Mykonos is a rare gem, and like any gem, it is multifaceted. The island's picturesque capital, Mykonos Town, has a lively vibe and is considered to be Greece's answer to Saint-Tropez. In the south, discover spirited beach parties and on the westernmost cape enjoy tranquil resorts. A luxury holiday in Mykonos offers glamour and a real taste of history.
From the uninhabited island of Delos and its ancient temples to fine Mediterranean dining, you’ll discover Mykonos has more to offer than its many stunning beaches. Mykonos Town, or Chora, is a harbour village with a maze of cobblestone streets lined with must-see attractions. Visit the iconic whitewashed Church of Panagia Paraportiani, shop in the boutiques and spot the island’s official mascots: the friendly pelicans.
On the western cape, a short drive from the capital, lie Ornos and Agios Ioannis. Here, you'll find the same elegance of the capital blended with the low-key tranquillity and relaxation that comes with being a little further out from Mykonos Town. Agios Ioannis offers some remarkable beach views of the historic island of Delos, whilst Ornos has some of the finest beaches in Mykonos. Both are ideal for a sophisticated luxury retreat.
Then there is Elia, home to the largest beach on Mykonos and often thought to be its best. A favourite of celebrities looking to soak in some of that restorative Mediterranean sun, some time in one of this town's exclusive resorts will make you feel like a million pounds.
From late May to September, Mykonos enjoys warm days above 25 degrees, with July and August being the hottest months. You'll find the water temperature is at its warmest in August and early September, and ideal for swimming and snorkelling.
The nightlife of the island comes alive from June to mid-September with lots of live musicians and world-renowned DJs coming to town. From mid-May to early October, luxury travellers can enjoy a spot of island hopping and take a ferry to Santorini, Ios and other amazing Greek islands.
You should carry identification with you at all times and keep a photocopy of your passport. British passport holders do not need a visa to visit Mykonos and can stay on the island for up to 3 months. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.
Typical of Greek cuisine, Mykonos specialises in fresh seafood, seasonal fruits and vegetables, local cheeses, and finely pressed olive oils. International dishes and fusion cuisine can also be enjoyed throughout the island.
Try kopanisti, a traditional cheese of Mykonos known throughout Greece, and sample it with a glass of home-grown wine made from one of the many nearby vineyards. For the sweet-toothed, try kalathaki almond cake and baklavas, a rich filo pastry layered with honey and nuts.