Mykonos – The white washed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades where glamour meets simplicity. Named after the grandson of Apollo and formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules as per Greek mythology. Lets discover The Best of Mykonos in 3 Days.- The Island of Winds. 

Mykonos in 3 Days.
Mykonos in 3 Days.

The Best things to do in Mykonos in 3 Days.

The name “Cyclades” refers to the islands forming a circle around the sacred island of Delos. Millions of Greeks and tourists from around the world, visit the island every year to enjoy the dazzling sunlight and the crystal blue waters. Mykonos is one of the most popular island destinations in the world. The numerous cafes, chic boutiques and souvenir shops help visitors enjoy the sunny days whilst the beach bars and clubs keep you busy all night long. There is something that keeps this island buzzing and its vibrant atmosphere is electric. So lets find out how to enjoy Mykonos in 3 Days.

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Best time to go to Mykonos.

The best time to visit Mykonos is between June and September when it’s sunny, hot, and the water is perfect for swimming. But be mindful as this also makes it the most busiest and expensive time to visit the Greek Islands. Since most people go to Mykonos for the beaches and nightlife during the peak season from June to September it is pretty quiet here in May and October though the weather is still very pleasant.

We decided to visit Mykonos in the first week of June, just before the summer rush and also a more affordable vacation time to enjoy Mykonos in 3 Days. Water temperature heat throughout the summer months and is warmest in August and early September.

Is Mykonos expensive? Most of popular Greek Islands are expensive but I found Mykonos to be the most- So please be mindful, plan and budget accordingly.

How to get to Mykonos. 

The nearest International airport would be Athens airport, Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) but Mykonos has a smaller airport which is connected internationally as well. Flights from Athens to some of the most popular Greek Islands only take about 30-60 minutes while ferries take anywhere from 3 to 10+ hours. If you book early flights are quite cheap and the faster way to travel between the island. Would suggest you always start by searching for flights to the Greek Islands before looking into ferries. If you prefer the ferry then use the high speed ones and book directly with the companies like Seajets.

By Air: A short flight from Athens just under an hour. We went with the local airline Agean and must say was a very comfortable flight.  The airport is located just 15 minutes from downtown Mykonos. There is not much public transportation at the airport but a taxi should not cost you more than €10-€15.

By Ferry: The journey between Athens and Mykonos takes between 3.5 hours (€54.50/high speed ferry) and 5 hours (€32/economy ferry).

During the peak season it can be difficult to get taxi purely down to the sheer number of taxi’s available on the island. Saying this you can connect to the main city quite easily by local bus or private taxis. Most of the hotels offer pick ups and drops and we had one waiting for us.

Cars are not permitted in the main town of Mykonos. Most of it is pedestrian but you can leave your car in a parking place on the outskirts. Buses, taxis and small passenger boats provide transport around the island.

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Where to stay in Mykonos.

It is difficult to find budget accommodation in Mykonos especially during the high season –  so your best option is to book as early as possible and try to avoid these months.

From high-end luxury accommodation to more accessible budget hotels there is something you will find that will fit your pocket. But the key is book in advance and avoid the peak season.

The old port area or the downtown of Mykonos  along with aLittle Venice and the chora are the most popular places to stay in Mykonos. But these come with a hefty price tag as well. A few minutes away from the main town you can find quality boutique hotels at a much more reasonable prices. Ornos is another great area to stay in Mykonos.

Our choice was the Vencia Boutique Hotel just a short walk away from the main city centre and offering some of the best views of the island.

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Vencia Boutique Hotel

Our Hotel – Mykonos in 3 Days.

Vencia Boutique Hotel is decorated in true Mykonos style and includes a total of 31 rooms. A beautiful lobby area with a 24 hour reception and free parking for guests wishing to travel around by car. The hotel has stunning views of the Aagean sea with an infinity pool overlooking the town. The hotel offers a buffet breakfast for guests which is served daily in the Karavaki Bar Restaurant.

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The restaurant is open all day so guests can also enjoy Mediterranean dishes and drinks with a spectacular views pf the town in the evening. The hotel is just a 10 minute walk from Mykonos Town centre where you will find an array of restaurants, bars and nightlife. I could not find any flaws in this hotel so would highly recommend. Spacious rooms with breadth taking views of Mykonos ( try and get sea view rooms). The staff are very friendly and happy to help at anytime with anything.

