Delicious Aegean breezes, picturesque and iconic seaside villages, classic white houses with delightful blue roofs, and mazes of tiny streets dotted with cafes, shops and endless charm…this is Mykonos.
Clients of Isle Blue can plan an unforgettable visit to this Greek island, working with their concierge to book many different adventures and activities, but also luxuries that can range from spa services in their villa, guided tours, chef-prepared meals, and days of basking in the sun.
The smallest, and yet the most cosmopolitan of the Cyclades islands, Mykonos is a hugely popular tourist destination that has managed to retain its personality and quaint appeal.
Getting to Mykonos
Unlike many popular destinations in the region, travelers to Mykonos do not typically arrive by air. Instead, most take a ferry from the Greek mainland, which operate out of Rafina or Piraeus daily. It is a somewhat lengthy trip – over three hours – and there are more and more high speed catamaran options become available. Other islands nearby offer ferry services too, and you may find it possible to arrive by boat from Naxos, Ios, Santorini, Crete, or Ikaria. There are also ferries from Sifnos, Milos, Anafi and a few other islands, but not as often.
Cruise ships are another option for reaching Mykonos, and most tours include a day or more at the island. There is also a small airport on the island and Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air each make daily trips during the high season months running from May through October. Other carriers allow for charter flights from a long list of European airports.
Clients of Isle Blue enjoy the option for transfers from the airport or harbor to their villa. Cars and drivers are also available and it is recommended that visitors plan to use a car or hire a driver when they hope to explore the northern coast and lesser known portions of Mykonos.
What to Do
Mykonos Town is also called Charo and is one of the most remarkably attractive towns one may ever see. Whether you explore the winding little streets or you sit and people watch in a seaside café, you will understand how much of its authentic character this popular destination has managed to retain. Though you will see boutiques with names that appear on the world’s most famous runway shows, you also see local artisan goods and local treats and treasures. Spending a day or two, as well as at least one night on the town in Myknonos is a must during any visit. There are many other smaller settlements, and Ano Mera is the only inland village with a gorgeous monastery and some excellent taverns.
Apart from the wonderful beaches, there are many fascinating sites. These include the windmills that date to the 1500s and which are still in working order. The portion of Mykonos Town known as Little Venice can be seen from the windmills, but there is nothing to compare to a full-blown exploration of the area, along with a cocktail to toast the sunset from one of the little cafes.
There are several museums in Mykonos, including an archaeological museum and a maritime museum. However, the beaches are a must and most are “fully furnished” with restaurants, umbrellas and chairs for rental. If you prefer more sheltered areas, the beaches on the south of the island are the most popular. These include Psarou, Platys Gialos, Paranga, Paradise, Agrari, Elia, and Super Paradise.
Dining is another “must” and most travelers remain in Mykonos, though many spots can be found all along the coast and inland. At least one meal should be at a “beach tavern” too!
Mykonos is a place that is all about beautiful scenery, relaxation and the sea, and in a Isle Blue villa, your holiday is going to be an unforgettable treat.
Where to Stay in Mykonos
Isle Blue features a select collection of stunning Mykonos villas. Starting with a 3 bedroom villa at a nightly rate of $700 per night to a seven bedroom villa such as villa Megan (pictured above) that starts at $1050 per night, your Isle Blue villa specialist can find your perfect villa in Mykonos or any other Greek Island.