How To Have an Idyllic Island Escape on Mykonos

Michael Parkin / | © Culture Trip

If January has you dreaming of warmer climes, then Mykonos should be on your list. One of Greece’s most famous islands for a reason, with its mild winters and sun-kissed summers, it’s the perfect place to escape to all year round. To help you discover all Mykonos has to offer, Culture Trip has teamed up with the British Airways American Express® Credit Card to explore this gem in the Cyclades. What’s more, we’ll show you how your everyday spending can help you collect Avios to jet off sooner.

Explore Mykonos Town

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Island of Mykonos in the Cyclades Islands, Greece.
Mykonos is about as picturesque as it gets | © Brenda Kean / Alamy Stock Photo

No visit to Mykonos is complete without getting totally lost in the Cycladic maze of whitewashed buildings and cobbled streets that wind through Mykonos Town. Enjoy some retail therapy at the bougainvillea-adorned boutiques or stop off at one of the area’s chic restaurants and bars (try Lucky Fish for ocean-fresh seafood), as this part of the island stays busy way past sundown.

Take in the views at Oniro Sunset Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Greek
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View over Mykonos Town at sunset
Apollo’s fiery chariot dives into the sea beyond Mykonos Town | © Michele Falzone / Alamy Stock Photo

Oniro is a cosy, atmospheric bar set on a gorgeous rooftop terrace that looks down onto Mykonos Town and across the Aegean. It’s the perfect place to stop for a drink after a sunset swim or to enjoy dinner including Greek souvlaki (grilled meats), locally sourced seafood, cheese, vegetables and more. There’s a bar indoors, but you’ll want to be on one of the pillow-covered benches outside, looking out onto the magical island landscape.

Visit the iconic Mykonos windmills

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White windmills and Aegean sea on the island of Mykonos
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One of the island’s most popular cultural attractions is the collection of 16th-century windmills located on a small headland just south of Little Venice. Once vital to the island’s economy (used for turning grain into flour), the windmills have recently been restored to their former glory in testament to the quality and beauty of the island’s rural architecture, and visitors to the windmills can also soak up the island’s stunning coastal views.

Hop on a boat to ancient Delos

Archaeological site
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Columns in the House of Dionysus, Delos Archaeological Site, Delos, Greece.
According to Greek mythology, Delos was the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis | © Melvyn Longhurst / Alamy Stock Photo
Hop on a ferry from Mykonos Town to the island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that holds huge significance in Greek mythology as the birthplace of two gods, Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. There’s a small, on-site archaeological museum displaying statues and mosaics that have been excavated over recent years, and while there, you can walk around some of the island’s ancient ruins, including the Delos Theatre.

Unwind at Ftelia Beach Club

Bar, Restaurant, Greek
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Ftelia beach, Mykonos, Cyclades, Greece.
The crescent shape of Ftelia Beach makes for stunning views | © Aerial-motion/Shutterstock

Ftelia Beach Club looks out across Ftelia Bay, whose sapphire waters cocoon a crescent-shaped sandy beach. This gorgeous rustic beach club offers good vibes and great food. Highlights from the seasonal menu include the lentil salad and the grilled octopus. Best of all, you can make the most of the warmer climes to stay on past sunset and dance the night away!

Get away sooner

Thanks to the British Airways American Express® Credit Card, your next holiday could be closer than you think. You’ll earn Avios on every £1 spent on the Card redeemable against reward flights to hundreds of destinations, including Mykonos (return for 20,000 Avios*).

What’s more, there’s no annual fee and new Cardmembers receive a welcome bonus of 5,000 Avios when you spend £1,000 or more on your Card within your first three months. Put the Avios earned on your everyday spending towards a flight of your choice and you simply pay the taxes, fees and charges. Where and when your next adventure begins is up to you.

Find out more about the British Airways American Express® Credit Card here.

Representative 22.9% APR variable.

Discover how many Avios you need to escape to your perfect destination from London airports.

Michael Parkin / | © Culture Trip

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