Mykonos might be one of the smallest islands in the Cyclades complex but it makes up for it in character. Its reputation as a glamorous party destination has stuck since the 50s and while it’s true people here know how to have a good time, the island is incredibly beautiful, its beaches and secluded corners offering refuge to those who seek it.
With its cubic white houses laced with colourful bougainvillea, red domes and church bell towers, Mykonos is a picture-perfect Greek haven. The capital Hóra is a hive of activity, its cafes and restaurants full of people soaking up the sunshine. Wander through its cobbled streets and down to the waterfront where fishing boats bob up and down in the harbour. The shoreline leads to an area known as Little Venice thanks to its arcaded Venetian houses, and beyond this lay the island’s famous windmills.
There is plenty to keep you occupied in Mykonos, and one of the greatest joys of any trip here is simply exploring its nooks and crannies. For those who want to venture a little further, then the island of Delos is easily reached by boat. The mythical birthplace of twins, Apollo and Artemis, the UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece.
When to go
Throughout most of the year, visitors will be treated to warm temperatures, though there is still a distinct winter and summer season on Mykonos. The temperatures and sunshine hours begin to rise in March, increasing gradually before peaking in August. During the main summer months, the island sees an increase in visitors, ensuring that May, June and September are among the most rewarding months to visit.
What to do
- Wander Hóra's cobbled streets
- Discover the remainder of the island's famous windmills
- Take a boat trip to Delos and discover the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis
- Visit the Archaeological Museum for an insight into the ancient Greek civilisation
- Hop from beach to beach for some sun, sand and sea
- Explore the quieter and cultural Ano Mera
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