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"Party Island of Greece"

Mykonos Tourism

Mykonos, a jewel in the Aegean Sea, is a cosmopolitan Greek island known for its captivating blend of traditional charm and vibrant nightlife. Renowned as the "Island of the Winds," Mykonos boasts whitewashed buildings adorned with blue accents, narrow cobblestone streets, and iconic windmills that stand as cultural landmarks against the azure backdrop of the Mediterranean.

Mykonos is famous for its beautiful beaches, each offering a unique atmosphere. From the lively Paradise Beach with its beach clubs and parties to the more secluded Agios Sostis with its tranquil surroundings, there's a shoreline to suit every taste. The beaches in the north part of the island are more secluded, while the southern beaches are all about parties. Mykonos is also great for watersports like jet skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, and skiing. The icon and the most photographed spot here is the Kato Mili Windmills.

The island's nightlife is legendary, drawing party enthusiasts from around the world. Beach clubs and bars pulse with energy, particularly in Mykonos Town and along the waterfront. The vibrant nightlife complements the island's daytime tranquility, creating a dynamic atmosphere that caters to diverse preferences. It is one of the most popular LGBTQ+ destinations in Greece.

For those seeking cultural experiences, Mykonos offers historical sites such as the Archaeological Museum and the Panagia Paraportiani, a unique whitewashed church. The island's maritime history is showcased at the Aegean Maritime Museum, providing insights into Mykonos' seafaring past. The main town, Chora, is a bustling hub teeming with boutique shops, quaint cafes, and lively tavernas. Visitors can wander through the labyrinthine streets, discovering hidden chapels, traditional Greek architecture, and vibrant bougainvillea-covered corners. 

Delos is a small, uninhabited island close to Mykonos. A UNESCO World Heritage area, it houses many archaeological sites. It is also the birthplace of Apollo and is often visited as a day trip. Mykonos, with its captivating scenery, dynamic ambiance, and rich history, stands as a quintessential Greek island destination that seamlessly blends relaxation, culture, and an exhilarating social scene, making it an unforgettable retreat in the heart of the Cyclades.

Must Know Before You Travel to Mykonos

  • Getting Around:
    Most of the Mykonos town or Chora is a pedestrian-only zone and can be explored on foot.
    There are only around 30 taxis on the island, making a 15-minute ride expensive at 25 EUR. Due to the shortage, pre-booking taxis is recommended.
    Hiring a car, scooter, or quad bike is a good option to explore the entire island, especially if you are not near a bus stop. They are available at the airport, most hotels and in Mykonos Town next to Fabrika Bus Terminal. Buses are the cheapest option
    Water taxis depart from the main stops once every hour from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. It costs EUR 20 for an unlimited water taxi and is great to see the most popular spots along the south coast.
  • Delos Island Tour: A tour to Delos included with a guide and return ferry tickets costs wround EUR 60.
  • Booking Overnight Ferries: To save time book overnight ferry transfers. These ferries offer different types of cabins for a comfortable night journey.
  • Where to Stay: Mykonos Town is the most convenient place to stay with everything nearby. The best beach hotels are mostly on the south coast.
  • Drinkable Water: Water on Mykonos is unsafe to drink.
  • Restrooms: Most public restrooms are squat toilets where flushing of toilet paper is discouraged. They charge a small usage fee starting from 50 cents.

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Shopping in Mykonos

Mykonos offers a delightful shopping experience with its charming streets and diverse boutiques. Here are some major areas you can explore for shopping on the island:

  • Matoyianni Street: This iconic cobblestone street in Mykonos Town is a shopper's haven, featuring a variety of upscale boutiques, designer stores, and local shops. Matoyianni Street is perfect for those seeking high-end fashion, jewelry, and unique souvenirs.
  • Little Venice: Known for its picturesque setting by the sea, Little Venice also boasts a selection of charming shops. You can find art galleries, handmade crafts, and boutique stores, making it a great place to browse for distinctive items.
  • Ano Mera: For a more authentic and local shopping experience, head to Ano Mera. This area offers a range of traditional Greek products, including handmade crafts, local textiles, and authentic souvenirs. It's a great spot to explore the island's cultural offerings.
  • Mykonos Farmers' Market: If you're interested in fresh local produce, handmade goods, and traditional Greek products, don't miss the Mykonos Farmers' Market. It's an excellent place to immerse yourself in the island's culinary and artisanal offerings.
  • Ornos Beach Promenade: Combine shopping with a seaside stroll at Ornos Beach. The promenade is lined with boutiques and stores offering beachwear, accessories, and unique island-inspired fashion. It's a relaxed setting for those looking to shop and enjoy the coastal scenery.

