Tucked away along the island’s curved coastline, Aghios Ioannis is a serene retreat that offers the ideal escape for anyone who wants some rest and relaxation. Treat yourself to a stay in one of the area’s luxurious garden hotels to enjoy some pampering within the lush and leafy landscape.
An island of diversity, holidays in Mykonos offer a variety of locations to appeal to all manner of visitors. City slickers can enjoy wining, dining and sightseeing in the main town, whilst beach bums can head to the coast for some picturesque sunbathing. If you’re an adventurer you can explore the world under the sea with a diving trip, or if you’re after a dose of culture you can tour across the island’s museums.
By starlight the island is just as diverse, ranging from the perfectly peaceful to the downright dynamic. In Mykonos Town you will find an array of bars, cocktail lounges and clubs, perfect for long evenings of drinking and dancing. At the other end of the scale you can enjoy pleasant evenings in local tavernas and beachside restaurants, sampling some Greek cuisine and hospitality.
Mykonos holidays are best spent over the summer for hot days spent by the beach lapping up the sun and swimming in the warm seas. From June until September you can enjoy temperatures of around 25C, or you can visit over the cooler spring and autumn months, which still offers daily highs of 17C.
No holiday to Mykonos would be complete without visiting its gleaming heart, Mykonos Town. Here you can tour across sights such as the famous Windmills, the colourful Little Venice and ancient buildings such as the whitewashed Panagia Paraportiani church, or alternatively you can treasure hunt across museums such as the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos and the Folklore Museum.
The coastline will please even the most discerning beach lover, with plenty of quiet coves and energetic bays to discover. Head to Paradise Beach for some afternoon parties beside the sea, or visit Platys Gialos for some jet skiing and drinks in the sun. Quieter days can be enjoyed along hidden shores such as Fokos and Agios Sostis.
Sail across the sea to the uninhabited island of Delos for a day trip with a difference. This UNESCO World Heritage site is filled with archaeological highlights, from the Altar of Dionysos and the Apollo temples, to the Lion Terrace and the theatre. The island also has a sacred lake, which was the birthplace of Apollo.
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Probably best known for its reputation as a party island, Mykonos is a visually stunning island that knows how to have fun while still retaining its village charm. Summer finds the island jam-packed with visitors from all over Europe for its epic parties and charming windmills. Keep an eye out for the pinkish pelicans that roam the streets, top up your tan at the famous beaches around the island, and explore all that this Cycladic Island has to offer. With so many things to do in Mykonos, large groups of friends and couples will not be disappointed.
As part of a country famous for its divine olive oil and mezzes, one of the top Mykonos attractions is to sit back, relax, and enjoy the food. Each region of Greece has a unique set of dishes, and Mykonos is no different. Make sure to try a variety of plates from the cheesy goodness of kopanisti and the meat lover’s favourite of louza, both can be washed down with some local wine or a hint of ouzo.
There are numerous tavernas and cafés across Mykonos from the main Mykonos Town to the villages of Kalafati and Elia.
As an island in the Cyclades, Mykonos is neither short of beaches nor fun aquatic adventures to fill up your days. There are several dive centres on the island to get you PADI-certified while on holiday and take you around the best dive spots off the island. Kalafati Beach is an excellent spot to try some windsurfing with Planet Windsailing, or just grab a snorkel and enjoy the sea at your own relaxed pace. Hop on a boat and sail the Aegean to see some of the other Cycladic islands near Mykonos.
One of the more scenic things to do in Mykonos, take a car up to the highest points of the island for a fun hike that provides beautiful photo opportunities.
Cosy up to your partner on a secluded beach on the lesser-travelled part of the island for a romantic day in the sun for two. Follow that up with a hike for your picture-perfect selfie backdrop, or postcard home to the family. Come sunset, find yourself a quiet corner in a café or taverna by the sea in Mykonos Town, Aghios Ioannis Diakoftis or Platis Gialos for dancing colours in the sky reflected in the shimmering sea. If you need more ambience, a moonlit walk along the beach is always on the table.
The party island of Mykonos may not be best known for its ancient culture, but it is full of classic Greek culture and sights. One of the best inland Mykonos attractions, visit the Panagia Paraportiani church and several Greek chapels in small local towns; just within view of the island’s famous windmills, you’ll feel transported back to another time. Another beautiful Mykonos attraction, the 18th century monastery of Panagia Tourliani is a stunning sight to behold, complete with a marble bell tower and carvings.
Learn about the history of sailing and the importance of the Aegean Sea at the Aegean Maritime Museum, or the impressive Mykonos Folklore Museum and embrace the local culture.
For more active things to do in Mykonos, do a bit of island-hopping and visit the nearby Delos, the mythological birthplace of Artemis and Apollo, and home to the very real Archaic Greek Agora, Temple of Apollo, and the Sacred Way. Journey back in time while visiting two of the luxurious villas, the House of Cleopatra and the House of Dionysus and imagine the lives of ancient Greeks.
