Holidays in Mykonos
Mykonos Holidays at a glance
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One of the group of islands known as the Cyclades which also includes Santorini, Naxos and Ios, Mykonos is famous for its superb sandy beaches, immaculately whitewashed houses, sophisticated nightlife and high quality shopping. In fact, blessed with such riches Mykonos has something for everyone. One of the most cosmopolitan of all the Greek islands, Mykonos is also one of the most beautiful and it has now developed an international reputation and quite justifiably attracts large numbers of tourists from all over the world, amongst them many A-list celebrities all in search of that little piece of heaven.
With its famous windmills standing guard on the hilltops overlooking the sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea and the many sandy beaches that cling to its shoreline Mykonos is a Cycladic gem making it easy to understand why holidays to Mykonos are becoming increasingly popular.
Who holidays in Mykonos?
Holidays in Mykonos are ideal for travellers looking for sophisticated nightlife, beautiful sandy beaches and great shopping opportunities. With so much on offer including an intriguing history, you're likely to want to spend your holidays in Mykonos every year.
Mykonos Holidays - Destination Profile
With its pristine sandy beaches, crystal blue waters and cosmopolitan nightlife, it's no wonder that holidays in Mykonos are among the most popular in Greece.
Situated in the Cyclades island group in the Aegean Sea, Mykonos seamlessly blends its whitewashed cube-shaped houses with its picturesque fishing village environment, ensuring that all visitors on holiday in Mykonos are embraced by its tranquil surroundings. For such a small island - just 16 kms (10 miles) long - it offers a uniquely varied selection of clubs, bars and great shops, so you can be sure that holidays in Mykonos will never get boring.
Mykonos Town, with its picture perfect white washed houses and cobbled streets is quite simply one of the most attractive towns in the Greek islands. With an array of excellent bars and restaurants to rival anywhere in the Mediterranean and its opportunities for designer shopping in the narrow streets behind the harbour, Mykonos Town is the place to be seen as many a celebrity will testify.
Just 4 kms from Mykonos Town is the lively yet stylish resort of Platy Yialos and with its superb beach it is a great place for indulging in the many water sports on offer.
The quieter resort of Ornos lies just 3 kms from Mykonos Town and its gently sloping sandy beach makes it ideal for families.
What can holidays in Mykonos offer you?
Mykonos is associated with leading figures in Greek mythology, including Hercules and Apollo and so any holiday in Mykonos can also include a chance to explore Greece's intriguing ancient history and mythology.
Whether you're on holiday with your partner or your family, you'll be able to spend holidays in Mykonos relaxing on its enticing shores and discovering its exclusive boutiques, before sampling its somewhat chic and sophisticated restaurants and varied nightclubs.
What's more, the island's popularity as a holiday destination owes as much to its exceptional Cycladic architecture, which is characterised by white, asymmetrical buildings and clear lines, as its picturesque beaches. Together, these hallmarks of life on Mykonos have attracted tourists from all over the world, and even a British film crew as Shirley Valentine was filmed here in the 1980s.
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Holidays in Mykonos - Things to see
Mykonos Town - With its labyrinth of perfect whitewashed buildings and cobbled alleyways and lanes Mykonos Town is quite simply one of the most attractive towns in the Greek islands. With an abundance of boutique shops, bars and cafes lining the narrow streets behind the pretty harbour combined with its sophisticated nightlife, Mykonos Town really is the place to be seen as many celebrities will testify.
Little Venice - Little Venice aka Alefkandhra is an atmospheric neighbourhood of Mykonos Town and considered to be one of the most romantic places on the island. With its old Venetian houses sitting precariously at the edge of the sea Little Venice provides some wonderful sunset views and is also home to many chic bars and discos.
The Windmills - Built in a row and looking defiantly out to sea these four beautiful white windmills, located to the South West of Mykonos Town have become a trademark of the island as seen in many a photograph. The view across the bay from the windmills is simply breathtaking.
Aegean Maritime Museum - Located in Mykonos Town is the Aegean Maritime Museum which exhibits ship models from the early Minoan period to the start of the 20th century as well as historic shipping documents, rare engravings and maps and many ancient tools. The aim of the museum is to present and study Greek nautical tradition.
Archaeological Museum - Located adjacent to Mykonos Town's commercial harbour this museum houses marble sculptures, ceramics and jewellery, recovered from the islands of Delos, Renia and Mykonos. Included in this collection is a large ceramic vase dated 7th century BC which shows the oldest graphic record of the Trojan horse.
Ano Mera - The village of Ano Mera, 7 kms east of Mykonos Town is the island's only inland settlement. Still relatively untouched by tourism, it is home to the sumptuous 16th century monastery of Panayia Tourliani, which has a fine carved marble tower, a collection of ornate Cretan icons and paintings from the 16th century. The main square is lined with traditional tavernas which give the village a genuinely traditional feel. Just north of the village is the 12th century Palaokastro monastery, located in a magnificent lush green setting.
Delos - The tiny uninhabited island just off the coast of Mykonos, Delos is one of the most important archaeological sights in Greece. Legend has it that Leto gave birth to Apollo and Artemis on this island. Once the most important place of pilgrimage, now a spectacular open air museum exhibiting fascinating examples of mosaics and marble ruins.
