Perched within the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, Mykonos is one of Greece’s most famous little islands. North of the stunning island of Santorini, it’s an island that is incredible to visit. That being said, it can be tough (at times) to actually narrow down some of the best things to do in Mykonos, especially when there is so much to see.
One of the things I love about Mykonos is that it’s tiny, it’s so small that it can easily be explored in a day or two (though, a few days longer is a must if you really want to experience island life). It’s the kind of Greek island you visit which has a perfect mix of charm, culture and beautiful views.
This is why I wanted to share some of the best things to do in Mykonos. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first, fiftieth or gazillionth time on the island, I’m almost certain you’ll have the best time.
I’ve also included a few details on travelling around the island, where to eat and places to stay. Hopefully, these should all help you on your trip to find the best things to do in Mykonos.
It really is a special little island.
Travelling around Mykonos
As I’ve been banging on about, Mykonos is a relatively small island but there are still plenty of ways you can get around the island that doesn’t involve hiring a donkey (unless you want to, obviously).
Moped: It’s pretty easy to hire a moped on Mykonos, especially with the correct license and a sensible driver. The best thing to remember is to always wear a helmet and drive the roads with a respectable amount of caution. There are lots of twists, turns, lumps and bumps that can easily surprise a new driver.
If you’re not 100% sure about riding one, go for a taxi or bus instead.
Bus: There are buses that scurry around the island, with the frequency being a little higher in the summer months. There is a bus terminal just off the yacht docking area (see the map, here) in Mykonos town.
kaiki: A Kaiki is a small boat that you can actually get to key points of the island, which is great to get to places like Platis Yialos Beach. You can also book a Kaiki (or slightly larger yacht) to head over to Delos Island, too.
Taxis and Transfers: Taxis can be pricey in peak times and it can be a struggle to get them after you land. Be sure to book your airport transfer to and from your hotel in advance.
What to eat in Mykonos
Greek food… where do I start? Greek food is the best. I’ve yet to find one Greek meal I don’t like (unless it contains mushrooms, yuck!).
Anywho, there’s a whole heap of delicious meals you have to gorge on whilst on the island, just make sure to take elasticated trousers and an empty tummy!
For a great island eatery, head over to Popolo for a tasty little lunch (try their Greek coffee, too). Also, if you’re looking for something a little fancier, M-eating creates some of the island’s most delicious fine dining plates. Make sure to try their sea bass, it’s so yummy.
Oh, and if you’re driving around the island, pop into Kiki’s Tavern on the north coast. It’s a relaxed and authentic little grill that has views over the sea. It’s so blissful and probably one of the best meals we had in Mykonos. Loved it.
Make sure to try some yummy, amygdala when you get to the island. Their sweet, crushed almonds are too delicious to avoid.
Where to sleep in Mykonos
The great thing about Mykonos is that there are lots of little, intimate and cosy places to rest your head. For a cool, little hotel head over to the Mykonos Princess (which we loved).
We stayed here for six days and it’s only around 10-minutes (in a taxi) from Mykonos Town.
Best things to do in Mykonos
1.) Wander around Mykonos Town
Mykonos Town is the largest dwelling on the island (and that’s still pretty small).
Spend the mornings exploring the little walkways and narrow streets that are lined with independent shops and yummy eateries.
For a little art, head over to the Rarity Gallery, swiftly followed by a Dio Horia gallery which are within walking distance of each other.
After a bite to eat at Katerina’s Restaurant (which serves up an epic grilled octopus), head over to the Old Port of the city and explore the waterfront. It really is one of the best things to do in Mykonos for a chilled day.
2.) Sail to Delos island
Delos Island is one amazing little island (yes, smaller than Mykonos) that you have to visit. Perfect for a day trip, depart for Delos from Mykonos Town (which is around 5-8 miles away).
Just make sure to book your cruise or trip to Delos Island before you arrive, especially in the peak season when Mykonos gets much busier. We loved the tours, below and they’re all based in the town, too.