Nightlife in Mykonos

Mykonos is renowned for its vibrant nightlife, offering a diverse range of options for those seeking an unforgettable evening experience. Here are some major areas where you can immerse yourself in the lively nightlife scene:

  • Chora: The heart of Mykonos, Chora, is a bustling hub of bars, clubs, and tavernas. The narrow streets come alive at night, with numerous options for both casual and upscale venues. Little Venice is a must-visit, offering stunning sunset views along with cozy waterfront bars.
  • Paradise Beach: Known for its lively beach parties, Paradise Beach is a hotspot for those looking to dance the night away. The beach clubs here host renowned DJs, creating a vibrant atmosphere that lasts well into the early morning hours.
  • Super Paradise Beach: Another beach renowned for its lively nightlife, Super Paradise Beach attracts a diverse crowd. The beach clubs here offer a mix of electronic beats, refreshing cocktails, and a lively ambiance.
  • Ornos: For a more laid-back but equally enjoyable experience, Ornos is a great option. You'll find beachfront bars and tavernas, where you can relax with a drink in hand while enjoying the sea breeze.
  • Psarou: If you prefer a sophisticated atmosphere, Psarou is known for its upscale beach clubs and elegant bars. It's a popular choice for those looking to combine luxury with a vibrant nightlife experience.
Note: Mykonos is also known for its LGBTQ+ friendly nightlife. The area around the Fabrika Square in Mykonos Town or Chora is particularly popular among the LGBTQ+ community. Iconic venues such as Jackie O' and Babylon Bar are celebrated for their inclusive environments, hosting fabulous events and welcoming diverse crowds.

History of Mykonos

History suggests that the island was inhabitated from 3000 BC. But the real civilization began to fluorish around 11 BC. During ancient times, the island was rather a poor one with limited agricultural resources and only two towns.Mykonos later came under the hands of Roman empire, Venitian rule and Ottoman empire. After Greece's independence, Mykonos soon became a tourist destination with many famous artists, politicians and wealthy Europeans deciding to spend their vacations.

Daily Budget for Mykonos

For budget travelers visiting Mykonos, careful planning can ensure an enjoyable experience without breaking the bank. On average, allocating around €50 to €70 per day should suffice.

  • Public transport costs are relatively low, with bus fares averaging around €1.80 to €2.50 per trip, providing an affordable means of getting around the island.
  • Accommodation options include hostels and budget hotels, with dormitory beds starting at around €20 to €30 per night, while private rooms range from €40 to €60 per night.
  • Dining at local tavernas and bakeries offers delicious and budget-friendly meals, with prices for a meal averaging around €10 to €15 per person.
  • Exploring the island's attractions, such as beaches and historic sites, can be done inexpensively or even for free. Setting aside approximately €10 to €20 for sightseeing and miscellaneous activities like museum visits or water sports should cover additional expenses.

Itinerary of Mykonos

Day 1: Upon arriving in Mykonos, start your day by exploring Mykonos Town (Chora). Wander through the charming narrow streets filled with white-washed buildings adorned with blue accents. Visit the iconic Windmills for panoramic views of the town and the Aegean Sea. In the afternoon, relax at one of the local cafes or seaside tavernas, savoring authentic Greek cuisine. Spend your evening strolling through Little Venice, known for its picturesque waterfront and vibrant nightlife.

Day 2: Dedicate your second day to the renowned beaches of Mykonos. Begin with a visit to Paradise Beach or Super Paradise Beach for sunbathing and water activities. In the afternoon, embark on a boat excursion to the nearby island of Delos, an archaeological gem with ancient ruins and a rich history. Explore the sacred site and return to Mykonos Town in the evening for a delightful dinner at a seaside restaurant.

Day 3: Immerse yourself in Mykonian culture on your final day. Visit the Archaeological Museum and the Folklore Museum to gain insights into the island's history and traditions. In the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll through Ano Mera, a traditional village, and visit the Panagia Tourliani Monastery. As the day draws to a close, head to Armenistis Lighthouse for a breathtaking sunset view. Conclude your trip with a farewell dinner at a local taverna, savoring the flavors of Mykonian cuisine.

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How to Reach Mykonos

How to Reach Overview

There are daily flights and boats from Athens which is very convinent and comfortable. Flights take around 45 minutes while boats take 4-5 hours to reach Mykonos. People from all over the world, mainly, can reach Mykonos through Athens, which has direct connectivity to Mykonos.

