Mykonos is one of the most famous holiday destinations in Greece. A cosmopolitan island in the Cyclades and a celebrities’ favorite for its renowned nightlife and natural beauty. On this page, you will find information about vacation in Mykonos, what to do and how to get there, the best beaches, food, and attractions as well as ferry routes. Book ferry tickets to Mykonos at Ferryhopper in just 4 clicks!
The windmills in the Chora of Mykonos, a popular photo location
Holidays in Mykonos
Mykonos is one of the top destinations for summer holidays in Greece. A beautiful island, located in the north Cyclades, Mykonos is renowned for its cosmopolitan lifestyle, its intense nightlife, its amazing beaches and attractions. It is often called “the celebrity island” as it is popular amongst celebrities and jet-setters from all over the world. In Mykonos, you can have your dream luxury holiday in its many villas, luxury hotels, gourmet restaurants and extravagant bars. Shopping lovers will also find a mix of designers’ stores, high-end fashion stores and exclusive boutiques.
Mykonos is not, however, just a party island or a big-budget getaway. The lively atmosphere of the island, as well as its numerous beautiful beaches, will charm you straight away. We also suggest that you explore the classy Mykonos Town (Chora) as well as the island’s picturesque settlements. Family holidays in Mykonos are also recommended since there are many kid-friendly resorts as well as numerous sandy beaches that are easily accessible and good for beach games. Some of the most famous Mykonos beaches also have water sports facilities for all ages.
How to get to Mykonos
Traveling by ferry from Athens to Mykonos is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to visit the island. There are frequent ferry routes from 2 ports in Athens (Piraeus and Rafina) all year round, and you can choose between standard or high-speed vessels. The fastest ferry to Mykonos takes approximately 2,5 hours.
What to do in Mykonos
Are you dreaming of your summer holidays in Mykonos? Are you an early-planner? One thing is certain: in Mykonos, you won’t get bored, as you’ll have many different places to go and things to do every day.
Make sure that you stroll around the Chora of Mykonos, and discover its beautiful neighborhoods and stone-paved alleys. The area of Little Venice is one of the most impressive spots in Chora, with the 18th-century houses literally built over the sea. Just outside of Chora, you will find the famous windmills of Mykonos, the perfect photo background and sunset spot.
It is worth organizing a day trip to Delos to admire the islet’s impressive landscape and to get to know the history of the Cyclades. Delos is one of the most important archeological sites in Greece and is located just 6 nautical miles from Mykonos. According to Greek mythology, it was the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. There are numerous daily crossings from Mykonos to Delos. The trip lasts around 30 minutes and the regular return ticket costs about 20€.
The path to the lighthouse of Armenistis, perfect sunset spot in Mykonos
Beaches in Mykonos
Mykonos has beautiful beaches across its coast. The majority of them have umbrellas and sunbeds (usually can be rented for a fee), while there are also beach bars and all-day restaurants where you can get the full seaside experience in Mykonos: blue sea, beautiful scenery, great food and often...all-day party!
On the popular beaches of the island, you will find some of the most famous beach clubs of Mykonos (e.g. in Psarou, Paraga, Ftelia and Paradise). There are, however, more isolated beaches, such as Agios Sostis, Kapari and Merchia, as well as quiet beaches that are ideal for families (eg Panormos, Agios Stefanos and Agrari).
Here are some of Mykonos’ best beaches:
- Ftelia: Popular, sandy beach, with crystal waters and easy access. It is great for windsurfing due to the strong north winds.
- Kapari: Small, secluded beach with sand and clear turquoise waters. It has no amenities, so make sure you have the essentials for a day at the beach with you.
- Panormos: One of the quietest beaches of Mykonos, with sand and crystal clear waters.
- Psarou: Cosmopolitan beach with luxury beach bars that attract celebrities from all over the world. The sea is crystal clear and the beach has umbrellas and sunbeds that you can rent at quite high prices.
- Ornos: The nearest beach in Mykonos Chora. It has fine, golden sand and crystal clear blue-green waters. You can rent umbrellas or sunbeds and there are also restaurants and beach bars as well as watersports and diving clubs.
- Elia: One of the largest and quietest beaches on the island. It is covered almost entirely by umbrellas and sunbeds, but you can also find some free space if you prefer to sunbathe in the sand.
