Summer vacation in Mykonos is somewhat expensive and especially busy — but that’s because the temperatures (in the 70s and 80s) are ideal, the festivals are lively and the parties are sizzling hot.
Many of the festivals include open-air concerts, theater productions, and art exhibits, along with feasts celebrating the villages’ saints. This cosmopolitan Greek isle is also home to some of the world’s best clubs, so bring your dancing shoes and be prepared to party through the night and into the next morning.
Nightclubs like Cavo Paradiso and Paradise Club don’t get going until 4 a.m.
Mykonos is the glamour island of the Cyclades and happily flaunts its sizzling style and reputation. The high season brings a mix of good-time merrymakers, cruise-ship crowds, which can reach 15,000 a day, and Fashionistas. Throngs of people make their way through Mykonos, a traditional Cycladic maze, delighting in the town’s authentic charms and its pricey cafe-bar-shopping scene.
In peak season, come only if you are bankrolled and intent on joining the jostling street crowds, the loungy lifestyle at the island’s packed main beaches and the relentless party. Out of season, devoid of gloss, glitter and preening celebrities, find more subdued local life, the occasional soft-pink pelican wandering the empty streets, and beaches backed by banging clubs, which have gone silent for the winter.
Mykonos is also the jumping-off point for the splendid archaeological site of the nearby island of Delos.
Whether you’re traveling on a solo adventure, jetting off with your best friends for a week of fun in the sun, backpacking around Europe, or injecting some culture into your family vacation, Mykonos is the place to go.
What Should You Do While There
Stroll around Mykonos Town
Beautiful white buildings and bright blue doors; Mykonos Town deliver all the iconic images of the Greek Islands. Lose yourself in the winding alleys and make your way to the seaside.
Grab a gyro from Jimmy’s Gyros
This is an absolute Mykonos must and your taste buds will thank you for it. Jimmy’s Gyros are legendary and also good value. Open late night, a delicious Greek eating experience awaits here.
Dinner in Little Venice
Named after the popular Italian city with countless canals, Little Venice is a picturesque part of town that hangs over the sea. As the sun sets in Little Venice, the light shines off the buildings and bounces along the water, making it the perfect spot for a romantic night with your special someone.
Party until sunrise
There’s no shortage of nightlife in Mykonos, so make sure you pack your stilettos. After a day exploring the island, head out to one of the bars or nightclubs, like Paradise Club. Pace yourself with the drinks, enjoy every moment, and get ready to watch the sunrise after an awesome night.
Visit the Armenistis Lighthouse
If you’re up for a hike to see some spectacular scenery, then put your walking shoes on for this one. The roads for the drive up are a little unsteady and rough, but that’s part of the adventure. The charm of the lighthouse with the shining blue sky behind it and endless ocean views are worth the journey.
Explore the island on a scooter
Give your walking legs a rest and explore the island on a scooter for a fun and quick way to get around. Rent one and let winding roads guide you to some incredible beaches and towns.
The Mykonos windmills are probably the island’s most iconic feature. Built in the 16th century to grind grain, the windmills stand today as one of the most photographed sites overlooking Little Venice.
Watch the sunset with a cocktail at The Belvedere
The Belvedere is one of the most beautiful luxury hotels in Mykonos. While a stay might be outside of your budget, be sure to stop in for a sunset cocktail at the very least. Beverage in hand, good company and a picturesque view overlooking all of Mykonos – it’s a must.