Greek Islands Guide
Mykonos is the smallest of the main islands in the Cyclades group, but remains one of the best known of all the Greek islands. With superb beaches, an international airport, and a cosmopolitan reputation, it is hardly surprising that Mykonos is such a popular holiday destination.
Mykonos has recently built a new, much larger harbour allowing easier access for the bigger boats to dock. During the high season, the island becomes very crowded. The one downside is that it has also become the most expensive island in the Cycladic group.
Mykonos town is the most picturesque destination in the Cyclades, and one of the most picturesque in the whole of the Greek islands. It has also become well known, and rightly so, for its popularity with the gay community, but this is not the whole of the Mykonos story, the island has many family orientated resorts, making it worth considering whatever your holiday requirements.
Little Venice, is an area in Mykonos town where the buildings are lapped by, and in some cases overhang the sea. The area is so picturesque that to have a meal or just to sit and have a drink in one of the tavernas that over look the scene can cost a substantial amount more than in other parts of the town, but make no mistake, this is very much a "must see" sight.
Mykonos is famous for its beaches, and just about everybody has heard about Paradise and Super Paradise, but the island has much more to offer than just these. Situated at the southern point of the island the beach at Paraga, with the ability to camp nearby and the availability of water sports, helps to make this resort very popular with younger holiday makers. Located in an attractive setting, the beach is divided into two halves, with a headland separating them. The northern part is more established and so much busier, while the southern stretch is less developed and has become popular with naturists. The resort is easy to reach via the islands good bus service.
The rather exclusive resort built around the sandy beach at Psarrou has a good selection of water sports available, with water skiing, wind surfing, and jet skis for hire. The resort also boasts its own diving centre.
Kalafatis, a large beach located in the south eastern part of the island is fairly isolated due to the fact that there are only a few buses that go there, and access is only possible via Ano Mera 3.5 kilometres away. It is a popular spot for water sports, especially wind surfing.