How To Get Santorini To Mykonos and Top 10 Things To Do In Mykonos
When we talk about Greek holiday, it is quite impressive how the island of Mykonos can seem to give us a bit of everything. This glamorous island does not only have sizzling weather almost all year round but it also has family-friendly amenities as well as the party atmosphere.
So if Mykonos is going to be the holiday destination you’d want to enjoy, read on the list of things to do in Mykonos. But first, let me help you know how to get from Santorini to Mykonos!
Are you ready? Then please keep on reading below.
How To Reach Mykonos From Santorini
You have two options to get to Mykonos from Santorini, these are via ferry or via plane. Below I will discuss the advantage and disadvantage of each transportation means, so check it out.
Option 1: Take the ferry to Mykonos from Santorini
For me, the best way on how to get from Santorini to Mykonos is via a ferry boat. I always tell my friends and readers to take the ferry to Mykonos as it is reliable and pretty convenient. The entire journey will only take about two and a half hour and there will be plenty of ferries that can take you throughout the day.
Every day there will be 4 ferries that can take you from Santorini to Mykonos, especially during the high season in the months between May to September. There are two ferry companies running between the two islands, these are Hellenic Seaways and Seajet. You can check their websites to know the available schedule and which one is more convenient to your itinerary.
But take note that you will not be allowed to board the ferry using the online printout. This is one of the Greek laws; your ticket print-out is required to be printed only by the certified companies. So don’t forget to pick up your ticket from the ferry departure port found at the booth of the ferry company you just booked.
However, the ferries in Greece can really be pretty expensive.
Option 2: Take a flight from Santorini to Mykonos
Taking a flight to Mykonos from Santorini is another option available, but for me, this is not an ideal choice. This is because of the strange schedule of flight. Most of the year, there are only a few flights between the two islands, but not always. If you'd like to take a plane, you might need to fly via Athens, which could take up 4 hours of total travel time.
In the year 2017, Condor Air offered two flights every week both on Wednesdays from Mykonos to Santorini and vice versa.
I really don’t recommend taking a plane to Santorini as I think it will not be worth it to spend more time with the check-in process at the airport compared to the time you spend via ferry. And believe me, you don’t want to squeeze in yourself to the very crowded, tiny airports of Santorini and Mykonos especially during the months of May to October.
List of Things You Can Do in Mykonos
There’s one good reason why this island has become the most popular among the Greek Islands and why it has been attracting thousands of tourist every year, this is because there are a lot of amazing things to do in Mykonos!
So if you are not yet sure what to actually do on this island, I have listed down below some of the highly recommended activities.
1. Walk Around the Mykonos Town
Mykonos Town, which is called as Chora, is the heart of Mykonos. The white buildings matched with doors that come in vibrant blue color is simply stunning and very pleasing to the eye. Each of its little corner, as well as every lovely house, is a great photo backdrop. This is one of the reasons why this place has become very popular among tourists. You can just walk around this beautiful town and totally experience the unique culture of Greeks.
There are also so many things to do in Mykonos Town. You can visit the cafeterias, bars, and taverns as well as boutiques for fashionable clothes and accessories, designer brands, jewelry shops and art shops that give a unique shopping experience to tourists. If you want to splurge on shopping, then the Mykonos Town is the best choice for you. Don’t forget to pick up some of the usual Greek souvenirs here too such as leather sandals or olive oil products.
2. Explore the Little Venice
This is definitely one of the most charming and popular areas in Mykonos. It is called Alefkantra but is being referred to as “Little Venice” since it closely looks like Italy’s Venice with its architecture, countless canals and of course, exceptional beauty. It has been built by the rich captains and merchants during the 18th century.
A lot of tourist flock to this area to get fascinated with the beautiful and elegant houses which come with colorful windows. These houses have now been turned into bars, clubs, restaurants that serves Greek cuisine as well as stores that offer a wide range of merchandise. This is the best place to observe the architecture and the mix of culture.
This is totally a picturesque part of town too since it hangs over the sea, the sunsets are simply stunning: the light will shine off the building and will bounce along the water; especially in the Aegean which is the best location to enjoy the sunset. I must say this place is a perfect spot for a romantic evening with your special someone.
3. See the Iconic Windmills
These stunning white windmills are among the most recognized landmarks of the island. It is one of the most popular attractions next to Little Venice. It can actually be found in between the settlement of Little Venice as well as the neighborhood of Niochori.
There have been more than twenty windmills in the island during the 17th and 18th centuries that were used to refine wheat with the help of the high winds that are blowing the island. It has been a fundamental element to the economic development of the island but with the progress of technology, the usage of mills has been stopped.
Today, seven of the windmills have been maintained and preserved and are now being used as private homes or museums. Kato Myloi (Lower Windmills) are the most popular ones which stand on a hill that faces the sea.
The views from the windmills over Little Venice, as well as the harbor, are pretty stunning, especially during the sunset. I highly recommend walking up the hill in Chora and stopover the windmill of Boni that is now being used as a museum. The view from up there is just incredible and is also one of the best spots to watch the sunset.
4. Make Your Wish at Paraportiani Church
You will find about 360 churches in Mykonos and the Paraportiani Church is one of the most popular ones. This white-washed church is one of the most significant religious and architectural monuments of the Cyclades islands complex. It can be found in the island’s cosmopolitan capital, just right next to the Aegean Sea.
It has been created as early as the 16th and 17 centuries and now it is a home to religious and historical decorations that still date back to old times. Upon entering the church, you will witness the awe-inspiring sight of Mediterranean Sea.
