The island of Mykonos, Greece, has had the world’s imagination captive for more than four decades, it it’s appeal isn’t showing signs of waning. The draw of the island used to be its cosmopolitan way of life, with its luxury hotels and vibrant night life, but now it is much more than that.
There is much to enjoy about Mykonos, but a word to the wise about timing: Avoid travelling mid-July through August. This is peak season and it seems that anyone who is anyone is here at that time. But the again, if you thrive off of the energy that can only be given off by excited crowds, peak season may be the best time to go. You’ll have to decide that for yourself, but for first time visitors it may be a good idea to visit Mykonos in the early part of July.
It’s close enough to peak time that it will be somewhat busy, enough so that you can get an idea of what Mykonos nightlife is like, but it won’t be so overrun by visitors that you won’t be able to enjoy some solitude. Remember that during peak time, even find a table, any table, at a restaurant can be an insurmountable challenge. During high season, if you don’t make a reservation well in advance, you’ll likely be out of luck when it comes to finding a table.
The “reserve early or else” caveat associated with travelling to Mykonos doesn’t just pertain to restaurants, either. Unless you plan on sleeping under the stars (which is frowned upon by the police), book your accommodations well in advance of your visit, especially if you are coming during peak season.
If you visit Mykonos in mid-September through the month of October, you’ll experience a totally different island. During this time you’ll get to know the quieter side of Mykonos. This side of Mykonos still offers visitors lively nightlife choices, but the streets and you won’t have to clamor for a table or for room on the dance floor.
Fortunately, unlike many of the other Greek islands, Mykonos has an active cultural and social current year round. Even in winter, when the island hosts numerous cultural events such as a small (yet very enjoyable!) film festival, Mykonos is a great place to visit. If you don’t want to brave the summer crowds and are looking for some off-season fun, wintertime is a good option as well.
No matter what time of year you decide to go to Mykonos, there are a few things to know about how to get around the island. Since the government decreed that Hora was an architectural landmark, motorized traffic is prohibited on its streets. The best ways to get around the streets on foot, on a bike, or on a donkey! The island also features a good transportation system, so there are lots of ways to get around if mobility is not a concern.
If you prefer to travel by taxi, be warned that inside the town itself you’ll be picked up by a scooter, not a car. Car taxis are only available for destinations outside the town itself. The scooters can be found at the port, where they will pick you up and deliver you to your accommodation. It’s a good idea to use this service, as most of the island’s hotels can be a bit tricky to find.
No matter what time of year you decide to visit Mykonos, there will be something fun to do and some beautiful scenery to take in. The choice of when to visit just depends upon whether you want to bump elbows with other tourists, or take in the life of the locals.