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Depending on your budget and what ticks your box would I would suggest start booking early and the best place to check would be at any of the comparison websites. If you want to go with my choice just contact them direct on Vencia Boutique  and they will be more then happy to assist.

Things To Do in Mykonos in 3 Days.

There is something to do for everyone on this island, from relaxing beaches to the wildest parties. You can also do day trips to the nearby island of Dilos which is full of archaeological sites. Stroll the whitewashes streets of the old town, watch the windmills and have a drink in Little Venice. If you are a party animal then you can dance all day in the beach bars and all night at the numerous clubs the island has to offer.

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White washed town of Mykonos

Stroll around The Chora. 

The main town of Mykonos, also called Chora by the locals, is a typical Cycladic village with whitewashed houses with colorful doors and windows. The narrow streets forming a labyrinth flanked by beautiful whitewashed churches and contrasting purple bougainvilleas adding a burst of colour. The most striking thing about the main town is the whitewashed look which gives a very soothing yet sheek look and what you anticipate from Mykonos.

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Whitewashed buildings of the Chora

Wander around the pedestrian streets filled with shops and chic boutiques which are colourful and busy. The most glamorous street of all is Matoyánni Street, lined with some the most popular and high end brands and a treasure trove for shoppers with cash to splash. From traditional loomed goods sold by the local artisans to designer hand bags by Louis Vuitton the island has it all.

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Louis Vuitton store Mykonos
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Streets of Mykonos

The best part of this town is to get lost in the white washed lanes and enjoy the fascinating visuals at every corner of this labyrinth town. Pay a visit to the church of Panayia Paraportiani, the Town hall and the castle situated above the harbour.

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Petros the Pelican

While strolling around don’t be surprised if you come across Petros the Pelican, the official mascot of Mykonos. Pétros was found by a fisherman after a storm in 1954, and eventually became the locals companion. When he died, the grief of his loss was so deep that a replacement was soon found and the tradition continues.

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Petros the Pelican – Mykonos

Visit Little Venice.

One of the most scenic corners of the island is Alefkántra or Little Venice. Dating back to the 18th century, lined by the white washed houses with colourful balconies  perched over the sea, this is a view which will leave you with a memory of a lifetime.

The heart of the city is closed to traffic which gives you the option to walk along the streets. The best time to enjoy this part of the city is the morning when the city is much calmer and the tourists are either at the beach or sleeping off their long night of partying. The main town can be traveled all on foot and is the best way to enjoy it.

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Little Venice Mykonos

These houses here were built by the early ship captains who decided to settle here and build magnificent homes overlooking the sea. Today, many of these homes have been transformed into cozy restaurants, bars, shops and nightclubs, making this a bustling place at all hours of the day. Some of them have been converted into boutique hotels offering unparalleled views of the Agean sea from your bedroom window.

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You can relax in one of the waterfront cafes and admire the views of the iconic  windmills of Mykonos. 

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The Windmills of Mykonos.

These iconic windmills overlooking Little Venice date back to the 16th century when the people of this island used it to grind their grain. The windmills are no longer operational and stand as a monument to early innovation. The windmills are the first thing seen when coming into the harbour of Alefkandra, as they stand on a hill overlooking the area. They are all cylindrical in shape, white with very small windows. Such windmills are found in almost all Cyclades islands.

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The windmills have some of the best views overlooking Little Venice. A great place to watch the sunset over Mykonos.

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Little Venice Mykonos

The Beaches of Mykonos 

The beaches of Mykonos are famous for their golden sand and crystal clear waters. There is a beach for every taste. If you want to party, then Paradise and Super Paradise beach is for you. If you want a more family friendly beach, you can head to Ornos and Lia. But if you are after a trendy beach, where the celebrities have been spotted, then you should go to Psarou.

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The beaches of Mykonos are the most popular tourist attractions in Greece so most of them are well organised with all the required facilities. They offer great seaside accommodation including swish beach bars, restaurants and water sports centres. The island is a paradise for water sport enthusiasts. It is only natural that the “Island of the Winds” should attract surfers and sailors from all over the world.

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Beach bars – Mykonos
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Paradise Beach –

Is Paradise Beach Bar child friendly? After some clarification from our hotel staff we visited the famous Paradise Beach which I had heard so much about. We were advised that if you visited the beach in the morning it was family friendly with lots of children and to my surprise it was.

