
With seat reservation
με κράτηση θέσεων
me krátisi théseon
Ferry terminal
τερματικό σταθμό
termatikó stathmó
Airport
το αεροδρόμιο
a-e-ro-thro-mee-o
Taxi
ταξί
taxí
Please use the meter
χρησιμοποιήστε το μετρητή
Parakaloúme chrisimopoiíste to metrití
I lost my way
έχασα το δρόμο μου
échasa to drómo mou
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Emergency words
Help!
βοήθεια
vo-ee-thee-a
I need a doctor
Χρειάζομαι ένα γιατρό
hree-a-zo-me yee-atro
I don’t feel well
Δεν νιώθω καλά
then e-stha-no-me ka-la
Call the police!
κάλεσε την αστυνομία
ka-le-ste tin a-sti-no-mia
Fire!
Φωτιά
fo-tia
Where is the pharmacy?
όπου είναι το φαρμακείο
ópou eínai to farmakeío
Call an ambulance
καλέστε ένα ασθενοφόρο
kaléste éna asthenofóro
Can you bring me to the hospital?
μπορείς να με οδηγήσεις στο νοσοκομείο
boreíte na me odigísete sto nosokomeío?
Can you bring me to the doctor?
μπορείτε να με φέρετε στο γιατρό
boreíte na me odigísete sto giatró?
Where is the police station?
Που είναι το αστυνομικό τμήμα?
pou eínai to astynomikó tmíma?
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Special days for celebrating

You can count on the Greeks to celebrate major holidays and festivals with passion, good food and copious drinks. In Mykonos, there are several significant holidays and celebrations to take note of. On this Cycladic island, many of its traditions have been retained and well-preserved throughout generations.

Festivals are special times on the island where locals and visitors come together to have fun and feast to their hearts’ content. Traditional cooking makes its appearance and at the same time, people honour the saints. The celebrations usually take place in the churches and surrounding areas.

During this period, the locals show their hospitality and generosity by organising outdoor feasts and small fairs outside of the churches or at the main squares in town. There will be music and dancing. Everyone is welcome to eat and drink and have a good time.

If you find yourself on the island during the festivals, take this time to celebrate being in Mykonos! Go to a traditional tavern and enjoy Greek food and drinks with friends and family. Look for one with live Greek music so you can soak in the festivities and truly experience the local way of life.

There are many summer festivals and the important celebration dates are:

July 17 /
Ano Mera / Vorna: The celebration of the church of Saint Marina.
July 20 /
Skalado: The celebration of the church of Profitis Ilias (Also known as the prophet Elias).
July 25 /
The celebration of the church of Agia Anna. Festivities to be conducted on the beach.
July 26 /
The celebration of the church of Agia Paraskevi.
July 27 /
Marathi / Vorna: The celebration of the church of Agios Panteleimonas
August 15 /
Ano Mera: The celebration of Virgin Mary, commemorating the Virgin Mary going to heaven at the end of her life.
August 23 /
Ano Mera: Devotional praying and celebration of the Virgin Mary.
September 14 /
Marathi: The exaltation of the Holy Cross celebration.
September 17 /
Vorna: The celebration of Agia Sophia

Greek Cultural Drinks

Ouzo

Ouzo takes the crown for being the national drink of Greece. A popular drink amongst the Greeks, this is a strong, anise-flavoured alcohol with alcohol content of 40%. Ouzo is created from a traditional method of distillation. Made from a ...

Tsipouro

After the process of wine making where the grapes are pressed, the leftover ingredients of grape skins, stalks and pits go through the process of distillation to derive a spirit that contains 40% – 50% alcohol. Tsipouro is often considered ...

Mastika

Mastika is a liqueur with a sweet, liquorice scent. It is a strong spirit that is seasoned with mastic, a sap harvested from the mastic tree. The mastic resin has a refreshing pine taste that becomes infused in the mastic ...

Authentic Greek Cuisine

Mykonos Sausage

The sausages are seasoned with spices, salt, oregano, and pepper, and are left out to dry. The sausages of Mykonos are usually made from baby pigs, so they have more lean meat and less fat, different from many other sausages.

Pork Dishes

Louza, the unique cured meat of Mykonos. Made from pork tenderloin that dries and mature under the Meltimi winds, seasoned with oregano, salt, all spice and pepper. Lardi, like the name lard, this is cured fat from the pork. Paides, ...

Meze

Tzatziki: yoghurt with herbs and seasoning, Fava bean dip Taramasalata: cured fish roe mixed with olive oil, lemon juice, combined with a starch base of bread, potatoes or almonds Skordalia: purée dip made of garlic and a starch base Dolmades: ...

Cheese

Kopanisti: Mykonos’ traditional cheese that is made of cow’s milk. It has a creamy texture and a spicy flavor. Often served with wet rusks, topped with tomato and olive oil, which becomes “Mostra”, best eaten with local drinks like ouzo, ...

Baked Goods, Confectionary, Pastry

Rafiolia: Fried, homemade dough filled with Tirovolia cheese. Finished off with dusting of cinnamon, some sugar and drizzle with honey. Amygdalota: Almond cookie Kalathakia: Sweet tarts with almond based filling. Loukoumia (Turkish delight) in various flavors. Kouloures: Sesame rings Paximadia: ...

Beverages

Soumada, a rosewater drink with almond flavour. Greek coffee Galachtia: Fresh cheese thinned with water. Wine: Organic wines from Mykonos Vioma

Seafood

Small fried fish: Anchovies, sardines, smelt. Large fish grilled over fire, such as parrotfish and sea bream, finished with Greek olive oil. Shrimps: fried or sautéed. Octopus: grilled or stewed. Fried octopus or squid. Fresh sea urchin Small crabs
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