Unique things to do in Mykonos during your yacht charter
Famous for its pristine beaches and great nightlife, Mykonos is among the most popular Greek islands. But did you know you can also visit local farms and dairies here? During your luxury yacht charter in the Cyclades in Greece, save some time to discover these unique things to do while visiting the ‘Island of the winds’!
Meet up with your personal photographer at the windmills
The windmills are among the most recognized landmarks of the island and one of the most famous Mykonos attractions. For many centuries the mills used to refine grain with the help of the high winds that blow on the island. With the progress of technology, the use of the mills declined, and now the ones that survived are used as private homes or museums.
Your chief stewardess will have your personal photographer for the day meet up with you at the windmills bright and early when the lighting is superior and it is still quiet in the streets. During a cup of coffee at one of the outdoor cafés in Little Venice, your photographer will have a chance to get to know you better. After that, you and your loved ones will walk around Mykonos town to start the photoshoot. Your photographer will of course know the most photogenic landmarks to use as a background and will optimize your entire experience by closely listening to your expectations and questions. You can bring all your loved ones and if desired, get that family photoshoot off the to-do list! Feel free to bring extra outfits. After finishing the photo shoot, you will be able to go over the pictures to decide which ones you would like to have edited.
What a relief to have the perfect Mykonos selfie taken care of so early in your trip!
Indulge in an organic farm-to-table meal at Farma
Probably the least expected of your things to do in Mykonos is discovering the island’s dairies and farms. Behind all the whitewashed luxury and glamour of Mykonos, you will find a scene of authenticity that is completely in tune with nature. A farm-to-fork dining experience, where you pick your own produce and cook a traditional meal with a local, meeting cheese-makers and visiting a collection of beehives. Who would have known this is also Mykonos?
Imagine a home in a traditional Greek village. A wood-fired oven is coming up to temperature and the phyllo pastry is rolled out wafer-thin in the kitchen. An assortment of vegetables straight from the garden and cheeses made in a local dairy are ready whenever they are needed. As are the eggs, freshly collected from the hen coop in the yard. And as for the pie that’s being created, that one is probably out of a hand-written recipe book, passed down through the generations.
Visiting a farmstead in Mykonos, you will be let into the secrets of a unique and sustainable way of life. Like learning to knead the bread the local way and how Mykonos’ cheeses are made. You will be able to pick produce straight from an organic vegetable garden and cook with it, sampling the island’s traditional cuisine. One of the farmers will tell you all about the relationship of Mykonians with their domesticated animals, like sheep, hens, horses, donkeys and rabbits. On top of that, you will be introduced to wines and grape varieties you have perhaps never heard of before. Most of all, you will hear the stories of the personalities behind the farm, showcasing the best of Mykonos’ traditional produce and cuisine, as you sample new tastes. Don’t forget to buy a souvenir, like a pot of honey produced at the farm or a bottle of local wine, to relive the experience at home.
The very first farm-to-table restaurant, Farma, or ΦARMA, symbolizes profound respect for the island’s roots and soul. At the farm, you will be guided through the charming estate, starting with a tour of the wide variety of vegetable and herb gardens. With every table directly facing a splendid view, ΦARMA’s seasonal menu alters daily, according to what is readily available from the land. There will surely be crispy, freshly baked bread, paired with a rich tomato sauce, followed by an abundance of Mediterranean goodness. Once desserts roll around, you will simply be blown away by their signature orange pie!
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Browse through the Rarity Gallery
Rarity Gallery is a modern art gallery established by Vassilis Matsaidonis and Christos Nikolaou in 1994. Since it was the first art gallery in Mykonos, Rarity has become this island’s hub of the artistic scene and cultural shift. Every year, there are five new exhibitions where contemporary and international artists showcase their artwork for the first time in Greece. Located in the centre of Mykonos, the gallery provides a space to discover emerging, mid-career and domestic and internationally renowned artists. Go see the range of media that is represented, from sculptures and paintings to photographs. It is certainly rare!
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Have a cocktail in Little Venice while admiring the island sunset
Before you head back to your yacht, stop at one of the most scenic places in Mykonos. Alefkandra, or Little Venice, which, with its picturesque setting next to the sea, is reminiscent of the Italian city. The settlement of Little Venice was created during the eighteenth century by rich merchants and captains. Against an ivory architecture, you will find a wide array of cafés that face the water so close, your feet can almost touch it from the patio tables. The sun setting against the backdrop of the Aegean Sea will leave an unforgettable imprint to last a lifetime.
Will you stay in Mykonos for another day, to explore even more of this beautiful island? Or will you talk to your captain to set sail to your next destination? Back onboard you and your loved ones will have all the time in the world to decide what adventures await you next while on charter in the Greek islands!
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