One of a number of stunning Greek islands, Mykonos is a place which has achieved huge popularity with foreign visitors looking for sun, sea and sand, not to mention a little fun on the side. The town of the same name has a vibrant nightlife but, by contrast, is a pretty peaceful place to be during the daytime, especially in autumn and winter. Mykonos is a pretty unique destination for tourists in a number of ways. Many visitors come here for the history, where there are several Greek and Roman artefacts that still stand to this day, while it’s also seen as one of the most gay-friendly places in all of Greece. The island is also popular with people who want to go sailing on the Aegean Sea.
Although none of the roads are in really poor condition, something powerful enough to drive uphill is necessary. A family saloon or even a hatchback should be sufficient enough.
Driving in Mykonos
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Important things to note
Despite its relatively small size, Mykonos has a comprehensive bus network. This can often contribute to heavy traffic during the daytime,
Traffic to and from the airport tends to be heavier than elsewhere on the island. Be prepared to wait a while before leaving it.
Some of the roads that go uphill in the centre of the island can be difficult to drive on with smaller cars. Avoid using them if possible.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Archaeological Museum, which has been around since 1905, is home to a number of artefacts found on the island through the ages. The most notable are findings from the Putrification Pit from 425 BC. It’s one of Greece’s oldest museums.
Another museum worth a look is the Aegean Maritime Museum. Founded three decades ago, it has become one of the country’s most famous and respected museums, rescuing derelict ships and displaying them to interested visitors.
The Mykonos Windmills are among the island’s more curious sights. Built in the 16th century, they’re dotted throughout the island, although many are used in Chora. Today, the windmills are used as museums, creative spaces or as housing.
Paradise Beach is the best part of the island to go if you fancy sunbathing. Be sure to head there early, as it can get pretty packed at the height of summer when revellers come for Mykonos’ world-famous nightlife.
Mykonos Island National Airport is 2.5 miles northwest of the town of Mykonos. With one main passenger terminal, it has seasonal flights to major airports across Europe, operated largely by low-cost airlines in the summer.
The airport is connected to Mykonos town by one of the main roads. It goes in a north-westerly direction towards the town. In the other direction, it takes you to Ano Mera.