Mykonos (100 km²) with its 10.000 inhabitants is one of the
most popular and famous islands in the Cyclades. You won't
find more and better beaches on any other island and the
local capital Chora is considered on of the most beautiful
cities in all Greece. This combination is irresistible and
not just with the common people. Mykonos has been and still
is popular with the jet set. The rich and the beautiful meet
here; the island is also a very popular destination for gay
people. As a result prices went through the roof. The island
mainly caters for the more wealthy people and their demands.
If you are travelling on budget Mykonos may not be the ideal
place. It is difficult to find a bargain.
only bigger town on the island is the local capital. Chora
is probably the most picturesque and beautiful of all places
in the Cyclades. The Greeks refer to it as the Greek Venice.
White houses with blue shutters and window frames, narrow
alleys, countless little churches and chapels
this is how
you picture the Cyclades.
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you arrive by boat be careful where you arrive. There are
two ports. The old port is conveniently located in the very
heart of the old town. The new port is about 3 km out of
town. If you arrive there you'll have to take a bus or taxi
The "city centre" is around the old port. Here you find
fancy night clubs and expensive discos. If you walk north
from there you reach little Venice, the most beautiful part
of Mykonos. Just behind little Venice are the famous wind
mills. These are the once that are on pretty much every
picture of Mykonos.
If you go from the port into town (rather than along the sea
front) you reach old town. It is the perfect place to get
lost. There are loads of narrow alleys; basically a perfect
labyrinth. Most of the capital is a pedestrian area.
Port and sea front
pretty, you have to give them that much. It doesn't really
get more romantic than the old port with the water front.
Small boats, pretty restaurants, fancy cafes, a little
church and the broad promenade where at least most of the
time you'll find pelicans. Mykonos is actually famous for
the left end of the port the boats to Delos depart. On top
there are two rather nice beaches (Gilaos and Agia Anna) so
what else could you possibly ask for? This is also the area
where Mykonos famous night life is happening. Two classic
places are the Scandinavian Bar and of course the Mykonos
of THE landmarks of Mykonos is the quarter Little Venice.
The typical white houses with blue window frames and
shutters, narrow lanes with expensive souvenir and jewellers
shops; everything looks like from a picture postcard. It's
not just the looks. Here you find some of the finest
restaurants in all Greece. The downside of being such an
attraction is that during summer the place is packed with
windmills are probably the single most famous motif for
photographers. Every day legions of tourists pose in front
of them and take pictures. The windmills turned into an
iconic symbol for the Cyclades islands.
Mykonos Old Town
old town is the most exciting part of Mykonos. It's actually
quite big. The best way to approach is to just walk in and
get lost. It is really pretty. The houses follow the
Cycladic style white and blue but are more colourful
than for example in Little Venice. Even the pavement looks
cool. It is build with dark slabs with white joints. On
every corner you find and some new and exciting shop or
restaurant or bakery, you name it.
are quite a few classy restaurants hidden in the old town of
Mykonos. You better check the menu up front. You can easily
spend a 100 Euro on a meal. Also very impressive are the
many little churches and chapels.
Mykonos - Food
cheapest Menu I could find in Mykonos Town)
restaurants on the island are expensive. The price level
could actually be compared to the real Venice. Even a basic
meal like Moussaka will easily cost you 15 Euro. Quite a few
of the restaurants there don't even pretend to be
reasonable. They offer exquisite French and Italian cuisine.
If you travel on budget finding something to eat can become
a challenge. It is not impossible though.
The classic is a Gyros Pita. You get them for less than 3
Euro and they can serve as a meal. Another good place to
check out is the bakeries. Some of them have reasonably
cheap traditional pastries.
Reasonable without being cheap is Taverna Nikos behind city
hall just next to the harbour. You will pay more than on
most other islands but at least you don't have to declare
If you are not on budget and like it fancy try "La Maison de
Katarines" (French cuisine) and slightly less expensive
Bourazza with excellent Greek cuisine. Both are hidden in
the Old town.
