Mykonos is not as diverse as Santorini is but there is plenty of things to see and do while on the island and you can actually use it as your base to explore other greek islands as it is one of the most well connected greek islands with tens of flights from all over Europe every day in the summer period (May-October). This is my list with the best things to do in Mykonos.
BEST THING TO DO IN MYKONOS: Delos & Rhenia islands Cruise with BBQ
I am not going to lie to you: there are many more things to do in Santorini as it is a much more diverse island with many more attractions, but Mykonos has one of the most beautiful capital towns and some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece.
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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MYKONOS
- Mykonos is extremely busy and crowded in July and August. Avoid these 2 months if possible.
- Mykonos’ two main things to do are nightlife and beaches, so expect a party atmosphere in general, but there are definitely lots of romantic spots and quiet areas on the island
- Mykonos is extremely expensive. In fact, it’s the most expensive greek island and the most expensive place in Greece.
- Mykonos has become a “rich kids” destination in the last decade, so expect to see lots of selfies, lots of Instagram stories filming and a “show-off” vibe everywhere on the island…
- Mykonos is still a great spot for families as it has some of the best beaches in Greece with golden sand and crystal clear waters (read: Best beaches in Mykonos)
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So, without further ado, let’s see the best things to do in Mykonos:
Wander the streets of Mykonos Town
If there is one picture that comes to mind when someone says the 2 words: “greek island” then it is definitely a white-washed alley from Mykonos Town’s lovely streets. This is where all the shopping of the island is, this is where the best restaurants in Mykonos are and where all the serious nightlife is on the island. There is no shortage of cute bars, crazy nightclubs, romantic spots or greek street food places in Mykonos town and it is where everything starts and end on the island. Also, bear in mind that all the Mykonos Buses depart from Mykonos Town.
Even if you are only interested in the party life or the beaches of Mykonos, I highly recommend you do this cruise as you will see one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Delos island is a small island close to Mykonos that was believed to be the birthplace of the ancient greek gods of Apollo and Artemis. The trip from Mykonos port to Delos only takes 30 mins and a tour guide can show you the famous Temple of Apollo, the House of Dionysus and the rest of the ruins, which include a theater, a market, lots of beautiful mosaics and the incredible lions (yes, Greece used to have real lions back in the day!). This was one of the most important pilgrimage places in the Meditteranean sea. This is the best boat tour to Delos with plenty of time to explore the ancient ruins or just stay on board and soak in the sun or just swim in the beautiful waters. This specific cruise even includes a beautiful bbq on board with plenty of veggies or meat.
Visit the sandy Mykonos beaches
At this stage, you would have probably seen a picture of a Mykonos beach as the amazing beaches with golden or white sand is the no.1 reason Mykonos has become famous all over the world. In fact, spending a day at the beach is easily one of the best things to do in Mykonos. There is no shortage of great beach bars and beach restaurants (and some not that great…), but I should warn you that prices on sun beds and beach bars in Mykonos are extremely expensive, so get ready to pay premium prices or (better in my opinion) bring your own umbrella to lay on the beach. Here is the ultimate list of the best beaches in Mykonos.
Visit the famous Little Venice area
While wandering the streets of Mykonos Town there is no way you will miss little Venice (here on Google Maps) as it’s usually one of the busiest areas or the area that most people go to around evening time. You have probably seen pictures of a bar there all over Instagram where the sea is literally meeting the bar tables. That’s the one. Most of these houses nowadays have been converted to either bars or restaurants. The best bars in Little Venice of Mykonos are: Caprice Bar, Nigrita Bar, Semeli Bar and the now viral restaurant Kastro’s Mykonos.
There is no shortage of good greek (and not only) food on the island of Mykonos but wouldn’t it be amazing if you actually learn to cook like a Mykonos local? Well…this is your opportunity to learn how to cook the famous tzatziki, spinach pie (spanakopita), stuffed tomatoes and papers, giouvetsi (orzo with beef) and many more. In the end, you will actually eat what you cooked along with a greek local wine. There are many things to do in Mykonos but people say this was the highlight of their trip and feel extremely welcomed in the hands of the family farm owners of Mykonian Spiti. You can book this class here.
When it comes to wine tasting and experience, there is nothing really that can be compared to the Santorini wineries BUT this family farm in Mykonos offers an exceptional wine-tasting experience and vineyards tour with lots of insights into winemaking in Mykonos. You will be guided through the olive groves to the vineyards, where you will experience exactly how wine has been produced in Mykonos throughout the millennia. In the end, you will obviously try the wines along with some myconian mezze and nibbles. You can book this tour here.
Visit Super Paradise beach and the club
Super Paradise beach in Mykonos is a beautiful sandy beach with lovely waters that is also home to one of the craziest party beach bars in Europe, where famous DJ’s play throughout the summer. As I previously said, spending a day on the beach is easily on of the best things to do in Mykonos island. The beach itself is honestly one of a kind and people actually pay 4-5 figures to make sure they reserve one of the front sun beds (it’s Mykonos, after all…). This is a very gay-friendly beach (the whole island actually is) and there is no shortage of people partying around 24/7 during July and August. Even if partying is not your thing you can still spend some time at the beach as it is literally one of the best on the island, and there is plenty of water sports you can actually enjoy while there.
Visit the Mykonos Archaeological Museum
When planning to visit Mykonos island in Greece, you probably haven’t actually realized there is an archaeological museum that is really good though small, to be honest. The Museum itself actually has an extremely important item: the famous Mykonos vase that shows the trojan horse, and it’s one of the earliest depictions of the trojan horse ever found in the world. This comes from a burial site and it was found in 1961 with human bones inside. Please note the museum is open only between April and October every year and the ticket costs 4 euros. As always, please visit the museum’s website for more information.
Visit the famous Mykonos Windmills
When a place has windmills then you know it can get…pretty windy at some point. Mykonos is no exception to the greek islands that are shuttered by strong winds throughout the year but the great thing about Mykonos is that it has some of the most iconic and well-preserved windmills in Greece. These windmills are located on the southern side of Mykonos Town and it’s very easy to find them as you will see tourists gathering to take pictures. In any case, the famous windmills of Mykonos are here on Google Maps.