8 Awesome Things To Do In Mykonos Besides Partying

A different taste of Mykonos.

Just like people, every island in the Cyclades has a different reputation. Santorini oozes romance, Paros caters to families and beaches, Naxos is the hidden gem waiting for foodies to devour, and then there’s Mykonos. It’s no surprise that this Island of the Wind is revered for its party culture, especially after a stroll along the harbor. Music blasting, crowds shuffling, cocktails spilling…it’s a different kind of nightlife culture. A level all on its own, comparable to Hvar in Croatia.

If you’re like me, Mykonos probably wound up on the itinerary simply because it was almost a requirement. Who wouldn’t want to make a quick pit stop in one of the most famous Greek islands and experience the famous villa rentals in Mykonos? If the rowdy party scene isn’t quite up your alley, however, here’s a list of activities that you can enjoy without feeling like you’re on MTV’s Spring Break 24/7. Of course, we do start the list with a little alcohol…

1. Have a cocktail in Little Venice while admiring the island sunset.

Caprice of Mykonos
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One of the most scenic places in Mykonos certainly is the romantic Alefkandra, or Little Venice, which garnered its name from a postcard-like waterfront setting. Against ivory architecture, there is a wide array of bars that face the water so close your feet can almost touch it from the patio tables. Take in the sun setting against the backdrop of the Aegean Sea leaves an unforgettable imprint to last a lifetime, even if your night is just about to begin. Here’s a list of bars to check out.

2. Old Harbor

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Just a few steps from Little Venice is Old Harbor where you stumble upon the Church of Agios Nikolaos and Mykonos’ ancient Town Hall. Mosey along the harbor and you’ll encounter The Archeological Museum of Mykonos, which was built in 1905, making it the oldest museum in Greece. Its collections span from Prehistoric to Hellenistic period, but keep an eye out for the iconic large vase made in Tinos which depicts scenes from the fall of Troy. There are also numerous bars and restaurants in Old Harbor where you can rest your feet with a nice glass of local wine.

3. Follow the windmills.

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Windmills mykonos. UNSPLASH Despina Galani

Along the skyline of the island, there are seven iconic windmills that are just as synonymous as the party scene in Mykonos. Constructed during the 16th century, these windmills were meant to grind wheat and barley. There are two that remain open to the public today along with a tiny gift shop where many travelers wait for the right moment to snap a plethora of photos. Read more about the history of the iconic windmills here.

4. Shop on Matogianni Street…

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…during the day, since there are loads of crafty souvenir shops and beautiful boutiques to browse through. The windy alleys covered in blue and white also exude a typical getaway in the Cyclades. Once the evening strikes, however, Matogianni Street transforms into an epicenter of Mykonos’ nightlife. Bars and clubs are pumped with music, every restaurant owner entices the next crowd of travelers’ attention.

5. Indulge an organic farm-to-table meal at Farma.

Farma Mykonos

The very first farm-to-table restaurant in Greece sits far away from the noise of a typical Mykonos. Farma, or ΦARMA, symbolizes a profound respect for the island’s roots and soul. Inside, you’ll be guided through the charming estate which begins with a one-acre farm featuring a wide variety of vegetable and herb gardens. With every table directly facing a splendid sunset view, ΦARMA’s seasonal menu alters daily according to what is readily available to the land without human pressure. We began with crispy baked bread, paired with a rich tomato sauce. Followed by chickpeas (a personal favorite,) fried zucchinis (a total must in the Mediterranean,) then a delightful fish was skillfully deboned right at our table, every bite was tender yet juicy. It’s what we call: Mediterranean goodness. Once desserts rolled around, you simply can’t miss its signature orange pie. Orange you wishing to be here?

6. Say a little prayer at Church of Panagia Paraportiani.

Church of Panagia Paraportia
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Located not too far from Little Italy, you’ll see an alluring white Church of Panagia Paraportiani, which translates to: “Our Lady of the Side Gate,” referring to where one would find its entrance door. Constructed in 1425, this church took approximately 300 years to complete. In fact, it’s five churches all rolled into one glorious sanctuary.

7. Browse through Rarity Gallery.

Rarity Gallery
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Since it was the first art gallery in Mykonos, Rarity has become this island’s hub of artistic and cultural shift. Every year, there are five exhibitions where contemporary and international artists showcase their artwork for the first time in Greece. These artists include: Julian Opie known as the Minimalist Pop-Artist of the New British Sculpture movement, painter Hunt Slonem, Israeli photorealist Yigal Ozeri…and many more.

8. Visit the island of Delos

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As one of the most significant archeological sites in Greece, the island of Delos is a must-see especially for history buffs. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Delos is the birthplace of both Apollo (God of the Sun) and Artemis (Goddess of the Hunt.) But even prior to Greek mythology, this location was already positioned as a divine sanctuary. Some notable ruins include: Bust of Hermes, House of Dionysos, House of Cleopatra, Temple of Isis…and so much more.

Be sure to visit Delos Archeological Museum! Since excavation efforts uncovered an enormous amount of artifacts on Delos, there was a need for a place to store and accommodate all the archaeological discoveries throughout the years. You can reach Delos via a ferry from Mykonos, it’s a day trip and probably requires approximately 4 hours to visit. Keep in mind that there aren’t any hotels or accommodations on this island.

Wendy visited Mykonos in 2018. 

Wendy Hung


As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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