Mykonos is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and is well known for its extremely lively atmosphere, its gorgeous beaches and for the cosmopolitan crowds it attracts. Situated in the Cyclades in Greece, the small island is also a great place for water sports and like most places in Greece, it has strong historical connections.
The Beaches of Mykonos
On the south side of the island, the beaches of Mykonos are perfect for laying back and soaking up the rays or taking a swim in the Aegean Sea. Some, such as Platys Gialos are family orientated while others such as Paranga Beach cater for nude sunbathers. Rental umbrellas and chairs are usually available and there are plenty of nearby places to eat and drink. Not only will you be able to find a range of places that specialise in all the best local dishes, you will also be able to find traditional British styles cafes where you can get anything from bangers and mash to a full English breakfast.
On other sides of the island, a strong northerly wind prevents the beaches from being overly useful when it comes to sunbathing, however many are still popular as they are ideal for sports that need wind such as windsurfing. The beaches on the south side can be easily reached by the bus service which tends to run a couple of times an hour in the day, though beaches on the north, east and west are a little harder to reach.
For this reason, it is worth hiring a car or scooter for the duration of your holiday as the more remote areas have plenty to offer those who are willing to explore a little. Hidden coves and beaches can be found such as Agios Sostis that offer a little isolation from the crowds.
Nightlife of Mykonos
In the night, the beaches really come alive and as the sun goes down, the party gets started. The beach bars stay open all night on the biggest beaches like Paradise and provide loud music in a beautiful setting for a night that will not be soon forgotten. The island tends to attract a very open minded type of visitor and is considered one of the most gay-friendly hot spots in the whole of Europe.
In Mykonos town, the atmosphere is just as lively and bars, restaurants and clubs can be found to suit all music and lifestyle preferences. For some, the rustic cafes such as the Veranda Bar where you can sit on a colourful balcony and look out over the Aegean are the ideal way to spend an evening and for those looking for something livelier, they won’t be disappointed.
Semeli, Galleraki has loud music and plenty of it and in high season is always packed to the rafters. Alternatively, for a more bohemian atmosphere, the Caprice Bar is considered one of the swankest places in town and is frequented by those who consider themselves a little more discerning than the average tourist.