Mykonos Town Holidays
Mykonos Town Holidays – Stylish capital of the island, famed for its nightlife
One of the most cosmopolitan resorts in all the Greek Islands, Mykonos Town exudes glamour and style, with this gem of a resort continuing to attract the fun-loving party crowd each season. The island’s capital, the town is best-known for its nightlife and entertainment, and in addition to the glorious beaches, it’s the bars, clubs and designer shops that are the main attraction. Famously gay-friendly, Mykonos Town remains the liveliest base in the Cyclades, and you’ll experience a vibrant and youthful scene here all season long.
As well as the nightlife, Mykonos Town has plenty more to offer. The stunning coastline just begs to be explored, and you can tour the whole island on one of the many boat trips leaving the harbour. The delightful town centre is also full of traditional Greek charm, with whitewashed houses, narrow little lanes and blue-domed churches adding real character to the resort, and the many historical and archaeological sites in and around the town add interest to any holiday here.
When to go
Mykonos Town enjoys a long tourist season from May to October, with July and August being the busiest time to come, when the streets and beaches are crowded and the weather is at its hottest. This is when you will find the party in full swing, but for a quieter scene, travel during the low season months. You can still hit the beach in May and June, or the late summer weeks of September or early October, when you’ll fewer crowds, and comfortable weather for touring the island and sightseeing.
The weather in Mykonos Town
Mykonos Town experiences a typically Mediterranean climate, with long hot 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, with no rain during these hot summer months. The sun can shine for up to 14 hours each day, and the strong meltemi winds helps to temper the heat along the coast. Night-time temperatures of 22C mean wonderful conditions in the bars, clubs and cafes each evening. September and October remain warm, with highs of 23C – 26C, and 7 – 11 hours of sunshine each day.
Getting the best deal
July and August remain the most popular months to go to Mykonos Town, and understandably always get booked up early, at the highest prices. For the best deals, travel outside of the school holidays, or try an early or late-season getaway to Mykonos Town, and you’ll pay lower prices, and see much better availability. If you can be flexible with your travel dates and fly off at the last-minute, you’ll also see great savings and some real bargains. Look at our offers below, or visit our late deals page for the best prices to Mykonos Town this year.
Airport and transport need to know
Fly into Mykonos Airport (JMK) from London Gatwick or Manchester, with direct flights taking just under 4 hours from the UK. Charter flights operate to Mykonos Airport during the tourist season, and the small airport can be busy during the summer. Transfers are included on package holidays to Mykonos Town, and with the airport located in the town of Chora, just 4km inland, it’s a short 10-minute ride.
From the airport, buses depart for the capital, and a taxi to Mykonos Town is about 10 euros one-way (£8). There are plenty of places to rent a car, which is recommended if you want to escape the busy town and explore the island. Getting around Mykonos Town is easy, with frequent buses operating around the town, with services to popular towns and resorts, as well as regular boats and water taxis departing to the south coast beaches from the bustling harbour.
Best beaches in Mykonos Town
Mykonos really offers something for everyone, from family, gay or nude beaches, to party hot-spots and quiet coves, with all of island’s best spots accessible from the town. The local beach, Megali Ammos, is just a 15-minute stroll from the resort, but this northwest facing stretch can get windy, so it’s best to head to the more sheltered south coast for a relaxing day’s sunbathing. Here are our picks for the best beaches around Mykonos Town.
Best beaches for sunbathing – Ornos
The family-friendly Ornos Beach is just 3km from the town, and offers sandy shores which gently shelve into the shallow waters of the Aegean. There’s a host of convenient tourist facilities here, such as sunbeds, umbrellas and water sports, and plenty of beach bars, tavernas and local shops nearby.
Best beaches for activities – Paradise
Paradise is the most famous beach on the island, located on the south coast, and easily reached from Mykonos Town by shuttle bus. Renowned for its party atmosphere, there’s non-stop action all the way on this lovely sandy beach, with not only a choice of water sports, organised games and events, but a host of music-bars, clubs and discos backing the beach.
Best beaches for isolation – Agios Ioannis
The famous Shirley Valentine beach remains a peaceful spot in a fairly remote location, and offers a real change from the hustle and bustle of the town. Boasting a spectacular setting with fantastic views, Agios Ioannis is home to some tiny hidden coves, perfect for a tranquil afternoon in the sun.