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Welcome to Mykonos

When it comes to the Greek islands, few places are able to meet idealized expectations like the island of Mykonos, with its stark-white buildings and beautiful beaches on the azure waters of the Aegean Sea. Now one of the more cosmopolitan destinations in Greece, Mykonos also serves as a convenient jumping-off point for nearby attractions. The neighboring island of Delos—the alleged birthplace of Artemis and Apollo—scratches that mythology itch with its treasure trove of ancient ruins, including the Temple of Apollo, Sacred Way, and Terrace of the Lions. Visitors who decide to book a tour have the choice of a catamaran, yacht, sailing boat, or even cruise ship to explore the nearby uninhabited island of Rhenia and its paradise beach; and guided scuba diving and snorkeling trips are popular ways to enjoy the region’s clear blue waters. Back on Mykonos island, there are two main communities: Mykonos Town, or Chora, is a sea of charming whitewashed houses and winding streets originally intended to confuse invading pirates. Though the town has developed rapidly, its original style is intact and evident in the medieval houses and wooden terraces of Little Venice. Inland, the small village of Ano Mera has a different energy, with a 16th century monastery and traditional tavernas still steeped in the old Mykonian spirit. After all the sightseeing tours, soak in Greek island spirit against a sunset backdrop to end any day in this Cycladic gem.

Top 15 things to do in Mykonos

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Little Venice

Little Venice

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Situated in Chora Mykonos (aka Mykonos Town), the waterfront quarter of Little Venice is one of the island’s top sunset-viewing spots. Rows of whitewashed old fishermen’s houses—now occupied by bars, shops, and restaurants—back onto the seafront, their brightly painted red and blue balconies jutting out over the water.More
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Mykonos Windmills (Kato Mili)

Mykonos Windmills (Kato Mili)

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The whitewashed windmills lined up on a hill overlooking Mykonos Town are a signature island sight. Capped with wood and straw, the 3-story conical windmills were built in the 16th century to mill flour. Out of the 16 preserved windmills on the island, seven are found in the area of Kato Mili overlooking the Chora Mykonos harbor.More
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Mykonos Cruise Port

Mykonos Cruise Port

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The cruise port of Mykonos offers easy access to both the town itself, called Chora, as well as the rest of the island and its sun-drenched beaches. Take time to get a little lost in the town’s maze of charming streets and traditional buildings full of shops, cafés, and restaurants before heading back to the ship or hotel.More
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Church of Panagia Paraportiani

Church of Panagia Paraportiani

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The flower-bedecked Church of Panagia Paraportiani is a highlight of your walk through Mykonos’ picture-perfect Little Venice. Built between the 14th and 17th centuries, the island’s most photographed church is comprised of five whitewashed chapels across two floors that once guarded the entrance to the town’s castle.More
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Kalafatis Beach

Kalafatis Beach

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Recognized with the prestigious Blue Flag award, sweeping, golden Kalafatis Beach (often written Kalafati Beach is Mykonos’ water sports epicenter. Choose between activities from scuba diving to windsurfing to stand-up paddleboarding and water skiing—or soak up the rays on one of Mykonos’ quieter stretches of sand.More
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Panagia Tourliani Monastery

Panagia Tourliani Monastery

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Most visitors come to Ano Mera, in the interior of Mykonos, to see the Byzantine Panagia Tourliani Monastery, fronted by an ornate bell tower with triple bells. Its interior is perhaps even more impressive, with carved marble and wood, Byzantine frescoes, crystal chandeliers, a gilded pulpit, and a wooden altar screen with scenes from the New Testament.More
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Armenistis Lighthouse (Faros Armenistis)

Armenistis Lighthouse (Faros Armenistis)

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With its stark white tower perched atop the Cape Armenistis cliffs and views stretching out over the sea, the Armenistis Lighthouse (Faros Armenistis feels a world away from the lively streets of nearby Mykonos town. Though the lighthouse is no longer in use, it remains an impressive landmark and a popular spot to admire the sunset.More
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Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach

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By day, Paradise Beach is a water sports hot spot, with swimsuit-clad revelers enjoying banana boat rides, Jet Ski jaunts, and scuba diving excursions. Come late afternoon, its legendary party scene gets going as fun-seekers flock to the beach bars and clubs for music, dancing, drinking, and fun.More
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Ornos Beach

Ornos Beach

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Tucked away from the buzzing nightlife of Mykonos Town, Ornos Beach is draped around a sheltered bay whose calm water makes it a popular family swimming spot. A generous selection of seafront restaurants, tavernas, and resorts offer plenty of amenities for a day in the sun or a longer stay on the island’s quieter side.More
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Manto Mavrogenous Square (Plateia Manto Mavrogenous)

