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Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos (Greek: Μύκονος) is a popular tourist destination in the Greek islands of the Cyclades group, situated in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Mykonos is located south of Tinos, east of Syros and north of Paros and Naxos.​

Mykonos is famed as a cosmopolitan destination amongst the Greek islands and widely recognized as one of the great travel meccas. It is one of the most visited islands in the Aegean. This means that visitors should be prepared for loud dance clubs, English breakfasts and overpriced merchandise. Mykonos, along with Santorini, is more expensive than other Greek islands.

Mykonos tends to be extremely crowded with visitors in July and August. The best time to visit Mykonos is mid-May through June (early season, when accommodations are much cheaper and it's not too hot), or September through mid-October... Read more

Mykonos, Greece

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Mykonos (Greek: Μύκονος) is a popular tourist destination in the Greek islands of the Cyclades group, situated in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Mykonos is located south of Tinos, east of Syros and north of Paros and Naxos.​

Mykonos is famed as a cosmopolitan destination amongst the Greek islands and widely recognized as one of the great travel meccas. It is one of the most visited islands in the Aegean. This means that visitors should be prepared for loud dance clubs, English breakfasts and overpriced merchandise. Mykonos, along with Santorini, is more expensive than other Greek islands.

Mykonos tends to be extremely crowded with visitors in July and August. The best time to visit Mykonos is mid-May through June (early season, when accommodations are much cheaper and it's not too hot), or September through mid-October (post season).

Mykonos is a gay-friendly island, featuring a vibrant gay nightlife, ranking among the most popular holiday destinations in Europe among gay travelers. While there are many other destinations around the Mediterranean that see sizeable gay tourist traffic, Mykonos managed to remain refined and romantic rather than rowdy.

If you're gay, get yourself an up-to-date map with all the gay venues. The most popular beaches with gay visitors are Super Paradise and Elia. These are not strictly gay, but they have parts where gay men and women congregate. The only gay beach deserving of the title is the small beach between Elia and Agrari.

Orientation

Mykonos' main communities are Chora, the island's port town and capital, and Ano Mera.

  • Mykonos Town (Chora) is a stunningly picturesque Cycladic town with a maze of tiny, whitewashed streets, houses and churches, gathered around its harbor in the middle of a wide bay. It is one of the most cosmopolitan and crowded towns of the Aegean.

Although the streets are lined with little shops, boutiques, art galleries, cafes, stylish bars, and restaurants, Mykonos Town has not completely lost its identity. Despite the island’s rapid growth and development, its traditional Cycladic architectural style and character has remained firmly intact, thanks to the island’s strict building regulations.

  • Ano Mera is a small village on the middle of the island, and the only inland settlement on the whole of Mykonos, about 7 km east of Mykonos Town. Ano Mera is based around a large central square, which is lined on three sides by a series of Greek tavernas. The monastery of Panagia Tourliani, founded in 1542, is Ano Mera's most significant highlight.

Other small communities include:

  • Agios Ioannis is a small settlement with two taverns, one restaurant, and one tiny store. Agios Ioannis is famous as the location for the movie "Shirley Valentine".
  • Agios Stefanos

    with many hotels, good restaurants, taverns, and cafes.
  • Platys Gialos is a popular tourist resort where small fishing boats transport tourists to the southern beaches of Mykonos.
  • Ornos with several choices for staying, food and drink, and a well-organized food market with a butcher's shop, bakery, supermarket, and a pharmacy.
  • Tourlos is where most of the cruise ships dock, private yachts, and fishing boats use the marina and the port receives some of the ferries coming from the mainland or other islands.

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Mykonos, Greece: Port Information


Mykonos is a popular stop on cruise ship tours of the Greek Islands. Almost all cruise ships dock at the new port in Tourlos, though some cruise ships use the old port. If you are arriving at the new port, make use of the cruise shuttle bus to Mykonos Town. You can also take a taxi yourself, but with so many people arriving at the same time, it won't be easy to catch one. It is likely that the cruise shuttle bus will drop you off at a parking area not far from the northern bus station in Mykonos Town. It is less than a 10-minute ride. From there everything is within walking distance.

If you are arriving at the old port, you will arrive within a 10-minute walk of the heart of Mykonos Town and no bus ride will be necessary or even available.

It is easy to explore Mykonos independently. There's no real need to book excursions. Also, the recommended excursion to Delos can be booked independently.

Get around Mykonos, Greece


With a length of 12 to 15 km and a width of 10 km, Mykonos is one of the smallest of the Cyclades islands. On Mykonos you can get around by bus, taxi, car, scooter, ATV or boat.

By bus

There is a bus network that takes you around the island. There are two bus stations in Mykonos Town, each on different sides of Mykonos Town. From the main southern bus station, Fabrica, buses can be taken for departures to Platys Gialos (every half hour), Paraga (every hour), Paradise (every half hour), Ornos and Agios Ioannis. There are also night buses from Mykonos to Platys Gialos and Paradise leaving every hour. From the northern bus station which is not very far from the old port ferry quay, buses can be taken for departures to Ano Mera, Elia (departing at 11 AM, noon, 2 PM, 4 PM, 6 PM and 7 PM, returning 30 minutes later) and Kalafatis. Departure times are clearly marked at the two bus stations and the end of the bus routes. Bus schedules change a bit about every two weeks. Frequencies of buses are higher in high season.

