When to go
The busiest period is early July to late August, when crowds and temperatures increase: September is when those in the know go.
PlanesBritish 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.
TrainsNone. 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.
AutomobilesIf 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.
TaxisRates are fixed and quite reasonable. Book them at your hotel reception to ensure reliability.
After-dark holiday entertainment needn’t mean sangria-crawls down the Magaluf mile, especially when you’ve got the cocktail-clinking of Palma’s Old Town a few miles up the Mallorcan coast: book a place among the beautiful people at Puro Hotel’s buzzy, DJ-soundtracked beach club. Sunsets at San Giorgio in Mykonos are crowd-pullingly spectacular, but that’s not the end of the entertainment, rather an invitation to dance the night away under the stars. Glamourpusses: dress up in your designer best for martinis in Miami or champagne in St Tropez.
October's average temperature: 22°C
Flight time from London: 3h 55m
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