Tear yourself away from the lavish breakfasts, extended lunches and late night partying and there’s a lot to see and do on this tiny Cycladic Island. Little Venice, a quarter in the capital Chora, is one of the most photographed towns in Europe, filled with medieval houses teetering on the edge of the sea. Come here for art galleries, gorgeous lunch spots, beautiful sunsets and a walk to the famous snow-white windmills. Visit the five tiny churches of Panagia Paraportiani in Kastro, the monastery of Panagia Tourliani in Ano Mera and the 4th-Century Agios Nikolakis church in the old port of Mykonos town, famed for its dazzling blue dome. Ornos Bay – where superyachts dock and sunsets are magnificent – lies just a few miles from Mykonos Town and its excellent beach slopes into shallow, serene waters. Head to Paradise Beach to party, Platys Gialos if you’re looking for family-friendly vibes and Psarou Beach to hang out with the glamorous crowd.
Where is Mykonos
In the middle of the Aegean Sea, tiny Mykonos is one of the Cyclades islands and lies 150 kilometres east of Athens
Sea taxis will take to you the best of the island’s beaches and buses connect you to the most popular villages and beaches. Taxis are available but with only 30 on the island, queues are always long. Car hire is the best option, giving you the freedom to explore on your own schedule and allowing you to venture further to the more remote north. Bear in mind that parking spaces are not easy to find during peak season, so it’s a good idea to park next to the old port and walk from there. Being a small island, bike hire is worth considering too but be prepared for this infamous Greek island hills.
Food and drink
Fresh chargrilled red snapper, lobster pasta, fish ceviche, garlic shrimp, Cristal, Masitha liqueur… some of the most memorable moments on Mykonos are experienced at those irresistible restaurants and bars. From mind-blowing style to creative cuisine including the freshest seafood, you’re guaranteed a special event. This is the kind of place to come when you want to see your lobster plucked straight from the water, dine inside a dramatic cave on the edge of the sea and party until the small hours among a glitterati crowd. Although many of the island’s restaurants come with high prices and a decadent atmosphere, you’ll also find plenty of beachfront bars and tiny tavernas. Kiki’s Tavern, an unassuming beach shack on Aghios Sostis, remains the local thanks to the sensational food. But if it’s excess you want, there’s plenty of it – 24-hour beach clubs, award-winning wine cellars, gorgeous hillside restaurants overlooking the sea and world-class favourites from the Hakassan group.
High fashion, oversized hammocks, extraordinary jewellery, designer swimwear, handmade leather sandals, Mediterranean candles, tasselled cushions and silk dresses… shopping n Mykonos is a luxury lifestyle lover’s dream. There’s the labyrinth of pretty boutiques in capital Chora, the chic designer stores at Psarou’s Nammos Village, and gorgeous shops attached to beach clubs where day-to-evening beachwear will have you fitting right in to island life. Shops open until 1am and among music, crowds and Champagne; it’s a dreamy way to pick up new travel treasures of the luxurious kind.