Mykonos is known as the party island in Greece. It’s certainly that, but it is also beautiful. There are so many fun beach clubs to go, restaurants to eat at, clubs where you can dance, and shops for gorgeous jewelry and clothing. I absolutely loved Mykonos because I loved that it offered so many different things to do depending on what you wanted to do. Today, I’m sharing my Mykonos travel guide with you all to help you navigate this island when visiting! If you don’t already have a trip planned, be sure to move it to the top of your list, soon.
We arrived in Mykonos via ferry after visiting Naxos. We checked into our hotel and enjoyed some time by the pool overlooking the ocean before getting ready and going into town to explore. I loved Mykonos town! All of the streets were so gorgeous and I loved the continuous shops and restaurants around every corner.
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WHERE TO STAY
We stayed at the Mykonos Bay Hotel. We loved the location, as it was set just on the beach with a beautiful pool and private beach chairs, but it was also just a short walk into town where all the shops and restaurants were. It is a picturesque Greek hotel in terms of decor. Everything is white with touches of blue and it is all stunning. The staff was so helpful and all of the food we had by the pool was delicious. They also have the most amazing cocktails there including a spicy watermelon cocktail, which is probably the most refreshing thing I’ve ever had in my life. I kept ordering more to our room while we were getting ready because it was SO good. I would definitely recommend this as a place to stay for it’s location, service, and for the beautiful rooms. We loved it! If you need other options, I’ve included some for you below.
- Lithos by Spyros and Flora: this beautiful boutique hotel is located just outside of town, but is close by one of the bus stops so you can easily get around as needed. The staff is reportedly so helpful and will help ensure your time on the island is best utilized.
- Grace Mykonos: this is an amazing lux hotel option. It is located right on the beach and has incredible service. The hotel’s interiors are as beautiful as the views. It is far enough away from town that you can feel secluded, but close enough to get there as needed. It has fabulous reviews and comes highly recommended!
- Nissaki Boutique Hotel: beautiful Greek style with a modern twist, this hotel has beautiful views and is conveniently located. It is located about a two minute walk from the beach and a five minute bus ride into town.
- Mykonos Theoxenia: this hotel is perfectly located just up the hill from Mykonos town. We walked past it on the way to and from ours every day and it is beautiful. The decor is so fun with a modern sixties influence and the hospitality is said to be one of a kind.
- Hotel Tagoo: this beautiful hotel is conveniently located close enough to town that you can walk as needed. The pool and sunset view are so amazing, that you might not have to leave much. The staff here treats its guests like family, which is why so many people stay here time and time again when visiting.
- Kivotos Mykonos: this hotel has four swimming pools: saltwater, freshwater, pipped in music, or not. You can go wrong with the views from any of them! They also have two on site restaurants and a spa, so you’re really good to go if you want to check in and never leave.
- Pietra e Mare: this secluded thirty-room boutique hotel is a perfect Greek hideaway. It is located right on a more private beach, but also has a pool if you’d rather lounge by that. This hotel allows you to experience Mykonos without fighting the crowds.
Just as with Santorini, I’m sure it would be hard to find a ‘bad’ hotel here. There seem to be endless options of beautiful, ideally decorated hotels that would be a great choice when visiting. We chose based on location, as well as wanting a hotel with both beach access and a pool. Having a general idea of what you plan to do when visiting will help you chose the perfect spot to call home during your time on this island.
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WHERE/WHAT TO EAT
- Fato A Mano: we ate here our first night and we both thought everything we had was so good. We split a few appetizers including a baked cheese dish that was to die for. We recommended it to the table next to us and they couldn’t stop saying how wonderful it was, too! I had a seafood pasta that I also loved for my main course. Definitely would recommend going here!
- M-Eating: we ate here our last night in Mykonos and it was delicious. We had several courses and they even brought us out a complimentary dessert to congratulate us on our wedding, only adding one more amazing touch on top of the already great service.
- La Casa: known for their Greek lasagna, this little restaurant was continually recommended.
- Bakalo: this restaurants is repeatedly recommended for it’s traditional Greek food made with only the best ingredients.
- Joanna’s Nikos Place: this restaurant is located on the beach and has amazing, authentic, highly rated Greek food.
- Sakis Grill House: the perfect pit stop for a gyro for a quick lunch or even a snack one day. They are authentic and delicious! I think this was the best gyro we had in Greece.
- Buddha Bar: the legendary Buddha Bar offers an amazing dining experience located right on the beach.
- Caprice Sea Satin Market: located right under the windmills, this is a very popular stop when in Mykonos for it’s fresh sea food and fun Greek music.
