Lay of the Land
The island of Mykonos spans just 33 square miles (it takes about 30 minutes to drive from one end to the other). The heart of the island is the bustling main town of Mykonos (called either Mykonos or Chora), where winding, narrow pebble stone streets lead onto pretty squares of Cycladic cubic white washed houses, dotted with pots of geraniums and bougainvillea. It’s a joy to explore and get lost in Chora amidst the tempting boutiques, galleries, restaurants, bars and quaint, small churches. The top hotels are located either within Chora or a ten-minute drive from town. Mykonos lacks the summer traffic of St Tropez or the highways of Ibiza.
Mykonos seamlessly combines sandy beaches, a charming authentic main town with narrow whitewashed alleyways and those much-photographed windmills, chic hotels, sophisticated restaurants and an exciting night life that gets going around 3am. Shops close around 2 a.m.
Be aware that taxis are notoriously difficult to find in the small hours. If partying and going out late are part of your summer plans, be sure to book a hotel in walking distance to town. Many of the locals travel via motorbike or vespa and these or ATV quad bikes are available for rent everywhere on the island.
In summer 2014, Easyjet will get some competition with British Airways starting direct flights from London to Mykonos’s international airport, less than two miles from the island’s main town. Athens, 93 miles west of Mykonos, is a 25-minute flight.