There is no bus connection between the two bus stations. From one bus station to the other will take about 20 minutes of walking through the streets of Mykonos Town.

It is possible to buy your bus ticket from the bus driver (have exact change ready), but you can also buy your bus tickets before boarding the bus. Bus tickets can be bought in advance from a bus ticket vending machine (euro coins necessary) and can be purchased at kiosks, mini-markets, and tourist shops as well. There are no return tickets available; for a return trip, you simply need two single tickets. Hand over your ticket to the bus driver and he will "validate" it by simply tearing your ticket. There are ticket stamping machines in the bus, but they simply don't function. Don't be surprised if a man that is already on the bus near the bus driver will check your "validated" ticket a few minutes later. Even though your ticket is just torn and not stamped, he will inspect your ticket thoroughly, looking for counterfeited tickets. 

By taxi

On the entire island, there are only about 30 taxis, which means that depending on taxis for transport can be an exercise of great patience. In Mykonos Town, the main location for taxis is in Manto Square (also called Town Square or Taxi Square), on the harbor front near the statue. You have to wait in line and sometimes you can wait for hours in the taxi queue. In the evening it can be very difficult to find a taxi. Taxis do not use meters, but there's a notice board giving rates for each destination. Fares are quite reasonable. Contact telephone numbers are 22400 and 23700.

By boat

The Plati Yalos Boat Service provides a good and fun way of getting to the southern beaches of Mykonos.

  • From Platys Gialos small fishing boats converted into tourist transport leave every hour or less to the beaches of Paranga, Paradise, Super Paradise, Agrari and Elia. First departure 10:15 AM until 4:15 PM every hour. Last return to Platys Gialos from Elia at 6 PM and from Super Paradise at 8 PM.
  • From Ornos boats leave for the beaches of Platys Gialos, Paranga, Paradise, Super Paradise, Agrari and Elia. Boats leaves from Ornos at 10 AM, 11 AM, noon and 1 PM.

Boat services can be canceled due to strong wind, but with the exception of Super Paradise, all of these beaches can be reached by bus from Mykonos Town as well.

From June to September there are also infrequently boats leaving from the harbor in Mykonos Town to Super Paradise, Agrari and Elia.

By car or by motorbike

Mykonos has an extensive public transport system from Mykonos Town. By public transport, it is easy to get to all the southern beaches, which happen to be the nicest beaches as well. Renting a motorbike or a car is the way to go if you want to explore the rest of the island, especially the more remote beaches on the north coast. Motorbike and car rentals are readily available around the island. In Mykonos Town the highest concentration of rent a car - motorbike agencies is in and around the area of the southern bus station, where you will find a wide range of choices. The other area of Mykonos Town with rent a car - motorbike agencies is near to the old port, behind the Archaeological Museum.

  • Action Rent a Car Mykonos, Platys Gialos (in the main road to Platys Gialos, 50m from the crossroad to Psarou Beach), ☎ +30 22890 23572, fax: +30 22890 27609, e-mail: info@actionmykonos.com. 9 AM-8 PM.
  • Budget rent a car Mykonos, Kato Mili, Mykonos Town (near the windmills), ☎ +30 22890 23210, fax: +30 22890 24690. 8 AM-9 PM.
  • OK Rent a Car, Agios Stefanos, ☎ +30 22890 23761, fax: +30 22890 25497, e-mail: okmykonos@yahoo.gr.

If you rent a car be aware that cars are not permitted in the town of Mykonos. There are parking areas on the outskirts of town, but during peak season finding a parking space is usually a challenge. You can always try the huge public parking area next to the old port. Considering Mykonos is a very small island, renting a bike might be a better choice unless you are planning to stay far out of town and from beaches. Bikes are cheap to rent, you can park them almost anywhere, and it is cooler than a car standing in the hot sun all day.

What to see in Mykonos, Greece


Attractions in Mykonos Town

  • The Windmills

    , Mykonos Town (western part of town). From as early as the 16th century, the windmills are one of the most recognized landmarks of Mykonos. Once this island was a great producer of wheat and bread. The area of the windmills has a splendid view on Little Venice and is the most popular place in Mykonos to watch the sunset.
  • Little Venice (Alefkandra), Mykonos Town (most western part of town). A district located at the sea, famous for its picturesque medieval two and three-story houses, which stand like a wall above the sea, and their colorful wooden balconies. Little Venice is one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the whole of Mykonos and offers a fantastic sunset. A favorite activity is drinking a cocktail in one of the many bars and cafes while watching the sunset on the seashore. You will reach Little Venice walking from the windmills down the stairs. It is only a five-minute walk from Fabrika bus station and there is a sign for it on the other side of the square.
  • Panagia Paraportiani

    , Mykonos Town (most western part of town). Of all the churches on Mykonos, the most impressive is

Panagia Paraportianí, a true Byzantine jewel. This whitewashed church, which building dates back to 1425 and was not completed until the 17th century, is the most popular and most photographed of the 400 churches on the whole island of Mykonos. It is made up of four chapels at ground level with another one above. Only one of the chapels on the ground floor is open to visitors, from early morning until sunset. The church is located in the Kastro district, the oldest section of Mykonos Town.

