Mykonos is a stunning Greek island, part of the Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean Sea. This famous tourist destination is truly idyllic, with picture perfect views from every angle. The small island is impeccably maintained and buildings are painted in fresh white with colourful trims, offering a stark contrast to the blue skies and seas.
Mykonos makes for the perfect getaway for visitors looking to relax and for tourists wanting to party. The island boasts a lively nightlife. There are plenty of unique bars and restaurants to enjoy on a balmy summer’s evening. Mykonos also offers curious alleys, picturesque towns, iconic windmills and, of course, golden beaches for long days of soaking up the sun.
The island has become an incredibly popular cruise destination and a common feature on itineraries that explore the Mediterranean region.
Cruise ships visiting Mykonos dock at the new port in Tourlos, which is about a 30 minute walk from the main centre, Chora (also known as Hora). However if the port is too busy, cruise ships also anchor in the harbour and passengers arrive by tender at the old port in Chora.
The facilities at Tourlos are limited.
- Small canteen
- Shuttle into town (dependent on cruise line)
- Public buses or water taxis.
Once in the town of Chora, there are plenty of facilities including restaurants, shops and cafés all within comfortable walking distance. Most cafés and restaurants offer free Wi-Fi so staying in touch is easy.
How to Get Around
Chora is very easy to walk around as the streets are principally for pedestrians and most attractions are within a 10 to 15 minute walk from the picturesque old harbour. It is possible to walk from Tourlos; however, this is not recommended. The road is often busy with traffic and the weather can be hot enough to make the unbroken walk unpleasant.
To venture further afield there are several options. Taxis are a relatively inexpensive way to explore the island. However, there are a limited number of taxis, so book ahead during the high tourist season. Rates are determined by destination, and there are extra fees for bookings.
There are two bus stations in town, from which buses can take visitors to villages and beaches around the island. Small boats, known as caiques, are another way to travel around the beaches of Mykonos, and information regarding schedules and fares can be obtained at the old port.
Travel times from Chora:
- It is about a 5 minute journey to Little Venice.
- It is a 15 minute journey to Paradise Beach
- It is a 15 minute journey to Platis GIalos Beach
- It is a 20 minute water taxi journey to Delos Island.
- Currency - The official currency of Mykonos is the Euro (€). Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent denominations, as well as €2 and €1. Notes come in €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10 and €5 denominations. Major credit cards are accepted in most places; however, it is often a good idea to have cash on hand. There are ATMs in town as well as several banks, which will exchange foreign currencies.
- Time Zone - Mykonos utilises Eastern European Time (EET), which is 2 hours ahead of Universal Standard Time (UTC). At the end of March, the island switches to daylight savings, putting the clocks forward 1 hour. Mykonos switches back to standard time in late October.
- Weather - Mykonos is typically a warm, sunny and dry island. Temperatures in the summer months average between 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. Even in winter the average temperature is 9 to 10 degrees. It rarely rains in summer, and only infrequently in winter.
- Little Venice - This quaint area is located in the western-most part of town, on the coast. Little Venice is a charming, photogenic little corner, with medieval houses that sit precariously on the edge of the sea, and plenty of bars and galleries. It’s a perfect little spot to enjoy a cocktail and watch the sun set over the sea.
- Delos Island - This tiny island is located just off Mykonos and can be reached by a 20 minute taxi-boat ride from the old harbour. It is a World Cultural Heritage site, the birthplace of Apollo according to mythology and also home to Roman ruins and stunning archaeological finds.
- Paradise Beach - This beach is one of the reasons Mykonos is famous. Not for the faint-hearted, Paradise is home to numerous bars and avid partygoers. Platis GIalos Beach is a popular alternative for those seeking a more family friendly atmosphere that still offers plenty of restaurants and bars, but at a more relaxed pace. Both beaches can be easily reached by taxi, bus or boat.