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Guide to the island of Mykonos in Greece

The Island of Mykonos is a small island located in Greece that belongs to the archipelago of the Cyclades Islands, in the waters of the Aegean Sea and in the middle of the Tinos Islands (northwest) and Siros (southeast) y Naxos (south).

Mykonos is the same name as the capital of the island, which is also known as Jora. It is an island with a great tourist attraction, with a diversity of beaches and a great nightlife with a multitude of events.

The nightclubs, next to the beach and electronic music, are synonymous with summer and winter in Mykonos, not in vain has Mykonos been called la Ibiza from Greece.

Mykonos is one of the most visited stopovers by tourists who come to Greece and the Aegean Sea on a cruise trip. Given the small size of Mykonos, the island can be visited in a weekend, which does not exclude longer stays. But the best thing is maybe to combine it with Athens, Santorini y Crete, since the ferry connections are good and the flights are not excessively expensive.

Night and party, hand in hand in Mykonos

The Island Mykonos It is characterized as a place that offers a lot of party and fun, to the point that some they compare it with Ibiza. On this island you can find night shows for all tastes and also parties during the day.

La Paradise Beach it is one of the places where you can find bars and clubs with dances and in which you can drink different drinks throughout the night. There are also interesting parties during the midday, such as electronic music at Tropicana Beach and the Sunrise Bar. One of the nightclubs that can be visited in Mykonos is Paradise Club, which contains large dance floors and outdoor terraces with swimming pools.

This place is visited by DJs from all over the world They are busy putting music throughout the night. For those who wish to stay up late, on the Greek island you can enjoy from the 5 in the morning to the 10 in the club Cavo Paradiso, in which there are different parties depending on the time of year.

In addition, during the afternoon you can resort to the beaches on the island where you can drink and dance electronic music. Different types of parties are also organized in hotels and ships.

Featured accommodations where to sleep in Mykonos at this time

Best areas to sleep in Mykonos

Do not forget, by the way, that from the 2018 you have to pay tourist tax for sleeping in Greece. The fee varies between 0,5 € and 4 € per day depending on the category of the hotel or accommodation you have chosen to sleep.

The capital of the island, Chora

Chora is the capital of the island of Mykonos and is where you will find the greater hotel offer, most restaurants, bars and shops.

If you do not plan to rent a vehicle, it is the Best area to stay in Mykonos, especially because all the buses that go to the most attractive points of the island depart from there. A important disadvantage What to have here, especially in the tourist season, is the noise that the capital suffers, especially at night.

For the center you will find the largest number of bars and clubs that attract from backpackers to celebrities as well as a important offer of gay nightclubs, in fact in Kyriaki Square opened the first gay bar on the island.

Ornos, to combine beach and tourism

It is the beach area with more hotels in Mykonos since it is one of the closest beaches of the city of Mykonos, just 3 kilometers from the heart of the capital.

The water and the environment are calm, so it becomes another great option where to stay in Mykonos to travel as a family. The hotels in this area have all the services that are needed for the holidays, including swimming pools, children's clubs, family restaurants and lots of shopping areas.

The beach is sheltered from strong winds, making it easier to get started in sports such as windsurfing and sailing.

Platis Gialos, the best beach for the family

Platis Gialos is an extensive beach full of Sunbeds and umbrellas for rent. Protected from the wind by the surrounding hills, it is a quiet beach, suitable for families, which has several playgrounds and with some hotels and restaurants on the beach.

The beach is very good by bus and it is famous for water sports, it is ideal to rent a kayak or paddleboarding, this will be your favorite area to stay in Mykonos.

It is a very complete area since it has restaurants of all kinds, clubs where to party (more discreet than in other parts of the island) and many hotels. Nearby, at 10 minutes on foot, you reach the beach of Paraga.

How to get to the island of Mykonos by plane

En high holiday season summer, that is, the months of June to September it is usual to find enough Direct flights to the airport of Mykonos Island, beware that some "direct" can stop at the airport in Athens and have to make connection with a second flight to the island of Mykonos. If you take flights out of high season, it is almost certain that you will not find direct flights and that nobody frees you from the stopover in Athens.

Our recommendation is that use a good flight comparator to locate the flight that best suits your needs, here we leave one to facilitate the work of looking for.

