Mykonos is known for its picturesque villages, family-friendly beaches and local cuisine. While most visitors flock to the island’s lively beach settlements, there are some inland attractions too, including the town of Ano Mera with its 16th-century monastery.
Swimming, scuba diving and boating are the most popular activities on the island, and there are a number of operators that offer chartered tours and lessons. Ornos Bay is one of the most popular beaches in the region, and is only a few minutes from Mykonos Town by car or bus.
Most visitors choose to stay in and around Mykonos Town, for its cosmopolitan lifestyle. Stroll around the town to see iconic scenes of whitewashed buildings and the pristine waters of the bay. Visit the famous Windmills of Mykonos that tower over the town from the hilltop. The 400-year-old windmills can be seen for miles.
There are plenty of hotels, hostels and holiday apartments in the town, and an array of dining options. As Mykonos is a popular island for younger travelers looking to party, there are also a number of nightclubs and bars. Families with young children may want to stay out of the center, where resorts are quieter and more laid-back.
The island’s idyllic reputation attracts large crowds of tourists, and during the summer months of July and August the population swells. The early peak season between May and June is an ideal time to visit, when the weather is warm and the beaches less crowded. Mykonos’ summers are typically hot and dry, while the winter sees a substantial amount of rainfall.
Many European airlines service the island’s international airport throughout the summer period. There are also a number of boat operators that service Mykonos from the Greek mainland and surrounding islands. On the island it’s easy to visit most of the attractions on foot or by taxi. There is also an affordable and regular bus system, and car, scooter and bicycle rental companies.