The Greek island of Mykonos is in the very heart of Cyclades, and it was once among the poorest and barest Greek islands. In the late 1950s, the island completely reinvented itself from the once bohemian mecca to the glitziest cosmopolitan Greek destination that we know and love today.
Mykonos is also known as the “Ibiza of Greece” with its vibrant party and nightlife scene, which will have you dancing until dawn. But there is more to Mykonos than just wild parties. Discover the quiet and charming country roads with car hire in Mykonos, which will take you to the world's best wild beaches. There, dive into some of the underwater caves located at Lia, Paradise and Kalafatis beach.
Wake up your inner explorer in the maze-like streets of the capital city, Chora, or walk through one of the most archaeological and mythological sites, Delos, where the ancient historians have said is the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.
So, pack your things and car hire in Mykonos, and start exploring today!
Basic info and car hire in Mykonos
Location: Southern Aegean Sea, Southeast of Greece's mainland
Population: 10,134 (2011)
Official language: Greek
Currency: Euro (€)
Weather: Mykonos has a typical Mediterranean climate, with over 300 sunny days a year. The average temperature during the summer is around 28 °C (82 °F), however, it can rise to 40 °C (104 °F). In the winter, the average temperature is around 15 °C (59 °F).
Public holidays in Mykonos: For public holidays in Mykonos click here»
Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés are mostly equipped with Wi-Fi. Find the free Wi-Fi hotspot near you, click here »
Road conditions: Roads are generally in a good shape and narrow in some places, however, if you car hire in Mykonos watch out for all the possible dirt roads and potholes on the way to your destination.
Driving in Mykonos
The best way to see what Mykonos has to offer is to car hire and drive through this Greek countryside. The pavement on the Mykonos main roads is generally good and you shouldn’t have any major problems while driving your car hire in Mykonos. Be careful while driving after dark, because you might drive into a pothole due to poor visibility. Some of the roads are quite twisted, therefore not for the faint hearted. Roads that lead to more remote areas might be a bit narrower or have a rough surface. Keep in mind, there is no circular road that would let you drive around the whole Mykonos.
- Age limits: In order to rent any vehicle you have to be 18 years old (some rent a car companies require that the driver has to be older than 23 and have a valid drivers license for at least a year).
- International Driving Permit: For visitors who are residents of the USA, Canada, Australia, India, China, Korea, Japan, and some others.
- Additional papers: Your insurance policy and passport.
- Additional requirements: If you plan to drive your own car, you need a valid registration and proof of internationally valid insurance (check beforehand with your insurance company) in addition to your IDL.
- Children in the car: Passengers under the age of 10 years old cannot sit in the front seat. Additionally, children under 3 years old are required to use a car seat.
- Driving side of the road: Drive on the right side of the road.
- Lights: Dipped headlights have to be used at night and in poor daytime visibility, but it is recommended to use them every time.
- General speed limits: Typically, urban areas in Mykonos have speed limits of 50 kilometers per hour (30 miles per hour) while non-urban roads have a speed limit of 110 kilometers per hour (68 miles per hour), and freeways and expressways have speed limits of up to 120 kilometers per hour (75 miles per hour).
- Parking suggestions: Parking in central Mykonos can be a bit tricky. Also the charges on parking lots can be quite steep in the high season. Here are some suggestions where you can park your car hire in Mykonos for a lower price.
What to see in Mykonos
Mykonos is widely regarded as the most photogenic destination in the whole of Greece. No matter if you are looking for a sandy beach to catch some tan, or you want to experience the nightlife and dance under the stars, there is plenty to see and do. Have a look at some of the more popular sights in Mykonos that we recommend visiting, below.
Our favourite spots
For all those couples traveling to Mykonos, we recommend visiting Little Venice. Take a stroll down the neighbourhood filled with elegant old Greek houses that are standing by the Aeagan Sea alongside with charming shops and excellent restaurants. This charming quarter will leave you speechless when at sunset.
The windmills are typical and traditional features of Mykonos landscape, primarily concentrated on the hills around the neighbourhood of Alevkantra and capital of Chora. They are most know for their white colour, spherical shape and wooden-pointed roof. Most of the windmills are over 100 years old and are inactive, but well preserved or even renovated, and converted into museums.
