Mykonos is the quintessential bohemian island for spending days lounging in the sun and nights dancing under the stars.
Rich in ancient Greek history and stunning natural beauty, the Greek island has been a travel destination for artists and hippies since the 50s and 60s.
Today, Mykonos is a haven for A-list celebrities and those who embrace an alternative lifestyle, admire beautiful architecture and scenery, and appreciate the finest organic foods and the greatest beach parties.
Our CEO Niko Contardi recently visited Mykonos to experience the Greek boho-chic island lifestyle and scope out the hottest Mykonos beach clubs, restaurants, bars, and destinations on the island.
The result of Niko's trip is everything you must do and see in Mykonos packed into a seven-day luxury travel itinerary:
In your first few days in Mykonos, you want to head to one of the five beaches along the south coast of the island. For absolute luxury, there is only one choice: Psarou Beach — the most famous and trendiest on the island.Located in the south around four kilometers from Mykonos Town, the 150m long beach is the top pick beach among celebs and VIPs for good reason: it's emerald green water, dramatic scenery, and upscale Mykonos beach clubs.
Psarou sits within a well-sheltered bay, making it the ideal anchoring point for the island's most expensive and beautiful yachts. It's also home to many high-end restaurants and beach bars, the most famous among them being Nammos Beach Club.
While it has an upscale bohemian chilled-out atmosphere, there's always a party breaking out at Nammos. The extremely popular Mykonos beach club and restaurant is simply the place to be and be seen in The Cyclades. To avoid not getting in or waiting in long lines, make sure to arrive early or book ahead with your luxury travel agent.
The next beaches along the coast are Platis Gialos — with lots of restaurants and a water taxi to Paradise Beach — and Agia Anna Beach, where you will find the famous Nikolas Taverna. We recommend heading to the bustling Paraga Beach and home of three Mykonos beach clubs: the luxurious SantAnna, chilled-out Kalua, & the ultra-stylish Scorpios.
A favorite of our CEO Niko Contardi, the must-visit Scorpios is a space of art, design, food, music, and healing. Named one of the best beach clubs in the world by Conde Nast Traveler in 2020, the boho-chic design and award-winning food attract a sophisticated crowd that like to party hard and in style.
After a few days of beach living, it's time to head to the main town. The heart of Mykonos is Chora — the vibrant capital that is home to many whitewashed churches (including the renowned Panagia Paraportiani, the most photographed in the Aegean), the Mykonos Windmills (great for sunset views), and endless, charming maze-like cobbled streets.
Chora is full of souvenir stores, luxury chic boutique shops, seaside bars, tiny cafes, cool brunch spots (check out The Liberty Breakfast Room), fine dining restaurants, lively clubs, and waterfront tavernas serving delicious seafood and local dishes. It also has its own romantic Little Venice neighborhood, with its colorful houses perched above the sea.
After getting your shopping fix, pay a visit to the Mykonos Archaeological Museum. Built in 1902, the museum houses a beautiful and rich collection of Greek pottery, sculptures, and antiques. There's also the Folklore Museum which contains old furniture, ceramics, Byzantine icons, and hand-woven textiles.
Several island and day trips depart from the main port near Chora. Two you don't want to miss are the Cycladic island of Delos, the mythological birthplace of Apollo, and the historic and up-and-coming Naxos.
Naxos is well known for its traditional villages, beaches, and Greek history and mythology. Lesser known is that it's also a hub of gastronomic experiences. Be sure to check out Yazoo, with its buzzing atmosphere and amazing menu of cocktails and Cretan-Naxian dishes.
Chora is just as famous for its history as it is for its legendary food and parties. By night, its narrow streets are filled with crowds, many of which are heading to Pasta Fresca Barkia for the best pasta and seafood spaghetti in Mykonos, BAOs for incredible cocktails and sea views, and Lola for an intimate and romantic seaside experience with a flamboyant crowd.
Wherever you go, most end up in Skandinavian Bar and Disco, a Mykonos Institution with three floors that pours out on the streets.
You don't want to finish a trip in Mykonos without checking out the Northside of the island.
The northside of Mykonos is much more chilled out and relaxed than the Southern side. It's perfect for boat days, family outings, snorkeling, island hopping, wildlife and sea life spotting, massage, walking, etc.
Those still looking for bohemian Mykonos beach clubs won't be disappointed: The cosmopolitan Alemagou on Ftelia Beach and the high-end Principote on Panormos Beach are two of the best on the island.
Also known as a windsurfers paradise, Ftelia beach is one of the most tranquil and bohemian in Mykonos. Its strong northern winds mean it's not optimum for swimming or sunbathing, but for the same reason, it means that even in July and August it's not very crowded.
Sitting on the left side of Ftelia beach, Almegaou is an all-day beach destination, offering coffee, breakfast, food, cocktails, swimming, and dancing. If you prefer more action, it's also the perfect base for watersports such as windsurfing, kite surfing, beginners and advanced surfing, and diving.
Ftelia is a part of the big Panormos bay that is also home to Panormos Beach. This well-sheltered, unspoiled beach is a haven for snorkeling and the home of the laid-back and luxurious Principote Beach Club. Accessible by car or beach club moorings (the best way to see the North is by car or yacht), this Mykonos beach club has a particularly impressive fine dining restaurant, complete with an Aegean-inspired sushi bar and a VIP restaurant area.If seeking even more privacy, a short drive along the coast is Agios Sostis: a completely undeveloped beach surrounded by sloping hills. Armenistis Lighthouse is also a must-visit and a great excuse to reach the northwest tip of the island.
By your final day in Mykonos, there’s likely a place you wanted to visit and didn't get the chance to or a place you are dying to go back to.
Maybe it's another Italian-Greek meal at the iconic Nammos restaurant. Or a particular music performance at Scorpios. You may prefer to spend your last night in your accommodation, indulging in in-villa services such as spa treatments, gourmet meal preparation, DJs, fire-dancers, and other luxury travel agent perks.
Exclusively situated above the world-famous Psarou Beach, Psarou Delight stands out among luxury villa rentals in Mykonos. The 20-guest, 5,000 SqMt luxury Mykonos property rental boasts panoramic sea views, a gym, a heated infinity pool, and a 14-person jacuzzi. All this while being a short drive from the hottest nightlife and gastronomy on Mykonos.
The best way to end your trip in Mykonos depends on why you're traveling — for relaxation and restoration, celebration and partying, or nature and adventure.
As a luxury travel agent, we design luxury travel itineraries based on the purpose of your trip and your unique preferences. Contact us today to begin planning your epic 2022 Mykonos summer vacation.