  • Petros the Pelican, the island's mascot, can sometimes be found at the waterfront or even up in town. Originally the pelican was found wounded off the coast of Paranga shore after a storm back in the 1950s by a local fisherman. The pelican was nursed to health and remained on the island supported by locals. It soon adopted the name “Petros.” To great disappointment by locals and tourists alike, Petros was hit by a car on 2 December 1985 and failed to recover. After Petros died in 1986 he was so popular that a new pelican was introduced as a successor. Now there are three pelicans inhabiting the island. This means that the Petros you meet can be a Petra. Well, this is Mykonos.

Museums

All museums are open from April to October, except the Archaeological Museum which is open year round. Most people keep the museums for a rainy day, but the Archaeological Museum is worth a visit.

  • Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, Mykonos Town (near the northern bus station), ☎ +30 22890 22325. Open daily from 8:30 AM to 3 PM, except Mondays. The exhibition of the museum includes a large number of vases, ranging from the prehistoric to the late Hellenistic period (25th-1st century B.C.), grave statues, stelae and funerary urns from the nearby island of Rheneia (Delos' necropolis). There are very few finds from Mykonos.
  • Folklore Museum, Mykonos Town (a few meters from Paraportiani), ☎ +30 22890 22591. Open daily from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM, except Sundays. The Folklore Museum, housed in an 18th-century sea captain's house, brings together a number of collections of furniture, icons, pieces of sculpture, folk musical instruments, costumes, and textiles.
  • Lena's House Museum, Tria Pigadia, Mykonos Town (centre of town, next to the Maritime Museum), ☎ +30 22890 2239. Open daily from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, except Sundays. Lena's House Museum, a branch of the Folklore Museum, is an authentic 19th-century middle-class Mykonian house, completely restored with furnishings.
  • Aegean Maritime Museum, Tria Pigadia, Mykonos Town (center of town, next to Lena´s House), ☎ +30 22890 22700, e-mail: museum@emproslines.com. Open daily, from 10:30 AM to 1 PM and from 6:30 PM to 9 PM. A collection of nautical instruments and ancient vessels.
  • Agricultural Museum, Apono Mili, Mykonos Town (near the windmills), ☎ +30 22890 22390. Open daily from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, except Sundays. A collection of traditional agricultural tools.
  • The Boni Mill, Mykonos Town (on the upper east section of town), ☎ +30 22890 26246. Open daily from June to September, from 4 PM to 8 PM. A 16th-century windmill, overlooking the town. The mill has been maintained and is fully functional featuring its customary wood-burning stone oven.

Beaches

Most of the beaches have tavernas and restaurants and are well equipped with deck chairs and parasols. The best beaches are on the south side of the island and sheltered from the prevailing northern wind. On the more popular beaches, it is not uncommon for people to walk down the beach selling probably illegal goods such as DVDs, fake bags, clothes, jewelry, and watches. They come right up to you and it can be somewhat annoying but they are easily pushed away with a simple 'No, thank you'. Also, many beaches, even the more family-orientated, are often populated with the 'European' style of sunbathing - i.e. topless.

South coast

  • Psarou (5km from Mykonos Town). This upmarket beach is popular amongst the Greeks. Lots of hotels, apartments, and restaurants.

Psarou is easily accessible by bus from Mykonos Town. Get off the bus one stop before the last stop, Platys Gialos.

  • Platys Gialos (6km from Mykonos Town). Busy family and tourist beach. Lots of hotels, apartments, restaurants and beach bars, lining the long sandy beach. Jet ski rentals are available.

Bus service from Mykonos Town is very frequent and takes about 15 minutes. Platys Gialos is the starting point for regular boat services to the other southern Mykonos beaches.

  • Paranga (6km from Mykonos Town). Sandy beach. There are some rocks in water but many places where you can enter over sand. There is camping, some hotels, and some nice beach bars and restaurants. Also popular with gays. Nudity is quite common, especially on the right end (facing the sea). At about 5 PM the beach gets really noisy with several beach bars. On the right side, Paranga also has a large, more quiet stretch of sandy beach without deck chairs and parasols and without restaurants and bars.

Paranga is easily accessible by bus from Mykonos Town or with a regular boat service from Platys Gialos (first stop). It is also an easy walk from Platys Gialos (15 minutes) or Paradise (10 minutes). On your way walking from Platys Galios you will pass by the beach of Aghia Anna, an enchanting little cove nearby Paranga Beach with only a handful of rental umbrellas and lounge chairs. At this golden sand beach, there are two lovely restaurants nearby, a more modern Greek restaurant (Santanna) and a traditional-style Greek tavern (Nikolas).

  • Paradise (Kalamopodi) (6km from Mykonos Town). Probably the most popular beach known for its parties. At about 4 PM the music will get really loud.

Paradise is easily reached by bus from Mykonos Town or with a regular boat service from Platys Gialos (second stop).

  • Super Paradise (Plintri) (7km from Mykonos Town). Restaurants, beach bars, and some hotels. The right side of the beach is mostly nude and gay. At about 4 PM the music wil get really loud and there will be music from both the left side (Super Paradise Beach Bar Club) and the right side (Coco Club); for some time to leave, for others time to party.

There is no bus service to Super Paradise, but it is easily accessible with a regular boat service from Platys Gialos (third stop). You can also take the bus to Paradise from Mykonos Town and then continue walking for 20 minutes over the hill to Superparadise. From June to September there is a boat from the Superparadise. From June to September there is a boat from the harbor in Mykonos Town to Super Paradise, leaving in the morning and returning around 4:30 PM in the afternoon. With your own transport, it is a difficult winding road from Mykonos Town.

