Mykonos might be known as one of the most luxurious and glamorous destinations in Europe, but you don’t need to be rich or famous to party there. In fact, when planned cleverly, Mykonos can actually be enjoyed immensely on a budget for groups and students. Just think how smug you’ll feel partying in clubs frequented by celebrities, knowing that your holiday cost a fraction of the price! Even better, Mykonos isn’t just a party destination; this gorgeous Greek island has a host of activities to make it the best holiday imaginable for you and your friends.
Here are our top tips to get you started:
Where to Party
First and foremost, Mykonos is a party island; with many of the worlds top DJs playing headline sets across the island’s many clubs from July to September. Because of this, many club nights sell tickets months before the event, so be sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment and price hikes. You may even be able to book tickets that come with a drinks package, which will help you save some money. One of the most popular clubs in the region is the Paradise Club, which is an essential visit even if there’s no big DJs playing at the time.
Of course, you don’t need to go to a club to party in Mykonos, with many parties occurring right on the beach. Parties on beaches like Paradise and Super Paradise last well into the morning and are often far less crowded than the big clubs, leaving you more space to enjoy yourself.
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Where to Eat
When it comes to restaurants, Mykonos is notoriously expensive, especially along the popular tourist strips. However, you can find some bargain eats if you venture away from the more popular spots.
For authentic – and delicious! – Greek food, Kalammakia Lakka should be top of your list. Serving dishes like gyros, koftas and other Greek delights at a fraction of the price of other restaurants in the area, this restaurant doesn’t skimp on quality, with its dishes being so tasty you’ll want to return again and again.
Mykonos Noodles serve the best in hangover food. Simply fill your box with your choice of noodles, meat/seafood and sauce from as little as €6.50.
Where to Stay
When you’re travelling in a group, hotels can not only be pricey, but you’re never guaranteed to be next door or even on the same floor as your friends. A far more cost-effective way to stay in Mykonos is to consider renting your own private villa in the area. Much cheaper per person, villas can also be far more fun as you’re all staying together and many have their own private pool to enjoy.
If you’re travelling with just a couple of friends, or going solo, there are plenty of hostels on the island, which are far cheaper than most of the tourist-filled hotels on the beach.
What to Do
During the day, when you’re not getting ready for the next big party, you’re going to want to relax on one of the many gorgeous beaches of Mykonos. As mentioned before, Paradise and Super Paradise beach are two of the most popular on the island, with a busy bar and stunning, golden sands. You’ll spend your morning working on your tan and then from early afternoon, the party starts right on the beach.
But it’s not all beaches and parties, there are plenty of other fun activities to do in Mykonos. For one, renting a boat and exploring this fabulous coast for a day. There are also plenty of places to shop ranging from high-end boutiques to small, local crafts that are perfect for souvenirs or presents.