Introduction to Mykonos

Mykonos is located in the Cyclades island group in the Aegean Sea. It’s known for a lively waterfront, quintessential architecture, and 24/7 entertainment. While Mykonos is the place to play, it also has a deep history like most Greek islands.

If you’re looking for a luxury holiday, this is the place to be. The island has top rated hotels and a celebrity-quality nightlife. Since Mykonos is one of the most cosmopolitan islands in Cyclades, it is also the most expensive. However, if you want to experience the island without paying for a hotel simply visit for a day. You can see most of the island in a day and get in a few activities as well.

Keep reading to find out how to experience Mykonos with our 1 day and 3 day itineraries.

Day Trip to Mykonos
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Experiences

You can travel to Mykonos by sea or air. There are daily ferries that run to Mykonos from Athens and other surrounding islands. And the airport is conveniently located near the hub of the island. Whether you’re staying on the island for a day or more, there are plenty of activities.

Here are 5 recommended experiences on Mykonos:

1. Stroll around Mykonos Town or “Little Venice”. Within walking distance from the old port, Little Venice is a must see. It sits on the waterfront with cafes so close to the water that you can get a spray from the waves. This 18th century district offers shopping, restaurants, museums, and an opportunity to get up close and personal with Greek culture. You can also see the picturesque windmills from here.

2. Enjoy a Mykonos beach. Platis Gialos is easily accessible (about an 8-minute bus ride from Mykonos Town) and has a long stretch of beach. There are several restaurants and luxury hotels on the beach. If you’re there for the day, rent a chair and umbrella and soak it all in. And within walking distance of Platis Gialos, you’ll find Psarou Beach on one side and Paraga Beach on the other. (Note: Paraga Beach does have an official nude beach section.)

3. Do a land or water activity. Mykonos has plenty of options for an active lifestyle. See the island by bike or kayak. There are opportunities to rent land and water sporting equipment, or you can sign up for a group tour. Wind surfing is also a popular activity on the island, as the sea conditions are just right for the sport.

4. Dance the night away. The nightlife on Mykonos is next level. Ask your hotel which places they recommend for dancing, based on your interests.

5. Book a sailing trip. Charter a sailboat or catamaran to explore the waters around the island and neighboring islands, Delos and Rhenia. You can book a trip from various places on the island or through your hotel concierge.

1 Day and 3 Day Mykonos Itinerary

1 Day Itinerary

10:00-14:00 – Stroll and Lunch in Mykonos Town (a.k.a. Little Venice). Walk around the labyrinth of streets; shop, eat, drink, and take it all in. You might even run into the famous Mykonos mascot, a pelican, roaming the streets. One of our favorite places to eat with a view is Kastro’s Restaurant. After a meal at Kastro’s, stroll down to the Negrita Bar for a drink on the water’s edge and a view of the sea and windmills. From there you can walk up to the windmills and then continue your walk around town amongst the stunning architecture.

14:00-19:00 – Go to the Beach. Platis Gialos is the easiest beach to get to from Mykonos Town. Psarou Beach and Paraga Beach are also great sea side escapes within walking distance of Platis Gialos.

To get to the beach, 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 on the island so it may not be easy to hire one. All of these options can be accessed in Mykonos Town.

20:00 – Dinner in Mykonos Town. Head back to town for a dinner overlooking the sea.

3 Day Itinerary

After your first day on the island, add-on these two days of fun to your itinerary…

DAY 2

Morning and Afternoon – Sail to Delos and Rhenia. Book a day sailing trip to explore neighboring islands and the beautiful blue waters around Mykonos. You can go on a small group tour or charter a private boat. Some companies allow reservations online, but you can also book on the island.

Evening – Dinner with a View. Freshen up after your sail and have dinner nearby your hotel. Ask your hotel concierge for recommendations and make a reservation before you leave for your day sail. Mykonos is a lively island with an eating out culture, so it’s best to make reservations for the dinner hour.

Late Evening – Dance the Night Away. Ask for recommendations from your hotel or island residents for the best night clubs.

DAY 3

Morning – Half Day Tour of the Island. Go on a guided tour of the island or rent a car or motorbike to explore on your own. There is a lot of quaint churches and culture to observe around Mykonos. We highly recommend going off the beaten path to discover more of the island.

Afternoon – Relax at the Hotel. Mykonos has a great selection of luxury hotels. Take some time to enjoy your island getaway and rest.

Evening – Dinner With a Sea View. There are a lot of options to eat seaside. Ask around for options and make a reservation.

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