Your on a dream Mediterranean Cruise aboard one of the megaships that sail the seas these days and your ship is headed for Mykonos; what now?
I know you’re ready to hit the beaches, shops, and restaurants on this wonderful Greek Island. But first you have to get off the ship and actually get to where you want to go. Before you can do that you need to determine exactly where your ship is docking or if it’s even docking at all.
Cruise ships will either dock at the new Mykonos Cruise Port (Tourlos Pier) or anchor off the coast. If your ship is anchoring you will be tendered off the ship and straight into town. Tenders usually disembark passengers at the Old Port by the Town Hall. So if you’re tendered you don’t have to worry about getting into town to see the sights or catch local transportation to your preferred destination.
However if your ship is docking at the Mykonos Cruise Port read on, there’s a few things you need to know!
1. The new Mykonos Cruise Port is located towards the North side of the island, not very close to the town of Chora which is where almost everything you’ll need for the day is located. (Bars, restaurants, shops, car rentals, hotels, etc.)
2. Walking from the Mykonos Cruise Port to Chora is not recommended. Yes, I’ve seen many people trek from ship to town, it’s about a half hour walk.
If you’re thinking of walking you need to be aware that there are no sidewalks once you get on the road to town, sort of hair raising in my opinion as you’ll be walking with traffic.[spacer height=”-20px”]
3. There may be a few taxis right outside the gate of the Mykonos Cruise Port, specially in the morning when the ship arrives. However as the day wears on there may not be taxis waiting at the port. You can call them, they’re usually pretty good about picking up cruise passengers from the port. Taxi fare to and from Chora is about €5-7 per vehicle, confirm the price before getting in. If the taxi is metered be sure the driver turns on the meter.
4. When there’s a ship docked at the Mykonos Cruise Port there’s local shuttle service that will take you from ship to town. The round trip fare is €10 per person and can be purchased just before you board the bus. (Be sure you keep the return ticket, otherwise you’ll have to purchase another one). Shuttle buses run every 15-30 minutes.
These shuttle buses fill up fast, specially from the port in the morning and from town in the afternoons. You may want to time your trip to town to avoid the long shuttle bus lines.
Shuttle buses drop off passengers at the Bus Terminal on the north end of town, it’s a short walk from there to the town center. You can catch a return shuttle at the same place where you were dropped off.[spacer height=”-20px”]
5. The Sea Bus is the last option to get to and from the Mykonos Cruise Port. The Sea Bus stop is located right outside the port gate. You can’t miss it, look for the blue tent and white information booth.
Tickets are purchased at the booth cost €2 per person each way. You can buy roundtrip tickets for €4 per person or you can purchase the return at the ticket booth at the Old Port in town. Sea Buses run every 15-30 minutes and will take you to the Old Port in Chora, from there you can walk to town or catch a ferry to Delos.
Once you get to town there are so many things to do. You can rent a car or ATV and explore the rest of the island; take a cab or bus to one of the beautiful beaches; wander the charming alleys that wind around the little village; or simply grab a seat at one of the cafes and relax!
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When you think of Mykonos narrow streets, clear blue waters, and rows of whitewashed buildings come to mind.
And you’d be correct, all these are the trademarks of this small island that’s part of the Greek Cyclades Islands. Mykonos is one of the best destinations for sun lovers and a popular stop for cruise ships on their Greek Isles route.
I think everyone whose been to Mykonos is familiar with the island’s main town Chora which many refer to as Mykonos Town.
I’m sure you’ve strolled the narrow streets of town and browsed thru the quaint shops along the way. Most of us have walked over to the windmills and snapped photos of Little Venice from there, after all tour books all taut these famous Mykonos landmarks.
Some folks may have even caught sight of the huge Pelican on his daily dip in the water in front of all the restaurants; that is when he’s not minding the bar with his owner.
And of course there’re the beaches. Mykonos is known for its beautiful beaches.
Kalafatis, Platis Gialos, Paradise, Super Paradise, and the list goes on. Mykonos is definitely not lacking in beautiful beaches, mostly organized with bars, nightclubs, restaurants, sun loungers and umbrellas, and kiosks tauting all kinds of water sports.
You’d think that all these things I’ve mentioned would be enough to keep a tourist busy, and they are![spacer height=”-20px”]
But really there is more to the island than the coastal town of Chora and gorgeous beaches. If you’re looking for something a bit different and what to get off the beaten path here are a few ideas you might want to try next time you’re on Mykonos.
Rent an ATV
Consider renting an ATV for half the day and go on a self guided tour of the island’s interior. Our kids and grandkids do it every time we’re on Mykonos.
You can zip around the narrow streets and explore the northern coast and the quaint villages.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Did you know there’s a lighthouse on the north-western tip of the island? The Armenistis Lighthouse was built in 1891. This octogonal cyclindrical stone tower over looks the straight that separates Mykonos from the island of Tinos. It’s definitely worth a stop if only to admire the fantastic views![spacer height=”-20px”]
Go on a 4×4 Jeep Safari
If a self-guided tour on an ATV is a bit too adventurous for you, consider taking the Jeep Safari Tour.
