Lying north of Crete in the middle of the Aegean Sea, the Cyclades group is made of hundreds of islands believed to have been produced by a mixture of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Of all these islands Mykonos is one of the most popular and most visited, and is certainly one of the most sophisticated and refined resorts, with elegant restaurants, stylish bars and chic shopping. Famed for its fabulous nightlife, excellent beaches, breath-taking scenery and cool, cosmopolitan aura. Over the years Mykonos has found favour with celebrities and socialites alike, and has become a constant destination for the jet set. A favourite of Jackie O in the 1960's, the island has cultivated its glitzy, stylish image whilst retaining its charming, traditional, Greek character.
The island is part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Siros, Paros and Naxos. It spans an area of 105.183 km2 (41 sq mi) and has 9,320 inhabitants (2001) most of whom live in the largest town, Mykonos, also known as Chora. It is believed that the island was named after a local hero, who is considered an offspring of the god Apollo and was worshipped locally in antiquity.
Mykonos Town, the island's capital, is a beautiful archetypal Cycladic town with immaculately whitewashed houses, picturesque little chapels and a winding maze of cobbled streets. The labyrinth design of the town was intended to confuse pirates who plagued the island in the eighteenth century and getting lost is half the fun!
Less than 1km from the main town is Tagu, a rocky hillside retreat with picturesque cliffs and beautiful landscapes. On the south coast lies the fab resort of Platys Gialos with its white-sandy beach supporting restaurants and bars, whilst further west you will find Elia, home to possibly the most beautiful of all Mykonos beaches with its broad, sandy shores and lush, verdant backdrop. Alefkandhra is another must-see area, a trendy, up-market district with art galleries, fashionable bars and clubs, also known as 'Little Venice' due to the arcaded Venetian style houses that have been built right up to the water’s edge.
Shopping in Mykonos is amongst the best in the Cyclades with a variety of boutiques selling everything from Italian designer-wear to local produce and souvenirs. Other unique finds include flokati rugs, hand-made ceramics and hand-knitted sweaters.
Mykonos has a good mix of authentic Greek, tavernas and innovative, international eateries. Mykonos nightlife is legendary! A fabulous place to play after dark, the scene is constantly evolving whilst Mykonos Town and Little Venice are perennial favourites for fab clubs and trendy bars.
You can easily book a hotel on www.medestino.com.