18 Unmissable Things to See and Do in Mykonos
Only by hearing the name Mykonos, I am sure your mind gets full of images of windmills, Little Venice, and the main Town Chora.
We have all seen many pictures about this incredible island basically on every social media.
Now it is your turn to post beautiful pictures of this famous island, with the difference that you will be the protagonist of those pictures this time.
Mykonos is well known to be a gay-friendly party island, but it can be the perfect destination also for families and people who don't care to party at all.
Mykonos offers many beautiful beaches, with crystal clear water where to swim all day.
Magical spots where to take stunning pictures, relaxing bars and restaurants on the waterfront where to have breakfast, lunch or dinner.
And obviously, many bars and clubs where to party all night.
Did I mention the accommodations?
In Mykonos, you can find accommodations for every budget, but keep in mind that even the cheapest room on the island can cost you like a mid-range room in other Greek islands.
Mykonos is famous for its luxury private villas with infinite swimming pools located all around the island. They are expensive but worth the price because beautiful.
It can be visited on a budget if you follow the advice I wrote on "15 Tips to Visit Mykonos on a Budget", but if you have money to invest in a beautiful holiday full of luxury and excess, this is your holiday destination.
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So, let me tell you everything you have to know to make sure you won't forget to do or see anything on the famous island of Mykonos.
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1. Explore Mykonos Main Town Named Chora:
I think that walking around Mykonos main town is the best thing to do on the island.
You are going to fall in love with it, and trust me that you are going to spend hours walking around, taking pictures of the many lush bougainvillaeas, the white-washed stone storefronts and explore all the beautiful shops that sell arts, crafts and hand-made clothes.
Choose a cafe with some tables in the street and enjoy a coffee while watching tourists passing by, relax, breathe the fresh air that comes from the sea full of healthy iodine and realize that you are finally in the famous Mykonos.
Keep in mind that everything opens after 10 am in Chora.
2. Have a walk along Matoyianni Street:
This is the most famous street in Chora, where all the most famous shops are located.
You will find a bit of everything, from well-known designs to Greek hand-made summer clothes, Greek and Mykonian arts and crafts, Jewellery, leather sandals and much more.
During the evening, Matojianni is probably the most crowded street where to stop for a drink in one of the many bars or have a romantic dinner in one of the many local restaurants.
3. Take a postcard picture of the famous windmills:
You have probably seen Mykonos windmills in so many images by now that when you are going to be there, you will feel like it is not your first time in Mykonos.
It can be pretty crowded from late morning to the evening, so if you plan to take a picture with no one around, get there very early in the morning.
I don't need to give you their address, trust me. You are going to see them. They are huge and located on the left side of Chora while looking at the sea.
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4. Get a coffee or lunch seating near the sea in Alefkandra (Little Venice):
Just be careful that during windy days you can get a shower from an unexpected sea wave.
All this area is filled with bars and restaurants right on the waterfront.
I saw it been tranquil in the morning but during the late afternoon and evening was packed so if you know a restaurant where you wish to have dinner, make sure to book a table in advance.
You can quickly get there after taking some pictures with the windmills because Little Venice starts at the bottom of the little hill where the windmills are.
You can take some pictures from there.
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5. Get a good sunbath on one of the most beautiful beaches on the island:
Mykonos is one of the most popular islands in Greece, and of course, there are some spectacular beaches there.
You only need to choose which ones could be the best for you to enjoy your holiday.
That is why I wrote an entire article where I explain all the differences between all the beaches in Mykonos. With everything they have to offer and how to get there.
I also added a list of all the Hotels around each beach. Just in case you are planning to get accommodation only a few meters from the shore, where you will see the beach as the first thing you see in the morning from your room window.
6. Spend a day or two in one of the most famous beach clubs in Mykonos:
Mykonos is known as a party island, a place to have fun, drink and dance on the beach and take thousands of pictures to post on all your social media.
That is why you will find one or more beach clubs on almost every beach on the island.
They all offer very comfortable but expensive sunbeds with wood made umbrellas, where to lay all day, getting tan, get delivered straight to you a nice cocktail and even your lunch.
If you prefer to sit at a table, they all have a very stylish bar/restaurant to get some local fancy food.
Most of them have a live DJ that will choose the right music for your Greek holiday mood. There is also a dance show at sunset to make you dance on your sunbed in some of them.
After all, what is a holiday in Mykonos without a Beach Party?
The most famous Beach Clubs in Mykonos are:
Principote: This is a very stylish place where to enjoy a sunny day in Mykonos. It is located on the west side of Panormos beach on the north side of the island. The food is delicious, and there are people of all ages, just in case you are looking for a place where there are not only young people.
Scorpios: Located on the Paraga beach, this place is the most famous for the sunsets and the Greek style.
Jackie O: Located on the Super Paradise Beach, this is the most famous LGBTQ-friendly spot with a pool and a fantastic bay view where to sip cocktails and have fun while watching a drag show at sunset.
SantAnna: This is a beautiful beach club, with a big swimming pool to spend a day relaxing and dancing with the live DJ.
Nammos: This is a very luxurious place to spend a day, there are some costly shops inside and a fabulous fish restaurant where you are going to choose your fresh fish right from the counter.
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7. Visit the desert island of Delos:
If you check a Mykonos map, you will see a tiny island located on the southwest side.
Delos island is an archaeological site recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site where Apollo and Artemis were born (according to Greek mythology).
You can get there by ferry in 30 mins.
On this island, you will see many sites dating back to the 7th Century BC, like the Terrace of the Lions, the Minoan Fountain, the Doric Temple, and some mosaics at the House of Dionysos, House of Dolphins, House of the Lake, House of Trident and House of Masks.
8. See an Epic Sunset in the Most Famous Spot in Mykonos:
If you wish to get stunning pictures with the Chora behind you and fantastic sunset, this is a place you have to book.
It is called 180 Sunset, it is pretty expensive but fabulous.
You have to book a table in advance if you want the spot you like.
The bar is divided into two sections: table free (you sit where you want if the table is free) and the second section is for bookings, you can book the table you like, but you have a 50 euros minimum to spend per person.
It is worth the booking because if you get two cocktails each and a couple of appetizers, trust me you will reach 50 euros per person without any problem.
Also, the free area can get very crowded with people trying to take pictures with others obstructing the view.
9. Get a lovely sunset dinner in one of the many places around the Chora:
The main town of Mykonos is located on the west side of the island, which means you are going to enjoy a fantastic sunset every evening from there.
There are many restaurants right on the waterfront, so my advice is to walk around the first day you arrive on the island, choose where you want to have dinner and book it in advance.
This is how I did it. I saw this place right on the sea, with the Chora view, and I booked a table right on edge near the water.
Oh, guys, it was so romantic!!!
I loved it!
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10. Check out some of the most famous Bars in Mykonos:
Mykonos is well known to be a party island, and it is.
That is why I made a list of all the best bars and clubs so you will know where to go to have fun during your Mykonian nights.