Mykonos is well known as a party island, but it’s also a romantic destination in Greece. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Mykonos is not exactly the cheapest of the Greek islands. You can find affordable accommodation, but you’ll have to sacrifice the views and some of the facilities. Likewise, there are excellent tavernas to eat out and where you budget won’t be hit hard, but you’ll have to look for them in hidden spots.
When it comes to spending time on Mykonos, you should be happy to know that there are quite a lot of free things to do on the island.
Walk hand in hand on the narrow streets of Little Venice
“Little Venice” is one of the most beautiful places on Mykonos. The colorful historic houses have been turned into restaurants, bars, shops and nightclubs. But walking hand in hand and taking photos is free.
Visit the Mykonos Folk Museum
The museum is housed in 3 different buildings. The main building dates back to the 18th century and comprises the Cycladic costumes, traditional musical instruments, historic paintings and old photographs of the island. It is free to visit to visit the museum.
Visit Panagia Paraportiani
There are 365 churches on Mykonos but Panagia Paraportiani is the most famous. It is located in the center of Chora and dates back to the Byzantine era. It is decorated with frescoes dating back to the Middle Ages. Don’t overlook the view seen from the entrance to the church. Visiting the church is free, but remember that service takes place so be respectful.
Take photos of the windmills
The windmills are an icon of the island. The date back to the 16th century and currently there are 16 windmills left on Mykonos. The view from the hilltop is amazing. So pack your walking shoes, plenty of water and your camera.
Learn about the agriculture on the island
The Mykonos Agricultural Museum is located near the Windmills and offers an insight into the farming life on the island. You can see a preserved miller’s home, complete with period decorations. It is open every afternoon and entrance is free.
Visit Ano Mera
Ano Mera is the other real town on the island of Mykonos but since it lacks sea views, it’s not that popular among tourists. It is, however, home to two monasteries. You can easily spend an entire day here.
Sunbath at Paradise Beach
Paradise Beach is the most famous beach on Mykonos, both for sunbathing and partying. While it costs money to practice water sports, you don’t need to pay anything to lounge.
A quieter beach day at Psarou Beach
If you want to spend time in the sun but Paradise Beach is too loud of you, head to Psarou Beach, which is located northwest of Paradise. Get here early and if your budget allows, plan to enjoy a romantic picnic, as well.
And here are some things to do that cost a bit but are totally worth your time and money:
Visit the Archaeological Museum
Especially if you plan a day trip to Delos, visiting the Mykonos’s Archaeological Museum is an excellent choice as you get to learn about the background of the site. The museum is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (except on Mondays) and the entrance fee is €2.
Day trip to Delos
The entire island is an archeological site and can be visited only by boat and as part of a tour. It definitely rivals Olympia and Delphi on the mainland Greece.
Explore the Aegean Maritime Museum
It is located close to the Mykonos Folk Museum and contains model ships, old maps and antique navigational instruments. The garden is also filled with artifacts. Entrance is €3 and the museum is open from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Mykonos is a well known shopping destination and you can find plenty of things here: from designer clothes and jewelry to interesting souvenirs. In Little Venice you can hind local handicrafts, for example.
Party all night long
During the summer, Mykonos draws party goers from all over Europe (and beyond). The club which is hot this year, might not exist next year and the trends keep up with the music industry. You can dance to music played by well known DJs from all over the world. Parties on the beach are also at their best here.