Mykonos | Cyclades
37.445138° N, 25.327630° E
Come summer and the world's rich and famous start descending for their annual pilgrimage to the indisputable queen among Greek islands. At the same time posh and easy-going, Mykonos is first and foremost a party island with a pulsing nightlife.
Having said that, you can spend your time in perfect isolation should you wish so -it is, after all, a safe haven for international celebs. Add to that the stunning beaches, stylish boutiques and top-notch restaurants, and you might begin to understand why this island has been a star since the '60s. The setting is typical Cycladic, a jagged slab smack in the middle of the Aegean, with its dramatic cliffs giving way to pristine beaches with crystal clear waters.
Despite its early development, the island has thankfully stayed true to its vernacular architecture that calls for low-rise, stark-white buildings resembling bundles of cubes. If you want to enjoy a cosmopolitan lifestyle at one of the world's hottest party islands, or spend some quality time with your family without having to give up the luxuries of a world-class destination, Mykonos is your place to be.
Delos and RheniaToday a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Delos was once a spiritual hub for ancient Greece that flourished during Athens' golden age. The today deserted island was thought to be the birthplace of god Apollo and his sister Artemis. Charter a yacht and visit the island's archaeological sites and then head for the nearby island of Rhenia to enjoy the sun, sand and local cuisine.
ChoraMykonos' picture-perfect Chora is a gem among Greek island towns. Wander around its cobbled streets, capture its photogenic churches, take in the vistas under the windmills and visit the art galleries and designer boutiques before lunching at one of the town's exquisite restaurants.
Little VeniceFittingly named after Italy's fairy-tale city, Chora's Little Venice is one of the island's most romantic spots, its rugged waterfront houses bursting with colour as the sun dives into the cerulean horizon.
Panagia ParaportianiMykonos' post-card perfect church is one of Greece's most photographed sites. Comprising five small churches that were bundled together, their whitewashed walls reflecting the sun and posing a striking contrast with the azure sky.
As any self-respecting tourist guide will tell you, a tour to Delos is a must. Hop on one of the little boats that take you the tiny islet, once a religious powerhouse to ancient Greece and one of today's most important archaeological sites. If you're a fan of the arts and culture, you will find an array of cutting-edge galleries that host exhibitions of local and international artists. Shopping is a form of art, too, in Mykonos.
Walking through the narrow alleys of the town, you will come across little local shops and luxury boutiques that are open until late at night during peak season. Island living is of course all about the beaches, and Mykonos is thankfully big enough to satisfy every taste. If you're in a cosmopolitan mood, head for Psarou, the favorite haunt of the rich and famous, or the fashionable bay of Panormos with its stylish beach restaurant.
If you want to escape the crowds, try Agios Sostis, Lia or Kapari. Mykonos is famed for its nightlife for a reason -the island is full of hip venues that range from easy-going seaside bars to pulsing night-clubs that host international DJs. If you're not in a party mood, you can stroll the village of Ano Mera to get a feel of old Mykonos, or watch a movie under the stars at the open-sky gardens of Cine Manto in Chora.
Mykonos has an international airport that serves flights from many major cities around Europe and beyond. The old and the new port are connected to Pireuas, Rafina and many Greek islands including Paros, Naxos, Santorini and Crete.
This being Greece's most glamorous destination, there is an abundance of luxury villas to rent around the island. Villas in Mykonos range from spectacular sanctuaries at remote settings, to luxurious private villas in some of the island's hottest locations. Our Greek Villas team has strived to create a diverse collection of the island's most exquisite luxury villas that will satisfy any taste and need.