One of the top Mykonos attractions is partying until the sun streams through the windows. With a wide variety of hard-core bars, nightclubs, and relaxing bars, you’re sure to find somewhere on Mykonos to enjoy a cocktail or two. For an evening of people watching and relaxing, choose Aroma on the corner or Kastro in Little Venice. Try Katerina’s Bar for a top spot with a view, as its balcony allows you to survey the night action.
Home to super gay-friendly bars and clubs, everyone is welcome on Mykonos, and Babylon and Jackie O’ are two of the best clubs. Right on the harbour front near the pier, you can start partying early and stay out until as late as your heart desires. Try the Scandinavian Bar for a cosy dancehall upstairs and drinks on the ground floor.
Mykonos Island has been producing excellent wine for many years. There are a number of vineyards on the island where visitors can take vine tasting courses and tours around the vineyards. There are also a number of Wine and Culture tours that combine the history of the island with the history of the islands vineyards, the tours finish with a tasting of a number of the island’s wines.
The Nautical Museum of the Aegean is a fascinating museum that is dedicated to the nautical history of Greece and its surrounding islands. The Archaeological Museum in Mykonos Town exhibits artefacts that have been excavated on Mykonos and on the island of Delos.
The historic white cobbled streets of the island is a wonderful setting for shopping. There are a large number of designer boutiques and stores dotted around some of the islands larger towns, specifically Mykonos Town. The island is also famous for its gold jewellery made in both classic Greek style and modern designs.
For traditional Greek cuisine head eat where the locals eat at the tavernas which specialise in local dishes. Fish and seafood make up a large part of the menus on Mykonos and there are plenty of seafood tavernas along the beaches and ports of the island.
Elia beach is one of the islands favourite beaches with plenty of sunbed, loungers and umbrellas. There are also plenty of bars dotted along the coast. Another great option is Platis Yialos, a clean and busy beach with calm waters that are ideal for children. If it's activities and water sports you are after then try Super Paradise, it is a busy and popular beach with plenty of activities available.
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Water Mania is Mykonos’ premier water park. This popular attraction is an ideal family day out, there are plenty of water activities and swimming pools as well as rides and water slides. The park is the ideal place for families who want to get away from the beach for a day, the park is situated minutes from Elia beach.
The Island of Delos is one of the world’s most important historic archaeological sites. The island was once a religious landmark and the legendary birthplace of the Greek god Apollo. Little Venice Windmills are situated on a hill above Mykonos Town. The windmills are traditional island windmills which have been restored. The views of the town and port are not to be missed.
There are a great number of tavernas, traditional Greek restaurants/bars which serve some of the freshest seafood. For restaurants that serve international food such as burgers and pizzas head to the larger towns or the larger beaches where there are plenty of restaurants catering for tourists, many of which have children’s menus.
Paradise beach is the best beach on the island for groups. The beach plays host to parties both day and night, there are plenty of bars and clubs lining the beach and the beach itself becomes a club at night, with people dancing on the sand until the early hours.
Mykonos Town is a hive of activity during the day and night. There are plenty of bars and clubs which line the major streets of the town that stay open throughout the night and well into the morning. The nightclubs and bars that line Paradise beach are a popular nightspot where revellers party into the night on the beach.
There are a number of beaches across the island which have plenty or water sports available such as water skiing and paragliding. Boat trips are an ideal way to spend a day in the sunshine; they also make a great break from the beach.
In Mykonos Town there are a number of eateries which provide reasonable food at affordable prices that are great for larger groups. There are also a number of bars and restaurants that serve food well into the night, perfect if you intend to stay up late dancing.
Paraga beach is a popular beach that is split into two sections; one is busy and full of amenities and the other is calm and peaceful ideal for relaxing. On the other hand, Lia beach is a beautiful and peaceful beach with calm, clear waters ideal for swimming and enjoying the sunshine.
Mykonos has some of the finest restaurants in Greece; the classy garden restaurants in Mykonos Town are the perfect way to spend a romantic evening. The tavernas that line many of the beaches serve fresh fish and seafood straight out of the Mediterranean and are popular with locals and tourists alike.
There are a large number of jewellery stores in Mykonos Town that sell traditional Greek jewellery as well as more modern designs, there are also plenty of boutiques and clothes shops, as well as many internationally fashionable stores. The delightful cobbled streets are a delightful backdrop for some of the world’s most famous designer shops and boutiques.
Mykonos Town or Chora is the island’s capital and known as the most beautiful town on the island. The traditional Greek style buildings and white cobbled streets make for a beautiful day out. The hill above Mykonos Town is home to traditional island windmills which have been restored and have become the iconic image of the island. The hill is the best place to view the picturesque town and port.