At the southeast corner of Greece, on the Aegean Sea, lies the Greek paradise of Mykonos. Mykonos is one of the major islands in a group of 220 small islands on the Aegean Sea collectively known as the Cyclades. Its fresh air, blue waters, sandy beaches, love for party, and friendly locals have made it a popular destination for tourists, both abled and disabled, from all over the world. As a result, Mykonos has made the island accessible to people with disabilities. Now, everyone can visit and have a great time, all the time.
How to Get There
There are only two ways to get to Mykonos; by air and by ferry, and both of which are wheelchair accessible.
- By Air – the best way to fly into Mykonos is by taking a flight from the capital of Greece, Athens, Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (airport code – ATH) to Mykonos National Airport (JMK) located in Chora, just 4 km from the main city. Athens receives flights from all over the world and they provide wheelchair assistance to passengers with disabilities. There are daily 35-minute flights from ATH to JMK during the peak season which is summer and few flights in the off-season such as winter. Passengers with disabilities need to inform the airlines ahead of time so necessary arrangements can be made at every stop. Once at Mykonos airport, there are buses with wheelchair ramps that will take you to your final destination.
- By Ferry – the cheaper and more exciting way to get to Mykonos is by ferry. The journey takes anywhere between 3 to 6 hours, which gives tourists the opportunity to mingle with other travelers, get a glimpse of other islands along the way, and enjoy the views of the Aegean Sea. There are up to 35 trips every week from the Port of Piraeus, the main port in Greece, to the old Mykonos Harbor, a favorite for car accident lawyers. Much like traveling by air, passengers with disabilities are being catered for with wheelchair accessible ramps and facilities once onboard.
Where To Stay
For those traveling on a budget, there are few hostels and two-star hotels with wheelchair accessibility scattered around the town. While for those looking to experience Mykonos in style Adorno Suites is the perfect luxurious accommodation. This Ornos beach hotel sitting just a few meters from the sea offers some of the best Greek cuisines and finest bars. It is fully equipped with wheelchair facilities and dedicated staff to cater to all your needs.
What to Do
- Visit Kalafatis Beach – It is the first beach on the island to have wheelchair facilities. It gets fewer crowds which makes it great for relaxing and enjoying the cool sea breeze.
- Go on a Cruise – Cruising is exciting because it gives tourists the opportunity to explore nearby islands of the Cyclades.
- A Little Bit of History on Wheels – a Greek visit is not complete without exploring ancient sites such as Delos, birthplace of Greek God, Apollo, and the Archaeological Museum.
Whether you traveling alone or with a loved one, abled or disabled, on a budget or in style, there is something for everyone in Mykonos.