What to do in Mykonos in 3 days?
Famous for its impressive nightlife, open-minded and laid back environment, and cosmopolitan vibes, Mykonos has got to make it to your Greek islands bucket list! Although we love a good party, don’t get us wrong, Mykonos has so much more to offer to its visitors and we’re here to present to you all the things to do in Mykonos in an amazing Mykonos 3 day itinerary.
Indeed this itinerary will prove to you that Mykonos has stunning beaches, world-renowned restaurants, impressive museums and churches, and above it all, friendly and hospitable people that truly make this Cycladic island like no other place in the world. So without further ado, let’s start planning your 3 day Mykonos itinerary!
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How to Get to Mykonos
The most essential (and boring) part of planning a trip to Mykonos is how to reach the island! To save you the time and energy, we’ve done all the research so you don’t have to!
To begin, there are two main ways to reach Mykonos: by ferry or by airplane. If you are first visiting Athens than you can take a ferry from Piraeus Port to Mykonos on one of the many ferryboats that leave daily. For information on how to buy tickets, what time the ferryboats leave the port, and more, you can read our guide on getting to Mykonos by ferry.
For a quicker route to Mykonos, you can take the 40 minute airplane ride from Athens International Airport that also runs daily during the summer months. Check out our getting from Athens to Mykonos by airplane guide, for more information on tickets, timetables and more.
How to Get Around in Mykonos
Measuring at just 33 square miles in size, Mykonos is a fairly small and easy island to get around in. The best way to reach the beaches is by renting a car or quad, while the best way to get around Mykonos town is on foot. Keep in mind that parking on the island is limited, especially in Mykonos Town. We, therefore, recommend getting around by foot, bus or taxi when needed. To find out more on how to get around Mykonos check out our guide. Now that we’ve gotten transportation out of the way we can get back to our 3 day Mykonos itinerary!
Day 1 of 3 day Mykonos Itinerary
Take a breakfast in Mykonos Town
Rise and shine folks, we’ve made it to Mykonos! That’s right, all the waiting has finally paid off because you’ve just woken up in one of the most stunning destinations in Greece. So quick, get dressed, pack your hat, sunscreen and let’s make our way to Mykonos Town for an early breakfast!
There are many things to do in Mykonos town, but before we start wandering the instagramable, whitewashed alleys of the island’s capital, lets head to a bakery for a warm, right out of the oven, goodie. For those who have a sweet tooth, we recommend trying a local’s favorite, melopita or honey pie. This homemade pie is made out of two main ingredients, tyrovolia or mizithra cheese and local honey, a sweet combination that you never knew was missing from your life! Pair your melopita with a Greek coffee and you’re ready to take on the day! For those looking for a savory breakfast, opt-in for a cheese pie with the local cheese, kopanisiti that is found only in Mykonos. For more recommendations on local foods that you must try on the island, check out our Mykonos food guide.
Explore Mykonos Town
Perhaps one of the most iconic Greek island capitals, Mykonos town, is a labyrinth of white washed alleys, blue painted windows and doors, and plenty of bougainvilleas to impress any tourist. Allow yourself to get lost in Mykonos town exploring every street corner full of shops, from high-end designer brands, to jewelry shops, to handmade leather sandals, to Greek souvenirs and more.
But Mykonos town is not only about its shopping scene. Indeed, this picturesque town is also full of iconic churches, bakeries, restaurants, museums and more. Spend your morning getting acquitted with this charming capital, or join us on the walking tour of Mykonos town, and learn everything there is about Mykonos from an expert local guide. Cross of the must-sees of Mykonos such as Little Venice, the famous windmills of Mykonos and more on this morning walking tour in Mykonos. Since there are so many things to do in Mykonos in 3 days, lets get right into the island’s highlights. Continue reading to find out what to do in Mykonos and what all the must-sees of the island are!
Little Venice of Mykonos
Once upon a time, Little Venice of Mykonos was a pirate hideout, but has now turned into one of the most photographed places on the island. Back in the day, this row of fishing houses belonged to rich merchants or captains, yet the basement doors, which provided direct access to the sea and underground storage, was easy access for pirates to hide or just hang out – or so the legend goes. Fast-forward to today, and Little Venice has been converted into a line of bars and cafes and is considered one of the most romantic spots on the island. Come back during sunset to witness the myriad of colors setting behind Little Venice, or walk around and take some pictures in the morning before packs of tourists crowd up the view.