- Catari: this is a great option if you want a break from Greek food, as they are known for the Italian food. From Neapolitan pizzas to pasta, everything is cooked as it would be in Italy.
- Ling Ling by Hakkasan: this is the first Greek market style eatery owned by the London-based Hakkasan chain and it definitely lives up to its name in terms of food and service.
- Matsuhisa by Nobu: calling all Nobu and sushi fans. This is a great stop for your sushi craving with a beautiful panoramic view of Mykonos town.
- Remezzo: known for decades as the meeting spot, it has stunning views and traditional fine Greek food.
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WHAT TO DO
- Go to the beach clubs! Mykonos is known for it’s party scene and even if you don’t want to party it up, at least go lay at a beach club earlier in the day to relax and be waited on! They all have food and drinks, so its a fun experience. I’ve included a few to check out below. The first on our list had a few famous models at it while we were in town, but I’m pretty certain you can’t go wrong with any of them for a day of fun. If we were there several days, I think it’d be fun to go to several to be able to compare all the different vibes. The parties here start in the day and go into the wee hours of the morning.
- Jackie O’s
- Paradise Beach Club
- Hippie Fish
- Yialo Yialo
- Have a drink to watch the sunset in Little Venice. Kastros is an adorable bar there to try. Just don’t sit too close to the edge of a lot of the bars/restaurants! The water splashes up and you really will end up soaked.
- Joanna’s Nikos Place and Kalua Beach are also great places to watch the sunset. The view from our hotel was also amazing (it’s just a few steps down the beach from Nikos Place).
- Grab a cocktail at Lotus Bar, Aroma Cafe, or Cosi.
- See the windmills.
- SHOP! There are so many amazing stores here. I thought it was some of the best shopping on all of our honeymoon. Be sure you make your way up and down Matoyianni Street, too.
- Rent Kayaks or Canoes.
- Go on a boat tour around the island. Whether you rent a private boat or go on the sea bus, seeing Mykonos from the water will give you a great sense of the island and let you explore a lot more of it!
- Rarity Gallery: this is a free art gallery with a lot of awesome art pieces to see.
- Visit Vioma Organic Farm and have lunch if you can. This spot is supposedly such a cool experience with a great meal to go along with it! It’s so cool to be able to see where your food is actually coming from.
- Check out the night life.
- Skandanavian Bar: this was a fun spot we went by after dinner one night that has both an upstairs dance floor with an awesome DJ and people hanging outside of the bar all along the street.
- Cavo Paradiso: this open air club often features a lot of well known DJs. They recommend reserving a table ahead of time so you are squeezed in.
- @54: this club attracts a variety of people, all who go to dance.
- Tropicana Beach Club: this is the never ending beach club scene where you can party as long as your little heart desires.
- Paradise Beach Club: they are known for bringing in a lot of high profile DJs or musicians to help create a never-ending dance party scene.
- Super Paradise Beach Club: an obligatory stop in Mykonos, this beach club is known for its non stop parties.
- Void: this is the newest on the club scene aimed at night parties, as they are open from 12AM to 8AM.
- Astra: this is a nice hybrid between a cocktail lounge and a nightclub. This is a smaller place where you can truly experience the Mykonos scene.
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- Make reservations in advance, particularly for prime beach clubs. I’d also recommend dinner reservations! You can wander in places earlier, but it’s nice to have them to ensure your spot.
- Don’t rush when shopping! Because Mykonos is a party town, the shops there stay open until the very wee hours of the morning. It’s probably smart on their part! Shop around for what you want. I searched up and down for a ‘evil eye’ ring (similar to this one) as a souvenir and waited until I found just what I wanted at the right price.
- You may find nude sun bathers around, some even doing so as a family. Not so much a travel tip as a heads up!
- Your transportation needs will depend on where you stay. We were able to walk from out hotel into town, then used their driving service to get a car to take us to and from beach clubs during the day. There are a limited number of taxis on the island, but it seems that most hotels have cars you can use, which cost just a little more than cabs. There are also buses which run throughout Mykonos and can be easy to navigate and safe to ride. If you want to be able to get around on your own without walking, there are also four wheelers you can rent, although it didn’t seem as safe or easy to ride them around here as it did in Santorini.
I hope this helps you when planning a trip to Mykonos or has seriously made you want to plan one. I absolutely loved our time spent on this island and cannot wait to go back! The energy on it is incredible, as were the views and food. It’s such a fun mix of opportunities based on your preferences, which is so nice. If you’ve been to Mykonos and have any must visit spots that I missed, please let me know! XO