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Mykonos

Size: 15km across by 12km max
Martian Risk:
It depends what you mean by Martians - see text

Let us grasp the nettle: Mykonos is not Hidden Greece. But, then, nor are parts of Crete, Santorini, Samos etc. Mykonos is a special case: its stunningly picturesque village of narrow streets is world famous and attracts cruise liners by the blue-rinse fleet; the nearby staggeringly huge (there’s nothing else on the island) archaeological site of Delos brings rather smaller ships of erudite classical buffs; the wonderful sandy beaches appeal to a wider market but, perhaps because it is not a cheap island, the mass market operators hardly feature it, so that Martians in our sense of the word are fairly few and far between.

Try to climb up the hill behind the picturesque village (with your hand-held GPS if you like) and use the panorama of the intricate alleyways to orientate yourself. Talking of which, it doesn’t matter these days what orientation you or anyone displays on Mykonos – anything goes but, that said, it’s easy to spend a week here and be unaware of the orientation of those circulating on the island unless you are on a people-watching holiday. And if you are, you won’t need the GPS.

Mykonos is blessed with some of the best beaches in Greece. All along the south and east coasts are long swathes of lovely sand; on the beaches nearest the town there is considerable development but the further east you go the more pristine the land becomes. Almost every beach has its taverna (or three) and most are served by bus. Many cater for the absent-minded who consistently forget their swimsuits.

Most people seem to choose hotels in town, presumably because the restaurants and night life are on the spot; but there are hotels on quiet bays and on bays with night-life to the small hours, so take your pick from the descriptions we offer. The standard of accommodation runs from luxury to simple – but on this island transfers to/from port or airport are exceptionally included (except The Residence and the Drafaki).

Activities

Probably better not to ask, but basically (as the old army phrase has it) “if it moves, f*** it; if it doesn’t, paint it white.”  For something completely different, be sure to make a day visit to stunning Delos or perhaps northwards to Tilos, as thoroughly Greek as Mykonos isn’t.

Plus points

The visitors.

Minus points

The visitors.

Getting there

There are direct charters from Gatwick and Manchester on Fridays and scheduled services three days a week from Gatwick. Alternatively, you can fly any day on scheduled services from Heathrow to Athens and on to Mykonos by domestic "connecting" flight. The fast ferries from Piraeus (and Rafina) can sometimes permit a faster overall journey than using a domestic flight.

Mykonos

Mykonos: the water-front

Mykonos

Mykonos: Super Paradise beach

Mykonos

Mykonos: not unknown for its night life

Mykonos

Mykonos: away from them all - lunch on Fokas beach

Mykonos

Mykonos: the village by day

Mykonos

Mykonos: As the old army saying goes: If it moves, f*** it; if it doesn’t, paint it white.

Mykonos

Myklonos: Paradise beach

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Mykonos-Adonis


A comfy hotel a stone’s throw from the town and the bus stop for all the beaches. The cosmopolitan clientele are splendidly looked after by American Roz and her Greek husband Michael.
Cat C; air-con, sat TV, fridge, hairdryer. B&B.

Enquire about: flights + accom'n at Hotel Mykonos-Adonis

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Hotel Zannis

Hotel Zannis
Up a steep slope from the bus stop. The secluded patio contains a lovely pool making this a splendid spot for recovering from a heavy night out. Excellent accommodation, all rooms with big balcony, most with sea view over the town.
Air-con, sat TV, phone, fridge, safe-box. B&B.

Enquire about: flights + accom'n at Hotel Zannis , or accom'n only

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The Residence

Residence
A collection of privately-owned studios in a complex round a large pool actually in the town, yet incredibly quiet. We work with two of the owners. Perfect for a private holiday – there is no organised socialising and no bar – you simply go into town.
S/C 2-3 pers.

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Hotel Zephyros, Paranga

Hotel Zephyros
A real gem, beautifully run by Vayos who takes a personal interest in his clients’ well-being. The breakfast terrace overlooks the large pool which overlooks the sea and its tavernas and bars.
Cat C; air-con, sat TV, hairdryer, phone, balcony with SV. B&B.

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Hotel Drafaki

Hotel Drafaki
The budget choice – simple rooms (a few with shared sh/wcs); small breakfast room. On bus routes to the beaches and 10-15 minutes on foot from the town. Good views, but on the peripheral road.
Fridge. RO.

    View from Hotel Drafaki

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Freddy’s Rooms, Paradise Beach

Freddys Rooms
Right on the beach, so perfect for those who sleep from 4 a.m. to noon.
Pool overlooking beach; air-con, fridge. B&B.

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Hotel Leto

Hotel Leto, in an unrivalled position in its walled garden beside the old harbour, is the island's original A class hotel, now hugely smartened up and, with the addition of its large pool, is popular with both Greek and overseas visitors. It could not be more convenient for the shopping and eating offered by the Chora, or for the daily boat excursions to Delos. It is only a short walk to one of the bus stations for the beaches - assuming you can tear yourself away. Air con, b &.b.

Enquire about: flights + accom'n at Hotel Leto

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