  • Agrari (8km from Mykonos Town). Agrari Beach is less popular than its neighbor Elia and much calmer. Well organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, with many watersports.sunbeds and umbrellas, with many watersports.watersports.

If there are enough passengers, the boats from Platys Gialos will make a stop at Agrari. Otherwise, it is an easy 5-minute walk over the rocks from Elia Beach. With your own transport, it is a quite difficult road from Mykonos Town.

  • Elia (8km from Mykonos Town). Elia is one of the larger beaches on Mykonos. It is a well-organized beach with sunbeds and umbrellas, and various water sports (ski and jet-ski). Three restaurants and taverns. Also popular with gays, especially the small rocky beach between sunbeds and umbrellas, and various water sports (ski and jet-ski). Three restaurants and taverns. Also popular with gays, especially the small rocky beach between Elia and Agari. Nudity is permitted but not as common as at Paradise, Super Paradise, and Agari. Nudity is permitted but not as common as at Paradise, Super Paradise, and Paranga. Nudity is concentrated at the right and nicest part of the beach (towards Agrari).

Elia is most easily reached by a direct local bus from Mykonos Town’s northern bus terminal, but also with a regular boat service from Platys Gialos beach (fourth and last stop). Last boat back is at 6 PM, but after that time two buses are still running (leaving at 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM).

East coast

  • Kalo Livadi (10km from, Mykonos Town, 2km from Ano Mera). A quiet, long stretch of sandy beach. It offers some taverns with good food, and a few small hotels and villas.

Best reached with your own transport, but you can get there by bus. Take the bus to Elia and get off the bus at the top of the hill where it turns to go to Elia Beach and walk for about ten minutes downhill to your left.

  • Kalafati (12km from Mykonos Town). A very large, beautiful and less developed beach and a favorite with windsurfers due to the offshore breeze. A variety of water sports are available here, including jet ski, water ski, wakeboard and tube rides.

Kalafati can be reached by bus from Mykonos Town, but this bus only runs a few times a day. Immediately next to Kalafatis are the sandy beaches of Draoumia and Tafarnis.

  • Lia (14km from Mykonos Town). An uncrowded, sandy beach. Deck chairs and umbrellas are available to rent. Some tiny houses of fishermen from a little settlement, with two taverns and a beach bar.

To get there you need your own transport or you can walk from Kalafati.

North coast

  • Fokos. A small beach with coarse sand, not known by many people. This beach has no facilities like sunbeds and umbrellas, but it offers a very good tavern. To get to Fokos you need your own transport. 
  • Ftelia (near Ano Mera, southern part of Panormos BayPanormos Bay). This beach faces the north and thus it is affected by the strong summer northern winds, which make it ideal for windsurfing, but not for swimming or sunbathing. Ftelia is an isolated, very tranquil place and even during July and August not very crowded because it is often quite windy and dusty.

To get there you need your own transport. From Ano Mera follow a weaving road down to the beach.

  • Panormos. On the north side of the island and facing east onto Panormos Bay is the long and beautiful Panormos Beach. Two restaurants, one hotel, and a trendy beach club serve this otherwise remote area. Panormos Beach is nudist beach mostly in the right side. To get to Panormos you need your own transport.
  • Agios Sostis. This beach faces the east of Panormos Bay. Agios Sostis is one of the more remote beaches on the island, without rental lounge chairs and umbrellas. Void of accommodation and crowds this beautiful beach offers not only peace and quiet but also a very good small restaurant. Nude bathing tolerant. To get there you need your own transport. Take the road beyond Panormos beach.

West coast

  • Agios Stefanos (3km north of Mykonos Town). A well developed, sandy beach next to the new harbor. Agios Stefanos is very popular and gets very crowded during summer time. This beach is about the length of a soccer pitch. Agios Stefanos is reachable by bus from Mykonos town.
  • Tourlos (2km north of Mykonos Town). A small beach near the new port of Mykonos. The actual beach of Tourlos is not used much anymore since the construction of the new port and marina but is still a busy area.
  • Mykonos town beach. There's a small beach at the harbor front (Aghia Anna, one of several by that name on the island). Unless you are waiting for a boat leaving from the old port, there is no reason for staying there. Much better beaches are within easy reach.
  • Megali Ammos (1km south of Mykonos Town). The nearest beach to Mykonos Town, just a 10-minute walk from Mykonos Town along the coast into the direction of Ornos (or hop on the bus to Ornos). The beach is next to the central road. There is a huge slab in the sea which makes it a little difficult to swim. The beach has no umbrellas and sunbeds due to the strong northerly winds. There are a few hotels and apartments and a wonderful tavern, Joanna's Niko's Place.
  • Ornos (3km south of Mykonos Town). Busy family and tourist beach. It gathers many for its sunbeds and umbrellas, and bars and restaurants. The sandy beach slopes gently into the sea. There are schools for sea-skiing and surfing..

Ornos is easily accessible by bus from Mykonos Town (or walk along the coast road for about 30 minutes). 2km north of Ornos is the beach of Korfos, suitable for windsurfing, but not for swimming or sunbathing.