How to reach Mykonos by flight

Several cities offer direct flights to Mykonos, making it convenient for travelers. Common cities with direct flights, apart from Athens, to Mykonos include:

  • London, United Kingdom: London Gatwick and London Heathrow airports have direct flights to Mykonos, especially during the summer months.
  • Paris, France: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport provides direct flights to Mykonos, particularly in the high tourist season.
  • Rome, Italy: Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome is another European hub with direct connections to Mykonos.
  • Istanbul, Turkey: Istanbul Airport offers flights to Mykonos, providing a convenient option for travelers from Turkey.

Airlines that operate between these cities and Mykonos include major carriers and low-cost airlines. Some notable airlines include Aegean Airlines, British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair, Air France, and Turkish Airlines.

The cost of reaching Mykonos by air can vary depending on factors such as the departure city, the time of booking, and the airline. Generally, the cost of a round-trip flight from major European cities to Mykonos can range from €150 to €500 or more, depending on the season and demand. The frequency of flights can vary, with more frequent services during the peak summer season (May to September).

How to reach Mykonos by waterways

From the mainlands of Greece, there are daily ferries and highspeed moterboats for Mykonos. The boats operate from Piraeus and Rafina. Ferry ticket prices to Mykonos can range from approximately €40 to €70 for a one-way trip. Prices may vary based on factors such as ferry class, season, and availability. Although there are more cities that have direct access to the island by th sea, like, Santorini from where ferries operate between Santorini and Mykonos, offering island-hopping options and Heraklion (Crete).

Major ferry operators for reaching Mykonos are Blue Star Ferries, Hellenic Seaways, and SeaJets. Ferry schedules can vary depending on the season, with more frequent services during the summer months, typically from April to October. On busy routes, such as Athens (Piraeus/Rafina) to Mykonos, ferries may operate multiple times per day. During the off-peak season, the frequency of services might be reduced.

Local transport in Mykonos

On Mykonos you can get around by bus, taxi, car, scooter, ATV or boat. Bus serives are good and punctual. Taxis are very less in number and you will have to wait to get one. Most popular mode of transportation to get around the island is to rent a bike.

  • Public Bus: Mykonos has an efficient public bus system connecting major towns and beaches. Buses are a budget-friendly option. Starting tickets costs around €1.80 - €2.50 per journey, depending on the distance.
  • Taxis: Taxis are readily available and offer a more convenient but relatively expensive mode of transportation as there few on the island. Initial fare is set about €3.50, with additional charges based on distance.
  • Rental Cars and Scooters: Several rental agencies provide cars, scooters, and ATVs for those wanting more flexibility. You'll need a valid driver's license. Starting cost varies depending on the vehicle type and rental duration.
  • Water Taxis: Ideal for reaching beaches not accessible by road. Water taxis operate between major beaches and the Old Port. Starting cost is  approximately €5 - €10, depending on the destination.
  • Walking: Mykonos Town (Chora) is compact and best explored on foot. Wander through narrow streets to discover charming shops and restaurants.

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What are the places near Mykonos?

The top places near to Mykonos are Athens which is 153 km from Mykonos, Crete which is located 249 km from Mykonos, Izmir which is located 192 km from Mykonos, Santorini which is located 1009 km from Mykonos, Pamukalle which is located 337 km from Mykonos

What are the things to do in Mykonos?

The top things to do in Mykonos are The Windmills, Little Venice, Paraportiani Church, Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, Psarou, Paradise. You can see all the places to visit in Mykonos here

What are the top hotels in Mykonos?

There are 1111 in Mykonos which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Mykonos are Galini Villa, Mykonostimo Luxury Villas and Apartments, La Vie In Blue, Villa Azzurro, Otherview, Mykonos Art Villa. You can see all the hotels in Mykonos here

What is the best way to reach Mykonos?

There are daily flights and boats from Athens which is very convinent and comfortable. Flights take around 35 minutes while boats take 4-5 hours to reach Mykonos.
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What is the local food in Mykonos?

You will find great Greek food at all price ranges in all over the Mykonos town. You can have good Greek food at reasonable prices, but it also easy to spend a fortune to have great delicacies. All the eateries have their menus displayed at the enterance. Restaurants faving sea are much more expensive. Local specialities include Kopanisti Mykonou - a type of cheese, Amygdalota (dessert) Lazarakia (dessert) and Melopita (dessert).
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What is the best time to visit Mykonos?

Mykonos is famous for the constant wind called meltemi which flows in July and August that mitigates the heat a bit. If you want to experience the breeze, this time is the best but you will find island almost entirly occupied by tourists. All the places will be crowded. In the whole period of mid-May through mid-October it's usually warm and sunny enough to enjoy the beaches.
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