Destination of the Week: Mykonos
Just saying Mykonos out loud is enough to put you in a party frame of mind. The glamourous Greek island, that’s sometimes described as the Ibiza of Greece, is famous for glorious Cyclades beaches, picturesque villages and a pumping night scene. It’s not all about fun in the sun though, so if you choose to leave the sand for an afternoon’s exploration, you’ll find plenty of historical sites and vibrant traditions to explore.
What to do
First things first when you arrive in Mykonos; taking your pick of stunning beaches! From the trendy Paradise and Super Paradise beaches, to the field of umbrellas at Elia and Paraga’s entertainment-lined stretch of sand, if all you want to do is catch some rays, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Chora is the capital of Mykonos and Little Venice is the perfect spot to stroll, dine and eat at any time of the day. A favourite haunt of artists, here you can admire historic houses perched precariously on the edge of the sea, check out art galleries and then party the night away in bars and discos.
Overlooking Little Venice are the iconic Mykonos windmills, made famous as the island’s postcard trademark. From here you can take your own perfect pics with views over the village and the port. For an exciting daytrip, take a boat to the island of Delos, a placed entrenched in Greek god mythology, to check out the archeological site.
Where to stay
Accommodation in Mykonos is really a no-brainer, with so many fabulous options within a stone’s throw of the beach. The high season in July and August brings with it prices to match, but, when you go off-season, you’ll be sure to find some fantastic deals.
Mykonos Grand Hotel and Resort (£££)
If your idea of an indulgent hotel stay includes lounging in a cabana with sheer white drapes, next to a sparkling pool overlooking the ocean, then the Mykonos Grand Hotel and Resort is the place for you. There’s a bar, a spa, fitness facilities and delectable seafood on the menu too, so you’d be forgiven for struggling to step foot outside.
Carbonaki Hotel (££)
If you’re heading to Mykonos with the family, the Carbonaki Hotel offers a peaceful haven just steps from bars, shops and the Mykonos windmills. The hotel provides different grades of rooms, including family-friendly suites. You can have a sun downer on the terrace, chill out at the bar or take a dip in the hot tub.
Akrotiraki Hotel (£)
With a reputation for being warm and friendly, the Akrotiraki Hotel has everything you need on your Mykonos stay, just 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre. The hotel provides free Wi Fi, breakfast, balconies and air-conditioning, while all the rooms have TVs, fridges and safes.
Where to eat
Whether it be fine dining by the sea or a gyros to nibble on while you stroll around town, Mykonos cuisine will tantalise your taste buds. Everywhere you go, you can enjoy the smell of grilled seafood, so leave some room after breakfast to eat your way around the island.
Known for its fabulous service and elegant ambience, M-eating is also famed for its exceptional Greek cuisine. Housed in a traditional building in town, you can try Sea Bass Tatar, Cycladic Octopus, Ratatouille with Mykonian sausage and Mykonian Honey Pie for dessert.
Hippie Fish (££)
For the quintessential holiday dining experience, head to Hippie Fish on Agios Ioanis beach. Sit right on the sand to enjoy fish, crab and lobster dishes, then sip on cocktails before taking a night time stroll along the magnificent waterfront.
When all you want is a fast food hit or a late night munch, hit everyone’s favourite spot, Jimmy’s Gyros, right in the centre of town. If you’re lucky, you might even get your photo up on the ‘wall of fame’, displaying the faces of other happy customers.