8 day trips from Mykonos

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Are you in Mykonos and looking to explore the region and surrounding islands? Here are our 8 recommended day trips from Mykonos!

A dream destination for many holidaymakers, Greece is famous for its scattered islands. Each has its own unique character, identity and history. Travelling to the Greek islands means escaping for the duration of a happy vacation!

Among the islands of the Cyclades archipelago, Mykonos has the reputation of being the most festive of all. And this reputation is well-founded! Indeed, Mykonos is a great place to have fun, sometimes (often?) until dawn. Nevertheless, like all the other Cycladic islands, Mykonos is home to dream beaches and pretty villages. It’s also the starting point for excursions to the surrounding islands.

Here are the 8 day trips from Mykonos we’ve selected for you!

1. Santorini

Santorin - excursions Mykonos

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  • 📍 150 km
  • ⛴️ By boat: between 1h50 and 3 hours depending on schedule
  • 📷 What to see / What to do: Fira and its white houses, Village of Oia, cruise around the caldera, beaches

Santorini is the picture postcard of the Cyclades archipelago, with its white houses and traditional alleyways, especially in Fira and Oia.

An island where it’s good to relax, where a single day isn’t enough to appreciate it all. But you can choose between lounging on the beach or taking a cruise around the volcanic caldera. After all, Santorini is a volcanic island!

You can visit this caldera by boat, sailing around Nea Kameni and the Tholos Naftilos volcano. A unique experience you won’t regret! Fancy a trip to the beach? Santorini is full of beautiful beaches, and you’ll be spoilt for choice – some are very close to the port.

2. Ios

Ios

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  • 📍 102 km
  • ⛴️ By boat: 1h15
  • 📷 What to see / What to do: Chora old town, beaches, Homer’s tomb, hiking, culinary specialties

Ios is one of the classic day trips from Mykonos. At first glance, the island of Ios bears many similarities to its famous neighbor. As soon as you arrive at the port of Chora, the view of the white houses is reminiscent of Santorini! You’ll love getting lost in the cobbled streets that go up and down, with their little houses, cafés and bars.

Those who appreciate ancient Greek literature may know Ios for something special. It is said to be the final resting place of the famous poet Homer. Truth or legend? Impossible to know for sure. The fact remains that the poet loved to spend time on Ios, and that his tomb lies to the north of the island.

Whether you’re a fan of Homer or not, you’ll want to go there for the exceptional sea views from the promontory.

Speaking of the Mediterranean Sea, Ios boasts a number of magnificent beaches, perfect for relaxing and taking a dip before heading back out on the island for a few more hikes. Finally, be sure to try one of the many local restaurants to sample the culinary specialties of the famous Cretan diet.

3. Paros

Paros - excursions Mykonos

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  • 📍 84 km
  • ⛴️ By boat: between 45 min and 1h25
  • 📷 What to see / What to do: narrow streets of Parikia, Panagia Ekatontapiliani, village of Lefkes, old port of Naoussa, archaeological museum, beaches

Its location in the center of the Cyclades archipelago makes Paros an ideal excursion from Mykonos. The island is particularly appreciated for its superb beaches and white houses, as on Santorini. Once you arrive in Paros, your steps will lead you to the villages of Parikia, Naoussa and Lefkes.

Famous for its pretty, winding lanes overlooked by the castle built from the marble of an ancient temple, Parikia is the port of Paros. Parikia is also home to the immense Byzantine church of Panagia Ekatontapilian (« Church of a Hundred Doors »), built in 326 and still in its original state despite damage caused by an earthquake in the 18th century.

The rest of the island is well served by bus and cab. This will allow you to admire the village of Naoussa to the north, a pretty old typical port with superb white houses. Further south and inland is Lefkes, which has an air of Santorini’s alleyways.

It’s clearly the best place on the island to enjoy a coffee on the terrace or have lunch! Finally, there’s nothing to stop you visiting Paros’ magnificent beaches at the end of the day!

4. Syros

Syros

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  • 📍 45 km
  • ⛴️ By boat: 25 to 40 minutes
  • 📷 What to see / What to do: Villages of Ano Syros and Ermoupoli, beaches

Syros is rarely mentioned among day trips from Mykonos. Yet this island is a real hidden gem, with some absolutely stunning spots. The first of these is the picturesque village of Ano Syros, where you can lose yourself in the narrow streets.

Built in the 13th century as a fortress, Ano Syros is the jewel of the island, a unique place where you could spend hours sipping a cocktail on a shady terrace.

Ano Syros is actually a district of Ermoupoli, the port of Syros. The island was once an important commercial crossroads in the Aegean Sea, and Ermoupoli has preserved a neoclassical architecture uncommon in the Cyclades. The town hall, located in Miaouli Square, and the municipal theater of Apollo are the most outstanding examples of this architecture.