Once in Mykonos airport, to move to your destination you have two options: take a taxi or take the bus line, if you want to know bus schedules you have them in http://www.mykonosbus.com/index.en.html

How can you move around the island of Mykonos

The option that most of us who visit the island use is rent a vehicle, be it a car, quad or motorbike. On the island there is a lot of rent to rent a quad because they are super-manageable and are parked anywhere. We leave below a car rental comparator for you to see the best offer on the island.

Mykonos in an island very well connected, network Bus works very well, especially in summer because it has multiple routes to a Reasonable price that travel practically all the surface of the island.

Is a perfect island to travel in bike several trails to explore but general transportation can be done without problems with a car or a rental motorcycle, because all the peoples are asphalted and for the main road It is easy to access, so we recommend it because it is the easiest and fastest way to visit the island.

Go taxi is also good choice If your portfolio does not care, you can also find them almost anywhere.

The trip in boat It is indispensable to visit certain beaches de Paros, nearby islets and even for Antiparos beaches which are the most wonderful to see and can not be missed, most of these boats they leave the capital. This island is also perfect for making walking excursions and marvel at every lost corner that just by getting lost you will discover, but we must warn you not to go out when the sun is tightening because the area is very warm.

The best what you can see and do during your stay in Mykonos

When is the best time to go to Mykonos?

The best time to traveling to Mykonos is between April and June and from September to the beginning of November. In the summer months (July and August especially) is very hot, while spring is the best time, high temperatures are avoided, visitor attendance is lower and accommodation is cheaper.

El Winter is usually not very rainy and autumn is unstable.

La Spring is the best time to enjoy the sea, more warm, peaceful and cozy. The best sunsets and scarcity of calm that allows the days to be bright and transparent. The colors of the Mediterranean, the light seems unreal. Perhaps the only disadvantage of this time of year is that their days are slightly shorter.

El Summer is the mix of the previous 2, but with many visitors and higher prices.

The winters, from December to March are rather cold and unpredictable. It is the ideal time for a cultural trip and make an archaeological and scenic route of Greece and perhaps leave the sea for later in the year.

What are the best beaches on the island of Mykonos?

Some basic criteria that you have to know about Mykonos beaches: Those of the at are the most crowded of people and those of north those that less. This is because in the north there is much more wind and the bathroom is more complicated.

The beaches of Mykonos are generally good white sand and there are some of them, such as paradise and super paradise, which are party and fun destinations. We recommend some of the most important:

Paradise

Mykonos - Paradise Beach

Mykonos - Paradise Beach @Luca Grandinetti / Shutterstock

Located at 6 km southeast from the capital of the island, Chora, Paradise beach is located between the beaches of Paranga y Super Paradise and it's accessible through a path from Platis Gialos with local bus or in caique.The famous beach of Paradise is a smooth sandy beach, which has a a lot of beach hotels and trendy bars.

Most of the beach tourism is young with a desire to party. The nudists also frequent this beach. There are facilities for water sports and there is a diving center. Behind the beach there is a quite well organized camping.

There you can find one with the famous Cavo Paradiso, which is a large complex that works as a club at night and has a swimming pool, restaurant and beach bar. You can find it located on a hill, just above the beach. At night, Paradise becomes an immense club with music and people dancing on the sand and rocks until dawn.

You will stay impressed by the number of cafes and the large number of sun loungers. You can go from here to Super Paradise walking, but it is not really recommendable. It is possible, but there are a series of walls that require a certain degree of agility and the coastal route is not marked and sometimes you can go wrong and lose yourself.

It's curious see people dancing at the tables already at the 17: 00. The music is strong, and the party atmosphere is just warming up. You must be in the "right" mood for this beach. Here you do not come to seek peace and tranquility. There is a bar located on the right side of the beach that puts relaxed music during the day and then at 5 pm it transforms, the music changes and people start dancing on the tables. The Tropicana bar also pumps music and becomes a party area at night.

Paranga

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Mykonos - Paranga Beach (c) Can Stock Photo / stoyanh

To the beach of Paranga can be reached in bus, in a walk of 15 minutes from Platis Gialos or by one of the frequent caiques that go to the beach from Super Paradise.

Located at 7 km southeast of the island's capital, Chora, Paranga beach is a combination of two beaches of sand that are separated by a point and form an extensive beach. The southern beach is quieter, while the northern beach is perfectly organized and surrounded by many bars with music.

It is a beach that is usually quite busy, it is not very big, but it has a lot of sun loungers. Beach bars often play disco music at a good volume. There is a small area about 30 m from the rocks of the coast where you can swim very well.

