For years, if not decades, Ibiza ruled the world of dance music and wealthy vacationing. Over the past couple of years, Mykonos, a small island in Greece, has taken over with expansive hotels and beach clubs. Similar to Ibiza, Mykonos is known for its nightlife, party scene that starts in the day and lasts all night. Of course, Ibiza hasn’t disappeared overnight; it’s still hot spot for partygoers and DJs, but for people looking for a more laid-back environment, Mykonos is the place to be.

As with many things, Mykonos started to grow in the ‘80s as a popular LGBT+ community destination with numerous gay bars and clubs; such as Babylon. In the past decade, greater investment has come into the island through large, deluxe nightclubs and restaurants; such as Cavo Paradiso, Astra, Scorpios, and Void.

Clubs that boast space for thousands of people; like the above, are mainstays on the island, but beachside day parties are growing in popularity, naturally with the beautiful beaches and Mediterranean climate of Mykonos. Of course, beach clubs; such as Paradise Beach Club and Alemagou Beach Bar, also grew out of this popularity.

Even with mass success there are a lot of roadblocks for people in the nightlife industry trying to open clubs and do business in Mykonos. Mykonos being a Cycladic island has a great deal of regulations and tradition along with a very slow moving democracy and economy coming from the economic crisis of Greece. However, the nightlife industry in Mykonos has risen tourism twofold in Greece, so it would seem that we’re more than welcome there.

Even with economic strife, Mykonos is a hot spot that represents a different side of EDM and partying with a more local, laid-back, and traditional environment than that of the highly commercialized and expansive Ibiza in Spain. Mykonos currently provides any form of a good time anyone could want, but it is expected to grow even more in the coming years, so if you’re looking for a new place to experience nightlife; this is the place.