The typical whitewashed buildings that sharply contrast with the vivid blue sea is a classic Greek island image. Mykonos is crammed with this traditional scenery that now houses stylish bars, upscale hotels and atmospheric nightclubs.

The beaches of Mykonos are the place to see and be seen. The summer crowd that descend on this island are a well-heeled variety, with a few celebrities thrown into the mix as well. The major draw is the lovely sand that invites sunbathers to relax under the blue skies and paddle in the crystal sea.

Mykonos holidays are famous for its nightlife, and you'll be able to dance until dawn at many of the clubs if you wish to. Of course, for a lower-key evening, there are still good options and a range of international choices for dining. Head to Mykonos Town to dine on seafood and savour a leisurely meal.

For a more active holiday, Mykonos doesn’t disappoint. Hire bikes from the seafront at Agios Stefanos and cycle up the hill to the church to enjoy tranquil views to the distant islands of Syros and Tinos. Naturally, there are also plenty of watersports you can try out. If you fancy your hand at windsurfing, make your way to Ftelia Beach, which is renowned for its windsurfing. Jump on jet skis at Kalafatis Beach and zip across the waters, or do some easy-going underwater exploration with some snorkelling.

To really immerse yourself in the history of this region, take a short boat trip to the island of Delos, dubbed ‘Island of the Gods’ thanks to its claim to fame as the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Delos was once a thriving port and political centre. Today, it enjoys status as a tourist draw since people come to marvel at its ancient history, and while you're on the island you can visit the Archaeological Museum of Delos, which displays items from excavations there.

Mykonos really is a place to forget about all your worries. Sunbathe by day and go out on the town at night, but remember to explore Greece’s intriguing culture when you visit, too.

Greece is full to the brim with great beach destinations. If you like Mykonos, you're sure to love our all inclusive holidays to Mykonoscheap beach holidays to Rhodes or our great Santorini beach holidays.

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