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3 Days in Mykonos for Families

Curated by Rebecca Winkea Hellenonophile whose Greek-American heritage draws her to Greece often.

My great-grandparents emigrated to the US from Mykonos about a century ago, so I have been visiting this island each summer since my children were tiny to connect with family. This VIP destination, famous for its nonstop party scene and luxury shopping, is surprisingly welcoming to kids. Its fairytale-like port and villages, beaches, and leisurely pace set the scene for a relaxing family-friendly break.

You may not be able to dance ‘til dawn if you’re visiting with little ones, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the other attractions Mykonos has to offer. Spend three unforgettable family-focused days on the island with this insider itinerary.

Hit the beach when searing summer temps hit; winters are wet and gray December–February.

If you only have time for one thing, make it a boat cruise around the island with stops to swim.

Day 1

Get the lay of the land with a private island tour that includes time on foot to explore the old town of Chora and its windmills, plus a coastline drive to visit the outlying Ano Mera monastery and overlooks. Take an ice cream break at Trio Bambini in Mykonos town.

Your kids will want a swim, so head to the beach. Paradise Beach—with lively beach clubs and water sports—is good for older kids. The laid-back waterfronts Agios Stefanos and Kalo Livadi are better for younger tots. To reach the beaches, catch a local bus, water taxi, or use a car service.

Day 2

Set off this morning for Delos, about a 30-minute cruise from Mykonos. This scenic boat excursion includes UNESCO-listed ancient ruins for young archaeology buffs, plenty of stops to take a dip for little swimmers, and a barbecue lunch on board.

This afternoon, it’s back to the beach, the most kid-friendly activity on Mykonos. Older teens may want to try snorkeling or scuba diving with an introductory excursion to admire the island’s reefs teeming with fish and other marine life. Otherwise, rent a clutch of umbrellas and loungers and relax on the island’s soft sand.

Day 3

Take a day trip today to Santorini, one of Greece's most popular islands. The scenic 2-hour ferry ride flies by and kids love exploring the large ship. On Santorini, take a family-friendly tour to see top sights and learn about its history with a guide.

Families like Santorini because of the wide range of activities on the island. This afternoon, go for a horseback ride, set sail on a fishing expedition, rent a boat to explore the coastline by sea, or unwind on the welcoming beaches of Kamari, Perissa, or Monolithos until it’s time to catch the return ferry to Mykonos.

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