Religious Feasts & Festivals: There are many religious ‘feasts’ in Mykonos which take place once a year in the capital and the villages to honor their saints. These festivities, which typically last all night, include traditional dances, music and an abundance of local delights and wine.
- June 30th is a feast dedicated to Agioi Apostoloi.
- July 26th is the celebration of Agia Paraskevi.
- August 15th a great feast takes place in the village of Ano Mera, at the church of Panagia Tourliani.
Mykonos Summer Festival
Mykonos is synonymous with wild parties and a lively atmosphere and throughout the summer sees many exciting events, including open-air concerts, theatrical performances and various art exhibitions. Artists from all around the world take part in the famous Mykonos Summer Festival.
The annual gay festival is usually held mid-August, this is a special event in Mykonos where thousands of gay visitors arrive from every part of the world and celebrate in spectacular style.
In the middle of September, visitors have the chance to enjoy the Harvest Festival, which is held annually at the Agricultural Museum. Visitors to the island are able to get involved in the event, which of course includes some fabulous wine-tasting.
SUGGESTED GENERAL ACTIVITIES:
- Experience a cookery class using local products rarely found on the mainland of Greece or anywhere else in the world. The island of Mykonos has amazing cheeses, local white eggplants as well as fantastic grass-fed lamb.
- Enjoy a boat tour to the neighboring island of Delos, then on to Rhinia island for a swim in stunning blue waters
- Tour the fascinating Archaeological Museum in Mykonos town (closed Mondays) to discover the island’s ancient history and the Maritime Museum, which exhibits ship models from the early Minoan period until the beginning of the 20th century among other historical artefacts
- Party the night away on Paradise Beach at one of the exclusive beach bars such as Cava Paradiso when nothing kicks off until 2am
- Explore ‘Little Venice’ the most picturesque quarter of Chora (or Mykonos Town), the capital of Mykonos island with its vivid nightlife and lovely tavernas – make sure to have your photo taken with Petros the Pelican
- The windmills are the quintessential features of Mykonos’ landscape. There are plenty of them that have become a part and parcel of Mykonos. Visitors to Mykonos can see the windmills irrespective of the locale and the views from the windmills above Mykonos town are well worth experiencing
SUGGESTED SPORTING ACTIVITIES
- Tennis, lessons and courts are available at several resorts on the island
- Choose from a great variety of watersports with speed boats, sailing, water-skiing, diving, windsurfing, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and snorkeling all on offer
- Horse-back riding at ‘Horseland’
- Beach volleyball
TIME ZONE Greece operates on GMT + 2 hours.
LANGUAGE Modern Greek (as opposed to Ancient) is the national language of Greece. Vernacular speech contains many borrowings from foreign languages, including Italian, French, Turkish and English, so you may hear some familiar words in everyday speech. "Tourist Police" whose lapel badges picture a Union Jack or American flag speak English. In Greece, people whose work brings them into contact with visitors from overseas are generally excellent English speakers.
CURRENCY The Euro, divided into 100 Cents.
MONEY MATTERS Travellers cheques can easily be converted into Euros; some larger stores will take them as payment. Smaller denominations are preferred. Major credit cards are widely accepted (though American Express less so) and ATM access is widespread.
TIPPING Like most European countries, tipping in restaurants is common, with a recommended 10% on a discretionary basis according to service. Check that a service charge has not been added to your bill before deciding whether to tip. Taxi drivers do not usually expect a tip but it is common practice and considered polite to round up taxi fares.
WEATHER Greece enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, occasionally wet winters. Summer temperatures can reach the upwards of 90 degrees Fahrenheit and sun protection in the form of sun cream, a sun hat and lightweight clothing is recommended.
CLOTHING Style is fairly casual throughout Greece though in more rural areas and during Easter more conservative dress may be observed, for example covered shoulders. Cathedrals, churches and other religious sites require conservative dress. Both sexes should cover their arms, legs and shoulders. Cotton and other light fabrics are comfortable choices for summertime as the heat can be extreme during summer months. You are advised to take lightweight light coloured items, including a sun hat to protect your skin from the affects of sun damage. Spring and autumn temperatures dictate light to medium-weight clothing selections and in winter you will need a pullover and a coat. When dining at better restaurants and for any special occasion during your journey, dress is more formal. For gentlemen, a "jacket and tie" standard is appropriate, with an equivalent standard of eveningwear for ladies. Bring comfortable walking shoes with low or no heels.
HEALTH For up to date information on latest health and vaccination recommendations, please contact your doctor.
ELECTRICITY Electrical service is supplied at 220 volts/50 hertz.