- Coastline Sprinkled with sugarcube houses
- Coast life Cosmopolitan party people
Mykonos was the first Greek island to be ‘discovered’ in the Fifties; Chora, the main town, rapidly gained a reputation as the Cyclades’ most happening harbour.
With a perfectly curved bay, maze of whitewashed alleys and picturesque windmills peppering the hills to the south, Mykonos in the Aegean Islands became a must-see for any island-hopper. A long-time favourite of the jet set and on every A-gay’s wish list, it's a party hotspot every summer for a coterie of toned and tanned model types.
Do go/Don’t go
The busiest period is early July to late August, when crowds and temperatures increase: September is when those in the know go.
Planes British Airways operates two flights a week (Thursdays and Sundays) into Mykonos Town from London Gatwick (from £69 one-way); Easyjet also runs several flights to Mykonos throughout the week (www.easyjet.com). Otherwise | a 25-minute flight from Athens is the quickest route to the island. From there | take a taxi for the 3km drive into the main town.
Trains None. But taking the hydrofoil or a boat are options (1hr 45 mins from Athens on the hydrofoil; up to six hours by boat). Flying is your best bet though, as the boat can be a bit of a backpacker bun fight. Visit the Greek Travel pages for detailed information on getting to the island, at www.gtp.gr.
Automobiles If you want to explore the island’s myriad beaches then it pays to hire a car. Avis (www.avis.com) has a branch at the Old Port.
- Taxis Rates are fixed and quite reasonable. Book them at your hotel reception to ensure reliability.