The glamorous Greek Island of Mykonos is best known as one of the best Greek party islands with its celebrity superyachts and luxurious beach clubs, although that’s not all there is to it. While the nightlife is bustling, there are also excellent restaurants, interesting cultural attractions and beautiful landscapes to enjoy – there are plenty of things to do in Mykonos for everyone!
Simply wandering around admiring Mykonos’ famous white-washed buildings under the warm sun is a wonderful way to pass the time. Once you’ve worked out where to stay on Mykonos you might want to start looking around for things to do as well. Here are some great ideas!
The beach is an integral part of life in Mykonos – think lazy days relaxing on the sand, and delicious meals in view of the Aegean.
Here are our favourite Mykonos beaches.
With a large swathe of white sand that’s popular with everyone from young families to the well-heeled party crowd, it’s one of the all-around best beaches on the island. Due to its popularity, there are plenty of amenities nearby including restaurants, shops and bars.
If you prefer your beach days a little more active than just relaxing in the sun, you’ll love the variety of activities on offer at Elias Beach, including windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling.
While some flock to the more secluded beaches to escape the winds, the other option is to make the most of it and hit Kelafatis Beach for a spot of windsurfing, kitesurfing and other watersports. Located in south-east Mykonos, Kelafatis is somewhat of a mecca for windsurfers, catering for everyone from total beginners to experienced surfers.
It’s a place to let your hair down (albeit perhaps not in quite as debaucherous a fashion as at nearby Paradise Beach) – so may not be ideal if you are looking for a quiet and relaxing place to stay. If you’re looking for a great time, though, you’ll love it. It’s also well-known as Mykonos’ most LGBTQ+ friendly beach.
Located about 13 kilometres northeast of Mykonos Town, with no direct public transport, it is much quieter than many other beaches. There is soft sand and clear swimming water, so if you have your own transport or don’t mind splurging on a taxi ride, then it’s a great choice for a peaceful day.
It is one of the most family-friendly beaches on the island, boasting calm waters that are safe for timid swimmers, as well as soft sand that’s great for making into sandcastles! You can actually walk from Mykonos Town to Ornos Beach, but if you have little (or tired) legs in tow, you might prefer to catch the bus.
Historical sights and buildings on Mykonos
The Windmills of Mykonos
In total, there are 16 windmills, and they are one of the first things that catch your eye if you enter Mykonos by boat. In fact, no matter where you are on the island, you are unlikely to be far away from one.
They are all beautiful, but if you want to learn more about them, then you can pay a visit to the Agricultural Museum at the Bonis Windmill (free, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm during summer only).
With its laidback and modest feel, you may be surprised to learn its the island’s second largest town. Less than 10 kilometres from Mykonos Town (with plenty of buses and taxis), the beautiful town shows the island’s quieter and more peaceful side, and also offers a beautiful sixteenth-century Monastery.
The oceanfront area is one of the most picturesque places in Mykonos, with a myriad of maze-like laneways and alleys dotted with great shops and eateries. To see it without the crowds, it’s best to arrive early, although it’s well worth joining the masses to watch the sunset over the water when it’s at its Venice-esque best.
Even if you’re not familiar with it by name, chances are you’ve seen photos depicting the elegant lines of the white-washed stone church. There are four different chapels, each in a distinct architectural style, which only adds to the church’s unique charm.
Day Trips from Mykonos
These are our favourite places to visit just beyond Mykonos.
The island is extremely significant not only in Greek history but also its literature and myths. This is because the island is said to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, two key Gods in Greek mythology.
It’s believed the island was first inhabited around 5,000 years ago, and there are many incredible remnants of the groups that have lived there, including temples and artifacts.
There are frequent boat trips to Delos which cost around €20 return (€10 for children <12), while entry to the archaeological site is another €12 / €6.
Read our complete guide to Delos for further information.
You’ll find pretty churches, totally pristine beaches and a selection of humble yet wonderful restaurants to enjoy. As Tinos is along the well-trodden Athens to Mykonos route, there are numerous daily boat trips between Mykonos and Tinos, or you can organise a tour.
So, while eating, drinking and lazing by the beach may top the list of the most unmissable things to do in Mykonos, there are many other options for visitors of all ages!