Windmills of Mykonos
Continuing our Mykonos stroll is a visit to the windmills of Mykonos, or the “Kato Mili,” Greek for lower mills. These iconic windmills that stand in a row overlooking the sea, once served to create flour and build one of the strongest economies in the Aegean Sea. The windmills may not be milling flour anymore, but that doesn’t stop them from serving a purpose. Thousands of visitors flock every year to these famous windmills to capture a timeless photo.
Panagia Paraportiani Church
There are so many things to do in Mykonos, but you simply can not go to Mykonos without paying a visit to the most unique church in Greece, Panagia Paraportiani Church. Located at the entrance of the Kastro neighborhood overlooking the Aegean, Panagia Paraportiani Church, means “standing next to the entrance door” of the castle. What’s unique about this church is that it actually made up of five small churches that were built either on top of each other or next to each other. Make sure to pay a visit to the Panagia Paraportiani Church during your 3 days in Mykonos for an impressive backdrop in your Instagram photos!
Old Port of Mykonos
After a morning of exploring Mykonos town, head over to the old harbor for a well deserved lunch at one of the many restaurants that line up the port. Grab a table outside and enjoy the view of the water and the tourists passing by. Our favorite restaurants near the Old Port of Mykonos are Vegera, Captain’s and Kastro’s. Care to immerse yourself in local Mykonian culture for lunch? Perhaps joining a family’s Mykonian home for a home-cooked lunch is an even better option! Learn more about the traditional lunch at a local’s residence.
Shopping at Matogianni Street
Now that you’ve indulged in a traditional Mykonian lunch and feel recharged to go back to exploring, head to the famous Matogianni Street for some shopping therapy. This is the 5th avenue of Mykonos with just about all the top designers in the world, handmade leather bags and eclectic boutiques.
Museums of Mykonos Town
Not a fan of shopping and don’t know what else to do in Mykonos? Have no worries, as we’ve got two museums right in the capital of Mykonos that will surely intrigue you. The two museums that you must visit in Mykonos are the Archaeological Museum and the Folklore Museum of Mykonos.
The Archaeological Museum is home to a large collection of ancient Greek vases, statues, and archaeological artifacts found on the island. The entrance ticket only costs 4 euros and the museum is open until 9 PM on weekends, leaving you no excuses not to take a break from the partying on the beach to visit this historical site. For more information on hours and tickets you can check out the museums website. Likewise, the Folklore Museum of Mykonos is just as interesting as you get an insight on how the original Mykonians used to live and thrive on the island.
Enjoy a sunset cruise in Little Venice of Mykonos
The first day in Mykonos is slowly coming to an end after a full day of sightseeing, mingling with the locals and enjoying everything Mykonos Town has to offer. But we’re not done yet! In fact, we’ve got a special treat for you that will leave you breathless. Avoid all the tourists that have gathered around the port to see the sunset of Mykonos and join our favorite Little Venice sunset cruise, for a one of a kind experience and view of the sun setting behind the picturesque Little Venice. Treat yourself on this Mykonos tour and enjoy sunset cruise to end your first day in this remarkable island.
Day 2 of 3 day Mykonos Itinerary
Visit the beaches of Mykonos
Good morning Grekaddicts, it’s time to greet the day, or shall we stay Greek the day! Grab a coffee and local pastry to go because you’ve got another full day ahead of you! If you’re wondering what to do in Mykonos on your second day, do not worry as we’ve got many fun activities in store for you!
You didn’t think we’d write a 3 day Mykonos itinerary, without including some fun, did you? There are so many things to do in Mykonos, but day 2 is all about hitting the best beaches of Mykonos, sipping on those refreshing cocktails and relaxing. There is an impressive total of 25 beaches in Mykonos scattered around the island, but the best ones that are worth visiting are located on the southern coast of the island. There are beaches for almost every preference, from lavish party-scene beach bars, to relaxing and quiet beaches and everything in between. In this 3 day Mykonos itinerary we’re breaking down the top 5 beaches worth visiting.
Home to Cavo Paradiso, perhaps one of the most famous clubs in Greece, if not Europe, Paradise Beach is definitely the most popular party beach in Mykonos. If you are in need to party till the sunrise than go to Paradise Beach!
Just a hop, skip and jump away from Paradise Beach is Paraga Beach. Paraga Beach is most famously known for Scorpios Beach Bar. Paraga Beach is a favorite among younger tourists who are looking to meet people, dance and have a good time way into the late hours of the night.
