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.
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.
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.
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