Waterside bars, sea-view windmills and a cosmopolitan air
With high-end restaurants, designer boutiques and plenty of chic cocktail bars, Mykonos vies for the title of Greece's most glamorous and cosmopolitan island. It's not lost its traditional good looks, though – whitewashed sugar-cube houses and churches topped with blue domes are still the norm, and dotted around the island are a handful of 16th-century windmills.
Mykonos Town is the island's hub, with restaurants, cafes, shops and cocktail bars lining its maze-like streets. The waterfront Little Venice area is the go-to place at sunset. Bars and restaurants set up their tables just inches from the water, with front-row views for sundown.
Head out of Mykonos Town and you’ll find sandy bays carved out of the coastline. Around the sheltered south coast, they come with chic beach clubs and trendy restaurants on the side. On the breezy north coast, things tend to be a bit more rugged.
The flight to Mykonos is around 3 hours 45 minutes from the UK.
Spring and autumn are ideal for sightseers in Mykonos, with daily sunshine and temperatures staying around the early 20s. For the best beach weather, however, expect the mercury to soar past 30°C throughout July and August, although Mykonos’ location means you get some tempering winds to take the edge off the heat.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.
In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.