Today, I bring you part 2 of the Greece travel series, what to do in Mykonos. Some of my favorite photos from the trip were on this gorgeous island. We heard from many Greeks that Mykonos is the “party island.” Yes, this is true. Many of the beaches we visited felt like Miami or Cabo on spring break. However, there is much more to Mykonos than just being an island full of parties.
Mykonos, or the windy island, has some of the most beautiful rock beaches and bluest water on Earth. If partying isn’t your scene, there are plenty of beaches to relax, windsurf, or participate in many other water sports. Mykonos is the most expensive island, but with the gorgeous views and beaches, you won’t even notice.
Getting to Mykonos
Flights were significantly more expensive, so we decided to take one of the dozens of ferries that leave from Athens to Mykonos daily. There is no need to buy your ferry tickets in advance. Athens has many travel agencies you can drop in and grab a ferry ticket. Our hotel in Athens recommended Corfu travel and we are glad they did. The travel agent we worked with was friendly and helpful. He even gave us recommendations for the islands.
We took a taxi to the Piraeus port in Athens. The ship we took, Blue Star Ferry 2, was similar to a small cruise ship. There was plenty of room to walk around, comfy seats and access to the decks for fresh air. The trip was less than 5 hours, but it seemed to fly by. Our hotel provided a complementary shuttle service from the Mykonos port to the hotel.
Where to stay in Mykonos
In Mykonos, the best night life is in Mykonos town or Paradise and Super Paradise beach. There are local busses (the KTEL) that run all hours between the town and a couple of the beaches. After visiting most of the island, Colton and I agreed that we chose the best location.
We stayed at the Mykonos Chora Apartments. Not only was it the perfect location, but the room was gorgeous. The large white on white on white room was completely different from our hotel in Athens and made us feel like we were in paradise. Marietta was the perfect hostess. She greeted us with cold water, gave us the lay of the land, and had the best hot breakfast buffet ready for us every morning. Even though we were excited to go to Santorini, we were sad to leave this beautiful hotel.
What to do in Mykonos
Touristy things to do in Mykonos
Mykonos windmills – The windmills are probably the most photographed thing in Mykonos. Check them out any time of day for excellent photos.
Little Venice– This cute little waterfront area is the best place to watch the sunset. It is a beautiful area to walk around or grab a bite to eat.
Mykonos town– The town of Mykonos is full of winding streets, white-washed buildings, shops, restaurants, and more. It is even busier at night!
Matoyianni Street- A beautiful winding street in Mykonos town full of high-end shops. Although I am not a shopper, I loved walking down this street window shopping.
Explore the beaches– Mykonos has beautiful, lively beaches. Some of the beaches are ultra-touristy and full of life and parties, while others are quieter and more secluded. Below I listed some of the beaches we visited.
North beaches- Mykonos’ north beaches are windy and full of watersports. They were also less busy than the more popular south beaches. Keep in mind, if you have never windsurfed before, it will take you about 5 hours or more to get it down.
- Agios Stefanos is only 3.5 km from Mykonos chora (the town). Many people walk to this beach from the town.
- Panoromos is a beautiful boutique hotel beach. It costs 40€ to rent 2 beds, towels, and an umbrella
- Agios Sostis is a clean, pretty beach but it has no chair rentals. There is a cafe/bar up on the hill
- Ftelia beach was one of my absolute favorite beaches. Rental cushions were brought out later in the day. The beach The Ftelia beach restaurant bar was relaxing (more below).
South Beaches– Mykonos’ most popular beaches are in the south. These beaches are less windy and most are lined with restaurants, bars, chairs and umbrellas.
- Platys Gialos is lined with restaurants, loungers, and umbrellas. You can rent 2 loungers and an umbrella for anywhere between 15-25€. Some of the restaurants advertise that it is free if you eat lunch or order drinks from them (Be sure to ask about the prices of the drinks before you order. Often these are inflated prices).
- Paranga Beach is a smaller beach with a cool restaurant. This beach is also lined with loungers, so it is easy to find a spot to relax and enjoy the ocean.
- Paradise Beach is one of the party beaches. This beach was packed full of people, loud and had plenty of spots to grab food or a drink. During the day, the bar has buy one get one free drinks for 10€. If your main goal isn’t relaxation, this is the place for you.
- Super Paradise Beach is another party beach, but it is not as crowded as Paradise is. The two beaches are very similar, although Super Paradise is a little more expensive.
