The most unique area in Mykonos Town is known as Little Venice.
Waterfront Cycladic houses with colorful, wooden balconies are kissed by the waves of Aegean, creating a photogenic seascape with a romantic atmosphere.
It is even possible to stay in one of the houses and enjoy the privilege of exclusive views of Mykonos' most poetic sunset.
The Little Venice bay can also be admired from the area of Alefkandra and the windmills, a few steps south.
Tip: Sunset is the best time of the day to find yourself in Little Venice. Note that if you want to grab a drink at one of the seafront bars, booking a table in advance is recommended.
Mykonos Things to Do
We have gathered a list of the best things to do in Mykonos which includes the absolute must-sees and must-dos on the famous island: places to visit, attractions, where to swim, activities, tours, where to eat, and more.
In brief, the top places to visit are Chora (the main village) and the famous Little Venice, and the top activities are relaxing on the beautiful beaches, dining in fancy restaurants, and partying at famous nightclubs.
Open the table of contents to see our proposals of 15+ best things to do once on the island.
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- 1. Watch the Sunset at Little Venice
- 2. Stroll around Chora
- 3. Swim at the most amazing beaches
- 4. Book a Stay at a Boutique Hotel
- 5. Explore the island with your own car
- 6. Eat at the Best Restaurants
- 7. Learn to Cook with a local
- 8. Experience the Nightlife
- 9. Boat Trip to Delos & Rhenia
- 10. Go Sightseeing
- 11. Savor delicious wines
- 12. Have fun with Sea-related Activities
- 13. Indulge in Shopping therapy
- 14. Visit Santorini by Helicopter
- 15. Watch a Movie at an Open-air Cinemal
- 16. Relax & Party at SantAnna, a huge Seaside Pool
- 17. Escape the crowds at Unspoiled Beaches
- 18. Explore the authentic Ano Mera Village
- 19. Visit Mykonos Animal Welfare Organization
The most unique area in Mykonos Town is known as Little Venice.
As soon as you arrive in Mykonos, its capital Town welcomes you for a vacation full of vivid colors.
The traditionally whitewashed Cycladic houses right by the sea and the stone-paved alleys create a fairytale-like environment!
You can either enjoy a shopping spree at the sophisticated boutiques or savor a refreshing drink at the chic cocktail bars that are scattered around.
After dusk, a plethora of bars and clubs await you to join the party scene until dawn.
Mykonos stands out for its long golden shores that attract thousands of visitors and offer great facilities, including lively beach bars.
Alternatively, you can board a water taxi. Its departing point is Platis Gialos beach and it approaches 7 of the most popular beaches on the island: Ornos, Paraga, Paradise, Super Paradise, Agrari, and Elia. For one ticket to the beach plus a return ticket, the price is 10 €. If you want access to numerous beaches, a one-day ticket costs 20 €.
Note: The popular beaches get very crowded. It is highly recommended to book your Sunbeds online in advance!
Some of the beaches that you need to include in your bucket list are:
• Paradise Beach: The bay of Paradise has been a tourist hotspot since the 1980s and it houses beach bars and clubs. It enhances its partying ambiance with daily events by world-class DJs. While enjoying its crystalline waters, you may also visit the watersport facilities available for an adrenaline boost. The best thing to do is pack your best swimsuit and get ready to dance the evening away!
• Super Paradise Beach: Situated next to Paradise Beach, Super Paradise can be reached via a water taxi or bus. It is quite vivid throughout the summer season.
Known as Greece's most queer-friendly bay, it attracts travelers from around the world, especially during high season, when numerous night-long parties are organized on the beach.
• Psarou beach: One of the most popular beaches on the island lies only 4km away from the Town of Mykonos. It is famous for its luxury beach bars, restaurants, and resorts.
It is sandy, with calm turquoise waters, and almost entirely covered with sunbeds and sun umbrellas. One of the most popular beach bars-restaurants on the island, Nammos, is located here.
Mykonos is known for its luxurious attitude, posh facilities, and top-quality accommodation. Such an ambiance is maintained at the leading boutique hotels and villas on the island.
Some of the best hotels are Cavo Tagoo in Tagoo, Kensho in Psarou, Bill and Coo in Megali Ammos & Mykonos Grand Resort in Agios Ioannis.
They set high standards when it comes to providing each visitor with everything they could ask for. Excellent views, amazing aesthetics, crystal clear infinity pools, and a fascinating gastronomic scene are only one aspect of the experience!
