An island that successfully mingles rustic beauty, go-ahead Greek charm and international indulgence, Mykonos offers many island experiences in one neat, exhilarating package. Hankering for the quintessential Greek town, all whitewashed buildings, shrines and churches huddled around a puzzle of tiny streets? Mykonos Town delivers amply. After some classically Greek beach life, with golden sands, crystalline waters and simple tavernas serving fresh seafood and retsina? A short ride out of town will get you there. Feel the need for great, cosmopolitan restaurants in romantic surrounds? Look no further. And with Delos, one of the premier sites of the ancient world a few sea-miles away, Mykonos has pretty much everything going for it.
Mykonos Town may have myriad options for tempting you out late, but it's the morning that sees the town is at its most beautiful. Sun-worshippers have left for the beach, and the midday heat is yet to arrive, so the quiet shaded tangle of lanes and alleys awaits idle exploration, their whitewashed walls elegantly contrasted with flashes of colour provided by bougainvillea and geraniums. It’s the kind of town planning that will have you laughing and happily dizzied into confusion, doubling-back on squares and streets from unexpected angles, or uncertain whether you’ve walked a particular lane before. Give in to it – it’s all part of Mykonos’ inimitable charm. A clutch of museums fill in the island’s history and maritime heritage, while art galleries illustrate the magnetic lure the town has long exacted on artists. But really it’s the streets and shoreline that captivate most, with the town’s Little Venice neighbourhood perhaps the most photogenic part of a place abundantly stacked with beauty.