Mykonos is an island of wild parties, cosmopolitan beaches, and picturesque villages.
The second most popular tourist destination in Greece is often called the Ibiza of Greece.
In brief, we recommend staying 3 to 5 days in order to visit as many places as possible. You can see our bucket list with the top things to do & see.
Below, you can have a look at our excursion suggestions for 1, 2, or 3 days on the island of Santorini, Greece.
One day: Chora, swimming, and clubbing
Mykonos is a beautiful island. Although it gets very crowded, especially in July and August, you will definitely enjoy strolling along the paved, narrow paths. Chora, the capital of Mykonos, showcases a genuine sample of the Cycladic style.
On your way, check out the souvenir shops and have a coffee or meal in Little Venice, the most picturesque neighborhood of Chora, boasting coffee shops and restaurants right by the sea. Don't skip paying a visit to the beautiful church of Panagia Paraportiani, the most photographed church on Mykonos.
Then, take the bus or the boat and go swimming on one of the most popular beaches of Mykonos: Super Paradise, Paradise, or Paranga. In the afternoon, climb up to the windmills in Chora to gaze at the lovely sunset and enchanting views. Around midnight, while other islands go to sleep, everyone on Mykonos is getting ready for clubbing, which lasts until the early hours!
Day 1 as described above.
Although Mykonos doesn't have many sites to see, on the second day, you should visit the neighboring island of Delos, a paradise for history lovers that comprises a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to mythology, Delos was the birthplace of Artemis, the goddess of the hunt and Moon, and her brother Apollo, the god of music and light. That is why the Greeks considered it a sacred island. In fact, they built a temple to Apollo and a theatre for performances. Gradually, Delos became the center of the Athenian League and a trade center.
Nowadays, frequent tour boats connect Mykonos to Delos. The small island is famous for its ancient sites and, particularly, the Street of the Lions, which lined the way to the temple. An Archaeological Museum houses the findings of excavations.
Days 1 and 2 as described above.
Mykonos is not just a busy island; it has many hidden beauties all over it. We suggest renting a car in Mykonos for the third day to explore the island at your own pace. Ano Mera, the second village of Mykonos, is less popular than Chora, so the atmosphere is quieter there. Then, drive a bit to the north and swim in Panormos. Due to the long distance between the beach and Chora, it is unlikely to encounter it crowded. On your way, you will pass an artificial lake. In the afternoon, head up to Armenistis Lighthouse, on the northwestern side, to see the view and the sunset.