This party island in the Cyclades of Greece is straight out of a postcard, and is often touted as being the ultimate gay destination. Mykonos has become famous for its wild nightlife, beautiful beaches and delightful maze of narrow streets with bright white architecture.
FAST FACTS Airport: Mykonos airport Time from airport to Mykonos city: 15 minutes by bus to the Southern bus terminal in Mykonos town (Hóra) Taxi from Airport to the city: €15 - €20 Public transport types: Bus (regularly in high season, but less frequently in winter) and taxi-boats (Plati Yalos) from Mykonos to southern beaches Bus single journey cost: €1,60 (valid for 1:30 hours) Average taxi rate: €1,80 - €3,50/km (fixed fares for fixed routes)
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Tear around the island by quad or scooter
There are only about 30 taxis circulating in Mykonos, so unless you have sweet hook ups with a driver, it can be hard to find one, especially at night. A great alternative to spending your money and time on paying someone to drive you round is to rent a scooter or a quad. They're both quite cheap to hire, and by far the most exciting way to get around and explore the entire island. Just make sure you wear a helmet, and as tempting as it is, don't take selfies while you're driving!
Let loose at Cavo Paradiso
This swanky outdoor nightclub is considered the best club on the island, and it hosts world-famous DJs. Cavo Paradiso's white decorations give it a swanky edge, and the classy pool provides welcome relief to a sweaty night of bumping and grinding. Be aware that clubbing in Mykonos starts very late, but goes on forever, so we definitely advise a pre-party disco nap. Officially, the doors open at 11:30pm, but people start coming around 1:30pm. Dance until the sun comes up and then sleep off your antics on the beach.
Spot Peter the Pelican
In 1958, a pelican washed up wounded and was found by a fisherman who treated the bird and named it Peter. Given how nicely he was treated, Peter decided to stay (wise bird), and became the mascot of Mykonos. Though he died in 1985, three pelicans have replaced him and now reside in Hóra, the capitol of the island. Pelicans have become the symbol of Mykonos, so if you spot one, be sure to take a pic!
Get lost in the labyrinth of ivory white streets in Mykonos town
Mykonos town, also known as Hóra or Chora, consists of a multitude of very narrow streets lined with shops, restaurants and bars. Take a break from the heat at one of the cafés on the harbour and have coffee with a magnificent view.
Dine on seafood in Little Venice
The Little Venice district gets its name from the Italian city of canals, largely because its restaurants hang over the edge of the sea. This is a romantic spot to watch the sunset with your latest holiday squeeze while eating some delicious fresh seafood at one of the many restaurants.
Things to do in Mykonos
Archaeological Museum of Mykonos
The great collections of this museum include exhibits that date from the Prehistoric to the Hellenistic periods including magnificent vases, grave statues, stelae and funerary urns from Rheneia, as well as many relics relating to the numerous battles and raids that plagued the island. The museum is overlooking Delos from the Chora harbour, so you will also catch some stunning views if you decide to visit it!
If you're the type who loves peeping into random people's windows, head on down to Lena's House. This 19th Century building, located next to the Aegean Maritime museum, gives a fascinating insight into the life of a typical Mykonian middle-class family. The house is fully furnished and contains a collection of costumes and other items of the era. The museum is free of charge (win!) and opens its doors between 6 and 9pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 7pm on Sundays.
The windmills (Kato Myli)
The sixteen iconic windmills of Mykonos were built in the 16th Century and used by the inhabitants to grind grain. Along with ol' Peter Pelican, these monuments have become a symbol of the island. The view here is exquisite, so the best time to come is in the evening when the heat has become bearable to watch the sunset. Bring a bottle of ouzo with you for an extra zing.
This blindingly white building is the most picturesque church in Mykonos. It is a concoction of four different churches and architectural styles squished into one. In 1425, the construction started, but it wasn't finished until the 17th Century. Makes you feel a lot better about all those times you got your homework in late, huh?
Aegean Maritime Museum
Just like Lena's House, this museum is located in a typical Mykonian 19th Century building. Travel through time and picture the historical journey of Greek merchant ships passing the Aegean Sea. Its main treasures include a sailingboat, a lighthouse and a steamship.
Top 5 Museums and Galleries in Mykonos
The rich history and culture of Mykonos means there are many great museums and galleries to be explored. We've compiled a top 5 to get you started.