Located in the Aegean Sea, Cyclades island group, Mykonos island is the most cosmopolitan of all Greek islands and one of the most attractive sailing destinations worldwide. The island’s landscape is a symphony of bare rocky hills and arid, only moderately fertile soil. The picturesque capital of Mykonos “Chora”, bounded by whitewashed houses and blue domed churches, is the island’s highlight gathering celebrities from all around the world. Do not be surprised if you are having dinner next to one of your country’s celebrities!
In Mykonos town, Chora, you will find everything your hearts desire! From a huge selection of shops and super markets to tavernas, posh restaurants, cosy bars and night clubs. Stroll around the town alleys (which form a small maze) and enjoy an ouzo by the waterfront! Although Mykonos is considered to be an “expensive” island (and it is!), there are reasonably priced places too. Just avoid the main touristy areas where prices are high and quality is mediocre.
Myconos is also reputed for its exciting nightlife (“the island that never sleeps”), from new age-trendy beach clubs to all-night dance stages and from relaxed bars to wild gay venues.
Mykonos will also amaze you with its clean, magnificent white beaches. Although it is such a small island, it has a large variety of beaches that will satisfy any taste. From crowded beaches to more isolated bays, there is a beach for everyone! They offer stunning sunset views by the clear-blue water, sea-side taverns, loud music and even full nudity. Some well known beaches are Psarou, Platis Gialos, Paranga, Paradise, Super Paradise, Piso Livadi and Elia.
Sailing or motor yacht charters are a great way to visit Mykonos (especially during summer’s high season when hotel accommodation is limited) as it gives you the opportunity to go around the island and anchor at your favourite bay. Make sure you stop in Rhinia islet -half a mile west of Mykonos. There, you will find two bays where many yachts stop for a swim to enjoy the fabulous clear turquoise waters.
To add up, Mykonos is a “must-see” island for all those planning to sail the Cyclades islands. Either you are seeking a quiet and relaxing vacation or a strong and exciting one, you will not be disappointed. On the contrary, you will always want to go back again and again and again.
The climate in Mykonos island is similar to the rest Cyclades islands, the classic Mediterranean with mild winters and dry, hot summers. During the summer, the prevailing Meltemi wind blows from North-Northwest throughout the day reducing force during the night. Gale-force winds are not uncommon. When visiting Mykonos during July and August, be prepared for some strong winds. It is not a coincidence that it is called “the island of winds”.
The best shelter anchorages, for sailing yachts, are located in the South coast of Mykonos (Paradise bay, Ornos and Elia beach). The new small marina in Tourlos (the new port), situated North of the old ferry harbour of Mykonos, is usually overcrowded and available dock space for charter yachts is hard (sometimes impossible) to find.
Keep in mind: Alimos marina and Lavrion port both in Athens are our charter bases so as to sail the Cyclades sailing area. You can also depart (upon request & boat availability) from Paros port in Paros island.
In Greek mythology, Mykonos was the location of the battle between Zeus and the Giants and the island was named in honour of Apollo’s grandson Mykonos. Archaeological finds indicate that the Ionians settled on Mykonos in the early part of the 11th century BC. More recent discoveries have uncovered remnants in Ftelia beach from the Neolithic Kares tribe dating back to as far as 3000 BC.
The island of Delos (just one mile away of Mykonos), spotted in the centre of the imaginary circle (Cycle) of the Cyclades islands was considered one of the most important spiritual centres of Ancient Greece. This sacred Island (now visited only via Mykonos) was a holy sanctuary where no people were allowed to be born or die. It was also the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis (Greek Gods according to mythology). In modern times Delos Island has become uninhabited, though numerous day-trip boats bring hundreds of tourists daily from Mykonos port to Delos’ important archaeological sight.
More places of interest are: the famous windmills and Little Venice, the Paraportiani church, the traditional Mykonian house museum, the Archaeological museum, the Monastery of the Virgin Mary in Ano Mera and more than 800 churches.
A great variety of watersports like windsurfing, water skiing, snorkelling, pedal boats and jet skiing are available in all organised beaches for those interested in outdoor activities.
Although Mykonos town is the main “attraction” of the island accessible only on foot (no cars or motor bikes are allowed), there are some nice villages, such as Ano Mera you can also explore. Rent a car or a motor bike at affordable prices for a few hours and go explore this beautiful, magic island!