Mykonos is one of Greece’s most popular islands. Mykonos was the first stop on our 10 day Greece Trip and it was so much fun! Whether you are there to party or to relax, it is a beautiful island to add to your Greece itinerary. It’s filled with charm, culture, and beautiful views. Mykonos is a party town – you will find a lot of bars and beach clubs, but it is also a great island for relaxation. They are known for their amazing beaches and beautiful turquoise waters. Mykonos is a small island so it can easily be explored in a few days. We stayed in Mykonos for two and a half days. Even though it seems super quick, we felt like we had enough time to experience all the top stops. I recommend visiting for 2-4 days. In this Mykonos Travel Guide, I will be sharing how to get there, where to stay, restaurant recommendations and and everything about what to do in Mykonos Greece in 2 days!
How to Get to Mykonos
There are two ways you can get to Mykonos – plane or ferry.
We took a flight from New Jersey to Athens and then took a flight from Athens to Mykonos. The flight is only 35-50 min and it goes by so fast! We also arranged transportation beforehand so we were picked up at the Mykonos airport and taken to our hotel.
You can also take a ferry from Athens to Mykonos. It takes about 5-6 hours and it is a more affordable option. However, I recommend flying to maximize your time exploring Greece.
Where to Stay in Mykonos
If you are deciding where to stay in Mykonos, one thing to think about is whether or not you want to stay by the beaches or in Mykonos Town.
Mykonos Town is the heart of the island. This is where you will find all the cute blue and white alleyways. A lot of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, and clubs can be found here. There are also museums and galleries in the area to learn more about Greek culture. If you are interested in the nightlife or being walking distance to the boutique shops and restaurants, I recommend staying at a hotel in or near Mykonos Town.
If you want to be close to a beach and to the town, I recommend staying near Ornos Beach. This beach is one of the most popular and super family-friendly. And it’s only a 15 minute drive to Mykonos Town. You can find a bunch of beach front restaurants and there is a variety of hotels and luxury villas on and around the beach. This is the perfect option if you are looking to stay on the beach and be close to Mykonos Town.
If you are looking for a relaxing beach vacation, I recommend staying near Elia Beach. This is about 25 minutes from Mykonos Town. This beach doesn’t get too crowded so its perfect if you are looking to relax and unwind. You will find many luxury boutique hotels in the area.
Since we went at the end of April, the water was too cold to swim in so we decided to stay in Mykonos Town. I loved that we decided to stay close to town. It is the absolute cutest and I loved walking around.
We stayed at Semeli Hotel. The hotel was so nice. They had a pool, a smaller heated pool, and a hot tub. It also had a pool bar and a restaurant. They served a complimentary breakfast buffet and had the cutest decor in the restaurant and breakfast patio. It was only a 10 min walk to town so it was super convenient. I loved our hotel location.
The only thing is that our hotel room was super tiny. We booked the Superior Double Room and it didn’t really look like the photos on the website. But honestly it didn’t matter because we were never in our hotel room.
Where to Eat in Mykonos
Mykonos is filled with so many great restaurants. Every meal we had was absolutely delicious! These are the different restaurants we went to that I recommend:
Thioni Restaurant – This was the restaurant within our hotel. We had dinner here on our first night in Mykonos. We split a bunch of appetizers and they were amazing. The shrimp and octopus were delicious.
Nammos – The first beach we explored was Psarou Beach. We were starving for lunch so we picked a restaurant close by and we stumbled upon this one. We were glad we did because it was so good! It was a bit pricey but the food was amazing! We tried grilled squid stuffed with peppers and cheese and the grilled octopus over mashed fava beans. Yum!
Yialo Yialo – This restaurant is near Platys Gialos beach. The seafood is fresh. We ordered grilled shrimp and sea bass. They de-bone the fish right in front of you – which is so nice!
Niko’s Taverna – This restaurant is in the middle of Mykonos town and was recommended by our cab driver. It is great authentic traditional Greek food that is super affordable!
Nice N Easy – This restaurant is in Little Venice in Mykonos town. Make a reservation by 7 and get a table right by the water. It is the perfect place to watch the sunset. They have great seafood. Their fried calamari was the best I ever had!
What to Do in Mykonos
Walk around Mykonos Town
Exploring Mykonos Town was so much fun! I loved walking through the alleyways and seeing all the blue and white. Spend an afternoon wandering the little walkways and narrow streets. You can walk around and visit the different shops, hang out at a cafe, or get ice cream. There are endless restaurants and bars. Make sure to also check out the Old Port of the city and explore the waterfront.
The alleyways make a great Instagram spot for photos. I recommend going early so there are no people in your pictures. We went at 7am and the streets were empty!
