Considered one of the most elegant of the Greek isles, Mykonos has deservedly harnessed a reputation as both a jet-set destination and as a party island. Think St Tropez meets Ibiza nestled in the glimmering Aegean Sea.
This low-lying, sun-drenched Cycladic island has plenty to offer with the best sandy, wind protected beaches to be found in the south. Here you will find lively, fun-seeking revellers at Paradise Beach or the quieter, family friendly resorts of Platis Gialos and Ornos.
Climate-wise, Mykonos is best enjoyed in late spring when the landscape is green, the sea has warmed and the crowds are yet to descend. As with nearby Santorini, storms are common in the autumn meaning this time of year can be much quieter.
For places to stay, Mykonos has a great range of resorts particularly at the magnificent Ornos Bay; livelier choices can be found at Paradise Beach and the island or for something more glitzy, try the boutique hotels and villas to be found in the bohemian Mykonos Town or many of the island’s villages.
Mykonos Town is a jumble of white houses, accessorised with blue doors and flower-filled balconies. It’s a warren of narrow lanes and endless nooks and crannies hiding a little church here, a tiny boutique there. But the capital is also cosmopolitan, sophisticated and cool – in the trendy sense – and you may be lucky enough to spot an A-list celeb in one of the many glitzy bars and tavernas – or perhaps a TV-soap star!