Mykonos, Greece

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.

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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.

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Getting there

  • 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.