  • Agios Ioannis (Shirley Valentine Beach) (4km south west of Mykonos Town). Agios Ioannis is a small beach with snorkeling opportunities. The beach never gets overcrowded and deck chairs are available to rent. Great tavern and cocktail bar very close. The beach offers a beautiful view of the nearby islands of Delos and Rheneia. Agios Ioannis is easily accessible by bus from Mykonos Town.

Next to Agios Ioannis is the small beach of Kapari, with a small nude section. This hidden beach is located north of Agios Ioannis, behind Agios Ioannis chapel, and then steep walk downhill.

What to do in Mykonos, Greece


  • Delos, a small uninhabited island close to Mykonos, is a UNESCO world heritage area known for its important archeological sites. There are daily excursions from archeological sites. There are daily excursions from Mykonos Town, except Monday, when the archeological site is closed. Boats leave at 9 AM, 10 AM, and 11 AM from the pier at the west side of the harbor, right behind the little church of Agios Nikolaos. The boat trip takes about 30 minutes. Boats return at 12:15 PM, 1:30 PM and 3 PM. Boat trips to Delos are also organized from Platys Gialos and Paranga Beach. The excavations are open from 8:30 AM to 3 PM, so have an early start if you really want to see it all. Delos is a must for all visitors.
  • From Platys Gialos you can take a cruise on a GlassBottom Discover Boat, a boat with a glass floor at the bottom through which you can view underwater life. There are beach-to-beach cruises, sunset cruises and cruises to Delos and Rhenia.
  • Check the ferry schedules well, but it is possible to make day trips to the islands of Tinos, Syros, Paros, and Naxos.

What to eat and drink in Mykonos, Greece


Eat

In Mykonos Town you will find most of the restaurants and eateries. All over town, there are various gyros and souvlaki shops and creperies where you can eat quite well for just a few creperies where you can eat quite well for just a few euros. Mykonos offers dining options catering to a range of tastes and budgets. You can have good Greek food at reasonable prices, but it also easy to spend a fortune. Almost all restaurants (and many bars) post their prices on menus at the entrance, so as you walk around you can take a look to see which places offer appealing food in your budget range. Restaurants facing the harbor or the sea (especially in Little Venice) tend to have significantly higher prices because you are also paying for the location and the view. Restaurants in the streets deeper in the heart of town tend to be more reasonably priced.

Mykonos Town

  • Antonini's Taverna, Manto Square, Mykonos Town ('taxi square'), ☎ +30 22890 22319. Antonini's is one of the oldest of Mykonos' restaurants. This popular, small restaurant serves simple and tasty Greek food at very reasonable prices.
  • Appaloosa Bar & Restaurant, 11 Mavrogenous, Plateia Goumenio, Mykonos Town (center of town), ☎ +30 22890 27086, e-mail: appaloosamykonos@yahoo.gr. Mexican-European food, relaxed atmosphere and also a great place for cocktails.
  • Aqua Taverna, Little Venice, Mykonos Town (next to Caprice), ☎ +30 22890 26083. A little Italian restaurant serving Mediterranean-style food.
  • Avra Restaurant, 27 Kalogera Street, Mykonos Town, ☎ +30 22890 22298, e-mail: info@avra-mykonos.com. Open from 7 PM to 1 AM. Excellent Greek food, not exactly cheap, but well worth the price. You can sit inside, at the small terrace overlooking the street or in the garden.
  • Bakalo, 84 Lakka, Mykonos Town (150m down from the southern bus station), ☎ +30 22890 78121, e-mail: info@bakalo.gr. Moderately priced Greek eatery.
  • Blue Ginger Restaurant, Periferal Road, Argyraina, Mykonos Town (above the main part of town, opposite the Medical Center), ☎ +30 22890 27602, e-mail: carolgrunberg2002@yahoo.com. Open from 6 PM to 1 AM. Excellent oriental fusion restaurant, serving both Thai and Chinese cuisine. The restaurant has views of the sunset and a great atmosphere.
  • Caesar, Plateia Goumenio, Mykonos Town (center of town), ☎ +30 22890 23104. Small restaurant. Reasonable prices.
  • Catari, Aghia Anna, Mykonos Town (near the old port), ☎ +30 22890 78571, e-mail: info@catari.gr. Traditional Italian pizzeria.
  • Eva's Garden, Plateia Goumenio, Mykonos Town (center of town), ☎ +30 22890 22160, fax: +30 22890 27060, e-mail: evas.myconos@yahoo.gr. Open from 6 PM to 1 AM. Home cooked Greek and international dishes in a beautiful garden and roof setting. Dining room inside for windy nights. Excellent service and a good atmosphere.
  • Joanna's Niko's PlaceNiko's Place, Megali Ammos (Megali Ammos (Ammos (right on the beach, a 10-minute walk from Mykonos Town along the coast into the direction of Ornos), ☎ +30 22890 24251. A fabulous taverna with tasty Greek food at very reasonable prices. A marvelous place to sit in the evening and watch the sunset. Reservation recommended.
  • Gola Restaurant, Periferiakos, Drafaki, Mykonos Town (ring road), ☎ +30 22890 23010, fax: +30 22890 27387, e-mail: info@gola.gr. Open from 7:30 PM. One of the best restaurants in Mykonos, on the outskirts of Mykonos Town. Gourmet restaurant with modern deco and great views of the town and the sea. Superb Italian food. High prices, but worth it for a special occasion or to indulge yourself. 25% discount during first service 7:30 PM-9:30 PM.
  • Katrine’s (La Maison De Catherine), Ayios Gerasimos, Mykonos Town (corner of Gerasimos & Nikou, off Matogianni Street), ☎ +30 22890 22169. Open from 6 PM to 2 AM. One of the most famous and oldest restaurants on the island, with classic French and Greek cuisine and excellent service. Stylish and expensive.
  • Ta Kioupia Taverna, Agias Monis Square, Kastro, Mykonos Town (just up and across Agias Monis Square from Niko's Taverna, near Niko's Taverna, near Paraportiani), ☎ +30 22890 22866, e-mail: takioupia_mykonos@mailbox.gr. An extensive menu of good, authentic Greek food at very reasonable prices.
  • Kounelas Fish Tavern, Svoronou, Mykonos Town (near the harbor, next to Porta Bar), ☎ +30 22890 28220. Open from 8 PM. A small fish tavern in a garden setting. Fresh fish accompanied by Greek salads at a reasonable price. You can select your dish from the limited menu or choose your seafood from the catch of the day. Often full.
  • Lotus, 47 Matogianni, Mykonos Town (halfway along main street), ☎ +30 22890 22881. Small, romantic spot, seating under a canopy of vines. Good food and full bar. It may be a little pricey, but it's worth it.
  • To Ma'ereio (Maerion), 16 Kalogera Street, Mykonos Town (behind the Alpha Bank on Matogianni Street (main street)), ☎ +30 22890 28825. Open from 7 PM. A small reasonably-priced tavern serving excellent traditional Greek dishes and Mykonian specialties. Almost always full.
  • Marco Polo, Lakka Square, Mykonos Town, ☎ +30 22890 22126. Greek tavern.
  • Niko'sNiko's Taverna, Ag. Ioanninou, Agias Monis Square, Mykonos Town (one block off the harbor towards Little Venice, near Paraportiani), ☎ +30 22890 24320. Open from noon to 1 AM. A very popular restaurant, which is always packed. An extensive menu of good, authentic Greek food at very reasonable prices.
  • NiSa Restaurant, 10 Kalogera Street, Mykonos Town (behind the Alpha Bank on Matogianni Street (main street)), ☎ +30 22890 78550, e-mail: info@avra-mykonos.com. Open from 7 PM to 1 AM. Very good Greek cuisine with a little twist. Dining on the porch is great for people watching. Not cheap, but for Mykonos average prices.
  • La Piazzetta, Kounenis Garden, Tria Pigadia, Mykonos Town (in a hidden courtyard behind a tobacco shop, at the end of Matogianni Street (main street)), ☎ +30 22890 22343, e-mail: info@lapiazzetta-mykonos.eu. An elegant restaurant. Quiet atmosphere, fine cuisine, and a good wine selection.

