Mykonos is a popular island in the Aegean Sea known for its vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches and charming streets. Mykonos is a must-see island while exploring the Greek Cyclades. We spent a few days in Mykonos while island hopping in 2019 and loved our time on this charming island! While Mykonos is know for nightlife, there is so much to do besides go to the clubs at night. There are delicious food options on every street and stunning beaches to relax on during the day.
The best time to visit Mykonos
The best time to visit Mykonos is from April to October. The weather during that time frame will be consistently warm and sunny. We spent two in Greece in June and it only rained once while we were there! The peak tourist season is from June to August, when the island is busiest and the weather is hottest.
How to get to Mykonos
Getting to Mykonos by ferry
The most common way to get to Mykonos is by ferry from the port of Piraeus in Athens or from another island in the Cyclades. The Greece ferry system is very efficient and operates year-round with more frequent departures in the summer months. The ferry from Athens takes about 5-6 hours by high-speed ferry or about 8-9 hours by conventional ferry. The ride will be much shorter if you connect from a different island during your stay in Greece. We always suggest that you book tickets in advance because the ferries fill up quickly in peak season. If you are staying in Mykonos Town, you can purchase a 2 euro sea bus from the ferry port to the town center.
Getting to Mykonos by plane
There is also an international airport in Mykonos which has regular flights from Athens and other major cities in Europe. The flight from Athens to Mykonos takes about 30-45 minutes.
Currency and Tipping in Mykonos
What currency is used in Mykonos, Greece?
Greece uses the Euro, which is almost equivalent to the USD.
Do you need to tip in Mykonos?
While it is not traditional to tip in Greek culture, it is becoming expected of tourists to leave something after receiving good service. It is polite to tip 10 – 15% after a meal, drink or taxi ride.
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How many days do you need in Mykonos?
2 – 3 days is typically enough time to spend in Mykonos. If you are into the club scene, you may want to spend more time here to dance the night away and try out multiple nightclubs! If you just want to explore the island’s sights, restaurants and beaches, a few days is plenty.
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Where to Stay in Mykonos
The best place to stay in Mykonos is dependent on what you want to do on the island. If you want to go out clubbing, then you want to stay close to the nightclubs so it is walkable or a short taxi ride home at night. If you want to simply wander the streets of the main town, then we recommend staying in Chora.
Chora is the main town of Mykonos and is just slightly south of the ferry station. This is the most popular place to stay and is known for its charming streets, dining options and shopping boutiques. The main town has a wide range of accommodation options, including hotels, apartments and vacation rentals.
The village of Ano Mera is located in the center of the island and is a popular place to stay for travelers who want to be away from the crowds. The village has a more laid-back atmosphere and is known for its excellent restaurants and traditional Greek tavernas. You will most likely need to taxi to the main town from this area.
The village of Agios Ioannis is located on the southwest coast of the island and is known for its beautiful beaches, such as Agios Ioannis Beach and Paraga Beach. The village has a range of accommodation options, including hotels, apartments and vacation rentals.
Famous Food to try in Mykonos
The food all over Greece is simply delicious and Mykonos is no exception. Here are a few foods to try in Mykonos!
The Octopus in Mykonos is so fresh and is served grilled or boiled with lemon and olive oil. Greece is also the best place in the world to eat Calamari which is simply fried octopus, but they make it better in Greece!
Lamb is a staple of the Mykonian diet and is served in multiple dishes. The lamb is especially delicious in a gyro!
Mykonos is known for its excellent cheese, with a variety of local cheese products, such as mizithra, a soft cheese made from sheep’s milk, and kefalotyri, a hard cheese made from sheep’s milk or goat’s milk.
Mykonos is known for its excellent wine, with the island’s unique terroir and grape varieties producing distinctive and flavorful wines. Some of the famous wines from Mykonos include the red wine Mandilari and the white wine Monemvasia.
Mykonos is known for its delicious desserts, such as loukoumades, which are deep-fried dough balls soaked in honey and cinnamon, and halva, a sweet made from sesame seeds and honey.
Where to eat: The best restaurants in Mykonos
Here are a few local restaurants to try on while in Mykonos!
Kostantis is a delicious restaurant located right on the beach and known for its excellent food and friendly atmosphere.
We ate at this snack bar at least once a day during our time in Mykonos. It is not fancy by any means, but has a delicious grab and go traditional Greek menu. It is also the perfect place to eat in Mykonos if you are traveling on a budget!
