One Day in Mykonos, Greece


Mykonos | Source

On a recent 12-day Mediterranean Cruise that took us through the heart of the Greek Islands we were fortunate to have the opportunity to spend a day in beautiful Mykonos. I would venture to guess that most visitors to this picturesque island come by way of a cruise ship and to be honest it’s not a bad way to visit Mykonos. While one day is never enough to fully experience a new and interesting destination, it’s certainly enough time to get a taste of this popular Greek island.

Mykonos is part of the Cyclades Islands of Greece and has just 10,000 permanent residents, most of whom live in Mykonos Town.

If your visit to Mykonos is not part of a cruise then it’s most certainly part of a beach vacation. Known for its beautiful sandy beaches and it clear turquoise waters the island is dotted with a beach to fit every taste. From family friendly spots to beaches with a party-like atmosphere, Mykonos has it all. And while many visitors flock to the more popular beaches of this very sunny island you would be remiss to not spend at least a few hours exploring beautiful Mykonos Town, the hub of activity on this idyllic Greek Island.


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Mykonos Town is also known as Chora.

Not being a fan of cruise ship tours or excursions we decided to venture out on our own for a day in Mykonos. Our first priority was to explore Mykonos Town and we quickly hopped on the early bus for the ten-minute ride into town from the port. Mykonos Town is everything one would expect from this quintessential Greek Island community. Oh sure, there are more than enough touristy shops catering to the day trippers looking to leave a few euro behind, but for me the sheer beauty of the town is what struck me. This place is stunning. From the white-washed buildings to the blue and red domes that dot the town it’s an absolutely lovely place to explore on foot.

Church of Saint Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos
Agios Nikolaos | Source

The small harbor of Mykonos Town is a photographers dream with bobbing sponge boats and fisherman coming in with their catch of the day. The bright Mediterranean colors seem to just explode against the white washed backdrop. As you walk along the harbor front you will come to the small Agios Nikolaos blue domed Church (Church of Saint Nikolaos). If you’re lucky you might also catch a glimpse of Petros the Pelican in the area. Petros is the islands adopted mascot and the pelican’s story goes back to the 1950s when the bird was rescued by a local fisherman. The original Petros died in 1986 but the island has continued to embrace the legend with three new pelicans that call Mykonos home and are treated like local stars.

Sponge Boat


As you cross the harbor front and head into town toward the Windmills you will come to the most famous church on the island, the Panagai Paraportiani. This Byzantine treasure dates back to 1425 and is the most visited and photographed church on Mykonos. The church is actually five churches with four of them attached and forming the base for the fifth main chapel that sits on top. Paraportiani is one of the most unique architectural buildings in Greece and is an active church so be respectful when visiting.

Panagai Paraportiani

Panagai Paraportiani - the most famous church on Mykonos
Panagai Paraportiani - the most famous church on Mykonos | Source

Mykonos Alley's


Between the Panagai Paraportiani and the famous Windmills of Mykonos you will pass though some of the most beautiful sections of Mykonos Town. Narrow alleys lead you to stunning glimpses of the sea and to colorful shops preparing to greet the day’s visitors.

This part of Mykonos is referred to as Little Venice and is known for its medieval houses that sit right on the water. And just when you thought you were lost in the maze of Little Venice you come to the town’s most famous landmark, the Windmills of Mykonos.

The Windmills of Mykonos

Windmills of Mykonos
Windmills of Mykonos | Source

Perched on a hill that offers stunning views of Little Venice, Mykonos Town, and the sea, this area was the final destination on our walking exploration through Mykonos Town. Although they are not functioning today, the windmills harken back to a day in the 16th century when they were used to mill wheat. Five of the islands remaining sixteen windmills are located here and due to their position on a hill looking north over the town they are pretty much the first thing to catch your eye as you enter Mykonos.

View from the Windmills

The view of Little Venice with the Celebrity Silhouette in the distance from the Windmills.
The view of Little Venice with the Celebrity Silhouette in the distance from the Windmills. | Source
Another Windmill of Mykonos
Another Windmill of Mykonos | Source

Having completed our journey we headed back to the harbor front via a different path. Our journey took us past the only Catholic Church on the island located in Alefkandra Square. Churches are a common theme here in Mykonos and the island is dotted with over five hundred so don’t plan on trying to visit them all.

With the morning hours spent touring Mykonos Town it was time to refuel and we quickly found a lovely outdoor café right on the harbor front. I’m sure we could have researched Mykonos restaurants to find “the place” for lunch, but for a quick drink and a snack we were certainly more interested in the view than the write-up and the RAYA Cafe was more than adequate. We had a wonderful sampling of Greek food washed down with a Greek beer and we were happy.

RAYA Cafe with a view of the Harbor

Lunch with a view
Lunch with a view | Source

Mykonos is a naturally dry island that receives over 300 days of sunshine each year. The only rainy months are February and March.

After our quick break we headed back to the bus stop for the quick ride back to the ship to prepare for a run to the beach. With beach options galore on Mykonos we decided to explore the tiny beach that we noticed just north of where our cruise ship was docked. Of course we could have taken a quick taxi to any number of the more famous beaches but from the ship this small beach looked just fine and it also looked empty. Perfect!

Agios Stefanos Beach

Agios Stefanos Beach - Our private beach for the afternoon.
Agios Stefanos Beach - Our private beach for the afternoon. | Source

The fifteen minute walk to the beach revealed that we were upon the Agios Stefanos Beach. The write-up on this beach says that it’s a great choice for those with limited means of transportation and it has a tavern-bar right there with facilities so it wound up being a great decision. Sure, we didn’t come home with stories and photos of the famous Paradise Beach but to be honest, I’m really not that into the famous, most visited beaches where I’m fighting crowds. We had the beach all to ourselves and with a great view of our ship nearby it turned into a picture-perfect afternoon.