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Paradise Beach – Mykonos

There were loads of families enjoying the beach and it was a complete opposite to what you see and hear about it being a mad party destination. However if you are looking for family fun – make sure you are here early and leave by late afternoon as this is when the party begins. We returned that evening without the kids and this was another place completely. Home to the renowned Tropicana Club it is a party paradise.

Nightlife in Mykonos in 3 Days.

Mykonos is a known as a party island and has some of the best nightlife in Greece. The best way to enjoy the party island is by visiting the bars in Little Venice and watching the sunset. Enjoy the fancy selection of cocktail and as the night progresses you can are in high spirits and ready to hit the party spots in the island.

Best party places in Mykonos in 3 Days.

My favourite would be Caprice and Galleraki Cocktail Bar. Besides the island’s extreme nightlife, Mykonos boasts of vibrant and day-time party destination. Home to some of the best beach parties all day long – head to the famous beach bars – Tropicana, Nammos, Scorpios and Jackie O on the beach. The options are endless.

If you want to try the finest try the more relaxed and upmarket establishment Bonbonniere.

The party never stops on this Island.

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What to Eat in Mykonos 

The opportunity to treat yourself to some local Aegean specialties! Pepper flavoured kopanistí, a soft cheese seasoned with pepper, is the island’s gastronomic trademark.

Meat eaters can sample “loúzes” (cooked pork filet with spices) and tasty local sausages sprinkled with pepper.

To finish off your meal you can sample local pastries, “amigdalotá” (small round cakes with ground almond, rosewater and caster sugar) and honey pie.

Where to Eat in Mykonos 

When it come to food there is plenty to choose from. With an exciting and ever evolving restaurant scene, Mykonos is a destination for foodies. The island is home to some of the best restaurants in Greece serving anything from the finest to quick fast food.

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Kiki’s Tavern – 

One of the most popular and cozy tavern, is perfectly located above the beach at Agios Sostis. Food is grilled outdoors on a charcoal barbecue because there is no electricity. A very different experience and one you will never forget. With no electricity they don’t have a specific website nor a phone you can call to book a table so you need to go there yourself.

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Katerina’s Bar – 

Katerina’s Bar and Restaurant is ideally located in Little Venice with which stunning views over the water and the historic windmills and some great food.

Eva’s Garden 

Tucked away in the heart of the Old Town is this wonderful restaurant serving quality local Greek specialties. You must try the spanikopita (spinach pie) or tzatziki and grilled fresh bream. The restaurant is intimate and romantic, with guests seated on a small outdoor patio shaded by hanging vines.

Cavo Paradiso –

The 3,000-capacity clifftop danceteria where some of the most famous DJs from around the world have left their mark. A great bar and food to keep you charged up.

My favourite – Caprice. 

Located right on the water’s edge in Chora, with the sounds of the waves and overlooking the windmills it is just out of this world. It offers some of the best cocktails on the island and unparalleled views of the island – this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy Mykonos.

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Caprice.

Jackie O’ – 

Besides being one of the most famous beach clubs in Mykonos, the menu served in this sensually curved space offers some of the brightest, lightest, most enjoyable food on the island.

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Mykonos is surely the party animal of the Cycladic Islands. But there’s more to this island then just partying, the dazzling sand, highly fashionable stores, chic restaurants, a celebrities playground and unparalleled views that make Mykonos what it is. 

 

Mykonos in 3 Days – My list of Must Do and See

  • Explore the alleys of Chora (Mykonos Town)
  • Party at Tropicana on Paradise Island. 
  • Enjoy the sunset whilst sipping a cocktail @ Caprice
  • Get photographed with the windmills the most famous monuments of the Cyclades Islands.
  • Go on a shopping spree along Matogianni.
  • Admire the views of Little Venice. 
  • Visit the Panagia Paraportiani church, the most important architectural and religious monument of the Cyclades Islands.
  • Sample traditional Greek food at Kiki’s tavern.
  • Cruise the Delos Island. 
  • Sunbathe on one of the many beaches of Mykonos.
  • Snorkel and dive at the Paradise House Reef.
  • Above all come fall in Love with Mykonos the Island of Winds. 
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Next Stop Santorini.... We started our journey of Grecce in the capital Athens followed by Mykonos and onto Santorini.

Hope this helps you plan your trip of the Greek Islands.

