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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD (foreign office travel advice)

Mykonos

When to go

The Mediterranean climate in Greece means that there's plenty of sunshine and warm weather throughout the year. The best time for Mykonos holidays weather-wise is in the spring and autumn months. Temperatures during these periods fluctuate around and just above 20°C and it's an ideal time to get outside to do some sightseeing. July and August are the warmest months, with temperatures rising to around 30°C. Mykonos is part of the Cyclades Islands, and its location benefits from the meltemi winds, which help sustain cool breezes throughout the summer months.

If you're visiting the capital city of Mykonos Town, book your holidays to Greece during July. This month holds Mykonos Town's biggest annual celebration, the festival of Agia Paraskevi. This festival remembers a persecuted Christian saint and starts off with a procession of traditional music, ending with locals and tourists indulging in an abundance of celebratory food and wine.

Health and safety

As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance in advance to cover yourself and family on your trip. It's also a good idea to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card, EHIC before leaving the UK as this entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Greek nationals. It won't, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment.

If you are visiting Mykonos specifically to take part in sports – including hiking – or watersports, you should make sure your insurance covers this. See our holiday extras page for more information, and for the latest health and safety information visit Gov.uk's foreign travel advice.

Passports and Visas

British citizens don't need a visa to enter Greece and its islands but must have a valid passport. By law, you must carry your passport with you and may need to show it when paying by credit card. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements.

Getting around

Flights land at Mykonos Airport and, because it's a relatively small island, transfer times are short and sweet. It takes just 10 minutes to get to the most popular resort, the capital city of Mykonos Town. Most tour operators include transfers as part of their Mykonos holiday packages, which means getting to your resort is easy. If you prefer to arrange your own travel, taxis are available outside the airport.

A public bus service is in operation across the island and will take you to other resorts and towns. Just ask at your hotel for the nearest bus stop. Buses run regularly in and out of the capital city. Taxis are slightly more expensive than bus travel and rates are fixed every year. There are no meters in the taxis themselves – instead each destination has its own standard rate. There are taxi ranks throughout all of the main resorts and your hotel can help you book one in advance.

If you're staying in Mykonos Town, water taxis at the harbour are a convenient and inexpensive way to get around the island and enjoy the numerous beaches during your Greek island holiday. Information for the schedules and the tickets are at the travel agencies located on the port. There are also bicycles, motorbikes and scooters available for hire if you want to explore in your own time.

Advice for travellers with children

If you're travelling with children on your holidays in Mykonos, you might want to consider renting your own vehicle for easy transport. Car hire facilities are easy to find, and most hotels can arrange a rental car for you. Cars here drive on the right side of the road.

Despite its reputation as a party island, Mykonos is very welcoming to families and has plenty for little kids to see and do. Beaches around the island have their own playgrounds attached and restaurants offer children's menus. If you're all beached out, Mykonos also has a few go-kart tracks.

Electricity

Connector type: In general, round two-pin plugs, marked as southern Europe.

Voltage Info: 230 volts AC, 50Hz.

Emergency information

Call 112 for all emergencies and the operator will put you through to the police, fire brigade or ambulance service. The line is operated in five languages including English.

British consulate

If you are a victim of crime or affected by a crisis overseas, or if something happens to a relative or partner, contact the British Consulate.

Address: 1, Ploutarchou street, 106 75 Athens, Greece

Email: information.athens@fco.gov.uk

Telephone: +30 210 7272 600

Hospital

South East Aigaion Medical Health Clinic

Address: Aggelika, New Ring Road of Ornos, 84600, Mykonos, Mykonos, Cyclades, Greece

Telephone: +30 22890 27350

Telephone: +30 22890 27303