Updated August 7th, 2022 by Travel the Greek Way
Mykonos is one of the most famous and popular islands in Greece and one of the most stunningly beautiful Greek islands. Mykonos is located in the northeast of the Greek island group widely known as the Cyclades.
Mykonos is famous for its sandy golden beaches and a bustling beach club scene, a gay-friendly atmosphere, legendary upbeat nightlife, and prices to the sky. Some of the Mykonos Best Things to Do in 3 Days are:
- Explore Picturesque Mykonos Chora
- Enjoy cosmopolitan beaches like Ornos, Paradise, Psarou, and Super Paradise
- Visit Delos Island, the most important archaeological site in the Cyclades
- Swim on quiet beaches with authentic taverns like Agios Sostis and Fokos
- Visit museums, churches, monasteries, galleries
- Indulge in wine tasting at the organic winery Vioma
- Explore small, traditional villages in Mykonos inland
- Dance till sunrise to some of the best clubs in Greece
- Discover Tragonisi caves
Up next I am going to tell you about the best things to do on Mykonos island in 3 days:
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There are public buses and water taxis in Mykonos but I get around the island with a car from RentalCars.com as it offers the freedom to explore the island in-depth.
Mykonos Travel Guide and Map
Find here an interactive map with all places, sites, beaches, and restaurants mentioned in this post.
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Where Best to Stay on Mykonos Island
The most popular area to stay on the island would be Mykonos town where most of the dining and bar scene is located. Some of my favorite accommodations on Mykonos island that I would love to return to are:
- Bonzoe Homes & Villas (Doubles from €492 Β&Β, Booking rate 9.6) in Megali Ammos beach, just 400 meters far Mykonos Chora, an easy stroll to town. The best part was having your breakfast and overlooking the nearby famous windmills of Mykonos. Each apartment has its own private swimming pool which is awesome. Generally speaking, the villa feels like you are in a very private place but still close by to all the action!
- The TownHouse Mykonos, (Doubles from €217, Booking rate 9.6). Fabulous premises with an amazing view over the terrace and excellent A/C for those summer months. Loved the shuttle that can pick you up for free from the airport!
- Aloni Hotel (self-catering from €52) is a charming cheap hotel in Ano Mera, close to the vineyards and wine tasting farms like Organic Vioma. Away from the crowds in beautiful rural Mykonos, this is by far the best budget hotel on Mykonos island.
For loads more hotels and apartments in Mykonos nicest villages, read my related post on Where to Stay in Mykonos for 2022: Best Hotels and Villages
What Best to do in Mykonos in 3 days
Day 1: Explore Mykonos’ main town, the Chora*
Mykonos Chora has beautiful cubic whitewashed houses with colorful doors and balconies making strolling a fairy-tale-like experience. The town is a maze, specially built that way by the Mykonians, centuries ago, to discourage all kinds of invaders-pirates from finding their way.
Wandering on Matogianni Street, the main Mykonos street, you encounter all kinds of cafes, restaurants, jewelry, souvenir shops, and luxury shopping clothes shops.
You can easily walk to all the best sites in Chora but if you would like to take a guided tour, I would recommend the following:
Panagia Paraportiani Church
Panagia Paraportiani Church is in Chora and is unique as it consists of 5 total churches, built on top or next to each other. The first church was built in the 14th c and the last one in the 17th c.
A 1-minute walk from Paraportiani Church lies the great Mykonos Folklore Museum. The Museum is open from 10.30-14.00 pm & 5.30-8.30 every day except Sundays from April-October.
Little Venice Mykonos
Little Venice lies by the seaside of Mykonos Chora, a very romantic spot across the iconic famous Mykonos windmills and probably the most beautiful spot in Mykonos Towν to admire the sunset. Little Venice is a very popular and expensive place to visit so if you would like to sit at one of the shops, book your table.
Mykonos Old Windmills upon the Hill
Right across Little Venice and over the ridge, stretch the famous windmills. Built by the Venetians in the 16th century, still, stand 16 windmills in Mykonos but only 7 of them are in the Chora. One of the windmills, the Bonis one, has been turned into a museum exhibiting the cultural changes in Mykonos history. Bonis Windmill, only opens in the afternoon from July to September, usually at 4 pm – and that is not always.
Mykonos Beaches: Swim in Agios Ioannis & Ornos
The closest beaches to Mykonos town are Agios Ioannis, a sandy beach, with two tavernas serving fresh food, and the low-key more family-oriented Ornos beach. Expect them to be quite busy during July and August.
Where to eat in Mykonos
There has been a lot of Facebook discussion that some of the seaside restaurants charge exuberant amounts of euros. So you better read the menu prices before you order to avoid…surprises!
- Baos Fine Dining & Funky Kitchen, just behind the busy square of Lakka. Authentic Mediterranean food and Greek gastronomy.
- Vasilikos bar-restaurant, in Agios Ioannis for home-made Greek cuisine
- Avli tou Thodori, a highly-rated restaurant in Platys Gialos, serves popular traditional dishes from various regions of Greece
- Best Greek traditional local preferred tavern, To Maereio
- A ten-minute drive from Mykonos Town, lies Karavaki Restaurant, a stunning sea, sunset view, and delicious choices.
