Mykonos Holidays 2016

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The Magic of Mykonos

Falling for the allure of the island life comes hand in hand with holidays to Mykonos, a scintillating and enchanting destination that has long been recognised for its charisma. Settled in the azure blue waters of the Aegean Sea, cosmopolitan Mykonos is one of the most desirable holiday hotspots in Greece, boasting a glittering main town and a coastline to write home about. Whether you want your break to be filled with lazy days by the pool and peaceful evenings on the beach, or a week of sightseeing, culture and hectic nightlife, this island offers it all, and it does it with style.

Stylish Living

Mykonos holidays serve up a plethora of fine accommodation options for its visitors. On the west coast sits the sophisticated Mykonos Town, the heart of the island boasting a traditional maze of narrow streets lined with whitewashed buildings that gleam with colourful shutters and doors. Stay in one of the town’s chic boutique hotels for a stylish setting with views across the sea.

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.

Enchanted Island

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.

Out and About in Mykonos

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.

For more inspiration on what to do in Mykonos, check out our guide.

Mykonos Cultural Breaks

Wine Tasting

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.

Museums

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.

Shopping

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.

Eating Out

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.

Mykonos Family Holidays

Family Friendly Beaches

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 Parks

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.

Attractions

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.

Eating Out

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.

Mykonos Group Holidays

Beaches

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.

Nightlife

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.

Attractions

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.

Eating Out

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.

Mykonos Romantic Getaways

Beaches

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.

Eating Out

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.

Shopping in Mykonos

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.

Sight Seeing

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.

Useful information

Language
Greek (English widely spoken)
Currency
Euro
Local time
GMT/BST +3 hours