Mykonos is a party town, but it can be packed with day and night parties, or lounging on daybeds by the sea and yachting, depending on what you’re looking for.
We packed our days and nights with as much as possible, beach hopping, partying, and kicking back around the island, so that we could bring our best tips to you.
Take a peek at the 10 things we loved – that you can’t miss on your trip to Mykonos!
1. Explore and Party in Mykonos Town: By day, drift around the alleys of Mykonos Town, and shop, dine, and explore. Start by heading towards Matoyianni / Matogianni Street, a hub for shopping aficionados, which is home to handmade jewelry boutiques, designer stores, and souvenir shops.
Big Tip: If you head to Mykonos Town in the morning (after 10 a.m.), you can beat the crowds that pack the alleys during the afternoon. Most of the shops in Mykonos Town stay open until 1 or 2 a.m.
2. Grab champagne at La La La Champagne Bar: As we were drifting through Mykonos Town, we came across this cozy champagne bar coated in Mykonos white and blue embellishments and couldn’t resist popping in for a glass of rose’. It’s moderately priced for Mykonos (9 euros for a glass of rose’), and the bar also has a full menu that includes sliders, pappardelle topped with avocado and fresh lemon, and cheesecake. Dishes range from 8 euros to 27 euros.
As the sun sets, Chora (Mykonos Town) heats up. There are quite a few bars and clubs in Mykonos Town, so it’s easy to party hop. Bonbonniere was one of our fave places because of the hip hop nights, thanks to the resident DJ, but the music can change from season to season. Still, Bonbonniere was a good central location for bar and club hopping, and we were able to pop into other spots after we danced the night away there. We also swooned over the twinkling ceiling and sexy vibe at Cocktails and Dreams.
Photo courtesy of Facebook, Bonbonniere
Big Tip: Partying in Mykonos isn’t cheap. Drinks are expensive – at least 15 to 20 euros a pop, and some of the Mykonos Town clubs have a cover – Bonbonniere was 20 euros, for example. So, don’t wait too long to start partying if you don’t want to pay it. If you’re there on the early side (before 1 a.m.) Because I was with only girls and we were there before 1 a.m., we were able to get in without paying it.
3. See the Windmills: While you’re walking around Mykonos Town, don’t miss the windmills. They’re considered to be one of the most famous landmarks on the island. The windmills sit on the southeast side of Mykonos Town, so they’re convenient to see if you’re heading down to Caprice or Sea Sun Market for cocktails or dinner.
4. Do Not Miss the day parties at Scorpios and Nammos: The Sunday day party at Scorpios Beach Club is legendary on the island, and the beach club in general is noted as one of the best in all of Greece. Designed like a modern day Agora with its stone walls and panoramic views of the Aegean Sea, it’s just a short drive from Mykonos Town on Paraga Beach. Guests can party as a DJ spins hits or kick back on daybeds and sip cocktails under the sun after munching on grub from the beachfront restaurant.
It’s the perfect marriage of Mykonos party vibes and chill (when you’ve worn yourself out). The cheapest options for kicking back are single daybeds on Scorpios Beach for 30 Euros or cabanas in the oasis area for 100 Euros. You’ll need to book these in advance.
Nammos’s glitzy beach club is located on Psarou Beach, and there are parties daily throughout the summer. Go early, around 2 p.m., and spend the day there. It not only has great food, killer cocktails, and glam vibes, but also a Shisha bar – an experience that comes with a price. Daybeds usually start at 120 Euros for a pair. Make sure to book those in advance.
5. Eat, eat, and eat: Dining in Mykonos is an experience in itself, from the much talked about grilled grub at Kiki’s to the lobster pasta at Spilia, and the grab on the cheap gyros at the famed Jimmy’s Gyros. Take a peek at our dining guide, and take in as much Mykonos grub as you can.
