The island of Mykonos, also known as “The Island of the Winds,” is located on the shores of Greece — in between Syros, Tinos, Naxos, and Paros.
Mykonos is most widely-know for its thriving nightlife, but it has so much more to offer. Between the many stunning beaches, dream-like villages, beautiful landscapes, stylish shops, and delicious Greek food, visitors of this island are truly in for the time of their lives.
World-Renowned DJ’s, celebrities, clubs, and bars can be found throughout the area, but you’d be surprised at the number of spots to just lay back and relax.
Whether you’re looking to party, soak up the sun, or do a little bit of both, here’s a list of the best things to do while in Mykonos, Greece.
The Best Things to Do in Mykonos
1. The Windmills
You can’t get a more picture-perfect backdrop than the windmills gracing the Mykonos landscape. Towering over the rocky shores, the ocean breeze keeps these landmarks turning for everyone to see.
While you’ll be able to spot a windmill no matter where you’re standing on the island, the most popular one is the Kato Myloi — which is located on top of a hill, opposite the sea.
A fun thing to do: Make sure to get a picture of Kato Myloi while you’re here.
2. Exploring the Island
If you’re looking to soak up the history of Greece, Mykonos is the perfect place. The tiny, intricate streets and gorgeous white and blue houses add such a raw and untouched beauty to this old town. Not to mention the many shops, windmills, and churches to explore.
For travelers looking to make the most of their visit, we recommend embarking on a walking tour or cruise excursion. Your guide will be the best option for making sure to see as many sights as possible.
Fun things to do: Enjoy the bars, taverns, cute cafes, and boutiques.
3. Little Venice
Ah, Little Venice. Such a beautiful area of Mykonos. Whitewashed buildings line the rocky shore, and salty air just beckons you to go for a seaside stroll. There are various bars and cafes where you can sit and enjoy your time there, as well.
If you’ve been to Venice, you’ll notice the architecture here is quite similar — hence the name, “Little Venice.”
Fun things to do: Windmills, Cruising from Ormos Port to enjoy the sunset.
4. Paraportiani Church
Paraportiani Church is one of the most important religious and architectural monuments of the Cyclades islands. You’ll be able to find this castle-like place of worship situated next to the Aegean Sea. It is the perfect place to overlook the ocean and take a moment of reflection.
A fun thing to do: Sit on this old building and enjoy the view of the Aegean Sea.
5. Platis Gialos Beach
This thriving beach is located on the southern end of the Island, but be prepared for a very large crowd. The turquoise water and white sand attract tourists from all over the world, but it is still worth a visit. Make sure to check out all of the hip bars along the water as well.
A fun thing to do: Pick a spot, and soak up the sun (with sunscreen, of course).
6. Diving at Paradise Reef
With all the fun activities to enjoy on land, now it’s time to make a splash. Diving underwater and unveiling the magic of the sea at Paradise Reef is not to be missed. Divers will have face-to-face encounters with species like nudibranchs, sponges, sea bream, starfish, octopus, and barracuda.
You’ll need to take a bus from the Mykonos Diving Center to get to this location.
Fun things to do: Take lessons ranging from beginner to professional, and get some underwater photos with the wildlife.
7. Mykonos Folklore Museum
This museum was founded in May 1958 by professor Vasilios Kyriazopoulos. It is situated in the Kastro area and is known for being housed by an old, two-story building from the 18th century. The museum has six halls that display an extensive collection of Byzantine icons, old furniture, folk ceramics, and historical items.
They have a vast collection of embroidery, keys, and intricate ship models, too. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in the history of Mykonos all days of the week, except Sunday.
Fun things to do: Take a look at all the old photographs, maps, and books in the library.
8. The Ancient City of Delos
Delos is not something to be messed with. This ancient city is known for being a sacred and holy area of Greece, as it hosts the birthplace of Greek gods Apollo and Artemis. If you want to soak in the mighty past of your ancestors or explore the archeological findings of the area, this is the place to go.
Fun things to do: Terrace of the lions, sacred lake, sacred Precinct, archeological museum, house of Dionysus, theatre Quarter, and the house of Cleopatra.
9. Tropicana Club
If you felt you had enough history in your college classes, then you may want to head to the Tropicana Club, instead. This epicenter of entertainment is situated on the southern part of the island — on Paradise Beach. The fun starts at 4:30 p.m. and lasts into the wee hours of the morning.
Dance the night away with some refreshing drinks, jammin’ music, and fellow party-lovers.
Fun things to do: … party.
10. Greek food at Avli Tou Thodori
A fantastic destination for local food on this island is Avli Tou Thodori beach. Not only is the food here absolutely delicious, but the environment is also what attracts visitors. You can enjoy some grilled fish, modern decor, and seaside sights all in one sitting.
Fun things to do: Enjoy the views of the ocean while enjoying local delights.
All in all, no matter what you fancy, Mykonos is an excellent destination for both young and old to explore.