Welcome to Mykonos, one of the most-loved and best-known islands in Greece. Geographically it is part of the Cyclades islands positioned between the islands of Paros, Syros, Tinos and Naxos. Also the islands of Delos and Rineia are part of the municipality of Mykonos.
Mykonos is also nicknamed the Ibiza of Greece for its night life, but at the same time it is a beautiful island from a naturalistic and cultural point of view to be discovered.
Island of Mykonos is 10 km long and 15 km wide and is inhabited all year round by a population of about 10,000 people, in addition to more than 1 million tourists in the summer months.
The capital of the island is Hora, a lively tourist town, full of trendy bars, Greek taverns and narrow streets with shops. Hora of Mykonos is still considered by many to be the Greek Saint-Tropez which attracts many tourists every year, thanks to its unique character that the locals have managed topreserve. Most famous part of the Hora is a district called Little Venice, a picturesque harbor. It is the most idyllic place in the city, especially in the late afternoon, where you can enjoy a wonderful sunset in one of the trendy bars overlooking the water.
Most beautiful beaches
Mykonos is best known for its famous beaches including Paradise Beach, Super Paradise and Paranga which attracts crowds of young people from all over Europe. This beautiful white sand beachea are overlooked by the trendiest bars on the island where the best DJs on the international scene play.
But the beaches of Mykonos are also more quiet. Whether you are looking for a small secluded cove lapped by crystal clear waters, or a wide expanse of white sand, Mykonos has a beach that suits your needs. The island boasts 25 beaches, to be precise, and they are rightly its greatest natural attraction.
How to get to Mykonos – flights and ships
Mykonos International Airport (IATA-JMK code) is the only airport on the island which is only 4km from the capital of Mykonos. It is also an important stopover for reaching the smaller islands of the Cyclades that do not have an international airport.
Most convenient solution to reach any Greek island remains the direct flight. Main European airports connect Mykonos with both low cost flights and charter flights from April to November.
Alternatively, you can opt for a flight with a stopover in Athens. These flights are operated by the Aegean and Olympic airlines and are operational all year round.
For those who have more time available, it is also convenient to reach Athens by plane and then board the ferry or hydrofoil from Piraeus to Mykonos. For instance this journey is not short, about 3 to 6 hours depending on the chosen ferry. Ferries and hydrofoils stop at the new port of Mykonos, called Tourlos, located 5km away from the airport and only 1km from Hora.
Where to stay in Mykonos
Regarding the accommodation in Mykonos, a premise must be made; together with Santorini, the island is the most visited in Greece. Finding cheap accommodation in Mykonos is impossible especially if you travel in July and August. If on average in the Greek islands you can find cozy family-run hotels starting from € 50 per night, for Mykonos you have to budget to spend at least double.
Island of Mykonos offers a wide choice of hotels, apartments, holiday homes and small resorts or boutique hotels. Its tourist resorts welcome more than 1 million visitors from all over the world every summer. Most hotels offer breakfast only; there are few all-inclusive hotels. Mykonos is for sure not an all inclusive holiday island.
Hora is the main tourist spot on the island as well as the capital and historic center. Therefore, the city center is packed with small hotels and studios, while larger resorts and hotels are located along the coast. Staying in Hora is ideal if you want to be in the center of the cosmopolitan life of Mykonos. Beautiful Hora of Mykonos is chosen by most of the tourists on the island both for its strategic location and for the beautiful beaches within walking distance. Not to forget excellent restaurants and nightlife.
If, on the other hand, you are looking for a more peaceful solution, you just need to orient yourself towards hotels and apartments, as well as luxury villas along the coasts of Mykonos towards the beaches of Platy Gialos and Oniros or Agios Stefanos; all quiet locations with beautiful sea also suitable for families.
Renting a vehicle: better scooter or car?
Absolutely yes. Mykonos deserves to be visited far and wide. The ideal vehicle can be either the car especially suitable for families, or the scooter or quad for young people and for those who prefer two-wheeled vehicles in the summer months. The island is not very large. From Hora you can reach the most beautiful beaches in just over 15 minutes. All the roads are not very busy and the locations are well indicated.
For those who prefer an active holiday to discover the island, we always recommend renting a car directly at the airport and for the duration of the stay. Or for those who choose the scooter or quad, delivery upon arrival at the hotel. In fact, the best deals are always for weekly rentals.
“The Sun” is one of the main and most appreciated features of the island of Mykonos. From April to November, a period during which the rains are very rare, the island offers an excellent Mediterranean climate that gives you the opportunity to fully enjoy the sea and perpetually sunny days.
At the same time caressed by the meltemi (the summer wind) which makes it possible to make even the high temperatures of the high season more pleasant. You can run into a few hours of rain only from the end of September / early October which, however, dissipates in a short time.
For a dream vacation in Mykonos
Cavo Tagoo in Mykonos is a dream hotel; a unique experience, a place where everything has been designed to give sublime pleasure to the eyes. With its infinity pools and breathtaking views for a dream vacation for those who want to pamper themselves as a couple.
Daily gulet cruise to the most beautiful beaches and enjoy the island from the sea. Or you can choose a gulet or catamaran cruise towards Rhenia. It is a small island in front of Mykonos completely uninhabited with beautiful coves where you can spend the day in tranquility.