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All ferries to and from Mykonos now docking at the New Port

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This photo from one of our Mykonos holidays shows four charter yachts docked at the island’s Old Port at Mykonos Town (foreground), and a cruise ship berthed at the New Port in Tourlos, nearly 2 kilometers away by road.

 

Ferry straightforward: Where does my ferry arrive at  / depart from on Mykonos?

That question has vexed visitors for years, since the island has two ports — the original one at the Mykonos Town harbour (commonly called the Old Port) and a newer, substantially larger facility in the island’s Tourlos district (regularly referred to as the New Port, of course).

The standard answer used to sound simple enough: ferries that carry passengers and vehicles sail to and from the New Port, while smaller ferries that just carry passengers operate from the Old Port.  But since most travellers didn’t have a clue if the ship they were booked on carried vehicles or not, that advice wasn’t always helpful. Not surprisingly, many people missed their ferries because they arrived at the wrong port and didn’t have enough time to get to the right departure point.

Thankfully, the reign of ferry port confusion could soon be history:  As of Saturday April 6 2019, all ferry traffic to and from the island will use the New Port only.

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I shot these photos of travellers queuing to board passenger-only catamaran ferries at the Old Port in Mykonos Town several years ago. As of April 6 2019, the Old Port will no longer handle ferry traffic.

 

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One of my Mykonos holiday photos of the New Port at Tourlos.  All ferry ships will now arrive at and depart from this harbour.

 

I learned about this development from Mykonos news websites, but the reports were all in Greek and Google Translate offered an awkward translation. To make certain I wasn’t misinterpreting what I had read, I contacted the top ferry booking agency on Mykonos, Sea & Sky Travel, to confirm if the news was accurate. 

“Yes, it’s true. All the boats, including the small passengers ones , will be leaving from the new port from now on,” a Sea & Sky representative told me.

 

The news reports said the change was implemented by the Mykonos port authority, upon request by the Greek government ministry responsible for shipping and marine regulation, to eliminate confusion and help prevent passengers from missing their ferries.

It’s a welcome change, but I think some confusion may persist for awhile. For one thing, many repeat visitors have travelled to and from Mykonos on passenger-only catamarans that operated in and out of the Old Port. If they don’t hear the news, their travel plans could get screwed up if they head to the Old Port, out of habit, when leaving the island. For another, many first-time visitors won’t be aware of the change, or may have read outdated posts on the TripAdvisor travel forums, or other online travel sites, that describe the old distinction between the two Mykonos ports. Hopefully word will get out and fewer people will miss ferries this year. 

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This Google image shows the Mykonos New Port (top) and the Old Port at Mykonos Town (bottom), a 2 kilometer walk or drive apart. Also shown are the main pick-up and drop-off points for the Mykonos SeaBus, an inexpensive water taxi service that operates between the two ports.

 

Which leaves the next most popular question about ferry travel to Mykonos: How do I get from the port to my accommodations?

For a list of transport options, please click on the link below to continue reading on page 2 of this post, and to view photos of things visitors will see if they travel along the coastal road between Tourlos and Mykonos Town.

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Mykonos springs to life as more bars & restaurants open, first cruise ship of 2019 visits

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The beachfront of Tasos Taverna is seen in a photo posted on Facebook to announce its March 23 season opening.  Located on Paraga beach, Tasos has been serving customers since 1962.

 

Season starts: Spring has only just sprung, but the tourism season on Mykonos has kicked off with a spate of bar and restaurant openings, plus the arrival of the first cruise ship of 2019.

During the period of March 15 to 25, at least 10 establishments were set to officially open their doors, including two beach restaurants and, in Mykonos Town, several popular eateries and a bar.  March 15 also marked the start of cruise ship port calls into Mykonos, with a visit by the Celestyal Cruises ship, Olympia.

On most Greek islands, the annual tourist season is fairly short, and typically runs from the beginning of May until the end of September. With more than 10 places opening up during the third week of March, it might sound like Mykonos is getting things off to an unusually early start. But during the last four years, there has been a similar number of food and drink venues launching their seasons at this time, so I haven’t been surprised to hear of this month’s openings.

 

The cruise ship visits, on the other hand, have indeed commenced sooner than in previous years.  A March 18 news report by Greek Travel Pages notes that Celestyal launched its 3- and 4-night Aegean cruises two weeks earlier this year compared to last. It also is extending its season by two weeks in the fall, in response to what  Celestyal says is a rising demand for travel before and after the summer season.

