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What To Do When You Only Have One Day In Mykonos

So you only have one day in Mykonos? This is quite common if you visit Mykonos on a Greek islands cruise. Cruises typically dock in ports from about 8 am to 5 pm. If you have more time, I definitely recommend booking a hotel in Mykonos and staying for a few days, but if you’re only visiting for limited time, this is the guide for you! Today’s blog post is going to cover what to do in Mykonos in one day.

Disclaimer: This blog post is written in collaboration with adidas. I have linked a few of my favorite products in this blog post, but as always, all opinions written below are my own.

Background Information On Mykonos

Mykonos is a Greek island located in the Aegean Sea. Similarly to Santorini, it’s famous for its picturesque, white-washed buildings, beautiful beaches, nightlight, and island cuisine! Aside from crystal clear waters and soft white sand (unlike the black sand beaches of Santorini!), Mykonos is also known for its beach parties at clubs like Paradise Beach and Elia Beach. Aside from daytime beach clubs, the island is renowned for its nightlife with many bars and clubs scattered throughout the Old Town.

Mykonos is also considered to be one of the most romantic places to visit in Greece, and is a popular spot for destination weddings and honeymoons.

Best Time To Visit Mykonos

Similarly to other Greek islands, the high season (aka the most expensive time of year to visit) is the summer months. This is when tourists can soak up the best of the island on holiday and take full advantage of the beach clubs. I’ve only been to Mykonos once — in late June, and do remember it being quite busy.

Consider visiting during the shoulder seasons (March – May or September – October) for warm weather without all the people. As long as you pack accordingly and throw in some layers — think sweaters, hoodies, and a light jacket — you could even visit Mykonos in November or February to save extra money.

Is One Day In Mykonos Enough Time?

If you like to dive deep on the local history of a destination and enjoy all the hidden gems, I think you could easily spend a few weeks touring just about anywhere. However, with that being said, Mykonos is a fairly small island. Plus, many of the island’s main attractions are focused around the Old Town and are walkable from one another. Therefore, the highlights of Mykonos can easily be visited in just one day.

How To Get To Mykonos

If you’re reading this one day in Mykonos travel guide, you are probably visiting Mykonos on a cruise. If that is the case, the ship will dock in the harbor and a tender will bring you to shore, making Mykonos extremely accessible. From the cruise ship, you’ll be able to walk right to the Old Town!

Greek islands cruise

If you are flying into Mykonos to stay for a few days in a local hotel, you’ll want to fly into the Mykonos-Manto Mavrogenous Airport. This is the main international airport for Mykonos, which serves domestic flights and flights from many other European cities. It’s located about 4 kilometers from the Old Town.

Since I didn’t spend the night in Mykonos, I don’t feel like I can properly recommend accommodation, BUT I can recommend the best activities and restaurants for you to enjoy during your one day in Mykonos!

What To Do In One Day In Mykonos

Now for the itinerary! Since you only have one day in Mykonos to explore, get ready to hit the ground running!

Visit The Windmills

Mykonos is called the windy island for a reason… holy cow! You’ll find shelter in the narrow, windy walkways between buildings but if you’re anywhere along the water – forget it. I wouldn’t recommend wearing a hat in Mykonos (I personally watched 3 fly away during my one day here), and I don’t even think a dress is a good idea.

Additionally, the sea here tends to be rougher than some of the other islands, so I would avoid a boat excursion if you get seasick easily. Even the tender from the Celebrity Beyond to the port was a bit rough.

Speaking of wind, one of the top attractions to see on Mykonos are the windmills. Although they’re not in use anymore, they really are picture-perfect. See for yourself…

one day in Mykonos, Greece at the Mykonos windmills

Assuming you ate breakfast on your cruise ship (or hotel!) this morning, let’s start with some sightseeing. Head right to the famous windmills of Mykonos. These are one of the most popular spots on the island for photos, so I recommend arriving first thing in the morning to take your quintessential Greece pics!

Stroll Through The Old Town

Once you’ve taken your photos here, start walking through the Old Town! The narrow streets here are easy to get lost in, but that’s ok. Give yourself an hour or two this morning to do some souvenir shopping, grab a coffee in a local café, and take photos at every turn.

