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Things to do in Mykonos

Itineraries for Your Trip to Mykonos

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1 Day in Mykonos for First Timers

Curated by Lydia Schrandtwriter, editor, and award-winning photographer.

With its sandy beaches, thatched windmills, beach bars, and Cycladic architecture, Mykonos ranks as one of the most popular islands in the Aegean Sea. While you could easily spend days or weeks on this little slice of Greek paradise, here are some tips for how to make the most of just 24 hours on the island.


Start your morning off with a guided sightseeing tour of the island. In as little as half a day, you’ll have plenty of time to catch the highlights—villages, beaches, fishing ports, and windmills. Opt for a private tour to customize your own itinerary, or join a local for an off-the-beaten-path tour to sites rarely visited by tourists. Those who’d prefer to stay in Mykonos Town (Chora) can take a walking tour of its whitewashed buildings and narrow winding streets while learning more about the town’s history and cultural heritage.


Greeks love to eat, and Mykonos is no exception. Treat your tastebuds to some local flavor this afternoon during a walking tour of Chora Mykonos, visiting everything from a 17th-century underground bakery to a historic Greek taverna. Wine lovers might want to spend the afternoon enjoying a guided tasting of local varietals at a local Mykonian farm, while cooking enthusiasts can partake in an olive oil tasting workshop to learn how to pair oils with specific foods. For an introduction to Greek cuisine, head to a local farm for a traditional Hellenic barbecue.


There’s nothing quite like sunset in the Greek islands, and the best place to watch is from the deck of a boat. This evening, wrap up your ultimate day in Mykonos with a sunset cruise on the Aegean Sea. Choose between a family-friendly or adults-only option, and sit back and enjoy ocean breezes, spectacular views, and wine or cocktails on deck. If you’d prefer to stay on solid ground, book a table at one of the many seaside restaurants in Mykonos Town.

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