Known for its charming, white-washed buildings, shimmering shores, and crystalline waters, Mykonos also happens to have one of the richest nightlife scenes of the Greek Islands. Make no mistake, once the wild reveling ends, there's infinitely much more Mykonos can offer.
Whether you want to dance the night away or are interested in history and architecture, or perhaps, you want simply to soak up the sun on one of its many pristine beaches, there's something for everyone on this magical island. If you’re visiting this Aegean paradise for the first time, here are some top tips to make sure that you’re getting the most out of the experience.
Timing is everything
While its temperate climate makes Mykonos an all-year-round destination, the best time to go is from June to August when it’s the warmest and perfect for a swim . Mykonos is one of the busiest destinations in Europe during the summer months when the island sees non-stop action and an influx of tourists. Having said that though, the heavy traffic does have its benefits. Summer in Mykonos means the good times never end with a range of parties, festivals, and other fun activities.
Plan to get lost
Mykonos town is a labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys—and that’s part of its charm. Make sure to wander and explore the white sugar cube-like building, scenic balconies, and colorful doors that line its beguiling avenues.
A delightful area you should make time for is Little Venice, said to be one of Mykonos’ most picturesque areas with its row of colorful houses built right on the edge of the sea. The views are stunning and it's the perfect place to catch the island’s famous fiery sunset.
Visit the iconic windmills
The windmills of Mykonos are one of the most recognizable and iconic landmarks on the island, which conveniently is just a stone throw’s away from Little Venice.
Built by the Venetians in the 16th century, these white and brown windmills were once used to grind wheat and other grains. The island was one of the biggest wheat-producing places in Greece, and at some point, had around 20 windmills spread across the island. Today, only seven remain, many of which have been preserved and converted into museums or private residences. From here, one can enjoy awe-inspiring views of the Aegean Sea and the surrounding countryside.
Plan your beach days wisely
Mykonos is most famous for its beaches, and indeed you’re spoilt for choice. Some of the most popular ones, however, can get very crowded, especially during peak season. To avoid crowds, visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Some beaches are also better suited for different activities, so do your research beforehand to find the ones that best suit your interests.
For instance, beaches on the island's southwest coast host some of the Mediterranean’s wildest parties. Head east, and you will find something quite different. There, the crowds fade, revealing what originally made the island famous: its arid beauty, with rocky, filigreed coastline and sandy coves. Up for a soul-searching stroll? Mersini Beach will be perfect for that. But if you’re looking for steady winds ideal for wind and kite surfing, head to the far southeast to the broad crescent of Kalafati Beach.
One of the area’s most family-friendly beaches, however, would be Ornos. The beach is perfect for children because the sand is soft, the waters are crystal clear and shallow, and more importantly, far from the parties and bars you'll find in Mykonos Town or more adult-oriented beaches.
Just a few steps from Ornos Beach is the beautiful Villa Aegeas, a spectacular hilltop residence that boasts breathtaking open sea views. It features 11 ensuite bedrooms arranged across Villa Ageas' three-story primary estate and guest house. Four of the suites boast a private terrace with alfresco lounge furniture.
With its sun-bleached wood beams, rounded edge interiors, and a sumptuous palette of beige, white, and alabaster, its architecture combines Cycladic charm and contemporary chic sensibilities. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls inundate the free-flowing common areas with ample light illuminating modern decor elements and shimmering precious stone walls. The villa comes with a fully equipped chef's kitchen outfitted with ample countertops and well-integrated high-end appliances.
Enjoy the nightlife
When in Mykonos, it would be remiss not to go on a night out. Famous for its vibrant nightlife, the island has many bars, clubs, and restaurants where you can drink, dance, and be merry until the early hours of the morning. Mykonos attracts big international DJs to its shores all year round, so if you’re looking for a party, you’ve come to the right place.
Among the many beach strips with clubs that throw epic parties is Psarou Beach, a favorite among local and international celebrities. It’s one of Mykonos' trendiest spots with many upscale clubs and many dining options.
Be right where it happens and consider a stay at Serenity Estate, a contemporary residence that boasts stunning Aegean vistas over the Island's most revered stretches of coastline. Here, you’re within steps of the glamorous sands of Psarou Beach and trendy spots like Nammos.
With its sleek lines, whitewashed interiors, and minimalist aesthetic, the 10,763-square-foot property evokes a delectable Zen sophistication. Glass walls allow ample natural light to seep in throughout the day, while tray ceilings with soft LED lighting give the home a natural glow in the evening. This luxurious Mykonos mansion features seven sea-view bedrooms and a kids' room, offering versatile lodging for families and large groups. State-of-the-art highlights include a fully equipped gym and massage area.
Immerse in its culture
There are many churches in Mykonos, but the most famous is the historic Panagia Paraportiani Church. Located at the heart of town, Paraportiani dates back to the 14th century and is said to be one of the most photographed churches in the world. The church is a complex of five small churches that were built over several centuries. Its unique and striking architecture, as well as chalk-white walls adorned with brightly colored doors, makes it a must-see spot. It also offers stunning views of the Aegean Sea.
If you wish to finally make that first trip to Mykonos to experience its magical beaches, get lost in its idyllic town, or party under the stars, please reach out to a client relations team member at LVH who will begin the planning process. Every travel detail will be handled with exceptional professionalism. You will not only have luxurious accommodations that include full services and support, LVH will also create the itinerary of your dreams. No request is too ambitious nor too small–we aim to make this trip your most memorable yet.