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.

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.

Getting around

Mykonos is around nine miles long by six miles wide, so however you get around, most journeys are quick and easy.

Buses KTEL Mykonos’ fleet of 26 buses covers the entire island, and services are frequent and reliable, particularly during summer. In July and August, KTEL also runs shuttle buses to many beaches, often operating until 0200 on more popular routes.

Water taxis Mykonos Cruises’ water taxis ferry passengers between south coast beaches and Platys Gialos several times a day in summer. SeaBuses also run between New Port and Mykonos Town every 10 minutes during peak season, beginning at 1100 and shutting down at 2300.

Taxis The number of taxi permits issued on Greek islands is based on permanent population size, and demand on Mykonos far outstrips supply in summer. In other words: there are taxis, but expect lengthy queues at most ranks.

Scooter and bike hire A number of hire shops rent bikes and motor scooters on a daily basis. Both are a good option if you want an occasional burst of freedom, and thanks to Mykonos's compact size a scooter will allow you to cover a decent amount of ground.

Car hire Historic Mykonos Town is completely car free. Otherwise the rest of the island makes for easy driving – the roads are generally good and frequently scenic, and some of the larger beaches have space for parking nearby.

Key neighbourhoods

Mykonos Town For history

For a minor port, Mykonos Town certainly has a glamorous reputation. It’s one of the most international of the small Greek island capitals, and pulls off the clever trick of mixing traditional charm with a lively holiday atmosphere. Little Venice is the elegant historic quarter, admired for its centuries-old waterfront homes, most of which are now smart restaurants and bars. Elsewhere the narrow streets and alleys are lined with typically Cycladic 'sugarcube' buildings, many of them home to chic designer stores.

Paradise Beach For holiday fun

Paradise is easily Mykonos’ most famous beach, better known for its nightlife than its excellent dive schools. There are plenty of boisterous bars here, but the main draw is Cavo Paradiso. This enormous club, perched just above the beach, is where superstar DJs hold court all summer long, and young Mykonos plays until dawn. True hedonists can spin out the night from Paradise to Super Paradise. It’s the neighbouring beach and only accessible by sea – good news for local water taxis, which spend most evenings zipping clubbers back and forth between venues.

Psaroú Beach For relaxation Less than 20 minutes from Mykonos Town, Psaroú is one of the south coast’s prettiest beaches. It's a favourite with sophisticated sunbathers, but its crystal-clear waters are also a magnet for divers and snorkelers. Look out to sea and you’ll spot the luxury Yachthotel, which is permanently anchored in Psaroú’s peaceful bay. But the most appealing feature of the beach is its tranquillity. Sun loungers here are sociably spaced, rather than crammed, sports are non-motorised, and it’s almost always possible to get a table for lunch at the nearby restaurants.

Factbox

  • Voltage: 220 V

  • Currency: Euro

  • Time zone: EET (UTC +2)

  • Language: Greek, although English is widely spoken.