Wondering what to do in Mykonos, Greece? From the most scenic sunset spots, boho beach clubs, and picturesque areas to explore...I've got you covered with my list of the 10 BEST things to do in Mykonos!
Mykonos Greece is a destination every person should visit. It's by far one of the most memorable places I've been. Some might think Mykonos only offers parties and beach clubs, but there is so much more to this island than that.
If you’re thinking of visiting Mykonos be sure to read this post listing the 10 BEST things to do in Mykonos, Greece. You’ll get a taste of the entire island and learn there is more to Mykonos than the average traveler thinks.
Mykonos has become one of the most popular “Insta” destinations. Scroll through your Instagram feed and I can guarantee you’ve seen pictures of whitewashed buildings, narrow streets, and boho boutiques.
Jake and I had been planning to go to Mykonos for a while and had our dates picked shortly before this destination seemed to blow up on social media.
After seeing this spike in popularity I became nervous that we were about to visit a destination that 1) didn’t live up to its expectations with all the edited and photoshopped pictures that have become a norm on social media and 2) that our long awaited Greece vacation was about to explode with higher than average crowds of tourists. Surprisingly my worries never came to fruition.
We visited in mid-May which meant we beat the crowds. Talking to many locals and shop owners we did learn that tourism has exploded and everyone living here is very aware that Mykonos has become an “Instagram” hotspot.
I was even told on several occasions “don’t go to this area at such and such time because that’s when the Instagram ladies take their photos”. I had to laugh.
Jake and I were commended by those we talked to for picking the best time to visit Mykonos. Give it two weeks, when June hits, the street that just took us 2 minutes to walk would take 30 with the summer crowds.
My concern that Mykonos would not meet its hyped-up expectations with all the perfect photos on social media was also unwarranted. This island was as picturesque and charming as I could have ever dreamed. Seeing it in person was more lovely than the photos.
Now let’s move on to the good stuff and why you're here. After exploring this tiny island for 5 days it was easy to come up with the 10 BEST things to do in Mykonos, Greece!
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10 best things to do in Mykonos Greece
1. Wander Mykonos Town aka: Chora
Hands down one of my favorite things to do in Mykonos! The main town of Mykonos is Chora. Many just call it Mykonos town.
Chora is a maze of narrow streets, whitewashed buildings with shutters and railings painted in a rainbow of colors, small restaurants, boutique and designer shopping, and an endless supply of photo opportunities.
Don’t bother with street names as many don’t have them. Get lost in all the twists and turns knowing that this area is small. It’s kind of like Venice. You don’t have to worry about getting lost because at some point you will either find yourself at the water or a familiar landmark.
A good starting point is the Little Venice area right on the water (Negrita Bar Mykonos is the starting point of Little Venice).
Pick any street that goes inland and start from there. Wander towards m63 bar & bistrot. This is a particularly picturesque area.
2. Sunset Cocktails in Little Venice
Watching the sunset is probably one of the most memorable things to do in Mykonos. Little Venice is a long stretch of buildings nestled right up against the ocean wall. You will find restaurants and bars lined up together each offering an open patio looking out to the ocean and similar overpriced menus.
I wouldn’t recommend eating here as you will find better and more affordable spots elsewhere, but this is the perfect spot to grab a pre-dinner cocktail and watch an incredible sunset.
Go at least 30 minutes before sunset during shoulder season and an hour during summer.
Plan to spend around €14 for cocktails and €9 for the cheapest wine. Scarpa and Negrita are two good options.
3. Visit the windmills
Mykonos is known for being a windy island…though I didn’t think it was that windy when we visited in May. Windmills can be found all over the island.
The most convenient place to see 5 intact windmills is at Kato Myloi or Kato Mili. Situated just left of Little Venice they will most likely be on your way to see other sights in Mykonos.
These windmills were used to grind grain back in the day for ships sailing from Mykonos. I highly recommend getting up early, as in arriving around 7:00 am. Seeing these windmills lit with the golden glow of the sunrise and few tourists is definitely one of the best things to do in Mykonos, Greece.
4. Paraportiani Church
The Church of Panagia Paraportiani is an icon of Mykonos. It’s actually 5 chapels meshed into one building. 4 on the bottom and 1 on the top. It’s covered in white stucco. I personally think it looks like a bowl of melting ice cream.
Visit at sunrise or sunset when the golden light makes this a dazzling sight.
Fun fact: did you know Mykonos has 365 churches? One for every day of the year!
5. 180 Sunset Bar for the best sunset views in Mykonos
Another must when planning what to do in Mykonos is visiting 180º Sunset Bar. This is without a doubt one of the best things to do in Mykonos Greece. It’s a steep 15 minute uphill walk from Little Venice.
The walk isn’t bad and I did it in flat sandals, but definitely would not recommend heels. 180 Sunset Bar opens 1.5 hours before sunset and closes around 11:00 pm. The entire place has a major Bohemian vibe with several areas to sit and watch the sunset.
When Jake and I visited there was only one area open for walk-ins. Reservations can be made but it’s a €50 minimum spend per person!
We arrived about 15 minutes before they opened and grabbed one of the free spots on the steps. There is always a DJ or live music, blankets are available if it gets cold, and the experience is incredible.
We each ordered a €10 glass of wine. Cocktails are more expensive at €18-25. We stayed for about 2.5 hours just chilling and enjoying the views and music.
Visit 180 Sunset Bar early in your trip because you might want to come back a second time.
See my Instagram stories featuring this spot. You can find the videos in my Greece highlights on my profile page.
6. Rent a car for the day to hit lesser-known beaches
Staying on the island for more than a day or two and wondering what to do in Mykonos with your extra time? Rent a car for the day!
