Greece’s party island, Mykonos is known for its vibrant nightlife, lively beaches, and luxury resorts. With all of its exclusive amenities, it’s no coincidence that Mykonos is also one of the most expensive islands to visit in Greece.
However, despite its hefty price tag, Mykonos offers a considerable number of fun and free activities for tourists to enjoy. Let’s look at how you can still experience what this wonderful island has to offer without spending an arm and a leg once you’re there.
1 Visit the Iconic Windmills
A favorite spot for tourists is the island’s iconic windmills. Although Mykonos technically has sixteen of them in total, the most famous seven are located above the island’s main port and can be seen from nearly every corner of Mykonos Town. Originally constructed to make use of the island’s famous winds for milling wheat, most were built by Venetians in the 16th century. While construction continued into the 20th century, their use declined as construction ceased.
Although the windmills are no longer functional today, they are completely free to admire and still receive plenty of attention from tourists!
2 Walk Along Little Venice
One of the most charming attractions in Mykonos is Little Venice, located on the western edge of Mykonos Town, across from the famous windmills. Named after the famous Italian “City of Water,” Little Venice dates back to the 16th century, when it was first developed by rich merchants and sea captains. Its picturesque white fishing houses appear to float on the water and feature colorful balconies that overlook the sea. Many tourists frequent this island hotspot to snap a photo, enjoy a drink, and watch the stunning sunset over the water. Even if you’re simply passing through this magical stretch of the island, Little Venice is a must for any Mykonos itinerary.
3 Explore the Winding Streets of Mykonos Town
No trip to Mykonos would be complete without exploring stimulating Mykonos Town. Known by the locals as “Chora,” this fairytale village will dazzle and delight your senses. A labyrinth of tightly winding streets is home to hundreds of tiny shops, cafes, and restaurants. Wonderful aromas of food and flowers waft through the air, vying for your attention as you stroll through the beautiful maze. The Cycladic architecture beneath your feet will transport you to another place and time, where nothing feels quite real. Allow yourself to get caught up in the wonder of it all, and possibly even lose your way. Part of the excitement is not knowing exactly what will come next. The one thing you can be sure of is that it will all be worth it, so simply choose a path and let it take you on its wonderful journey.
4 Relax on One of the Island’s Famous Beaches
Mykonos is famous for its beautiful beaches, and there is certainly no shortage of them. Ranging from party-centric, to family-friendly, to everything in between, there is something for every beach personality.
Be aware, however, that while visiting the beach is free, you do need to pay to rent an umbrella and sunbeds, if you wish to do so. Pricing will generally include one umbrella and two sunbeds, and will depend on your proximity to the water. The first row(s) tend to cost about 20€ in the high season (June – August), whereas the back rows generally cost closer to 15€. Keep in mind that pricing may vary depending on the season in which you travel and the popularity of the beach.
With its stunning white structures, Cycladic architecture, and vibrant blue water, Mykonos is a photographer’s dream. While the cost of visiting is high (particularly in the high season), there are still numerous activities to enjoy without spending a pretty penny. By planning an itinerary of more inexpensive sightseeing, you’ll have a greater ability to explore more of what Greece’s other wonderful islands have to offer.