The complete guide for an unforgettable trip to Mykonos island
Mykonos, one of the great glamourous islands of Greece, is the perfect destination for hedonistic travellers looking for an indulgent and extravagant trip. Though it is inhabited by the fashion crowd during the hot summer months, Mykonos Town (Hora) still retains some of its authentic charm. From the chichi cafe-bar scene to the rows of boutique shops, Mykonos is much more than just a party island.
Here is our complete guide to Mykonos:
Where to stay
Mykonos is home to some of the most luxurious hotels and private villas in Greece. As one of the most famous vacation spots for A-Listers and VIPs during the summer, there is certainly a high demand for ultra-luxe accommodation which has boomed in the last few decades.
The town of Chora is a hotbed of five-star hotels, as well as some of the most beautiful coastline on the island. Some areas have been transformed into large resorts with all services and amenities imaginable provided – from spas, to tennis courts; from award-winning restaurants, to boutique stores.
Some well-known five-star hotels include Cavo Tagoo, Mykonos Blu Grecotel at Psarou beach, Nissaki Boutique Hotel and the renowned Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort.
But if privacy is high on your list of priorities, renting one of the many luxury villas in Mykonos might be more your style. Mykonos Villas for rent are available extensively across the whole island.
Top five beaches in Mykonos
With seemingly endless kilometres of rugged coastline, Mykonos is home to many stunning beaches. There are five, however, that should not be missed.
Paraga offers a scenic combination of rocky shore and sand, with a stand-out rock popping out of the sea close to the beach. During high season, Paraga is always bustling with young people and travellers, and has a number of restaurants and beach bars to enjoy.
Psarou is considered to be one of the most exclusive hangouts for the celebrities visiting the island. A lounge beach during the day, Psarou turns into one of the island’s biggest parties after the sun sets, with hordes of people flocking to Nammos club.
If you’re looking for a spot that is more hidden away and offers some peace during the day, visit Kalo Livadi beach. The wide, sandy beach does have some big clubs and parties, but still remains less crowded than other Mykonos party beaches.
And if you’re really looking to avoid the big crowds, make the trip to Panormos beach which is considered almost virgin shoreline. Undisturbed, quiet, and private. And yet you will still be taken care of with all the necessities – there are beach bars, plenty of sunbeds, and restaurants serving fresh fayre from the sea.
Ftelia beach, located near to Panormos, is a windsurfer’s paradise. The strong winds that blow around the coast here make for perfect conditions for windsurfing.
The best places to dine and party
Entertainment on the island is rich, with many places suited for a cocktail and others known for the all-night dancing and parties.
Scorpios at Paraga Beach is a chic boho beach club with vibey lounge music, and healthy food options. Santanna, the all-day beach club, is also located at Paraga Beach. The club features the biggest sea water pool in Europe, pool islands, cabanas and sunbeds.
For those looking for something slightly alternative to the southern beaches, Alemagou at Ftelia is a beach club with its own unique restaurant.
One of the best night clubs in Mykonos is Cavo Paradiso at Paradise Beach, known for its spacious outdoor space for dancing and friendly get-togethers.
Sunset in Mykonos must be seen first-hand to really take in the captivating beauty of the island, widely considered to be the most fabulous time of day on the island. From the south and west beaches of Mykonos, the sunset can be seen whilst enjoying your cocktails at a cafe or beach club (or perhaps even from your own private veranda). For a truly romantic experience, ensure you take part in one of the sunset rituals offered by a selection of the beach clubs.