Another great post that will help you plan your trip to Mykonos. MyLi’l Travel Book – Mykonos.

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The Best of Mykonos in 3 Days.

74 COMMENTS

  1. Wow! Your amazing pictures have completely swayed my heart. This looks like a perfect dream holiday I would so love to go for. The hypnotic vistas, the restless sea, delicious food and a luxurious hotel stay – everything about this trip is incredible. Thanks for sharing the complete guide. Hopefully, I’ll visit this magical place someday and explore its joyous streets and marvellous sunsets.

  2. Looks beautiful – with echoes of Santorini pictures I’ve clicked through here and there. Mykonos is definitely one to add to my bucket list ☺️🔆

  3. Ah Mykonos! We had an awesome time there. Had a run-in with the Pelican and it was terrifying as I am afraid of large birds! Other than that we loved it! 🙂

  4. Why is that water always soooooo blue?? I’d love to go but as you said, the best time to go is in the summer when its nice and hot but everyone complains its so crowded and its the most expensive time. Maybe the psring and autumn would be abetter time to go and just have ot brave the water when its not so warm.

  5. This post is such a brilliant showcase of Mykonos. You have covered it so well and shown it to be such a pristine and gorgeous place to take a break. I particularly love your photos and found your narrative on your experience with your family to be so educational and enjoyable. This is somewhere I would love to visit some day and I’m sure your next stop to Santorini will be equally rewarding.

  6. For some reason the pictures aren’t showing up for me. I googled the names and it looks amazing!
    I think June would be a nice time to visit it as well. I am definitely putting Mykonos on my list!

  7. Mykonos is my favorite destination and you have covered all of it, in your post. I went to Mykonos in April and guess what it was less crowded and because of it I just enjoyed the pristine nature there. I truly loved those mazed streets surrounded by white houses with blue doors. Everything in Mykonos is photogenic.

  8. Omg this place looks stunning and I’m super excited because British airways have started flying there direct from my local airport of Manchester. I’m planning a trip for next year but was intending to go in July and now am wondering if I need to reconsider that given your comments about expense and crowds. Will keep you posted

  9. WOW – I wish i read this blog post before my trip to Mykonos a few years back. Such a comprehensive review – I’m pretty sad I didn’t get to go to some of the places you recommended.

    Now i have a reason to go back – looking forward trying that restaurant you recommended, Caprice!

  10. Mykonos is beautiful, isn’t it? I agree though, that it gets super crowded during the summer months and maybe that’s why the shoulder season (May and October as you mention) is a good time to go for those looking to avoid the crowds. However, from what I know, although the weather is still not too bad, the nightlife and parties do die down during these months so for those looking to enjoy those aspects of the island, it may not be a great idea. I visited Greece (and Mykonos) a couple of years ago but I can’t seem to remember if I managed to get to Matoyánni Street. Maybe I did and I don’t even know haha. Lovely post with lots of information here!

  11. It looks like you had an excellent time in Mykonos, love the photos! I love Greece and the islands but prefer visiting around the end of September or October, as the weather’s still good. I forgot that cars are not allowed there, thanks for the reminder! Your boutique hotel looked like a good choice too, my kind of accommodation!

  12. I ended up in Mykonos last September for a bit of a random trip, so I’m glad to know now that that was actually a really good time to go! Everything you mentioned here, I found to be very true, especially the difficulty of finding budget friendly accommodations last minute. Your pictures did a great job of showing off this beautiful island, I was glad to know some of the history behind its name.

  13. Mykonos and Santorini are synonymous with Greece, no wonder the islands draw travellers like a magnet. The place comes alive in your colourful pictures. Chora looks so exquisite and fantastic. Your hotel seems to have some really amazing views. But we would love to plan to head there not during the tourist season but rather when there are lesser crowds.

  14. Loved the article, and special mention to the amazing pics. I was planning on Greece, this time, but I am glad I didn’t go through with it, as I wouldn’t have been able to explore it at my pace. Mykonos looks so Instagrammable and picturesque, and I’ll keep in mind to visit during the should season, as too many tourists, literally spoil the charm of the place.

  15. Mykonos is high on my list! I’ve seen so many beautiful pictures and I’m thinking to go this September. The white houses look so cute! I didn’t know there are windmills there, I’ll need to check them out. Food at Eva’s Kitchen looks so tasty!

