By Deanna Niles McConnell
Mykonos
Greece
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Gleaming like a beacon in the middle of the Aegean, the Greek island of Mykonos is a bone-white haven of relaxation. Sun-kissed buildings line the sea, giving Mykonos its iconic bleached-white shoreline. Mykonos is a favorite stop for travelers on the Greek Island cruise circuit between April and October. The main draw of Mykonos is the atmosphere--laid back, welcoming and saturated with sunshine. Mykonos is the perfect destination for those who want to get away, watch a sunset, or take a stroll; whatever your pleasure, Mykonos is all about pure relaxation.

Though it is most often accessed by cruise ship and charter flights, Mykonos does have a small airport with frequent flights to Athens. EscapeWizard.com is a great resource for tracking affordable flights to and from Mykonos: (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Once you find your flight, finding lovely seaside accommodations is easy with the EscapeWizard.com hotel price checker: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl). Simply compare rates for Mykonos hotels and choose the best one! On-island transportation varies. Many people choose to use Mykonos’s buses or the small ferry system. Taxis are available but not as common. Many choose to rent motorbikes while on Mykonos to explore off the beaten path--just mind the exhaust pipe!

The first stop on Mykonos for many travelers is the town of Chora. Chora, which is also known as Mykonos Town, is the picturesque main port and downtown area. It is small enough to be surveyed on foot and has many winding sides streets that are worth exploring; one might even get to meet Petros the Pelican, the unofficial mascot of Mykonos. The landmark windmills along the water offer a great place to sit for excellent sunset views. Chora is filled with many modern boutiques, galleries, restaurants and clubs, but traditional Grecian architecture keeps the city from looking too contemporary. The Little Venice area is a strip of buildings that rise directly out of the waterfront just moments from the windmills, and is an incredibly romantic spot to enjoy a drink or meal.

One of the best parts of any warm island are the beaches, and Mykonos is no exception. Many of the popular beaches have chairs and umbrellas for rent and nearby taverns for quick refreshment. Paranga and Platys Gialos are both popular and enjoy proximity to large hotels. Those who rent a car can head north to Fokos, where it may just be you, the sand, and a few wanderers from the tavern. Just remember that on Mykonos anything goes, and with relaxed public nudity attitudes, the first thing to go on the beaches is often a bathing suit.

Mykonos can be more than just sun, fun and fine living. There are several museums open during the high season that offer glimpses into life in the Aegean. The Archaeological Museum takes visitors from prehistoric times through just before the Hellenic period. If travelers prefer a slightly more modern setting, the Folklore Museum and the adjacent Lena’s House Museum have 18th and 19th century art, replicas, tools and other artifacts.

Charmingly small yet enjoyably cosmopolitan, Mykonos is a glorious oasis in the sea. Let EscapeWizard.com usher you into a deeply relaxing holiday in the Greek islands. Just a few searches on EscapeWizard.com will find airfare, hotels, and hot deals to get your Mykonos getaway rolling.
Hotels in Mykonos
By Joshua Hayford
Santa Marina Resort & Villas
Ornos Bay Mykonos, South Aegean 84600 Greece
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Named for the grandson of Greek god Apollo, Mykonos is an island offering adventure and escape to all types of travelers. Beautiful coastlines, world-class diving, beachfront discos, and unmatched culture and history provide travelers with opportunities to have all of their desires fulfilled. A short distance from the town of Mykonos, the Santa Marina Resort & Villas is both a gateway and hub for travelers to begin their Mediterranean adventures. Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Airport, Port, and town provide flexibility when making travel arrangements and getting around the island. Car rentals and service are also available for a fee.

Guests choose from a range of rooms, suites, and villas ranging from comfortable to palatial. Standard amenities for all rooms include a private balcony or terrace, custom furnishings, an interactive flat screen TV with movies and satellite channels, and maid service. Wireless high speed internet access is available throughout the resort for an additional fee.

Spend your time in the sun on Santa Marina’s private beach or explore the surrounding islands on one of the speedboats from the resort’s marina. For an especially relaxing experience, the Lotus spa offers both traditional and contemporary treatments. If the ocean isn’t your thing, guests swim in three different saltwater swimming pools, open all hours of the day, including a children’s pool and an infinity pool. Floodlight tennis courts, a fitness center, and a fully equipped playground will keep everyone active. Four separate bars and restaurants provide guests with delicious local food and Mykonos’ famous cosmopolitan nightlife without ever having to leave the resort.

Don’t hesitate, the blue water and white beaches of the Greek isles are beckoning. EscapeWizard.com and the Santa Marina Resort will get you on your way. Click here to book today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).