- Agrari: The ideal beach if you want to escape the crowds. Beautiful and small, it has sand and deep blue waters, umbrellas, sunbeds, a taverna and water sports facilities
- Super Paradise: A beautiful cove with blonde sand, turquoise waters, umbrellas and sunbeds. Definitely a must-see.
- Paradise: The most popular beach on the island, known for all-day parties and DJ nights. It has umbrellas, sunbeds as well as diving and water sports clubs.
Typical summer day at the beach of Elia on the south coast of Mykonos
Sightseeing and activities in Mykonos
Mykonos is an island with a rich history that dates back to prehistoric times. In modern times, it played an important role as a key port in the Greek Revolution.
Here is a list of Mykonos attractions to visit during your stay:
- The windmills in Chora
- The architecture of the neighborhood of Little Venice
- The church of Paraportiani, built on the 17th century
- The hill of Paleokastro and the Castle of Gizi
- The Mycenaean tholos tomb in the area of Aggelika
- The neolithic settlement of Ftelia
- The Monastery of Panagia Tourliani in Ano Mera
- The Archaeological Museum of Mykonos
- The Folklore Museum of Mykonos
- The municipal gallery of Mykonos
If you like water sports, then we recommend visiting the beaches of Kalafatis, Elia and Super Paradise. We also suggest you explore the impressive seabed of Mykonos and go diving in the nearby islets of Tragonisi, Prasonissia and Chtapodia.
Nightlife in Mykonos
The nightlife is one of the main reasons to visit Mykonos in the first place.No wonder that Mykonos is often called the "Ibiza of Greece".
In the alleys of Mykonos Town as well as in the neighborhoods of Little Venice and Matogiannia you will find numerous bars, clubs and cocktail bars - some with incredible sea views. In Gialos, you will find some of the best clubs in Mykonos, such as the legendary Jackie O ’and Astra, but also the traditional kafeneio of Bakoya for the first coffee of the day.
Mykonos’ nightlife is not limited to the bars of Chora. On the beaches of the island, you will find some of the most renowned all-day beach bars and clubs of Mykonos. You can therefore combine your swim or afternoon drink with music events by international DJs, live gigs by Greek and foreign artists as well as many parties.
Some of the most famous beach clubs in Mykonos are: Nammos (Psarou), Skorpios (Paraga), Paradise Beach, Alemagou (Ftelia) and Lohan Beach-Bar (Kalo Livadi). For the lovers of electronic music, the island’s must is, of course, the club Cavo Paradiso near Paradise beach. It is worth staying until the early morning hours to enjoy the impressive sunrise!
Bright lights in the neighborhood of Little Venice in Mykonos Town
Food in Mykonos
Mykonos is a pioneer in Greek and international gastronomy. If you want to experience the splendors of Mykonos food (and you have the budget) then we suggest making the most of your stay. You can eat in gourmet restaurants, in hotels overlooking the endless Aegean blue, in modern bar-restaurants on the beach, on your luxurious sun lounger, on yachts and private piers.
There are, of course, quieter and cheaper options, mainly on smaller villages and beaches. Some value for money restaurants in Mykonos include "Lefteris" and "Balothies" in Ornos, the taverna of Nikolas in Agia Anna, the small taverns in Fokos and Lia, as well as the taverna of Mathios in the new port.
The traditional cuisine of Mykonos is delicious and we suggest trying different tastes during your stay on the island. Some of the top food recommendations for Mykonos are:
- Kopanisti cheese
- Louza (cured meat)
- Mostra (local meze plate)
- Mykonean paximadia
- Local mushrooms (try them in the pan)
- Houhoulioi (or Houhoulianoi), a recipe with sea snails and pilaf
- Marathokeftedes (meatballs with fennel)
- Mykonean pies such as onion or honey pie.
- Mykonean rafiolia (sweets with honey and cheese)
- Almond sweets (try the pastry shops “Skaropoulos” and “Kyklamino”)
The white and blue colors of Cycladic architecture are everywhere in Mykonos Chora
Villages in Mykonos
Mykonos has 2 main villages and numerous smaller settlements that are usually attached to the largest beaches. The traditional Cycladic architecture of Mykonean villages merges with modern summer houses, villas and hotels creating a beautiful landscape. Here are the top villages to visit in Mykonos:
- Mykonos Chora (or Mykonos Town)
- Ano Mera
Tips for Mykonos
Some travel tips for your vacation in Mykonos:
- The best time to visit Mykonos is in July and August if you want to experience the peak of the island’s lifestyle. If you are looking for some quiet time away from the crowds, then we suggest traveling to Mykonos in May or late September.
