WHAT TO DO IN MYKONOS GREECE? BEST ACTIVITIES IN MYKONOS? HOW LONG TO STAY IN MYKONOS?
Mykonos is one of the most beautiful Greek islands. We love Mykonos for its great beaches, the fun town of Chora, beautiful landscapes, and stunning food scene!
In this guide, we explain all you need to know to prepare for your visit.
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BEST THINGS TO DO IN MYKONOS
1. Visit Chora, Mykonos’ main town
Chora, also called Hora or simply Mykonos, is the main town of the island and also one of the best things to visit!
It is the liveliest and most festive place of all the Cyclades Islands. This superb seaside resort with its small narrow streets and whitewashed houses with colorful shutters is truly typical of Greece.
Chora is a small town that is easily explored on foot. In addition to its bars and clubs, you can discover beautiful shops.
Make sure to check Matoyianni Street, the main shopping street in Chora!
2. Discover little Venice in Mykonos!
Little Venice, also called Aleksandra, is the most famous district of the city of Chora.
It is one of the most photographed places on the entire island. We loved it! Probably our favorite part of Mykonos.
The nickname is not only because the Venetians dominated the Cyclades for a long time, but it is above all because here too, the foundations of the houses sink directly under the water of the sea.
In this area, you will find many restaurants, bars, and nightclubs where you can spend long evenings, but it is also the ideal place to take a romantic stroll.
We highly recommend getting a front seat before sunset and sipping a perfect Aperol Spritz while watching the sun go down…
3. Take a photo in front of the famous Windmills
Not far from Little Venice, on a hill overlooking Chora, make sure to check out The windmills of Mykonos. They are the symbol of the island and one of the best things to see in Mykonos.
These white windmills with their thatched roofs were built during the time of Venetian rule, in the 16th century.
It was thanks to them that the inhabitants of the island were able to organize their production of wheat and other cereals, which helped accelerate the development of the entire island.
4. Enjoy the view from the church of Paraportiani
Still part of Chora, discover the stunning church of Paraportiani. This church is is one of the best-known and most photographed monuments in all of Greece.
On the opposite side compared to the Windmills you will have to cross the tiny alleys of Chora to get there. Located on a small hill, the view of the Aegean Sea is superb!
5. Visit the Armenistis lighthouse
Time to rent your own vehicle in Mykonos (scooter, ATV, or car) and start the exploration of the island.
Make your way to Armenistis lighthouse for one of the most impressive view of the entire island! We we went there we were the only one, it was awesome! We took plenty of photos.
This lighthouse, also more simply called the Mykonos Lighthouse, is located less than 7 km from Chora, at the northwest end of the island, overlooking the bay of Armenistis.
It was built in the 19th century, after the sinking of an English ship, with the aim of securing navigation in the strait that separates Mykonos and the island of Tinos.
From this site, you can discover an absolutely incredible panoramic view, and if you want to enjoy a sunset in Mykonos, this is also one of the places that we recommend.
6. Relax at Mykonos’ beautiful beaches!
Mykonos has pretty beaches with fine sand and turquoise-colored water. The most popular are in the south and west. They are accessible by bus from Chora in case you don’t want to rent you own vehicle or by taxi boat.
To reach the quieter beaches of the north and west, it is best to use a vehicle. (COMPARE RENTAL RATE HERE). As we rented a scooter for ourselves, we explored many beaches on the island. Here is our list of favorite beaches:
What are the most beautiful beaches in Mykonos?
- Agios Ioannis & Kapari: located a few kilometers from each other in the west of the island, these beaches are stunning. They are however very busy during the peak season.
- Paradise Beach & Super Paradise: these two neighboring beaches are the most famous on the island for partying day and night. There are several nightclubs directly on the beach.
- Kalafatis, Kalo Livadi: located in the southeast, Kalafati offers many water activities and is accessible by bus from Chora. Kalo livadi and has a quiet and family atmosphere.
- Fokos and Mercias: located in the northeast, these two beaches have remained quite wild. They are more difficult to access but this distance guarantees a quiet and less touristy atmosphere than on the other beaches.
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7. Visit the charming village of Ano Mera + Monastery of Panagia Tourliani
Next on your Mykonos itinerary, head to the inland and charming village of Ano Mera.
It is located in the center of Mykonos and can be reached by bus or vehicle. It is much less touristy than Chora and therefore a little more authentic, which is why we are talking to you about it.
The main things to see at Ano Mera is the pretty Monastery of Panagia Tourliani dating from the 10th century. Visit the monastery is a must in Mykonos.
8. Explore Mykonos traditional farms and vineyards
As we always do when visiting an island, is to get a bit lost in its countryside! And Mykonos did not disappoint.
As you know Mykonos can be very touristy… mainly focused on parties, shopping, the beach and water activities. However, if you want to see a completely opposite side of the island discover the countryside around Ano Mera. We also saw some tourists cycling in this area, which is a nice idea.
There are pretty farms and vineyards. We recommend Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm, we you can taste some great wines produced locally. They also have animals on the farms, such as donkeys!
9. Visit the historical island of Delos, a UNESCO site.
During our stay in Mykonos, our half-day trip to Delos was one of the memorable things we did!
A short distance southwest of the island of Mykonos is the island of Delos, a smaller island, but which occupies a large place in Greek mythology.
Delos used to have several tens of thousands of inhabitants living on this island which, according to legends, saw the birth of Apollo (god of music and song) and Artemis (goddess of the hunt).
Today, this island which benefits from a very rich historical heritage is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
To get to Delos, you will need to take a ferry from Chora in Mykonos. The visit takes a few hours. We highly recommend the guided tour, to learn more about the history of Delos!
