Welcome to the little Cyclades island with the huge reputation.
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.
Arriving at Mykonos Airport
Mykonos Airport is less than three miles south of Mykonos Town, and within easy driving distance of most beach resorts – in fact it's within easy driving distance of pretty much anywhere, as Mykonos is a very compact island. The airport mainly operates international charter flights during summer, and domestic flights in winter.
KTEL Mykonos, the island’s sole bus company, runs a frequent, regular service from the airport into Mykonos Town. Buses leave from right outside the main terminal building and take about 20 minutes. You can usually find current timetables online, and KTEL often operates early morning services to meet incoming holiday flights.
Taxis are available to hire from the rank directly outside the terminal building, and the drive to Mykonos Town shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. Drivers will also be happy to take you to the island’s beach resorts, and a fixed fare system is in place at the airport.
Car hire is another alternative and there are several operators in the main terminal building, including both Avis and Hertz.
Facilities in the terminal building are quite limited, but there is a small café, ATM and gift shop.
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.
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.