Whether you go to relax or to party, alone or with the family, Mykonos is a sun-drenched Greek island experience you will never forget. You will feel you have escaped to a place where you can truly unwind, where the days are slow and life is good.
Spend the daylight hours on a sun lounge at one of the many stunning beach clubs, the cool of the evenings exploring the labyrinthine cobblestoned streets and blue-and-white buildings of the old town, and party into the wee small hours to the tunes of world-renowned DJs at the nightclubs. With just 15 taxis on the whole island, quad bikes are a great way to get around Greece’s most cosmopolitan island.
One of the most iconic attractions of this Cyclades island is the Mykonos Windmills. Built by Venetians in the 16th century, and overlooking the strip of restaurants in Mykonos Town known as Little Venice, this is the prime spot to take in a beautiful Mykonos sunset.
Tan the day away at the exclusive Nammos Beach Club on Psarou Beach, where celebs are often spotted around the restaurant, bar, cafe, shisha corner, day spa and boutique shops.
Be sure to call and reserve your lounge in advance as they go fast. Nightlife is huge on Mykonos and the party crowd should head to Tropicana, or the open-air Paradise Club or Cavo Paradiso where the crowd is a little older.
Eat and Drink
You really can’t go wrong in Little Venice, where the calamari is fresh and the olive oil flows. Make sure you try Greek specialities like saganaki cheese, stuffed tomatoes, and fried feta, zucchini and eggplant. Aegean Poets is an upmarket restaurant in the exclusive Mykonos Blu resort, overlooking the crystal-clear water and super-yachts of Psarou Beach.
For a delicious traditional outing, join the locals on the sand at Taverna Nikolas on Platis Yialos beach. And you can’t go past a €2 souvlaki from one of the many gyros and souvlaki stands in Mykonos Town.
Where to Stay
As the areas of Mykonos are quite spread out, where you stay will depend on what you want to do. To be right near the beach, staying at Psarou Beach or Platis Yialos or is your best bet. Behind the beach of Platis Yalos and its boardwalk of restaurants there are dozens of hotels to choose from.
If you’re going purely to party, then staying around Paradise Beach means you’re close to the bulk of the nightclubs. Also for nightlife and to be in the middle of the bars and restaurants, the heart of Mykonos Town is a great option.
Mykonos Town is the place to shop and you are likely to come across the famous Petros the pelican on the streets. It’s a lot of fun getting lost in the network of alleyways lined with fashion boutiques. Find handmade sandals (in some places you can watch the cobbler at work) and jewellery. The hand of Fatima and the third – or evil – eye are popular charms on bracelets and necklaces and make special souvenirs.
In the more market-style shops you’ll find everything from handmade olive oil soap to I heart Mykonos T-shirts. The popular European bikini brand Calzedonia has a store on the island and there are designer stores such as Dsquared2 and Louis Vuitton as well as gorgeous one-off boutiques.
Mykonos Like a Local
A chilled beach club by day – think luxury meets bare feet – and nightclub after 6pm, Scorpios is a desert-themed venue that is popular with the locals. On the edge of a cliff overlooking Paraga beach, it’s the perfect place to escape the crowds and laze in an upmarket comfy cabana. With a bar, boutique and restaurant, you could easily spend a whole day and night here.