Agios Stefanos Beach

Agios Stefanos Beach - where did everyone go?
Agios Stefanos Beach - where did everyone go? | Source

With the sun starting to dip and our ship scheduled to leave at 6 p.m. we reluctantly headed back to the Silhouette, our home for this 12-day Mediterranean Cruise. As the ship set sail away from Mykonos we were treated to another gorgeous sunset and we bid ado to this stunning destination.

I hope you enjoyed our "One Day in Mykonos". Looking back we were pleased with our choices for the day. A morning exploring Mykonos Town followed by an afternoon at a beach that we had all to our own. The perfect day in Mykonos.

Another Beautiful Mediterranean Sunset


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bdegiulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Monis Mas. It certainly is. Just another beautiful Greek island. Thanks for stopping by, have a nice weekend.

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Monis Mas 2 years ago

What a beautiful, magical place!

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bdegiulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Glimmer. Sure sounds like the same cruise, or at least the same ports of call. We loved Mykonos also. There is definitely something about the white washed buildings and the charming narrow streets. Thanks for the share. We're dreaming of returning also :)

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Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

I think I've already mentioned that I went on a Greek Island cruise many years ago with my Aunt so I am loving these hubs. I bet we went to almost all the same islands. This one was so beautiful. I loved just roaming the narrow streets and I remember having lunch along the sea and having a huge bowl of the best yogurt I have ever had, topped with honey. Now I see greek yogurt everywhere, but back then, I did not know what a difference it was. Anyway, shared around and dreaming of another trip! Beautiful hub.

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bdegiulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi carter. It continues to amaze me how many beautiful places there are in this world to see. Mykonos certainly is one of them. We really enjoyed our day there, wish I were there now :) Hope everything is well down-under. Have a great weekend.

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carter06 2 years ago from Cronulla NSW

There is so much to discover about so many beautiful places in the world yet Bill..and you help us do so even when we can't physically get there..thank you for continuing to wet our appetites..cheers

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bdegiulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi gypsumgirl. Mykonos was a wonderful place to spend a day. We really enjoyed our day there. I'm so glad you had an opportunity to experience the magic of the Greek Islands. Thanks for the visit and have a great day.

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gypsumgirl 2 years ago from Vail Valley, Colorado

Thanks for sharing your day on Mykonos. I also had the fortunate experience of stopping in Mykonos for the day last summer -- on a Mediterranean cruise. You've helped bring back some awesome memories.

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bdegiulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Joelle. I completely agree with you. With just one day you get a nice taste but just don't have time to really explore. We would like to go back also someday, but, as you mentioned there are so many other places that we want to visit. Hence the predicament.

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great weekend.

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kidscrafts 2 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

I agree with you that with a cruise, one day is never enough to discover those little gems but it gives a nice first taste. I visited Mikonos during a cruise as well but one day I would like to go back and go at my own pace from one island to the other. I hear it was possible to do it and stay in hotels. But there are so many other things to discover around the world as well.... where to start?

Enjoy your weekend!

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bdegiulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Devika. Thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed Mykonos. It was a wonderful day. We'll have to go back some day when we can explore a little more. Have a great weekend.

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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

One Day in Mykonos, Greece sounds a wonderful trip and the photos are so beautiful.

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bdegiulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Thanks Sheila. It was an amazing trip. So many highlights! Between Athens and the islands there was so much to see. I would go back in a heartbeat.

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sgbrown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

What an amazing trip this must have been! I have always wanted to visit Greece. Your pictures are amazing and I love the views through your camera! Thank you! Up and awesome!

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bdegiulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Flourish. Thank you. Mykonos was a wonderful place, we really enjoyed walking the town and exploring its alley's and it was great to have a beach all to ourselves.

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Those beach photos are fabulous (the sunset!!). You've provided a useful and enticing description of a place I never knew I wanted to visit until now. Pinning to my travel board, and voted up+++.

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bdegiulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi again Adventure Lover. Thanks for stopping by. Greece was amazing. Glad you enjoyed the tour. Have a great weekend.

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Adventure Lover 2 years ago

What a lovely place! I'd love to visit Greece one day.

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bdegiulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Shelley. Thanks for stopping by. It is a magical place. We really enjoyed the Greek Islands that we visited. Have a wonderful weekend.

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bdegiulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Linda. Thank you. There really are so many beautiful and interesting places to see. Mykonos was a very pretty little place. Maybe not as picturesque as Santorini but still beautiful. Have a great weekend.

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CyberShelley 2 years ago

Oh how beautiful, the romance and wonder of the Greek Isles. Thank you for making me dream.

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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Mykonos is another place that I'd like to visit now that I've read your hub, Bill! Europe is so fascinating. Thank you for sharing the interesting information and the lovely photos. I enjoy reading your travel articles very much.

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bdegiulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Lenzy. Thank you. The windmills certainly make for a great photo op. We loved the narrow alley's of Mykonos and all the white-washed buildings. It's a very pretty place. Thanks of much and have a great weekend.

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bdegiulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi kerlund74. Thank you and welcome to HubPages. Glad you enjoyed Mykonos. It's a beautiful place. Have a great weekend.

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Lenzy 2 years ago from Arlington, Texas

I enjoyed your hub on Mykonos. I love the photos of the windmills and little cobblestone roads. Thanks for including us in your visit. Lenzy

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kerlund74 2 years ago from Sweden

So wonderful photos in this hub, love it!

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Stunning as always. Do the remaining windmills serve a purpose now or are they just for show? What a beautiful place....thanks once again for whetting my appetite. One day I'll make it to Europe.

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