Mykonos is a favorite destination amongst the rich and famous, known for its idyllic beaches, incredible restaurants, and world-renowned beach bars and clubs. But it's also a charming and accessible island, ideal for anyone wanting to discover the local history and culture. You may recognize photos of its characteristic "Little Venice" neighborhood, with colorful balconies and restaurants lining the shore. Or perhaps you know Mykonos for its iconic windmills overlooking the main town.
Although it's a tiny island, there's much to see and do on Mykonos. Explore its vibrant main town, taste its signature cuisine and wine, and relax at one of its beaches. A favorite activity amongst visitors to the Cyclades is a boat tour or cruise. Enjoy the scenery as you pass Mykonos' rocky coastline and secluded bays and swim or snorkel in its signature crystal-clear turquoise water. You can also discover one of Greece's largest archeological sites on nearby Delos Island. Learn about how to get off the beaten path on Mykonos.
Things To Do
Whether you're visiting Mykonos for its famous nightlife or not, there's plenty to do to fill your mornings and afternoons. Mykonos Town is a charming twist of Cycladic architecture, and you can escape into the nearby countryside to discover a quieter, more authentic view of the island.
Mykonos Town Walking Tour
Get your bearings and discover the not-so-touristy side of Mykonos Town with a local guide. You'll go beyond the beach clubs and learn about the island's fascinating history, gastronomy, traditions, and cultural significance. Start by exploring the twisting streets and hidden corners of Mykonos Town's medieval center. Other highlights of the tour include visiting the Archaeological Museum, time to peruse the Matogianni shopping district, and a stroll through the castle and Scarpa area to the "Little Venice" neighborhood. You'll also stop into a traditional bakery to chat with the locals and enjoy a visit to the island's iconic windmills. Read More
Farm-to-Table Meal & Wine Tasting
Take a break from the crowded streets of Mykonos Town and venture into the island's countryside, which visitors often overlook. Mykonos has earned its reputation as the Cyclades' party island, but there's so much more to experience. Join the Asimomytis family at their historic 19th-century monastery vineyard of Maou. This organic vineyard and farm are completely untouched by mass tourism and modern influences. You'll learn about authentic daily life on the island, Mykonos' long agricultural and winemaking history, and enjoy a farm-to-table meal and wine tasting with traditional recipes and dishes. Read More
Explore the Beaches
No trip to Mykonos is complete without some time spent lounging on one of its world-famous beaches. The island's sandy shores and clear, turquoise waters are big attractions for visitors.
Mykonos Southern Beaches Cruise
Mykonos beaches are world-famous, so no trip to the island is truly complete without a little excursion to the island's southern side, where you'll find its best sand. And there's no better way to discover the island's coastline than by boat! You'll sail by several popular beaches, including Paradise, Psarou, Platys Gialos, Paraga, Agrari, and Elia. Make your first stop at the famous Super Paradise Beach for swimming and snorkeling. On the way back, your captain will take requests and stop at some of your favorite stretches of sand that you passed earlier. Enjoy a perfectly relaxing day as you swim, snorkel, and sunbathe, snacking on local delicacies onboard and pairing your lunch with regional wine and beer. Read More
Bike Tour & Beach Picnic
The Mykonos landscape is rugged and hilly, providing numerous spots for incredible scenic vistas overlooking the coastline and the Aegean Sea. One of the best ways to explore the island is on a bike. Don't worry if you're not an athlete; you can opt for an e-bike to help you conquer any hills, enjoying the views without breaking too much of a sweat! Your guide will make several stops to share the island's history, gastronomy, and cultural significance with you. Along the way, you'll discover some of Mykonos' unique traditions and much of its dynamic scenery. Before heading back, you'll enjoy lunch on the beach with plenty of time to swim and relax. Read More
Discover Nearby Islands
Mykonos has two popular uninhabited neighbors, Delos and Rhenia islands. Their proximity makes these two islets a perfect option for a day trip.
Delos & Rhenia Day Cruise
Together with Mykonos, the nearby islands of Delos and Rhenia make up the "Cycladic Sisters." Although both are uninhabited, they still deliver, with Delos providing some of the most important ancient ruins in Greece and Rhenia a scenic coastline and exceptional beaches. First, explore the ancient ruins on Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a professional guide, passing through the foundations of prehistoric mansions, temples, and landmarks such as the Terrace of the Lions. Then sail to Rhenia and swim in its famed crystal-clear waters. You'll enjoy lunch on board the boat and free time to stroll the uncrowded beaches. Read More
How Does Mykonos Fit into a Greece Itinerary?
You'll find Mykonos near some of the other most popular Cycladic Islands, including Paros, Tinos, Syros, and Naxos. An island-hopping adventure in Greece is a bucket-list-worthy vacation, and Mykonos fits perfectly into the mix. Although we recommend at least 2-3 days to make the most out of your time, the island is small enough to enjoy just 24 hours onshore. Discover the best time to visit Mykonos and some insider tips!
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