One of the most popular islands to visit in Greece, photogenic Mykonos draws plenty of the rich and famous, from supermodels to mega-yachters who come to party on the beach and in clubs as well as enjoy high-end fine dining, upscale shopping, and luxurious resorts. There are beaches for everyone whether you’re looking for cocktails, music, and dancing with a sun-soaked experience, or a more secluded spot for quiet contemplation. The island also offers charming, whitewashed Cycladic architecture and iconic windmills overlooking the area called Little Venice, also known for its glorious sunsets. Outdoor adventurers will find plenty too, with everything from sailing, sea kayaking, and swimming to hiking, biking, and jeep tours that reveal ancient ruins and dazzling views.

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Best Hotels in Mykonos

The best hotel for your stay in Mykonos depends on what you hope to do as you want a property that provides easy access. Mykonos Town, or Chora, is the center of it all. During the day it’s pedestrianized with motor vehicle traffic banned. There are lots of restaurants, shops, and hopping nightlife, along with bus connections that will get you to the beaches. The downside for some is that it will be very busy during the peak of the tourist season, July and August.

If your primary goal is to spend your days at the beach, the Paradise Beach area is home to the best summer parties along with plenty of hotel rooms, apartments, and a resort. Platis Gialos, 2.5 miles south of Mykonos Town, offers a little of something for everyone with a good mix of restaurants, more laid-back nightlife, gorgeous white sands, calm turquoise water for swimming, and all sorts of accommodation options. The Elia Beach area, six miles from Mykonos Town, has the most relaxed vibe among the south coast beaches, with a more tranquil, family-friendly atmosphere. To get even further from the crowds, head to Ano Mera, located at the island’s center. It’s not within walking distance to the beach but the sand can easily be reached via public transport, taxi, or a rental car.

 

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When to visit Mykonos

Summer is the liveliest and hottest time to visit Mykonos, the season that draws many to enjoy beach parties and water sports. If you want to avoid the crowds while enjoying the sun and the sand, think late spring or early fall when it will be warm enough for swimming but not uncomfortably hot. Winter is the off-season and the quietest time of all, but it can be ideal if you want to just enjoy the scenery, shopping, and some opportunities for sightseeing.

 

Mykonos FAQ

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How many days do you need in Mykonos?
While two or three days is enough time to enjoy one of the island’s beaches and experience some of the history and culture, five days is ideal. This will give you time to truly enjoy the iconic stretches of sand, and, if you’re here in the summer, their famous beach bars, DJs, and dancing. You’ll be able to leisurely explore the many shops, marvel at the classic architecture, and sample an array of cuisine at multiple restaurants. Boat cruises and trips to the smaller island of Delos to see its ancient monuments will be possible too.

What is the best time to visit Mykonos for a more budget-friendly trip?
The prices are highest in Mykonos during the summer, the peak of the tourist season. While some discounts can be enjoyed in the shoulder seasons, mid-April through May or mid-September through October, the best time to visit for a more budget-friendly trip is the off-season, November through March. Some businesses will be closed during this period, but there’s always something open on the island. For the best chance for good weather and cheaper rates, aim for mid-October through early November or March through mid-April.

 

What are the essential sights to see in Mykonos?
You can’t visit Mykonos without enjoying the powdery sands, but beyond the beaches, the historic windmills in Little Venice are an absolute must. Built in the early 16th century, they’re an iconic symbol of the skyline, an important historical landmark, and make for a great photo-op. Be sure to enjoy a sunset from the waterfront here too, which is lined with Venetian-inspired 16th– and 17th-century sea captains’ homes and buildings that have brightly painted wooden doors.

 

Is Mykonos worth visiting?
The hedonistic fall in love with Mykonos over and over, enjoying the glamour of St. Tropez blended with the wild party atmosphere of Ibiza. But others appreciate its rich culture and history. The island offers the best access to the sacred site of Delos and there are ancient ruins to explore right on Mykonos too. Anyone who appreciates spectacular scenery or wants to take advantage of many outstanding photo-ops will find it well-worth visiting too, with iconic spots like the centuries-old windmills in Little Venice.

 
 

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