When it comes to a Greek holiday, Mykonos is an island that gives you a bit of everything. Not only does this glamourous island have sizzling weather nearly all year round, but with its mix of party atmosphere and family-friendly amenities, Mykonos is a holiday destination that everyone can enjoy.
Even better, despite its St Tropez meets Ibiza reputation, this little island won’t break your bank account to visit. Intrigued? Here are 7 other reasons why Mykonos needs to be on your bucket list.
7 Reasons Why Mykonos Should Be Next on Your Bucket List
Beaches for Everyone
Every beach on Mykonos features crystal-clear waters and golden sands, so no matter what beach you choose to spend the day on, you know it’s going to look like a beach straight out of paradise.
For a more family orientated beach head to Ornos, as not only is this beach very central, but it has a wide array of restaurants and bars nearby. The water is shallow and calm here too, perfect for youngsters who want to dip their toes into the sea.
Party-wise, you can’t go wrong with beaches like Paradise and Super Paradise, where beach parties start from 4pm every day. In peak-season expect midnight-daybreak parties with some of the world’s top DJs. If you like your tan to be all over, head to Paraga beach where you can happily ditch your clothes to avoid those tan lines.
Mykonos is a location that oozes luxury, and its accommodation is no different. With something for everyone, you could spend your vacation staying at the Myconian Ambassador, one of the best hotels on the island.
Or, if you prefer your holidays more peaceful, rent one of the many private villas available – many of these have the most breath-taking views of Mykonos and their own private pools so you won’t have to compete with other travellers for the best poolside spot.
Idyllic White-Washed Town
Nothing says Greece quite like a white-washed house. The trend started centuries ago to help reflect the harsh sun and heat away from people’s homes.
These days, the white-washed houses of Greece, with the odd blue dome of a church, are one of the captivating and alluring aspects of visiting places like Mykonos. Just imagine spending an afternoon walking through Mykonos Town taking in the idyllic views.
Photo Opportunities Everywhere!
Apart from the obvious picture-perfect beaches and white-washed houses, there are photo-opportunities everywhere in Mykonos, so if you love Instagram and Snapchat, there really couldn’t be a better holiday.
The Mykonos windmills are an iconic sight on the island, as is Cynthus mountain, where, in Greek mythology, Apollo was said to be born.
Simply grab a camera and spend your day exploring Mykonos, you’ll find a social media-worthy view around every corner, and your friends back home will be wildly jealous.
Mykonos has a little bit of everything to please every palette, meaning that it doesn’t matter if you want upmost luxury or authentic Greek street food, you’ll find your perfect restaurant easily.
Expect most places to serve Greek classics like moussaka, pastitsio and gyros, as well as food local to the islands including kopanisti, a spicy cheese and louza, a dish made from sliced pork.
As Mykonos is an island, also expect some of the best in freshly caught seafood, including delicacies such as octopus. For sweet lovers, baklava is served through most of the island and is a must to try, as is the islands traditional almond cookies, amygdalota.
If you adore shopping then Mykonos will feel like a paradise, with its endless markets, cave-like boutiques and numerous fashion designers, everywhere you walk in the towns of Mykonos is filled with shops just begging to be explored.
Fashion and jewellery shops are the most plentiful, with many keeping their doors open until midnight. Here you’ll find the best in local design and intricate jewellery, perfect for taking family or friends home a present.
There are also plenty of souvenir shops selling locally made crafts as well as postcards and trinkets to remind you of your holiday.
Perfect for Budget Travelers
One of the greatest things about Mykonos is how budget-friendly it can be. Unlike other popular islands in the area, a holiday in Mykonos can actually be kept to a really reasonable price.
Especially if you use sites like Skyscanner or Hotels Combined to get the best deals on flights and accommodation in the area. You can also opt to go through a travel agency and book an all-inclusive package holiday, which will save you money on food and drink.
Mykonos has great weather even in months like April or October, so try to visit in one of these months (shoulder season) as you’ll get yourself a far better deal than you would in June or August.
When you get there Mykonos isn’t too pricey either, as many of the best activities involve relaxing on the beaches, which are free. It’s also easy to find restaurants and bars within your budget, especially if you go a little further afield than the more popular tourist hotspots.
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Photo credits: Featured header image by Luigi Cavasin. Paraga Beach by Leonora (Ellie) Enking. Beach picnic by John M. Mykonos by the water by Luigi Cavasin. Mykonos white washed town by Zen Voyager. Greek cuisine by Jaime Fok – Moussaka / Mussels / Gelato.