Mykonos Island: Meet Your Greek God or Goddess

Overview
In a small series of islands in the Aegean Sea lies the tiny gem of Mykonos Island -- a dreamy destination for aspiring Greek gods and goddesses. Mykonos is a wonderful kaleidoscope of cosmopolitan shops, rocking bars, quaint windmills, homey taverns and hidden churches all set against a brilliant blue backdrop. And it's not just the water that sparkles in the sun on Mykonos, but also the white marble streets and buildings that characterize the island's architecture. 

The beaches on the south shore of the island are the most popular with fine sand and water that is perfect for swimming. Ornos and Psarou beaches are the favorite among families, but Psarou is also ideal for water sports of all kinds, including windsurfing, water-skiing and diving. The quiet cove at Agrari beach is the place to relax. But it's the beaches at Paradise and Super Paradise that really get people talking. These two beaches are notorious for taking partying to another level, with parties and music that keep the crowds rocking from morning through night. 

This is not the place to take the kids or unwind with a book - the partying is serious, and the dress code is as casual as it gets as nudity is permitted. Day and night, it's clear why Mykonos is touted as one of the most hedonistic islands around, with a wild atmosphere fit for Dionysus. Not quite your speed? Take a break from the beach and explore the capital town of Hora, wander the streets of Little Venice or check out one of the island's monasteries to take in some history. At night, start with a toast to the sunset in Little Venice and continue through the night at the dance clubs and bars tucked away in town or along Paradise Beach.

Getting There

Nearest major international airport: International flights fly into Athens' airport, Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH). From here passengers can continue via plane or by ferry from Piraeus to Mykonos Island (about five hours).

Ground Transportation
Cars are not permitted in Mykonos Town, but most excursions can take place on foot. Most hotels offer shuttles to and from the airport, and taxis are available for local transport. For travel around town, caques (small passenger boats) or buses are available.

Timing
During summer (especially in August), most every inch of Mykonos Island is packed with visitors. To escape the crowds, visit during spring and fall. Divers can expect optimal conditions during the month of September, when water is typically 75 degrees F and visibility is 30 meters.

Travel Tips
Mykonos is one of the most crowded islands, so when planning a vacation to this busy island be sure to plan far in advance. Day trips or overnight trips to nearby islands may offer a nice break from bustling Mykonos. Get in touch with Greek history by exploring the archaeological wonders of tiny Delos Island, or sample the wine and cheese of Naxos Island and enjoy the slower pace of daily life in the Aegean Sea.

To Fake That You've Been There
Brag about your wild adventures at Paradise Beach, where the party rocks on until the wee hours of the morning.