Mykonos is exactly as one imagines it: a beautiful island where you can live crazy and transgressive nights. Its beach parties, which last uninterrupted from the afternoon until the morning of the next day, are nothing short of legendary. But Mykonos is not an island for young people penniless in search of the cheapest drink.
From a hippy enclave in the seventies, Mykonos has been completely transformed by tourism and has become a chic destination, with a large number of design hotels and exclusive villas with swimming pool that invariably are reviewed by architecture magazines.
Loved by party-people from all over Europe, VIPs, gays and hipsters, the Greek Ibiza is now fashionable and transgressive, now elegant and snobbish. But what mass tourism has not changed is the beauty of its landscapes, which often take second place to the fun and extravagance of the island, but that will remain in your heart.
Mykonos is an island where you can still get excited about a sunset, a walk through the narrow streets of the capital, the sight of boats entering and leaving the port or a pelican that wanders the streets of the waterfront as an expert connoisseur of the city.
The climate of Mykonos is Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers. The summer months are best for those who love the sun and high temperatures, but in July and August the island fills up with tourists and the prices of flights and hotels skyrocket.
The best times to go to Mykonos are late spring and early autumn, when temperatures still allow swimming in the sea but hotel prices drop. May is especially beautiful due to the blossoming of poppies and other flowers and plants.
Mykonos has 81 kilometers of coastline and its coastline is indented with deep coves such as, for example, Ftelia and Korfos bays, and large bays such as Agios Ioannis. Along the northern coast the landscape is rocky and irregular, while in the southern part the beaches are sandy: Tourlos, Panormos, Ornos and Fokos attract many visitors.
The most symbolic beaches of Mykonos are Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach, which, although set in a particularly striking natural scenery, are famous for the clubs and parties that take place at all hours of the day and night, 7 days a week.
Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach are located along the southwest coast of Mykonos, about 6 km from the main town. They can be easily reached by bus, by private shuttle bus and by cab; from some places such as Ormos and Platis Gialos there is a cab boat service.
You have probably heard that in Mykonos you never sleep but if you take a tour of the most popular beaches of the island in the early afternoon you will see crowds of young people snoozing on the beds to recover their strength from the previous night, in view of another night of madness and transgression.
Mykonos’ reputation as a mecca for summer nightlife began many years ago and its success continues. Every year young people from all over Europe flock to Mykonos in the summer months attracted by the large number of clubs, pubs, discos, beach parties, aperitifs with DJ sets. Crazy, fashionable, transgressive and excessive (even in prices!), the nightlife of Mykonos can be a paradise or a hell, depending on taste.
Mykonos is also famous as a destination for gay vacations. In addition to gay-friendly hotels and beaches, including some for naturists, homosexual couples can find on this island a large number of places where you can have fun with other people without prejudice … and often without inhibitions!
If you prefer quieter evenings to the unbridled nightlife you can have a drink in the clubs of the waterfront of Mykonos Town.
Impossible to make a list of nightclubs in Mykonos, they are so many! If you have little time and want to aim for the top, the disco not to be missed in Mykonos is Cavo Paradiso, a true institution of the nightlife in the Greek islands.
Set in a spectacular natural scenery, the trendiest club in Mykonos has an area of over 3000 square meters that every night are populated by young people looking for wild fun, to the sound of the music of the most important international DJs. The entrance ticket is expensive, from 30 euros up, but if you consider the size of the club it costs you only 0.01 euros per square meter!
To start the evening, however, there is no better situation than the Tropicana, the beach bar that organizes the most famous sunset parties in Mykonos. Both Cavo Paradiso and Tropicana are located in Paradise Beach.Read more
Even more than in other Greek islands, in Mykonos it is important to choose well best place to stay because some areas are very chaotic and crowded with tourists, and this depending on the tastes can be good or bad.
The choice of hotel facilities is really wide: even if prevailing are hotels and vacation homes from four stars up, there are also medium category hotels and cheap guesthouses. If you are traveling on a low-cost budget, it is essential to book well in advance, because B&Bs, studios and cheap apartments sell out quickly.
