Yacht Charter in Mykonos
The central Cyclades island of Mykonos is one of the top cosmopolitan vacation destinations in Greece. A break on the island is largely about the now - great restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs, beautiful beaches and fun from start to finish.
Mykonos Island has a long and deep cultural history. Mykonos Town, the capital of Mykonos is where those who want a cultural fix will gravitate. You will enjoy wandering the streets of Little Venice - arguably the prettiest part of the whole island and from where you can see some of the best sunsets in Greece. The famous windmills above Mykonos town have recently been restored and are the best place to enjoy the view over the bay and island.
Of particular interest to those taking time to explore Mykonos is the Panagia Paraportiani church - actually five churches that have been built together over the centuries since the first one was built in the 1300s. This is said to be one of the most photographed churches in the world, thanks to its Cycladic vernacular architecture that is a sight to behold.
Mykonos is a lot more famous among the younger crowd though! Streets of boutiques to suit all tastes and budgets (perhaps on luxurious yacht charter vacations), restaurants that serve the best of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. Nightclubs with top international DJs rocking the island until dawn.
It is a Mecca for beach vacation goers with a beautiful beaches like Platis Gialos Beach and Super Paradise Beach to relax and absorb the rays on, paddling in clean, shallow waters.
Explore Mykonos By Renting A Yacht
Thanks to its central position in the Cyclades islands, a Mykonos yacht charter is one of those where you are spoiled for choice where to go.
The Cyclades islands sit just off the Athenian Peninsula and as such you can sail both around the islands themselves or choose to head for the Saronic Gulf and its own islands. You can tailor your Greek yachting vacation according to your tastes as well. Partying all night isn't everyone's cup of tea - a luxury yacht charter can enable you to enjoy the pleasures of the day as much as those of the evening.
Human history has swept through the Cyclades for thousands of years and those in search of ancient ruins will not be disappointed. Relics of the Athenians, Ottomans and even Minoans can be found in different places. You can also avoid the loud crowd as you choose to anchor or moor your charter yacht in places that suit you more than they such as nearby Skiathos.
Younger generations will enjoy a boat rental too in your own way. Party islands such as Ios, Paros and Lefkada are big draws to that crowd, who can explore the different fun to be had sailing from island to island.
You don't need to stay in the Cyclades on a Mykonos sailing vacation. The Saronic Islands are a couple of days' island hopping away, as are the Dodecanese islands - both of which have quite different sub-cultures to those of the Cyclades.
How To Get To Mykonos
There are broadly three airports serving Mykonos - the island's airport itself as well as Athens and Santorini, both of which will require a ferry trip to get to the island.
Just 4km from Mykonos Town, the airport is served by a number of European and international airlines. There are regular shuttle buses from there across the island or you can take a taxi.
This major international airport has flights from all over the world, and is around five hours by bus and ferry from Mykonos
Several European and international airlines fly into this airport, and you can take a ferry onto Mykonos from there.
Marinas In Mykonos
There are two marinas in Mykonos - Tourlos Marina is the larger of the two that handles vessels of up to 25 meters. Mikonos Marina has only 30 berths but has the capacity to take a mega yacht of up to 40 meters.
Max Length 25m (82 Feet)
Max Draught 3m (9.8 Feet)
List of additional services: Shore power, water, toilets, washing facilities, fuel, bar, supermarket restaurant and shipyard
Though much smaller than Tourlos Marina, Mikonos is capable of taking luxury yacht, gulet and mega yacht charterboats in with its larger moorings and deeper water.
Max Length 40m (131.2 Feet)
Max Draught 4.5m (14.75 Feet)
List of additional services: Shore power, water, ATM, bar, restaurant, ramp, crane rent-a-car and shipyard.
Suggested Sailing Routes From Mykonos
With its central location in the Cyclades islands, a Mykonos yacht charter (bareboat yacht charters or crewed yachtcharter) can allow you to island hop near and far.
7 days - the Cyclades: What do you want from a Greek yacht charter? The next island south in the chain is Naxos where Dionysus, the god of wine is meant to have been married. Over to Paros to the west, a party island at least as good as Mykonos. Over the ensuing days you can hit Ios (an island famed for its beach parties), and Sifnos as you explore these jewels of the Aegean Sea. For those who want to escape the busier areas, Serifos hasn't been tainted by tourism so you will find something quite authentic once you have climbed the steep hill into the main cliff top town.
14 days - Island chain hopping: With 14 days you can stretch your sea legs a bit and sail well beyond the Cyclades themselves. In the first couple of days you can sail through the Cyclades and then head off west to the Peloponese and then the Saronic Islands before heading north into Athens and then back to the Cyclades and to your marina. This is an opportunity to get out and explore the different sub-cultures of Greek island life, as well as get a taste for the capital city Athens as you go.
Best Times To Rent A Yacht In Mykonos
The sailing season runs from late April to October with July and August being the busiest months for yacht rental. The sea is cooler - often quite chilly - at the beginning of the sailing season but there is rainfall in Spring.
As the days lengthen you will still see green fields and flowers in May and the winds can be quite benign too. Combined with the crowds being smaller, this suggests that May to early June are the sweet spot for an Mykonos yacht charter.
Come September and October the seas are still like a warm bath.
Sailing Weather In Mykonos
April to mid-June: There is rainfall and the temperatures build steadily from the mid-teens to the mid 20 degree C range. There are sometimes gentle southerly winds, through these are replaced by ever stronger N-NW Meltemi winds that are rarely hazardous but make for exciting sailing at times.
Late June-August: You'll be unlucky if you see any rain, though it could be welcome in the summer heat! Temperatures are from the 30s with recent hot days exceeding 40.
September-October: The seas remain warm and the Meltemi eases. These months can be the best time of year to sail as the temperatures are often in the comfortable low to mid-20s.