A very unique location in the vivid island of Mykonos is the Little Venice in Mykonos Town. Its romantic aura derives from the Cycladic houses with colorful balconies, perched above the Aegean Sea, their walls ever kissed by the waves. If met with the opportunity of staying at one of these seascape rooms, you can witness one of the most romantic and poetic sunsets while lounging. It’s also great to gaze at from the nearby bay of Alevkandra, as well as from one of the numerous cocktail bars with undisturbed views.
Mykonos Things to Do
What to do in Mykonos, Greece: Mykonos is one of the absolute top summer destinations in Greece by far. The fantastic beaches, the wild party scene, the gay-friendly ambience and the luxurious style create a solid idea of what to expect when visiting the island.
But that’s not all; Mykonos offers excellent untouched seashores, a plethora of watersports, archaeological and ecclesiastic institutions, while the local taverns and bars keep visitors sated and pleased.
Without further due, let’s dive into the amazing, lively Mykonian summertime!
We are thrilled to guide you through the possibilities you can pick from while visiting Mykonos and to help you organize your to-do list in order to enjoy the island at its fullest. Any possible tourist pitfalls will also be addressed for your ease of mind. Let’s dive in the wonders of Mykonos then!
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35+ Top things to Do & See in Mykonos
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Once you arrive in Mykonos, the main Town on the island welcomes you for the most vividly colored vacation. The traditionally whitewashed Cycladic buildings, paved alleys and pristine Aegean Sea at its feet create a fairytale-like environment to wander in. It is useful to mention that during summertime the main town’s pathways are closed for vehicles in the evening, while the best time for strolling around is in the morning. Travellers can witness an exquisite sunset from the Little Venice’s balconies, enjoy a shopping spree at the sophisticated boutiques and savor a refreshing drink at the chic cocktail bars. For an alternative to the things to do in Town, the few well-maintained museums available provide a deeper insight on the region’s past. After dusk, a plethora of bars and clubs await you for partying until dawn.
Not to miss: A guided walking tour as the best way to discover this whitewashed Cycladic jewel.
An excellent site of ancient Greek history, the uninhabited island of Delos is a must-visit when vacationing on Mykonos. At only a 40-minute boat ride away, Delos offers a deep insight of the ancient past, having served as a major religious pilgrimage location, along with being of tremendous political importance. The Delian Games every five years, the treasury of the Delian League, Apollo’s temple congresses held and many more core utilities of the island are shown and preserved both on site at their original locations, as well as in the Delian archaeological museum.
Not to miss: The Tour to Delos island!
Situated next to the larger beach of Paradise, Super Paradise can be reached via a water-taxi or a bus. It is less organized compared to its neighbouring shore but is quite vivid throughout the summer season nonetheless. Standing as Greece’s leading gay-friendly bay, it attracts travellers from around the globe, especially during high season. Swim in its crystalline waters, enjoy the sun and dance on its golden shore to the beat of your Greek summertime.
As an internationally acknowledged party hub, Cavo Paradiso club in Mykonos is where you want to be for an unforgettable experience. Situated above the pristine Paradise beach, specifically atop a hill, the establishment flaunts its unique aesthetics and architecture. Additionally, its main attraction is none other than the Mykonos-shaped swimming pool, around which the party takes place every summer. With world-acclaimed DJs frequenting the club, from Carl Cox to David Guetta and beyond, a breathtaking night is guaranteed. Keep in mind that its tremendous capacity of over 3000 people can easily get covered, so it’s a good idea to arrive a bit before the main party, for some early drinks. And since the late night parties continue until after sunrise, be prepared to dance, dance, dance.
Mykonos is conspicuous for its luxurious attitude, posh amenities and top-quality accommodations. Such an ambience is maintained and elevated by the leading boutique hotels and villas on the island. With luxury, aesthetics and absolute pampering as a compass, establishments like Cavo Tagoo, Kensho, Bill and Coo, Mykonos Grand Resort among others set high standards when it comes to providing each visitor with everything they could ask for; and then some.
Excellent vistas, crystalline infinity pool and delicious cuisines are only a small portion of the available services one may enjoy while staying there.
Not to miss: Discover our selection of Best hotels in Mykonos and the best locations for your stay.
