Mykonos is a Greek island of two halves. Beautiful buildings, a quiet pace of life and sleepy fishing villages give way to one of the party capitals of Europe. Enjoy the hedonistic lifestyle of the party resorts or venture off the beaten track into some of the most beautiful quaint villages imaginable. Mykonos has the ability to let you do both.

Water activities abound on this island with it’s perfect cobalt seas , traditional fishing boats bob about amongst the cruise boats that carry tourists to their next party. Both exist perfectly side by side, the old and the new working together on this laid back exuberant glorious island.

Accommodation in Mykonos is plentiful, often simplistic and of varying standards, there are many jewels amongst the wide choice of available hotels.

Consistently well rated is the unassuming Hotel Tagoo. Small and family run this simple hotel although attractive doesn’t at first glance stand out from the crowd. The immaculate rooms, the fabulous breakfasts and the warm welcome soon speak for themselves. The beautifully maintained pool overlooking the sea is the icing on the cake. A stand out hotel amongst tough competition.

For a touch of luxury book the Rocabella Mykonos Art Hotel and Spa. Every bit as grand as the name suggests. Although simple in architecture the interior is furnished to a high standard with modern well maintained rooms and facilities. Still evident is the uncluttered Greek style but done with a little more opulence than is usual. This beach front hotel offers slightly more than the standard hotel.

Greek food is good, the islanders have learnt to make the most of seasonal local foods. Seafood is always excellent although has recently increased in price, always ask for the catch of the day for the best value. Fresh vegetables are to be found both in salads and in hearty stews. The Greek take dining very seriously, it is a social occasion often to be enjoyed outside and they want to ensure that you enjoy it just as much as they do.

Nammon restaurant on Psarou Beach is a perfect mix of Greek and Italian specialities, beautifully positioned on the beach front this restaurant offers good food cooked expertly.

The house speciality of Mykonian meatballs is not to be missed. These meatballs with the aroma of fresh oregano cooked to perfection are famed for good reason.For something completely different head to Kiku based in the Hotel Cavo this fashionable Japanese restaurant offers eastern elegance in tan Aegean setting, a combination as perfect as unexpected.

If it is a traditional taverna that you require then the Ithaki restaurant is perfect. Offering the freshest of seafood and the best of the local produce cooked simply and well. The Ithaki offers relaxed dining in a beautiful coastal location.

Visit Mykonos old town. Filled with quaint pure white buildings and floral displays this town is postcard pretty. Old churches nestle amongst the upmarket shops and museums, giving plenty of sightseeing opportunities amongst the winding streets. Once night falls head for the area known as little Venice and dine at one of the many restaurants on the beach front, as the sea laps gently against the shore.

Visit the Church of Panagia Paraportiani, this Byzantine church is beautifully adorned with it’s white façade that almost becomes one with the earth. First constructed in the 15th century the church has grown over the years with all the added architecture enhancing it’s appeal. Overlooking the harbour it is easy to see why of all the 400 churches on the island this is the most photographed.

Visit the beaches of the south coast for a non stop party atmosphere, although busy during the day these beach resorts come into their own at night with an explosion of parties. Hedonism and sunshine collide to form a giant ball of fun.

The party season begin in early summer and continues until the autumn, travel outside this period may be disappointing for those expecting fun. Over the winter the island returns to the sleepy fishing island that it was, with very little tourism.

Sunny and warm during the summer months the winters are cooler but certainly pleasant. For those wishing for a little winter sun without the party atmosphere then the winter moths will certainly appeal.