If, on the other hand, you do not have budget problems, you will be spoiled for choice: boutique hotels, exclusive villas with spa, traditional houses, hippie chic structures, hotels for couples only…
If you have time between a rave and a lazy day at the beach you can visit the cultural attractions of the island.
Dedicate at least half a day to the capital Mykonos Town, beautiful with its narrow streets, white houses with blue balconies, small stores and taverns.
The main cultural attractions of the town are the Orthodox Church Panagia Paraportiani, a typical small white church of the Greek islands, simple but very impressive, and the Castle of Panigirakis, a historic building on the cliff now houses a luxury hotel (perfect for a classy aperitif!).
The best area for shopping is the sinuous Matoyianni street, where typical souvenir stores compete for space with high fashion boutiques reminiscent of the chic streets of Milan and Rome.
At sunset, move to Little Venice, a characteristic seaside district full of bars and restaurants with outdoor tables.
One of the most photographed attractions of Mykonos are the windmills, which have become an integral part of the island’s landscape. Almost all of them are located in Chora, the old part of Mykonos Town, but there are a few scattered around the island, including some that can be visited.
Snubbed by many tourists interested more in night parties, the lighthouse of Armenistis is a really impressive place. Still functioning, the lighthouse can be reached by driving along a beautiful coastal road and once there you can enjoy a fantastic view of the port of Mykonos and the nearby island of Tilos.
If you want to get away from the crowded tourist routes make a trip inland to Ano Meria, the second largest town on Mykonos: it is perfect to take a break from the chaos of the capital, eat spending half and while you’re there you can visit the oldest church on the island.
During your vacation in Mykonos do not miss a boat tour: it will be an unforgettable experience! There is something for everyone: day trips to discover the most beautiful beaches of Mykonos, sunset excursions with an aperitif, island hopping with stops at nearby islands…
You can also take the opportunity to try some unusual activities and perhaps attend a course in scuba diving, Greek cuisine and even participate in yoga classes! Yes, even the most fashionable of Greek islands can be suitable for relaxation and meditation.
One of the most popular excursions in Mykonos is a visit to the archaeological site of Delos, which is located on the island of the same name that can be reached by boat in just 30 minutes.
The island of Delos, now uninhabited, is the place where according to mythology Apollo, god of the sun and the arts, and his sister Artemis, goddess of the moon, were born; here the Sanctuary of Apollo was erected. During the long route inside the archaeological site you can admire ruins of different ages, houses, numerous temples and an important Archaeological Museum.
Delos can be visited independently by purchasing only the ferry ticket, but it is advisable to participate in an organized tour with a guide who will tell you the fascinating story of this mythical island, one of the most famous of ancient Greece.
Although Mykonos enjoys a good bus system that connects the main locations daily, probably the best way to get around is with a rented car. You can pick one up on arrival at the airport or at one of the offices in the town centers: our advice is to book it in advance online to avoid mishaps once you land on the island.
In the summer months to reach Mykonos by plane is really easy thanks to direct flights departing from several European cities. The duration of the flight is about two hours. Flight rates vary greatly depending on dates and availability, but if you book in advance with a low cost airline you’ll be able to get a good price even if you travel in high season.
During the other seasons there are few direct flights from the rest of Europe, so you will have to fly to Athens and then take a domestic flight or a ferry to Mykonos, departing from the ports of Piraeus and Rafina (we recommend the latter as it is closer to Athens airport and usually less crowded). The duration of the boat trip from Athens to Mykonos is about five hours.
The following are the most popular tickets and tours in Mykonos that we recommend you don't miss.
The island of Mykonos is part of the Cyclades archipelago and is located in the heart of the Aegean Sea between the islands of Naxos, Paros, Syros and Tinos, 150 kilometers east of Athens. Almost completely flat, its highest peak reaches 341 meters above sea level, is inhabited mainly in the western part where the capital Mykonos Town is located except for the village of Ano Mera in the interior of the island.