Mykonos beaches are famous all over the world for their golden sand and crystal waters. In fact, some of them are considered among the most beautiful beaches in Greece. If you want to explore as many as possible, especially those located at its south coast such as: Ornos, Psarou, Platis Gialos, Paradise, Super Paradise, Paraga, and Elia then book the "South Coast Beach Hopping Boat Tour with BBQ Lunch" and enjoy Mykonos from a totally unique perspective.
Not to miss: Full-day South coast cruise offering a fantastic sailing trip and enhancing your Mykonian stay
Local Tavernas: No one should avoid dining at a local Greek tavern while staying in beautiful Mykonos. The Greek cuisine, both on its own and as a part of the Mediterranean family, is one of the most praised globally. While sometimes it may not be easy to pick one of the many taverns available, "To Maereio" in Mykonos Town and "Fokos Restaurant" in the bay of Myrsini are two exquisite options, definitely worthy of a spot in your to-do list.
"To Maereio" is a tiny, cozy tavern hidden away in the Mykonian alleyways; by word-of-mouth and the precise address it can be located easily. The family recipes of traditional hearty meals will delight everyone and along with the chefs’ love and care for the dishes, this little oasis is always vivid. Moving on to the north of the island, "Fokos Restaurant" located at an uncharted bay near Ano Gonia village ensures a memorable experience. Unlike the majority of bustling beaches on Mykonos, the Myrsini (also Fokos) beach is a serene, secluded area where the only establishment provides mouth-watering Greek meals at moderate prices.
Fine dining: When looking for an upscale dining experience in Mykonos, the available options can satisfy every palate. In Mykonos Town, the excellent Japanese fusion restaurant Matsuhisa guarantees a lavish environment as part of the Belvedere hotel, unparalleled flavors and strictly the freshest ingredients. Combined with the Cycladic architecture and a posh yet minimal interior design, the Matsuhisa experience is unmissable. For a modernized, industrial-style environment and a Japanese-inspired approach on the menu, Coo restaurant in Chora ensures a fine dining experience. The sushi is easily among the top of Mykonos, while authentic Kobe beef fillet will adorn your plate and excite your palate. The atmosphere is upbeat, always rejuvenating, making it a highly recommended restaurant. Last but not least, when it comes to Greek-Mediterranean flavors and recipes, the praised Hippie Fish restaurant on Agios Ioannis bay is the answer. With a carefully diversified menu of palatable meals and accompanying drinks, only an evening there will show you what you had missed all along. Hippie Fish flaunts an aesthetic blend of Cycladic aspects and modern decoration, a tasteful result of design. In this very same restaurant the 1989 movie Shirley Valentine was filmed.
As one of Mykonos’ key landmarks, the picturesque windmills are a wonderful site that no visitor should miss. Used long ago for crushing wheat and cereals, they no longer operate. Maintained in a good shape, their whitewashed cylinder bodies and hay rooftops make for a very photogenic background in Chora. The windmills are a proof of the previous century’s dependence on the strong Mykonian winds for processing the produce. Visiting them and enjoying a cold refreshment under their shadow should definitely be one of the main things to do in everyone’s itinerary!
Nammos is one of the most popular establishments on the island of Mykonos, to the point where skipping a visit at it will leave your experience on the island incomplete. Visitors can spend the whole day there, starting with a light drink and delicious seafood snacks, swimming in the azure waters of Psarou bay. After the sun starts sinking in the horizon, Nammos' restaurant will host you for an exquisite culinary experience. Its menu consists of ultra-modern fusions from the Mediterranean cuisines. Meanwhile, the lively bar scene will be sparkling from paparazzi cameras as celebrities from every corner of the world tend to appear and savor the Nammos experience.
Paradise beach is synonymous with the Mykonian partying spirit and rightfully so. The bay lays between Super Paradise and Paranga shores and has been a tourist hotspot since the 1980’s with pristine infrastructure available. Aside from the public facilities, the numerous beach bars and clubs at Paradise bay enhance its partying ambience, with daily events and world-class DJs like Steve Aoki and David Guetta performing live.
While enjoying its crystalline waters and powder-like golden sand, visitors may also indulge in the watersport facilities available for an adrenaline boost. Paradise bay gets quite crowded during summertime, with upbeat ambience and exquisite natural environment. The best thing to do is pack your best swimsuit and get ready to dance the evening away!
