Mykonos

Welcome to the little Cyclades island with the huge reputation.

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Mykonos can be one long beach party, if that's what you want; but it can just as easily be long, sunny days on deserted sands, followed by lazy dinners in seaside tavernas. Whichever way you see it, Mykonos is impossible not to love.

Food and drink

Mykonos might be small, but its international popularity has helped it to develop a surprisingly diverse food culture, with world foods rubbing shoulders with Greek fare such as squid ink pasta and spanakopita (spinach pie).

Seafood in Mykonos Town

Mykonos Town is famous for its restaurants, and fresh fish is arguably their strong suit. Unfussy and grilled is a bit of a signature style, and catch of the day can range from crab or octopus to lobster. The views can be fantastic too, but if you want to eat on the waterfront in town, go early – the best tables get snapped up fast in anticipation of sunset over the harbour.

Aegean traditions

Smart little cafés and hip bars are surprisingly well balanced by traditional tavernas on Mykonos. Head to some of the island's quieter coves to track down the real deal – local restaurants serving up classic Aegean specialities, particularly at lunchtime. And it isn't all about fish. Meat dishes often showcase fresh local oregano, and spicy pork fillets or home-made sausages are both worth looking out for. Myconian Honey Cake and rosewater-scented almond pastries bring many Mykonos meals to a grand finale, so you should always leave room for dessert.