Mykonos is the second top destination in Greece, after Santorini. It gets very busy in summer (high season in July-August) as it provides a mix of beaches, expensive shopping, and party nightlife, plus a site of immense historical importance on the nearby island of Delos.
The main town, Chora, is situated on the western coast, while the main port lies 2 km away in the region of Tourlos.
Because of its small size and adequate public transportation, the island is easy to navigate. The most popular beaches are located on the southern side of the island. In the evenings, the Town becomes the center of nightlife.
Mykonos may not be to everyone's taste because of the high level of tourists and high cost, but its quaint settlements and fantastic beaches are an example of holidays in the Cyclades. The beaches along the southern coast are great sun traps and remarkably picturesque. Paradise, Super Paradise, and Paranga are good places for young people who want to drink and party all day, while the other beaches are less noisy.
Do not underestimate the Meltemi summer winds, which can raise waves in midday and the afternoon (in some parts of the island). Those waves are ideal for windsurfing and kite surfing, though.
Practical advice and tips
The ports of Mykonos
There are two ports in Mykonos: the old port and the new port.
The old port is located in Mykonos Town and is nowadays a mooring place for fishing boats and private yachts but also for tour boats departures and water taxis to the beaches. No ferries arrive there.
The new port is located in Tourlos, 2 km north of Mykonos Town, and only one bus stop from it. Ferries arrive from Athens and other islands, as well as cruise ships. To reach the Town or other regions on the island, you can take the bus, taxi or seabus. Yet, bear in mind that even though a taxi rank lies outside the port, the number of cabs is limited. Additionally, there are many unlicensed taxi drivers charging insane amounts of money going around and you must avoid them.
Arriving at the airport
The airport is located 4 km south of the Town. It receives many domestic, international and charter flights. Outside the airport gate, there is a taxi rank and bus stop. Car rental agencies are also available within the premises.
Be prepared for an expensive visit. Mykonos is not a cheap island. Restaurants are quite expensive and the most affordable food option is souvlaki or gyros. Establishments selling those are scattered all around the island.
The roads are in good condition but be aware of scooters and other motorbikes. Many accidents with tourists driving scooters occur every year.
How to go to the beaches
You can approach the beaches via car but also by bus or water taxi from Mykonos Town. There is a bus route connecting Mykonos Town to the southern beaches and another one connecting Mykonos Town to Agios Stefanos (the northern island). Bus itineraries are very frequent.