Mykonos is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Greek Islands. It is well-known for beautiful beaches, luxurious resorts, summer party atmosphere 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. It's the ultimate destination for a whole lot of fun in the sun! This Mykonos travel guide is filled with travel tips to help you plan an incredible trip!
What to Expect in Mykonos
Many people find that Greece tends to be a lot less expensive than other European destinations, however, Mykonos tends to lean on the pricey side. Mykonos is famed for beautiful beaches, fantastic seafood, romantic resorts, and a crazy party scene. It is a popular tourist spot amongst the wealthy and many celebrities! While it’s an excellent honeymoon destination, the summer crowds tend to be young people looking for a good time.
Language: The official language is Greek, but English is widely spoken.
Currency: The Euro is used as currency (€).
As mentioned before, Mykonos is a bit pricier than other Greek islands, so plan to pay a premium at restaurants in the heart of Little Venice and for accommodation in central or beach areas.
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 Mykonos Town. This is where all of the shops and restaurants are located (including “Little Venice.”) You can stay closer to the beach, but you’ll likely pay a premium. Most beaches are just a few miles from the centre of town, so you can easily take a scooter to the beach for the day.
Rent a Scooter: Regardless of where you stay, rent a scooter or ATV for the duration of your stay. You can take scenic day trips to different beaches around the island. Nothing is really all that far to get to.
Buses: For nightlife, there are bus transfers available from town to the big nightclubs for a reasonable price. This is definitely the most affordable and reliable way to get back and forth. Don’t drink and drive!
Taxis: Organize an airport transfer through your accommodation if you can. Taxis can be unreliable at the airport and cost €15-20 (if they’re honest) for a quick ride to town.
Bluetopia Suites is a cute little B&B that sits in the Little Venice area of Mykonos City (pictured above) and right next to the Mykonos Windmills! It is a beautiful property, in the perfect location, with all the simple amenities you could need on a trip to Mykonos.
Location: Mykonos Town/Little Venice
Price Range: $$-$$$
Nissaki Boutique Hotel
Nissaki Boutique Hotel is one of the most picturesque luxury beach hotels in Mykonos and is located on Psarou Beach, one of my favorite beaches. Surrounded by the amazing atmosphere of Mykonos, Nissaki is considered a jewel amongst luxury hotels!
Location: Psarou Beach
Price Range: $$$
Nestled into the hillside above Elia Bay, the 5-star Myconian Villa Collection is a uniquely luxurious resort concept. Enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view on the entertainment deck, saltwater infinity pool, and magnificent interiors that this gorgeous Villa Collection provides.
Location: Multiple Properties
Price Range: $$$
Hotel Belvedere Mykonos
Hotel Belvedere is located near Town Center and is one of the most beautiful boutique hotels I’ve been to. Be sure to stop by the rooftop bar for a cocktail at sunset or enjoy dinner at Nobu’s famous restaurant, Matsuhisa.
Location: Mykonos Town
Price Range: $$$
Mina Studios is a charming complex of family-run studios near one of my favorite beaches, Psarou. They offer studios & apartments, kitchenettes, and Wi-Fi.
Location: Platis Gialos Beach
Price Range: $$
Sugar Blue Apartments
The Sugar Blue apartments are an awesome alternative to a hotel—they’re located just five minutes from Mykonos Town and come with a kitchen, WiFi, and a full private suite. Plus, amazing sunset views!
Location: Mykonos Town
Price Range: $$
Lithos by Spyros & Flora
Lithos offers great-valued studios and apartments—minimally furnished but oh, so beautiful! Perfect for those traveling on a budget but want an alternative to a hostel, each studio comes with a kitchenette, TV, private bathrooms. And don’t get me started on the pool views!
Location: Agios Ioannis Beach
Price Range: $
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 food in the heart of Mykonos. We ended up eating dinner at Fato a Mano twice in one week because the food was THAT good. Wonderful owners and amazing eats!
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 is a quaint little spot walking distance from Town Center serving up authentic Myconian eats. You’ll need to make reservations in advance, but the food and service are worth the wait!
Little Venice (Neighborhood)
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!
Try Kite Surfing
Korfos Bay has excellent conditions for kite surfers. While I still haven’t tried it myself, it looks like a blast! Check out Kite Mykonos for more info.
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!
Party until Sunrise
Mykonos nightlife is well-known around the world. Start the party at one of the beach clubs and continue until the sun comes up! Be sure not to miss the Scandinavian Bar, Tropicana Bar or Paradise Club for some of the best parties in Mykonos. Be sure to check out my complete Mykonos Beach and Party Guide!
Discover ancient Greece… underwater! Dive to ancient shipwrecks and check out the sea life at the reefs. The Peloponnese Wreck off Mykonos is one of the most iconic dives in the Greek islands. (Be sure to go with a PADI dive center!)
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.
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.
Another must-see is the windmills of Mykonos. They are one of the most iconic symbols in Mykonos and some date back to the 16th century.