Speaking of photos…

Strolling the Old Town in Mykonos, Greece

Another famous spot for photos in Mykonos is the “M space” storefront. Although this is just your average island boutique, it’s situated perfectly among several windy walkways and beneath beautiful trees, making it an amazing capture and photo-op.

Pro-tip: Although summer in Mykonos is peak season and will bring the crowds, the island really comes to life during the summer months. There were pink and purple flowers in bloom everywhere!

Strolling the Old Town in Mykonos, Greece

Lunch In Little Venice

Once you’ve taken 100+ photos and shopped (and hopefully bought yourself something special!), head to Little Venice for lunch.

Lunch in Little Venice during one day in Mykonos

Little Venice is one of the most picturesque and romantic places on the island of Mykonos. It also happens to be one of the most photographed places in Europe. Many acclaimed artists have painted scenes from Little Venice and have decided to call this special place home.

The construction of the Little Venice neighborhood took place from the 13th – 18th centuries, when the island was under Venetian rule (hence the name!). Most of the buildings located here used to belong to wealthy individuals, like merchants or captions, hence the beautiful architecture. Many of these houses have since been converted into chic bars and restaurants.

The seaside bars and restuarants here offer some of the best sunset views. If you’re lucky to be here for dinner, I wrote a recommendation or two for you at the end of this one day in Mykonos guide!

If you’re not sticking around for dinner, you MUST grab lunch here. All of the bars and restaurants are amazing. You can sip on a cocktail and soak up the views of the windmills and bay.

Lunch in Little Venice during one day in Mykonos

Spend The Afternoon At The Beach Clubs

After lunch, it’s time to head to the beach for a few hours! I recommend doing this in the afternoon so you can soak up the warmest sun and also enjoy the party scene a bit. No matter the day of the week you visit, there will surely be dancing and fun music at the beach clubs. My sister and I spent the afternoon at Paradise Beach Club when we visited Mykonos and loved it! There are multiple beach clubs to choose from in Mykonos. The one I read the most about was Paradise Beach Club, so this is where my sister and I chose to spend our afternoon in Mykonos.

How To Get To The Beach Clubs

This tip has to be one of the best ones I’ve ever shared on The Abroad Blog. There are public buses that cost only a few Euros that leave from downtown to all the beach clubs! This is huge because the clubs are about 20-30 minutes from the Old town, meaning this would be a fairly pricey Uber / taxi ride. Unless you have a scooter on the island, this public (party) bus is the best way to get to the beach.

Once you’re there, grab a drink (or two, or three…hey you’re not driving, right?!) and dance under the Mediterranean sunshine! We met so many cool people from around the world here and had a blast before heading back to our ship.

Pro-tip: Is partying not your thing? No worries. Go for a long beach walk in this area instead! And don’t forget your waterproof gear for your ocean-side adventure.

Beach club in Mykonos, Greece

Bonus Recommendations: Nighttime

If you’re visiting on a cruise ship or have a day tour booked, unfortunately you won’t get to experience the island at night. This was the case for my sister and I when we visited Mykonos with Celebrity Cruises a few summers ago. However, if you’re visiting on a sailing tour and docked for the night or sleeping in one of the island’s many chic hotels, this section is for you!

Catch Sunset In Mykonos Town

For the best view of Mykonos at sunset, you’ll want to head to the 180 Sunset Bar. It has this name for a reason! Sunset during the summer months can be as late as 9 pm, but so is dinnertime. Being that you’re visiting the Mediterranean region, dinner is much later than what you may expect in other countries. It is quite common for people to eat dinner after 9 or 10 pm. If you’re willing to wait, definitely head to this bar for a late dinner as the sun dips below the Aegean.

Dinner + Nightlife In Little Venice

If you’re looking for a restaurant right next to the sea with views of the windmills, I recommend Nice and Easy. This dining spot is located in the Little Venice area of Mykonos. It’s one of the best places to dine on the island.

That brings us to the end of this Mykonos travel guide! I hope you feel inspired to make the most of your one day in Mykonos and to soak up the best of what this beautiful island has to offer! Maybe you’ll even want to visit Santorini from Athens next!

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