Mykonos Island, the ‘Island of the winds’ said to be named after ‘Mykons’ the grandson of Apollo. Mykonos is easily the 2nd most popular Greek Island after Santorini, and for good reason. In the last decades it has garnered a reputation as being boisterous party island but it has bounced back strong with the mainstream tourist of late. Mykonos’ nightlife is indeed off the charts, however it should not deter anyone from visiting this gorgeous island.
Few places tick as many boxes as Mykonos. Cosmopolitan, Quintessential Cycladic blue and white Architecture, charming cobblestoned pathway and its iconic windmills conjure such a vivid image. Every corner of the island is picture perfect. The ultimate destination for shopping, dining, entertainment, beach-lovers (truly some of the best beaches), history and relaxation (yes! you can find peace-and-quiet here too). Fans of this island, including the celebrity set return year and year, making this island more than a once in a lifetime travel destination. It can get pretty pricy especially in high season.
Do not miss a visit to Delos one of the most important historical sites of Ancient Greece!
Video – Delos: The Mythical Island of Greek Mythology
Due to it’s popularity, Mykonos has visitors almost all year, although it is very quiet in winter and beaches and many businesses start closing from mid-October, and the island stays pretty quiet till the following April. If you enjoy peaceful holidays you might find it interesting, to enjoy the quiet beauty without the crowds during offseason, just note many shops and services will be closed outside the main town, and access may be limited in terms of ferry connections, and lesser flights. And the weather too, can be pretty chilly and windy here.
Mykonos Google Map Click here
Getting Around: On the island, there are the regular bus and taxi options but many people rent cars and bikes/scooters to get around. Small passenger boats also take tourists around the island.
Mykonos is easily connected to a few other islands by ferry boats – popular islands like Andros, Tinos, Syros, Paros, Naxos, Santorini, Ios (June-mid October – less or no connections in winter to some islands)
From Athens, most travellers get to the island by ferry or domestic flight via Athens. There are frequent ferries from April-October, and less frequent departures in winter.
Ferry Companies :
From Athens there are departures from Peiraias port and Rafina Port.
SeaJets – Fast ferry that takes about 3hr journey and costs approximately 60euros per ticket/way
Blue Star Ferries -Slow ferry that takes about 5.5 hours, costs approximately 40euro per ticket/way
From Rafina port, the distance is slightly closer therefore shorter journey time but the factor to consider is which departure times are suitable for you, therefore compare your options between departures from Piraeus and Rafina.
Check ferry departures Here
**Please note that schedules are usually released for departures up to 2-3 months in advance.
**Other than departures from Piraeus port, there are also ferries from Rafina port to Santorini & Mykonos.
**Please note that you will need the actual ticket to board the boat, not printout confirmation therefore factor in the time to collect your ticket at the ferry office/branch.
Airlines (Mykonos Airport Code JMK):
Aegean Air, Flight duration 40 minutes
*there are also several direct flight from Europe including budget airlines – check with your ticketing agent (or contact us)
Popular town & villages to visit or stay
Mykonos Town Chora map
Definitely a good choice for those who prefer the cosmopolitan lifestyle.
Best place for sightseeing, wining and dining, ambling along the cobblestones paths checking out the chic boutiques and enjoying the best pastime on the island, ‘people-watching’ at one of the many trendy cafes. At night the scene comes alive with music and the late crowd, this happens not only in the town but on some of the most popular party beaches on the island. The party goes on till the … sun comes up.
Sightseeing on the island is ample, from meeting the famous Petros the Pelican, walking around little Venice and the famous windmills as well as the historical and cultural highlights, archaeological museum located between the port and the town, as well as the nautical and a folklore museum in the center.
Although prices are high, with some research you may find decent prices for apartments & rooms for let. Throughout the island there are also various hotel options from mid-range right up to the super luxury boutique resorts. Villas are also a popular option for those with families who are looking for a quieter longer stay.
Agios Ioannis map
A very popular beach. Only a short distance from the town center (4km). Well rounded choice of holiday base due to access to town, nice beach, many hotel choices including high-end resorts, and pace is good for all ages including families and couples enjoying cocktails and the amazing sunsets.
Agios Stefanos map
Another popular choice of base, close to town and port area. Fully organized with facilities for a perfect vacation.
Elia Beach map
One of the most popular areas, largest beach on the south coast. Lovely beach area, many choices of hotels, cafe bars and a restaurant. Luxury hotel brands like Myconian Collection are located here. Good choice for families.
Psarou Beach map
The location to be seen. High end hotels and cafe bars, perfect for celebrity spotting and rubbing shoulders with the elite crowd. 5km from town this beach is well organized sandy beach. Upscale vibe for jet setters.
Platis Gialos map
Popular Beach on south area, with a long half moon shaped bay. Easily accessible to town by public transport and closeby to the party beaches for a night out. Also right next to the highend ‘Psarou’ beach area, making this a great base for a variety of choices for your stay.
Ornos Beach map
Southern part of the island, and one of the most popular for tourists. You will be spoilt for choice with apartments/villas and hotels, restaurants, bakeries and supermarket. Perfect choice for families.
Paradise Beach map
The most well known party beach on the island. Attracts mostly the younger party crowd. Many choices of hotels and rooms to let, restaurant, supermarket and cafe/bars on site. Located between Paranga and Super Paradise beach, making this whole stretch of south beaches the hub of the summer time beach party paradise. Good choice for younger crowd.
Paraga Beach map
Located on the south coastal area. This popular area is a mix of young travellers and families. A well organized beach with options of hotels for all budgets, more relaxed casual vibe, for those looking to relax as well as some nightime entertainment.
Good choice for all ages.
Ano Mera map
Inland central area, it is worth a visit to see the charming village and shops and eateries.