Mykonos is famous for its sandy beaches and intense nightlife. World-renowned DJs play is bars and clubs by night and party-goers recover in the crystal clear sea during the day.
The main town is officially called Mykonos but it is known as Chora, meaning 'town', to distinguish it from the whole island. It has a maze of narrow, windy streets designed to confuse pirates. The other important area is nearby historic Delos Island with its ruined ancient settlement, now part of UNESCO's World's Cultural Heritage.
The permanent population of Mykonos is about 9,000 people but this increases massively during tourist season - the total tourist number in a year reaches a million, most of them in August.
A great introduction for the first-timer. Highly recommended.
Review by houstonkiki, September 2012
Doing what: Mykonos Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Little Venice, Kalafati Beach and Panagia Tourliani Monastery
A great tour, beautiful island. It was over 100F and the vans a/c wasn't the best - but the guide Lydia was great.We didn't have time to see the the famous swimming beaches but had a great day there.
Review by David W, USA, June 2012
Doing what: Mykonos Shore Excursion: Private Old Town Walking Tour
We thought that we would walk around the town for the tour. Instead they took us around in a mini bus and showed us the island. We saw the monastery, took us to the beach and showed us the windmills and then we took a walk around the town. It lasted about four hours. It was very pleasant and enjoyable. We felt that we did get our monies worth. I would reconment it to anyone
Mykonos can be reached by air from Athens daily or by ferry from many ports on the mainland or other islands, including Piraeus near Athens. Delos Island is a short ferry ride from Mykonos, but is closed on Mondays.