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Mykonos for first-timers

Aegean islands ● Cyclades ● Mykonos ● 12 July 2017
 

Mykonos, are words enough for this amazing island? Sometimes, you may think that it is impossible that a place can combine everything. Natural beauty, stunning beaches, elegant shops, wonderful villages, vivid nightlife, cosmopolitan atmosphere. We may think that every destination should have some advantages and some defaults. But Mykonos is the perfect island. An island that can offer everything you may ask. Calmness or wild fun, strolls in Chora or just relaxing in your hotel with breathtaking view, sea with emerald waters and soft, golden sand. If you have booked your vacations in Mykonos, congratulations! As soon as you leave the ship and put your foot on Mykonos Port, you will realise that you have made the right decision. Read this guide with tips for your first time in Mykonos and be prepared for the best summer of your life!

I am sure you have heard about the nightlife of Mykonos as the top characteristic of the island, and that is true. But my advice is not to focus so much on this and forget everything else. First of all, Mykonos has truly amazing beaches. I know it would be difficult to wake up early in order to go to the beach after a long night with alcohol and dance until the dawn, but it would be a mistake to miss these beaches. The good news are that you can go there even in the afternoon. The sun shines until late, and most people don't wake up earlier. I suggest that you consider spend a whole day on the beach. Of course, the centre of nightlife is Mykonos Town, but there are many vivid and popular beach bars with worldwide famous DJ's, where you can have fun, drink, dance and meet new people until late at night. Super Paradise Beach (Mykonos), Paradise Beach (Mykonos), Paraga Beach (Mykonos), Kalo Livadi Beach (Mykonos) or Psarrou Beach (Mykonos) are the ultimate beaches to spend unforgettable moments by the sea.


Of course, the centre of your activities will be Mykonos Town. There, are located the best bars for the top nightlife experience, and there are also luxury restaurants, traditional taverns and nice shops and boutiques to buy everything you can imagine. The best spots in Mykonos Town are the romantic Little Venice (Mykonos) with cocktail bars hanging over the sea, the Windmills (Mykonos), which offer you the perfect frame for your pictures on the top of the cliff, Matoyianni Street (Mykonos), the complex of pebbled narrow streets, where you can have a walk to shop, see and be seen, and the Old Port Mykonos, where are located many famous clubs, but it is also a nice promenade. My advice is to focus on the orientation in the labyrinth-like streets of Mykonos Town, in order not to get lost. You can go there at 9 or 10 p.m., eat something, have a stroll and then, start a night full of surprises and pure entertainment.


If you have time, I suggest that you visit also some other nice villages in Mykonos, like Ornos and Ano Mera, in order to see the rest part of the island. Interesting are also the excursions you can make in Mykonos, like visiting the nearby uninhabited island Delos with its amazing ancient site, or make a sailing tour and a 4x4 safari to explore some remote beaches and locations of the island.

The biggest and maybe the only disadvantage in Mykonos is that it is expensive, especially the food and the umbrellas on the beaches. There are some tips to manage to visit Mykonos on a budget. The smartest among them is to book your vacations on the island during the off-season as well as swim and sunbathe in remote, unorganised yet wonderful beaches to avoid paying for everything, including the sunbed and the umbrella.


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