A white and blue Paradise

The city of Mykonos
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A walk through Mykonos

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White and blue, the island’s colours

Visiting Mykonos means admiring the white houses with blue windows and flower-adorned balconies, the narrow streets and the sunsets that seem to endure forever. An MSC Mediterranean Cruise will take you to this unique island.

Mykonos is the island of the Cyclades known all over the world as the summertime "Par-adise" both for those looking for an alternative holiday immersed in loud music and beach parties and for those who prefer breathtaking sceneries as their ideal destination.

Among the attractions that Mykonos offers stands Chora (from word Greek meaning city centre), capital of the island and destination of an MSC Excursion. The characteristic cu-bic white houses that create a dazzling contrast with the surrounding blue sky and sea, the pedestrian streets, the Little Venice district, the Paraportiani Church at the end of the harbour, all will captivate you with the cheery vitality that fills every corner of this minia-ture "labyrinth".

If you want to leave superfluous distractions behind and immerse yourself in history, one of the MSC Excursions will take you to the uninhabited and quiet island of Delos. The huge archaeological site, the birthplace of Apollo and his sister Artemis has been operat-ing since the nineteenth century. Here you can admire hundreds of finds such the sanc-tuary dedicated to the God of the Sun, the famous Terrace of the Lions, where five of these big cats sculpted in white marble will escort you towards the ancient Theatre of De-los.

Mykonos is a perfect island to explore on foot. Another MSC Excursion will take you into the maze of its narrow streets, said to be designed to mislead pirates, with their magical atmosphere and natural, bright light. On this route, it will be possible to walk among its small houses, the churches with their characteristic blue domes visible at every turn, and the fuchsia bougainvillaeas that delight with their intense colours. On the horizon, in the background, you can see its famous windmills, perfect for a souvenir photo.

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    Under the protective wing of the gods
    Under the protective wing of the gods

    It would take a lifetime of island-hopping to fully appreciate the 227 inhabited Greek islands scattered across the Mediterranean Sea.
    With sapphire water lapping at rocky coastlines sprinkled with secret coves and sandy beaches, they are the stuff of dreamy travel posters, the very definition of the eulogized Greek summer of sun, sea and sand.

    For anyone with a cultural bone in their body a cruise to the Greek islands cannot fail to inspire. Every culture has left its mark, and almost every town or village has a link to the past, whether it’s a delicately crumbling temple to Aphrodite, a forbidding Venetian fort or a dusty Byzantine monastery decorated with exquisite frescoes. 

    But the call to cultural duty will never be too overwhelming on a Greek islands holiday. The hedonistic pleasures of languor and warmth – swimming in balmy seas at dusk, talking and drinking under the stars – are just as appealing.
    Sprawling, globalized Athens is an obligatory, almost unavoidable introduction to Greece: aside from the show-stopping Acropolis it offers a truly metropolitan range of cultural diversions, from museums to concerts; well-stocked shops; gourmet restaurants and stimulating clubs.