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Famous for its pristine beaches and great nightlife Mykonos is among the most popular Greek islands. Mykonos is not only for the party-goers; it’s an island that offers gourmet food, cultural activities, and romantic holidays. It’s a great destination for solo travelers, gay travelers, couples, and families with many things to do.
Wondering what to do in Mykonos? I have been there more than 10 times over the last 17 years so I got you covered. I have been to the island of the winds as it is called as a student, with my girlfriends, and with my husband, and every time we had a blast.
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20 Fun Things to do in Mykonos
Here is my list of top things to do in Mykonos island for first time visitors.
1. Discover the Windmills in Chora
The windmills are among the most recognized landmarks of the island and one of the most famous Mykonos attractions along with Little Venice. For many centuries the mills used to refine grain with the help of the high winds that blow on the island.
With the progress of technology, the use of the mills declined, and now the ones that survived are used as private homes or museums. The most famous ones are the Kato Myloi ( Lower Windmills) that stand on a hill facing the sea.
Only seven of them have been preserved. I highly recommend that you walk up the hill in Chora and visit the windmill of Boni that is now a museum. The view from up there is incredible, and it’s also one of the best places to watch the sunset.
Check out: The best Airbnbs to stay in Mykonos.
2. Have a drink in little Venice
Little Venice is a neighborhood with colorful houses built on the edge of the sea. It took its name due to its resemblance with Venice. Nowadays the houses have been turned into elegant bars and restaurants and are among the best places in town to watch the sunset while sipping a cocktail.
3. Stroll around Mykonos town
Lose yourself in the winding alleys of Mykonos town with the white houses, blue doors and windows, and colorful bougainvilleas is a must-do in Mykonos. Head to the area of Matogiania with the chic shops and trendy bars. The place to be in the center of the town.
A great way to explore Mykonos town and all the highlights is a Mykonos Walking Tour.
4. Shop till you drop in Mykonos town
Mykonos has one of the best shopping scenes in Greece. In the alleyways of the town, you can find the most famous designer labels, jewelry shops, leather goods, and art shops along with very attractive shops selling traditional products and souvenirs. If you have money, the possibilities are endless.
The island of Delos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the most important Archaeological Sites in Greece. According to Mythology, it was the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. The island is now uninhabited, but you can visit it by taking one of the many ships that depart daily from Mykonos old harbor (except Mondays that the archaeological site is closed).
The return ticket to Delos cost 20 € for adults and 10 € for children (6-12 years old). Tickets to the Archaeological site of Delos cost: Full 12€, Reduced 6€. I highly recommend that you do a guided tour in Delos. A visit to the island of Delos is among the best things to do in Mykonos. Book your trip to Delos here.
6. Walk around the old port
The picturesque old harbor of Mykonos is a great area to walk around especially at night. There are many cafes and restaurants in the area overlooking the sea. From there you can also catch the ferry to Delos island. The old port is also home to the famous Pelikan of Mykonos.
The last time I was there I spotted him in the backstreets of the town instead of the harbor. The Pelikan is a must-see in Mykonos.
7. Discover the churches in Mykonos
One of the main characteristics of Mykonos is the abundance of churches that can be found scattered around the island. Some say that the number of churches and chapels are almost 800 and about 60 of them can be spotted in Mykonos town (Chora).
Some of the most famous are Panagia Paraportiani and Agios Nikolaos in Chora and the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani in Ano Mera. During my walk in Mykonos town, I spotted a couple of them. I believe I lost count.
For more fun things to do in Mykonos read my post: The best Mykonos tours
8. Archaeological Museum of Mykonos
The Archaeological Museum of Mykonos is a real must-see for history lovers with finds like columns, vases, vessels, and sculptures on display. While it is quite small, there are some really interesting pieces like the intricately detailed mortuary urn displaying the story of the Trojan War. There are information boards in Greek and English throughout and the museum is open daily from 8.30 am to 3.00 pm except for Mondays and major public holidays.
9. Panagia Paraportiani
The Church of Panagia Paraportiani in the town of Kastro is one of the most beautiful churches on the island, its white-washed walls reflecting the sunlight and its vantage point offering stunning views over the Aegean Sea. The complex comprises five different church buildings which have been built and added to over the years, and would once have stood next to the entrance to the island’s main castle, hence the name ‘Paraportiani’ meaning ‘standing next to the entrance door’.