Super Paradise Beach
Another beach in Mykonos that is familiar with partying is Super Paradise Beach. Known for its crystal clear waters and soft sand, this beach is a favorite among tourists. We, therefore, recommend going early to save a sunbed. Super Paradise Beach is also family-friendly, however, be aware that the beach bars blast music at high volumes starting from the afternoon.
If you want to run into celebrities than Psarou Beach is the place to be. Famous for Nammos Beach Bar and for over the top yachts anchoring near the shore, saying Psarou Beach is one of the most cosmopolitan beaches on the island is an understatement. The clear waters and golden stand at Psarou Beach come at a price of course though as you will not find sunbeds under 25 euros here.
If you’re looking for a quieter, family-friendly option, Ornos Beach is the beach for you. It is located in a bay with beautiful views of the Aegean with many water sports and restaurants to choose from.
Join a cooking class in Mykonos
After a day of relaxing at the beach, we bet you’ve built an appetite! There are so many things to do in Mykonos in 3 days but we recommend joining an authentic Mykonos cooking class after your day at the beach. Cook some of your favorite Greek dishes such as tzatziki, spinach pie, stuffed tomatoes, and more, alongside fellow foodies all in the warm and cozy environment of a local farm. Learn family recipes from a local resident as you cook with your family and friends. Reward yourself after an evening of cooking by trying your creations in this cooking class in Mykonos! Click for more information on how to save your spot in this cooking class in Mykonos.
Nightlife in Mykonos
The day 2 of your 3 days in Mykonos has almost come to an end. But we couldn’t complete a 3 day itinerary in Mykonos without exploring its nightlife. The nightlife of Mykonos has become so famous that clubs found on the island make it to lists of the top clubs in the world. Now if that isn’t a reason to stay up late one night we don’t know what is! Whether you’re looking for a quiet cocktail with friends, or an international, celebrity-packed club to party till the morning, Mykonos has something for everyone! Let’s see which ones are the best bars and clubs to go to in Mykonos.
180 Sunset Bar
If you are looking for best bars and clubs to go to in Mykonos while the night is still young, reserve a spot at 180 Sunset Bar for a truly incomparable sunset view of Mykonos Town. Enjoy a summer cocktail while listening to chill and relaxing beats in a laidback environment. Be aware though that you must make reservations to get a good spot to enjoy the view, at a cost of 50 euros per person (minimum spend). This however shouldn’t be hard to reach as the cocktails begin at around 20 euros.
Right in the heart of Mykonos town, Scandinavian Bar is a crowd favorite and is on the list of best bars and clubs in Mykonos for a reason. Come here to dance the night away to well known DJ’s and to meet new people that are in very close proximity to you. The club is not very big so it can get wild as the night progresses.
As mentioned earlier, Cavo Paradiso is one of the most famous clubs found in Mykonos. Parties that last until the early hours of the morning are a regular phenomenon at Cavo Paradisco. Don’t be surprised if you end up dancing side by side to famous celebrities from singers to actors to DJ’s at this hot summer club.
Located in Mykonos Town, Moni is a modern and sophisticated club that was founded by a diverse group of people that would visit the island every year for over 25 years. Today, Moni welcomes visitors from all over the world, no matter what their race, sexual orientation or background is. Get lost in the rhythm of the music in this famous club in Mykonos Town.
Found on Paraga Beach, Scorpios is the most boho, relaxed and carefree club in Mykonos. The bohemian-inspired minimal design paired with its ideal location makes it one of the best places to see the sunset in Mykonos. Enjoy easy-going, deep house beats as you sip on a cocktail at Scorpios, as it’ll surely be one of your most unforgettable experiences in Mykonos.
Day 3 of 3 day Mykonos Itinerary
Day three, which is the final day of your stay in one of the sunniest Greek islands, has arrived, unfortunately – but worry not – since it unravels quite balanced, to please and fulfill every aspect of a most complete vacation.
First things first, you cannot neglect the most important meal of the day, so head on to the local bakery to grab a spinach-pie, the famous Greek spanakopita, and top it off with a Merenda-filled croissant, an easy and popular option among the Greek youth to start their day. Next on, undoubtedly, the latest well-established fad when it comes to coffee is a Greek’s take on the espresso coffee, dubbed “Freddo espresso” and “freddo cappuccino”, which is an iced version of espresso and cappuccino accordingly.