Day 2: Explore Ano Mera, Cosmopolitan Beaches, Delos Island
Located in the heart of the island, Ano Mera is one of the oldest villages of Mykonos, centered around a large square with typical white-washed houses, many small churches, and local cafes.
The nearby 500-year-old Monastery of Panagia Tourliani has an impressive design, a complex with an elaborately decorated water spigot in the courtyard.
If you like monasteries, close by is also the Monastery of Paleokastro that you can visit, an 18th-century monastery on the north part of Ano Mera.
Wine Tasting at Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm
In Ano Mera, in the Maou location, you can visit the Organic Winery Vioma for wine tasting and a tour of the facilities and the vineyard.
Mykonos Popular Beaches: Psarou, Paradise /Super Paradise
Psarou beach is a total must to visit even once! It attracts local and international celebrities and the bay will be lined with their expensive large yachts, totally packed during the summer.
The beach is located in a beautiful natural environment, with soft sand and emerald clear waters surrounded by the dry and barren low Mykonos hills.
Here you will also find upbeat beach clubs, many luxury hotels, and a large happy crowd.
Paradise and Super Paradise beaches are magnificent beaches with clear waters in an enchanting environment.
They are both mostly party beaches, music playing loud, young people dancing and crowded and consider yourself lucky if you find a free sunbed!
I have been to the Paradise & Super Paradise beaches when I was very young and then again when I was in my early 30s and it was a bit too much for me who I prefer quieter sceneries.
Restaurants in Mykonos Beaches
Find here some of the best seaside restaurants are:
- Mykonos Psarou Beach: For a great island culinary experience, head over to Kensho Psarou restaurant, a many awards restaurant. If your budget allows you, book your table and enjoy a lifetime experience
- Agia Anna Beach: Spilia (cave) Seaside restaurant, with tables poised on the cliff edge, this is one of the best restaurants in Mykonos for a romantic evening
- Agios Ioannis Beach: Hippie Fish, specializes in local fish dishes from crab to sea-urchin spaghetti. It is also notable as the setting for the movie Shirley Valentine, which was filmed at this location
- In Super Paradise visit Jackie O’ Restaurant, overlooking the beach, for lunch or dinner with fine cuisine
Boat trip to the Archaeological Site of Delos
Delos (or Dilos) island, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site, is the birthplace of twins Apollo and Artemis gods and houses a large sanctuary.
Delos also houses the oldest known Synagogue, built in 2nd c BC.
Delos’ highest hill is Kyνthos at 112m, south of the archaeological site which offers a hiking opportunity and a sweeping panoramic view of the islands around. On top, you can rest on the broken stones of the once foundations of Zeus Sanctuary.
You can visit Delos on a half-day trip from Mykonos port. The boats leave between 9 and 10 am, and the trip to Delos is about 30 minutes. Take hats, sunscreen, and water with you, the island has no shade.
Mykonos Nightlife: Bar-Clubs
- Jackie O Town Bar, the best gay bar in Mykonos town overlooking the seafront
- Little Venice, 180 Sunset Bar with great cocktails and wine, and unobstructed views of the sunset over the Old Port and the Aegean Sea. Reservation is a must in order to sit on the front row
- Scandinavian Bar & club in town attracting mostly a younger crowd
Day 3. Explore Mykonos Quiet Beaches of Agios Sostis & Fokos
Two of the best quiet beaches on Mykonos Island are Agios Sostis beach and Fokos beach. They have no beachfront bars, parties, or sunbeds, it will be just you and a few other like-minded people around.
The beaches can be reached only by car or motorbike.
If you choose Agios Sostis Mykonos beach, you definitely want to visit, hidden under the trees, Kiki’s famous tavern.
I love Kiki’s because of the authenticity of the place and because they are cat lovers!
The place doesn’t have a sign, doesn’t have a phone to take reservations, and doesn’t have electricity!
There might be some line for a table but the food is divine and as fresh as it can be. Kiki’s tavern closes at 6 pm. Don’t forget to visit the next-door picturesque Church after your happy meal.
Take a Small Boat to Impressive Caves of Tragonisi
The islet of Tragonisi or Dragonisi is on the east side of Mykonos, a mile away from Mykonos. It is a protected tiny island famous for its caves, its tiny church where once a year an only-for-men festival is held, and for being a haven for the monachus-monachus seal.
Tragonisi is favored by divers for its rich underwater sea life and for being the exclusive habitat of the yellow sea anemone.
Six km north of Chora is the working Armenistis lighthouse of 1891 guiding the traffic between Mykonos and the neighboring Tinos island.
The Armenistis Lighthouse is a 19-meter construction that flashes a white signal every ten seconds. The best time to visit is around sunset when you can see the lights of the Mykonos and Tinos islands.
