Top Reasons Why You Should Visit Mykonos, Greece

Chora, the main town on Mykonos, as seen from the Sunset 180 bar
Chora, the main town on Mykonos, as seen from the Sunset 180 bar | © Hemis / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Claire Dodd
29 July 2021

From glamorous nightclubs to pretty whitewashed windmills, Mykonos is a staunch favourite among international clientele visiting the Greek islands. Here’s why you need to book a stay on this Cycladian utopia.

Mykonos has earned a reputation for its world-class nightlife, as much as its unique natural beauty. But there’s much more to this island than partying. Why visit? Fashionistas have their choice of unique boutiques; LGBTQ travellers will find a community of bars, hotels and beaches to enjoy; and history lovers have their run of quaint seaside towns and ancient monuments, such as those at Delos. Here are the facts about Mykonos that you need to know.

Party at world-class clubs

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Griechenland, Kykladen, Mykonos, Super Paradise Beach, feiern bis zum Sonnenaufgang.
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Dance ‘til dawn at upmarket beach clubs and sticky discotheques; you’ll never be short of options for a night out in Mykonos. Hedonists should head to the Super Paradise Beach Club, where the dancefloor is open to the skies; it’s usually packed out with writhing revellers. Clifftop super club, Cavo Paradiso, not only has the most scenic location but has been named as one of the best clubs in the world. The dance floor comes with spectacular ocean views, there’s a full-sized pool and international DJs regularly play sets. Past acts have included Carl Cox, Louie Vega, Benny Benassi and David Guetta.

Marvel at the island’s beauty

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Restaurant at waterfront, Little Venice, Mykonos island, Greece.
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Walk along the seafront in Little Venice and take a seat on the flagstone patio as waves crash over your feet. You’ll be able to spot a row of five stout, white thatched windmills across the glittering waters of the bay. Here, bougainvillea-draped balconies adorn the waterfront houses and it’s easy to see why this area, built around Alefkandra beach, has long attracted artists.

Try traditional Cycladian cuisine

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These are buns and tirokafteri on a plate in a greek taverna
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Sip Greek wine while dining on the catch of the day; lobster, octopus, oysters, prawns – the choice is yours. Head to Buddha-Bar Beach, Koursaros or Tsaf for super-fresh seafood. Traditional Mykonos fare, perhaps surprisingly, leans more towards cheese and meat. Sample kopanisti, spreadable cheese with a strong peppery flavour made with sheep’s milk. Melopita sees Mykonos cheese wrapped in thin layers of pastry and baked along with cinnamon and honey. Alternatively, try some louza, similar to prosciutto, which is salted, dried and seasoned with herbs.

Indulge in the abundant shopping options

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Souvenir shops at Mykonos-town, Mykonos island, Cyclades, Aegean, Greece
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Book an extra case in the hold for the way home – Mykonos is a shopper’s paradise. Self-described as a “unique emporium of handmade treasures”, the Bazaar at Scorpio’s beach club is curated by Yucatán-based textile brand Caravana. It sells clothing, jewellery and homeware, all with a distinctly natural aesthetic. Think woven straw bags, fringed cotton dresses and plenty of incense. Be warned, handmade doesn’t come cheap. For more affordable treasures, head to Amnesia where you can stock up on pom-pom fringed beach bags, kaftans and beaded jewellery.

Embrace the LGBTQ scene

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Man wearing crazy woman clothes Super Paradise Beach Mykonos Greece
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You have to respect a drag queen that dons eight-inch heels in the hot sun and delivers a rip-roaring show. Tolerant Mykonos has long been a favoured LGBTQ destination and, though of course the bars and beaches are open to all, there are a few spots that have truly earned a place in the hearts of gay visitors. Watch the nightly drag shows at JackieO Town Bar at Paraportiani Waterfront, or head to the famed JackieO Beach Club at Super Paradise Bay.

Soak up the sunshine year-round

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Psarou Beach. Mykonos Island. Ciclades Islands. Greece
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With an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s fair to say Mykonos is blessed with good weather year-round. Sun worshippers should aim for July and August, when temperatures reach up to 30C. Though they’re the cooler seasons, autumn and spring see regular temperatures of around 22C, whilst rain is most common in October.

Swim at Panormos Beach

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Bay of Panormos, Agios Sostis, Mykonos, Cyclades, Greece
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At Panormos Beach, a protected bay on the northeast side of Mykonos, golden sands and turquoise waters make for one of the island’s best beaches. Venture to the furthest end of the beach and you’ll discover the nudist-friendly section. Rent a kayak or kick back in a sunbed at swanky beach club Principote, which has a Mediterranean restaurant. There is an infrequent bus service but most visitors reach the beach by rental car.

Grab a front-row seat for the best sunset view

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Overlooking Mykonos Town from hilltop at 180º Sunset Bar and Panigirakis Castle - Perfect destination when visiting Mykonos, Cyclades, Greece, EU.
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The hilltop terrace at 180 Sunset Bar is the place to be as the sun dips over the windmills of Mykonos Town, also known as Chora. Order a smoked salt margarita and sink into a floor cushion as the sky starts to burn. Getting there requires a little hike uphill from the town, but you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with the panoramic view and buzzing atmosphere. Book ahead if you’re in a group, otherwise arrive early to take your pick of the low-to-the floor tables surrounded by embroidered scatter cushions.

Now we’ve convinced you to come to Mykonos, why book your stay at one of the best hotels on the island? And here are some rather decadent luxury options. For inspiration on how to spend your time here, have a look at our recommendations for the best things to do and the most beautiful beaches to visit. Make sure you also sample some mouthwatering Greek dishes at the best restaurants the island has to offer.

These recommendations were updated on July 29, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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