Not exactly located on Mykonos, but next to it, lays the small rocky island of Delos. According to Greek mythologists, Delos is the birthplace of Apollo, god of music, of true and light, and his twin sister Artemis, goddess of hunting. Today, island of Delos falls under one of the UNESCO world heritage sites as an ark of history. The island is considered sacred; everyday hundreds if people visit it, however no one lives on this magical landscape as a homage to the ancient myth, which has said no mortal would ever be allowed to be born on its land.
The capital of this cosmopolitan Greek island is Chora. Built like a typical Cycladic village, it has white coloured houses, traditional-like churches and lovely chapels standing alongside charming narrow streets filled with cafes, restaurants, and chic boutiques, where you will want to get lost for days.
Hotels in Mykonos
Palladium Boutique hotel
Mykonos Waves Beach House & Suites
Bill & Coo
Drive your rental car around Mykonos
Mykonos is often described as the Greek answer to the Spanish party island of Ibiza. Apart from the eccentric and wild nightlife, travelers can car hire in Mykonos and find interesting sights and sandy-white beaches scattered across the island.
Plan a trip with your car hire in Mykonos and drive around exploring some of the most famous Greek beaches. The beaches on the southern part are more crowded and known for the best parties in Greece. We suggest visiting Paraga, Lia, Paradise, Psarrou, Korfos, Kalafatis Super Paradise, Agia Anna or Agrari. One the other hand, the northern coast is ideal for a more peaceful day at the beach. If you want to unwind a bit with your family, friends or by yourself we would suggest spending a day at Elia, Kalo Livadi, Platis Gialos, Divounia, Ornos or Glyfadi. No matter which side you prefer (party or chill) you will have a great day by the crystal clear waters.
Take a break from your peaceful or party holidays and try out one of many water sport activities! The island has a huge diving scene, with many diving centers located on the south side of Mykonos, Drive your car hire in Mykonos to one of the beaches. The best diving sites are located near the beaches of Super Paradise, Agios Ioannis, Paradise, and Kalafatis. You will be able to see the diverse marine life, spectacular rock formations an even some shipwrecks. Looking for a higher dose of adrenaline? Mykonos has you covered, as it is a well-known kitesurfing spot. If you are an experienced kitesurfer or you just want to try out this amazing water sport, we suggest drive to Korfos Bay and sign up to the first kitesurfing school, where they will teach you everything you need to know about kitesurfing.
For a perfect ending to your holiday in Greece, take a day off and treat yourself to a Spa day, we suggest taking your car hire in Mykonos and trying out one of the special treatments at Zen Spa. After the spa treatment, drive up to Cine Manto and enjoy watching a movie under the stars.
Where to eat, drink and party in Mykonos
Since Mykonos is among the top Greek holiday destinations, there are plenty of amazing places to eat, drink and party the night away.
Avra is located in the middle of Mykonos town, where you can still feel the refreshing sea breeze and dine in the beautiful garden under the stars. Avra offers the a wide selection of the finest Greek wines to go with you meal.
Buddha is a beach bar at Santa Marina, where they offer an amazing culinary and entertainment experience. During the high season you can order a drink and dance the night away with world-famous DJs.
Located in the picturesque quarter of Little Venice, Kastro's bar will take over your tasting buds with fruity cocktails while watching the sun go down.
Beachfront restaurant with spectacular views of Delos offers authentic Mediterranean and Greek dishes made from fresh ingredients. Enjoy your dinner at one of the finest beaches on the island.
Major events and festivals in Mykonos
Mykonos Summer FestivalJuly
Best known for its crazy and diverse party scene with open-air concerts, theatrical performances, art exhibitions and various shows. Party like the Greeks in style on Mykonos!
The annual and international gay festival attracts more than 30,000 visitors from all parts of the world, connecting them through the universal language of music in breathtaking venues.
Harvest FestivalMiddle of September
Take part in the traditional harvest festival on the windy side of the island, held at the Agricultural Museum.
The Mykonos Biennale brings together artist from around the world in hope of breaking their own creative border. Biennale organizes art exhibitions, installations, and musical performances spread through this cosmopolitan island.