Adventure Cruises in Mykonos
For those looking for a party island that has retained its class and glamour on Mykonos small ship cruises can take you to the best hotspots on this hip and insatiably fun part of the Cyclades Islands. Once a bolthole for celebrities looking to party with some privacy, Mykonos has risen in popularity while still maintaining its swish looks and exclusive feel. The main town of Hora is a visual delight during the daytime with shining white buildings draped in flowers, historic buildings, and museums to enjoy. Shopping is also something to lose yourself in on a small ship cruise of Mykonos with hundreds of tiny boutiques with designer clothes, high-end artwork, and traditional souvenirs.
The small tavernas that line the streets are full to the brim with delicious local food and drinks to while away the afternoons with friends. A small cruise will also take you around the island and give you the chance to stop off at some of the fine dining spots for which Mykonos is famous. Seafood is one of the top specialties, and amazing sunsets are invariably part of the dining experience as well. After the sun has set on Mykonos, the island comes to life with revelers, beach bars, cocktails, and high-end clubs open their doors, and the part goes on often until dawn. After a heady night partying relaxation is widely on offer, cruises of Mykonos will also stop off at some of the most beautiful beaches in the Cyclades Islands. The waters around the island are famous for their turquoise color and well sheltered and stunning swimming spots.
Best Mykonos Island cruises and areas to visit
One of the highlights of any Mykonos cruise has to be the town of Hora, the largest and main settlement on the island it is a feast of restaurants, shops, and thrilling bars. Down in the central part of the town, the streets are lined with tiny boutiques and restaurants to explore. History enthusiasts will find the Maritime Museum, which includes a lighthouse and expositions detailing the long sea-faring history of the island. There are also several art galleries located within Hora town, many with exciting exhibitions of local and international artists as well as many pieces for sale for a variety of prices, often rather high. Once the sun starts to set, people flock uphill in Hora town to take in some of the Aegean's most impressive views. Towards the top half of Hora, the steep sides are lined with chic cocktail bars where you can enjoy the sunset before heading out to party.
Easily the most famous beach in Mykonos thanks to its reputation as an all-day and all-night party spot. During the day, the music keeps playing, and revelers can kick back on the sun loungers and sip on cooling cocktails at the bar. At night, Club Paradiso is one of the most popular nightspots on the island and, it's consistently voted in the top 20 clubs in the world. The party on Paradise Beach more often than not lasts until the sun rises the next day. The beach is also lovely on its merit, and the waters are beautiful, crystal clear and the perfect way to cool down although if you are looking for peace and tranquillity, it is probably best to look to one of Mykonos many other beaches.
Best time to cruise in Mykonos Island
As you might expect with such a popular island, the best time to cruise Mykonos depends slightly on how much you love the hustle and bustle of high season. If vibrant parties and plenty of other revelers is your thing, then June to September is the time for you. In this peak season, it is a good idea to book your small ship cruise well in advance of your trip as everything tends to book up months before. Although this is the high season, the nightlife in Mykonos gets started from May and doesn't wrap up until October, although you will find it is a bit quieter around these months as there are fewer people here in general. This is also a good way of cutting costs as prices can be slightly lower during these times.
How to get to Mykonos Island
Many Mykonos cruises depart directly from Athens before returning to the city's main port of Piraeus. Reaching Athens is relatively easy from most major European airports, and there are direct flights from the US via New York or indirect flights from many other large American airports. Upon arriving at Athens, it is a short journey to Piraeus either by taxi or the metro train that takes you directly to the port. It is worth noting that it is a short walk or taxi journey to the port from the metro, and as the port is huge, be sure of exactly which part you are leaving from. If your cruise departs from Mykonos town, then you will find ferry services run regularly to Mykonos from Piraeus although they often stop off at numerous other islands so be sure of the journey time before buying your ticket.
Mykonos Island Cruise Tips
- The Greek islands are loved for their beautiful weather and cloudless skies so be sure to pack as much sun protection as you will need, especially if you will be spending time aboard the boat and swimming in the sea.
- With all the partying on Mykonos it can be easy to miss some of its other hidden gems such as the spending culinary scene specializing in gourmet seafood many of the restaurants on Mykonos serve up world-famous plates with a breath-taking view to match.
- The local wine is mostly homemade by restaurants; however, there is a winery on the island at Vioma, which produces organic drinks in an ancient monastery. The winery offers guided tours and also tasting sessions for visitors.