Outside of city centre places get a little less expensive.
Mykonos by night
clubs are in the area around the harbour. Another epicentre
is in Xenia Street near the windmills on the way to the bus
station. Most of the bars actually cater for a gay audience
however; there are bars where you will find a mixed
It is very difficult to recommend a place since the "in and
out" list changes quickly. I therefore won't. I'm not big on
bars anyways. I quite liked the bar at the Paradise Beach
though. It is reasonably cheap and rocks.
The nightlife on Mykonos is extensive. Every night thousands
if not ten thousands of party seekers roam the streets.
again, if you travel on budget you are in the wrong place.
It is literally impossible to find an at least reasonably
cheap place to stay. With the rich and beautiful Mykonos is
as popular as Saint Tropez. To find a room for less than 70
Euro a night is impossible. There doesn't seem to be an
upper limit to room prices. Even it low low season and I
don't just mean outside of high season a room will easily
cost you about 45 Euro. This has nothing to do with
occupancy. Most of the rooms might be empty but they are
still expensive. On this website you can
book cheap rooms in Mykonos.
When you arrive at the port there will be a crowd of locals
offering you rooms. Offering on this occasion means shouting
and almost harassing you. Be careful and check where the
room is located. Most of the "good deals" are cheaper
because they are miles away from town. Also, some of the
luxurious apartments turn out to be total dumps.
Among the hotels I would recommend Hotel Elena in the
town. It's not too bad and with around 100 Euro in the
saison for a room
with breakfast almost reasonable. Also good prices has
Hotel Milena, about 15 minutes by foot from the centre.
Vista Apartments has reasonably priced
studios in the old town of Mykonos.
The only way to save a few bucks is to spend the night
outside of Mykonos town. Recommended is Paradise Beach
Resort. It is a camp site that also has rooms and tents to
rent. The bar there I already mentioned.
Beaches on Mykonos
are no bigger towns on the island other than Chora. Very
popular are the beaches. The most famous beaches are in the
south of the island. Most popular with the gay community is
Super Paradise Beach. Other popular places are Paradise
beach and Agrari-Paradise in the south and Ormos Panormos in
the north. You'll find tavernas and some sort of
accommodation on all of them. The prices are somewhere in
between OK'ish and expensive. During summer they have a
tendency of being rather pricy but that's just the way it is
Busses on Mykonos
are frequent busses from Chora to all major beaches. Only
Super Paradise beach is rather difficult to reach by bus.
The bus terminal for the beaches in the north is just next
to the old port. The busses to the much more popular beaches
in the south leave from the other bus station that is
situated just outside of the Old town and what a surprise
rather difficult to find. It makes no sense at all but is
a very Greek approach.
During summer the busses leave at least every hour and until
late at night. With many people staying outside of Chora
even the late busses are often packed with people.
Ferries to Mykonos
ferry port is one of the biggest in the Cyclades, second
only to Paros. There are plenty of direct connections to
Paros, Naxos, Ios,
Crete, Delos and of course
Athens. You can also get to the smaller Cyclades islands by
boat, ferries will be less frequent though. If you are
planning to go to Crete from here be prepared; expensive
catamarans are pretty much the only available options.
You'll easily spend a 50 Euro one way.
Since Mykonos is mostly popular with people that are
unfamiliar with the concept of budget travelling you'll see
a lot of the catamarans. They are quick but they are also
twice as expensive as regular ferry.
Day trips to Delos are a popular thing to do. The boats
depart from the old port right in the city centre. You'd
normally leave in the morning and return in the afternoon. A
return ticket cost 12.50 Euro (May 2008). You are not
allowed to spend the night on Delos so having a return
ticket is compulsory.
Flights to Mykonos
Mykonos has a pretty big airport second only to Santorini.
There are quite a few direct flights from the major European
capitals. Needless to mention that there are also plenty of
flights from and to Athens.