Vibrant, cosmopolitan, beautiful, traditional, and perfect all-around; Mykonos is the number one Greek destination, and the reason why is clear as crystal.
After months of being locked inside your home, a trip to Mykonos, even if it’s a short one, seems like an oasis. To be fair, Mykonos seems like an oasis no matter when, where, or why you visit it. However, especially in post-quarantine times, people’s urgency to make the most out of their time is more prominent than ever. For that reason, here is a 3-day itinerary for Mykonos that will ensure your stay on the island is short but sweet.
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Morning: On the first day on the island, we’d advise you to take it easy, as trying to fit everything in your schedule while being tired and weary from all the traveling will only dampen your excitement and you won't be able to enjoy what Mykonos has to offer in its full potential.
For that reason, after arriving, settling in your Mykonos hotel, freshening up and grabbing a bite from a local bakery the way a local would, explore the island comfortably, easily, and -most importantly- with the element of stress completely eliminated, with a Mykonos Highlights Tour.
Get introduced to the most significant spots of the island from the get-go and see for yourself what you like better; you can come back to your favorites and explore them at your leisure!
Afternoon: After getting acquainted with the island, it’s time to experience the true beauty of Mykonos: its magnificent beaches that have made themselves known across the world due to their golden, sandy shores and crystal clear waters. Put on your swimming suit, slather on copious amounts of sunscreen, grab your hat and sunglasses, and set on a swimming adventure that will relax you and give you the tan you’ve been dreaming of all year.
Our guide to Mykonos’ beaches will help you figure out the best beach for you; if you’re visiting Mykonos with family, don’t be deterred by the strong winds the island is infamous for; there are some beaches where the wind is not that strong and the waters are not too deep, perfect for your little ones!
Since the vast majority of Mykonos' beaches are organized and surrounded by a number of local cafes and restaurants, after working up an appetite by swimming, stop for a traditional Greek lunch in one of the charming and welcoming seaside taverns that serve mouthwatering delicacies and dishes made by fresh, local produce. There is nothing better than getting your stomach full of goodies after a long day on the beach! Our team has prepared the definitive Mykonos food guide so you can enjoy the culinary treasures of the island like a local!
Evening: Understandably, by now, you’ll be too tired to continue without getting some rest first. After all, the point of this trip is not to wear you out, but to help you escape everyday life for a few days, and provide you with relaxation and some much-needed rest. With that in mind, take a couple of hours to indulge in an afternoon siesta that will rejuvenate you and prepare you for the fun evening ahead.
If going out and partying isn’t exactly your scene, then here your night will come to an end and you’ll return to your accommodation for a good night’s sleep. If however, you want to get the full Mykonian nightlife experience, the night is just getting started!
After walking the beautiful cobbled streets of Mykonos and enjoying the remarkable Cycladic aesthetic and architecture, dance your troubles away in some of Mykonos’ most well-known bars and clubs that locals brag about and visitors can’t get enough of. There is a wide variety of nightlife options to choose from, but our personal favorites include the Skandinavian Bar, the at 54 Club & Lounge Mykonos, and the Astra night club, among others.
Let your hair down, party until the crack of dawn, and experience the Greek nightlife like a true local; to make the experience even more genuine, make sure to grab a pastry from a local bakery on your way home for breakfast!
Mykonos Town - credits: Leanne Vorrias/Shutterstock.com
Morning: The second day of your trip will be a cultured and luxurious one. We know that it is tempting to focus on Mykonos’ incredible beaches and leave out anything else, however, it would be nothing short of a shame to come all the way to Mykonos and not get an insight into its culture; we’re not about superficial tourism -even in Mykonos- and neither should you be!
As with most places in Greece, Mykonos has excellent museums that are waiting to captivate you and teach you about the past and present of the island. Our top picks include the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos that will educate you on the rich heritage of the island, the Aegean Maritime Museum, Lena's House Folk Museum, and the Agricultural Museum, housed in one of the trademark windmills of Mykonos Town.
Fascinating and insightful, these museums are some of the top things to do in Mykonos, whether you choose to visit one or all of them.
Noon: There is no way to let a day in Mykonos go by without taking full advantage of its magical beaches, that’s why it’s once again time to hit the road heading to the beach. Our personal favorite is the beach of Elias, but depending on where you stay or what you’re after, there is something to please even the most demanding of visitors.
Elias Beach is one of the quietest beaches of Mykonos; a feat in of itself. Elias’ peaceful setting, calm sea, and relaxing vibe is the perfect escape from reality, while its one and only tavern offers excellent seafood dishes you can try if you feel like it.
Afternoon: The rest of the afternoon should be free for you to enjoy in whatever way you want. Walk the narrow alleys and admire the whitewashed houses sporting blue doors and windows. Try local desserts in the traditional sweet shops and cafes found all around downtown and indulge in retail therapy in Matoyianni str., known worldwide for the excellent boutique shops it hosts.
While wandering around Mykonos, you’ll soon realize that there is no possibility of ever getting bored!
Evening: Take the second day of your trip on a whole other level by joining a Mykonos Sunset Sailing Cruise. The absolute perfect activity for a couple visiting Mykonos to celebrate their love, this romantic sailing adventure will give you the opportunity to stand in awe before one of the most magical sunsets you’ve witnessed in your whole life.
Starting only about half an hour before sunset, you’ll watch the sun sink in the sea in an explosion of colors, all while being served delicious Greek snacks and a glass of wine to complement this already whimsical experience.
At this point, you’re more than welcome to head home to rest and recuperate for the next day. If however, the party animal in you has woken up, then we’d highly suggest that you explore another side of Mykonos’ nightlife: its world-famous beach parties!
Head to Super Paradise Beach and enjoy a wild night of dancing. Wear your most comfortable shoes and light clothing, and let the beat of the music clear your mind; if having fun is not on your list, you might want to look into reconsidering your priorities.
A tavern al fresco in Mykonos - credit: PBphotos/Despositphotos.com
Unfortunately, the last day of your trip to Mykonos has come and you must make sure to leave the cosmopolitan island on a high note! That’s why, before packing your bags and heading to the port or the airport for your return, we advise you to spend your last 6 hours on Mykonos on a Mykonos South Beaches Sailing Day-Trip that will take you around the most stunning landscapes of Mykonos and will allow you to dive in deep blue waters you’d never encounter otherwise.
Swim near the island of Rhenia, sunbathe on the deck, and discover the fascinating history of the islet of Delos from afar; the mouthwatering meal on board is only the cherry on top!
If you’re leaving late at night and time allows you, you should definitely try to squeeze in your itinerary a once-in-a-lifetime experience of a Mykonos Wine-Tasting of 5 Ancient Greek Wines, during which you’ll feel like royalty surrounded by an idyllic beach setting and sipping on luscious wine varieties that have been dearly beloved for thousands of years. I mean, the experience involves wine, do I even need to say more?
The thing with Mykonos is that the possibilities are endless! Above is just an example of how to spend 3 days on the island that will allow you to get to know Mykonos, experience its highlights, and leave its premises feeling fulfilled by your holidays. However, there are so many other ways to spend your time on the island that regardless of your age, status, interests, and budget, you are bound to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Of course, if you are visiting the island only for a day, we've got you covered as we have prepared the ultimate Mykonos one-day itinerary.
Don’t be discouraged by the news that show Mykonos only as a place of wild and extreme partying that knows no boundaries. Mykonos can be a serene place of recollection and self-discovery, it can be the most fun family destination, it can be the most romantic getaway for a couple, it can be whatever in the world you want it to be.
What are you waiting for then? Make your life that much more beautiful and visit the destination people from all over the world fantasize about!