24 Things to Don't Do in Mykonos

Mykonos, the famous Greek party island where everyone, from on a budget travellers to the most wealthy on the planet want to visit at least once in their lifetime.

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Mykonos is indeed a great party island but it is also more than that.

It is a romantic vacation spot where to spend a honeymoon, maybe in one of the many private villas or suites with a private pool, have a romantic walk in the main town Chora and have wonderful dinners only a few metres from the shore while watching a breathtaking sunset.

Valentina's Travel Guide, 24 Things to Don't do in Mykonos

If you travel with your family and little ones, Mykonos can be perfect for you too.

Many beaches have shallow waters where kids can play freely, you just need to avoid those ones with the biggest beach clubs because there is not much left of free beach (it is all covered by their sunbeds).

Read "19 Beautiful Beaches in Mykonos" where I explain the difference between them, and which ones are family-friendly.

Valentina's Travel Guide, 24 Things to Don't do in Mykonos

It doesn't matter if you are a party person or not. I went to Mykonos and I haven't been to dance either once. And I loved the island.

Walking and exploring every corner of the main town Chora, spending a day playing in the water and getting tan on one of the beautiful beaches and having marvellous dinners right on the seaside, it was wonderful.

So, whichever traveller you are, I am sure you will love it.

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Valentina's Travel Guide, 24 Things to Don't do in Mykonos

1. Don't avoid planning a holiday to Mykonos only because it is expensive:

Yes, it is much more costly than any other island and highly crowded during the high season. That is why you only need to avoid getting there during high season.

The high season in Greece goes from the second half of June and the beginning of September.

That means that if you visit it at the end of May/beginning of June or at the end of September, everything will be much cheaper, and you will be able to enjoy the island at your peace.


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2. Don't plan to visit Mykonos during winter if you are looking for hot temperature:

If you look at flights and accommodations prices for Greece during the winter season, you are going to see that prices drop a lot, and yes, you are going to save a lot of money and avoid the summer crowd, but you will also find cold weather (unless you like it, of course).

But what is the point of going to Mykonos if it's cold, rainy, and most restaurants and hotels are closed?

Greek is a summer destination, perfect from May to October, but from November to April, the weather is not sunny and hot as usual.

Valentina's Travel Guide, 24 Things to Don't do in Mykonos

I think the best month to visit Mykonos is at the end of May, the beginning of June, and at the end of September, when kids are at school.

Hence, no families mean fewer people (unless you travel with kids, of course).

It is less crowded, the temperature is warm but not so hot like July, and prices are lower.

Keep in mind that beach clubs and nightclubs open in the middle of May.

So if you are looking to enjoy Mykonos as the party island that it is, go from June till September.

Check flights rates and availability here.

3. Don't drink and drive:

I don't want to sound like your mother, but when I got to Mykonos, and I met the guy who brought my rental car to the port for me, the first thing he told me was that only that summer more than 50 people died because they got in a scooter or quad crash.

I am not joking, guys, more than 50 people in only three months on a little island like Mykonos.

Greece has the third-highest motorcycle deaths in Europe, and the cause is because kids go there on holiday, they rent a scooter even if they have never driven one, they get drunk, and they lose their life crashing against something or falling from a cliff.

While in Mykonos, I saw girls driving scooters and trust me if you had seen how they were driving. It was terrifying.

It was evident that it was their first time on a scooter. Imagine them driving in the middle of the night, on streets they do not know, under the effect of alcohol.

So, please, be careful.

Valentina's Travel Guide, 24 Things to Don't do in Mykonos

4. Don't be afraid to learn some basic sentences in Greek:

I know that the Greek language might be intimidating for some of us, but you have no idea how hospitable Greek people are.

They will appreciate the effort, so learn some essential words to use at your accommodation or in a restaurant, like good morning, good evening, thank you etc.

You might end up becoming friends with some locals just because you show them how much you like your country and your culture just only by saying a few Greek words.


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5. Avoid tourists traps:

As you probably know, my dear traveller, every tourist place has plenty of tourist traps.

So please do your research in advance.

Check my article "10 Stunning Restaurants with Sea View in Mykonos" or "11 Local Places Where to Eat Local on a Budget in Mykonos" or ask locals where they ea.

You won't regret it. You will taste delicious local food and probably also save some money.


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6. Don't be afraid to talk to locals:

Locals know the area, and they can give you advice, like where to eat, how to get from A to B in the cheapest and fastest way, they know the hidden gems and much more, so don't be afraid to talk to them and ask for advice.

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Check here all the activities and tours available. You won't regret it!

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7. Don't forget to research where to eat local:

We all have a budget when we travel (at least I do), and the best way to experience the place we are visiting is through the local food.

I think it is probably the first thing I research as soon as I choose a destination, where and what to eat, for me that I would spend all day eating, is an essential part of my travel.


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8. Don't be scared to share your meal with your travel mates:

And saying this, I mean that there are so many delicious foods in Greece, that you cannot just order a starter and a main course for yourself and try only two things that a restaurant has to offer.

Unless you are travelling alone, share all the food with your travel mates.

Order different dishes and share everything with them. In this way, you will try most of the options on the menu, still feeling satisfied but not fully ready to explode, or maybe yes.

Greek food is so good you won't be able to stop eating everything.

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9. Don't eat only Greek food you have heard about:

Greece is a vast country, and every region has some speciality that you may not have heard about.

Please do your research ahead, or when visiting ask your waiter, or at your accommodation, what the local gastronomy has to offer, trust me, you will get very well surprised.

Read "39 Delicious Food and Drinks to Try in Greece" to learn about all the delicacies you cannot miss trying in Greece.

Valentina's Travel Guide, 24 Things to Don't do in Mykonos

10. Don't talk about politics or country issues:

As you might have heard, Greece has a huge financial issue, so please avoid the subject unless a local start to talk about it with you.

Valentina's Travel Guide, 24 Things to Don't do in Mykonos

11. Don't forget to bring a gift when a local invites you to their house:

Greeks are very hospitable people so in case some of them will invite you to their home, please be a perfect guest and bring something to say thank you.

It might be just a bunch of flowers, a bottle of wine or some sweets bought at a local bakery. You will see how much they will appreciate your gesture.


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12. Don't forget to be extra careful when crossing the road:

Greeks are a little bit crazy while driving, not all of them of course, but only because the traffic light is green in your favour, it doesn't mean you don't need to check the street before crossing, so keep that in mind and please be always careful and vigilant.

Also, Mykonos is full of tourists that don't know the area or they might have drunk too much and still driving, so keep your guard up all the time.

Valentina's Travel Guide, 24 Things to Don't do in Mykonos

13. Don't expect everything or everyone to be on time:

Buses might not be right in time like in London (to give you an example), so you might have to wait a couple of minutes for your bus to leave or have to wait a bit longer than usual to meet a local.

My advice is to always be there in advance if you have to catch a bus or a ferry (anywhere in the world), just in case, it leaves right on time or if you find traffic on your way. Traffic can be terrible in high season with locals going to work plus tourists not knowing the area.

Please leave your accommodation in advance and be there with plenty of time ahead of you, do not risk losing it please, bring with you a novel or have with you some music to listen to, to avoid getting bored while you wait (if this could be your case).

Valentina's Travel Guide, 24 Things to Don't do in Mykonos

14. Don't show your hand palm:

It may mean nothing to you, but in Greece, it is a well-known insulting gesture. It is showing your middle finger, so please avoid it.