If you would like to experience the island from an alternative way and viewpoint, one of the best things to do is booking a seat at one of the most authentic boat trips on the cozy vessel of "Ouranos II". When aboard, all visitors will be able to gaze at the wonderful seashores and environment of Mykonos, enjoy the sea breeze on their skin and also dive in the crystal-clear waters for some serene snorkeling and swimming. A different, naturalistic approach on the whole Mykonos experience that we recommend indulging into. Embarking from Kalafatis bay, you can book this excursion in advance!
Shifting from Paradise to the neighbouring Paranga bay, we come across one of the most elegant, vast establishments of Mykonos; the SantAnna restaurant. Founded in 2017, it expands from its own private bay part to what is Europe’s largest seaside swimming pool, with two separate bars, a top-notch fusion cuisine restaurant and a variety of lavish beauty treatments.
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 piscine or savor a sushi plate with flavorful shisha. Every summer numerous music events take place in SantAnna, along with private parties and extravagant surprises that nobody wants to miss.
One of the most breathtaking sceneries and vistas in Mykonos is surely that from the 180° sunset bar. A stellar rooftop open bar located atop the hill as a part of the Mykonos Castle Panigirakis. The self-explanatory name becomes evident once you visit it; undisturbed vistas of the Aegean Sea, the Town of Mykonos and the romantic sunset explain it perfectly. Enjoy exotic cocktails and a welcoming chic ambience with your friends or significant other for a highlight in your summer vacation.
Just a few hours of sailing from cosmopolitan Mykonos, the uninhabited island of Rhenia welcomes travellers for a daily excursion and swimming in the turquoise waters. With an interesting ancient past intertwined with Delos’, Rhenia once served as a necropolis of Delos. While both islands still attain ruins of ancient temples and Byzantine churches, Rhenia is also visited for its fantastic, untouched bays and crystalline waters. If you want to balance out the busy atmosphere of Mykonos, spending a day sunbathing on Rhenia is definitely an excellent choice.
While Chora can at times become overwhelming for the senses, visitors can easily unwind by discovering the picturesque village of Ano Mera. At only 8.3km from Chora, this cozy Cycladic village remains greatly authentic and tranquil, as it has not become as touristy as other Mykonian locations. The settlement is the second largest on the island, flaunting a beautifully paved central square, the well-maintained church of Panagia Tourliani, along with the uphill Gyzi Castle and Paleokastro Monastery.
Travellers can enjoy a variety of things to do there, such as savor a peaceful coffee at the traditional cafes or test their endurance and adventurous spirit with a hiking excursion full of natural beauty.
A great way of exploring Ano Mera is through a well-organized, guided tour of the authentic Mykonos. No matter which alternative you choose, you will definitely have a splendid time.
Not to miss: Visit an authentic Mykonian farm and participate in the farm operations.
While vacationing on the lively island of Mykonos, an exciting way of spending an evening by the sea is to indulge in the available watersports. Invite your friends and visit the azure and golden Kalafatis and Platis Gialos bays, where some of the adventurous watersport centers are situated. Rent a high-speed jet ski, maybe opt for intriguing windsurfing independently, or with an experienced instructor to guide you. Boost your funtime in Mykonos carefree!
Few things are as special in Greek summertime as a picturesque Open-air Cinema movie with freshly cooked popcorn and a soft drink. Luckily, Cine Manto in Mykonos Town offers a romantic, under the stars environment where movie enthusiasts can happily unwind with classic and blockbuster films, screened daily. The cinema is operating throughout the tourist season and includes a bar-restaurant to cater for its guests. As one of Mykonos’ delightful sides, a starlit screening should definitely be in your things-to-do list.
A very unique and eccentric building worth visiting in the Town of Mykonos is the orthodox church of Panagia Paraportiani. While from the outside it can look like a typical Cycladic, whitewashed structure, it in fact consists of five different churches! Interestingly enough, small churches were built on the spot as early as the 14th century and additional small ecclesiastic structures were built on the primary one. The churches are dedicated to Agios Anargyros, Agios Efstathios, Agios Sozon, Agia Anastasia and Virgin Mary, with the last one serving as a dome on the structure. The intriguing orthodox church can easily be reached from the main town’s bus station, as well as by a rental vehicle.
If you have gazed at pictures of Mykonos, it is certain that you have come across the Kastro’s bar unrepeated view. Nested in a whitewashed alleyway by the seafront of Little Venice, its cozy pillows and tables enable visitors to make a stop, enjoy a refreshing beverage and reverie while gazing at the everblue Aegean. A favorite spot of Mykonos Town, Kastro’s cocktail and coffee bars are perched above the sea and provide thousands of visitors annually with savory drinks and delicious snacks. We highly recommend spending an evening there to appreciate the Greek hospitality.
