Like many other people, Greece has always been a bucket list destination for me. Luckily last year I had the wonderful opportunity to travel there and completely fell in love with the island of Mykonos. It is also one of those places that is a million times better in real life than what you see in photos! As soon as I got off the ferry I literally said “I love this place” and it hadn’t even been 10 minutes! I just knew it was a special place and I was extremely happy! Next stop was figuring out the top things to do in Mykonos…
Mykonos is part of the Cycladic islands and just a short flight or ferry ride from Athens. It’s known as the infamous Greek party- hard island, and trust me when I say the party scene definitely does not disappoint. But there are many things to do for everyone’s interests. You might just fall in love too!
Wondering what to do in Mykonos? Keep reading for my list of the top 5 things to do in Mykonos Greece!
1. Watch the sunset from Little Venice
Little Venice is one of the landmarks of Mykonos so it’s fitting that it’s the first on the top 5 things to do in Mykonos. It’s a neighborhood with colorful houses built on the edge of the sea. It took its name due to its resemblance to Venice in Italy. Walking through the alleyways and tiny streets of Mykonos town to Little Venice reveals surprise after surprise on each corner. This famous stretch of seaside restaurants and shops is a great spot for evening strolls at sunset and viewing the famous windmills. Be sure to catch dinner at a restaurant there for one of the most picturesque meals in Mykonos. It’s also really great for people watching too.
2. Rent ATVs
ATVs or quad bikes is one of the coolest ways to get around the island. I spent an entire 2 days exploring the island on my own ATV. The rental process is very easy and affordable. You might be nervous to drive around but I felt completely safe both day and night. Cars are careful to give you enough room on the road. I think they’re just used to sharing the road with ATVs. It’s definitely a super fun experience and one of the best ways to see the island. Not to mention that Mykonos only has about 30 taxi cabs on the whole island. So if you don’t want to wait forever during peak times I really suggest renting an ATV or car. You’ll probably get lost exploring the island but this was actually the best part for me and one of the most fun thing to do in Mykonos! This photo here is when I was driving to Mykonos Town and just had to pull over to capture this stunning sunset!
Update: A recent law was passed in Greece requiring tourists from non-European Union countries to have an International Driving Permit along with their driver license from their home country in order to rent any kind of vehicles including ATVs.
3. Hit the Beach at Platis Gialos
My hotel in Mykonos was in the charming little beach town of Platis Gialos. It could not be a more perfect picture. The area is lined with little stores and wonderful seafood restaurants right on the beach with tons of day beds to choose from. The beach there is calm and crystal clear. Super great for swimming! One of the coolest things about spending the day in Platis Gialos is how easy it is to get to other beaches. If you’re in the mood to beach hop, you can use their boat taxi service that allows you to ‘hop on’ and ‘hop off’ at some of the most popular and beautiful beaches in Mykonos. Boats depart every 20 minutes to Ornos, Paradise, Super Paradise, Paraga, Elia, and Agrari. I was able to check out all the beaches and all the top things to do there within a few hours. If you’re a beach lover like myself then this one should be at the top of your list of stuff to do in Mykonos!
4. Nightlife in Mykonos Town
Mykonos Town is quintessentially Greece and absolutely stunning! It’s easy to get lost among all the shops, cafes and restaurants, wandering through the maze of white buildings. And while it is quiet and picturesque during the day, Mykonos Town really comes alive at night. The atmosphere is incomparable. You’ll find tons of lively bars and clubs conveniently located all near each other. My favorite place there was Skandinavian Bar. I started the night having drinks at their bar downstairs and ended up in their club upstairs until 3 am in the morning dancing the night away. There’s a reason it’s one of the most beloved and popular night hangout spots on the island.
A great way to explore Mykonos Town and learn the authentic history of the island is a Mykonos Walking Tour
5. Dinner and Drinks at Scorpios
Scorpios is the trendy, hot spot in Mykonos. I mean it’s super popular! Prior to traveling to Greece, about 5 people told me I had to check this place out and it definitely did not disappoint. With rustic bohemian vibes and a chic decor, you’ll quickly understand why Scorpios is a must visit. I highly suggest making dinner reservations about two hours hour prior to sunset. You can have a delicious farm-to-table Mediterranean meal there. But be warned that the prices are very steep even by Mykonos standards. It’s one of those places where you’re actually paying for the view. After dinner, you can make your way to the tiered terrace to view an amazing sunset. Trust me when I say it’s unbelievably gorgeous! I guess you can probably tell by now that Mykonos has one of the best sunsets. You can also take in a breathtaking sunset from the water with a Mykonos Sunset Cruise.
Suggested Reading: For more awesome things to do in Mykonos Greece, be sure to check out The Carry-on Chronicles’ 8 reasons to love Mykonos!
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