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four white windmills overlooking the turquoise sea on the Greek island of Mykonos.

Mykonos holidays can delight any traveller. From seasoned globetrotters to history lovers to families. Mykonos has something for everyone. This Greek island is overflowing with exciting attractions. It has a vibrant party atmosphere for those who want it and peaceful beaches for those who don’t. Not to mention, it boasts dreamy scenery and spectacular views. You’ll never want your Mykonos holidays to end! Read on to learn more about everything Mykonos holidays can offer.

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Mykonos Key Facts 

  • Mykonos’ Official Greek Name: Μύκονος
  • Why is it called Mykonos: In Greek mythology, Mykonos was named after its first ruler, Mykons, a local hero and the grandson of the God Apollo.
  • Island group: Mykonos is one of The Cyclades Islands
  • Population size: Mykonos has an estimated population of 10,100.
  • What is the island known for?: Mykonos is known for its vibrant party scene and for being LGBTQ+ friendly as well as its historical sites and beaches.

5 Reasons to Book Mykonos Holidays

Mykonos is one of the most popular Greek Islands for travellers, and for good reason. Mykonos holidays offer so many wonderful things to see and do. Here are 3 of the top reasons to visit Mykonos:

  1. Vibrant Nightlife – If you are looking for a party holiday, Mykonos is one of the best Greek islands for partying
  2. Beautiful Beaches – Mykonos has a multitude of stunning beaches. Warm water for swimming and snorkelling, and soft sand for sunbathing! These safe beaches help to make Mykonos one of the best Greek islands for families.
  3. Fascinating History – Mykonos is not known for being one of the best Greek islands for history. However, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t got its fair share of fascinating historical sites. From monasteries to churches, Mykonos holidays can be filled with trips to the past.
  4. Charming Towns – Down cobbled streets within whitewashed buildings you can find luxury shops, excellent restaurants and unforgettable bars. 
  5. Delicious Cuisine – From fussy eaters to fine diners, excellent food is virtually guaranteed on Mykonos holidays.

3 Best Places to Stay in Mykonos

Mykonos offers many different types of holiday accommodations. From luxury greek villas with private pools to all-inclusive hotels. Here are three of the best spots to stay in during your Mykonos holidays:

  1. Mykonos Town – Mykonos Town (also known as Chora) is an excellent place to stay during your Mykonos holidays. If you want to experience a little bit of everything the island has to offer, Mykonos Town is a great base camp.
  2. Ornos – For family holidays to Mykonos, Ornos is one of the best places to stay. With calm waters, excellent swimming and less of a party scene, Orno offers more peaceful Mykonos holidays.
  3. Ano Mera – History lovers will enjoy staying in Ano Mera for their Mykonos holiday. The last traditional village left on the island, Ano Mera is home to centuries-old churches, a picturesque village square and a Byzantine Monastery as well as castle ruins.
Whitewashed buildings on the coast which can be visited during Mykonos holidays.

3 Best Places to Eat in Mykonos

Mykonos holidays and delicious food go hand in hand. The locals are proud of their traditional dishes made with the island’s natural offerings. From seafront restaurants to tiny tavernas, here are some of the best places to eat during your Mykonos holidays. 

  1. M-Eating – For expertly prepared quintessential local food in a welcoming setting, try M-eating
  2. Noema – For classic dishes with an experimental twist try Noema. As a bonus, this chic restaurant can be found in a lush courtyard.
  3. Fokos – Off the beaten track, the little taverna of Fokos offers Greek cuisine in its simplest most delicious form. 

Best Activities to Do in Mykonos

Whether you’re planning your Mykonos holidays with friends, family or a special someone, there are plenty of things to do. Here are just a few examples of what you could get up to during your Mykonos holidays:

  1. Try Watersports – From windsurfing at Kalafatis Beach to scuba diving around the Anna II shipwreck, Mykonos has lots of opportunity for aquatic adventures!
  2. Wine Tours – Sample Mykonos’ local wines on a Vioma winery tour. Learn about the grapes, enjoy the scenery and brush up on your wine knowledge.
  3. Visit Delos – Take a day trip to the island of Delos. According to Greek mythology, Apollo was born on this tiny island and it has a lot of archeological and historical significance. Although not technically on the island, it is still an excellent way to spend a day of your Mykonos holidays.
  4. Party at a Beach Bar – Dance the night away at one of Mykonos’ many beach bars. Some of the most popular spots include Kalua Beach Bar on Paraga Beach and Tropicana Beach Bar on Paradise Beach.

How to Travel to Mykonos

The journey to your Mykonos holidays is relatively straightforward. 

  • Direct Flights – There are direct flights from London to Mykonos for the majority of the year. These flights take an average of 3 hours and 45 minutes. There are also direct flights from Dubai in peak season (June – September). These flights take an average of 4 hours and 45 minutes. 
  • Flight Transfer – If you can’t get a direct flight, domestic flights from Athens to Mykonos are relatively regular and affordable. The journey typically takes 43 minutes.
  • Ferry Transfer – You can hop aboard a passenger ferry which will take you to Mykonos’ New Port. Just 2km north of the islands’ capital, this port is well positioned for accessing the rest of Mykonos. You can also Greek island hop via ferry between Mykonos and other islands such as Santorini or Paros. 

More Island Inspiration

We hope this guide has tempted you to book a Mykonos holiday. If Mykonos isn’t the island for you, why not check out our Santorini guide? Or how about some Italian islands instead? To stay up to date with travel inspiration, follow Virtual Wanderlust on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


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