Should You Visit Mykonos?

Are you thinking about visiting Mykonos, Greece? Here's what you need to know before planning your trip.


Is Mykonos worth visiting?

Mykonos is worth visiting for three to five days so that you can explore everything that the Greek island has to offer. We first visited in 2011 and have returned several times. During our time here, we fell in love with the whitewashed buildings and charming atmosphere. Mykonos is loved by visitors for many reasons, and is routinely on national "best of" lists, including Conde Nast Traveler's Best Places to Go in 2024. Mykonos is one of the most lively of the Greek Isles and its popular for its active nightlife scene. The beaches are beautiful and filled with bars and A list celebrities. You'll find world famous DJs and all night parties. During the day, the villages are charming with windmills and scenic viewpoints.

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Reasons to Visit Mykonos

Food
Like most things on the island, food is expensive, but its also very good. Make sure you try the louza sausage, kopanisti cheese, and melopita pie.

Nightlife
With many exclusive clubs and bars, this island is among the best for nightlife in Greece. Popular options include Tropicana Club, Scarpa, and Super Paradise Beach Club.

Resorts
There are many world class luxury resorts on the island that offer a variety of amenities including pools, restaurants, and spas. Popular options include Myconian Avaton Resort, Myconian Imperial Resort and Villas, and Myconian Utopia Resort.

Historical Sights
Chora, the old town and largest town on the island, is filled with windmills, cafes, churches, and charming streets.

Shopping
This island has become the playground for celebrities and the wealthy, so there are plenty of shopping opportunities in town.

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
There are many good diving and snorkeling spots around the island include shipwrecks and reefs with good visibility.

Beaches
This island has become popular for its sandy beaches, but these days they come with a high price. Many are lined with umbrellas and sunbeds that you can rent. They often have bars that bring high energy and loud music. The water is often calm enough to enjoy swimming or water sports. Most of the best beaches are on the southern side of the island, but there are less crowds on the northern side, although the weather may not be as good.

Museums
Visitors enjoy checking out the windmills and churches around the island. You can also hop over to Delos to see its archeological sites.




Things to Consider Before Visiting Mykonos

Lots of Tourists
Mykonos sees a high number of visitors every year, which means you might have to wait in line and deal with large crowds during your visit.

Not As Family-Friendly
While there are some family activities, it's not as child-friendly as other destinations.

The Cost
Depending on your budget, schedule, and travel style, Mykonos might be an expensive destination for you. You can find out the travel costs for Mykonos here or see if Mykonos is expensive here.

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What is Mykonos most famous for?

Mykonos is most famous for its active party scene, luxury accommodation, and picturesque villages. The Greek island is very popular for its food, nightlife, resorts, historical sights, and shopping. It's also known for scuba diving & snorkeling and beaches. And many travelers come for the museums, as well. It is often described as glamourous, party-oriented, ritzy, opulent, picturesque, and postcard perfect.

What is the most famous sight in Mykonos?

The most popular sight in Mykonos is the traditional windmills near Chora. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Mykonos on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for the traditional windmills near Chora and other attractions here.

How touristy is Mykonos? Is it a popular Greek island to visit?

Mykonos is a very touristy Greek island that attracts travelers from around the globe. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)

  • Private Tour: 4 Hours Mykonos Island Tour - Like a Local: $180
  • Half Day Private Tour Island with a Local in Mykonos: $131
  • 4 Hour Private Island Tour in Mykonos & Lunch included: $169
  • Mykonos Private Island Tour: $169
  • Mykonos Half-Day Hiking Adventure: $65
  • Shopping, Lifestyle and Sunset Tour: $217
  • Winery Tour and Tasting in Tinos with the Winemaker: $64
  • Morning and Sunset Cruise with Meal and Transport Included: $163

How long should I spend in Mykonos?

The ideal length of time for a trip to Mykonos is at least three or as many as five days. Since Mykonos has a variety of activities such as nightlife, resorts, historical sights, and shopping, most people need this much time to see and do everything here.

If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Mykonos?, Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Mykonos?, and Should I spend 1 or 2 weeks in Mykonos?.