10. Mykonos Maritime Museum
The Mykonos Maritime Museum is another of the island’s small, traditional museums with exhibits displaying everything from historic naval documents and ancient maps as well as maritime tools and ship models dating from the early Minoan period all the way until the beginning of the 20th century. There is even an old version of the Armenistis Lighthouse lamp in the garden which is a lovely highlight.
11. Do a Bicycle Tour
If you want to discover Mykonos off the beaten track and do something fun at the same time then you should do a bike tour with Yummy Pedals. We decided to do the Fokos Tour which is great for average riders like me. We met our guide Dimitra on a beautiful morning.
After collecting our bikes and going through some safety measures we embarked on our 10 km ride across the island’s beautiful countryside. On our way, we stopped at a traditional private church where Dimitra explained the religious traditions of Mykonos.
Our final destination was the beautiful Fokos beach where we enjoyed homemade muffins and lemonade. During the summer months, you can enjoy a swim on the beach as well. More advanced riders can continue their way to the neighboring Myrsini beach. Yummy Pedals offers many bicycle tours around the island.
12. Check out Armenistis Lighthouse
If you’re looking for some of the best things to do in Mykonos be sure to check out the Armenistis Lighthouse located in the Cape Armenistis region of the island. This old lighthouse stands on the edge of the cliffside overlooking the Aegean and is still in use today, with its octagonal tower and bright light beaming out to sea every evening.
13. Visit Ano Mera Village
Not many people venture into the center of Mykonos island, but if you’re visiting for more than just a couple of days you’ll want to head into Ano Mera Village. Located in the heart of the island, Ano Mera is a village centered around a large square with typical white-washed houses and local cafes.
The Monastery of Panagia Tourliani is also situated nearby. This monastery complex features cloistered accommodation, a church of The Virgin, a marble belfry, and an elaborately-decorated water spigot in the courtyard and is a must-see in Mykonos.
14. Wine tasting at Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm
After our bike tour, we stayed at the Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm for a wine tasting accompanied by traditional Mykonian products, cheeses (kopanisti, ladotyro), rusks, hams (loutza), and the Greek salad. The farm produces its own organic wine and honey and it is set in a quiet area in Mykonos countryside surrounded by vineyards, and farm animals.
15. Do a day cruise around Delos and Rhenia islands
Very close to Mykonos there are two uninhabited islands; Delos with the famous archaeological site and Rhenia with its azure waters. On my recent visit to Mykonos, we booked a cruise with Mykonos Onboard. Our cruise started from the quiet bay of Agios Ioannis.
We first sailed around Delos and had a view of the archaeological site from the boat. We then continued towards Rhenia island where we stopped for a swim and snorkeling in its pristine waters. On our next stop, our captain Artemis prepared for us a fantastic meal with grilled chicken and vegetables, Greek salad, and more. In the afternoon we returned to the harbor after enjoying a great day sailing in crystal clear waters.
16. Enjoy the nightlife
Mykonos is a party island and has the best nightlife in Greece. You can start your evening by watching the sunset and sipping a cocktail in Little Venice and as the night progresses you can visit the legendary Scandinavian bar, the gay-friendly Jackie O, Cavo Paradiso or you can head to one of the famous beach bars like Nammos, Scorpios and Jackie O on the beach. The options are endless.
17. Explore the island’s pristine beaches
The beaches of Mykonos are famous for their golden sand and crystal clear waters. There is a beach for every taste. If you want to party, then Paradise beach and Super Paradise beach is for you. If you want a family-friendly beach, you can head to Kalo Livadi, Elia, Ornos, and Lia.
If you are looking for a secluded beach, then you can go to Kapari or Agios Sostis. The beach of Kapari is one of my favorite places to visit in Mykonos. Now if you are looking for a trendy beach, where all the celebrities go you should go to Psarou. There you will find one of the best beach bars worldwide, Nammos.
Beware though it is expensive. If you are looking for a trendy place, then you should go to Paraga beach with the famous beach bar Scorpios or Ftelia beach with the Alemagou beach bar. A great way to explore the best beaches in Mykonos and swim to crystal clear waters is this Full Day South Coast Tour that includes lunch.
Check also my post: The best beaches in Mykonos
18. Take a kayak tour with Mykonos Kayak
If you’re wondering what to do in Mykonos (aside from party the night away) you may want to check out Mykonos Kayak a company of adventure experts who love to share the natural beauty of the island with its visitors. Mykonos Kayak offers fun day trips around Mykonos island, allowing you to seek out hidden gems, go snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, and make new friends along the way.
