Mykonos – Glamorous summer destination
Mykonos has retained a wild, natural beauty all its own while evolving into one of the most glamorous 21st-century destinations of choice. That’s why Mykonos is a must-visit destination on your travel bucket list.
While just 33 square miles in size, the sunny and cool island is stuffed with hip boutique hotels, a dazzling nightlife, haute couture shops, white sandy beaches, whitewashed alleyways, and trendy restaurants.
The authentic Greek experience of hospitality and luxury is all still here. Travellers are delighted to find the same beauty and generous welcoming spirit that captivated the celebrities of the 1960s. When they discovered this unspoilt rocky island far from the madding crowd.
Attracting celebrities and jetsetters since 1960
The island is famous as a glamorous destination for the world’s most wealthy and famous. Come the booming summer months the island swells with the A-listers. Mykonos’ coast reveals waters swamped with freshly scrubbed yachts, superyachts, and mega-yachts.
In the 1950s, the island was barely a blip on the map. But in 1961, first lady Jackie Kennedy visited. Setting off the first wave of tourism from the world’s monied and famous. Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, and Rita Hayworth were just a few of the celebrities to vacation on the island in those days.
Today the island continues to welcome the rich and famous to its shores. Recent visitors include Leonardo DiCaprio, Mariah Carey, Nicole Sherzinger, Gerard Butler, Usain Bolt and Kate Moss to name but a few.
Authentic and picturesque
One of the most picturesque areas of Mykonos town is ‘Little Venice’. The homes of the fishermen have been converted into bars and restaurants. Their colourful balconies over the water are the perfect location to sit and enjoy a drink and the sunset.
Located on the western side of Mykonos Town, you’ll find five majestic and iconic windmills overlooking the sea. Built in the 16th century, the windmills were once used for the island’s history of grain milling. Today only seven remain on the edge of Chora, the island’s capital. They have been restored and are worth a visit to see up close these important pieces of the island’s history.
One of the most iconic images of Mykonos is the number of private family chapels located in the town and across the island. The whitewashed buildings have been named by the Ministry of Culture as protected historical monuments.The chapels were originally built as a tribute for the safe return for the island’s many sailors and fishermen. Today there are said to be close to 500 on the island and house the remains of family members and are also used for religious celebrations.
When to Visit
The best time to visit Mykonos is September and October. Located in the Aegean Sea, this island’s weather permits a year-round flow of tourists, but in those months you’ll see that the crowds have left, the water remains warm and the hotel rates descend back into a reasonable range. The spring, before the summer rush comes, is also a great (and affordable) vacation time. Mykonos experiences a typical Mediterranean winter: mild with temps that dip to the mid-50s. June, July and August are especially busy. Temperatures average in the upper 70s and 80s, and there are nonstop parties and pricey hotel rates.
Mykonos – Private Jet Charter
Mykonos Airport is located on the Greek island of Mykonos, 4 kilometres or a 10 minute drive drive southeast of the island’s capital Mykonos town or also known as Chora. The Airport is used for both private and commercial aviation and offers 24-hour customs and immigration facilities for VIP flights. It also offers a private lounge with direct apron access offering quick, easy and discrete access to private jets.
Mykonos Airport has been the location for many films including Shirley Valentine (1989) and The Bourne Identity (2002).
The airport, also known as Hephaistos (LGMK / JMK) Airport, is very busy during the summer months. Private jet slots can be limited and restrictions mean private jet aircraft can only stay on the ground for under an hour. For this reasons we advise booking as far ahead as possible.