This tour gives you the option to drive your own jeep or just be a passenger in a jeep another tour member drives. It takes the group of jeeps caravan style along the island’s rugged coast and interior villages. You’ll make stops at the lighthouse, some of the beaches, and other scenic spots.
You’ll get a good feel of the island and a chance to stop for lunch or a snack in one of the small villages.
You’ll have plenty of time to explore the village. Villages are pretty small and life centers around the main square where you’ll find a few taverns, restaurants, and shops.
You can walk around the narrow streets then relax on one of the tree shaded benches in the main square.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Hop a boat to Delos
The uninhabited island of Delos is just a short ride from Mykonos. It is one of most important mythological, historical, and archaeological sites in Greece. So extensive are its excavations and so vast are the number of artifacts found that the entire island has been declared a National Museum.
According to Greek mythology Delos is the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Excavations show that the island had been inhabited since the 3rd. millennium BC. It was sacred ground a millennium before mythology declared it the birth place of the twin deities.
Exploring the site you’ll find ruins of temples, houses, statues, and so much more. There are also some very fine mosaics on the floors of some of the larger houses.
A few hours in Delos is definitely time well spent, but go early. It gets pretty hot on the island and there isn’t much shade as you scamper along the ruins.
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Mykonos is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. It’s part of the Cyclades group of islands.
Mykonos is a popular cruise ship port and is famous for its glamorous party atmosphere made popular in the 1960’s by Jackie Kennedy Onasis, Sophia Loren, and other famous icons of the time. Today it attracts the trendy crowd of Hollywood elite including Madonna, Tom Hanks, P Diddy, and Sara Jessica Parker, as well as famous designers like Roberto Cavalli and Jean Paul Gaultier.
Mykonos is trendy and chic; it attracts singles who want to have fun in the sun in the many beaches that have lively bars and cafes. It’s still a magnet for Greek and international celebrities who flock to the island in the summer, attracted by the trendy bars, stylish cafés, upscale restaurants, and fashionable boutiques in the cosmopolitan island atmosphere.
Sounds like a fun party island right? Ideal for singles and even couples who want to frolic scantily clad at Paradise or Super Paradise Beach, 2 island beaches that are famous or perhaps infamous for topless and sometimes nude sunbathing. These beaches are home to bars and cafes where the party really begins after sunset. But what about couples looking for romance and families looking for fun in the sun without nudity? No worries, Mykonos has romance and family fun too!
If you’re looking for romance there are many ocean view restaurants, bars, and cafes where you can have a drink or a meal with your significant other. Or if you prefer a quieter spot there are many places in the island’s picturesque towns.
If you’re a family looking for ways to entertain kids of different ages read on! Here are some kid friendly activities for the whole family on the island.
Everyone, or nearly everyone loves beaches! There are many on the island. But if the kids are with you opt for the family beaches such as Platis Gialos, Psarrou, or Kalafatis just to name a few. All of these beaches have restaurants, watersport rentals and activities, and lounge chair and umbrella rentals.
Most beaches on Mykonos can be easily reached by bus or taxi.
If you’re on a cruise ship and only have a few hours on the island you can book a shore excursion from the ship that will take you to one of the family beaches. Or you can catch a taxi at the main square in Chora, the town closest to the ports or a bus from the local station. Taxis are very limited on the island and if there are several ships at port you may find a long cue for a cab.
Otherwise if you just want to sunbathe and let the kids splash in the water and play in the sand there’s a small beach as you walk from the bus station to the town. There are no amenities, but the town with all its shops and cafes are just foot steps away.
Older kids and adults might enjoy a visit to Delos. Delos is another island of the Cyclades group. Today it’s a important archaeological site that encompasses temples, markets, houses, and the famous Terrace of the Lions statues. The island’s archaeological museum houses many of the artifacts found from excavations of the site.
You can book a tour with one of the local tour companies in Chora or catch a ferry and wander the island on your own. Boats to Delos leave from the docks in Chora in the morning thru the afternoon. You really don’t want to be on Delos long, and definitely not in the midday heat. Be sure to put on lots of sunscreen, bring a hat, and bottled water. Today the island is uninhabited so there are no cafes, restaurants, or shops.
If you’ve had enough of the beach and are looking for something to eat you don’t have to go far before you run into a cafe, restaurant, or snack bar.
There are many restaurants along the ocean front in Chora, but for a quick gelato we like to take the kids to one of the snack bars in the middle of town. That way the kids can have their gelato while the rest of us shop.
But when it’s time for lunch or dinner we usually frequent the Music Cafe or one of the ones by the windmills or in Little Venice. Believe there is no lack of food establishments on the island! My daughters love the Saganaki!
Speaking of windmills, the kids love hiking up to the windmills on the other end of town.
The like to run around the wide open space by the windmills. It’s a good spot to let them burn off some excess energy.
For the more adventurous how about renting some quads? My daughter and her husband love to run around the island on these vehicles. Last time they took my grandsons Dion and Devon while my husband and I stayed in town to hang out with then 10 month old Jett.
The rental company is located at the end of town, one street up from the main street that runs along the coast. You can rent them hourly for by the day. Helmets are provided with each vehicle.
Whatever you decide to do on Mykonos save some time to relax! It’s a wonderful island filled with friendly people, and delicious food!