What To Do In Mykonos: A 2 Day Itinerary
Mykonos is one of those places you just have to visit at least once. It is the epitome of a European party island; and the food, nightlife and beaches do not disappoint. There’s more to this desert island than meets the eye though, and in the name of adventurous living, I encourage you to go off the beaten path.
I’ve spent 4 days total here, and to be honest you only need 2 days in Mykonos to see what there is to see and do what there is to do if you are tight on time for your trip.
Mykonos is a small island. I suggest staying at an AirBNB or villa in Mykonos town and hiring an ATV or moped during the day to get around. If you plan on drinking, take the bus, which runs late and is reasonably priced.
Explore the Desert Island on ATV
To get the lay of the land, rent an ATV and go for an adventure your first morning. If you’re staying in town, I recommend Rizo’s Bikes just up the hill. Take off with a map and check out the desert hills of the interior of the island and the untouched nature of the north shore. Most people don’t take the time to see this part of the island, which is exactly why you should do it!
A couple fun facts that you’ll love to know while you’re exploring….
The whitewashed square shaped buildings were designed to protect from the harsh sun and winds.
There’s around 800 churches on Mykonos, which correlates to 1 per local family! How many can you spot on your adventure?
Mykonos is famous for its beaches and with good reason. While the north side is wild and untamed, the south side of the island is dotted with beaches that range from day parties in Paradise and Super Paradise Beach to the mellow vibes of Paraga, Platis Gialos and Psarou.
Park your quad at Platis Gialos (you can also take the bus here). Platis Gialos has many great choices to grab brunch and plop yourself on a daybed after a morning of exploring. It’s relatively pricey (think €20 cocktails & lunch items), but you will get your chair included with whatever you order as long as you meet a minimum spend and you can stay as long as you like.
Psarou is even more lowkey and once you get down there you have the option of world famous Nammos or a few super affordable choices to fuel up. Look for a little sign off the road near the Platis Gialos bus stop to take a trail down to Psarou Beach.
Sunset Yoga at Mykonos Castle
End a long day of exploring with a sunset yoga session at Castle Panigirakis. Class starts at 6:30pm daily, and you’ll be treated to a view of the sun going down over Delos Island and all of the white washed buildings of the village below. A truly unique experience! Classes are all level vinyasa.
The castle itself is stunning, and there’s a 180 degree bar as well for after class.
The party gets started super late in Mykonos. I was prepared for this from what I’d read / been told, but it starts like super late. Around 1am we almost called it a night for lack of feeling entertained and then all of the sudden crowds started flooding in to every bar.
My recommendations in town - get a table and bottle service at Moni Club for bougie people watching or check out Scandinavian Bar and ASTRA if you want a real rowdy scene.
Pro tip: Siestas are totally applicable in Greece. Take a break from 10-12 and then head out for a fun time. You’re only in Mykonos once!
Explore Mykonos Town ( Little Venice)
Don’t set an alarm after going out. Have some breakfast food and water on hand, and when you do rise, go for a dip in the sea, shower, and hit the town for a day full of shopping and eating and probably a little hair of the dog to play it safe.
Mykonos Town is quintessential Greece, full of the most picturesque cobblestone streets, white buildings, blue domed churches, unique trees, colorful flowers, and seaside views I’ve ever seen. Seriously it’s impossible to walk 10 feet without taking a photo. Enjoy a slow, leisurely pace.
When you get hungry, pop into The Point, Katerina’s, or Kastro’s Bar for great food + views. Make sure to check out my post on eating vegan in Greece, there’s lots of tasty options to look for!
Be prepared to find way cute handmade jewelry, beachwear and home art.
Windmills of Kato Mill
Make your way to the signature windmills just at the high western tip of town. This is a great place to take in sunset, city views, and of course for more photos.
Boni Windmill has even been turned into an agricultural museum preserving the past of the now inactive windmills.
Paraga Beach & Scorpios
Saving maybe the best for last! Drumroll please… Scorpios is an epic destination in Mykonos. Located in Paraga Beach (which is my favorite on Mykonos!) it’s a nightlife vision of creative expression and healing. Scorpios has everything - amazing food and drinks, a local handcrafted bazaar, live music, art, a wellness program with yoga workshops and classes… YAS! Enjoy a dinner that lasts into the night and soak up some of the best vibes on Mykonos. A modern yogi’s dream!