Mykonos is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. The island spans an area of 85.5 km2 (33 sq mi) and rises to an elevation of 341 m (1,119 ft) at its highest point. There are 9,320 inhabitants (2001) most of whom live in the largest town, Mykonos, which lies on the west coast. The town is also known as Chora. Tourism is a major industry. Today, shopping, nightlife and beaches are the most active and the most famous in Europe.
Mykonos early human inhabitants were Carians, followed by Ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians, Cretans and Ionians.
In ancient times due to its proximity to the then highly populated island of Delos (situated about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) away), became very important as a supply island and possibly as a getaway location for Delian citizens.
In Greek mythology the island was the location of the battle between Zeus and the Titans, and it was named in honor of Mykons, son of Anios who was a son of Apollo and nymph named Rio.
Hotels are filling the whole island, especially in the beach resorts. Most of the hotel are built according to the traditional architecture of the island which is protected by the locals. Check out hotels and prices on hotels - prices
The island has some of the highest quality restaurants in Greece: there is almost anything for you to taste including fish tavernas, foreign-cuisine specialists, garden restaurants.
Mykonos is one of the best places in the world to party. Check out our special section nightlife for full details of nightlife.
Airport is located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) southeast of the town of Mykonos and it is served by international flights during summer. If you visit Mykonos by boat here is Port details and how to get to villages
The island is so beautiful, it is no accident that it has become one of the most desired destinations in the world. And if you add the cosmopolitan lifestyle, the sophisticated nightlife and the historic treasures of the nearby Delos to its stunning natural beauties and picturesque villages, you'll have the recipe for an unforgettable holiday.
Although one of the smallest islands of the Cyclades complex, it is definitely the most famous, thanks to its treasure of natural beauty, rich history, cosmopolitan character combined with a wild nightlife, as well as plenty of local color.