Once you’re there, make sure to go for a swim in the island’s crystal clear waters and take in a little history by visiting the mythological birthplace of Apollo! Head over to the House of Cleopatra, see the Agora of the Italians and explore the Lions’ Terrace.
This island is full of archaeological gems that won’t just impress an underworked archaeologist.
3.) See The windmills of Kato Mili
Okay, you can’t visit Mykonos without seeing the windmills, it’s easily one of the most iconic and best things to do in Mykonos.
Although you might not be blown away by their incredible height or dramatic cliff-like positions, they are a pretty iconic monument of the island and actually have lots of amazing history to learn from.
The windmills are situated on the coastline within Mykonos Town itself and are easily seen when you’re here.
Make sure to head to Little Venice (on the opposite shoreline within the city), especially around sunset.
Oh, and book a table at Kastro’s for some totally tasty dishes and the best little balconies to watch the sunset. Their ceviche is amazing.
4.) Party until dawn
Mykonos might be a tranquil little Greek gem but it’s also got some wild bars and music to experience. In the day, get yourself over to Super Paradise Beach and book a sunbed for a day of relaxation.
In the evening, bounce on up to Cavo Paradiso that’s perched overlooking the town itself. Think DJ sets, big crowds and a pool, obviously. If big crowds aren’t your thing, head over to the more intimate bars which spill out into the small streets and waterfront.
If that doesn’t take your fancy, head to the Armenistis Lighthouse for one of the best sunset spots in Mykonos. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s also totally free (unlike some of the expensive bars that make you pay to book a certain table).
5.) Find Paraportiani Church
Within the main town of Mykonos itself, Paraportiani Church is a gorgeous example of a historic church on the island.
Well over 500 years since construction commenced, it’s one beautiful church that you can easily visit when on the island. Plus, it’s only a short walk from Kastro’s restaurant, too.
6.) Monastery of Panagia Tourliani
About 6 miles from the centre of Mykonos Town, Panagia Tourliani is, arguably, the island’s prettiest monastery to visit. Inside, you can see lots of eastern influence in the construction and decoration of the worship area – it’s almost like an open book of centuries of history.
If you’re in the area, head over to the Monastery of Paleokastro, too – it’s less than a mile away and easy to explore.
7.) See the Saint Nikolaos of Kadena Church
Now, this has to be one of the smallest churches on the island! Perched right on the harbour front of Mykonos Town, the Saint Nikolaos of Kadena Church is typically Greek with its blue dome and white-washed walls.
Yes, it might be small but you should definitely take a look when in the area.
8.) Wander through Little Venice
Yup, Mykonos has its own Little Venice in the town itself. Perched right on the waterfront, head here for some stunning sunsets and a bite to eat.
You might find the bars and restaurants a tad bit more expensive in this area but that shouldn’t stop you from going. It’s also a great place to chill out with friends and travel buddies in the late evening.
Top tip: Book a seat, the night before, at Baos Bar and watch the sunset on the waterfront terrace. Alternatively, book this sunset cruise around Little Venice which is just beautiful.
9.) Drive around the whole the island
Mykonos is a tiny island and one that can be zoomed around on your own little moped with ease!
Pack a backpack of sunblock, towels and plenty of water and head out into the rolling hills of this gorgeous island. I guarantee you’ll find a shed load of amazing pit stops and secluded little coves you’ll be itching to explore.
Mopeds are easy to hire from lots of places in the main town – you’ll be spoilt for choice! Like I mentioned before, only ride a moped if you feel safe and confident and you have the licence to do so.
10.) Find a peaceful beach: Fokos Bay or Delos Island
Over on the other side of the island, away from Mykonos Town is one tranquil and peaceful beach you’ll want to enjoy. Don’t expect a huge infrastructure of showers, etc – it really is as natural as a beach comes.
Hop on your moped (or grab a taxi) and head here for a few hours of relaxation. Make sure to grab a yummy bite to eat at Fokos Taverna, their Greek Salads are incredible on a hot Summer’s day.
Alternatively, If you’re visiting Delos Island, you can grab your boat tickets here and head to Mykonos Town harbour to board. It really is one of the best things to do in Mykonos if you want to explore more of the area.