Mykonos is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Greek islands. It is well-known for beautiful beaches, luxurious resorts and wild nightlife. I spent a week on the island and indulged in delicious food, epic sunsets and some of the best parties I’ve ever been to.
This Mykonos travel guide is filled with travel tips to help you plan an incredible trip!
What to Expect in Mykonos
- Language: The official language is Greek, but English is widely spoken.
- Currency: The Euro is used as currency (€)
- Credit Cards and Banks: Most restaurants and hotels will accept credit/debit cards. Be sure to bring plenty of cash for small purchases and public transportation.
- Climate: Hot dry summers and mild winter with constant winds.
Rainy season: Rain is very scarce in Mykonos but showers can occur between Oct – April.
Dry season: Mid-May through Mid-October weather is sunny and beach worthy.
Getting Around Mykonos
Depending on your type of trip, I’d recommend staying close to town. I stayed at an apartment in Lakka Square which was located in the heart of the downtown area. This is where all of the shops and restaurants are located (including “Little Venice.”)
Unless you’re staying at a resort, stay in town and rent a scooter for the duration of your stay. You can take scenic day trips to the beaches around the island. There are also bus transfers available from town to the nightclubs for a reasonable price. Don’t drink and drive!
Arriving by Air: The airport is located just 15 minutes from downtown Mykonos. There is no public transportation at the airport but a taxi should cost no more than 5-10 euros.
Arriving by Ferry: The journey between Athens and Mykonos takes between 3.5 hours (€54.50/high speed ferry) and 5 hours (€32/economy ferry).
Where to Stay in Mykonos
Even if you’re not staying at a 5-star resort, crash the pool bar for a swim and a cocktail!
Budget Accommodation in Mykonos
- Mina Studios: Studios & Apartments, kitchenette, Wi-Fi. Prices range from $38-90 per night. Mina Studios is a charming complex of family run studios near one of my favorite beaches, Psarou.
- Kymata Pension: Dorms & privates, ensuite bathrooms, free transfers, Wi-Fi. Prices range from $50-80 per night. Kymata Pension is a great value and is centrally located in Town Center.
- Villa Vasilis: Dorms & privates, kitchen, free transfers, Wi-Fi. Prices range from $40-50 per night. Villa Vasilis is a traditional Mykonian guesthouse located a short walk to Town Center on the way to Paradise beach.
- Hotel Aeolos: *Reader Recommendation*
- Lithos by Spyro & Flora: *Reader Recommendation*
Check AirBnB for guest room and apartment availability. I was traveling with four friends while staying in Mykonos and we found a great 3-bedroom apartment in the heart of Town Center for a deal!
The Best of Mykonos Accommodation
“Hotel Aeolos – the owner, Panos, is hilaaaarious! the hotel is gorgeous too.” – Kelly Jacikas
“Lithos by Spyra. Incredible, small with great owners.” – Peter Burns
What to Do in Mykonos
Whether you’re a scuba master or beach bum, there’s something here for everyone!
- Visit the Armenistis Lighthouse: While the lighthouse itself isn’t that remarkable, it’s a fun day trip on a scooter. Plus, the panoramic view from the Lighthouse is absolutely stunning!
- Try Windsurfing: Korfos Bay has excellent conditions for Kitesurfers. While I still haven’t tried it myself, it looks like a blast! Check out KiteMykonos for more info!
- Scuba Dive: Discover ancient Greece… underwater! Dive to ancient shipwrecks and check out the sea life at the reefs. (Be sure to go with a PADI dive school.)
- Party until Sunrise: Mykonos nightlife is well-known around the world. Start the party at one of the beach clubs and continue on until the sun comes up! Be sure not to miss: Scandinavian Bar, Tropicana Bar and Paradise Club for some of the best parties in Mykonos. Be sure to check out my complete Mykonos Party Guide!
- Gay-tivities: There is a huge gay scene in Mykonos and, whether you’re gay or not, the gay beaches and clubs are fun for everyone. Visit Super Paradise Beach for day parties at Jackie O and turn up the nightlife at Babylon or Kastros.
- Little Venice: This famous stretch of seaside restaurants and shops is a great spot for evening strolls at sunset. It might break the bank, but have dinner at one of the restaurants here for one of the most picturesque meals in Mykonos.
- The Windmills: Another must see are the windmills of Mykonos. They are one of the most iconic symbols in Mykonos and some date back to the 16th century.
Mykonos has plenty of places to make your mouth water!
- Matsuhisa at The Belvedere: The creator of Japanese fusion restaurant, Nobu, opened Matsuhisa at The Belvedere. Even if you don’t come for the food, don’t miss a cocktail at sunset. Try the Lychee Caipiroska or the “off-menu” Blonde Jack. I even listed it as one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in all of my travels!
- Fato a Mano: Authentic Italian in the heart of Mykonos. We ended up eating dinner at Fato a Mano twice in the course of the week because the food was THAT good. Wonderful owners and amazing eats!
- Jimmy’s Gyros: Jimmy’s is an iconic gyro spot in Town Center. The owner, Jimmy, is an absolute gem and his gyros are the best in town. They’re open late night just in case you find yourself walking home hungry from the club.
- Nautilus: Nautilus is a quaint little spot walking distance from Town Center. You’ll need to make reservations in advance, but the food and service are worth the wait!
- Little Venice: As I mentioned before, prices at the restaurants in Little Venice can be steep, but the seaside dining is incredible. Take a stroll and browse a few menus before deciding on dinner. There are quite a few to choose from!
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