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Ornos is a village just a few kilometres south of the main town on the Greek island of Mykonos. It sits on a narrow isthmus between 2 beaches, and its streets are lined with tavernas. The strong winds of Korfos Beach in the north make it popular for kitesurfing. To the south, the sheltered curve of Ornos Beach is dotted with sun loungers and umbrellas. Boats run from Ornos to nearby beaches, and to the island of Delos, known for its archaeological ruins. Ornos is an excellent location for a Greek villa holiday.

Things to do in Ornos

There is plenty on offer if you decide to book a villa holiday in Ornos. You have the wind water sports on the north side and the family friendly calmer waters on the south. There is an abundance of organised excursions and day trips that will take you around the island by land or sea, a perfect way to see all the highlights further afield.

There is also a generous selection of seafront restaurants, tavernas, and resorts offering plenty of amenities for a day in the sun. One thing you must do when you visit Mykonos is visit the sacred island of Delos, the birthplace of the twins of Zeus and Leto, Apollo and Artemis.

Buildings overlooking Ornos beach, Mykonos
View of Ornos harbour, Mykonos

History and Culture in Ornos

The small rocky island of Delos is used exclusively as an archaeological site and is one of the most important sites in Greece. Even if you have only a passing interest in Greek mythology the UNESCO World Heritage Site on the sacred island of Delos is a must visit. A tour will take you to the Temples of Apollo, the sanctuary of Artemis, and the Avenue of Lions. Delos is located just 6 miles from Mykonos, roughly a 30 minute journey by boat.

Family holidays in Ornos

The sheltered bay and shallow, calm waters of Ornos beach are ideal for younger kids and families. Alternative family activities include a visit to an Animal Organic Farm, the perfect interactive activity to discover Mykonos village life and traditional farming methods. You and the kids will get to meet the livestock and explore what it is like to be a farmer on a small Greek island. It may even be possible to harvest some vegetables or crops. Little Venice is popular for families, located on the western part of Mykonos Town, it’s a row of buildings that have been constructed right on the sea’s edge. The kids will love to hear that Little Venice was a great spot for the loading and unloading of goods by pirates during the 16th and 17th Centuries.

Whatever you choose it’s all about spending quality time with your loved ones, exploring all of the sights from your luxury family villa in Ornos.

Cafe overlooking Ornos coastline
Ornos coastline and beach, Mykonos

Adventurous activities in Ornos

There is plenty to keep you entertained in Ornos and if you want to learn a new skill perhaps try the local diving school, as well as the schools for sea-skiing and windsurfing, which are available on the beach in the north. Don’t use up all your energy though, as you might like to head off into the main town and experience the legendary trendy nightlife, the party atmosphere might just keep you up a little later than usual. Relax in your villa, by the private pool afterwards, the perfect way to recharge your batteries.

Romance in Ornos

Spend the day wandering around the town, relax by your villa’s private pool and then perhaps join an amazing evening sunset cruise around Delos and the coast of Rhenia. Take in the most  famous ruins of the sacred island such as the theatre, the old harbour, the ancient houses, which are half sunk by the rocky coast, and the buildings of the old city. Head past the little islands ‘Ano and Kato Rematiaris’ towards the South to the uninhabited islands ‘Prassonissia’ where you can enjoy the romantic magic light of the sun setting over Delos. We have a great collection of villas for couples, just waiting to be explored.

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