T R AV E L | M Y KO N O S
LEFT The view from 180 Bar over Hora | PA Photo/ Katie Wright
BELOW The waterfront at Hora, Mykonos main town | PA Photo/Katie Wright
RIGHT The Wild Hotel's private beach | PA Photo/ Yiorgos Kordakis
As day blurs into night, things start to liven up at places like Scorpios on Paraga beach, a Mykonos institution that actually lives up to the hype. "Scorpios is magical," says the Wild Hotel's Panos Vakouftsis, who has worked on the island for the last six years. The restaurant and beach club, about a 15-minute drive from Hora on the south coast, is ideal for sunset viewing and hosts big-name DJs throughout summer, keeping guests dancing until the sun comes up. Entrance is free but it gets busy so it's wise to book a table a few days in advance. In Hora, locals often start their night at the Queen of Mykonos (queenofmykonos.gr) - a tiny, church-like cocktail bar with an LED ceiling where a gin and tonic will set you back around €15/£13. It must be said, on the whole, Mykonos is pretty pricey when it comes to dining and drinking, but one of the few places you find cheap plonk is Skandinavian Bar (skandinavianbar.com), where you can get a glass of wine for about €4.50/£4. "I love it because everyone goes there, it's a mix of all kinds of people," Panos says of the party hotspot, which comprises several groundfloor level bars and an upstairs disco. Grab a drink downstairs and you'll be given a white wristband, granting your free entry upstairs.
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