Renting a car or a scooter is the easiest way to move around the island without having to depend on buses.
It will give you the freedom to set your own schedule while you will also have the chance to visit remote places or beaches that are not reachable by bus.
On the other hand, parking might be a bit of a pain, especially in town.
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Mykonos has a fascinating and diverse gastronomic scene, from local taverns with a traditional aura to luxurious restaurants for fine dining.
Dining at some of the finest restaurants must definitely be added to your list!
The Greek cuisine, both on its own and as a part of Mediterranean gastronomy, is internationally popular.
The cozy tavern To Maereio in Mykonos Town and Fokos at Myrsini bay are two exquisite places to try homemade Greek dishes.
When looking for an upscale dining experience in Mykonos, there are several restaurants that can satisfy even the most demanding palates.
Don't miss some of the most popular ones: Matsuhisa (Japanese fusion in Town), Coo, Hippie Fish (Greek-Mediterranean flavors in Agios Ioannis) or Nammos (Mediterranean fusion in Psarou).
Located In the heart of Mykonos, in the traditional village of Messaria, Mykonian Spiti offers a well-structured culinary seminar, where guests will learn to master the basics of traditional Greek cuisine. You will have the chance to collect your own vegetables and cook authentic Greek recipes following the instructions of a local chef. When the meal is ready, you will be served and eat it accompanied by good wine at the premises of this lovely stone-built Mykonian house.
The island is world famous mostly for its nightlife. Getting in one of the nightclubs or, at least, trying a cocktail in the many bars, must be added to your bucket list.
Some of the best bars and clubs to visit are:
• Cavo Paradiso: As an internationally acknowledged party hub, Cavo Paradiso club in Mykonos is where you want to be for an unforgettable clubbing experience.
All the partying takes place around its Mykonos-shaped swimming pool, the main attraction on the spot. With world-acclaimed DJs frequenting the club, including Carl Cox and David Guetta, the legendary parties at Cavo Paradiso can easily attract over 3000 people.
• 180° Sunset: For a more chilled-out atmosphere and exotic cocktails with a panoramic view, don't skip a visit to 180° Sunset Bar. This is an open rooftop bar located in Mykonos Castle Panigirakis, offering breathtaking views of the stars or the sunset, the sea, and Mykonos Town. This is one of the best sceneries in Mykonos!
• Jackie O’: Jackie O’ is another must-visit bar. It is located just below Paraportiani church and is an ideal location for sunset cocktails and dancing all night long. Drag shows also take place every night, adding a spicy note.
• Caprice Bar: While you're in Mykonos Town, you may also stop by for a drink at the mythical Caprice Bar, which is located in the quarter of Little Venice.
It offers some of the best views on the island, along with exotic cocktails and an upbeat ambiance.
• Kastro's: In addition, nested in Little Venice, the cozy pillows of Kastro's are perfect for a stop. From there, you will get to enjoy a refreshing beverage while gazing at the ever-blue Aegean Sea.
A visit to the uninhabited islet of Delos is one of the most popular activities to do in Mykonos. There are various day tours that allow you to visit this small island near Mykonos and find out what makes it so special.
Delos is a very significant place in terms of history. Known as the sacred island of Antiquity, Delos used to be one of the greatest sanctuaries of Ancient Greece and at the same time, an island with great political power due to its location.
Its archeological site is a listed World Heritage Site and a museum has been established on the island to display some interesting archeological findings.
You will find a wide variety of boat and sailing tours going to Delos but also on the island of Rhenia. The nearby uninhabited islets are ideal for a day's visit! Don't forget to add one of the following tours to your list!
• Visit Delos Sacret Island
The most popular destination that you can easily reach from Mykonos is the sacred island of Delos which is currently uninhabited but bears great historical importance. At only a 40-minute boat ride away, Delos offers a deep insight into the ancient past, having served as a major religious pilgrimage location and a political center. Numerous archeological findings still remain intact in their original locations. Others are currently housed in the Archeological Museum of Delos.
• Sailing Tour to Delos and Rhenia
Rhenia islet is also highly recommended as it takes only a few hours of sailing to get there. This small uninhabited island is great for day trips. Its interesting past is intertwined with that of Delos since Rhenia once served as its necropolis.
While both islands still attain ruins of ancient temples and Byzantine churches, Rhenia is mostly visited for its crystal clear waters.
If you want to balance out the busy atmosphere of Mykonos, spending a day sunbathing on Rhenia islet is definitely an excellent choice. Booking a boat tour to both islands is strongly recommended!
