Located in the heart of the Cyclades in-between Tinos, Syros, and Paros, over the south-eastern part of the Aegean sea, lies the famous Greek island of Mykonos, one of the most popular islands for British and other tourists from all over the world.
It is said that Mykonos takes its name from the first king that ruled over the island named “Mycons” who, according to the legend was the son or grandson of the Greek God Apollo, the God of prophecy and wisdom. The island according to some sources was first inhabited by Carians, a Greek ethnic group which came from Anatolia, the area we know today as Smyrna in Turkey. The island has been passed ever since the 11th century to all major ruling empires of the region from the Romans, the Byzantine empire and lastly the Ottoman empire, the last of which collapsed after the Greek revolution of 1821 at that time the island finally regained its independence and Greek character.
Mykonos has a very impressive rugged landscape and that characteristic white washed and blue style that is found in most Cycladic islands which has managed to stay intact over the passage of time. The iconic windmills, Little Venice, inspired by the original Venice but with a more Greek touch, the 500+ churches and chapels and luxurious villas and boutique hotels make this a very characteristic Greek island with little external influences.
Mykonos has the nickname “Island of the Winds” because of the strong south Aegean winds that blow in the region, even during the hot summer season. Although not to everyone’s tastes the wind does attract windsurfers and kite surfers from all over the world with a few small schools and expert instructors who speak multiple languages available for those who want to try the sport.
The famous cosmopolitan atmosphere of Mykonos is favoured by almost everyone that visits, from tourists to V.I.Ps that frequent the island every summer. If you visit Mykonos during summer, chances are, you’ll find many local and International celebrities, especially in popular spots like Mykonos town, the beach of Psarou, Paradise beach, and Super Paradise beach. It’s no wonder that Mykonos is among the top 10 party destinations in the world with numerous world-renowned DJs visiting the island during summer to host live music events and competitions. The most popular clubs of Mykonos for the young party crowd are Super Paradise, located in Super Paradise beach, Cavo Paradiso, located in Paradise beach and the iconic Scandinavian Bar and Disco in the heart of Chora, Mykono’s capital town which attracts both young and older crowds from all nationalities.
The island is known to be the most gay-friendly Greek island and for that reason it is very popular with gay travellers. It is also popular with naturists as many of the beaches are completely nudist or have a nudist section.
A must-visit island that has a little something for everyone, from the young party person to the older travellers who are looking for an all-inclusive and relaxing holiday experience.
Getting to Mykonos
Mykonos has it’s own international airport and direct flights from the UK run pretty much every day from all major cities. Flight time is around 4 hours and as the island is quite small the transfer when you arrive will be fairly short no matter where you stay on the island. The airport code for Mykonos is JMK.
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When to go
The best time to visit Mykonos is generally from late April to early September, during this period you’ll see minimal rain and have lovely hot sunny days and warm evenings. If you like it really hot then July or August are your best months, it will likely be in the high 20s and maybe even into the low 30s, you’ll enjoy 13 or 14 hours of sunshine per day and only see an average of under 20mm of rain all month so you won’t need a rain mac. It’ll be slightly cooler leading up to July and the same goes for the months after August but this will be exactly what some people are looking for, you’ll get a bit more rain and the hotels, restaurants and attractions will be slightly quieter.
Top 3 Resorts in Mykonos
The three resorts that we’d recommend considering for your Mykonos holiday are Mykonos Town, which is where most people will want to stay or at least visit as it’s where the majority of the night life happens and offers a huge selection of hotels and amenities. Ornos which is a popular choice as it’s a bit quieter but you’re only a few minutes drive to the capital so partying is still an option. Lastly, take a look at Platis Yialos.
Full Mykonos Resort Guide
These aren’t the only resorts, some of the other places to stay are the beach resorts of Kalo Livadi and Elia or the more quiet Ano Mera. The Mykonos resort guide allows you to filter the towns and villages by the features that you want, so if you wan’t somewhere on the beach click that filter, if you need it to be family friendly or if you prefer quiet or lively you can select that too.
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The beaches of Mykonos are split into two styles, the ones close to Mykonos Town and the other popular villages tend to be heavily organised with lots of sun loungers, beach bars, music playing and often with a large selection of water sports too. The others, that are further from the popular areas tend to be left in a more natural state with minimal facilities.
Mykonos has traditionally been popular with nudists and this continues today, although to a lesser extent you can expect naked people on many of the beaches around the island so if you want to top up your full body tan then the beaches of Mykonos are a great choice.
Top 3 beaches in Mykonos
Our favourite 3 beaches in Mykonos are Elia, for it’s party atmosphere and wealth of facilities. Similarly, Kalo Livadi has an upbeat atmosphere but is a bit further from Mykonos Town so it doesn’t get quite as busy and the other end of the scale is Panormos which is even more quiet and has a lot less facilities than most of the other beaches and this can be a welcome break from the usual style of beach in Mykonos.
Mykonos Beach Guide
Click the button below to be taken to our full Mykonos beach guide where you can filter the list of beaches by things like if there is food and drink available, if there’s water sports and many other options.
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Top 3 must see attractions in Mykonos
If you are only planning on seeing 3 attractions whilst in Mykonos then we’d recommend heading for Mykonos town and taking a look at the beautiful windmills, it’s a lovely site to have a wander round and you can get some great photos too. The same goes for Little Venice, it’s also in the capital and we’d recommend having a long lunch or dinner in one of the local restaurants and taking some pictures whilst enjoying the scenery. Lastly, we’d definitely suggest getting yourself booked on to a Delos island tour. This little island has a lot to offer and makes for a fantastic day out.
Mykonos Sight Seeing Guide
These aren’t the only sights in Mykonos, particularly in the capital there is a number of great places to visit. If you want to find out more about the other attractions that you can enjoy on your Mykonos holiday then simply click the button below and you’ll get the full guide which features a filter system to help you choose what you want to see and do.
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Mykonos Night Life
The nightlife in Mykonos can be pretty lively, there’s a number of large bars and clubs in Mykonos town and many of the bigger beaches have parties that start in the day and go well into the night, just like the one pictured below that’s from Super Paradise beach.
Super Paradise Beach Party photo by SyrianSindibad on Flickr
Don’t panic though if you prefer a quieter more relaxed evening, that’s catered for too, it’s particularly nice to head for Little Venice and watch the sun go down with a carafe of wine or a cold beer.
Mykonos Photo Gallery
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