Mykonos may be the Cyclades’ star-studded party island, but there’s more to do than hit the clubs. Look beyond the maze-like core of Mykonos Town and the icing-sugar beaches to discover archaeological wonders and mythological islands, along with contemporary art galleries and cultural experiences. Here are the top 10 things to do in Mykonos.
Gawp at the Beautiful Churches
Mykonos is peppered with beautiful churches, but the standout has to be Panagia Paraportiani, which looks like it could be carved from ice. This orthodox church in Chora, also known as ‘Our Lady of the Side Gate’ for its position next to the entrance to the old castle, is one the most photographed on the island.
Shop ’til You Drop
Mykonos Town’s warren of cobbled streets is lined with enticing boutiques. Try Mavrogenous Street for art, Matoyianni Street for designer threads and local designs, or Little Venice for boutique gems – this is one of the best places to visit in Mykonos for jewellery.
Delve into the Nooks and Crannies of Charming Chora
Take a walking tour of Chora’s Old Town to help you get your bearings in the cobblestoned labyrinth. Legend has it that the streets were set out like a maze to prevent invasion, mainly from pirates. A local guide will introduce you to hidden alleyways, tiny backstreets and tucked-away squares.
Windmills at Sunset
Check out the iconic five Windmills of Kato Mili, which loom over a small hill above Little Venice. No longer in use, they nod to the island’s once-thriving wheat industry, which died out in the early 20th century. This little corner is dotted with some of the best bars in Mykonos for sunsets – perfect Instagram fodder.
An underwater playground, Mykonos has a mix of walls, caves and wrecks – perfect for diving. Two of the best beaches in Mykonos for diving are Paradise and Kalafatis; check out GoDive Mykonos and Mykonos Diving Center for lessons and tours.
Discover the Mythological Island of Delos
Steeped in Greek mythology, Delos is the mythical birthplace of twin gods Apollo and Artemis. A boat trip to the island is one of the best day trips from Mykonos. You’ll be transported back 5,000 years as you browse the remnants of temples, public squares and amphitheatres. There’s also an archaeological museum displaying excavated pieces.
Sail the Southern Coast
Hop aboard a classic yacht to sail along the island’s southern coast, from Agios Ioannis to Elia, via Dragonisi island. You’ll snorkel and swim at some of the best beaches in Mykonos along the way, and feast on smoky barbecued fare on board for lunch.
Get Your Art Fix
Culture buffs should duck into Dio Horia, a contemporary art gallery curated by the esteemed Marina Vranopolou. A jam-packed annual programme spans exhibitions, events, pop-ups and residencies for emerging talent. After browsing the works, linger over a drink at the rooftop bar, where you may be able to meet current artists-in-residence. A couple of other places to visit in Mykonos for art include the quirky Rarity Gallery and Art & Soul Gallery.
Walk Through History
For a dose of history, call by the Archaeological Museum, which is brimming with artifacts, mainly discovered in 1898 on Rhenia. Among the vases, jewellery and sculptures, look out for the club-wielding (headless) statue of Heracles, adorned only in lion skin, dating back to the 2nd century BC.
Embark on Cooking School
One of the best things to do in Mykonos is take a traditional cooking lesson to learn about the culture and traditions of Greek cuisine. Try Mykonian Spiti, where you’ll spend a day at the home of a local family, picking ingredients from the kitchen-garden to transform into dishes like tzatziki, orzo pasta, and spinach pie – washed down with ouzo, of course.
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