Finally, of course, you can also enjoy the pleasures of the beach in Syros. There are numerous beaches, some of them man-made, such as Astoria.

5. Naxos

Naxos - excursions Mykonos

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  • 📍 50 km
  • ⛴️ By boat: 30 to 40 minutes
  • 📷 What to see / What to do: Temple of Apollo, Temple of Demeter, Agios Prokopios beach and other beaches, hiking, archaeological museum

Even though we’ve never set foot in Greece, the name Naxos resonates in our minds. Naxos is a very important island in the Cyclades archipelago and in Greek history. So it’s only natural to devote a day trip to it from Mykonos.

Greek mythology greets us as soon as we arrive at the port with the remains of Apollo’s temple, ideally situated on a small promontory. It’s quite possible to get there. Once there, you know you’re there for the splendid view rather than for the few remaining vestiges!

In contrast, the temple of Demeter is much better preserved, close to several old Orthodox churches and the Apano Kastro in the center of Naxos. Apano Kastro are in fact the ruins of an old castle. Time permitting, we recommend a visit, at least for the panoramic view from the heights!

The climb to Apano Kastro is just one of the many hikes on offer on Naxos, and walkers will be spoilt for choice. Finally, would you like to relax on the beach at the end of the day? The beach at Agios Prokopios is perhaps the most accessible for you, and you’ll find it impossible to resist its crystalline color!

6. Tinos

Tinos - excursions Mykonos

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  • 📍 26 km
  • ⛴️ By boat: 20 to 35 minutes by boat
  • 📷 What to see / What to do: villages of Tinos, Volax and Loutra, Tarambados dovecotes, beaches

A beautiful day trip from Mykonos, Tinos is a small island in the Cyclades archipelago. To visit it is to discover a relatively calm and authentic place, protected from mass tourism.

The village of Tinos, the island’s port, is renowned as a place of Orthodox pilgrimage around August 15 to celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Tinos is home to the Panagía Evangelístria, the largest church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Even if you’re not going there for the pilgrimage, don’t miss out on a visit to this superb church!

The villages of Volax and Loutra are located inland, quite close to each other. Both are authentic villages, with cobbled streets and pretty little houses. There are also typical tavernas where you can sample the culinary specialties of the Cyclades.

Around Volax and Loutra, if you start to spot a few unusual buildings, you’re approaching Tarambados. These buildings are in fact dovecotes, and Tinos is reputed to be home to a good dozen of them! The best-preserved are to be found around Tarambados.

And while Tinos may not have the most beautiful beaches in the Cyclades, there’s nothing to stop you refreshing yourself before heading back to Mykonos!

7. Rineia and Delos

Délos - excursions Mykonos

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  • 📍 12 km
  • ⛴️ By boat: 6-hour excursion
  • 📷 What to see / What to do: archaeological site of Delos, beaches, short hikes to Rineia

Among the excursions from Mykonos, Rineia and especially Delos are among the must-sees. Firstly, its proximity to Mykonos makes it easy to get there, and many agencies offer half-day or full-day excursions. Secondly, Delos was a very important island in ancient Greece.

The uninhabited island of Delos is home to one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites. Delos is home to the sanctuary of Apollo, the birthplace of the god of art and music according to Greek mythology. Whatever its significance, it’s well worth a visit, and the remains are quite well preserved, especially the ancient theater.

Many of the artefacts are on display in the nearby Archaeological Museum of Delos, to which you have access with your entrance ticket. Delos also offers a number of pleasant hikes, including to Monte Cintos, from where the view is splendid.

If you enjoyed the peace and quiet at the top of Monte Cintos, you’ll appreciate Rineia even more. Located right next to Delos, some say that it was to Rineia that the soul of Mykonos, now devoted to tourism, took flight.

Once you’re there, you’ll feel like you’re in another world: lots of greenery, Olympian calm, beaches that are almost all yours. Rineia is an ideal place to rest for a few hours before heading back to Mykonos.

8. Agio Sostis Beach

Plage Agio Sostis - excursions Mykonos

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  • 📍 7 km from Mikonos village
  • ⛴️ By boat: 15 minutes
  • 📷 What to see / What to do: enjoy the beach!

We end our selection of day trips from Mykonos with a trip… to Mykonos! Surprising as it may seem, this day trip to the beach at Agio Sostis can be considered a real island outing.

Agio Sostis is one of the few beaches on Mykonos that is still in its untouched state. Nothing has been developed for tourists. It’s a place where you make your own way to the beach and enjoy the peace and quiet.

The somewhat isolated nature of Agio Sostis beach keeps most holidaymakers away from sandy beaches close to tourist resorts, which are often overcrowded in summer.

For beach lovers, Agio Sostis even has a nudist corner! But the beach is big enough to accommodate everyone, young and old. A happy place to spend a day and enjoy the paradise that Mykonos is and should remain.