Whether you want a relaxing break by the beach or a fun holiday with the family, the charming island of Mykonos is an ideal destination for an authentic, sun-filled getaway. Spend a day lazing on one of its long, golden beaches, before dining in a waterfront restaurant beside the island’s iconic windmills. And if you don’t want to call it a night after dinner, you can always head to the resort’s hot spots for a taste of the nightlife in Mykonos.
Although slightly windier than some of the other Greek islands, Mykonos experiences a typical Mediterranean climate.
From Manchester to Mykonos the flight time is around 4 hours
Platis Yialos, Mykonos
With a stay at Mykonos Palace Beach Hotel in Mykonos (Platis Gialos), you'll be minutes from Platis Gialos Beach and close to Paradise Beach. This ...
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Mykonos Town, Mykonos
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Each year Mykonos attracts thousands of sun-seekers to its golden shores, and thanks to its range of beaches, there's a sandy spot to suit every traveller. Paradise is one the most famous beaches in Mykonos, and a hotspot for a younger crowd who come for the party vibes. For quieter tanning, head to Agios Sostis beach on the northern side of the island. This unspoilt area offers clear, turquoise waters and 250 metres of fine sand away from the main crowds.
The heart of the island, Matoyianni Streets is the place to go in Mykonos for your shopping, socialising and celebrity sightings. Designer stores, souvenir shops, restaurants, clubs and bars dominate the area, making it the entertainment hotspot of the island. Whether you come to shop, dine or mingle, your holiday in Mykonos isn’t complete until you’ve wandered along this strip.
As the sun sets, Mykonos comes alive to the sound of thumping DJ music. Paradise Beach and Paradise Club are the best places to go in Mykonos for your music, mingling and late night partying. Both spots regularly host international Djs and theme nights and go on till early in the morning. For a quieter evening, head to ‘Little Venice’ - a charming cobbled area where you can dine right by water’s edge.
Temperature: 9-26 (°C)
Mykonos isn’t nicknamed ‘The Island of the Winds’ for nothing. In the peak of summer (July and August) the Cyclades’ famous Meltemi offers a cooling relief from highs of 30 (°C). The Meltemi still blows through the autumn, but this season is still warm and sunny, with average temperatures hovering in the mid-teens. Winters in Mykonos are typically mild but wet. The island starts to warm up again right at the start of spring, in March.
By taxi: They may not be the cheapest, but local taxis are the most convenient way to travel around the island. There are no taxi meters. Prices are fixed according to your destination so make enquiries beforehand.
By bus: Mykonos has two main bus stations which service the most popular beaches and villages. Tickets are cheap, and the buses are more frequent during the busy tourist season.
By kaiki: Take the scenic route and hop on a kaiki (small boat) to the southern and western beaches. Schedule and ticket information is available from the travel agencies at the port.
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.
Summer Festival: As the temperatures starts to rise, Mykonos showcases its hedonistic spirit with a series of open-air concerts, DJ sessions and club nights at various venues around the country.
Xlsior Festival: In August, join thousands of party-people from around the world as they descend on the island for one of the biggest LGBT summer festivals.
Harvest Festival: Held at the Agriculture Museum in September, this festival is a great opportunity to get a real taste of the local culture. Locals and tourists come together for a fun day of food, wine and storytelling. Don't leave without tasting the local oven bakes on offer.
Language: The language spoken in Mykonos is Greek
Currency: The currency used in Mykonos is Euro (€)
Local time: Mykonos is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Mykonos Island International Airport (JMK) is in Chora, approximately 4km southeast of Mykonos.
Flight time from UK: 4 hours
Tourist Information: Further Mykonos tourist information can be found here
Visa & Health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Mykonos.