10. Enjoy some water activities in Mykonos
If you like water activities, you really won’t be disappointed during your stay in Mykonos. Everywhere around the island you will have the opportunity to have fun on the water.
Ever try flyboarding for instance? Or Wakeboarding? What about diving? Mykonos offer plenty of things to do by the beach. Check out our below selection:
11. Go on a boat tour around Mykonos
Our favorite things to do in the Aegean sea, is to go on a boat trip! This is one of the best things to do in Mykonos.
You can take a tour of Mykonos and the small surrounding islands during the day. Your boat will then most likely stop for a swim, in a beautiful cove, a snorkeling or paddle session. So check the activities included before your reservation. Each tours are slightly different.
For a more romantic experience, you can also take a sunset cruise. The setting sun then shines brightly on the beautiful Aegean Sea as well as the cliffs and rocks of the Cyclades.
You can also decide to rent a private boat in Mykonos if you want more peace and quiet. With or without a license, with the help of a skipper or not, you will undoubtedly spend one of the most relaxing afternoons of your stay!
12. Enjoy Mykonos nightlife!
If you have chosen to come to Mykonos, it is also to enjoy it’s legendary parties! Like Ibiza, parties in Mykonos are famous around the world.
Anywhere on the island, you won’t have too much trouble finding a place to party, especially during the summer. Once the evening comes, you will just have to let yourself be guided by the atmosphere and the crowd.
Here are our recommended places for a night out in Mykonos:
Scarpa is a bar in Little Venice, which turns into a nightclub after midnight. The place is quite small, but that does not prevent internationally renowned DJs from regularly coming to perform there (website).
The Paradise Beach Club is the most famous nightclub on the island. People from all over the world come to Mykonos to enjoy the exceptional atmosphere of this club where the biggest DJs in the world come to play (website)
Cavo Paradisio is our favorite one and surely the other best-known club in Mykonos. It is located on a hill overlooking Paradise Beach, on a magnificent site from which you can party with your feet in the water, while admiring the island of Delos in the distance (website).
13. Eat some of the best food in Greece!
Guys, the food in Mykonos is INSANE! (well the price too is insane, but that’s another story…).
It’s almost impossible to make a list of the best restaurants in Mykonos, there are so many. However, we tried to make a short selection for you:
A true haven in the heart of Chora. Hidden just behind one of the most photographed streets of Mykonos. Here you will eat under impressive bougainvillea. The food is absolutely delicious in a greek modern style!
On a romantic vacation in the Cyclades? We found the perfect restaurant to eat in Mykonos: Spilia. Situated in a cave on the rocks of Agia Ann, next to the sea, Spilia offers an absolutely romantic setting. Sitting on a table at the water’s edge, you can admire the view of Kalafatis beach, while tasting local specialties.
ADELON SUNSET COCKTAIL & WINE BAR
This place is perfect for sunset! You can enjoy delicious cocktails followed by an amazing dinner, all that while having one of the best view of the island right in front of you!
BEST ACCOMMODATIONS IN MYKONOS
1. Belvedere Mykonos – Waterfront Villa & Suites
Known for its stunning sea views, impeccable service, and elegant suites, this hotel offers a luxurious experience with a touch of tranquility.
2. Mykonos Theoxenia, a member of Design Hotels
With its modern architecture and fantastic sea vistas, this boutique hotel provides a serene ambiance and top-notch service.
3. Mykonos Earth Suites
This upscale hotel combines minimalist design with luxurious amenities and is situated in a prime location.
HOW TO GET AROUND THE ISLAND?
So if there is one cons about Mykonos, is certainly to get around the island. Buses are often full, taxi are SUPER expensive, and driving on the island is a bit narrow! Having said that, it’s still an awesome place to spend a holiday just be prepared!
1. Rental Cars/ATVs/Scooters
Renting a car, ATV, or scooter is a popular way to explore Mykonos. Many rental agencies are available on the island, especially in Mykonos Town. Keep in mind that during the peak season, it’s advisable to book in advance. For us this is the easiest way to explore the island.
2. Public Buses
Mykonos’ bus network connects major beaches and towns. The central bus station is located near the Old Port in Mykonos Town. Buses might get crowded during peak hours.
3. Taxis and Water Taxi or Private Transfer
Taxis are available and can be found at designated taxi stands in Mykonos Town and at the airport/port. However, during peak times, it might be challenging to find one, so it’s good to plan accordingly.
Water taxis and ferries operate between beaches and nearby islands. They provide a scenic way to explore different parts of the island and neighboring areas.
Private Transfers: Some hotels and resorts offer private transfer services for their guests. This option provides convenience and comfort, especially when arriving or departing from the airport or port.
Chora is best explored on foot due to its narrow streets and charming alleys. Many attractions, shops, and restaurants are within walking distance of each other.
HOW LONG TO VISIT MYKONOS?
We stayed 4 full days in Mykonos, and it was perfect to explore the island. We could have spent a lot more days by chilling at the beach and spending time at various beach clubs.
Overall, we recommend staying a minimum of 4 days, 1 full week being ideal to really chill and appreciate Mykonos.
Ultimately, the ideal length of your stay depends on your travel style, interests, and how much you want to experience the island’s beauty, history, and lifestyle.
FINAL THOUGHTS – IS MYKONOS WORTH IT?
Actually, we really liked Mykonos. However, if we were to compare with other islands in the Cyclades such as Paros or Santorini, we liked it a little less. It felt a little less authentic and probably a bit too “lively” for our taste.
Outside the many amazing beaches, there are fewer things to see in on the island. Driving around in the countryside was great, but it was quickly done…
The trip to Delos was probably the biggest highlight during our stay in Mykonos. However, if you are traveling with friends and want to party, there is no better place in Greece!