Mykonos Travel Guide for 2024

Written by James
 Last updated: February 10, 2024

You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for a sun-drenched Mediterranean paradise.

Famous for turquoise waters, whitewashed homes and balconies dripping with beautiful bougainvillaea, Mykonos is the quintessential Greek island and an unforgettable travel destination.

Perfect for sun worshippers, culture seekers and night owls alike, Mykonos offers everything, from picturesque windmills to vibrant nightlife.

A short history of Mykonos

Discovered by the Ionians in the 11th century BC, Mykonos’ history dates back to antiquity. Settled by the ancients and long sought after by travellers through the ages, the island has long been considered a gateway to Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo.

In the Middle Ages, the island was attacked by pirates. In the 19th century was a central shipping hub in the Mediterranean. More recently, Mykonos has gained a reputation as a glamorous resort town, and today it is one of the top tourist destinations in Greece.

Where to go

Little Venice: This picturesque enclave of whitewashed alleyways, with their traditional homes and pastel-hued sky, hugs the Mykonos coast. Perfect for a romantic stroll, the area is known for its boutique hotels and many cafes, bars and restaurants with beautiful waterfront views.

Windmills of Kato Myloi: Rising above the city of Mykonos, the seven whitewashed windmills here evoke the traditional history of the island. With views of the Aegean and the town, they are the perfect backdrop for a holiday selfie!

Delos: Eternally connected to the Greek god Apollo, Delos is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Explore the ancient ruins, mosaics and temples as you marvel at the mythical stories and legends brought to life.

Mykonos Town: Wander through the mystic alleys of the old town and take in the spectacular views from the stone terrace of the archaeological museum. The town is well known for its nightlife and, of course, the iconic row of white cubist houses – definitely not one to miss!

Agios Ioannis Beach: Feel your worries slip away at this beautiful beach. With fine white sand, crystal clear emerald waters and plenty of restaurants and cafes, it is the ideal spot to watch the world go by and top up your tan.

Things to Do in Mykonos

1. Explore Mykonos Town (Chora)

Mykonos Town, also known as Chora, is the island's bustling heart. Its labyrinthine streets, lined with whitewashed houses and vibrant bougainvillea, are a sight to behold.

Insider Tip: Lose yourself in the maze-like streets. You'll stumble upon quaint shops, charming cafes, and stunning views of the Aegean Sea.

2. Visit the Windmills of Kato Mili

The iconic windmills of Kato Mili are a must-see. These 16th-century structures, overlooking the sea, are a testament to Mykonos' rich history.

Insider Tip: Visit at sunset. The golden hues of the setting sun against the windmills create a breathtaking spectacle.

3. Discover the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos

This museum houses artefacts from the neighbouring island of Delos, including intricate jewellery and stunning sculptures. Entry costs around €4.

Insider Tip: Don't miss the large amphora depicting the Trojan Horse. It's a remarkable piece of ancient art.

4. Relax at Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach, located on the south coast, is famous for its golden sands and crystal-clear waters. It's the perfect spot for a day of relaxation.

Insider Tip: Rent a sunbed and umbrella for around €10. It's worth it for a comfortable day under the sun.

5. Experience Mykonos' Nightlife

Mykonos is renowned for its vibrant nightlife. From beach parties to chic bars, there's something for everyone.

Insider Tip: Check out Scorpios for a unique beach club experience. It's a bit pricey, but the atmosphere is unbeatable.

6. Visit the Church of Paraportiani

This unique architectural gem, located in Chora, is one of the most photographed spots in Mykonos. Its asymmetrical structure and whitewashed walls are truly captivating.

Insider Tip: Visit early in the morning to avoid the crowds and get the perfect shot.

7. Take a Boat Tour to Delos

Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is just a short boat ride away. Tickets for the boat tour cost around €20.

Insider Tip: Make sure to explore the ancient ruins. The Terrace of the Lions is particularly impressive.

8. Dine at Kiki's Tavern

This hidden gem, located in Agios Sostis, is famous for its delicious Greek cuisine. Be prepared to wait, as they don't take reservations.

Insider Tip: Try the grilled octopus. It's a local favourite and absolutely delicious.

9. Shop at Matoyianni Street

This bustling street in Chora is lined with boutiques selling everything from high-end fashion to local handicrafts.

Insider Tip: Look out for locally made jewellery. It's a unique souvenir to take home.

10. Visit the Folklore Museum

This museum, located in an 18th-century sea captain's house, offers a glimpse into traditional Mykonian life. Entry is free.

Insider Tip: Don't miss the collection of antique furniture and traditional costumes. They're a fascinating insight into the island's past.

