Best towns and areas to stay in Mykonos
Hora (Mykonos Town)
The islands capital Hora, also referred to as Mykonos Town, is a cultural hub that comes alive during the summer months. The marbled streets of the town are lined with white washed houses and churches, with the beautiful Panagia Paraportiani church topping the list of ‘must see’ attractions for visitors to the island. This picturesque town is a great place to stay if you are looking for an active holiday, as you can spend hours in the town centre visiting museums, strolling along the beautiful waterfront and stopping for breaks in traditional tavernas or modern wine bars. The views of the surrounding hills are stunning, with the island’s famous white windmills lining the skyline, creating excellent photo opportunities.
Luxurious boutique hotels can be found in the centre of town and alongside the golden beaches and there is plenty of self-catering accommodation and budget hotels available too. The beaches along the southern coast are popular with young people looking for a party, so this area is best avoided if loud bars and all night dancing is not what you are looking for. If it is a hedonistic holiday you are seeking, Paradise Beach is the place to head to if you want to stay in party central.
Mykonos town is also home to a very lively gay scene, with thousands of people heading to the island each year to enjoy a relaxing holiday with like-minded people. Dedicated gay bars and hotels will cater for your every need but will also welcome heterosexual guests, creating one big friendly atmosphere. Paradise Beach, Super Paradise Beach and Elia (partly nudist) beaches are most popular amongst the island’s gay clientele, with gay friendly bars and restaurants by day and great places to relax and party at night. Whilst all hotels in Mykonos welcome gay guests (as is the law), the Elysium is gay only and attracts thousands of customers each year.
Mykonos is not all about parties and sun tans, it is a great place for families to head to for a fun summer holiday. Ornos is a favourite place to stay for families in Mykonos, due to its laid back atmosphere and child friendly facilities. Located just outside of Mykonos town, Ornos is a self-contained resort that has been developed with families in mind. Hotels have all the facilities you will need for your holiday, including pools, children’s clubs, family friendly restaurants and plenty of shopping opportunities. The arced beach that encases Ornos is ideal for children to play on for hours on end, whilst parents relax on one of the wooden loungers that line the beach. As well as families, Ornos also attracts those wanting to stay in a place where they can enjoy water-sports. The beach is sheltered from heavy winds, making windsurfing and sailing a little easier to manage for beginners to water-sports. If you want a break from the beach, a stroll along the harbour of the town’s pretty port will give you a true taste of Greece. See fishing boats come in with their daily catch and sit in a café, eating souvlaki, with locals as they watch the world go by.
The area of Alefkántra is a haven for those wanting a quiet and relaxing holiday. Couples looking for a romantic place to stay in Mykonos head to Alefkántra to soak up the laid back Greek atmosphere. As well as taking in wonderful views of the iconic windmills that surround the island, visitors can wonder at the grand mansions and balconies that have given the town the nickname ‘Little Italy’. This 18th century town is a popular wedding destination, with quaint churches and intimate tavernas dotted around and plenty of picturesque views that create a stunning backdrop for wedding pictures. Locals love to spend time chatting with friends in one of the many waterfront cafés; something that you will find yourself wanting to do every day after a relaxing romantic stroll. Evening can be filled with fine dining in a quiet restaurant and cocktails by the sea — a perfect place to spend quality time together. Áno Merá is another small town that offers a quieter holiday for couples and adults wanting to get away from it all for a couple of weeks. As well as quality hotels, there are serviced apartments to hire, as well as luxury villas, where you can truly take things at your own pace.
If lazy days on the beach followed by long evenings of cocktails and music are what you are looking for, Platis Yalós is the place to stay. The town is on the southern coast of Mykonos and is one of the most beautiful, with splashes of colour from the bougainvillea bushes singing out against the traditional white washed building. In Platis Yalós there is no pressure to get up early to go on excursions as it invites you to enjoy a little R&R, away from the busy life back at home. Blue flag beaches surround the town and upmarket bars and hotels are home to thousands of tourists that return year after year. You will be spoiled for choice when choosing where to eat as there is a mixture of traditional tavernas that serve up the best tzatziki you will ever have and a new wave of modern restaurants that offer world cuisine. If lazy, sun filled days take their toll, you can hop on a boat to Delos for the ultimate culture fix. Delos is an important Greek archaeological site, where you can learn all about the Temple of The Delians and The House of Dionysus, amongst other significant excavations. Delos is packed full of mythical history and will certainly add a sense of magic to your Mykonos holiday. After an action packed day on Delos, you can return to your luxury hotel for a spot of entertainment and a cocktail or two.
Whichever place you stay in Mykonos, you are sure to enjoy a truly relaxing and fun packed holiday that will leave you wanting to return year after year.