It is not one of the beaches that is mentioned in many travel guides. The environment is very similar to the beach Paradise, but a little more moderate.

Super Paradise

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mykonos-playa-super-paradise @Mykonos - Super Paradise Beach @Georgios Alexandris / Shutterstock

Super Paradise is less organized than its neighbor Paradise and has beautiful crystal clear waters and soft golden sand. Super Paradise is the Greece's most famous gay beach, which attracts homosexuals and heterosexuals from all over the world.
Located at 7 km southeast of the island's capital, Chora, the Super Paradise beach is located right next to the Paradise beach and you can access it via caique (there are regular boat services from Platis Gialos) and bus site.

Due to its popularity, the Super Paradise beach can be very Busy in high season.

The parties here are as extreme as those at Paradise Beach. Keep in mind that this beach is smaller than Paradise, do not be fooled by the word 'super' in the title.

Kalafatis

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mykonos-beach-kalafatis @Mykonos - Kalafatis Beach @Natalia Dobryanskaya / Shutterstock

Located at 12 km east of the capital of the island, Chora, Kalafatis beach is known for its water sports, being a quite active beach. On the left corner of the beach you can find a cabin with snorkel rental facilities for diving.

There is a Windsurf center where you can rent tables, as well as take classes. There is also a "Water Action" where you can perform jet ski, etc ...

There is a restaurant / bar (Thalassa) on the left side of the beach that offers fresh fish and greek cuisine.

If you need to buy something, there is a minimarket very close. It also has a public telephone.

Elia

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mykonos-playa-elia @ Mykonos - Playa Paranga (c) Can Stock Photo / stoyanh

Elia is the most extensive beach in MykonosIt is perfectly organized and offers a wide selection of pubs and bars, as well as water sports facilities, such as water skiing, parasailing and windsurfing.

Located at 11 km southeast from the capital of the island, Chora, the Elia beach is next to the Agrari and the two come together forming an immense sandy beach.

Elia is the last stop of the caiques (traditional fishing boat used as taxi-boat).

Is a pretty quiet beach if we compare it with Paradise and Super Paradise, where most of the people who visit do nudism.

Climbing the hill, and if you look to the left, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the traditional houses of the Cyclades Islands.

Ornos

The beach of Ornos in Mykonos
The beach of Ornos in Mykonos

Located at 3 km south of Chora, Ornos beach is located in front of a small fishing village, it has fine sand and sun beds and umbrellas to rent and it is a very beautiful beach, but unfortunately it is often overcrowded.

Here we can find from a diving school, schools for maritime navigation, skiing and windsurfing on the beach. On the shore of the bay there is a large hotel complex offering several restaurants and bars.

A Ornos can be reached in bus urban, since they often leave from the capital. The view from this beach is very good, especially the view of the houses hanging on the cliff.

There are several bars and a restaurant that is open until 01,30 in the morning and serves breakfast from the 8 am If you need a supermarket, there is one very close. The beach has parking and a public telephone. Anyway, you can get there by bus from the city.

Platis Gialos

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The beach of Platis Gialos in Mykonos

Located to 5 km south of Chora we find the beach of Platis Gialos, which is one of the most popular beaches on the island, filled with thousands of people during the summer attracted by the golden sand and the turquoise color of its crystal clear waters.

Platis Gialos is a fully equipped beach, with many hotels located in front of it. In fact, many people have to walk very little to the beach from their rooms. This beach It offers sun loungers, umbrellas, water sports and many restaurants and bars. You can enjoy a drink on the beach on the sun loungers with seats and table.

Regarding transport, you can reach it by making use of the Local buses from the capital (There is every half hour). This beach also has a service caiques towards the beaches of Paranga, Agrari, Elia, Paradise y Super Paradise.

There is a pool bar (Astria) that is open day and night. Unlike other beaches such as Paradise and Super Paradise, it is a good place to chat and enjoy the view. If you have to buy something, there is a minimarket on the left side of the beach. At the entrance to the beach there is a public telephone.

Other beaches that are worthy of the island of Mykonos

Agios Stefanos

Located at 3 km north of Chora, the beach of Agios Stefanos is the closest to the capital of Mykonos, located at 1 km north of Troulos and the new port. It is protected from the wind and there are various offers of water sports, as well as some bars and hotels. Agios Stefanos It is very popular and crowded during the summer. Its length is comparable to the length of a football field. The good thing about being so close is that it is very easy to get from the city of Mykonos, to 10 minutes by car / motorcycle, although there is also a local bus.

