Introduction & General Information

The upbeat, world-acclaimed Mykonos island is part of the Cyclades island complex of the southern Aegean Sea, located between Tinos, Syros, Naxos, and Paros. Its terrain is slightly different from the rest of the Cyclades with its relatively flat morphology, barren hills, and hilly landscape. Next to it lies the small but historically rich island of Delos, a landmark of ancient Greek history and among the top archaeological sites of Greece.

In its prestigious place among the leading traveling destinations of Greece, the island is a deeply cosmopolitan place, a multicultural meeting point. It gained a world reputation throughout the 1960s as a summer resort for hippies, artists, and the wealthy. Since then, it has also become a welcoming destination for LQBTQ society and to this day it is considered an oasis for the LGBTQ+ community and party animals.

The island manages to balance its dual identity as a worldwide luxurious, nightlife Mediterranean location and that of a traditionally Cycladic island with sugar-cube houses, traditional windmills, picturesque churches, and paved alleys.
Every summer, the island draws worldwide attention for its unforgettable party atmosphere and vibrant style. In the daytime, people flock to the beaches and combine swimming in exotic waters with dancing in the beach bars. The superb bays of Super Paradise, Paradise, Platis Gialos, and Elia boast numerous other entertaining activities, including music events and even beach golf.
In the evening, the Town (or Chora) gets lively with the cozy bars of Little Venice and the vivid clubs found throughout the paved quarters. Make sure to gaze at the romantic sunset from the windmills above the Town or from Little Venice for an unforgettable experience!

The natural beauty and well-preserved architecture have inspired various artists, from cinematographers and painters to music bands like Fleet Foxes who wrote a song about the island. Many movies have also been set in that scenery, including the famous Shirley Valentine (1987).

Moreover, while the Town and the southern beaches get crowded in the high season, the rest of the island remains serene and secluded. A drive around the unspoiled part of Mykonos reveals private coves for swimming, monasteries, and fabulous spots with sea views.

General Information

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Mykonos like?

Mykonos is one of the top Greek and Mediterranean destinations for partying and shopping. With its own beautiful style, the island combines the Cycladic culture with cosmopolitan attributes in a mesmerizing result. Explore its pristine beaches, nearby islands, delicious cuisine, and island hop to even more Aegean destinations.

Is the island for couples?

Mykonos is excellent for couples as it combines luxurious facilities, great entertainment options, and tasty cuisine. It flaunts many acclaimed and popular bars and clubs, as well as alternatives for those who want to delve into the local history.

How much money do I need for my holiday?

If you plan to dine out and go on shopping sprees, try to consider about 400€ per person/day. If you want to keep it casual with the occasional sunbed and drink, about 100€ per person per day will suffice.

Is it safe?

Yes, Mykonos is a safe island with almost no crime. You can safely walk in the streets late at night as long as you keep your personal belongings on you. Petty crime is usually committed by other tourists during the high season.

How big is the island?

Mykonos is an area of 85.5 sq km (33 sq mi) and is considered a small island. It is located in the southern Aegean Sea and belongs to the Cyclades complex. A rented vehicle will suffice in exploring Mykonos island entirely in a few days.

Do I need a car o move around?

A very convenient transportation option for Mykonos is renting a car or bike. That way, you will avoid relying on overcrowded buses and limited taxis for your daily commute. Booking a car a few months before your arrival in Mykonos will ensure everything goes smoothly.

Is Mykonos expensive?

Mykonos is quite an expensive island in Greece, as it has been established as a cosmopolitan travel destination. Many celebrities and even billionaires visit Mykonos every summer, while many haute couture houses have opened boutiques in Chora for the utter shopping experience. If you wish to avoid spending a lot, consider visiting during the shoulder or low season.

Are two days enough for visiting?

Two days is hardly enough time to savor Mykonos, let alone visit the core landmarks and the nearby Delos and Rhenia islands. For the absolute minimum, three days will do, but for a more relaxed approach, consider 4-6 days.

For what is the island known?

Mostly famous for its bustling party scene, nightlife, and LGBTQ+ welcoming ambiance, Mykonos is a must-visit Greek island. The luxurious facilities and beach bar clubs enhance the mesmerizing summer experience.

Is it just a party island?

While it is primarily known for its wild party scene, Mykonos offers luxury, history, top-notch cuisine, shimmering shores, and unique tours and activities. Thanks to its location, Mykonos is also an island-hopping leading destination.

Which is better, Mykonos or Santorini?

The top two most popular Greek islands are different in style and character. While Santorini offers breathtaking sunsets and volcanic vistas, Mykonos ensures partying like never before, both at its posh clubs and excellent beaches. Check out: Santorini or Mykonos?

Where should I stay?

The western side of the island is the most touristically developed. Mykonos Town offers multiple lodging options, allowing easy access to regional shops, bars, and clubs. Alternatively, accommodation is also available near the beaches of Paradise, Super Paradise, Platis Gialos, and others. Depending on your style, you can select the one that suits you better. Discover the best hotels!

Do they speak English?

Most locals can speak English at a moderate to advanced level, facilitating your stay in Mykonos. The seasonal staff of hotels, shops, and restaurants are usually fluent in English, so there will be no language barriers encountered.

Can you walk around?

While Mykonos is flat and does not boast great hiking trails compared to other Cycladic islands, a promenade at the Alefkandra and Little Venice areas or walking on its sandy beaches will satisfy your desire.

Can you drink tap water?

Tap water is not drinkable in Mykonos, but every kiosk, convenience store, and supermarket sells bottled water.

What should I wear?

If you visit during the summertime, make sure to have proper attire, mainly for your protection. Sandals, hats, and sunglasses are a must for sun protection. Linen, cotton, and viscose clothing fabrics are the best options for a Greek summer. T-shirts, loose skirts, pants, and shawls would be the ideal summer wear.