- Kalafatis Beach is a relaxing, sporty beach. There are several water sports you can rent and participate in (windsurfing, jet skis, tubing and more). Colton wanted to learn how to windsurf, but he was told it would take about 5 hours for someone to teach him. If you already know how, you can rent the equipment at little cost for an hour or two. However, for a lesson+5 hours of rental, the price was quite high.
Unique things to do in Mykonos
Rent a 4-wheeler- This is the best way to see the island. Most of the 4-wheelers in Mykonos have smaller engines, so going up hill with two people was challenging (I had to jump off several times and let Colton take it up). I would recommend each getting your own. They are only 30€ for a full 24-hours. With a 4-wheeler, you can ride along the coast, see parts of the island that not everyone gets to see, and go beach hopping.
Mykonos kayak tour– I have so many wonderful things to say about this experience! Unfortunately, it was too windy for us to do our original kayaking plan, so they took us beach hopping, snorkeling and reef surfing. The family that owns the kayak tour company is an absolute joy. They do their best to make sure everyone is having a great time. All of the college students they had as interns were fantastic too. Everyone was personable, fun, and helpful.
If you look up reviews on Mykonos kayak, you will see that everyone talks about the picnic lunch being the “best meal they had in Greece.” This is no exaggeration. For lunch, we kayaked to a small cove o the beach and ate fresh sandwiches made from all local ingredients and products. I learned how to make the perfect Greek sandwich. They even have a photographer that takes photos during the trip, and we were all emailed the files 10 days later. This is a great value and something everyone should do.
Hike from Platys Gialos to Paradise beach– We wanted to check out a couple of beaches on our first beach day, so we read that we could hike between these two beaches along the coast. It was a beautiful hike with only a couple of challenging parts (climbing over a few rocks/narrow paths). We stopped at Paranga Beach for lunch and continued down the path. The whole hike took us about 40 minutes (excluding lunch) because Colton was stopping to take photos every 10 seconds.
Find Petros the Pelican-On our first day in Mykonos, we were wandering the winding streets and came across this bird. It was the strangest looking thing I have seen and people were freaking out. Come to find out, it is the Mykonos’ mascot Petros the Pelican and not everyone gets to see him. I read somewhere that it was good luck if you see him.
Where to eat and drink in Mykonos
Familia- This Italian restaurant in Mykonos town is beautiful. There are pink flowers growing all around, so you feel like you are having dinner in a garden. Familia‘s food is delicious and reasonably priced, but the atmosphere and service is what makes it.
Tasos Taverna– Paranga beach’s restaurant, Tasos Taverna, is a great place to grab lunch if you do the hike from Platys Gialos to Paradise beach. The food is good and the prices are great. Not to mention, the view of the beach is pretty too.
Kavos Cafe- When we walked up to Kavos, we expected the prices to match the water-front sunset view. We were wrong! The prices were amazing! We had Greek appetizers and pizza for dinner. The pizza was not the best I’ve ever had, but the Greek food was delicious.
The Ftelia beach restaurant– This was my favorite place we went to in all of Mykonos. It was a little cozy hideaway on the beach. Their drinks are fresh, creative and yummy. Colton and I split the pizza (Diablo, my favorite). If you get a chance to visit Ftelia beach, grab some shade at the restaurant and enjoy.
Kadena– Kadena is another great waterfront restaurant in Mykonos town. Order the salmon. I don’t usually order fish when I am out to eat, but I wanted some fresh fish on the island. It was wonderful.
Katerina’s-No matter if you sit on the bottom or top floor, you will have a great view of the sunset. The wine and food are great too.
To be honest, the best places to grab a drink are at any of the beaches and “sunset bars” in town. The best drink I had the entire trip was the Siberian Rose at the Ftelia beach restaurant.
Trio Bambino– Here, Colton discovered the goodness that is crepes topped with gelato. Get it and devour it.
Our hotel, Mykonos Chora Apartments‘, shuttle took us to the ferry station. Several ferries leave Mykonos daily to different islands and back to Athens.
I hope you found this post helpful for what to do in Mykonos.
Don’t forget to read part 1 of the series about what to do in Athens.
You can also check out this post for general tips for traveling to Greece. Come back next week for things to do in Santorini.
Do you want to visit Mykonos? What are you most looking forward to seeing when you go? Leave me a comment below.