19. Take a cooking class
If you’re a foodie traveler you might want to enjoy a Mykonos Cooking Class hosted by a local Greek family. Your cookery class will give you an insight into different traditional ingredients and methods and allow you to get your hands stuck in making dishes like tzatziki, spanakopita (spinach pie), and gemista (stuffed tomatoes and peppers). You’ll then sit around the table dining on these delicious dishes and sharing a glass of raki.
20. Check out the famous beach clubs
Of course, one of the most popular things to do in Mykonos is to visit the world-famous beach clubs, drinking cocktails in the sun, and dancing ’til dawn! Some of the best beach bars and clubs include SantAnna – Paraga Beach, Cavo Paradiso, Paradise Beach, Jackie O’ Beach Club – Super Paradise Beach, and Scorpios – Paraga Beach.
Where to stay in Mykonos
It is difficult to find budget accommodation in Mykonos especially during the high season (July and August). Book as early as possible and try to avoid these months.
Sourmeli Garden Hotel is located 400 m away from Mykonos Town, 500 m away from Megali Ammos beach. It offers traditional accommodation with air-conditioning, fringe, and free Wi-Fi. Click here for more information and to check the latest prices.
Adonis Rooms is located in Kalo Livadi Beach and 7 km away from Mykonos town. There is a bus stop in front of the hotel but if you want to explore the island at your own leisure, renting a car is recommended. All units feature air-conditioning, free wi-fi, free parking, and a TV. Click here for more information and to check the latest prices.
Milena Hotel is located 500 meters away from Mykonos Town and close to the airport. A bus stop is next to the hotel. It offers clean rooms with air-conditioning and Wi-Fi access. Click here for more information and to check the latest prices.
With Inn is located on the sandy beach of Tourlos, 1 km away from Mykonos port. It offers spacious rooms with a sea view, air conditioning, free wi-fi, and a mini-fridge. Check out the latest prices and more details.
Kouros Hotel & Suites is perfectly located 10 minutes on foot from Mykonos Town this luxurious hotel offers spacious rooms with private terraces overlooking the sea and the town. Hotel amenities include a swimming pool, amazing breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free airport shuttle, and parking. Check out the latest prices and more details/ Read my review.
Bill & Coo Suites & Lounge is a 5-star hotel that offers luxurious sea-view suites, an infinity pool, a gourmet restaurant, and spa treatments. It is conveniently located in Megali Ammos beach and a 10- minutes walk from Mykonos Town. Check out the latest prices and more details.
For more details on the best area to stay in Mykonos, you can read: Where to stay in Mykonos.
Where to eat in Mykonos
Mykonos has a plethora of places to eat from gourmet restaurants to tavernas and souvlaki. Food like most things in Mykonos is expensive. If you are looking for friendly prices and excellent food I recommend the followings:
A family run restaurant located in Mykonos town near Paraportiani church. The staff is very friendly and polite, and the service is very quick. They serve traditional Greek food and fresh fish and seafood. I have eaten in this taverna three times so far. Twice on my last visit in May and once about ten years ago. The taverna has a friendly atmosphere as it overlooks a small square. The prices are very friendly at about 20 – 25 € per person.
It’s located on the seafront of the old harbour, and it’s an all-day restaurant that serves breakfast, snacks, and lovely Greek food. Excellent service and friendly prices. I totally recommend it.
How to get to Mykonos
By air: There are many flights from Athens and Thessaloniki to Mykonos. The flight trip from Athens to Mykonos is about 30 minutes. During the summer months, many airlines have direct flights to Mykonos from many European cities and the Middle East.
By boat: You can take the boat to Mykonos from Athens’s two major ports Piraeus and Rafina. There are daily ferries going to the island and the trip lasts about 3 hours if you take the high-speed ferry and 5 hours if you take the regular one. Mykonos is also connected by ferry to other Cycladic islands like Tinos, Andros, Paros, Naxos, Syros, and Santorini to name a few. During the tourist season, you might find connections to other islands.
For our transfers around the island we used Golden Transfers, a luxury transportation company.
When to visit Mykonos
For me, the best time to visit the island is during May and the first half of June, and then in September. That way you will avoid the big crowds and enjoy the island more. Moreover, flights and accommodation cost less during these periods. If you want to swim, you might find the sea a little bit chilly in May.
For more information, check my post: The best time to visit Mykonos.
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