Imagining swimming in clear turquoise waters? Picturing relaxing on unspoilt sands? Dreaming of wandering through streets of whitewashed buildings bedecked in bright bougainvillea? Make it a reality with a magical Mykonos holiday.
A vibrant party scene, cosmopolitan vibe and picturesque beaches are just a few things this stunning island is renowned for. But there’s so much more to explore – from historical ruins and traditional cuisine, to water sports and cool cafés.
Prepare to be mesmerised by all a Mykonos holiday has to offer…
A bounty of beaches
Whether you want a quiet spot for sunbathing, a place to party until dawn or a taste of A-list luxury, Mykonos’ incredible 25 beaches have got you covered. Paradise Beach Club is the hub for all-day beach parties. For chilled out luxury, grab your best beach bag and head to the trendiest stretch of waterfront, Psarou Beach. Here you can relax on a plush white sunbed as you admire your surroundings of aquamarine waters and golden shorefront, backed by dramatic cliffs for the full scenic effect.
If you prefer peace and quiet away from the crowds, venture through the wilderness to discover tranquil Kapari Beach. Or head to the north of the island for the likes of Panormos Beach – a haven of pure beauty where you can be at one with nature.
Mykonos is alive with history. Just take the windmills of Kato Mili in Mykonos Town, which date back to the 16th century. Sitting on a small hill above Little Venice, they’re an iconic part of the capital’s skyline so make sure you take a snap for the holiday album. But for the ultimate journey into the past, hop on a boat and journey to the island of Delos. The mythical birthplace of Apollo, this UNESCO-listed site is a must-visit for history buffs. The ancient ruins are more than 5,000 years old and encompass Doric temples, markets, an amphitheatre and the famed Terrace of the Lions statues.
You can’t go wrong with local cuisine
All Mykonos holidays must have a solid foundation of traditional Greek cuisine at the heart of them. And with so many beachside tavernas and cool cafés to choose from in Mykonos’ resorts, you’ll have plenty of options. From juicy souvlaki to oil-drizzled salads, there’s a real mix of classic dishes to feast on. Mykonos is a little bit more expensive than other Greek islands, but you definitely get what you pay for!
In Little Venice, head to Kastro’s and dine al fresco style along the cobbled alleyway. Enjoy the incredible seafood on the menu, including mussel linguine and lobster bisque, as you admire the striking sea views. Or for a late-night snack, why not grab a classic lamb gyro overflowing with tzatziki from Sakis Grill House?
A must-try for cheese-lovers is the famous spiced Mykonian cheese, kopanisti. For an authentic experience, head to a traditional Greek dairy farm, such as Mykonos Farmers in Psarrou, where you can sample kopanisti alongside some of the island’s other specialties.
If you like a bit of adventure on holiday, you’re in luck! Mykonos’ crystal-clear waters are the perfect place to try your hand at a wide range of water sports. Kalafatis Beach is the prime patch for checking out the local windsurfing scene. Snorkellers and divers will be in their element too on a Mykonos holiday, with diving sites offering so many options for lessons and equipment hire. Whether a beginner or advanced diver, there are plenty of walls, caves and wrecks to explore.
If you’d rather stick to land, then why not try your hand at mountain-biking? With quiet backcountry roads, hilly terrains and peaceful villages, Mykonos is a great place to see by bike. Or for something a bit more relaxed, there are plenty of boat trips on offer. Take the short journey across the sea to Delos or to the peaceful car and road-free island of Rineia.
Late night feelings
Often referred to as Greece’s answer to Ibiza, Mykonos has some of the most dynamic nightlife in the country. From beach parties and champagne bars to super clubs, the nights start early and end late. But the regular shuttle buses covering Hora, Paradise and Super Paradise beach clubs keep the party going.
Cavo Paradiso is a highlight which attracts both local and international DJs. With a huge pool and dancefloor overlooking Paradise Bay, you can dance until dawn as you watch the sun rise over the island. For amazing atmosphere and a range of music, nothing beats Skandinavian Bar and Club – a staple of the Mykonos party scene since 1978. Or if you’re after cocktails, drag shows and late-night DJs then Jackie O’ is your place. The best gay bar in Mykonos Town, its nightly drag shows and weekly fashion-themed parties are sure to make your Mykonos holiday unforgettable.
For something a little more lowkey, Mykonos is also home to some glam cocktail bars. Head to Galleraki or Queen of Mykonos where you can grab one of the signature champagne cocktails to sip as you watch the sun set. Galleraki even has a candle-lit balcony for you to lounge on – the perfect romantic spot!
Posted: 21st Jan 2021.