Located in the heart of the Aegean Sea, the Cycladic island of Mykonos is revered for its historic whitewashed windmills and homes, blue domed churches, sensational sunsets, idyllic beaches, azure waters and its party atmosphere. It’s a magnet for travelers of every demographic from young party goers to families and couples and even fellow Greeks with holiday homes on this Aegean paradise.
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When to visit Mykonos
Sunworshippers, partygoers, and sea swimmers will wish to visit Mykonos during the peak summer period from July to September when the rise in temperature is similar to the rise in visitors and prices. For those who prefer a slightly quieter experience with a more comfortable climate, May and October are great times to visit Mykonos.
What to do in Mykonos
- If arriving by ferry, one of the first things that you will notice are the row of traditional white windmills contrasting perfectly with a blue sky and blue sea. No Instagram account of your holiday should be devoid of a beautiful image of these windmills which date back to the 16th century.
- Wander along the lanes of Mykonos town and fall in love with how the colours of the doors complement and add warmth to the clinically white and cubed buildings. Discover wonderful cafes and restaurants, peruse souvenir shops and even add to your wardrobe from the stores of international brands lining the charming Matoyianni Street.
- Only five minutes on foot from Matoyianni Street is the gorgeous and picturesque Alefkandra otherwise known as “Little Venice”. With its harbourside cafes with tables almost in the sea and buildings overhanging the water, it is an ideal location for a spectacular and romantic evening dinner.
- Pick a beach to suit your needs. The long and lively Elia Beach is a haven for the gay community, naturists and jet skiers. For a more secluded experience head to the northern beach of Agios Sostis. What it lacks in amenities, it makes up for in its beauty and seclusion. Those seeking some adrenaline pumping activities should avail themselves of the warm breezes at Kalafatis and take to the waters for a spot of windsurfing.
- Walk with Gods on the nearby island of Delos, the fabled birthplace of Apollo. Explore the ancient ruins and travel back to a time when Delos was a major city of the Cyclades even if it is now uninhabited. Visit the Delos Archaeological Museum to wonder at the displays of Greek archaeological treasures dating back more than 3,500 years.
- With a church on Mykonos for every day of the year one stands out. Paraportiani Church, a Greek Orthodox church in the Chora area of Mykonos, it is one of the most photographed churches in the world. With its four chapels dating from various periods of history uniting under coat of white paint, it is an architectural wonder.
- Worship at the altar of a DJ and party the night away at Cavo Paradiso where you will find every type of nightlife activity all within an open air arena regarded by clubbers and performers as one of the best and most enjoyable venues in the world
Where to stay in Mykonos
5* Cavo Tagoo Mykonos
Sea views, private plunge pools and bright breezy style distinguish the suites and villas here, with the exclusive CAVOTAGOO Spa drawing on the latest spa trends from around the world as well as taking a traditional Greek approach to wellbeing using nourishing natural ingredients.
Here you can dine by the infinity pool at the all-day lounge and bar, and in the ultra-stylish sea-view restaurant KIKU where Japanese cuisine and culture is celebrated.
5* Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge
Overlooking Megali Ammos Bay, positioned a short walk from Mykonos Town, Bill & Coo Suites & Lounge is well-placed for convenience and seclusion. The boutique hotel has just 32 luxurious suites, which each fuse modern comfort with classic Greek style.
5* Myconian Korali
A member of the Relais & Chateaux collection, Myconian Korali is held in high regard for its gastronomic offering as well as for reflecting the identity of the island it’s on. From the panoramic terrace of this sea-facing hotel, guests can look out across the old port and 16th-century windmills that sit of the edge of Mykonos City.
5* Semeli Hotel
Five-star hotel in the heart of Mykonos Town with two pools, a full-service spa, and two of the best restaurants on the island.
Semeli Hotel offers luxurious rooms and suites, many with private jacuzzis, all within walking distance of the island’s best nightlife and dining. Semeli’s main pool has an attached jacuzzi and underwater lighting at night, while the smaller garden pool is heated year-round.
5* Santa Marina a Luxury Collection Resort Mykonos
This luxury boutique hotel sits overlooking Ornos Bay on the only private beach on Mykonos. In this privileged setting, panoramic sea views are afforded from the balcony of each room and suite, and from the outdoor terraces of each villa. Interiors here are spacious and decorated in wood and white within their traditional Mykonian facade.