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An Insider's Guide to Mykonos

Discover the Authentic Side of Mykonos – Experience the Local Lifestyle

Mykonos is always an amazing place to visit, with its picturesque villages, rugged landscape, and
breathtaking coastline. While the island is a haven for sun-lovers and party animals, many people
may not realize that the island also provides numerous opportunities to truly experience the local
The curious will delight in discovering hidden gems away from the hustle and bustle of the main
tourist areas and lively beach clubs – lesser-known spots where you can chat with locals, learn
about their traditions and customs, and enjoy the vibrant Mykonian lifestyle.
Welcome to Pagka market (laiki)
There’s nothing quite like taking in the sights, sounds, aromas, and atmosphere of a bustling open-
air market, and the Pagka marketplace is no exception. Situated in the old port of Mykonos town,
the daily market (closed Sundays) is a hub of activity.
If you’re up at the crack of dawn, you may see small fishing boats bringing in their haul of fresh fish
and shellfish. Then, as the sleepy town wakes up, farmers and vendors will be seen setting up their
benches and counters, overflowing with fresh local produce: everything from fruits and vegetables,
spices and herbs (oregano and thyme), to fresh eggs and a stunning array of flowers and plants.
For visitors to the island, it’s a wonderful opportunity to see the authentic local way of life.

Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm
One of the activities offered by Villa Hurmuses is a trip to Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm. Although
off the beaten path, it’s well worth a visit. Located on a former monastic vineyard northeast of Ano
Mera, this organic winery and farm makes use of a combination of traditional landscaping methods
and innovative viniculture techniques. Grazing sheep are encouraged to naturally maintain the
vineyards while – strange as it may sound – classical music is played to the grapes to enhance the
rich and full-flavored Cycladic wines.
As you explore this organic homestead, make sure to indulge in the local cuisine. An essential part
of lunch is a delightful Greek salad, made with fresh cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, crisp green bell
peppers, tangy red onions, flavorful olives, and creamy feta cheese. You’ll also have the chance to
try a variety of cheeses and ‘louza’, made from salted pork loin. Similar to prosciutto, it is
considered one of the tastiest delicacies on the island. You’ll also find a variety of products to
sample such as table grapes, vinegar, vine leaves, grape molasses, and even honey from the two
on-site beehives.

Gioras Wood Medieval Bakery
Step inside and immerse yourself in the rich history and delicious aromas of the oldest woodfire
bakery in Greece! This historic bakery, located in the heart of Mykonos town, has a fascinating
past. Established in 1420, it was once responsible for supplying bread to Napoleon’s troops during
the Napoleonic wars.
Located down a set of stone stairs, the famous establishment is usually filled with the delightful
aroma of sweet almonds and cinnamon, caramelized sugar, and freshly ground coffee beans. Back
in Gioras ‘ early days, it consisted of a large oven nestled into the hillside. Today, in what is rumored
to be the second-oldest building on the island, bread is no longer sold but Mykonians and visitors
to the island can instead enjoy a selection of savory snacks and pastries, including crispy burek
(filled phyllo pastry) or crumbly pistachio shortbread. (Check seasonal opening times.)

Cine Manto
For an alternative Mykonos experience, discover this one-of-a-kind open-air movie house where
you can relax in beautiful botanical gardens, dine in a stylish cafe/restaurant (open all day) and
watch an original movie under the stars. The movie house is open from June to September.

Connect with the island
In addition to the above visits, you have the option to embark on guided bicycle tours that will take
you through lesser-known areas of the island. Along the way, you’ll visit the beautiful Panagia
Tourliani Monastery in Ano Mera village, and discover the secluded coves of Fokos and Myrsini.
By trying authentic local food and gaining access to Mykonos’s local culture, you’ll learn more
about the island’s long past, proud traditions, and fascinating way of life. What’s more important,
however, is the chance to connect with this beautiful island and feel like you belong there.