Mykonos screams Mediterranean with its cube-shaped buildings and whitewashed exteriors. Mykonos is known for its rowdy beach parties and energetic nightlife. You’re never far from a party at any point in the day.
Aside from its nightlife, Mykonos’ silky sand beaches are the biggest draw. Vacationers come to them to see and be seen. There are also plenty daytime sights like the Cycladic-style buildings of Chora, the windmills of Kato Myli and the ornate temples of Delos. Here, you’ll discover the perfect Greek mix of sophistication, relaxation and jubilation. Continue to read my Mykonos Greece Tourist Guide and plan your vacation to Mykonos! Find all of your beach essentials here for your Mykonos Greece vacation. You can also visit our Cyclades Travel Guide for information on all the best Cyclades Islands.
Mykonos Weather (When to Visit)
The best time to visit Mykonos is September and October. This island’s weather permits a year-round flow of tourists, but in September and October you’ll smaller crowds, the water remains warm and the hotel rates are lower and more in a reasonable range. The spring is also a great (and affordable) vacation time. Mykonos experiences a typical Mediterranean winter with average temperatures in the 50s. June, July and August are especially busy, and temperatures average in the upper 70s and 80s. In the summer you’ll have nonstop parties and pricey hotel rates.
Best Mykonos Beaches
Platys Gialos Beach
Often also spelled Platis Gialos (and sometimes Platis Yialos), this large beach is quite popular, thanks to the number of hotels which are almost literally on the sand. The hotels, sunbeds and umbrellas, plus the shallow crystal waters, attract families and young couples. Great beach for water sports.
Known to attract local and international celebrities, this beach is one of Mykonos’ most famous, and is always crowded in the summer. Visitors come here is for the beautiful scenery, swimming in emerald green water, and water sports. There are many sunbeds, but at quite high prices (the cost depends on how close they are to the sea, and you won’t find any for less than 25 euros).
Super Paradise Beach
Super Paradise is one of the most popular beaches on the island, and is covered in sunbeds and umbrellas. If you don’t like a crowd, you may not like this beach, but you may overlook that when you set foot in the water. It’s absolutely crystal clear, and although the beach still has somewhat of a party atmosphere (with the music volume raised in the afternoon), the water makes it also ideal for families with children.
This beach is almost completely covered in umbrellas and sunbeds, but there’s a small sunbed-free section for those who prefer to lie on the sand. On the sunbed-free section you’ll find the gay crowds, usually wearing nothing but their birthday suit.
It’s the famous party beach on the island, filled with bars where the 20-somethings want to be at, day and night. It has plenty of places to eat, drink, and shop for beach essentials, as well as frequent bus connections to Mykonos Town.
Recommended Mykonos Tours & Activities by Viator
Mykonos Catamaran Daytime or Sunset Sailing with Food and Drinks
Set sail on the bright blue Aegean with this unforgettable catamaran cruise from Mykonos. Swim and snorkel in the crystalline coves around the islands of Rheina and mythical Delos, or visit the pristine southern beaches of Mykonos. Drop anchor for a delicious, multicourse Greek meal cooked up right on board, accompanied by unlimited beer and wine from an open bar. Learn more about the Mykonos Catamaran Sailing.
Ancient Delos Tour
Uncover the myths and legends of ancient Greece on an educational tour of Delos from Mykonos. With an expert historian guide, discover ancient monuments like the Temple of Apollo and the Sacred Way. Enrich your historical knowledge at the Museum of Delos; marvel at the archaic Sanctuary of Artemis; and learn about the culture of the Greek empire from your expert guide. Opt to upgrade your tour to include lunch at a Mykonian farm and a walking tour of Mykonos Old Town. Learn more about the Ancient Delos Tour.
Mykonos: Small-Group Sailing Yacht Cruise to Rhenia and Guided Tour of Delos
Discover the beautiful Cyclades Islands the way they were meant to be seen — from the water! On this full-day yacht cruise from Mykonos, sail across the turquoise Aegean to the uninhabited islands of Rhenia and Delos, stopping to swim and snorkel at a pristine beach cove. Customize your day at sea with either a guided visit to the UNESCO-listed archaeological site at Delos or an extra swimming stop, and savor the good life with a light Greek lunch and refreshing drinks onboard. Learn more about the Mykonos Yacht Cruise.
Half-Day Small-Group Guided Tour of Mykonos
Experience the best of Mykonos during this combination walking and driving trip. Along with a small group, enjoy the scenic drive to Mykonos hotspots like Kalafatis Beach and the charming village of Ano Mera. Then, take a walking tour to explore the white-washed buildings of Mykonos Town. Learn more about the Mykonos Guided Tour.