Manto Mavrogenous Square (Plateia Manto Mavrogenous)

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Looking out over the Old Port and marking the entrance to historic Mykonos Town is Manto Mavrogenous Square (Plateia Manto Mavrogenous)—the lively epicenter of the quintessential Greek Island destination. A popular starting point for walking tours, the square boasts handicraft shops, restaurants, and cafes along its seafront promenade, while its white-painted, blue-shuttered buildings make for a pretty photo opportunity against the ocean backdrop.At the heart of the square stands its namesake monument, an unassuming statue of Manto Mavrogenous, the Greek war heroine famous for her role in the Greek War of Independence.More
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Terrace of the Lions

Terrace of the Lions

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The Terrace of the Lions, built around 600 BC to honor Apollo, is today the most iconic image of Delos island. Nearly a dozen of the squatting guardian cats once lined the Sacred Way, but only seven have survived. The ones you see today perched atop piles of brick and rubble are replicas; see the originals in the site’s museum.More
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Aegean Maritime Museum

Aegean Maritime Museum

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Maritime history buffs will find a trove of fascinating exhibits at the Aegean Maritime Museum, housed in a traditional 19th-century Myconian villa in the heart of Mykonos town. Admire model ships, nautical maps and navigational instruments, ancient coins, and a gigantic 19th-century lighthouse lantern, which stands in the museum garden.More
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Mykonos Town (Chora Mykonos)

Mykonos Town (Chora Mykonos)

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From the sea, the sun sparkles off the jumble of whitewashed houses and churches lining a maze of narrow, winding streets in Mykonos Town (Chora Mykonos). This picturesque Cycladic town, perched on a harbor in the middle of a wide bay, serves as the island’s commercial hub—its traditional buildings now occupied by shops, cafés, galleries, and Greek restaurants.More
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Mykonos Folklore Museum

Mykonos Folklore Museum

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Housed in the old captain’s house on the seafront of Mykonos town, the Mykonos Folklore Museum transports visitors back to the 1800s, offering a unique glimpse into 19th-century life on the island. Take a peek at a typical period bedroom, kitchen, and sitting room, decked out with traditional oil lamps and vintage furniture.More

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How to Spend 1 Day on Mykonos

How to Spend 1 Day on Mykonos

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Top activities in Mykonos

Mykonos Catamaran Daytime or Sunset Sailing with Food and Drinks
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Mykonos Sail Cruise to Delos&Rhenia, BBQ&Drinks, optional Delos Tour & Transfer
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Half-Day Delos Tour from Mykonos

Half-Day Delos Tour from Mykonos

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Mykonos Town and Island Half-Day Tour
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Delos Day Trip from Mykonos

Delos Day Trip from Mykonos

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The Authentic Rhenia-Delos Cruise

The Authentic Rhenia-Delos Cruise

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Mykonos Catamaran Private Sailing Cruise with Food and Drinks
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Mykonos: Combo Yacht Cruise to Rhenia and Guided Tour of Delos (free transfers)

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Half-Day Private Guided Tour in Mykonos

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Mykonos Wild Experience Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Mykonos

