Prior to our arrival in Mykonos, we heard stories of how crazy the town could get with all night partying. But as soon as we arrived in Mykonos Town, it is clear this island has more to offer than debauchery (although we indulged in that as well). The energy of the crowd matches the vibrant colors of the cobblestone streets. You can’t help but fall in love. Below are some tips if you are planning on visiting Mykonos for the first time.
STAY IN MYKONOS TOWN
Mykonos Town is where EVERYTHING is happening. Buses are the main means of transportation and they have routes to almost every beach. There are very few cabs on the island so staying outside of town makes it a bit more difficult to get around. We stayed in this Airbnb right by the Windmills and it was such a great location. A quick walk to all shopping, restaurants, bars, and the bus stop. And this was our view!
DON’T RENT AN ATV
We rented these in Santorini but Mykonos was a different story. We were advised to take buses because the amount of accidents involving ATV’s is VERY high in Mykonos. The roads are winding & narrow and the drivers are reckless. Proceed with caution!
CHECK OUT ALL THE SHOPS
It’s true. Everything in Mykonos is expensive but take time to walk around and check out the shops anyway. All of the shops are adorable!
GET TO THE BEACH EARLY
Harder to do when you’ve been out partying all night but if you get to the beaches by mid morning you can typically snag a good spot. We decided to pick a beach and stay put for the day since the chairs were more expensive in Mykonos. We spent one day at Super Paradise because we wanted a high energy vibe and we spent the next day at Paraga which seemed more chill. To rent a chair and umbrella at Super Paradise cost £12-£15 for the day. Super Paradise cranks up the music and gets the party started around 4pm and the people watching is well worth it 🙂
TAKE TIME TO WATCH THE SUNSET IN LITTLE VENICE
While I don’t think anything can beat a Santorini sunset, Mykonos comes in a pretty close second. Our favorite spot to watch the sunset was at Galleraki Cocktail Bar in Little Venice. How can you go wrong with wine, a beautiful sunset, and great company?
IF TRAVELING BACK TO ATHENS, BOOK A FLIGHT
We traveled by ferry from Santorini to Mykonos and it was a great experience for us. We booked tickets with Hellenic Seaways and the ferry was spacious, clean, and had good snacks & drinks. But the ferry from Mykonos to Athens was way too long and miserable. We booked a High Speed ferry with Sea Jets “Champion 1” and the ferry was smaller, dirtier, & smelled horrible. To be fair, the conditions were not ideal. We were exhausted, hungover, and our ferry was delayed over an hour. On top of that, it took an extra hour longer of travel time to get to Athens due to choppy water. In hindsight, we should have booked the flight as it was about the same price as the ferry and only 40 minutes. It felt like we wasted the whole day waiting for/riding the ferry.
DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GO TO SEMELI BAR
We loved this bar so much we spent two nights in a row here. The DJ was fantastic. Top 40’s music mixed with Euro Techno which makes for a great starter bar, or in our case all night. We danced until the sun came up! We also enjoyed Skandinavian Bar but go early as it gets so packed the crowds spill out into the streets.
MAKE NEW FRIENDS
Seriously, the people in Mykonos are amazing. We met people in the bus, at the beach, and at the bar. We left Mykonos with the BEST memories because of our new friends.
What were your favorite things to do in Mykonos? Leave comments in the section below!