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Mykonos port guide: What to do & see

our guide

The vibe

Mykonos town epitomizes that iconic Greek fishing village — whitewashed Cycladic architecture and labyrinthine streets that are a crisp contrast to a shimmering blue sea. Windmills surround the town, remnants of the days when Mykonos was on a major sea trade route to Venice, Italy. It has been as important a stop for international jet-setters as it once was for Venetian traders since the 1960s, when the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis put their imprimatur on the island. It’s also been a gay-friendly destination since the 1970s.

Mykonos has nightlife, shopping and beaches — in fact, it has more beaches (both nude and not) per square mile than anywhere else in Greece. Gay, straight, honeymooners, families, Greeks, foreigners, they’re all here. If it sounds like it might get too crowded, head beyond the center in Mykonos town into the countryside, where you can hit one of the less popular beaches or take a day trip to a neighboring island.

Cruise ships that call on Mykonos

Top reasons to go

  • Mykonos Town (Chora) is a stunningly picturesque Cycladic town with a maze of tiny streets and whitewashed steps lanes, houses and churches, gathered around its harbour in the middle of a wide bay.
  • The Windmills, Mykonos Town (western part of town). From as early as the 16th century, the windmills are one of the most recognized landmarks of Mykonos.
  • The beaches of Mykonos are a major draw for visitors from other parts of Greece as well as other countries. The best beaches are on the south side of the island and sheltered from the prevailing northern wind.
  • The windmills in the western part of Mykonos Town are one of the most recognized landmarks of Mykonos and no visit to Mykonos is complete without a picture of them.

What to do & see in Mykonos

Little Venice

Whether you want to catch the sunset or sip on a glass of wine, Little Venice is the perfect spot. The buildings of this part of Mykonos town go right down to the water, supposedly to facilitate speedy loading and unloading due to marauding pirates (concerns about pirates are also the rationale behind Mykonos town’s maze-like streets). Little Venice in the most western part of Mykonos Town is famous for its picturesque medieval two- and three-story houses, and their colorful wooden balconies, so make sure to bring your camera. En route to Little Venice, stop at the Church of Panagia Paraportiani, in the oldest section of the town.

Beaches

Elia Beach on Mykonos, Greece.
Jaume Escofe / Creative Commons BYElia Beach on Mykonos, Greece.

Beyond the town are the beaches. Platy Gialos and Elia are popular beaches; there are the famous nude beaches of Paraga, Paradise and Super Paradise, you can go there with boats that depart from Platys Gialos. Other beaches are in Agios Stefanos in the north, Kalafatis beach is recommended for wind surfing. It pays to do a little research before you dock so you will find a beach to match your mood.

Delos

A tour group from France inspects the ruins of the ancient amphitheater on the Greek island of Delos.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableA tour group from France inspects the ruins of the ancient amphitheater on the Greek island of Delos.

There are daily excursions to Delos, a small island which used to be the holiest island in ancient Greece. Begin your visit at the Archaeological Museum of Delos and work your way through. A visit to Delos can give you the time and space to imagine going back in time while wandering among the ruins of the island that date back three millenia. Bring a hat and water to the island, as there is a lot of room to explore, but not much shelter.

Best bets for dining

You’ll find both Greek and international restaurants in Mykonos, which means you can enjoy anything from Greek meze to haute cuisine. The island's specialties are the Louza loukaniko, a sausage, and kopanisti, a soft, peppery goat cheese. 

Best time to go

Like most of Greece, the busiest part of year is often in the summer months and this is usually the best time to go, both for the extended business hours and beach opportunities.

Iconic Windmills in Mykonos, Greece.
uniccus / Creative Commons BY-SAIconic Windmills in Mykonos, Greece.

When you arrive

Docking information

Most cruise ships will dock in Tourlos which is 2 miles north of Mykonos. Usually a shuttle service is provided by your respective cruise line. Some smaller ships will tender and transfer passengers into the town center of Mykonos.

Getting around

Mykonos is a small island with only limited number of taxis, so it might take a while until you find one. In Mykonos Town the main location for taxis is in Manto Square (also called Town Square or Taxi Square), on the harbor front near the statue. Taxis are not metered, but provide a table with the fares from one destination to another.

Need to know

Shop hours:  Opening hours can vary drastically. In general stores are open from 9 am-1:30 pm and again from 5-9 pm Monday to Saturday. Tourist shops and convenience stores have longer opening hours, especially in high tourist season in the summer.

Tipping:  In restaurants and taxis, you can tip between 5% and 10%. Some restaurants round up the bill, so you should check before tipping. Also expect a ‘service charge’ or a ‘cover charge’, which is the price of bread and water.

What to wear:  Mykonos can be very hot and with access to beaches, the dress code is typically more relaxed. However, bring a shirt and shoes if you want to get service.

Safety:  Mykonos is considered a safe overall. As always, be aware of your surroundings and lock up your valuables. Especially in large tourist areas, keep your wallets and purses close and beware of pickpockets.

ShoreFox and Wikitravel contributed to this guide.

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“At the end of a trail leading to Agios Sostis Beach on Mykonos is Kiki's Taverna, a shack of a restaurant serving simple, rustic food like grilled seafood and salads. I have beautiful memories of my family laughing and eating there for hours. I'd love to return this summer.”

Condé Nast Traveler magazine

 

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