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Fun!
Kelly_B, Aug 2022
Discover Authentic Mykonos
Got to see all the sites with a knowledgeable guide.
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Great day with Matt!!!
Kasey_A, Jul 2022
Sightseeing with a Mykonian (max.8people)
First, we did a walking tour of old town and the windmills, then he took us to visit a monastery in another village on the island, and we topped things off with a swim on a beautiful beach complete with yummy homemade snacks from Matt!!
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Worth it!
Anamaria_P, Jul 2022
Tour and Wine Tasting in Mykonian Land
It allows you to see a part of Mykonos away from all of the tourism!
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Customer care excellent but too wavy and windy
mariarosaria_s, Jul 2022
Mykonos: Superior Cruise to Rhenia Island and Delos Guided Tour (free transfers)
I suggest only to go directly to visit the ancient place because it is very hard Enjoy the sun and jump in the water .
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Mykonos MAGIC
Carolyn_M, Jun 2022
Half-Day Highlights of Mykonos Tour
Would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to see the island in a very comfortable and small group setting!
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Really Good Tour
DANNY_S, Jun 2022
Mykonos Shore Excursion with Terminal Pickup
Tour covered all the things you would want to see in Mykonos.
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Fun boat tour with friendly crew
Riley_H, Jun 2022
Catamaran Day & Sunset Cruises with meals Drinks and transportation
Perfect if you want to see more remote islands off Mykonos.
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Nice time
Carole_C, May 2022
Sightseeing with a Mykonian (max.8people)
You got to see the “main attraction” of Mykonos town, Little Venice, Windmills as well as more local view.
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Great way to see the highlights of Mykonos!
kelliehansell, May 2022
Small-Group Half-Day Tour in Mykonos
The tour was a perfect way to see all of the highlights of Mykonos.
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Fun day out.
Joanne_T, May 2022
Semi-Private Lux Brand-New Catamaran in Mykonos (with Meal, Drinks & Transport)
Excellent trip with nice friendly people, nice way to see the beaches of Mykonos.
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Must See Delos!
Stuart_B, May 2022
Ancient Delos Tour
A great opportunity to see history and the way people lived years and years ago.
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The best way to see Mykonos
Susan_M, Apr 2022
Private Tour: Mykonos Island in Half a Day
Since we only had 1/2 day to e on Mykonos, we were able to see quite a bit of the island and get to know its history through this tour!
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Great Way to See Mykonos in a Day
Sierra_L, Apr 2022
Mykonos Highlights by a local
Would definitely recommend doing this tour if you won't be on Mykonos long and want to see the highlights.
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What happens in Mykonos stays in Mykonos
Sharon_A, Aug 2022
Half-Day Highlights of Mykonos Tour
Would recommend if you want to see different spots within the island.
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Best way to see the island
Ryan_C, Aug 2022
Small-Group Half-Day Tour in Mykonos
This was the best use of time for us being on a cruise and only having 6 hours to visit Mykonos.
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Best tour guide ever!
Yanissa_M, Aug 2022
Mykonos Shore Excursion with Terminal Pickup
She was so knowledgeable of the places we could visit, the history of the place, the special attractions or where to take a great picture.
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Amazing Photo Session
Candace_W, Jul 2022
Photography Session in Mykonos
Since I was only in Mykonos for a few days, It was also great to see the touristy places around the town while getting great photos while touring.
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Adventurous and Fun!
Maria_O, Jul 2022
Rent an ATV/QUAD 450cc and explore mykonos, on wheels
Another way to skip the touristy routes and get to see the local places.
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Highly Recommend!
Diane_H, Jul 2022
Discover Authentic Mykonos
The tour provided solid information that served as a guide for the personal activities and beaches that we visited during the remainder of our stay in Mykonos.
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Highlight of our trip!!
Elizabeth_E, Jul 2022
Romantic Cycling Tour in Mykonos
Dimitris and Dimitra were wonderful guides/hosts and everything about the tour was magical - from the picturesque family farm & winery where we began (farm cats included), to the ride through the beautiful countryside (allowing us to see a much different side of Mykonos), to the cultural insights shared while stopped at a local church, to the most perfect sunset picnic (and some very delicious wine & snacks), and ending with a stunning starlight ride back.
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What is Mykonos known for?

One of Greece’s Cyclades islands, Mykonos’ claim-to-fame is its frenetic nightlife, welcoming of the LBGTQ community, and glam nature. These sit comfortably alongside its classic Greek culture and landscapes: cue whitewashed villages, blue-domed churches, wooden fishing boats, and simple tavernas huddled among hip hotels and restaurants.

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What can I do in Mykonos for a week?

From hidden coves to golden sweeps, Mykonos is primed for beach vacations. Dedicate several days to lounging at beauties such as Psarou or Lia beach before discovering wider Mykonos. Browse boutiques in trendy Mykonos Town, admire the island’s windmills, and join in the wild beach parties and nighttime clubbing scene.

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Is Mykonos safe for LGBTQ people?

Yes. Mykonos is regarded as one of the world’s top LGBTQ destinations. Although local life remains fairly traditional, the tourist scene first embraced gay visitors in the 1960s. Today, the vast majority of hotels are LGBQT-friendly, and the island is home to countless LGBTQ bars, nightclubs, parties, and events.

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What is there to do in Mykonos during the day?

Most Mykonos holidaymakers spend their days on the beach, recharging for the raucous night ahead. To start the party early, hit bar-lined Paradise beach, or escape to one of the island’s quieter bays. Alternatively, enjoy lunch at a seafront Little Venice eatery, go snorkeling, or sail to see Delos’ classical ruins.

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What should I not miss in Mykonos?

No Mykonos vacation is complete without sampling its party scene. At dusk, begin with cocktails in downtown Mykonos—the 180 Degrees Sunset Bar serves drinks alongside sunset views. Then, join the throngs at the frenetic Tropicana Beach Bar at Paradise Beach before hitting Cavo Paradiso’s heaving dance floor and outdoor pool.

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What can I do in Mykonos aside from party?

Plenty. Ride a ferry to the islet of Delos to roam the ruins of its ancient Greek temples, theater, and houses and to explore its statue-filled museum. Alternatively, carve through Mykonos’ aquamarine waters on a catamaran cruise, or strike out inland to discover sleepy villages, secret beaches, and the island’s iconic windmills.

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