The Greek Islands are perennial high fliers when it comes to summer holidays, but they’re not all about sun, sea and sand. Mykonos has emerged as one of the most sophisticated island destinations and it has plenty to offer those looking for a chic escape in 2016.
When to visit Mykonos
The Greek Islands are blessed with beautiful weather for most of the year. You’ll be guaranteed sunshine between April and October. At the height of the summer, the mercury can hit well over 30 degrees. If you prefer temperatures a little cooler, visit in June or September. Although Mykonos is growing in popularity year on year, you won’t have to battle through crowds to get to a bar or reserve a sunbed. Visit outside of school holidays to take advantage of deserted beaches and lower prices.
Where to stay
Although it’s only a small island, Mykonos is well-appointed in terms of accommodation. You can stay anywhere from budget hotels to 5-star luxury resorts. If you’re travelling as part of a group, or you’re seeking peace and privacy, why not research Mykonos villas? Mykonos Town, also known as Chora, is charming by day and bustling by night. If you’re after beach clubs and lively waterfront bars, it’s probably best to stay within walking distance. For a more relaxed retreat, head to Platys Gialos or Agios Ioannis.
What to do
Mykonos is visually stunning, and it’s well worth taking some time to explore. Once you’ve sampled the ice cream and cocktails in cosmopolitan Little Venice, explore some cultural gems. Make for the church at Panagia Paraportiani. This beautiful traditional whitewashed church is made of four small but perfectly formed chapels. Round the day off with a visit to the Archeological Museum for a fascinating local history lesson.
No visit to Mykonos is complete with at least a few days at the beach. Sip cocktails and listen to live music at Paradise Beach or recline on the golden sands of Paranga Beach. At Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach, you can easily stretch your stay well into the early hours. DJs take over the decks as night falls and you can dance until you drop. Ornos Beach is a family favourite. With shallow, clear waters and plenty of amenities, it’s an ideal spot to enjoy a day of splashing around and building sandcastles. You can travel to the main beaches by boat taxis. If you have time, hop around to experience the different atmospheres and appreciate the wonderful scenery.
Take your pick of incredible restaurants and traditional tavernas. Taste authentic dishes and enjoy lazy al fresco lunches. Think tables overlooking the port dotted with freshly prepared dishes to graze and enjoy at your leisure. Best-sellers include gyros, souvlaki, Greek salads and kleftiko.
If you’re looking for a sun-drenched island paradise for your next summer holiday, look no further than Mykonos. You can chill out and escape the crowds, enjoy some retail therapy, or hit the town and sample the vibrant nightlife. Embrace the culture, try the incredible cuisine and take in the spectacular panoramic views.