*Resists urge to add Nice for What lyric* ?. If you haven’t heard, Mykonos isn’t the cheapest place to visit in Greece, but there are a few eateries around town where you can grub and go on the cheap. The famed Jimmy’s Gyros in Mykonos Town is one of those spots. You can grab a gyro for 5 Euros and take it with you, or sit in the cafe covered with photos of Jimmy and customers. Hit the link in our bio for 7 other places to eat you can’t miss while you’re visiting Mykonos. ✨✨❤️#destinationfab #mykonos #greece . . . . . . #wanderlust #travel #instatravel #trip #explore #travelgram #beautiful #travelblogger #amazing #igtravel #traveller #instago #girl #like4like #follow4follow #follow #followme #travels #me #cute #girl #explore #love #restaurants #food #instagreece #travelnoire
6. Spend a beach day at SantAnna on Paraga Beach: When you need a moment to recover (trust us, you will) this beach club oasis, which sits walking distance from the famed Scorpios, feels like it’s own little private island. Tucked away in the heart of the Cyclades, this stunning low key spot is souped up like a mini resort, and as soon as we walked past the gates we couldn’t help but say “wow”. SantAnna’s Mediterranean restaurant sits right next to its lagoon-shaped saltwater swimming pool lined with cabanas, and has a path leading down to its beach area. We grabbed a quick bite at SantAnna restaurant, then hit the beach where we lounged on single daybeds, sipped cocktails by the shore, and took a dip in the sea. As the sun sets, a DJ cranks up the music and a party kicks off.
Bonus* Santanna also has “private islands” that come with complementary butler service and private changing rooms. The submerged suites have their own daybeds and showers.
7. Indulge in Cocktails at Sunset: Don’t miss doing this at Caprice, whether you’re on a vacay with your bae or a trip with friends. Caprice has Little Venice views, gorgeous, panoramic views of the sea at sunset, great cocktails, and more, and sits right at the water’s edge. The Belvedere Hotel is another great option to grab cocktails at sunset. Sip crafted fresh fruit cocktails at the Belvedere Bar, enjoy the view and the people watching, and stick around for the party that kicks off as the sun sets.
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8. Try the more affordable Nemo Beach Club: Located in Kalo Livadi (a short drive from Mykonos Town), this is another off the beaten path oasis that we fell in love with. You’ll find a more relaxed party vibe at this gorgeous high-end beach club, which has plush cabanas for half of the cost of daybeds at Nammos and Scorpios. When we went there, cabanas were 80 euros each (we had four people in our group and all fit comfortably on it with plenty of room to spare).
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9. Party at Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach: Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach are the main party beaches on the island, and shouldn’t be missed if you want an amped-up party experience. At Paradise Beach, Cavo Paradiso and Tropicana are two of the most popular party spots, with partygoers dancing on tables at Tropicana and throwing their hands up by the pool at the clifftop Cavo Paradiso, as famed DJs like David Guetta spin. Paradise Beach is also home to the biggest club on the island: Paradise Club Mykonos.
Super Paradise Beach is a little more calm than the parties on Paradise Beach, but by the afternoon the beach club and bar are packed with Mykonos visitors who are ready to party.
Big Tip: If you’re not looking for a wild party experience, skip these. You’ll be over it in five seconds.
10. Take a semi-private cruise or ferry to Delos for a day trip: If time allows, hop on a semi-private or private boat ride to this archeological site that is the mythological birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. The island’s ruins include markets, temples, an amphitheater and more.
We didn’t have much time to spare, so we opted for a 2-hour sunset cruise that sailed around Little Venice and made a stop at Delos (where we could hop into the sea for a swim if we wanted to). It came complete with champagne and snacks, and no one else joined us so it turned into a private boat trip. We lounged on the daybeds on the boat, kicked back and enjoyed the gorgeous sun set and the view of the ruins of Delos from our boat. It was an awesome addition to our trip. You can find booking info for a similar boat ride, here.
For those who want to fully explore Delos on the (relatively) cheap, take the more budget-friendly ferry. It’s a 30-minute ride from the old port in Mykonos and is 20€ per person roundtrip. Admission into Delos is 12€ a person. From there you can take a walking tour of the ruins or explore it yourself.
If you’re looking for something livelier or more romantic, try Mykonos Rib Cruising. If you have room in your budget to splurge, they offer a more luxe sailing experience, along with private tours to Delos, Rhenia, Santorini, and more.