One of the main tourist destinations in Greece, Mykonos attracts cruises, families, and honeymooning couples. It is the most expensive island in the Cyclades, but it’s tough to resist with its quiet winding streets, small alleys lined with whitewashed houses overlooking a beautiful harbor, beautiful beaches, amazing restaurants, and out of control nightlife. Mykonos is one of the most popular islands in Greece for a reason. I love the island, but, while this travel guide can help lower your costs, prices are so high during the peak season that I wouldn’t spend a lot of time here if you want to stick to a budget.
Top 5 Things to See and Do in Mykonos
1. Beach hop
2. Relax in Little Venice
3. Chora Village
4. Visit Delos
5. Panagia Paraportiani
Other Things to See and Do
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1. Hang out at Elia Beach
The longest stretch of white sands in Mykonos, this beach also has transparent waters and plenty of tavernas and bars from which to choose.
2. Go scuba diving
There’s great scuba diving around Mykonos. If you are a diver, consider taking a few dives while you are here. You won’t find a lot of coral but you’ll find lots of fish and even a few wrecks. An outing starts at 70 EUR.
3. Tour the museums
There are a number of different museums here, but most of them are only open from April to October. In Mykonos Town alone, there are five – The Archaeological Museum, Folklore Museum, Lena’s House Museum, Agricultural Museum & Boni Mill, and Aegean Maritime Museum. Admission typically runs from 3-7 EUR.
4. Find Petros the Pelican
Interestingly enough, the island of Mykonos has a beloved mascot—a real life Pelican. The original died in the late 80s, however, there are now 3 that inhabit the island. It’s fun to try to spot them and capture them in a photo.
5. Watch the sunset at the windmills
The windmills around Mykonos town are symbolic of the island, and also happen to be the most popular place to catch the sunset. Prepare for crowds if you plan to go; head over there early to get a good spot.
6. Go snorkeling
Even if you’re not a diver, you can still check out some of the underwater activity by renting some snorkeling equipment. Paranga Beach has the island’s best snorkeling conditions. An outing costs about 25 EUR.
7. Take a boat tour
Although this may not be a budget-friendly option, it’s a relaxing way to spend the afternoon. Depending on what you’re looking for, you can consider a variety of prices and options. You may want to arrange a private sailing trip or a tour on one of the island’s glass-bottomed boats. A tour on a glass-bottom boat is about 45 EUR with lunch included.