Mękonos, the most popular holiday destination
of the Cyclades, the island does get very crowded in July and August. There are two ferry quays on Mękonos, many visitors to the island arrive by ferry, the island does have direct air links with Britain.
Mękonos town (Hora) is a maze of alleyways its white-washed buildings set around sea front fishermens houses. Late afternoon or early morning is the ideal time to explore the warren of narrow streets, it can be very confusing! You will find a variety of shops, trendy boutiques, jewellers and art & craft shops to name a few to browse around.
There are various museums which may interest you, the Archaeological Museum has displays of Delos pottery, jewellery exhibits etc. The Aegean Maritime Museum has displays of nautical artefacts, an old lighthouse and models of old vessels. Next door is Lenas House which is a restored and furnished 19th century middle-class Mykonean house. The Folklore Museum is located near Delos Quay the museum is housed in an 18th century mansion and has a large collection of memorabilia and furnishings including a huge four poster bed.
Most of you will be looking forward to spending your days on the islands famous beaches there are plenty to choose from, as I mentioned earlier the island and its beaches do get packed in the high season. The best beaches are Paradise, Super Paradise, Agari and Ella. If you are extrovert you will certainly enjoy these beaches! A popular family beach is Agios Ioannis which is about 5km from the town it is well organized, good facilities where you can enjoy the sun, sea, sand and the wonderful view over the island of Delos. Caiques run to and from the main popular beaches
during the summer months.
The beautiful expanse of Paradise beach with its golden sand is extremely popular and does get very busy, get here early to find some space, it is a favourite with the young set, watersports are on offer and there is a diving centre. There are beach bars, discos, 24 hour music; you can party all day and night in the high season. Paradise and Super Paradise beaches permit nude and topless bathing. Super Paradise (Plintri) beach which is next to Paradise beach will not disappoint, in a beautiful setting where you can enjoy the clear waters and all the beach activities.
If you are looking for somewhere a little quieter and to get away from the crowds try Agrari beach, this beach can be reached by boat or taxi. Agrari beach is situated next to the longest beach on the island Elia beach, with its lush surroundings, lovely location and golden sandy beach it is a popular beach, Elia beach is gay friendly and almost entirely gay late on in the season.
There are many beaches on the island to choose from depending on what suits your requirements, the south shore beaches have the best sand and are protected from the Meltémi wind. The north coast beaches are beautiful and less developed though they are now becoming more popular, the beaches can be exposed to the Meltemi wind. The beautiful Pánormos Bay is possibly the exception it is quite a protected beach area.
Nightlife on Mękonos is pretty hectic with a variety of venues where you can party until late. There are sophisticated bars, discos, music bars and clubs with something to suit all tastes, the largest club on the island Space is on Lákka Square. You can have a drink at one of the waterside bars in the Little Venice area, relax and just enjoy the atmosphere. There are some good restaurants offering Mediterranean cuisine, on the waterfront you can try home-made pasta and there are some fast food outlets around the town.
If you want a change from the beach there are boat excursions running daily to ancient Delos, there are various island cruises on offer also. If you prefer to rent a car or motorcycle you will find many of the rental firms around the bus station area in Mękonos town. Even though Mękonos is a slightly more expensive place to visit than some of the other Greek Islands
it has plenty to offer its visitors to enable them to have a fantastic holiday.