Ano Mera

The town square offers several traditional restaurants.

  • Vangelis Taverna, Ano Mera (main square), ☎ +30 22890 71577. Excellent bistro and though not cheap value for money.

Kalafatis

  • Aneplora, Kalafati, ☎ +30 22890 72470. The fish restaurant, taverna, ouzeri and bar Aneplora is one of the best places in the south east side of Kalafati, ☎ +30 22890 72470. The fish restaurant, taverna, ouzeri, and bar Aneplora is one of the best places in the southeast side of Mykonos at Kalafatis beach with a view over the beach of Aghia Anna. A huge variety of traditional Greek food.

Ornos

  • Konstantis Taverna, Ornos (at the beach), ☎ +30 22890 22837. An elegant beach restaurant serving fresh fish.

Platys Gialos

  • Atlantida, Platys Gialos (from the bus station the third restaurant on the beach), ☎ +30 22890 26618. Excellent restaurant belonging to the Hotel Acrogiali. Great variety of Greek and Italian dishes, all served on a seaside terrace, at reasonable prices.
  • Avli tou Thodori, Platys Gialos (from the bus station the second restaurant on the beach), ☎ +30 22890 78100, e-mail: info@avlitouthodori.gr. Excellent restaurant. Great variety of international and Greek dishes, all served on a seaside terrace.

Psarou

  • N'Ammos, Psarou (right on the beach), ☎ +31 22890 22440. A beautiful, all white restaurant for the "rich and famous" and known for its celebrity spottings. Mediterranean cuisine. Very expensive, but some say you get what you pay for.

Beach Taverns

  • Agrari Restaurant, Agrari Beach, ☎ +30 22890 71295. A traditional beach restaurant with a green garden.
  • FokosFokos Taverna, Fokos Beach, ☎ +30 6945828561. Open from 1 PM till 7 PM, till 8 PM in August. Meat, grilled fish, cooked dishes (one per day, and good) and a large variety of salads. A bit remote, but the tavern itself is worth the trip.
  • Kiki's Taverna, Agios Sostis (Sostis (on the steep hill walking towards the beach entrance). Open from 11 AM till 6 PM. A hidden gem. There is seating for perhaps two dozen people at most, and because there’s no electricity, the restaurant closes just before dusk. Everything is really tasty and fresh, cooked on an outdoor grill, served with fresh homemade salads
  • La Luna Beach Taverna, Lia Beach, ☎ +30 22890 72150. This remote Italian bistro is worth the drive, for the sea and the cuisine.
  • Lia, Lia Beach, ☎ +30 22890 71015. Traditional fish tavern. Fisherman owner serves his day’s catch.
  • Nikolas, Agia Anna Beach (a 2-minute walk from Paranga Beach into the direction of Platys Gialos), ☎ +30 22890 23566. A family-run beach tavern with traditional Greek dishes at affordable prices. They have been there since 1967!
  • Tasos Taverna, Paranga Beach, ☎ +31 22890 23002. A very popular, moderately-upscale fish tavern.
  • Vasoula Taverna, Agios Stefanos. A nice little fish taverna overlooking the sea.

