Ask most people to think of a Greek island and the image that springs to mind probably derives from Mykonos. This little Cycladic paradise is a deservedly worldwide popular Greek resort featuring distinctive cube-like whitewashed houses, narrow cobbled roads, glorious golden beaches with crystal transparent waters, prestige properties and notorious nightlife. Mykonos claims a top position of the most enviable destinations in the international tourist market and called "Dubai of the Aegean" for a reason. It was "discovered" in the '50s and became a magnet for rich and famous people for its old school romance and raw authenticity. Located in the center of the Cyclades in the Aegean, the "island of winds" owes its lunar landscape to "meltemi", the ever-present powerful northern wind that blows in the summer reducing the feeling of heat. Its amazing famed beaches Platys Gialos, Super Paradise, Elia, Kalo Livadi, and Kalafati never fail to impress with their fine waters and luxury accommodation, while the northern beaches of Agios Sostis, Merchia and Myrsini remain unspoiled.
Mykonos The travel insider
Bright, picturesque and cosmopolitan, Mykonos attracts like a magnet the world's jet sets visitors.
The southern sheltered bays like Ornos, Psarou and Kalafatis that provide protection from the winds are ideal for lounge and yachts anchorages. Mykonos is definitely a place to be to experience the never ending parties at Cavo Paradiso and Super Paradise, the exceptional luxury at Nammos and of course an after swimming leisurely drink at Little Venice to admire one of the most glorious sunset in Greece. Kato Miloi, the iconic windmills of the town are also a perfect sunset spot and from Armenistis Lighthouse you have dramatic ocean views. The Old and New Harbor are filled with the distinctive noises of the different ferries, excursion boats and yachts as they come and go, making Mykonos ideal base for a proper Island Hopping.
When it comes to basking there are more than 15 unique beaches of unparalleled beauty with cloudless skies, aquamarine sea and golden sand.
The dream beaches combined with the lively nightlife make the island high energetic holiday spot ready to satisfy high expectations and demands. High-end villa rentals bet on the charm of isolation with the right combination of luxury and Grecian-chic style. Mykonos town is one of the most distinctive Cycladic Chora radiating unbridled lust and aesthetic value dominated by the dazzling white-washed facades, fabulous boutique shops and a lively party scene.
And once you've had enough of the 'Sin City ' side of Mykonos, head inland soaking up the island's hidden secrets like Ano Mera, Palaiokastro, Ftelia and the Lighthouse away from the eyes of the average visitors or add another dimension to your vacation cruising across the blue waters of the Aegean. Boats leaving for Delos tour, the famous archeological sanctuary west of Mykonos, with the fascinating ruins. Next to Mykonos, Paros and Naxos are only two of the fantastic close islands makes its central location in the Cyclades group ideal base for island hopping.
From the sunrise to the sunset, the spectacular light somehow makes every color more vibrant. Settlements scattered all over the place are like white brush strokes in the bold landscape. Mykonos Town is the centre of activities on the island, where visitors head in the evenings to enjoy the island's nonstop nightlife, having impressive gourmet and wander through the picturesque Matoyianni where low-rise boutiques in old whitewashed buildings of real character remain open until 1 after midnight. If you're lucky, you might spot the mascot Peter the Pelican.
Next to Mykonos, Paros and Naxos are only two of the fantastic close islands makes its central location in the Cyclades group ideal base for island hopping.