To Maereio is a popular local restaurant in the heart of the main town of Mykonos. It is known for its excellent seafood and Mediterranean cuisine.
Nautilus is a quaint traditional greek taverna that serves a variety of delicious dishes.
Remezzo is one of the highest rated restaurants in Mykonos. The setting is unmatched right on the water and the food is amazing.
Avli Tou Thodori
Avli Tou Thodori is another great dining option in Mykonos right on the water.
This is the perfect place to grab lunch while hopping around the island. The menu is very reasonably priced and everything is delicious!
Where to Drink: The best bars in Mykonos
Many people flock to Mykonos for the party scene. There are tons of clubs and bars to meet other travelers and let loose on your tropical vacation in Greece!
Scorpios is a popular beach bar and restaurant located on the south of the island. Go there for a sunset dinner and stay for the late night DJ parties.
Jackie O’ Beach
Jackie O’ Beach is another beach bar and restaurant especially known for incredible drag shows. This is a great place to go with a group of friends to get the party started! Make sure to book a reservation in advance during popular times.
Little Venice is a popular area in the main town of Mykonos lined with excellent bars and restaurants. The area is located on the waterfront and is a great place to enjoy a drink while watching the sunset.
Caprice is a popular bar located in the main town of Mykonos and is known for its excellent cocktails and lively atmosphere.
Nammos is another gorgeous beach bar located on the south side of the island.
Things to Do in Mykonos
Mykonos is a gorgeous island with so much to see and explore. You could simply spend an entire day wandering the beautiful streets filled with unique colors and architecture. Here are some of the top things to do in Mykonos.
The Mykonos Windmills are an iconic symbol of the island and are located in the main town of Mykonos. The windmills were once used to grind grain and are now a popular tourist attraction. Visit the windmills early in the morning to get some pictures without the crowds!
Mykonos Archaeological Museum
The Mykonos Archaeological Museum is located in the main town of Mykonos and is a great place to learn about the island’s history and culture. The museum houses a collection of ancient artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of Mykonos.
Paradise Beach is a stunning beach located on the south side of the island. Spend the day laying on the beach and floating in crystal-clear waters.
The Church of Panagia Paraportiani
The Church of Panagia Paraportiani is a beautiful church located in the main town of Mykonos and is known for its unique architectural style.
The Aegean Maritime Museum
The Aegean Maritime Museum is located in the main town of Mykonos and is a great place to learn about the island’s maritime history and culture. The museum houses a collection of artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of Mykonos.
Day Trips to take from Mykonos
Many travelers opt to keep one home base and island hop during the day to nearby islands. Even though this may not give you as much time on other islands, you do not need to keep moving luggage around and unpacking.
Delos is a small island located a short boat ride from Mykonos and is known for its ancient ruins and historical significance. This island was once an important cultural and religious center and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Rhenia is a small island located a short boat ride from Mykonos and is known for its beautiful beaches and secluded coves. This island is a great destination for swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing on the beach.
Tinos is a larger island located a short boat ride from Mykonos. It is home to beautiful beaches, charming villages and excellent dining options. Tinos is also home to the Church of Panagia Evangelistria, which is a popular pilgrimage site.
Syros is a larger island located a short boat ride from Mykonos and is known for its charming capital, Ermoupoli, and its beautiful beaches. it is also home to the Syros Archaeological Museum, which is a great place to learn about the island’s history and culture.
Paros is a larger island located a short boat ride from Mykonos. Many travelers opt to stay on Paros for a few days but you could also take a boat for the day to explore this charming island.
Transportation: How to get around Mykonos
Mykonos has a public bus system that connects the main town of Mykonos with other parts of the island. The buses operate on a regular schedule and tickets can be purchased at the bus station.
Taxis are widely available on Mykonos and can be hailed from the street or booked in advance. The fares are metered and it is recommended to agree on the price before starting the journey. Uber is not available on Mykonos.
Rental cars are available on Mykonos and can be a convenient way to explore the island at your own pace. There are several rental agencies on the island and it is recommended to book in advance, especially during the peak tourist season.
Mykonos is a relatively small island and is easy to explore by bicycle. There are several rental agencies on the island that offer bicycles for rent, and it is a great way to get around and see the sights.
Mykonos has several beautiful beaches and coves that can only be accessed by boat. Boat rentals are available on the island and it is a great way to explore the coast and enjoy the island’s beautiful waters.
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We hope this complete island guide to Mykonos helps plan your trip to this beautiful destination! Be sure to also check out our Greece guides to plan your entire trip.