  16. Mykonos is also my dream destination (I’m feeling jealous here!). This place is so white, and it seems scary to accidentally mess its walls! Would you know why they painted it white?

  17. Mykonos – The white washed paradise…So well said. Its nothing less than a dream. One of the most photogenic destinations on earth. I loved readhing about it. You have given some great tips. Hopefully someday I will land it there

  18. Mykonos looks like a dream. I visited Paros/Santorini last year but didn’t have the time to make a 3rd island stop! I can’t wait to go back – the food, the buildings, the beaches all look wonderful.

  19. Ahh… Another white beauty just like Santorini. Loved the pictures. This city seemed to be more connected with the ocean – which is an added advantage. The monochromatic buildings look so beautiful.

  20. I haven’t been to Mykonos (or anywhere in Greece) yet, and after reading this post I’m not sure why. Mykonoos looks so beautiful and I love that there aren’t any car allows in the main part of the island. It seems like the perfect place to wander around on foot. Also love that they have a pelican mascot…how cute.

  21. So so so excited to have found your blog! We just decided in a Greece trip and had no idea where to start! Now I’m making sure we visit Mykonos! It looks gorgeous & your tips are so helpful! TJANK YOI!! Can’t wait to read your other Greece posts!

  22. Mykonos is on my top list to visit. After seeing the pictures I just want to book a flight right away. Vencia Boutique Hotel looks amazing and chilling out in the infinity pool sounds perfect thing to do. Mediterranean dishes and drinks sound like an apt way to end your day.

  23. Last time I visited the Cyclades I decided to skip Mykonos. Milos was by far the best island I went to and really recommend you to check it out! Sarakiniko beach there is wonderful and you would love it! As for Mykonos, maybe one day I still have to go check it out.

  24. One of my dreams is to sail through the Med and island-hop around the Greek Islands. Mykonos is definitely on that list, for sure. Thanks for the heads up about the busy season. I like to travel in the shoulder/off-season, so May and October sound perfect for me. And I honestly had no idea that there were windmills in Little Venice!

    • I guess much better enjoyed in the shoulder season when there are less crowds. Hope you can visit soon.

  25. Looks like you had a great trip! I’ve been wanting to go to see the beautiful white and blue buildings, they always looks so beautiful in photos. And the food in your photos looks so good too!

  26. Your article brought back many memories of our great time in Mykonos. We just loved Little Venice and getting lost in the back streets of Mykonos Town. It is such a great destination whether you are a solo, couple or travelling with family and friends. The food is so good as well.

  27. I wish to visit Greece soon. Mykonos is love, and your pictures are evident for that. You have surely had a great time with your family. Loved the Little Venice as well. Great work done on mentioning the places to eat. How all of the places in Mykonos manage to look so Instagrammable, I wonder.

    • I hope you can visit it soon. It’s no doubt a super instagramable place without a doubt.

  28. Oh how I miss Greece! I have been to many islands but never at Mykonos. It is breathtakingly beautiful! I love those little alleys with white buildings and I’m also a big fan of the Greek food. I would love to go when there is not a lot of people but Greece is not very warm at the winter. Love this post!

  29. Mykonos looks gorgeous. I love the boutique hotel you stayed in. The whole landscaping of the hotel looks gorgeous. Looks like your children had a lot of dun. The blue and white buildings look so amazing. Hope to visit it soon.

  30. Mykonos looks like so much fun to roam around from the shops to the seaside! And Vencia looks so luxurious especially with that gorgeous outdoor pool area! I can see why Caprice was your favorite restaurant with it being practically on the water.

  31. We have visited Mykonos a few times on a cruise. But we really want to go back and stay for awhile. Even if it one of the more expensive islands. We would love to go around the islands by ferry. Good to know we can get there from Athens. I did not know there was a part of Mykonos called Little Venice. Definitely a spot we need to see. We are not night life people. But the beaches would keep us busy every day. Seafood, seafood and more seafood is all we need to eat! Thanks for the tease. Need to get a trip back planned.

    • No doubt it’s a bit expensive but it’s seasonal thus the reason behind high priced. It’s definitely worth spending a few days on this beautiful island

  32. I really want to visit Mykonos, your pictures look great. Interesting to note that it has high end shopping at Matoyánni Street. Dinner at Caprice would be so cool too. I’ll have to add your tips to my list!

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