I, too, have noticed a greater interest in off- or early-season travel to Greece this year, both in messages and inquiries sent to my blog, and from requests for advice posted on the TripAdvisor Greece travel forums.  This year I have fielded more questions than ever before from people who booked trips to Mykonos for dates in February, March and April. Many of those who wrote to me, or posted questions in online forums, were worried they wouldn’t have anywhere to eat or drink on Mykonos because they heard rumours that the island’s businesses are shut tight as a drum until May. That’s simply not true, since there are restaurants and bars that stay open all winter to serve the local population. The good news for people travelling to Mykonos between mid-March and May is that they will now have a much wider selection of places to enjoy a drink or meal, with more businesses opening each week until summer.

 

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Apaggio, located on the seaside at Ornos, is open every day of the year. In fact, it hasn’t closed since it opened in 2013. Apaggio specializes in fresh fish and seafood, but guests also can choose from salads, warm and cold appetizers, meat and pasta dishes, Greek dishes and more.  It has an extensive wine list, and a vast selection of ouzo and tsipouro.  During winter, Apaggio is open from 12 noon until 11 p.m. The restaurant has an indoor dining room as well as a large seaside patio, seen in the photo above from the Apaggio website.

 

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Raya, an all-day restaurant and bar positioned on the harbourside promenade in Mykonos Town, is one of the island businesses that doesn’t close up shop when the tourist season ends — it stays open all year. And it’s not just popular for food and drinks: Raya is known for its special Sunday parties, with music by DJs from Mykonos and Athens. This photo is from the Raya page on Facebook.

 

Please click on the link below to turn to page 2, where you can see which bars and restaurants have opened on Mykonos this month, along with places that opened even earlier, or have been open throughout the winter.

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Mykonos party events in 2019

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~ updated on Monday June 17 ~

New sunset party cruises

Promotional image for the sunset boat party cruises offered by Mykonos Boat Club

Mykonos Boat Club is hosting 5-hour sunset party cruises from Mykonos to nearly Rhenia island three times weekly until the end of September — on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, departing from the Old Port at Mykonos Town at 4 p.m.  The cruises include an open bar, DJ music, food and swimming and snorkeling, and cost €89 per person (premium and VIP upgrades are available). The boat can accommodate large groups. Full details and booking links can be found on the Mykonos Boat Club website  and on the club’s Facebook page.

 

This week’s big opening party

 

Grand opening announcement for the new Blue Marlin Ibiza club in Mykonos

Grand opening of Blue Marlin Ibiza Mykonos takes place on Friday June 21 with Audiofly and Dorian Craft on the decks for the day-through-night party event. The club is situated at Kalo Livadi beach, below the new Aegon Mykonos hotel complex.

 

Upcoming live shows

 

Promo ad for Dionysis Sxoinas live concert at Solymar Beach Restaurant Mykonos

Dionysis Sxoinas and his band take their summer tour to Mykonos for a live performance at Solymar on Thursday July 18

 

Events this week

 

Promotional ad listing events taking place at Cavo Paradiso Mykonos nightclub in early June 2019

This is the schedule of DJs appearing at Cavo Paradiso from June 8 to 20

 

Promotional image showing the Scarpa Bar Mykonos DJ lineup June 17 to 23

Scarpa Bar’s DJ lineup for the week of June 17 to 23

 

Promo ad for The Mode music group show at Tropicana Mykonos

Music group The Mode — DJs Jorge Cortez and Dimitri Mesol and singer Fey Kross — will perform at Tropicana on Monday June 17

 

 

Promotional image for Monday June 17 DJ lineup at Blue Marlin Ibiza Mykonos beach club

DJs Keller, John Hanlidis and Constantin Nasiri will be on the decks at Blue Marlin Ibiza Mykonos on Monday June 17

 

Promo image for Ftelia Beach Club Mykonos Strawberry Full Moon party

Ftelia Beach Club is throwing a Strawberry Full Moon party on Monday June 17

 

Promotional image for the June 17 Origins event at Scorpios Mykonos

The Monday June 17 Origins event at Scorpios features music by Gama & Meru along with Kraut

 