Drink

Mykonos is famous for its intense nightlife as evidenced by a vast number of bars and nightclubs. Drinking can be quite expensive in Mykonos.

Bars in Mykonos Town

  • Argo Bar, Manto Square (1st floor), Mykonos Town ('taxi square', above Camares restaurant), ☎ +30 22890 28766, e-mail: argobarmykonos@gmail.com. Open from 10 PM till late. Friendly club with loud dance music.
  • Astra Bar, Tria Pigadia, Mykonos Town (heart of town), ☎ +30 22890 24767, e-mail: info@astra.org.gr.
  • Caprice, Agion Anargyron Street, Mykonos Town (Little Venice), ☎ +30 22890 23541. Located on the edge of the sea wall in Little Venice, with entrances at the front and back, Caprice Bar can be packed wall to wall. Here you can enjoy the music, cocktails and a trendy party atmosphere.
  • Katerina's Bar, Agion Anargyron Street, Mykonos Town (Little Venice), ☎ +30 22890 23804. Open from 10 PM to 3:30 AM. Katerina's Cocktail Bar is built on two levels and each level has a balcony that hangs over the sea in Little Venice, making it a good spot to view the sunset over a cocktail.
  • Madoupas Cafe-bar & Restaurant, Mykonos Town (in the harbor), ☎ +30 22890 22224. Have a drink or meal at the terrace in the harbor and watch the people walk by. Prices are better than at other spots in the harbour.
  • Montparnasse (The Piano Bar), 24 Agion Anargyron Street, Mykonos Town (Little Venice), ☎ +30 22890 23719, e-mail: pianobar4u@bellsouth.net. Open from 8 PM to 3:30 AM. Montparnasse, with a balcony hanging over the sea, is another favorite spot for watching the sunset and having a cocktail. But more important, from 10 PM to 2 AM it turns into an exceptional piano bar with cabaret entertainment. Straight-friendly and highly recommended.
  • Skandinavian Bars-Disco, Agion Ioannis Barkia, Mykonos Town (near Nikos Taverna), ☎ +30 22890 22669, e-mail: info@skandinavianbar.com. Skandinavian Bar is one of the 'landmark' party places on Mykonos since 1978. Comprised of an outdoor square with seating all around, two smaller downstairs bars and the upstairs disco overseeing it all. Friendly atmosphere, excellent service and - not unimportant - drinks at the best prices.
  • Thalami, Mykonos Town (old port, under Mykonos' Town Hall and next to Nikos tavern). Open from 10 PM till late. Popular bar with Greek music.

Gay bars and nightclubs

  • Babylon, Paraportiani waterfront, Mykonos Town (old harbor, next to Jacky O'), ☎ +30 22890 25152. Open from 10 AM till late. A new gay dance club opened in 2009. There's a dance floor and drag shows. Babylon is less crowded than its neighbor Jacky O'.
  • Jacky O', Paraportiani waterfront, Mykonos Town (old harbour), ☎ +30 22890 79167. Open from 10 AM till late. The most popular gay dance club opened in 2009. The party goes wild at about 2 AM till sometimes 7 AM. Inside there's a really crowded dance floor and shows by drag queens. During peak summer nights, hundreds of people are hanging out outside at the waterfront. Recommended.
  • Diva, Agion Anargyron Street, Mykonos Town (near Little Venice, near Paraportiani), ☎ +30 22890 27271. Open from 10 PM till late. Diva Bar is a cozy, intimate bar, with the sea lapping at its doorstep located in Little Venice. The owner Vangelio is a colorful character and it takes only a few lively souls to create the party here. Lesbians very welcome.
  • Kastro Bar, Agion Anargyron Street, Mykonos Town (Little Venice, next to Paraportiani), ☎ +30 22890 23072. Open from 7 PM till late. Kastro offers a magnificent sunset view in a relaxed and romantic atmosphere with classical music. It is a cocktail bar, but their most notorious drink is the Kastro Coffee (secret recipe, but you will taste some Metaxa). The arrangement of tables and benches is such that it’s almost impossible not to get engaged in conversation with strangers. Only busy early in the evening, till about 10 PM. Recommended.
  • Lola, 4 Zani Pitaraki, Mykonos Town (between Limni Square & Little Venice), ☎ +30 22890 23072, e-mail: magicgilles@yahoo.com. Open from 7 PM till late. Opened November 2009. This new bar has a very cabaret, theatrical feel.
  • Pierro's (formerly Manto), Matogianni Street, Mykonos Town (main street in center of town, 'gay square'), ☎ +30 22890 22177, e-mail: pierros@pierrosbar.gr. Open from 9 PM till late. Famous gay bar. Pierro's moved in 2008 just next door to formerly Manto Bar. During peak summer nights, hundreds of guys are hanging out outside on Mykonos' "gay square."
  • Pierro's Cafe, Matogianni Street (1st floor), Mykonos Town (main street in center of town, 'gay square'), ☎ +30 22890 22177, e-mail: pierros@pierrosbar.gr. Open from 9 PM till late. Bar & disco, above original Pierro's. Techno & dance music and a younger crowd. The outdoor veranda overlooks 'gay square.'
  • Porta Bar, Ionni Voinovich, Mykonos Town (in an alley just a few meters back from the blue-domed church at the harbor front, next to Kounelas Fish Tavern), ☎ +30 22890 27087. Open from 8 PM to 3:30 AM. Busy 11:30 PM-2 AM. Porta Bar in Mykonos is in one of the backstreets of Mykonos Town, so you may have to ask around to locate it. Otherwise use the back entrance, easy to find between Nikos Taverna and Skandinavian Bar.
  • Ramrod, Manto Square, Mykonos Town ('taxi square', in the old harbor), ☎ +30 22890 24301. Open from 10 PM till late. From the terrace, you can have a nice view over the harbor. Inside there's a dance floor and shows by drag queens and go-go dancers.

