Mykonos Holidays - Colourful island, best known for its nightlife and beaches
A holiday to Mykonos means plenty of sun, sea and glamour, with this cosmopolitan and stylish island in the Cyclades remaining one of the most upmarket destinations for a fun-packed week or two away. Famously gay-friendly, Mykonos boasts some of the best nightlife in Greece, and you’ll find countless places to party, as well as first-class dining and entertainment, and a host of designer shops and boutiques. The vibrant capital, Mykonos Town, is the place for all the action, attracting plenty of revellers throughout the season, but also displaying classic Cycladic charm in its whitewashed houses, narrow streets and flowered bedecked balconies.
The colourful atmosphere extends to the beaches, with Mykonos home to famous spots such as Paradise and Super Paradise, where the action starts during the day, and continues well into the night. The island also has quieter sandy beaches all along the southwest coast, with classic Greek backdrops and stunning views out across the Aegean Sea. You’ll find beaches and resorts catering to families and couples, and offering a much more traditional holiday experience, with a laid-back atmosphere and authentic Greek charm.
When to go
The tourist season on Mykonos runs from May to October. The peak season months of July and August are the busiest time to come, when the streets of Mykonos Town are packed, and beaches are crowded. The weather is at its hottest during this time, too, so if you’re looking for more comfortable temperatures and a laid-back atmosphere, book a holiday during the low season months. You’ll see fewer crowds in May, June, September or early October, and you can still hit the beach, but the weather will be a few degrees cooler, and better for touring the island and sightseeing.
The weather in Mykonos
The Cyclades Islands experience a typically Mediterranean climate, with Mykonos enjoying hot dry summers and short mild winters. May and June see warm temperatures of 23C – 26C, whilst the peak season months of July and August can reach 28C, and be very dry. There can be as much as 14 hours of sunshine each day, with strong meltemi winds helping to temper the heat along the coast. September and October remain warm, with highs of 23C – 26C, and the sun shining for up to 11 hours each day.
Getting the best deal
Avoid the peak season, and especially the school holiday weeks, if you are looking for the best deals to Mykonos. These continue to command high prices and always get booked up very quickly, so if you can, try an early or late-summer holiday, when it’ll be much cheaper to get to Greece, and you’ll see much better availability. Flexibility is the key, and if you can fly off to Mykonos at the last-minute, you more likely to find a great bargain, and enjoy some considerable savings. Look at our offers below, or visit our late deals page for the best prices this year.
Airport and transport need to know
There are charter flights operating from the UK to Mykonos Airport (JMK), with a direct service from London Gatwick or Manchester. The flight time is 3 hours 55 minutes, and transfers are generally included on your package holiday to Mykonos. Although the airport is small, it is busy during the summer season, with services such as duty free shops and a café. Buses and taxis depart from the airport, which is located inland, and just a 10-minute drive from Mykonos Town.
Car hire is readily available, which is recommended if you want to really see the island, as are cheaper mopeds and scooters. It’s easy to get around Mykonos, as plenty of regular buses serve the main resorts and towns, with shuttles to popular beaches, such as Paradise. There are also water taxis, or cuiques (local fishing boats) that operate between the beaches of the south coast – a fun way to travel.
Best beaches in Mykonos
The 35 beaches of Mykonos boast something for everyone – from party beaches, nude beaches and gay beaches, to family-friendly beaches and deserted beaches. The best are located in the south, where you’ll find sheltered bays and long protected stretches of golden sand, and excellent conditions for both swimming and sunbathing. The north coast is rockier and more exposed to the winds that blow across the Cyclades, but these remote spots can be stunning with a real natural beauty. Here are our picks for the best beaches on Mykonos:
Best beaches for sunbathing – Plati Yialos
A hugely popular beach south of Mykonos Town, Plati Yialo offers everything you need for a fun day on the beach. There are soft golden sands, shallow turquoise waters, a beautiful backdrop and just enough tourist facilities such as sunbeds, umbrellas, beach bars, tavernas and water sports.
Best beaches for activities – Paradise
One of the most famous beaches on the island, Paradise Beach is the place to party, with non-stop action day and night. As well as a selection of energetic water sports, you’ll find lively music bars and clubs on the beach, and a vibrant youthful atmosphere.
Best beaches for isolation – Fokos
Head north, for a tranquil scene at Fokos. Accessible via a bumpy dirt road, this secluded stretch remains an unspoilt spot with no facilities, just a natural beach in a beautifully remote setting.