Local Foods to Try

Fresh fish & seafood: Freshly caught and grilled or deep-fried, Mykonos has some of the best seafood in the Mediterranean.

Louza: This spicy pork sausage is excellent served with fried potatoes, grilled vegetables or simply as a snack.

Kopanisti: This tangy and creamy cheese is made from myzithra and feta and is usually served as a side dish.

Baklava: A Greek classic and the perfect way to finish your meal. A sweet treat made of layers of phyllo pastry and chopped nuts, drizzled with honey.

Yoghurt: Typically served with a dollop of honey and sprinkled with walnuts and raisins, Greek yoghurt is arguably the best in the world.

Souvenirs to Buy

Jewellery: Home to some of the finest jewellery makers in the world, Mykonos is renowned for its distinctive, hand-crafted pieces made from gold, silver, stones and shells.

Olive oil and herbs: Taste the flavours of the Mediterranean in your own kitchen with a bottle of Greek olive oil and a selection of spices. Perfect for salads and for that added flavour on any dish.

Bags and accessories: From beach bags to purses and pouches, you’ll find something that strikes your fancy here. Look out for the traditional Greek designs in leather and canvas.

Ceramics: From classic blue and white pottery to vibrant, hand-painted plates, mugs and platters, traditional ceramics make fantastic presents and souvenirs to take back home.

Gourmet Greek treats: Give your friends and family a taste of authentic Greek cuisine with local delicacies. The classic Mykonos pistachio biscuits are a must-try!

Is Mykonos Expensive?

The cost of travelling to Mykonos is primarily determined by the time of year you visit. When travelling in the high season (June to August), prices for most activities and food items will be higher. However, when travelling in the off-season, prices are usually more affordable. Hotel rates will also be more expensive in the peak summer months, so if you’re on a budget, it is best to plan your trip for the spring or autumn.

Flights to Mykonos

Where to stay

  • Hotel Omiros - This 4-star hotel is located in the heart of Syros, within a 5-minute walk of Agios Georgios Cathedral, Archaeological Museum of Syros, and Syros Town Hall. It features free WiFi and a banquet hall. Guests have rated it 8.8 out of 10. The average cost per night is approximately £42. Book here

  • Di Mare - This 4-star beach hotel is nestled on the beach, within 2 mi (3.2 km) of Vathý Gialoúdi, Neorion Elefsis Shipyard, and Geniko Nosokomio Sirou "Vardakio kai Proio". It offers a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a beach bar. Guests have rated it 8.8 out of 10. The average cost per night is around £56. Book here

  • Mr & Mrs White Tinos - This 4-star hotel is situated by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of Ágios Ioánnis Pórto and Laoúti. It features an outdoor pool, a restaurant, and a bar/lounge. Guests have rated it 8.4 out of 10. The average cost per night is approximately £62. Book here

Helpful Recommendations

Book ahead: To ensure you get the best deals on flights and accommodation, it is best to plan your trip in advance and book your flights and accommodation as soon as possible.

Language: Although English is widely spoken in Mykonos, Greek is the official language, so if you know a few words, it will be greatly appreciated by the locals.

Avoid the crowds: To truly experience Mykonos, it is best to avoid the busy peak season months, which can get crowded and expensive.

Local experiences: For a unique insight into island life, sign up for a village tour or cooking class, or support local artists and businesses by attending a live music show or buying handmade crafts.

Mobile Phone: Get a local SIM card or roaming data plan to stay connected. Local operators are usually very reasonably priced.

Mykonos Weather

Mykonos is a sun-soaked paradise, with the sunniest months being July and August. The warmest months are also July and August, making them perfect for swimming with the sea temperature at its highest. Rain is rare, especially in the summer months, but December and January see the most rain.

JAN

13.0°C / 55.4°F

6 days rain

FEB

13.5°C / 56.3°F

3 days rain

MAR

14.3°C / 57.74°F

3 days rain

APR

17.2°C / 62.96°F

2 days rain

MAY

20.8°C / 69.44°F

1 days rain

JUN

25.1°C / 77.18°F

0 days rain

JUL

27.2°C / 80.96°F

0 days rain

AUG

27.8°C / 82.04°F

0 days rain

SEP

25.1°C / 77.18°F

1 days rain

OCT

21.6°C / 70.88°F

2 days rain

NOV

18.0°C / 64.4°F

3 days rain

DEC

14.6°C / 58.28°F

5 days rain

Best time to visit Mykonos

The best time to visit Mykonos is during the summer months of July and August when the weather is at its warmest and sunniest. However, if you prefer a quieter and cooler atmosphere, the shoulder months of May, June, September, and October are also great times to visit. These months offer warm weather, fewer crowds, and lower prices.

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