• Luxury Catamaran boat trips
A cruise on a luxury vessel is the perfect way to recharge and have fun. For those who want to escape the crowds and enjoy privacy and tranquility for a day, taking a cruise on a fancy catamaran is recommended.
Although no stopovers to Delos and Rhenia are included in this cruise, sailing in the turquoise waters of the Aegean sea is a fun thing to do.
You will get to swim, snorkel, and sunbathe on the deck. In addition, you will be able to gaze at the sunset and enjoy the most peaceful moments, accompanied by a delicious meal with wine.
Have a break from partying and visit some of the local landmarks!
• Windmills: While you are in town, don't forget to take a close-up shot of the windmills, a true open-air museum!
They are considered the signature landmark of the island and are a truly wonderful sight.
The photogenic whitewashed windmills that were once used to crush wheat and cereals no longer operate but they are well preserved; they remind us of the past of Mykonos and the way the strong Cycladic winds were used to process the crops a century ago.
• Paraportiani Church: Another impressive building you have to see is the Church of Panagia Paraportiani, an eccentric set of buildings that actually consists of five different churches. The oldest one dates back to the 14th century!
The intriguing orthodox church can easily be reached by foot from Little Venice.
• Armenistis Lighthouse: In order to enjoy some peace on the busy island of Mykonos, a very interesting location is that of the Lighthouse of Armenistis.
The lighthouse, a sentinel of the old maritime traditions of Mykonos, is presently under the Hellenic Navy's Hydrographic Office's wind.
Taking a road from Agios Stefanos, it can be found atop the edge of the hill, overlooking the azure Aegean.
The spot offers marvelous sea views, especially when the sunset paints the horizon in shades of crimson and gold.
• Monastery of Panagia Tourliani: Another major attraction is the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani in Ano Mera.
Named after an icon of the Virgin Mary that was found near Tourlos, the monastery was initially built in 1542 by two priests and restored in 1767.
The contrast between its Cycladic architecture and some red details, as well as the marble outdoor murals and exquisite yard fountain, creates an imposing aura.
The interior is even more elaborate, with a hand-painted altar screen and icons of saints dating back to 1775.
We are firm believers that tasting the local flavors provides a deep insight into the tradition of the place you are visiting.
This is definitely the case with Mykonos, especially when talking about its wine-making tradition. The island's rich soil, windy nature, and mild winter climate allow its viticulture to thrive, resulting in excellent wines with a deep, earthy flavor.
We recommend to incorporate a winery visit into your itinerary.
In the picturesque village of Ano Mera, the top-notch winery of Mykonos Vioma welcomes travelers to its viticultural setting and the vineyards. It presents its finest quality wines, including Athiri, Assyrtiko, Malagouzia, and Mandilari among others.
Interestingly, during the growing stage of the grapes, classical music is played to enhance their quality traits.
Another option is the Mykonian Farm.
A guided wine tasting tour is the best way to learn all about Mykonian wine. Make your reservation as soon as possible!
Spend a day indulging in the watersports available on the beaches of Mykonos!
Some of the most adventurous water sports centers are situated on the golden beaches of Kalafatis and Platis Gialos.
You can rent a high-speed jet ski or try windsurfing and kitesurfing (independently or with an experienced instructor to guide you).
• Watersports: The beaches of Mykonos, and especially Super Paradise beach, are the ideal playground for watersports. Their waters are calm and the certified schools will give you the perfect opportunity to add some fun to an otherwise lazy day at the beach.
Equipment and lessons are provided, all while taking the necessary safety measures.
Jet Ski: Renting a jet ski is a good option for everyone over 15 years of age. It will offer you an amazing time regardless of your fitness level. It is easy to learn and a professional can show you how to handle it.
Wakeboarding: This new trend has become very popular on the island. Everyone over 8 is welcome to take a lesson and enjoy the ride!
Flyboard: Last but not least, Flyboard is one of the most exciting watersports, also available in Mykonos.
• Scuba Diving: Another intriguing activity seems to be scuba-diving. If you are already enjoying the Aegean, go one step further and explore the seabed with a scuba-diving adventure. One of Greece's top diving centers, Mykonos Diving Center, has been welcoming all sea enthusiasts since 1978.
The devoted personnel and diving instructors ensure a pleasant, safe and exciting underwater experience! Following all safety protocols, the center provides all the necessary equipment, while actively trying to live up to the expectations of every diver.