One of the best ways of bringing your Greek summer memories back home is by learning one or two recipes to enchant your loved ones. In the traditional village of Messaria in the heart of Mykonos, the fantastic "Mykonian Spiti" welcomes hundreds of tourists annually. It consists of an authentic, stone-build house that operates as a venue for a multitude of social events. Including a thorough and well-structured culinary seminar, guests can master some essential dishes of traditional Greek cuisine, taste the results of their effort and spend a truly authentic, memorable evening in Mykonos. These culinary sessions are highly recommended things to do, befitting of every itinerary.
Enjoying the sea casually is surely a vital part of any summer vacation on the Greek islands. More importantly, when talking about Mykonos it is highly encouraged to go one step further and explore the seabed and underwater ecosystem through a scuba-diving adventure. One of Greece’s top operating diving centers, the Mykonos Diving Center welcomes travellers and sea enthusiasts since 1978. While it moved its base from Psarou bay to the cosmopolitan Paradise beach in 2007, the devoted personnel and diving instructors ensure pleasant, safe and exciting underwater experiences. Abiding by the marine safety protocols, the center provides all guests with all the needed equipment and safety instructions while actively trying to accommodate every guest’s wish and expectation.
What would a summer vacation in Mykonos be without at least one shopping pilgrimage to the haute couture temple of Louis Vuitton? Incomplete, for sure. Since 2012, the French fashion house has opened its doors to the Mykonian public, further enhancing an already popular destination. In a mesmerizingly sophisticated environment, the store jewels Mykonos Town, offering the season's latest prêt-à-porter collections, along with lavishly elegant summer couture and accessories that will dazzle even the most demanding customers. As one of the top things to do 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.
In order to enjoy some peace and quiet 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. It can be found when one takes the road from Agios Stefanos, atop the edge of the hill overlooking the azure Aegean. With its undisturbed sea views, it creates an ideal environment for visitors to admire, along with the marvellous sunset that paints the horizon in crimson and gold.
Mykonos has been gaining in popularity with the sports enthusiasts in the last decades as well, especially with kitesurfing. This intriguing sport is hosted at the amazing Korfos bay, conspicuous for being a kitesurf hub. The bay is only 2.5km from Chora, making it easy to visit. There, the "Kite Mykonos" center welcomes everyone who wants to take a shot at this watersport adventure. The experienced tutor Alexandre Kuzolitz ensures that every participant is equipped with safety instructions, a small trial mode to get accustomed to the equipment and movements before beginning their session.
Mykonos is also known as the ‘island of the winds’, a name that especially in Korfos bay is upheld to this day. Offering ideal weather conditions, whether a beginner or an adept, everyone will have a fascinating time kitesurfing there!
Elia beach is a piece of heavenly beauty on the island of Mykonos. Unlike its more bustling counterparts, this is the longest, shimmering gold bay of Mykonos. Its turquoise waters are very inviting on a sunny day and the countless sunbeds available welcome travellers under their shade and comfort. The bay is fully organized, with a plethora of beach bars, restaurants and taverns to select from. At about 12km distance from Chora, Elia can be accessed either via road (bus, rental vehicle) or via sea on a water-taxi from the bays of Paradise, Platis Gialos and Ornos. The beach is nudist-friendly, as it doesn’t get super crowded like others, remaining an oasis of comfort, serenity and Mykonian hospitality.
We are firm believers of trying and tasting the local flavors while on vacation, as it provides an insight and deeper connection to the place and its traditions. This is definitely the case with Mykonos, especially when talking about its wine-making. The island’s dry soil, windy nature and soft winters allow its viticulture to thrive and produce excellent earthen and deep, flavorful wines. One of the most ideal things to do is incorporate a winery visit in your itinerary. Luckily, in the picturesque village of Ano Mera, the top-notch winery of ‘Mykonos Vioma’ welcomes travellers to its viticultural setting, the vineyards and presents its finest quality products of Athiri, Assyrtiko, Malagouzia and Mandilari among others. Interestingly, during the growing stage of the grapes, classical music is played for enhancing their quality traits. A guided tour and tasting session is the best way of learning about the Mykonian wines, so if it is your calling, be sure to make a reservation.