As stated earlier, Mykonos can get crowded. Jake and I spent our first few days using the public bus system…which is great and so easy. One day we decided to rent a car and go to some areas the buses don't go to.
This was such a memorable day. We practically had the beaches we visited to ourselves. Mykonos is not a big island. You could drive the entire island, make plenty of stops for beach time and pictures and still have time left in the day when you finish.
Because you can cover the entire island in a day, you have the luxury of not having to map out every detail. Pick a few beaches you want to hit, maybe a restaurant or two, and then just wander from there or get recommendations from locals as you go.
We really liked Fokos beach and Fokos Taverna.
Visit Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm for a wine tasting and tour.
*Please steer clear of renting an ATV or scooter. The hospitals are filled with tourists each year from bad accidents. Part of the reason is that the roads are very narrow, steep, and have hairpin turns.
The other reason is many people renting these ATVs and scooters have no idea what they are doing and are a hazard to themselves and everyone else on the road. Go the safe route and pay for a small car. The price is only about €15-20 more and worth it.
7. Kikis Tavern
Probably one of our most memorable dining experiences and easily one of the best things to do in Mykonos Greece. You can only get here by car so this would be a great lunch spot for when you have your rental car.
The restaurant is only open during daylight hours since there is no electricity. The owner will most likely be there to greet you with wine and water as you wait. There is no waitlist. The owner boasts of his photographic memory as he points to who you will be seated after.
If there is a wait take a seat or walk down the steps to the small beach below. Make sure at least one member of your party stays by the restaurant though…strict rules you know!
Have everyone in your party order the salad starter. You go to the salad bar where the freshly made options are explained to you. Each person gets to choose 2 so have everyone order something different. We had the beet, fava bean (a specialty of Mykonos), artichoke, and octopus salad. They all were outstanding. We also had the tzatziki. The bread that came with was some of the best on our trip.
For a main we shared the grilled octopus. A huge portion and easily splittable. Lastly, we had the homemade (melt-in-your-mouth) chocolate cake which tasted like a flourless cake. If you order anything else get the pork chop. It was HUGE and heartily recommended by many.
Trust me and make sure to visit Kikis. I guarantee it will make your list of the best things to do in Mykonos Greece.
8. Scorpios sunset music ritual
When asking what to do in Mykonos many will immediately say “go clubbing”. The typical club environment isn’t for everyone and that's where Scorpios Mykonos comes in.
What an incredible, memorable, unique, "I would do this every time I visit Mykonos", experience.
The bohemian decor, service, views, music, crowd, and overall experience were just spectacular.
Look at the calendar and make a reservation for a day when they have their “music ritual”. You could book your spot for the start of the ritual, 5:00 pm, or make a day of it by reserving sun beds, enjoying lunch, etc.
This is a place where you could spend hundreds of dollars or get off cheap like Jake and I did.
We arrived at Scorpios at 1:00 pm for lunch reservations. Instead of eating at the restaurant, we ended up eating in the area right next to it that overlooked the beach.
It was mid-May so it wasn't crowded. We ordered a quinoa salad and two espresso freddos for a total of €26 euros. Expensive for Greece but cheap compared to the rest of the menu and other beach clubs.
Instead of paying €100+ for a sun bed, we walked to Paraga Beach (the neighboring beach right behind Scorpios). It’s a public beach so you can either claim your spot of sand or pay for a sun bed.
We were pretty hungry come 4:00 pm and didn’t plan on spending an arm and a leg for dinner at Scorpios Mykonos, so we ate at the highly recommended Tasos Taverna. We had an amazing meal with our table and toes in the sand for €20. At 5:00 pm we made our way back to Scorpios for our sunset music ritual reservation.
I reserved the Sunset Beach area which is the best spot to see and enjoy whatever band or DJ is playing that evening. You have to buy a bottle as drinks are not served by the glass in any reserved area. We found a €50 bottle of wine and nursed that.
Since we were there for over 5 hours we each ordered a glass of wine, which to our surprise, they happily allowed.
This is not a college party crowd like many clubs in Mykonos. The crowd was mostly young professionals in their late 20's, 30’s, and 40’s. People danced and wandered around to the beat of the music. This is a great alternative for those looking for a club experience a little more “refined”.
Scorpios is an absolute must experience and easily makes the list of the best things to do in Mykonos Greece. If you want that crazy party scene head to Paradise or Super Paradise beach.
9. Kayak or catamaran tour
One of the best ways to see the many beaches of Mykonos and get some snorkeling in is to do a boat or kayak tour. I prefer the kayak tour as it’s a little more active.
The views you'll see from the water and the experience of paddling from beach to beach is beyond memorable.
You can't go wrong with either option and each earns a spot on the list of best things to do in Mykonos Greece.
10. Delos day trip
Delos is a 30 minute boat ride from the Old Town port in Mykonos and a must on the list of things to do in Mykonos Greece for anyone that is interested in Greek history.
The island is deserted except for its ancient ruins. Delos has a story that begins over 3,000 years ago and was a significant spiritual destination. Greek legend was that Apollo and Artemis were born here. Temples were built in their honor and pilgrims would come with their offerings. The history continues far beyond this.
I recommend hiring a local guide (they meet the arriving boats) or purchasing a good tour book. Read up on your history beforehand and during your self-guided tour. As always, I’m a big Rick Steves fan and found his Greece bookvery helpful.
Tours to Delos and Rhenia:
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HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MYKONOS:
*Some of these hotels are adults only*
- Portobello Boutique Hotel
- Andronikos Hotel
- Aeolos Resort Mykonos
- Mykonos Bay Resort & Villas
- Vencia Boutique Hotel
Budget (under $200)