• Kitesurfing: Mykonos is also known as the island of the winds and it has been gaining popularity as a kitesurfing destination during the last decade.
This intriguing sport is proposed at Korfos bay, a famous kitesurfing hub. The bay is only 2.5km away from Chora, making it easy to visit.
There, Kite Mykonos Center welcomes everyone who wants to give it a shot.
The experienced tutor Alexandre Kuzolitz ensures that every participant is safe and properly equipped.
Luxurious fashion stores in Mykonos are an absolute must if you want to renew your summer outfit collection.
You will discover world-renowned designer brands that will fascinate any fashion enthusiast by offering a selection of the trendiest clothes and accessories for your wardrobe.
This is the right moment to indulge in a high-end shopping spree and discover the best-hidden gems while strolling around the picturesque alleys of Mykonos!
After all, a summer vacation in Mykonos would surely be incomplete without at least one shopping pilgrimage to the haute couture temples of Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, and more.
When shopping is your call, we believe it is worth splurging a bit in order to be among the most fashionable people on the island!
Book a private helicopter transfer between Mykonos and Santorini and enjoy a luxurious flight above the Aegean Sea!
Private helicopter transfers are a fast, fun, and safe way to get from one island to the other. They allow you to enjoy a panoramic view of the Cycladic landscape like no other.
During the transfer, you will get to see the most beautiful places on the islands from a distance, including lovely whitewashed villages, impressive cliffs, and the famous Volcano of Santorini. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you should not miss, definitely worth every penny!
Few things compare to an open-air movie night with fresh popcorn and a soft drink during the Greek summertime!
Luckily, Cine Manto in Mykonos Town offers a romantic environment underneath the stars, where movie enthusiasts can happily gather to watch classic and blockbuster movies that are screened daily.
The cinema is operating throughout the entire tourist season and it offers a bar restaurant to cater to its guests.
Promising one of the most delightful summer night experiences, a starlit screening is something not to miss!
Shifting from Paradise to the neighboring Paranga bay, we come across one of the most elegant establishments of Mykonos: the SantAnna beach bar & restaurant.
Founded in 2017, it features the largest seaside swimming pool in Europe!
It provides two separate bars, a top-notch fusion cuisine restaurant, and a variety of lavish beauty salons.
The SantAnna experience is fantastically well-rounded, leaving nothing to chance. Guests can relax by the pool on the comfortable sun loungers, frolic in the pool, or savor a sushi plate with flavorful shisha.
Every summer, numerous music events take place there, along with private parties.
The majority of beach photos taken in Mykonos depict crowded, organized shores with huge beach bars and restaurants.
Keep in mind that there is another side to this cosmopolitan Cycladic island, more serene and pure.
• Agios Sostis bay: One of the best-unspoiled beaches is the bay of Agios Sostis, located a bit further away from the popular southern beaches.
While no public transportation is offered nearby, a rental vehicle can take you there easily.
The untouched golden shore is 250 meters long, with crystal clear waters. It is secluded and ideal for a private plunge.
• Fokos bay: Another great secret spot is Fokos bay on the northern side of the island. It is an unorganized bay with no facilities besides a traditional tavern nearby. This hidden gem remains tranquil even during high season and is only reachable with private vehicles.
• Agrari: Last but not least, the shimmering beach of Agrari is another quiet area you could opt for. Located near Elia bay, the two of them create a vast, 8km coastline of powder-like sand and indigo waters that captivate the hearts. Agrari beach is untouched, with only one small cafeteria and a handful of sun loungers. The path leading down to it is narrow and steep so caution is essential.
Ano Mera provides a much calmer setting compared to the overwhelmingly busy alleys of Mykonos Town. At only 8.3km from Chora, this cozy Cycladic village remains authentic and tranquil, since it has not become as touristy as other Mykonian locations.
This is the second largest settlement on the island, flaunting a beautifully paved central square and several landmarks: the church of Panagia Tourliani, the uphill Gyzi Castle, and the Paleokastro Monastery are all located there.
Some cafes and restaurants are located there.
Not to miss: Visit an authentic Mykonian farm and participate in the farm operations.
Mykonos Animal Welfare is a legal charity that was formed in 2005. Since then it has been actively involved in the health and welfare of animals on Mykonos island. Their main objectives are education, sterilizations, emergency vet care, and feeding and rehoming of abandoned cats and dogs.
Visit their website: www.mykonosanimals.org