Mykonos is a hot summer destination and offers a lot of things to see or do. The island’s busy day and night life may seem scary to someone who is visiting Mykonos for the first time.
Here are some tips especially for first timers so that you don’t miss the important things but also you don’t feel overloaded with information.
- Beachlife – famous and tranquil beaches
Mykonos has more than 30 beaches. Among them you will find sandy and rocky beaches, organized or virgin ones, windy or protected from the winds and family friendly, gay friendly or nudists friendly beaches. You will find beaches that are easily accessed and others that can only be reached by the sea. All of them have wonderful, crystal clear waters.
The famous party beaches on the southern seaside of Mykonos are 4: Paradise, Super Paradise, Paraga and Psarou. They are all very well organized, protected from the winds and covered with fine, golden sand. They are called party beaches because during the evening they become huge party scenes with loud music and people dancing everywhere – until the morning. They are usually crowded during the day as well but you have big chances to meet a lot of celebrities.
If you prefer more tranquil beaches, try Agia Anna, Fokos, Agios Sostis or Mersini. Ornos, Platis Gialos and Agios Stefanos are ideal for families with kids. Agrari and Panormos are nudist friendly beaches. Kalafatis and Ftelia are perfect for windsurf lovers.
- Mykonos town – shopping/restaurants
Mykonos Town or Chora, as the locals call it, is the main city of the island and the center of nightlife and shopping. You will find a big variety of restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs to choose from. Restaurants vary from small local taverns with lower prices and fresh fish and seafood to the most expensive gourmet restaurants run by famous chefs and offering exotic dishes.
Some of the most famous brands and designers have their own store or exclusive corner in Mykonos Town. Visiting the island is a good opportunity to refresh your wardrobe in terms of clothes, accessories, underwear and jewels.
Other shopping opportunities in Mykonos are paintings and pieces of art, as there are many galleries with some very good items and local delicacies such as wines, cheese and sweets.
- Accommodation – hotels/Villas
You must choose your accommodation very carefully, as this will play an important role to how you will enjoy your vacations.
Mykonos is famous for its high level luxury accommodation. Five star hotels and Luxury Villas in Mykonos are the best accommodation options, suitable for VIPs and celebrities. Rooms, suites and villas are decorated in an elegant, stylish way and the amenities and services offered are top quality.
If you are not sure which one is perfect for you, check the kind of vacations you are planning to have. Hotels and resorts are more suitable for guests who want to have everything available near them and don’t care to share a gorgeous swimming pool or spa center with other guests. Mykonos Villas are suitable for travelers who prefer privacy, serenity and bigger private spaces.
While searching for your accommodation, have in mind that you may need to book your transportation as well, especially if you are planning to stay at a remote location.
- When to go – low/high season
High season in Mykonos and all Greek islands is from June to September. Most people choose to visit the island during the summer months as the hot weather is guaranteed and nightlife is more intense. The cons of picking the high season for your vacations in Mykonos include expensive accommodation, big crowds everywhere and having to book everything well in advance. If none of these are a big problem to you, then we recommend you visit the island during the high season for the first time, as you will be able to enjoy its special lifestyle in all its glory.
In case you are in a low budget or you dislike crowded places, a great option for you would be to plan your trip at the “shoulder season”. This is from April to early June and from late September to the end of October. Most restaurants, bars and clubs are open, the weather is warm with a few rainy or clouded days and you will definitely get a good spot even at the famous beaches.