Quick Guide to Mykonos
There's just something irresistible about Greece holidays - the sun, the sea... and the parties! The island of Mykonos has emerged as Greece's premier party destination - for the summer months at least. Every year big-name DJs play to packed out crowds at Paradise Club and Cavo Paradiso. Whether you're looking for beach holidays or last minute getaways, Mykonos has a lot to offer.
The principal town, Mykonos Town (or Chora) is equally buzzing with bars and restaurants, with plenty of cheap hotels to stay at. The windmills above Mykonos Town have become icons of the island, and a great place to catch a sunset on a warm evening. There's a large and loyal community of summer visitors who return year after year to enjoy Mykonos' cosmopolitan culture - and first time visitors to this stunning island are always welcome! Give it a try in 2016.
Fab holidays for:
Beach parties, Sunseekers, Taste of the Greek life
Mykonos Island National and Athens Airport
Did you know?
A pelican called Petros is Mykonos' mascot, which roams freely around the city to meet locals and visitors alike.
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Top 5 Beaches in Mykonos
People tend to holiday in Mykonos for two reasons: the beaches and the parties. When searching for a beach in Mykonos, there's something for every mood.
- Super Paradise beach
- This beach is paradise for party-goers. The aptly named Super Paradise beach is infamous for its late afternoon beach parties, which are the talk of the town. Just don't go there if you want a quiet sunbathe.
- Psarou beach
- This is beach is the place to see and be seen. Psarou beach is so popular you may have to slip the attendant a small bribe to get yourself a spot. The fact it's also a great area for water sports and near Mykonos town makes it all the more worth it.
- Agios Sostis beach
- One of the most secluded beaches on the island, striking blue waters and just the sound of the waves are what you can look forward to.
- Kalafatis beach
- In the southeast of the island, Kalafatis beach boasts a windsurfing centre and often hosts competitions. Popular with watersport enthusiasts and scuba diving, head here for a break from sunbathing.
- Agios Ioannis
- Among the most beautiful beaches on the island, Agios Ioannis beach is one of the best places to see the sun set. Surrounded by hills, it offers incredible views of Delos Island.
How to Get to Mykonos
easyJet offer regular and cheap flights from the UK to Mykonos from both London and Manchester. However there are no other direct flights at present, so check whether it is cheaper to fly to Mykonos via Athens. Several Greek airlines offer the short plane trip to Mykonos from Athens Airport - or you can transfer to the port at Piraeus and catch a ferry to Mykonos from there. The sea journey should take around five hours.
Cheap car rentals are by far the easiest way to get around when you are on the island. If you want to island hop, ferries travel between Mykonos and Tinos daily, while regular boats head to other nearby Greek islands.
What To Do In Mykonos
DJs play at the many clubs and bars throughout the peak summer period, although Mykonos holidays do not have to be all about the nightlife, because you can take tours and excursions to explore the island, rent a boat or take a guided boat trip that takes in nearby islands such as Delos and Rehnia, or hit the gym when the fine food and drink has made you feel guilty.
When to go to Mykonos
Mykonos is a summer destination, it's especially popular with Greek tourists who abandon Athens for the hottest months of July and August, and come to cool down on the islands. The club nights start in May and last through until September, and the crowds follow the same schedule. Prices are at their highest for August, so if you're looking to have a cheaper holiday in Mykonos dealchecker recommends trying early or late in the season. You might get to catch the exciting opening and closing parties too.
Things for Families to Do in Mykonos
Though its reputation is as something of a party island, Mykonos still has plenty to offer for a family break! From beaches to kid-friendly food, the island will suck you and your family in - you'll never want to leave! Kids are welcome most places until around 11pm, when the party really gets started!
With more than 30 beaches from which to enjoy the sun, sand and surf, Mykonos is a water baby's delight! Embrace the island life on family-friendly beaches like Ornos Beach, which has less of a party atmosphere compared to many of its neighbours - and is a mere 10-minute drive from Mykonos Town. Catch one of the best sunset views on the island at Agios Stefanos, which also has a shallow shoreline, just made for the littlies to splash around in.
Greek's simple, fresh food will appeal to many kids' tastebuds. We can almost guarantee that if you feed them Greek treats such as loukoumades (deep-fried dough soaked in honey and cinnamon) and baklava, they'll be salivating for more!
The best way to get around Mykonos with kids in tow is via a rental car. With only around 30 taxis on the island, it can be difficult to find reliable transportation - and we know you want to make your family friendly holiday as pain-free as possible!
Have kids that like a bit of adventure? Head to Raceland Kart, where they can have a spin around a race track in a go-kart. You might even saddle up and go horse riding on a beach, or hire one of the many kayaks, canoes and paddle boats that line the sand.
Things for Couples to Do in Mykonos
With white sandy beaches, blue skies and plenty of labyrinthine alleys to get lost in, Mykonos is a top-notch romantic retreat. Sure, there's plenty of parties - and we say there's nothing wrong with a boogie with your partner - but the island also offers plenty of other activities for loved-up visitors.
Of course, no romantic holiday is complete without a beach trip or two. We recommend heading to Agios Ioannis Beach and renting adjacent sunloungers for the day, relaxing beside each other as the turquoise water laps at the shore and you take in the view of nearby Delos Island. Catch a spectacular sunset from Houlakia Beach or get some peace and quiet away from the crowds at the secluded Fokos Beach.
Amble around the part of Mykonos Town known as Little Venice, where you'll find buildings constructed right up to the water, and plenty of restaurants, taverns and shops to while away the hours. Is it a special occasion - your honeymoon, perhaps? Why not treat your lover to a yacht trip around nearby islands - what's more romantic than you, your love and a view to some of the most famous destinations in the world?
Finish up a day of romantic activities with a candlelit dinner in one of Mykonos' restaurants overlooking the sparkling Aegean Sea, before strolling hand-in-hand back to your lodgings.