A island full of whitewashed houses with narrow streets that just ooze the charm of a stereotypical Greek island. It enjoys a reputation as a party island, but is not brash or over the top, and offers a stylish choice for people who love to relax, chill out and yet, if they wish to, dance until dawn in the cosmopolitan clubs and bars. A wonderful island to explore, and it is easy to drive around in a day, but hire a pushbike and take your time to make sure you get a feel of the 'real' Mykonos that is unrushed, laid-back, and has a timeless beauty.
Location: One of over 220 islands that make up the Cyclades
In the midst of the Aegean Sea and 150 kilometres east of Athens, Mykonos is accessible by air or ferry from Greece's capital city. There are also small inter-island ferry services available to Paros and Naxos to the south, Tinos to the north, and Ermoupoli to the west. It is a dry island with no natural rivers, but some of the smaller streams have been dammed to catch the winter rainfall and provide a very small amount of natural water to the locals.
Business: A nice surprise for business travellers
Many hotels on the island, especially in the main town of Chora, offer facilities for use by business guests. There are conference rooms available that can be adapted for group sizes up to around 800 guests, and some hotels will offer part-time use of dining halls as an exhibition venue in the quieter winter season.
Culture: Don't miss a trip to the iconic windmills
The windmills that sit on the ridge above the main town were built in the 16th century and can be seen from virtually every street corner. The seven that stand upon the hill were built by the Venetians in order to mill corn, and were in use up until the early 20th century. The iconic landmarks can be seen adorning all manners of goods that are made on the island have become famous symbols.
Activities: Dress to impress
To feel at home amongst the partying Greeks, of which many class Mykonos as their favourite island, it is important to dress appropriately. Sharply tailored, yet relaxed suits and the ubiquitous little black dress are almost a uniform here. The chance of admission to one of the many fine restaurants or exclusive nightclubs will definitely be improved by a smart appearance. Of course, it is not essential to 'dress-up', but on Mykonos, unlike many other Greek islands, style matters.