Promotional image for Betto appearance at Bonbonniere club on Mykonos June 17

Producer/DJ Betto will play at Bonbonniere on Monday June 17

 

Cavo Paradiso Mykonos June 17 Full Moon Party ad

DJs Terry, Endie Kenzak and Antony PL will headline the Full Moon Party at Cavo Paradiso on Monday June 17

 

Promo image for Anax Resort & Spa Mykonos Anax Sunset event with Tina Psalida

Violinist Tina Psalida entertains once again at Anax Resort & Spa for its Anax Sunsets event on Tuesday June 18

 

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DAVI, Anstascia & BLOEM are featured artists for the Horizon music program at Scorpios on Tuesday June 18

 

DJs AnXid & Mark Code at Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

AnXid and Mark Code are featured DJs at Cavo Paradiso on Tuesday June 18

 

Promo ad for SantAnna Mykonos parties with Kaz and Skaterboi

DJs KAS and Skaterboi play for the Bubbles and Caviar party at SantAnna on Tuesday June 18

 

~ More June events on page 2 of this post ~

 

What’s happening: Summer is fast approaching and the Mykonos party scene has gotten well under way, with most of the island’s bars and clubs now open for business. 

Parties both in Mykonos Town and at various beaches are happening daily, with many more on the way when the big tourist crowds arrive for peak season (July and August).

Page 2 of this post contains promotional flyers showing daily beach parties and regular weekly events, as well as official party announcements for June, July, August and September. 

Page 3 lists events that have taken place since March, in case you’re interested in seeing what has already happened.

I update this post whenever new announcements are released, often several times per day, so check back regularly to see what’s new.

 

 

 

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Mykonos parties and special events in August, September and autumn 2018

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Scorpios wraps up its 2018 season with a weekend of closing events, including its final Unplugged event on Friday September 28, the last World program on Saturday the 29th, and the club’s season closing Sunday Ritual on September 30

 

Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

Cavo Paradiso ends its 25th anniversary season with a Full Moon closing party on Tuesday September 25, with music by DJs Argie, Anxid and Heavy G

 

Tropicana Mykonos

Beach parties take place daily at Tropicana until the club’s big season closing party on Sunday October 21

 

Skandinavian Bar Mykonos

Each year you can tell that the Mykonos party season is almost over when Skandinavian Bar holds its closing party.  This year it’s on Tuesday October 9.

 

~ updated on Saturday December 1 2018 ~

 

Below is a listing of promotional flyers for parties scheduled to take place on Mykonos during August and September 2018.

Events will be added to this page when they are announced, so check back for updates.

Bear in mind that many parties may not be announced until only a day or two before they take place. Some parties are advertised only locally on Mykonos, so when you are on the island, keep on the lookout for posters and club promotional staff who visit popular beaches and Mykonos Town to provide information about special events.

For more information about specific events, pricing and admission policies, or to make table reservations or to purchase advance tickets, contact the bars and clubs directly.

To see party listings for September 2018, click here.

To see events taking place in October and November 2018, click here.

 

 

 

Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

This is the international DJ lineup for Cavo Paradiso in August

 

Kivotos Hotel Mykonos

Every day throughout August, Kivotos Hotel at Ornos presents Poolside Rituals, during which DJ / Producer Constantin Nasiri “takes you to an a eclectic ethnic/bohemian musical journey.” The ritual starts at 4 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m.

 

Alemagou Mykonos

Alemagou will be hosting more than 10 events during August 2018. The featured artists and their appearance dates are indicated on the promotional poster shown above.

 

XLSIOR Festival Mykonos

XLSIOR Festival, the biggest annual party event on Mykonos, takes place this year from August 22 to 29 at beach clubs and various venues in Mykonos Town. A roster of top international DJs will appear for 11 major events.

 

SantAnna Mykonos

SantAnna will throw its F*** Me I’m Famous! pool party every Saturday evening in August

 

VOID club Mykonos

Void has special DJ acts and events every night of August, with some artists & parties still to be announced for the month

 

CLICK HERE to see a list of events that take place on either a daily or regularly weekly schedule until the end of August.

SEE PAGE 2 FOR MORE AUGUST EVENTS

SEE PAGE 3 FOR SEPTEMBER PARTIES AND SEASON CLOSING EVENTS

SEE PAGE 4 FOR OCTOBER PARTIES AND SEASON CLOSING EVENTS

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