- At the lighthouse of Armenistis, on the northwestern tip of the island, you can enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in Mykonos. You can either access the lighthouse by car from a dirt road (it needs a little attention) or go on foot.
- If you are planning a day trip to Delos, keep in mind that the island is uninhabited and overnight stays on the island are prohibited.
- Local traditions and customs play an important role in the island’s life. We suggest going to some of the summer panigiria, traditional festivals with local food and live folk Greek music. Some of the best panigiria to look for are those of Panagia in Tragonisi (June 11), Agia Kyriaki in Delos (July 7), Panagia Tourliani in Ano Mera (August 15).
The impressive archaeological site on the island of Delos
Important information for Mykonos
Mykonos is a top destination for thousands of tourists each year so it’s one of the most developed islands in the Cyclades. In the old and the new port close to Chora, you will find everything you need for a comfortable stay on the island: supermarkets, shops, wineries, pharmacies, banks and ATMs. In smaller villages, such as Ano Mera, you will also find a pharmacy, mini market, gas stations and ATMs. The island also has an international airport, located at a distance of 4 km from Mykonos Town.
In terms of accommodation in Mykonos, there is a great variety to choose from depending on your budget and vacation style: boutique hotels, luxury villas, rooms-to-let, small apartments, hostels and campgrounds. There are 2 camping sites in Mykonos, on the beaches of Paraga and Paradise, which are preferred by those who want to be at the heart of the party.
Useful phone numbers for your stay in Mykonos
Here are some useful contact numbers for your holiday in Mykonos:
- Mykonos Medical Center: +30 2289023994
- Mykonos Bus Services: +30 2289023360, 2289026797
- Tourist Police:+30 2289022482
- Mykonos International Airport: +30 2289079000
- Municipality of Mykonos:+30 2289022201
- Mykonos Taxi Services: +30 2289023700, 2289022400
- Mykonos Hotel Association: +30 2289024760, 2289024540
Transportation in Mykonos
Transportation is quite easy, as Mykonos has a good road network and frequent bus routes that connect Chora and the port with the airport, beaches and other points of interest. If you want to explore the island we recommend bringing your vehicle by ferry to Mykonos or renting one there. If you do not have your own vehicle, you can always use taxis or private vans. If you are looking for a VIP experience, Mykonos has a few concierge services.
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Ports in Mykonos
Mykonos has 2 ports, the Old Port and the New Port. Both are located near Chora, at a distance of 1.5 km from each other. Most ferries to Mykonos from Piraeus, Rafina and the rest of the Cyclades are served by the New Port in Tourlos. The Old Port, which is closer to Chora, usually serves smaller vessels. However, weather conditions and maritime traffic might affect the availability of Mykonos ferry ports. Therefore, we recommend that you check with the local port authorities in advance of your trip to/from Mykonos to confirm the port of arrival/departure.
Ferry at the New Port of Mykonos, in Tourlos, about 3km outside of Chora
Island hopping from Mykonos
Mykonos is located east of Tinos and Syros, north of Naxos and Paros and west of Ikaria, which makes it ideal for island hopping in the Cyclades. You can also easily reach the islands of the eastern Aegean and Crete with Mykonos ferries, operated by numerous companies.
Especially in summer, there are frequent ferries from Mykonos to nearby destinations and tickets are quite affordable. Mykonos has direct ferry connections to the following ports:
- Crete (Heraklio, Rethymno)
If you feel overwhelmed with all the destinations you can visit by ferry from Mykonos, do not worry! On our Map of ferries, you can find all the available crossings from Mykonos, as well as indicative ticket prices for each route. The easiest way to organize your island hopping in the Greek islands!
Mykonos ferry, schedules and tickets
- Rafina-Mykonos: A popular route, as Rafina is the closest port to northwestern Cyclades. The journey lasts from 2 to 4 hours and the crossing is served all year round.
- Piraeus-Mykonos: The ferry connection is served throughout the year with both standard and high-speed vessels. The ferry trip lasts from 2,5 to 7 hours depending on the vessel and the itinerary.
If you want to go to Mykonos by ferry from Northern Greece, you can travel indirectly from the port of Kavala with a stopover in Ikaria or Samos.
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