Mykonos, known as the party island, is so much more than its label. It’s a unique island paradise with a rich history. The old town was established in the 11th century B.C. by the Ionians. The vibrant waterfront village is displayed on postcards throughout Greece. Take a day trip to the island and you can take a deep dive into its history and parties!
While Mykonos is one of the busiest and most expensive of the Greek islands, it’s still accessible on a budget. It can be reached by sea or air, but the most economical way is to go on the ferry. Taking a day trip to the island is affordable and can be done by adding it to your Greece island hopping itinerary. You can stop at Mykonos on your way from Athens to another destination in the Cyclades or get to it from a nearby island. For example, Mykonos is only a 30-minute ferry ride from Naxos.
We’ve put together an itinerary for a 3-hour and 8-hour day trip to Mykonos…
3-Hours on Mykonos
Spend your time exploring Mykonos Town – also known as Little Venice. Stroll around the labyrinth of streets. As you meander, there are plenty of opportunities to shop, eat and drink. You might even run into the famous Mykonos pelican roaming the streets.
If you’re arriving via ferry, start at Kastro’s Restaurant for an amazing view and food. Next, stroll through town until you make it to the Negrita Bar for a drink on the water’s edge. From here you’ll have the perfect view of the village on the waterfront to your right and the windmills to your left. Take a walk up to the windmills as well to get a look up close. Then continue your walk amongst the stunning architecture of the old town.
You will be able to get the most out of Mykonos Town within a 3-hour time frame.
8-Hours on Mykonos
If you have a full day on Mykonos, start with our recommendations for the 3-hour day trip. After exploring town, head to the Mykonos beaches. Platis Gialos is a great option and is an approximate 8-minute bus ride from Mykonos Town. It has a long stretch of beach with several restaurants and luxury hotels. You can rent a chair and umbrella for the afternoon and soak in the sea, sand, and sun.
There are other Mykonos beaches within walking distance of Platis Gialos. Psarou Beach is on one side and Paraga Beach is on the other. Note that Paraga Beach does have an official nude beach section.
Getting to a beach is easy – you can rent a car or motorbike, take the bus, or a water taxi. Taxis are also an option, but there are only about 30 of them on the island to choose from. All of these options can be accessed in Mykonos Town. Do your research and decide which mode of transportation you’re going to use before you get to the island to maximize your time.
If the beach isn’t your thing, take a tour of the island after your time in town. You can find tours leaving from Mykonos Town. Or you can rent a motorbike or car to explore the island on your own.
Another option is to go on a tour to the island of Delos. Delos is one of the best preserved historical sites in Greece. It’s a 45-minute boat ride from Mykonos Town and you’ll want to spend about 4 hours on Delos. Official tours to Delos fill up early in the peak season, so be sure to book in advance online if you will be there between June and September.
We highly recommend a traditional Greek food cooking class at some point during your stay in Greece and the island has an excellent opportunity. Check out the Mykonos Cooking Class – it lasts about 6 hours, so plan your day around it accordingly.
We would love to hear about your experiences on day trip to Mykonos! Leave a comment below or send us your review of your time on the island and we may feature it on our blog.