Beach bars

  • Coco Club Bar, Super Paradise Beach (on a rock, at the right side of Super Paradise). A beach bar overlooking the beach. Attracts a gay crowd.
  • Kalua Beach Bar, Paranga Beach, ☎ +30 22890 23927. By day, this bleached-white beach bar serves good local cuisine at decent prices. Come 6 PM though, the DJ strikes up and the dancing begins. By midnight until the early hours, it’s a wild scene.
  • PanormosPanormos Beach Bar & Restaurant, Panormos Beach, ☎ +30 22890 27640. A trendy beach bar and tavern, that changed Panormos Beach into a more cosmopolitan beach.Panormos Beach, ☎ +30 22890 27640. A trendy beach bar and tavern, that changed Panormos Beach into a more cosmopolitan beach.
  • Super Paradise Beach Club, Super Paradise Beach, ☎ +30 22890 23023, e-mail: summer@superparadise.com.gr. The party starts in the afternoon and continues until late at night, with a peak in July and August.
  • Tropicana Beach Club, Paradise Beach, ☎ +30 22890 23582, e-mail: info@tropicanamykonos.com.

Nightclubs

Although Mykonos´ nightlife focuses mainly on bars, there are a number of notable dance clubs to be found on the island, some of them attracting world-famous DJs.

  • Cavo Paradiso, Paradise Beach (on a hill, to the left of Paradise Beach), ☎ +30 22890 27205, fax: +30 22890 25949, e-mail: info@cavoparadiso.gr. Open from 12:30 AM to 8:30 AM and only during the busy months of July and August. Cavo Paradiso, an Ibiza-style open-air mega club, has a fantastic view of the sea and a huge swimming pool in the middle of the club, where you can party and dance till well after the sun comes up. The party doesn't start until at least 2 AM. Clubbers from all around the world voted for Cavo Paradiso as one of the 10 best clubs of the world. 4 Famous DJ's, like Roger Sanchez, David Morales, Paul Oakenfold, Sander van Doorn, and Tiësto, play here every summer and various music events are hosted frequently. Very expensive!
  • Paradise Club Mykonos, Paradise Beach (on a hill, to the left of Paradise Beach), e-mail: office@paradiseclub-mykonos.com. The biggest nightclub on the island and voted for as one of the 100 best clubs of the world. 5 With three stages and a swimming pool. Famous DJ's, like Moby, Bob Sincar, Fedde Legrand, David Guetta, and Armin van Buuren, play here every summer. The party starts every day around 4:30 PM, with a peak in July and August. The daily party can run into the night.
  • Space, Lakka Square, Mykonos Town (near to the grade school and amphitheatre), ☎ +30 22890 24100, e-mail: info@spacemykonos.gr. A house-music club. Space Nightclub is the only large club in town and is popular with a young crowd. The party doesn't start until well after midnight and continues till around 6 AM.

Shopping in Mykonos, Greece


You can go shopping or window shopping in the fabulous little boutiques which carry exclusive name brands, among them outstanding Greek jewelers, souvenirs as well as works of art. Bring money and credit cards. Most shops are open seven days a week but will be closed from 2 PM to 5 PM. Many tourist shops will remain open late into the evening. In case you are looking for department stores, as some cruise tourists do, there aren't any.

Mykonos is home to a large artists' colony, so there are a number of fine galleries offering original works.

Of course, you will also find the shops you need to fill all your basic needs and comforts. There are mini-markets, greengrocers, butchers, kiosks, bakeries, liquor stores, a few small supermarkets (and bigger supermarkets out of town), many pharmacies, a dry goods shop, bookstores, photo and electronics shops.

ATM's are available throughout town. There's a concentration of ATM's near the southern bus station.

Safety in Mykonos, Greece


  • ​Mykonos is generally a safe island, with the only problem of dangerous and drunk driving. Be aware in case you want to rent a motorbike or quadbike because its roads are sometimes narrow with sudden twists that need driving experience and extra care.
  • Police, ☎ +30 2289 22235. 

Language spoken in Mykonos, Greece


Greek is the official language of Greece, and therefore it's spoken by all the permanent inhabitants of the island and most of its visitors, but the foreign visitor will have no problem at all communicating in foreign languages, mainly in English.

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