Your first time in Mykonos will be magical. We know you can’t wait to explore this fantastic Greek destination, but before you do, learn when and how to get there and what to do once you’ve arrived. We delve into the details in this guide, so get a pen and paper to plan your ideal vacation.

First Time in Mykonos? The Best Island in Greece Is Waiting

If you’re visiting for the first time, you’re in for an adventure. Stay in one of many Mykonos luxury villas, explore its rich history, swim on the most stunning beaches, and enjoy the crazy Mykonian clubs. There are plenty of sights to see and things to do, so you won’t be bored for a minute.

The island’s capital has the same name, and its (un)official name is Chora. “Chora” means “town” in Greek, which is pretty simple to remember. It’s part of a larger group of islands in the Aegean Sea called the Cyclades, its climate is Mediterranean, with dry summers and mild winters.

How to Get Here? Travel by Ferry From Mainland Greece or by Airplane

The ideal way to travel from Athens is by ferry. Numerous boats from the island ferry port connect it with other islands in Greece, like Santorini and Paros.

There are year-round flights from JMK airport to Athens and Thessaloniki in Greece and other European locations. The peak travel times are typically between June and September. You can also rent a private charter to take you to and from here.

You can hire a car or rent a private driver with The Ace VIP concierge services to get around. If you don’t want to drive or go by car, the island’s bus services run regularly, and you can even find mopeds and ATVs for rental.

When to Go to the Island? If You Want to Avoid Crowds, Go in September

If you want a complete experience, the ideal travel period is between May and September. July and August are the busiest months, and hotels, bars, and clubs are overcrowded, so if you’re looking for a more relaxed vacation, our tip is to book your trip for the end of summer.

A view from an airplane flying over Mykonos

The most convenient way to travel here is by airplane, whether from Athens or other European capitals

Where to Stay When You Get to Town – Budget and Luxury Options

It’s no secret that this destination is home to many luxurious resorts, hotels, and villas, but which one to choose? Some of the most popular hotels and resorts here are:

  • Cavo Tagoo,
  • Kivotos hotel,
  • Nissaki hotel,
  • Palladium hotel.

For budget travelers, the following places are ideal:

  • Paraga Beach Hostel,
  • MyCocoon Hostel,
  • Hotel Matina.

Look Up Private Villas in Mykonos to Make Your Stay More Comfortable

Maybe you’re not interested in spending your first time at a Greek destination in a hotel or hostel. Perhaps you want to check out the best luxury villas in Mykonos and get the ideal one.

We at The Ace VIP can help you with that. Our private villas are state-of-the-art accommodations with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. They’re available for couples, singles, families, and large groups.

A sea view from a Mykonian private villa

Rent a luxury villa in this Greek destination and live like royalty while you travel

Things to Do and See When You Get to Town

First-time visitors should see all the sights one of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades has to offer, so we hope you have an itinerary that includes popular Mykonian spots. If not, we can recommend where to go on the island and some great activities to do during the day:

  • Visit the old port, the heart of Chora and the most popular spot for grabbing a bite or a drink,
  • Wander through the narrow streets of the town,
  • Check out the iconic windmills, the most famous Mykonian landmarks,
  • Watch the sunset from Little Venice,
  • Take a ferry to other neighboring islands, especially to the island of Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Aphrodite,
  • Try water sports and diving and explore wonders that divers of all skill sets can explore,
  • Sample the local cuisine, from fresh seafood to traditional Greek dishes,
  • Shop till you drop because Mykonian shops have fabulous souvenirs and fashion.

Check Out Some of the Best Beaches In and Outside of Town

Mykonian beaches are all equally tempting, so it can be tough to find the perfect one. Year after year, the town beach Megali Ammos is a popular relaxation area. It’s just a walking distance from Chora, easy to find, and excellent for relaxing.

Other beaches you can visit are:

  • Platys Gialos is surrounded by the most popular hotels and resorts and has amenities such as restaurants, bars, and water sports,
  • Agia Anna boasts fine white sand and turquoise waters ideal for swimming, and it’s a little further away from Paraga and Platys Gialos, which you can reach on foot,
  • Agios Ioannis offers uninterrupted views of Delos. It’s also close to Chora, so you can spend the day here and then head for some drinks in town.

If You Stay Near Elia Beach, Make Sure to Swim There

Elia Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the Cyclades because it’s ideal for families, couples, partygoers, those that love to relax, and those that like to live on the wild side. You can try water sports here, like parasailing, wakeboarding, and jet skis.

Elia Beach is also perfect for organizing a sunset cruise. You can rent a yacht and sail through Mykonian coves and bays with friends, family, or alone. If you want a more nighttime experience, try going on a booze cruise.

A view of Elia Beach

Mykonian beaches boast stunning white sand and clear turquoise waters

The Best Mykonian Places to Eat, Drink, and Party

You can eat at the best international restaurants and visit the world’s first Buddha-Bar beach club while here. Or, you can go to some of the most famous Greek eateries that will surely charm you. We recommend The Old Port Taverna, Kiki’s Tavern, The Sunset Restaurant, and The Blue Dolphin.

This destination is home to many bars, but some of the best include Queen of Mykonos, Galleraki, and Skandinavian Bar. They offer great drinks, music, and views and are worth a visit during your stay. These are ideal if you don’t like to go too crazy on holiday.

Anyone that’s heard of the island’s party mecca reputation must want a more comprehensive club guide. This place is indeed home to some of the wildest global parties, so if this is your thing, we recommend you check out Cavo Paradiso, Paradise Club, and Scorpios.

A view of the island lit up at night

You can party until early in the morning at one of the global party islands

To Get the Most Out of Your First Time Here, Call The Ace VIP to Get a Mykonos Villa and Other Services

If you want to experience all this charming destination has to offer but don’t want the hassle of booking everything yourself, The Ace VIP is your solution and perfect guide.

We take care of every detail, from luxury Mykonos villas for rental to yacht charters and dinner reservations. With our experience and your desire to have the adventure of a lifetime, we know how to give our guests what they want. Contact us and plan your dream vacation.