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24 Hours in Mykonos

24 Hours in Mykonos


Words by Jessica Aureli


Mykonos has made a name for itself as the hard-partying wild child of Greece’s Cyladic islands, but there’s much more to it than beach bars and dancing ’til dawn. We escaped to the island paradise with fashion photographer Mike Quyen to get the inside scoop on where to go and what to do – plus what to wear while you’re there.





The first thing you notice about Mykonos Town (or Chora, to the locals), is that it’s exactly like every photo of it you’ve ever seen, but with the real-life saturation turned up to 11. Stark white walls are a blank canvas for bursts of pink and azure blue that anywhere else would be garish, but here, just feel fittingly Myconian.

The second thing you’ll probably notice is that its warren-like alleys render your trusty phone map essentially useless. We say use it as an opportunity to uncover some of the town’s hidden gems, after all, it’s one of the prettiest places to get lost in the world.

What to wear: Shady streets provide welcome relief from the blazing sun; now’s your chance to break out safari-inspired pieces in neutral hues (hat optional).





The uninhabited island of Rineia is just a hop, skip and a jump (or a 90-minute boat ride, for those more practically minded) from Mykonos, but feels a world away from its bustling alleys and buzzing beach bars. An island escape from your island escape might sound unnecessarily indulgent, but with a beach this deserted, and water this clear, it’s basically impossible to say no. Just think of it as a holiday sea change.

What to wear: No need to overthink it – smart-casual separates (plus swim shorts at the ready) are all you need to sail in style.





At the height of summer you can expect sunset to be on the late side, so make the most of it with a walk along Ornos beach at dusk. Its south-facing position means that it’s one of the calmer spots on an at-times blustery island, and the evening heat facilitates an impromptu dip for those so inclined.

What to wear: An aperitif is a must after any sunset stroll, so make beach to bar your mantra here – a ‘loaferdrille’ shoe is the new hybrid of the moment.





Island explorations can continue when the sun goes down, with myriad restaurant options available all over Mykonos. Agios Ioannis beach is a far cry from its high-octane counterparts, and its laid-back mood is the perfect location for a beachside dinner.

What to wear: Take advantage of milder evenings with a spot of dapper tailoring – a pocket square adds a pleasing amount of nautical flair.



Beach, bar and beyond: Spend a day lounging by the sea at popular Psarou Beach destination N’Ammos

Flower child: Wilting in the sun? Hightail it to Hibiscus Cafe in Chora for the best gelato in town

Island style: For those in search of retail therapy, Luisa World boutique provides a welcome hit of Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and more.

Sail away: Discover the deserted beach and clear waters of nearby island Rineia with Mast Yachting

Sundowners: Little Venice is the only place to be come sunset – take your pick of the bars and watch the world go by




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