As one of the most enchanting Greek island in the Cyclades, Mykonos offers so much more than sun, sea and tasty Greek cuisine. Steeped in history and just a short ferry ride away from the amazing city of Athens, it is a wonderfully versatile island. Small and cosy, only 40 square miles and with only 10,000 residents, Mykonos is an island that is easy to get around and the locals are friendly and hospitable. Whether you are looking to spend the morning touring the archaeological site on the nearby island of Delos or enjoy a relaxing afternoon along Psarou Beach, a 2017 Mykonos holiday offers something for everyone. Bathing in non-stop sun for around 300 days a year, it is the perfect way to enjoy the glorious sunshine and warm Mediterranean nights and a brilliant way to escape and unwind. With a unique cultural identity that is a treat to sample and a natural, beautiful landscape, it is an idyllic setting for any holidaymaker.
A Mykonos holiday is packed with attractions to visit if you need a break from the sizzling beaches and quaint villages that make up a Mykonos experience. Greece is famous for the range of boat trips on offer with snorkelling in the calm and clear waters of the Mediterranean combined with sun-bathing in the sumptuous sunshine. All manner of boat trips are here in Mykonos from speed boats to yachts, sail-boats to Catamaran's. On dry land, Mykonos Town has the unique Rarity Art Gallery, the designer shops of Matoyianni Street and a number of Museums ranging from Folklore to Archaeology.
With plenty of churches and monasteries, Mykonos Town is a place to walk away the hours, finishing in Little Venice. As picturesque as it sounds, it has a variety of bars and restaurants, a lively and magical atmosphere and is a fun place to party. This part of Mykonos is a must to visit!
Wine and Dine
The Mediterranean diet is championed as the healthiest diet in Europe and full of healthy ingredients and fresh flavours. Seafoods and salads are high on the menu, octopus a speciality. Local dishes like Iouza, a pork tenderloin and Kopanisi Mykanou, a salty, spicy cheese sometimes known as the Greek Roquefort, are dishes you simply have to try. Larger meals include all varieties of Greek fayre, fresh fish again being prominent but all sorts of meat dishes, pastas and omelettes are standard on the menu. Apart from the traditional Greek cuisine, Mykonos has wide variety of Asian and European food available from sushi to curry to fish and chips.
The culinary delights all come with a range of options to drink, the local beers are all crisp, cold and refreshing and Greek bars stock a wide selection of spirits served with very generous measures. No Mykonos holiday would be complete without a taste or two of Ouzo. Dating back to the 14th Century, this aniseed based drink similar to Pernod or Raki is very strong and is consumed with food either straight as a shot or mixed with water and ice.
The Cyclades Islands have an established reputation for family-friendly holidays. As the family strikes into the heart of Greek culture, the kids will feel safe and comfortable in all environments. Little ones can enjoy building sandcastles and paddling in the sea along calm and clear sea. With the bays mostly protected from the wind and often a protective arc, the shallow water extends out allowing for those who want to paddle or swim and a close proximity to bars and restaurants means you are never far from fun or a drink and snack. The beaches at Platis Gialos, San Stefanos and Ornos are great family-friendly beaches to spend the days in lovely sunshine.
At night, many bars have family entertainment but your kids will always be welcome at any of the cafes and restaurants with the family at the centre of the traditional culture of Mykonos.
Action and Adventure
For a small island, there is a lot of adventure to be found in a Mykonos holiday. Ornos is a great base for beach-hopping, with daily boat trips to the surrounding bays. For those who want to indulge in some action at the beach Ftelia is a great spot for water sports, primarily windsurfing. Dive centres can be found at most beaches and from Mykonos Town, available water sports include Kayaking and canoeing while Kalafatis is the island's top windsurfing destination. A great way to see the island is on a bicycle with opportunities to cycle around the island on offer in organised tours. With Yummy Pedals cycle tours, holidaymakers can choose their guided tour with rides to beaches and inland to choose from and all with a picnic thrown in.
Life's a Beach
With gorgeous beach resorts all over Mykonos, it’s no wonder it is a very popular destination in the summer months. Thanks to its gorgeous beaches, lovely weather and Greek charm, it’s easy to see why Mykonos holidays are popular among all kinds of holidaymakers. It goes without saying that one of the best things to do in Mykonos is relaxing on one of the beautiful beaches. From toping up your tan, to skimming the waves on a jet-ski, you can enjoy the coastline at your very own pace on this island. Psarou Beach is one of the best, and also benefits from a fantastic range of restaurants all serving up tasty dishes.
The beach which Mykonos is known for is Paradise Beach. Quiet and pretty for much of the year, with crystal clear waters it is a lovely place to sun-bathe or enjoy a stunning Aegean sunset. In the summer months the beach comes alive for the holiday season with music, clubs and people making the cocktail bars and dance shows keeping the party going until the small hours.
A Mykonos holiday can be a party holiday with the bars and clubs on Super Paradise Beach attracting international DJs like Roger Sanchez and Armin Van Buuren this summer 2017. If clubbing is for you, then Cavo Paradiso is worth a look and the XLSIOR Festival at the end of August attracts up to 30,000 party-goers. Dance shows are normal here with Guapaloca heating up Paradise beach with a Carnival Tribal Party once a week. Though the clubs attract thousands in the summer months, outside of July and August, Mykonos is a great place to enjoy beach bars and tavernas the rest of the year round. A popular place to dine, drink and relax is Scorpios and many other cafes, bars and restaurants will offer super places to eat and drink.
A change of scenery is on offer at Psarou Beach and Ornos which have great beaches combined with a healthy party scene. Not as crowded as Paradise beach, these shores have some tremendous up-and-coming party nights.
Romantics will find a mesmerising setting in any Mykonos village. Though the party scene attracts many visitors in the two summer months, many beaches and villages stand apart from the clubbing. The beaches at Agios Stefanos and Fokos are quieter and more relaxed with some excellent tavernas alongside. Agios Sostis is probably the most beautiful beach on the island while Lia Beach has the clearest waters due to a more secluded nature.
As the island is relatively small, Mykonos is an easy place to rent a car and see the beautiful villages on the island. Like a postcard, these traditional white-walled fishing villages are all serene places to spend a day eating in the local tavernas and walking the windy lanes amongst these friendly and welcoming people.
Mykonos is an island steeped in culture. Rich with picturesque fishing villages and windy cobbled lanes, Mykonos holidays are teeming with cultural pockets of wonder and historical charm. From the white-washed houses glinting in the sunlight and beautiful architecture, there’s a surprise at every turn of this Greek paradise. The island’s stunning scenery set this island apart from the rest, with quaint windmills scattered throughout the hills, fishing houses from the 18th century and charming seaside churches. History lovers on Mykonos holidays will also revel in the history, home to a plethora of museums, there are plenty of options when you’re considering a break away from the beach. The Archaeological Site of Delos is a firm favourite with those who enjoy a slice of history, while Castle Panigirakis is not only beautiful on the outside but also makes a great place to see the sun set over the Aegean.