Mythical Caprice Bar Situated in the cozy quarter of Little Venice in Chora, the Caprice bar is everything you would want a bar to be: a cute spot with the best view of the island, right in the heart of things, with delicious exotic cocktails and upbeat ambience. Many travellers select it for a drink during sunset when it is most romantic, as well as before heading to a club for the night.
The excellent music and service is what attracts thousands of young people, Greeks and foreigners alike, every summer. The bohemian style lets visitors reminisce and creates a pleasant, chatty environment. A highly recommended thing to do is spending an evening there, tasting a refreshment and gazing at the picturesque Mykonian windmills.
The majority of beach photos taken in Mykonos depict crowded, organized shores with wide beach bars and restaurants. There is another side to this cosmopolitan Cycladic island, more serene and natural. One is the bay of Agios Sostis, located a bit further from the popular southern beaches. While no public transportation stops nearby, a rental vehicle can take you there easily. The 250 meter, untouched golden shore with piscine-like waters is secluded and ideal for a more private swimming.
Another great getaway from the bustling side of Mykonos is Fokos bay on the northern side. It is a natural, unorganized bay with the sole exception of a traditional tavern nearby. This hidden gem remains tranquil even during high season and is only reachable with private vehicles.
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. The Agrari beach is untouched, with only a petite cafeteria on sight and a handful of sun loungers. The path leading down to it is narrow and steep so caution is essential.
Located near the cosmopolitan Mykonos is the island of Tinos, well-known for its more religious-oriented aura. It’s a splendid destination, especially for a day trip from Mykonos, at only a 20 to 30 minutes long boat ride. The ferry routes between the two islands are daily and very frequent, with very low fares. It is an ideal excursion for anyone who prefers touring individually.
Discover the authentic Greek hospitality, the main town where the famous church of Panagia Evangelistria is built, traverse through the traditional villages, witness the basket-weavers and their centuries old handcrafting and take photos of the wonderful Venetial-built dovecotes in the valley. If you do not like exploring a whole island independently, a guided full-day trip to Tinos will take care of that; no need to feel left out!
At only 13km from Mykonos Town, Kalafatis bay welcomes visitors to its sandy shore and pristine waters. The beach is quite popular and vivid as it hosts a few watersports centers, where enthusiasts can rent equipment for independent sessions or a guided one for extra tips and safety.
Most visitors end up trying out a new activity there and enhance their skills while having a blast. It is a bay highly recommended for its adrenaline-inclined style.
For a historic insight on Mykonos, the folklore museum in Chora welcomes the public. Also known as "Lena’s House", from the name of its last owner Lena Skrivanou, it is a 19th century middle class Mykonian house. The elaborate antique furnishing and the display is the same as it would be two centuries ago. The decorations and intricate paintings fascinate travellers.
When it comes to the ancient past of Delos, Mykonos and Rhenia, the Archaeological museum in Chora is the answer. Erected in 1902, the institute holds invaluable treasures of the Hellenistic period, from intricate statues and grave steles to vestiges from the ‘Purification Pit’ of Rhenia. The clay figurines preserved are also exciting finds of the region, displaying the delicate craftsmanship involved. Both museums are highly recommended in the things to do, especially so for history enthusiasts.
Located between Kalafatis and Elia bays, Kalo Livadi is a vast seashore of pure bliss; shallow turquoise waters, soft golden sand and numerous sunbeds to spend your day lounging on. Its size allows for moderate commotion even during high season. It lies about 11km away from Mykonos Town, while a number of lodgings and small taverns exist nearby. Kalo Livadi is highly recommended for families with children and groups of friends.
A majestic ecclesiastic landmark in Mykonos is surely the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani in Ano Mera. Originally built in 1542 by two priests, the Monastery was restored in 1767, claiming its present name from an icon of Virgin Mary that was discovered near the Tourlos area.
The Cycladic architecture with contrasting red details create a feeling of purity and the marble outdoor murals and exquisite yard fountain create an imposing aura. The interior is even more adorned and elaborate, with a hand-painted altar screen and icons of saints dating back to 1775.
Last but not least, a small ecclesiastic museum operates inside the Monastery, preserving items such as the first bells of the monastery, vestments and hand-crafted embroideries. It is a beautiful alternative for a calm, Mykonian evening.
More things to do
But that’s not all! There are a lot more things to do in Mykonos; we invite you to explore even more options that the island has to offer and which will fulfill all visitors’ needs: Tours & Activities, Sports, Wellness, Workshops and more.