Visit Armenistis Lighthouse
The second day on the island is reserved for a visit to one of the most photographed spots on the island, Armenistis lighthouse. Situated on a hilltop overlooking the Aegean Sea, the Armenistis Lighthouse is a testimony to Mykonos once rich maritime past. Since you are limited on time, we highly recommend booking a tour where the driver will pick you up from your accommodation and take you right to the lighthouse. Click for more information on booking your spot on the Armenistis lighthouse visit.
Book an excursion to Delos and Rhenia Island Cruise
In accordance with things you can do in Mykonos in 3 days, on your last day, we suggest a cultural excursion to the nearby islands stretching to the West of Mykonos, namely Delos and Rhenia.
Delos is known for its findings, as it’s one of the most important and sacred mythological, historical and archeological sites in Greece. Don’t miss this opportunity to check the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, as well as visit the remarkable Terrace of the Lions and the Archeological Museum of Delos, for the insignificant – compared to the miracles you will witness – the price of €12. Rhenia, otherwise known as Delos Major, is the next destination on this aquatic trip where you can enjoy a much-needed lunch break and refreshment to reload your batteries! On both islands you can find alluring beaches, so inviting and seductive that resisting diving in is not an option. More information about the tour to Ancient Delos and Rhenia can be found on the link.
Hop-on an Ancient Delos and Mykonos Southern Beaches Cruise
Another alternative to honor your last day in Mykonos is our next proposal that incorporates the never-ending summer vibes of the Myconian aesthetic. Cruise in the Aegean archipelago in search of the relaxing activity of venturing the archeological wonders of ancient Delos and its bewitching waters. On your return of this Mykonos cruise, sail back to Mykonos and specifically, the southern beaches of the island. You know of course what this calls for! After nibbling on the authentic Greek meal served on the sailboat, drop anchor at Ornos Beach or engage in some celebrity spotting at the cosmopolitan Psarou Beach. If you feel more adventurous, skinny dip at Elia Beach or just let the sun’s rays embrace your body on Platys Gyalos. Head back to Mykonos by 5:45 p.m., with enough time to live the rest of your afternoon to the fullest! You can find more information about this cruise tour in Mykonos on the link.
With a couple of hours to spare, visiting the oldest areas of the island, the Panigirakis Castle is at the very top of things to do in Mykonos in 3 days. Standing above the Chora, offering an incomparable panoramic view of the Aegean’s vast blue, Castle Panigirakis is the perfect location to experience with your significant other, partake in an intense yoga class the accommodation offers, or just sip a refreshing cocktail at the 180o Sunset Bar.
Enroll in Wine Tasting
On the other hand, upon recalling known facts about Greece, the world-renowned, excellent wine quality of the local vineyards comes to mind. Following your cultural island cruise, an arranged pick-up from the port will take you straight to the wine tasting, where you will learn the basics of wine tasting next to a seasoned sommelier, taking you to the depths of years of knowledge in grape cultivating and properties of this spectacular process. When in Greece, you eat like the Greeks, so you definitely have seen a home-cooked feast coming! Wrap up your executive wine tasting experience with food, drinks and conversing with fellow wine-enthusiasts by joining the Cycladic wine road.
Alternative take a Grand Tour of Mykonos
In case the 3 day Mykonos itinerary seems somewhat overwhelming or your stay is planned to be shorter than that, we absolutely suggest an all-in-one grand tour of Mykonos. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the morning, granting you the opportunity to get acquainted with the authentic Mykonos experience, whether it involves local dishes or visiting and getting around the island in a guided tour, this activity poses as the ultimatum of Mykonos tours.
Experience the famous Greek hospitality in an action-packed day involving sightseeing, unique Insta-material landscapes and buildings, so make sure to bring your camera with you! Visit St. Ioannis Church and cell, stroll in a local farm where organic products will be served as a snack to keep you going. Furthermore, the Ano Mera Square and the Monastery of Panayia Tourliani await, while a stop at Kalo Livadi and the breathtaking panoramic view of Mau Dam for pictures is doubtless necessary. A chance to escape the crowds in Mykonos’ not-so-visited countryside whilst nibbling on traditional local appetizers, letting the phantasmagoric Aegean seascape sink in with a glass filled with raki in hand as the shifting colors dance in the sky, make your romantic memories in the Island of the Winds last forever. Book your spot on the grand tour in Mykonos and live unforgettable moments!
And there you have it! A complete 3 day Mykonos itinerary – plus a bonus one-day itinerary – to make the most out of your trip to Mykonos! Now that we’ve got the planning out of the way, go back your bags and head to the most lavish and cosmopolitan island in Greece! Kalo taksidi!
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