Mykonos Nightlife Bar-Clubs
- Queen of Mykonos, an evening warmup glam cocktail spot in Mykonos town
- Old Customs Cafe in Mykonos Town, the only rock n roll bar in Mykonos with a great beer selection and reasonable prices
- Babylon in Mykonos town, a gay and straight clubbers alike club, with great drinks and by the sea view
Museums on Mykonos Island
There are many interesting, alternative, cultural, and historical places that you can visit in Mykonos such as:
- Mycenaean vaulted tomb from the 15th century BC, in the Vrissi area and see the findings from the tomb in the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos. If you are in the area, don’t miss the splendid dovecotes located in ancient gardens.
- Mykonos Portes, Ruins of a Hellenistic round watchtower or beacon tower, and a shrine right above Platys Gialos.
- Mykonos Maritime Museum (next to Lena’s House), is full of Greek prehistoric connections with the sea and relics from the past such as maps, coins, and statues
- Mykonos Galleries: Dio Horia Gallery, with offices in Athens and Mykonos, is a contemporary young international artist and culture gallery, with a beautiful terrace to have a drink after your walk. It is located in the heart of Mykonos Chora. Rarity is another international-caliber gallery that you can visit, very close to Dio Horia
- Lena’s House Museum, an authentic sample of a Mykonian middle-class family house of the 19th century
- Cine Manto, an open-air movie theatre in the heart of Mykonos Town serves food and drinks as well
- Hiking is limited in Mykonos because it lacks the ancient “donkey trails” the other Cycladic islands have. I have an analytical post on hiking Cyclades and Mykonos island in this Greek Island Hiking Guide: The Cyclades I
FAQ: Which are the top beaches in Mykonos?
Mykonos has some of the most stunning beaches in Greece but if there is a bus connection to them, they will be super busy in July and August. All the very popular Mykonos beaches are on the south part of the island, as they are protected from the “Meltemi”, the strong northern winds that blow in July and August:
- The most Popular Mykonos Beaches of Platys Gialos, Agia Anna, Paraga, Paradise, Super Paradise, Ornos, Kalo Livadi, Elia, Agios Stefanos have beach bars, loud music, umbrellas, beach beds, and a party atmosphere. You will also find luxury hotels and both traditional taverns and high-end luxury cuisine on their seaside
For quieter Mykonos beaches, you should rent a car or a motorbike, and explore the sandy beaches of:
- Quiet Mykonos Beaches: Agrari (less developed and nudist-friendly), Panormos-Agios Sostis (my favorite with beloved Kiki’s tavern), Fokos, Ftelia, Mersini, Merchia (no restaurants, no water, some tree shade) and Kapari
FAQ: What is the Best Time to Visit Mykonos?
If you wonder what is the best time to visit Mykonos, again it depends on what you want from the island. If you want to enjoy warm beaches, sunshine, and party at the popular beaches, then from June to September is the best time to visit Mykonos.
If you are looking to enjoy authentic Mykonos life, but you are afraid that everything will be closed, don’t be. Mykonos has 10.134 permanent residents, so a lot of the facilities stay open during the off-season to serve the locals and the visitors. What really closes are the large hotel chains, clubs, and bars. If you visit in October the waters will still be great for swimming, and the hotels will be much cheaper.
Spring and around Easter time, Mykonos is at its best and busy with Greeks having Easter on the island. Mykonos is full of flowers, churches are decorated and getting ready for the biggest Greek Orthodox Feast, Orthodox Easter.
A good example of a Cyclades Island during Easter is Tinos.
FAQ: How to Get to Mykonos Island
You can fly to Mykonos island from Athens Airport. There are several flights per day and the flight lasts about 25 min. Check Skyscanner for cheap and available flights.
Mykonos island is well connected by ferries from Athens’ main port, Piraeus, and Rafina, a smaller port of Athens. Book your ferry transfer with FerryScanner or FerryHopper to secure your seat, especially if you travel during the summer.
If you prefer to avoid the hassle of public transport and wish for some luxury pampering, you should book a private transfer with an English-speaking driver from Athens International Airport to Piraeus Ferries. Check availability and prices on Viator here
FAQ: How Many Days Should I Stay in Mykonos?
If you wonder how many days you should stay in Mykonos, the answer is that it depends on what you would like to experience and what is your budget, as Mykonos is an expensive island.
Mykonos is also a beloved island so many choose to stay there for their vacation, 1-2 or more weeks. Others, want just to tick it from their bucket list so they stay 1-2 days and see the very basics of Mykonos, Chora, and a couple of beaches. Although the island is widely commercialized, it provides both cosmopolitan and very quiet and remote areas if you prefer.
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- Ferries to the Greek Islands: Book your ferry transfer with FerryScanner or FerryHopper, and get the best prices in the market with no hidden fees
- Athens Metro Website (timetables and tickets info)
- Map of Athens Metro
- Trains (Hellenic Train)
- Public Buses KTEL
- Booking.com: I use Booking.com because I can get the best deals on both hotels and apartments, free cancellations, and great prices!
- Get Your Guide: For all your day or multi-day tours and city guide needs, I use Get Your Guide
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