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Ornos

Ornos Holidays

Just a stone's throw away from Mykonos Town is the charming and idyllic resort of Ornos. A wide expanse of sand borders quaint boutiques, Greek tavernas and traditional white wash houses – a picture-perfect destination for holidays to Mykonos.

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A great base for exploration

This once small fishing village has developed into a bustling resort destination in its own right. Ornos' close proximity to Mykonos Town means that it's an ideal base for anyone wanting to explore the capital city or any of the surrounding areas on their holidays to Greece. Ornos has been built up around the seaside, with upscale hotels perched on the coastline's edge.

On the far side of Ornos' bay is a small harbour that is home to visiting yachts, ferries and water taxis. If you're looking to see the sites of Mykonos and explore the surrounding beaches, this port is a fantastic jumping off point. Ornos' backdrop is perfection, with traditional whitewashed Greek houses rising over the hillside and Mykonos' 16th century windmills keeping watch over the resort.

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It's all at the beach

The coastline is the main attraction in Ornos and its wide bay loops around the entirety of the resort. This beach is well sheltered from the winds due it being backed by hills. Shops and restaurants dot along the seafront and you'll have no problem finding a spot to eat and drink when the sun goes down. Hotels can be found on the seafront, which is convenient for spending days lounging on the beach and being able to pop back to your room when you need to.

If you're looking for a little adventure on your Mykonos holidays, Ornos is completely decked out with watersport facilities, including water skiing, windsurfing and a scuba diving school. Compared to the surrounding beaches on the island Ornos is low-key and laid-back. You won't be fighting for space or for sun loungers here.

Bites to eat and spots to shop

Ornos' seaside is lined with fantastic little beach bars and restaurants. The most popular spots to dine at are the Greek tavernas – here you'll be introduced to some of the freshest seafood on the island, straight from the resort's neighbouring fishing village. With a stunning beach setting you can rest your feet in the sand as you try mouth-watering traditional dishes like fried octopus and chicken souvlaki.

If you've gone for Self Catering Mykonos holiday packages, there are also several mini markets, butchers and bakeries if you want to pick up some snacks or cook your own meals. Along this same beach waterfront are stores selling magazines, cosmetics and ceramics. If you want to pick up some souvenirs for back home, little boutiques also dot the beach, selling local goods such as handmade pottery and jewellery.

Set sail for sightseeing

A brilliant way to see the sites around the island is by hopping aboard a tour boat. Catamarans and sailing ships with their own professional crew are ready and eager to show you Mykonos' remote caves and hidden beaches. You'll also have an opportunity to snorkel and go for a swim in the Aegean Sea. Most tours provide their own lunches on board that are included in the travel fare.

Capital city and historic sites nearby

Mykonos' metropolitan capital city, Mykonos Town, is just a five-minute bus ride away and makes for a fun-filled day out. This city has everything going for it with a thriving nightlife scene in the city and on the beaches, as well as over 150 places to eat.

The buildings and restaurants built up along sea level have given this city the nickname of "Little Venice". It's in this charming area of the resort that you'll find art galleries, cocktail bars and local boutiques.

If you're interested in history and Greek mythology another nearby neighbour is the island of Delos. Ferries stop at Ornos daily en route to this archaeological site. The historic gem of Delos has been named by locals as the Island of the Gods, and is thought to be the birth place of both Apollo and Artemis. Today you can wander the ancient ruins and temples as well as spend time exploring the museum.

Easygoing drinks on the patio

Nightlife in Ornos is a quiet affair with much of the evening's entertainment centred on late-closing Greek tavernas and cocktail bars. Because of the superb location on the waterfront you can unwind with a glass of wine in your hand as you watch the sun set over the calming waves. For something a little more upbeat, the capital city of Mykonos Town is right next door and here you can party till the sun comes up in some of the city's nightclubs and 24-hour bars.