Our guide to the best day trips from Mykonos
Mykonos is part of the Cyclades, the most famous and beautiful group of islands in the Aegean Sea. The name “Cyclades” translates as “circular islands” in English and refers to the islands that circle around the sacred island of Delos.
While there is no shortage of things to do in Mykonos, there are also many opportunities for day trips from Mykonos to other islands to experience something different. Here is our guide to the best day trips from Mykonos and what to do there to help you plan out your visit.
Located only a few miles from the shores of Mykonos, the sacred island of Delos is an important mythological, historical and archaeological site. According to Greek mythology, it is the birthplace of Greek gods Apollo and Artemis.
The first permanent inhabitants settled on the island in around 2.500 BC. At its peak, the island became home to approximately 30,000 settlers from Athens, Rome, Egypt, Syria and Cyprus. Today, Delos’ only inhabitants are the archaeologists and guards who look after these stunning ruins, which have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You can access Delos island from Mykonos by a 25-minute boat ride. The tours leave frequently from the main harbour of Mykonos Town, as well as some of the island’s popular beaches.
Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades islands, only a short ferry ride from Paros and Mykonos. Despite being relatively underrated compared to the other Cyclades islands, it has fascinating historical sites and a beautiful natural landscape. The most iconic historical site is Portara, the remaining gate of an ancient temple that stands proudly as the jewel of Naxos.
The charming old town of Naxos combines Venetian and traditional Cycladic architecture and is filled with boutiques and eateries serving up authentic Greek cuisine. For those after some adventure, the island also offers a variety of mountainous trails perfect for hiking and mountain biking.
One of the most popular day trips from Mykonos is to the island of Paros, which is said to be one of the most scenic islands in the Aegean Sea. It can be easily accessed by a 60-minute boat ride and offers everything from whitewashed villages to lively restaurants and cafés.
The island’s capital Parikía has an enchanting town centre, which is clustered around the hill of the castle and has breathtaking views from the top. A trip to Paros would not be complete without visiting the picturesque village of Naoussa, which has maintained a unique charm with its whitewashed houses and labyrinth-like, stone-paved streets.
If you’re after some relaxation, you can also visit one of the island’s many stunning beaches, such as Kolymbithres Beach or Santa Maria. For the thrillseekers, there are various watersports on offer including windsurfing and kitesurfing.
If you’re looking for somewhere to escape from the crowds, then Syros can be reached by a 50-minute ferry and offers the perfect choice for a day trip. As the ferry approaches the island’s port, you are met with the stunning view of the pastel-coloured villas that cover Ermoupoli hill.
As one of the most important ports in the Eastern Mediterranean during the 19th century, it has a rich history and culture. The island’s capital, Ermoupoli, was previously referred to as the ‘Duchess of the Aegean’ due to its impressive neoclassical architecture including mansions, statues and marble squares.
The catholic quarter of Ano Syros is the original settlement of Syros, where you can find a maze of cobbled streets and mini squares to be explored on foot. You can also experience some exceptional cuisine at one of the many tavernas offering freshly caught seafood and colourful salads.
While the island of Tinos is only a 30-minute ferry ride away from lively Mykonos, it offers a completely different atmosphere. Located on the northern side of the Cyclades, there are numerous picturesque villages, minimal Cycladic architecture and secluded beaches to be explored here.
It is known as “the handmade island” due to being the home of many great marble carving artists. Their admirable work can be seen in the island’s unique chapels, fountains and arches.
This fascinating island is also a place of religious pilgrimage, attracting many Greek visitors to visit the church of Panagia Megalochari (the Blessed Virgin Mary.) A day trip to Tinos offers the perfect chance to experience both sides of the Cyclades.
A great way to experience all the beauty that Mykonos has to offer is by a private coast-to-coast cruise which will take you to many of the stunning beaches including Psarou, Paradise and Kalafati. However, the highlight of this cruise is a visit to the island of Dragonisi (also known as Tragonisi).
Located only one mile off the eastern coast of Mykonos, it is an uninhabited private island with magnificent rock formations and caves. It can only be accessed by boat and is a secluded refuge for monk seals, as well as a popular diving spot.
This is the perfect spot to indulge in a swim or snorkel in the azure blue waters and enjoy the serene atmosphere. If you’re after a piece of paradise, then this is the place!
Intrigued? Mykonos offers the perfect base to explore the rest of the stunning Cyclades, with these islands able to be reached by a short ferry ride. The TownHouse Mykonos is a boutique hotel in the heart of Mykonos Town and offers the perfect place for a luxury trip to Mykonos and its neighbouring islands. Whether you’d like to hire a yacht or join a tour, our VIP Concierge service will be at your disposal to help you plan any day trips and ensure your stay with us is truly magical!