Panormos & Agios Sostis

Located at 6 km north of Chora, the isolated beaches of Panormos and Agios Sostis have golden sand, forming low dunes in some parts and with crystalline waters. They are quiet beaches, easily accessible by car or motorcycle.

  • Panormos is much quieter than other beaches. It's empty out of season. There is a bar on the beach that indicates that it can be much busier in high season.
  • Agios Sostis: unlike most beaches on the island, You have to make an effort to access this beach. You have to descend through a treacherous rock road to get to the beach. It has a length of 250 m, and is well protected from the wind. It is usually a typical beach for nudism.

Lia

Located at 14 km southeast of Chora, Lia's beach is a nice, quiet place with a good number of sunbeds. It has an approximate length of 200 meters and is surrounded on both sides by rocks. This area of ​​the island is a good alternative to the popularity and water sports of Kalafatis. It offers a more subdued and peaceful atmosphere, so there are very few reasons not to pay a visit to this beach.

What are the best party areas to go to in Mykonos?

Without a doubt It is the great attraction Every year, thousands of people come to the island, especially during the summer. Here everything is allowed, the limit is set by each, everything depends on the desire you have to have fun.

Although the day is a good option to rest and enjoy the sun and the beach, the island of Mykonos is prepared for no one gets bored after five o'clock in the afternoon, when the beaches of Paradise and Super Paradise are transformed and everyone who is there leaves towels empty to move to the bars where it starts a party that is very difficult to describe in words, you have to live it live to know what is being talked about. Awesome!

Appetizers the night is when the whole march of the capital of the island, Chora. Within the city you can find everything you need, from quiet restaurants where to dine, going through Bars where to have a drink enjoying the night vision of the waves beating against the beach, Marching areas where you can enjoy one of the best parties of all the Mediterranean. Do not miss out on bars like the Skandinavian, clubs such as Space Dance or bars like Pierro's, Kastro or Astra.

Galleraki

The bar is located in Chora, on Mitropoleos Street, and It is the first place on the promenade of Little Venice. Open all day like a café-bar, the place offers a funky and informal atmosphere and attracts a large number of visitors who gather in the cafe-bar to watch the sunset in Little Venice. Once the sun sets, the fun in Galleraki is guaranteed.

Cavo Paradiso

Cavo Paradiso is located located on the beach Paradise in Mykonos and is one of the most popular holiday destinations, not only on the Greek island, but throughout the world. Here you can find one of the best parties on the island.

Skandinavian

The Skandivanian is one of the most famous bars of the island of Mykonos. Has celebrated for decades long nights of partying and is one of the oldest clubs on the island. It is, definitely, one of the places that you have to see during the night while you are in the city of Mykonos.

In operation since 1978, it is extremely popular in the city of Mykonos. The bar / disco consists of two outdoor areas, a terrace and a large dance floor. The club also It has an exclusive VIP area for those who seek a personalized treatment. The VIP lounge is part of the outdoor patio where you can get a view of the people passing by.

Pierro's

Pierro's is a legendary gay bar located in the city of Mykonos. It is one of the most famous gay bars in the world and hosts fantastic parties during the summer. Located at the beginning of the busy Matoyanni Street, it is a must to visit the island of Mykonos.

The interiors of the Pierro's cafeteria are tasteful and have a classy atmosphere. For years, it has been visited by artists, designers and top models from around the world, and has built a great reputation. It is an exclusive club that boasts of wild partiesGood music, shows, nice atmosphere and of course, you have the views of the bay of Mykonos. The bar has witnessed the most famous international shows.

Astra

Located on the highly visited Matoyani Street in Mykonos, the bar Astra is the meeting place of elegant and classy people.

Designed at 1986 by the Minas jeweler, Astra opened its doors in July of 1987. It is a small building, with a central location in the city. Astra has been visited by everyone and is the kind of place where you could get to rub shoulders with a supermodel or even a rock star. There is live music and inside you will find a variety of DJs, who continue the party until the early hours of the morning.

The bar is a good mix between a disco and a casual lounge. It plays the role of a living room in the early evening and becomes a club later in the evening. The interiors are elegantly decorated and allows you to enjoy your own space. The roof is also unique in its class and resembles the celestial vault of an observatory. The bar also has an open space where you can go to take a break.

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