M Y KO N O S | T R AV E L
From when's the best time to visit, to how to get around, here's what I learned from the locals... When to visit For virtually guaranteed wall-to-wall sunshine, July or August is the obvious time to go to Mykonos, but during high season you'll have to share the island with hordes of other holidaymakers. "In July you can't find peace anywhere," says Olga Panagiotopoulou, a Mykonian native who has watched the island's tourism industry boom in the last few years. Like Ibiza, the beach clubs (they turn into night clubs after dark) are open from mid-May to September, but the party scene is decidedly more sophisticated that the White Isle's - go at the beginning or the end of the season if you prefer the quiet life, Olga recommends.
A few minutes later I emerge at the top of a steep path that leads down to a sandy beach, deserted except for the remains of an old rowing boat. I clamber down the rocky steps, flop down on the sand and marvel at the serene scene. Aren't the beaches of Mykonos all meant to be heaving with mojito-sipping young things and soundtracked by house music? Evidently, not. I later find out this is Kapari Beach, one of the island's few undiscovered (for the most part) coves. While there are plenty of beach clubs dotted around the coast of this 33 square-mile island, drawing a partyloving crowd all summer long, it turns out there are still hidden gems waiting to be unearthed - you just need to know where to look.
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