Mykonos island lies to the north of the central group of Greek islands called the Cyclades.
Once just a ferry stop on the way to the archaeological islet site at Delos, Mykonos has grown into one of the most popular, the most cosmopolitan and the most expensive of Greek islands.
Direct air links have boosted visitor numbers and this small island handles more than 800,000 tourists in a good year. The accommodation has grown along with tavernas, cafes and nightclubs to meet demand.
Domestic and UK charter flights to Mykonos are plentiful in the summer as are the daily domestic flights from Athens and other islands.
Mykonos is also on the major ferry routes and a regular staging post for summer cruise ships in the Mediterranean.
Mykonos International Airport (JMK) is located four kilometres from Mykonos Town and takes charter flights from Europe throughout the summer.
There are regular domestic flights from Mykonos from Athens, with journey times of around 45 minutes, and to Crete (Heraklion), Rhodes, Santorini and Thessaloniki.
The transfer time to the town centre is only 10 minutes and there is a regular bus service.
A taxi rank sits opposite the terminal building but taxis can be in very short supply when flights arrive, so visitors are advised to book in advance. Many hotels also provide airport transfers.
There are no restaurants at Mykonos airport but a cafe sells drinks and snacks and there is a duty-free shop in the terminal building along with lost and found office but no left luggage facilities.
A large car park has both short and long-term parking spaces and the Commercial Bank of Greece has a handy cash machine.
A major ferry hub, Mykonos has two ports, old and new with the old port used for excursion boats while the new port takes ferries and cruise ships.
There regular sailings from mainland Greece and to other islands. Ferries arrive daily from Piraeus (Athens)and mainland Rafina.
It takes three to five hours to sail from Piraeus depending on the type of ferry. The route from Rafina is two to four hours with stops at the islands of Andros and Tinos.
Services from Piraeus are run by Blue Star Ferries while routes from Rafina are mostly operated by Hellenic Seaways and Blue Star.
Alpha Ferries run a ferry 'Aqua Jewel' from Rafina to Mykonos, calling at Andros and Tinos, sailing on the Naxos in the summer while Fast Ferries runs two ferries in a daily service from Rafina at 5.30 pm arriving on Mykonos at 10 pm and 7.35 am from Mykonos to Rafina berthing at midday.
GA Ferries call in at Mykonos on the Thessaloniki to Heraklion Crete route with calls at Ios, Naxos, Paros, Skopelos and Skiathos while NEL Lines connects Mykonos to Ikaria and Samos as well as to Chios and Lesvos. Mykonos is also connected with Ikaria and Samos by Kallisti Ferries.
Sea Jets catamarans call in at Mykonos on the Piraeus to Santorini route, via Naxos, with some services sailing on to Ios, Paros, Tinos and Rafina while others head for Sifnos, Milos, Folegandros, Ios, Naxos, Amorgos and Koufonisi.
Excursion boats leave from the Old Port for Delos (daily except Monday) and other round island cruises wile taxi boats leave daily from Platis Gialos beach to south coast island beaches at Paraga, Paradise, Super Paradise, Elia and Agrari. Daily boats also depart from Ornos beach to Paraga, Paradise, Super Paradise, Elia and Agrari.
Mykonos roads are reasonably good between the resorts, especially in the south where the main tourist beaches are found. Roads in the north tend to be poor.
There are plenty of car and bike rental shops, most south of the Fabrika Square bus station. Don't park illegally – the police remove car number plates and demand a hefty fine before handing them back.
The bus service on Mykonos is provided by KTEL with a fleet of 26 buses, considered one of the best in the Greek islands. Buses run frequently and are usually on schedule.
There are two bus stations. The North bus station is located near the Archaeological Museum and provides services to Ano Mera, Elia, and Kalafatis beaches. The South bus station is in Fabrika Square and serves the south coast beaches from Platis Yialos to Paraga.
A KTEL bus leaves Pail Limani for the north-west coast resorts of Neo Limani and Agios Stefanos. Details on 023360 or 026797
There were 25 taxis in Mykonos at the last count but, with 70,000 plus tourists in the summer, they are in high demand at busy times and queues can get very long. The main taxi rank is in Mavros Square.
Mykonos taxis don't use meters but a board displays fares to all the popular beaches. Radio taxis are on 022400. Supplementing the standard cars are cart-towing scooters that will take you and your luggage to your hotel – not a bad option in the narrow maze of streets, many of which have no names. Finding a hotel on your own can be a challenge.
Mykonos has a massive range of accommodation, from five-star luxury hotels to backpacker rooms and, with an excellent bus service, there is no particular need to stay in Mykonos Town either.
Accommodation is plentiful at all the main south coast beach resorts such as Platys Gialos, Ornos, Paradise Beach, Super Paradise or Agios Ioannis.
Locals turn up to meet the ferry offering rooms and apartments and the offices of property agents nearby often post details of deals as does the Mykonos Accommodation Centre, near Tria Pigadia.
If it is the Mykonos nightlife you are after, it is probably best to stay in the town but prices do rocket in the high season.
Camping on Mykonos
Those on a budget can head for the camping sites at the Paraga Beach campsite and the Paradise Beach Resort but don't expect much sleep there, especially Paradise where 24-hr bars belt out music all night.
Mykonos is located in the Cyclades group, a small island about 105 sq km and with a 90-kilometre coastline. Mykonos has a rocky, granite terrain and there are no notable rivers.
Of the 9,300 residents, half live in the main town of Mykonos (Chora) in the west and the inland village of Ano Mera.
The nearby islet of Delos is noted for its archaeological treasures.
Climate of Mykonos
Summer rainfall is almost unheard and Mykonos can have as many as 300 sunshine days each year.
Arid conditions result in bare, treeless hills and limited vegetation. Summer temperatures can hit the high 30s, often tempered by high winds.
Winters are mild with an average temperature of 15°C. Winds are mainly southerly in winter with the northern Meltemi blowing daily in the summer in July and August. Gales are not uncommon.
|Size||105 sq km|
|Season||Apr – Nov|
|Time (GMT)||+2 hrs|
|Coast Guard||Dial 191|
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