Things to do on a Holiday in Mykonos
Popular activities for those taking holiday in Mykonos include:-
- Scuba diving and snorkeling
- Cliff Diving
Fun Mykonos Holidays Excursions
Delian Sunset Cruise: The route takes visitors to Delos with a view to the ancient harbour and ruins, then between Delos and the coast of Rhenia past the little islands "Ano and Kato Rematiaris" towards the South to the uninhabited islands "Prassonissia" where the magic light of the sun setting over Delos can be enjoyed. Onboard snacks and drinks are readily available.
Delos and Rehnia Cruise: First we sail towards Delos Island where clients can disembark and explore. Those who so wish will be transferred to its harbour and will be given two hours to explore the ancient site. Those that prefer can remain on the boat watching the site from the deck, sunbathing and enjoying an aperitif. Then we proceed towards the Island of Rhenia and dock by a deserted beach where guests can take a swim in the crystal clear waters, sunbath on the fine sandy beach or simply take a stroll.
Island Tour: Starting the City and Island tour by walking the small and narrow streets of Mykonos Town we get orientated within the labyrinth of the old town as well as information about the small port and the many churches in town. This is followed by a bus tour of the island that includes the island's best beaches and it also gives guests the opportunity to marvel at the island's interior. At the inland village of Ano Mera guests will have the opportunity to take a stroll around the traditional square and visit the monk monastery of Panayia Tourliani, built in the 16th century. Next stop is Kalafatis beach were there is time to relax, have a coffee, before heading back towards town to a place with fantastic views across Mykonos Town and neighbouring islands.
Jeep Safari: Discover the hidden corners and secrets of Mykonos off road. Marvel at the stunning, rugged scenery. Visit the light house and the beautiful bay of Choulakia. Enjoy a cooling swim at Agrari beach and take advantage of some fantastic photo opportunities.
Tinos Tour: The catholic pilgrimage island in Greece! Visit the extraordinary village of Pirgos or 'the marble village', the village of Volax, and stop for a swim or lunch in a fishing village. Visit a monastery still inhabited by nuns and take a photo of the amazing 'valley of the pigeon houses'.
Wine and Culture: Discover the traditional life that still flourishes in the old villages of Mykonos today. Sample local wine and tasty Greek appetisers.
For further information and to secure your place on all the above exciting days and nights out, see your Olympic representative in the resort. The best time to book would be at the Welcome Get Together on the day after arrival.
Getting Around on Mykonos Holidays
Foot : One of Mykonos Town's greatest assets is the government decree that made the town an architectural landmark and prohibited motorised traffic on its streets making it an ideal town for exploring on foot.
Taxi : Getting around by Taxi during Mykonos holidays is very convenient and allows you to visit areas of interest quickly and comfortably. However travelling by taxi is the most costly mode of transport, and rates tend to be fixed and there are no meters. The rates are standardised by destination and are displayed at the taxi square. The taxi square in Mykonos Town is at the main square next to the statue of Manto Mavrogenenous.
Bus : Mykonos has one of the best bus systems in the Greek islands; the buses run frequently and on schedule. Depending on your destination, the cost of bus travel is relatively cheap. There are two bus stations in Mykonos Town: one near the archaeological museum and one near the Olympic Airways office (follow the helpful blue signs). Check at the tourist office to see which station the bus you want leaves from, or look out for one of the bus schedules available in many hotels. Bus information in English is sometimes available from the office of Greece's long distance bus service.
Boat : Travelling around by boat during your holiday in Mykonos is a great way of visiting the beaches at the southern and western areas of the island. Timetables and tickets can be purchased from the travel agencies at the port.
Car: An excellent way of getting around during Mykonos holidays, car hire gives you complete flexibility as well as the ability to see more of the island. As well as car hire jeeps are also available for hire in Mykonos.
Mykonos Holidays Shopping
- Handbags, leather goods
- Jewellery, the local speciality is 'dolphin' designs which represent love to the Greeks
- Designer clothes
- Local delicacy: almond biscuits.
Holidays in Mykonos - Beaches
Aghios Yiannis Beach - Made famous by the film Shirley Valentine, the beach at Aghios Yiannis is considered to be the most beautiful sandy beach in the south west of Mykonos (4 kms from Mykonos Town). It has a few tavernas with great views of neighbouring islands.
Ornos Beach - Located just 3 kms from Mykonos Town the long sandy beach at Ornos has a good array of facilities and is a very popular family beach due to its protected location and shallow waters.
Super Paradise Beach - One of the most famous beaches on the island and set in a small deep bay with crystal clear blue waters its not hard to understand what accounts for its popularity. A great way to visit this beach is by caique (small fishing boat) which makes for a wonderful excursion.
Paradise Beach - A lively beach with huge swathes of golden sands, it has an array of discos and bars close by and a fine selection of watersports and scuba diving available.
Elia Beach - A 45 minute caique ride from Platy Yialos, is one of the best and largest beaches on the island. There is also a water park close by.
Plati Yialos - The beach at Platy Yialos is another favourite of Mykonos and is served by a bus that runs regularly through the day and evening.
Kalo Livadi (Good Pasture) - The beach at Kalo Livado is located in a beautiful spot in an idyllic farming valley, and is often free of the crowds of many other beaches. The flat sandy shore and shallow water makes it a great and safe environment for bathing.
Weather and climate information
Mykonos weather is generally dry with little rainfall. From April to August, the weather is always bright and sunny.
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