Attracting a glitzy crowd, the spectacular island of Mykonos is a sparkling gem of the Cyclades archipelago that is brimming with luxurious resorts, world-class restaurants and ultra-stylish beaches. Its rugged terrain and jaw-dropping coastline are peppered with white-washed villages, pretty domed churches and charming 16th-Century windmills.
A Little More About Mykonos
The smallest of the Cyclades Islands, Mykonos has earned its reputation as the St Tropez of Greece. Its pristine white sandy stretches are idyllic and energetic, drawing an elite crowd that indulge a refined palette with champagne, caviar and oysters.
If you prefer to unwind away from the masses, Agios Sostis is a near-perfect sweeping cove which is stunningly isolated and surrounded by rugged terrain in the north of the island. Its soft shore slopes gently into the warm Aegean Sea and its quiet setting is peacefully still. However, if you do prefer a party atmosphere, Paradise Beach in the south is lively and up-tempo, studded with hip lounge bars that offer an ideal spot to enjoy the sunset while sipping a tasty cocktail. It is also famous for its Full Moon parties that see the crowds revelling into the early hours.
Explore the island
Colourful fishing boats reminiscent of Greece and expensive, luxury yachts bob harmoniously side by side in the harbour of Mykonos Town (Chora) on the west of the island. Meander through its maze of pretty stone streets and narrow passages that link high-end boutiques, chic restaurants and sophisticated bars. Little Venice, an evocative quarter in Chora, sees beautiful houses and restaurants come up right out of the sea, boasting wonderful views and a serene ambiance.
A taste of Mykonos
Catering to an exclusive crowd, first-class fine dining restaurants deliver inventive gourmet and innovative degustation menus, from fresh yellowfin ceviche and black cod miso, to mouth-watering Wagyu beef and sumptuous sous-vide lamb.
For more casual dining in Mykanos, white-washed tavernas and rustic courtyard eateries serve up elevated Greek cuisine and hearty local delicacies. Kremidopita (cheese and onion pie) and amygdalota (almond cookies) are particular island specialities, while mostra – a Mykonian take on bruschetta – is a must-try, seeing crunchy twice-baked bread topped with salty kopanisti (cream cheese), and finished with sweet tomatoes and olive oil.