5. Party at Paradise Beach
When the sun goes down, Paradise Beach is where most tourists come after a day of sunbathing, relaxing or doing watersports.
During the day, there are beach lounge or umbrellas for rent to enjoy the beach and you can also make the most of the services of the beach bars. As the day ends, there are a number of restaurants in town you can visit too but it’s actually the pumping music being played by beach club DJs that draws the crowd, especially the young ones. The scene will really turn loud and wild after dark and the beach becomes everyone’s dance floor, so don’t come here for a peaceful night. There’s also this popular Paradise Club that which is a party megaclub all-night and is the favorite rave scene ever since the 1990s.
On the southern part of the island, you will also find Tropicana Mykonos Club. The fun here begins as early as 4:30 in the afternoon and ends late the next morning. The parties here are really epic that it has in fact made it to history; it has been named as the Best Beach Bar and the second Sexiest Beach Bar in the world by the Travel Channel. The music vibes in the club really create an incredible party atmospheres and the cocktails being served are just amazing.
6. Spend Some Fun Time with Your Family at the Beach
If you’re not a party animal and you are with your kids, don’t worry as there are plenty of beaches in Mykonos that comes with relaxing atmosphere, making it perfect for families and even couples.
Psarou Beach, for instance, is a good place if you want to avoid the vast crowd and noisy parties. It also provides several water sports like windsurfing and waterskiing.
7. Take a Boat Trip To Delos
Delos is one of the most significant locations in Greece. So if you have some time, a day trip to the nearby island of Delos is definitely a must. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is open for public for free from Tuesday to Sunday, though the hours will differ depending on the season. Ferries will regularly leave the island of Chora starting 10 AM.
This small island used to be a political and religious center of the Cyclades. According to the Greek legend, this has been the birthplace of Artemis (the goddess of animals, wilderness, and the hunt) and Apollo (the god of light and music).
I suggest you hire a local guide that is knowledgeable about the drama of Delos and to help you walk through the excavated ruins of the main archaeological site. Don’t miss the Archaeological Museum of Delos, House of Dionysus, Terrace of the Lions and so much more so you would learn more about the sacred isle’s place in Ancient Greek history.
8. Meet Peter the Pelican
Peter the Pelican was Mykonos’ symbolic figure and has been the emblem of the island for the entire 30 years of his life. During the year 1958, a local fisherman found the pelican wounded and it was later nursed and nourished by the locals who named it Petros, from the Greek word “petra” which means rock; rock has always been the prevailing architectural element of Mykonos.
Thousands of tourists used to visit the island’s icon every summer to take a picture. Unfortunately, to locals and tourists disappointment, Petros has been killed by a car in the year 1985 but the Municipality of Mykonos decided to mummify the bird. Today, there are three pelicans living on the island that you will see strolling around the alleyways. The locals named one of them Petros to give honor to the island’s symbol.
9. Do Scuba Diving
When it comes to food, Mykonos has limitless to offer. Though it is a bit expensive, it is absolutely worth a try. There are plenty of popular restaurants on the island that provides Greek food and the freshest seafood. I highly recommend Paraportiani Taverna, Captain’s and Madoupas.
10. Get Some Culture
You can visit the Folklore Museum of Mykonos which is three museums in one, these are the Bonis Mill, Castle House and House of Lena. Lena’s house, for instance, has been built as early as 19th century and is now the home to wood carvings, antique furnishings, old mirrors, printed plates and so much more than attract a vast number of visitors per day.
You can also visit the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos where you will find numerous vases that range from the prehistoric to the late Hellenistic period, stelae, grave statues as well as the funerary urns from Rheneia. There’s also the Aegean Maritime Museum that preserves and is still promoting the Greek maritime tradition and history.
Tips When Travelling In Mykonos
1. Best Months To Visit
Autumn is the best time to visit the glamorous island of Mykonos, between the months of September and October, when the beaches have the ideal temperature for swimming and sunbathing, rain remains to be unlikely and to avoid the intense heat of summer. But I have to warn, the island can really get crowded!
2. Money Saving Tips!
Visit during the off-season. If possible, come to Mykonos during the shoulder season during the months of May and June, September and early October just before the beaches start to get overcrowded and double the price. The weather will still be great, warm and sunny. Though, during the months of May and October, the sea might not be warm enough for you to swim
Avoid staying in the main town. The town’s accommodation prices are on the high end so the further you go away from the area, the cheaper accommodation you will find. Don’t worry, Mykonos has a great bus system that can get you to and from the town.
Eat cheaply. Eating cheaply doesn't mean you have to eat badly, Gyros and other similar street offer snacks that will cost you only a few Euros. You can actually get full for as low as 10 EUR per day.
Booking overnight ferries will help you save. The inter-island ferries of Greece can be quite expensive if you are going to visit plenty of them. Taking overnight ferries will help you save up to half of the regular price, the bonus is you get to save one night of accommodation too!
Book ferries in advance. If you will be booking for ferries in advance, at least two months ahead, you can actually get to save up to 25% off the cost of the regular ticket.
3. Explore the island on a scooter
This is the best way to give your walking legs some rest. Exploring the island on a rented scooter is a fun and fastest way to get around the island. Just the let the winding roads of Mykonos guide you to some of the incredible towns and beaches; every corner has something to offer and you’d be surprised to find out.
I hope this article has helped you find your way from Santorini to Mykonos and you get to try the list of things to do in Mykonos that I mentioned above. Whether you're on your own adventure or traveling with your best friend for a long week of fun in the sun or introducing some culture into your family holiday, Mykonos for sure is a great place to be!
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