Mykonos holidays

This enchanting Greek island is one of the Cyclades, which also includes Santorini, Naxos and Ios. Holidays to Mykonos promise sandy beaches, whitewashed villages, and cosmopolitan nightlife. It’s perfect for lazy days on the golden beaches and swimming in the Aegean Sea, before heading to a waterfront restaurant for a laid-back dinner. And if you’re not ready to call it a night after that, you can always head for a cocktail or two, or perhaps to a late-night club by the beach. Mykonos holidays are ideal whether you’re here with the kids, having a group break with friends, or want to fire up the romance with your partner.

This little island paradise offers plenty to see and do. For an afternoon of tranquility, take a stroll to the seafront and witness yachts and fishing boats on the glistening Aegean Sea. Or soak up the culture in town, renowned for its stunning architecture and colourful shopping streets. Remember to pack a camera – you’ll need it! It’s time to discover Mykonos holidays for a relaxing getaway with lots to explore. 

Great beaches

If you’re going to Mykonos for the sun, sand, and sea, you won’t be disappointed. The summer months are drenched in golden Mediterranean sunshine, blowing the UK’s unpredictable weather out of the water. Make the most of the warm temperatures at a range of beaches, from party hotspots to relaxing little coves where you can have a peaceful day with the little ones. Make sandcastles and paddle in the crystal‐clear sea to your heart’s content as you create memories to last a lifetime. Thrill‐seekers can unlock unique underwater ecosystems with action‐packed snorkeling and diving or try their hand at windsurfing on one of the island’s secluded beaches.

For a sample of the island party atmosphere, head down to Paradise Beach, where you’ll find world‐renowned clubs and a selection of bustling bars and restaurants. Located just 20 minutes outside of Mykonos Town, this open‐air clubbing venue promises non‐stop fun and entertainment for the younger generation. Or make your way to Elia Beach and enjoy complete tranquility as you unwind on the soft, white sands and let your troubles slowly slip away. Renowned for being the longest beach in Mykonos, this fantastic location offers the ideal backdrop to your days in the sun. Here you can try out a range of watersports, enjoy a calm walk along the water’s edge, or simply relax in the shade on a sunbed.

Wonderful attractions

When the time comes to explore, there are lots of things to see and do in the heart of Mykonos Town. If you’re staying there, you’ll have plenty of great attractions on your doorstep. From shopping at designer boutiques to visiting historic churches and art galleries, it’s ideal if you like to keep on the move when you go away. Spend your days basking in the glorious sunshine or wandering through the streets and discovering the island’s many hidden gems

Mykonos’ shops and boutiques offer a little slice of luxury and an incredible shopping experience. Meander through a maze of designer stores such as Louis Vuitton, Dew, and many other favourites. Make time to explore the individual Greek shops selling everything from clothes and jewellery to exquisite local produce. When it’s time for a quick rest, stop for a bite to eat at one of the outstanding restaurants and cafés and sample mouth‐watering delicacies to sate your appetite. Mykonos promises a shopping haven you’re sure to fall in love with.

History and culture

Venture away from the shopping streets’ hustle and bustle and take a trip to the Mykonos windmills, where you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the town centre and beyond. One of the island’s most recognised landscapes, these whitewashed windmills sit atop a scenic hill, an iconic symbol of Mykonos’ rich agricultural history. Head to the windmills at sunset to experience a mesmerising wash of colours over the Aegean Sea, the perfect way to share a romantic moment. Learn all about the island’s vibrant past with a guided tour of the mills, where you can discover everything there is to know about this beautiful location. Whatever you’re hoping to find, Mykonos holidays have so much to offer.

Buzzing nightlife

Mykonos has a reputation for its vibrant nightlife. Whether you stick to the capital’s hotspots or have some fun in the sun at a beach bar, you won’t be short of options. Take in the electric nightlife and enjoy an exciting selection of clubbing venues. If you wake up feeling a bit worse for wear, there’s nothing better than going for a refreshing dip in the sea, with the beautiful scenery as a bonus.

LGBTQ+ friendly

Mykonos is known all over the world for its vibrant LGBTQ+ scene. After the island began attracting gay artists in the 1970s, it’s slowly built up a reputation as one of the most glamorous and inclusive places to holiday. The island is diverse and welcoming, so you’re free to relax, unwind, and be yourself wherever you go.

By day, you can soak up the sun on one of the many gay beaches scattered across the island. For a relaxed atmosphere and a picturesque view of the bay, head down to Super Paradise Beach which offers an exclusive gay enclosure and plenty to keep you occupied. Sip on a cocktail or two and dip your toes in the clear, azure waters to cool down.

By night, you can make the most of non‐stop partying in prime locations such as Jackie O’ and Babylon. The central cluster of gay restaurants and bars are located in Mykonos Old Town. Still, it’s also worth a trip to Little Venice where you can party on into the night and enjoy the full summer celebration experience. On this island, everyone is welcome.

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Party people: Let international DJs be your guide at the parties on Paradise Beach. 

Beach fans: Choose your favourite spot along Mykonos’ famous golden shoreline to soak up the Mediterranean sunshine. 

Scenery lovers: With its whitewashed buildings, cobbled streets and turquoise waters, Mykonos is a perfect photo opportunity waiting to happen. 

Fast facts for Mykonos

Language: The language spoken is Greek.

Currency: The currency used is Euro (€).

Local time: Mykonos is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Mykonos Airport. The transfer time to most hotels is only about 20 minutes. 

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Mykonos is 4 hours.

Tourist Information: You can read more tourist information here.

 

Getting around Mykonos

By taxi: They may not be the cheapest way to get around, but taxis are definitely a convenient option. There are no taxi meters; fares are fixed depending on your destination, so be sure to establish a price in advance.

By bus: The island has two main bus stations, and you can catch a ride to the most popular beaches and villages on the island. Tickets are cheap, and the buses run regularly during peak season.

By kaiki: Want to take the scenic route? Hop aboard a kaiki (small boat) and sail over to the beaches on the southern and western coast of the island. You’ll find schedule and ticket information at the travel agencies on the port. It’s a must-do on any Mykonos holiday.

Events in Mykonos

Mykonos Summer Festival: When summer arrives, the island takes the festival spirit to the next level with a series of open-air concerts, theatrical performances, and art exhibitions, making it a great location for culture lovers.

Xlsior Festival: Join thousands of party-people from all over the world as they descend upon the island for one of the hottest (and biggest) LGBT summer festivals. It’s loud, it’s proud, and it’s fabulous!

Harvest Festival: Every September at the Agricultural Museum, you can enjoy a taste of real local culture. Expect food, wine, and storytelling; and don’t leave without sampling the fresh oven bakes.  

Mykonos safety and security

Visa / health: Before your holiday, be sure to click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health.

Mykonos weather

Temperature: 9-26°C 

The island may be slightly breezier than some of the other Greek islands, but you can still expect a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. That breeze takes the edge off the summer temperatures, too, making it more comfortable.

In spring and autumn, temperatures are firmly in the early 20s (˚C); it’s a great time for sightseeing. The mercury rises to the high 20s (˚C) and early 30s (˚C) in July and August. There’s some welcome relief from the heat, though, thanks to the island’s Cyclades setting and the meltemi winds. 

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