Catamaran Day Cruises around Naxos & Small Cyclades
Let them take you to the most beautiful, secluded beaches and coves where you will be able to swim and snorkel in the clear waters. In one of their stops you will enjoy on-board delicious traditional lunch prepared with local products, served with a Greek salad, accompanied by cold refreshments, beer, raki & wine. Snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel & fins) for everyone is provided and there are many beautiful spots to dive. This amazing catamaran trip runs for approximately nine hours and will be one of the highlights of your holidays. Learn more about the Catamaran Day Cruises.
Best Mykonos Restaurants
Spilia Seaside Restaurant $31 – 60
Spilia is perched on the rocks of Agia Anna cove by Kalafatis beach, overlooking the sea. The restaurant places the focus on Mediterranean-Mykonian cuisine and in particular the seafood and fish that comes straight from the water; oysters, mussels and urchins as well as crayfish and lobster come straight from a natural sea pool. Telephone: 30 694 944 9729 Web: Spilia Seaside Restaurant
Interni $31 – 60
The Interni is a favorite on the island, combining gastronomy with an idyllic garden setting. The Mediterranean cuisine here is fused with flavors from across the globe. Tuck into dishes like fresh yellowfin tuna sous vide with caponata, wasabi mayo, leek, wakame salad and soy-honey sauce, Miyazaki wagyu strip loin sautéed with pearl barley risotto and aged red wine sauce, and risotto with lobster tail, sweet potato, aromatic butter and truffle oil. Telephone: 30 2289 026333 Web: Interni
Ling Ling – Hakkasan $31 – 60
This open-air restaurant and bar with private dining and a lounge is located within the island’s old town. The restaurant offers a Cantonese menu of dishes fusing the signature cuisine of Hakkasan with local ingredients; the dim sum platter includes lobster, king prawn, seabass and Mediterranean red prawn truffle dumplings. Telephone: 702 891-3838 Web: Ling Ling – Hakkasan
Matsuhisa Restaurant $31 – 60
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa opened his restaurant here at the Belvedere Hotel in 2004 to combine his distinct culinary style with the local ingredients, taking particular pride in the fresh seafood. Guests here can dine by the pool with a view over the hillside’s white houses, which lead down to the Aegean Sea. The wine cellar here has won awards too, as it provides an extensive collection of old and new world wines, including a number of Greek labels. Telephone: 30 2289 027362 Web: Matsuhisa Restaurant
Kiku $11 – 30
This fine dining restaurant at luxury hotel Cavo Tagoo pays tribute to Japanese cuisine and culture. In a Japanese inspired ocean-facing and open-fronted space designed by Sissy Fida, diners can savor modern gourmet Japanese dishes and sushi with a view over the infinity pool and the sea beyond. Telephone: 30 2289 022207 Web: Kiku
Best Mykonos Beach Bars
Scorpios is by far one of the best and most famous beach bars in Mykonos. You’ll find this trendy beach bar spread out over two different beaches with numerous lounge areas and quality vibes all over the place. During the day, you can find a shady canopy under which to enjoy a few cocktails. Then, prepare for a stunning sunset set to live music that’ll help carry you on into the night. Telephone: 30 22890 29250 Web: Scorpios
Kalua is one of the trendiest beach bars on this Greek island. You’ll find this bar on Paraga Beach where it’s home to a contemporary restaurant serving tasty eats and strong drinks. Numerous canopied lounge chairs line the sandy shores of Kalua, which are perfect for when you want to catch a drink with a friend. Telephone: 30 6948313131 Web: Kalua
Tropicana is the place to be in Mykonos if you’re looking to party. Situated on the iconic shores of Paradise Beach, spending an evening here truly is paradisiacal. Live DJ sets, thumping music, vibrant lights, and some of the best dance moves are all to be expected on a night out at Tropicana in Mykonos. Head here ready to party. Telephone: 30 22890 23582 Web: Tropicana
Principote is one of the best beach bars in Mykonos if you’re looking to enjoy a delightfully relaxed atmosphere that’s equal parts unpretentious and elegant. Luxurious covered cabanas also make this one of the most Instagrammable spots in all of Mykonos. Telephone: 30 2289 077184 Web: Principote
This chic boutique hotel is located in a whitewashed Cycladic-style building overlooking Ornos Bay, and the bar is perfectly positioned so that you can peer out onto the entire town of Mykonos. Candlelit tables and key lighting set the mood for a romantic evening in one of the most beautiful islands in Greece. Telephone: 30 22890 29001 Web: Kensho Ornos