Best Beaches in Mykonos
Mykonos is a beach paradise. Whether you are looking to swim, relax, or party – there is a beach for everyone. Every beach has a different vibe. We got to visit Psarou, Platys Gialos, and Ornos Beach.
Ornos Beach is a beautiful family friendly beach with calm turquoise waters and beautiful views. Agios Ioannis Beach is a small secluded beach and considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Psauro Beach is the most upscale and exclusive beach. Nammos Beach Club is popular there, where you can rent a sunbed with an umbrella. You can order food, drinks, and dessert and eat right on the beach! Since we went before the start of the season (before May 1st), we were able to get a sunbed for free.
Platis Gialos Beach is one of the popular beaches. It is a nice long beach, where you can find sunbeds, umbrellas, water sport activities and many restaurants and bars.
If you are looking to party, check out Paradise Beach and Paraga Beach. Paradise Beach is young and lively filled with many bars and clubs. At Paraga Beach, you will find three beach clubs: Scorpios, SantAnna, and Kalua.
If you are looking for more secluded beaches that are far away from the crowds, check out Elia Beach, Kalo Livadi Beach, Lia Beach, and Kalafati Beach. Keep in mind that since these are more quiet, there is no direct public transportation.
Visit Little Venice
Little Venice is a part of Mykonos that is right by the water. It is called Little Venice because it reminds you of Venice in Italy! They have cute little shops and it is filled with bars and restaurants right on the waterfront. You definitely have to eat dinner in this area so you can watch the sunset. It is such a beautiful sunset on the water. I highly recommend making a reservation in advanced!
Day Trip to Delos Island
If you are looking for a cool day trip idea from Mykonos, you have to check out Delos Island. The ferry ride from Mykonos to Delos Island is about 30 minutes. This island plays a major role in Greek history and mythology. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Delos was the birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis. This island was also known as a religious sanctuary. You will find ruins of various temples and a museum. You can book ferry tickets at the ticket booth in the harbor in Mykonos Town – they depart about every hour. If you don’t want to visit on your own, you can also book a tour and follow a guide to learn more about the history.
Visit the Windmills
The famous windmills of Mykonos (Kato Mili) were built in the 16th century and its one of the beautiful places in Mykonos. It overlooks the water and makes a great photo spot. It is a short walk from the Little Venice waterfront and they are free to visit. Due to the popularity, it can get crowded so I recommend going early in the morning to take photos. This is also a great spot to watch the sunset in Mykonos.
You can also check out Boni’s Windmill to get an amazing view of Mykonos Town.
How to Get Around Mykonos
Since we stayed in Mykonos town, we usually walked into town to explore. The beaches were a twenty minute car ride away so we mostly asked the hotel to call us a cab to take us to the beach.
On our first day, we saw that the beach was an hour away to walk. We decided to walk to see scenery, but we had to walk through busy roads and there wasn’t much to see. So if you are staying in Mykonos Town, definitely don’t walk to the beach (especially in flip flops like we did! That was not a good idea lol).
Cabs are a flat rate. We realized that no matter how far we were going, cabs were always either 15 or 20 Euro. There is also a bus system in Mykonos for a more budget friendly option!
What to Wear in Mykonos
We went to Mykonos at the end of April. It was 65 degrees during the day, but the sun made it feel like it was 80 degrees. I wore dresses and skirts during the day. It was chilly early in the morning and at night so I always carried a jean jacket or sweater to wear over my dress or skirt.
On our beach days, I wore a swimsuit with a cover-up or jean shorts. It was warm enough to lay out on a sunbed with your swimsuit, but too cold to swim in the water (unless you don’t mind cold water! – some people went in, but I’m a baby when it comes to cold water haha).
At night, I would wear jeans and a cute blouse with a sweater. Most of the streets are cobble stone, so definitely pack comfortable shoes. I didn’t bring heels on my trip. I just packed a comfortable pair of sandals, white sneakers, and flip flops.
In the summer it gets super hot so I would pack light, flowy dresses, rompers, and shorts. If you want to match the scenery, pack a lot of blue and white! I also recommend packing a sunhat and sunglasses since the sun can get really strong.
- Don’t forget to pack sunscreen! Like I said before, the sun is really strong.
- You can’t drink the water in Mykonos so I recommend buying water bottles at a grocery store. They are so much cheaper at the store, rather than buying a bottle at a restaurant.
- If you are going during the summer, it gets super busy so make sure you make dinner reservations ahead of time and get to the beach early to get a sunbed.
- Bring cash. Most restaurants and shops accept credit cards, but cab drivers only accept cash.
You can find out more about what to do in Mykonos Greece in 2 days by checking out my “Greece” Insta-story that is saved on my highlights!