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Mykonos is one of the most popular Greek Isles located in the Aegean Sea. After visiting there I realized why. In just 48 hours in Mykonos, I was able to shop, eat delicious Greek food, and take in magnificent views and amazing architecture.
Some refer to Mykonos as the “Ibiza” of Greece based on the party atmosphere that occurs during the summer months. This is something to keep in mind if you are going during other seasons. My 48 hours in Mykonos was spent in October so all the beach clubs were closed. It is also referred to as the “Capri” of Greece based on all its beautiful beaches. Unknown to me before my arrival, it is also called “The island of the winds” and I loved the windmills on the island. Whether you you are spending 48 hours in Mykonos or a week, this post will give you an idea of all the things to do & see!
48 Hours in Mykonos – The Bucketlist Guide
I could not get enough of the fresh Greek food! In my 48 hours in Mykonos I ate a lot of feta cheese, olives, gyros, grilled Mediterranean fish and Greek “Pastitsio” which is baked Greek Lasagna. I also enjoyed Greek salads, which – in Greece – do NOT contain lettuce!
2) Visit the Windmills!
Besides eating, during my 48 hours in Mykonos my favorite thing to do was visit the numerous windmills on the islands. In the main town of Chora there are several in a row right by the Aegean Sea. Some are on hilltops and serve as home for locals!
3) Enjoy “Little Venice”
In this area, which is on the waterfront, you will be able to observe the cruise ships sailing in and out, eat at outdoor cafes and watch magnificent sunsets. In just 48 hours in Mykonos I visited this area several times during the day and night. I also love Venice so it’s really no surprise 🙂
4) Take in all the unique white architecture
As mentioned in my post on cathedrals, I am fascinated by architecture. While spending 48 hours in Mykonos I was drawn to all the white buildings! Mykonos exhibits “Cycladic” architecture which is cubic buildings with flat roofs and wooden colored doors and windows. Expect whitewashed houses, white rocks, pebbled walkways and roads and even colored balconies on white houses. It is also reported that there are 365 churches in Mykonos. The most noted one being “Paraportiani Church”.
5) Go shopping!
Spend some time along the multiple winding pebbled streets in Little Venice to buy authentic Greek jewelry, clothes, and artwork. You can also shop for “designer” bags from Africans on the sidewalks. I noticed this a lot in Paris as well. They are so good about sweeping up all the bags when there are police officers close by! Be sure to go into the smaller shops to watch Greek artisans at work. This was very special to see.
6) Enjoy the views and Mykonos sunsets
Be sure to explore the island, including walking up hills in your neighborhood, to take in the views and remarkable sunsets including at Paraportiani church mentioned above. Mykonos has 300 sunny days a year and their average temperature is 82 degrees so this will not be hard to do 🙂
So as you can see, 48 hours in Mykonos may not be a long time, but it’s easy to do & see many things! Have you been to Mykonos? If so share your thoughts with us below!
Read more about things to do & see in Mykonos in “Best Things to do in Mykonos” and read about my experience on another popular Greek Isle: Santorini! Also see Delphi, Greece, this historic day trip from Athens. Or read “Its all Greek to me,” my travel story through Huffington Post.
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Mykonos interesting and intriguing place. The sunset your graphic set the tone of a romantic get away. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Patrice! it is a romantic place!
I’m getting so excited about my trip to Greece this summer. The food and the white architecture are the biggest draw.
Reginia I am sure you will love it!
I’ve never been to Greece, but it’s on my bucket list. I love all the white! I could look at your photos forever! The food looks amazing. I did not know that the “for real” Greek salads didn’t have lettuce. Doesn’t matter – it looks delicious!
Thanks Alli! I didnt know about the no lettuce until I was there. Yes the food was delicious!
Greece has always been on my must visit list. I have always loved all the beautiful white buildings but I rarely see pictures of the windmillls…cool.
Thank you Jaye! I am glad you enjoyed it!
What a gorgeous place! I love the way the houses are built and I would definitely go shopping if I went there! lol!!
Thanks Emerald! I wish I had bought more!
Greek lasagna sounds like it would taste good. Beautiful photos!!! It looks like an awesome place to visit.
Thanks Sonya! It was delicious!
This looks amazing! I’d love to do a tour of Europe in the future! And the white buildings with the colorful doors looks beautiful!
Yes they were! Greece is a very unique place to visit so I am sure you would love it!
Nadeen your posts always make me want to seriously just get up and go NOW! lol. Thanks as always for sharing great experiences.
Thank you Vashti!
Mykonos with it’s beautiful architecture and beaches is on my travel bucket list! One day! I love coming to your blog by the way. It’s wonderful to see brown girls travel!
Thanks Lashawn! I agree and love seeing brown travelers all over the world. I am sure you would love Greece!
I’ve never been but wow it looks beautiful! That feta…need that right now!
Thanks Madaline! Since I went to Greece I have been eating tons of feta cheese!
The white buildings with the colorful doors and little venice are what I DREAM of visiting someday! Although you only had 48 hours in Mykonos, I envy you – it looks like you had a beautiful time and were able to enjoy a small slice of the culture! Thanks so much for sharing your travels. 🙂
Thank you Lauren! It was wonderful and I am glad I was able to experience it.
This was such a pleasure to read… I spent 24 hours in Mykonos but I wish I had more of a calm experience like you so I could further enjoy all it had to offer! I went in the summer in August so it was the peak of party season
^_^ I LOVEEEED the salad in Greece 🙂 yum
I am sure the island was totally different during the summer! I loved all the food including the Greek salads!
Yes it was totally different! I love to party but it was a little too rowdy even for my taste -_- hehe
Haven’t been yet, but on my list. Looks amazing. You can always do a lot in a small amount of time when you have to.
Holly I totally agree!
Visiting Mykonos is on my to-do list. The blue-on-white looks so majestic.
Thanks Donna! It truly is a sight to behold!
Mykonos looks and sounds amazing! Love the pictures, and the food i smacking me hungry. I’m going to Greece for yacht week this summer, I’m not sure if Mykonos is one of our stops, but I sure hope so!
Wow!! Yacht week in Greece I am sure will be amazing! I would love to do a cruise of the Greek Isles!
Mykonos is on my never ending list of places I’ll love to visit and I am pinning images of Mykonos all the time. SO until now, I haven’t thought about what I would do when I get there. Thanks for giving me some things to fill my itinerary with. Those wind mills are adorable and I really love all these pics.
Thank you Adanna! There is plenty to do and I also loved the windmills!
I can’t Wait to get to Greece. I love architecture and it just looks so fresh and clean there. Mmm and Greek food. You always have the best food pics here Nadeen!
Thank you Nicole! The food is amazing and the architecture with the blue Aegean sea just breathtaking!
Great information about Mykonos and it is a great place to visit in the summer, with many different things to do and enjoy..
You can find a broad range of activities, from enjoying the beaches to partying, eating in cozy restaurants etc.
We have visited the island several times and have contributed some thoughts on the best things to do in Mykonos at http://guidora.com/10-top-things-to-do-in-myconos-in-3-days/ – Hope you like it!
hi I believe your readers will find useful this weather guide of Mykonos if they ever plan to travel there. All months of the year are included.