Mykonos, Greece was one of my favorite destinations of 2015. The island is known for its pristine beaches and amazing beach parties, and also for being overrun with fun Italians in high season. Writing this post has made me want to go back and explore Mykonos all over again!
Get In & Get Around
Mattia and I took a ferry from Santorini. There are daily ferries from different Greek islands including Athens, Santorini, Crete, Syros, Andros and more. There are some other overnight ferries from islands that are further away. Generally you only need to prebook during busy season (July to August), and otherwise it's pretty easy to book when you get there.
Mykonos can also be reached by cruise ship and by plane. From the airport, you can either rent a vehicle there, take the shuttle service offered by your hotel or take a taxi or bus to Mykonos Town.
To get around, rent a car, Vespa, or ATV (aka quadbike) since there are not many taxis on the island. If you get an ATV, make sure that you have one per person so that you're able to go up the steep inclines. The great thing about ATV's is that you can explore some of the off-road places you can only get to by dirt roads. If you get a Vespa, make sure you're skilled in going up bumpy, unpaved hills and making sharp turns. You can also opt to take buses as a cheaper alternative.
Mykonos Town: Explore by walking around and getting lost in its small, winding streets. Also, don't miss the Windmills, Little Venice, Panagia Paraportiani, and the Petros the Pelican that can be found at the waterfront or wandering the town (the mascot of Mykonos!).
Chase the Sunset
- Grab a drink at Katerina's Bar, which also has a view of the famous windmills and a direct view of the sun setting over the water
- Castle Panigirakis, which overlooks Mykonos Town as well as the sunset
- Mattia and I found Agios Ioannis Beach by trying to get to a beach that faced West in order to catch the sunset. You get a straight view of the sunset over the waters and the beach itself is much quieter than Mykonos Town so you can enjoy the sunset in peace
Delos If you have enough time, take a day or half-day trip to Delos, a small island that is a 30-minute boat ride away from Mykonos that has a beautiful archaeological site with mythological significance. Delos is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Armenistis Lighthouse Hike up to this lighthouse while enjoying a spectacular view.
You can't really go wrong with any of the beaches in Mykonos. Good thing is that the island is not too big so you can hop from beach to beach quite easily. My top choices for relaxing day beaches would be:
- Elia Beach Elia beach is the longest beach in Mykonos and is very quiet & relaxing, and has some of the clearest waters on the island. There are nudist and LGBT portions of the beach, so not all parts are family friendly.
- Ornos Beach This beach is in Ornos Town (where Mattia and I stayed!), there are a lot of good options for restaurants and shopping nearby as well. This beach is also very family friendly.
- Ftelia Beach This beach is not very crowded and is great for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
- Klao Livadi A beautiful sandy beach with great views, service, and food.
- Panormos Beach Huge comfy pillows line this beach instead of the usual sunbeds. Best of all, they're free to use!
Day & Night Life
For beaches that are good for both day and night, you can go to Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach, which pump good club music most of the day. The music gets even louder around 6pm when the dance floor opens up and the go-go dancers come in full swing. Super Paradise even has awesome water activities including parasailing, banana boats, jet skis, water jet packs, etc.
A good beach day would be to start at a calm beach around noon, relax and grab lunch. Then make your way over to one of the beach clubs and start partying from 6pm until dinner. True Mykonos dinners start very late, around 9:30-11pm. After dinner, head to one of the night clubs that only open in the early AM and party there until sunrise.
Restaurants, Cafes & Bars
Roca Cookery This seafood restaurant in Mykonos Town boasts one of the best fish on the island. It has a great view of the bay and yachts.
M-Eating This fun place is one of the highest-rated restaurants in Mykonos. The atmosphere is lively and friendly, bartenders are known to send over free shots throughout the meal. Try to sit al fresco in the back garden or the veranda.
Joanna's Nikos Place Run by Joanna herself, this is a fantastic, authentic place with great value. It also has an excellent view of the sunset.
Jimmy's A great gyros hole-in-the-wall that is open late, great value, and above all absolutely delicious.
Blu-Blu Cafe This cafe is great for Greek coffee, drinks, wine, and breakfast. There are also spectacular views and a very relaxed atmosphere.
Kikis Tavern This place offers charcoal-grilled barbecue, both fish and meat. The smell from this place is incredible, and you can find it simply by following your nose. This tavern has no electricity and takes no reservations, so waits can get long during busy hours. It overlooks the beautiful Agios Sostis Beach.
Hippie Fish This is a very gorgeous and upscale restaurant that boasts some of the freshest seafood in Mykonos. Its location is away from the bustle of Mykonos Town with a great view of the Aegean Sea and the sunset.
Marechiaro Pizza Known to have one of the best Italian pizzas on the island in true Napoli style. They also have other great Italian dishes and amazing views of the city.
Ntekoto This is a very charming cafe that serves excellent coffee and breakfast food, notably the orange juice, pancakes, and more. It has great cheerful service and is a great fusion of old and new Greece.
Lola Bar-Cafe Great cocktails and atmosphere with a very welcoming feel.
Jackie-O An incredibly fun beach restaurant/bar/club with a lively, fun crowd.