Perched within the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, Mykonos is one of Greece’s most famous little islands. North of the stunning Romantic island of Santorini and east of the mainland, Mykonos is an incredible island to explore, a whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades. Set out on a journey to discover a fascinating world where glamour meets simplicity
The Greek island of Mykonos is one of the most renowned summer destinations in Europe, with its amazing beaches, luxurious resorts, and lively nightlife.
It's a dream destination for many people, especially first-time visitors to Greece who might be planning the classic Athens – Mykonos – Santorini itinerary.
This does come at a price though don't plan a trip to Mykonos thinking you're going to a cheap, off-the-beaten-path destination in Greece.
Hotel prices are among the most expensive in Greece.
How do I get to Mykonos?
The island of Mykonos has a small international airport with flight connections to some European cities, so flying there directly is an option.
Mykonos airport also has flight connections with Athens airport, so international visitors have the choice of flying into Athens, and then taking a connecting flight to Mykonos.
One of the most popular ways to travel to Mykonos is to take a ferry. Ferries leave from Athens to Mykonos as well as the surrounding Cyclades islands.
You can find airplane tickets here
If you come from Santorini or from Athene we recommend that you take your ferry tickets on FerriesinGreece. Select the Seajets company that is the fastest and most punctual.
Also, it is essential to rent a vehicle for 1 or 2 days. , you can rent a car or a scooter to discover the Island. Find the best deals here
When is the best time to go to Mykonos?
Mykonos is a summer destination, with the tourist season lasting from around May through to October. If you're traveling for the party scene, you'll probably want to go in August, which is also the most expensive month you can travel. Expect peak season prices in July and August to be considerably higher than the shoulder season prices found in June and late September.
I find that April and September are the most pleasant months to visit the Cyclades islands such as Mykonos.
How many days in Mykonos?
Unless you are visiting Mykonos specifically for the summer party atmosphere and nightlife, 3 or 4 days is normally enough for most people.
During this time you can explore Mykonos Town, enjoy Little Venice, spend time on beautiful beaches such as Paradise Beach, and even take a day trip to the UNESCO site of Delos.
Where to stay in Mykonos?
For short stays, many people find it convenient to stay in and around the main town center of Mykonos. This means that you can get to a lot of major attractions by walking.
For stays of more than a couple of nights, rather than stay in Mykonos town, look at some of the surrounding beach towns.
Visitors looking for luxury would want to have a look at the best boutique hotels in Mykonos Town. Some of them are Cavo Tagoo, Semeli, Theoxenia boutique hotel, and Belvedere Suites.
These upmarket hotels have a number of different facilities, such as private pools and sea-facing balconies. The infinity pool and views at Cavo Tagoo are particularly impressive.
Budget-minded travelers will also find several options in Mykonos Town. Mykonos View hotel, Poseidon, and the family-run Aeolos are all popular choices. Their facilities include swimming pools and private parking spaces. Another place to consider is Boheme its at walking distance of Mykonos old town, its a luxury hotel but not the highest price they ask at other places, and rooms are around 250 Euro a night
How to get around Mykonos?
Rent an ATV or Scooter: Renting a scooter, ATV, or car is the best way to explore everything Mykonos has to offer. If you stay close to Mykonos Town you can walk everywhere but if you rent something with range then it doesn't really matter where your hotel is because the island is small and most places are within reach of a short drive.
Bus: One of the best ways to explore Mykonos at night is by bus. You can take a bus from town directly to all of the big nightclubs for a reasonable price.
Taxi: Mykonos can be pretty crowded in the summer, and taxis are harder to come by. Use Welcome taxis to pre-book rides in Mykonos.
Sightseeing itineraries for Mykonos
You've probably seen the photos of whitewashed houses and cobbled streets. The images of pink bougainvillea flowers and sunset drinks at a seemingly perfect location.
Putting together an itinerary is relatively simple. Allow one day for exploring Mykonos Town, one day to go beach hopping, and one day to visit Delos.
The main town of Mykonos, sometimes called Chora by the locals, is a typical Cycladic village. The whitewashed cubist houses have wooden-colored doors, windows, and balconies, narrow streets form a labyrinth with beautiful churches and chapels that contrast against the bright white walls.
Take your time exploring the pedestrianized streets of the Old Town – even if you think you've been down an alleyway once before, you find it leads somewhere new!
Early morning is the best time to walk around this beautiful town when there are fewer people and the temperature is more agreeable.
This area of Mykonos Town is a great place to see the sunset but it is also popular, so if you plan to do so, get there early! There are a couple of bars and tavernas facing out onto the water.
The windmills are perhaps one of the more famous landmarks of Mykonos. Just a short walk from Little Venice, it's another sunset spot. You might want to visit twice – once for photos of the windmills in the daytime, and once at night.
Beaches in Mykonos
Mykonos is a blessed destination with absolutely beautiful beaches. Most beaches are long strips of sand, while just a few are pebbly.
Best Mykonos beaches for beach clubs and partying – Paradise Beach, Super Paradise Beach, Paraga, Psarou
Top beaches in Mykonos for water sports – Ftelia, Korfos, Kalafatis
Best Mykonos beaches for families – Panormos, Agios Stefanos, Lia, Elia beach
Best beaches in Mykonos to avoid the crowds – Kapari, Fokos, Mersini, Merchias, Tigani, Loulos
Places to watch the sunset in Mykonos Greece
Being able to see a breathtaking sunset is the perfect transition from the day into the evening.
There are a number of places in Mykonos Greece where you can see an absolutely stunning sunset:
Little Venice: A choice of bars and restaurants from where you can see the sunset.
Mykonos Windmills: Close to Little Venice, the Kato Windmills are another stunning location to watch the setting sun in Mykonos.
54 Cocktail Bar & Sunset Lounge: A great location due to the spectacular views out over Mykonos Town.
Armenistis Lighthouse: This was my favorite sunset spot in Mykonos, but you'll need your own wheels to get here, so rent a scooter or a quad.
Scenic Day Trips in Mykonos
One way you can get to see more of the island is to take an organized day tour.
These sightseeing day trips will take you to the most famous attractions in Mykonos.
From walking tours to cooking classes, and Mykonos boat trips to visiting archaeological sites, there's something for everyone! You can easily book with Viator find the best day trips here
Here are some resources to help you get your trip going:
Travel Essentials what's in my bag: To help you get started on packing, here are my essential travel and photography gear
Flights: WayAway to start looking for cheap flights and great deals from your home country.
Accommodation: Hostelworld, Booking.com, and Agoda.com are the ultimate go-to platforms to search for amazing hostels and hotels at affordable prices.
Car Rental: DiscoverCars.com is a great and reliable platform to find rental cars all over the world.
Internet: Airalo is the best way to get a sim card and has reliable internet access for your trip. All you need is an Esim-compatible smartphone, install it on your phone prior to your trip, and you are all set.
Day Trips & Tours: Viator, and GetYourGuide, are great platforms to search for activities to do
Tickets & Deals: Tiqets is always my go-to website when I want to find cheaper deals for entrance tickets to tourist attractions
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