A Solo Travellers Guide to Mykonos
There’s no better thrill than picking a destination, exploring and then coming back with memories of a lifetime.
Being able to travel solo can be daunting, but it can be one of the only times in life when you can be completely and unashamedly selfish. After all, nobody ever chased true adventure by agreeing on a daily schedule beforehand and then fighting over whose turn it is to carry the water bottle.
Of course, solo travel isn’t always sunshine and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. You have to choose where you go wisely, avoid getting drunk with strangers in remote locations, and take extra care with your belongings.
So what happens if you want to visit Mykonos, one of the most popular summer destinations in Greece which is famous for celebrities, parties and romantic resorts? Take the opportunity to do what you want, when you want and go enjoy the highlights of Mykonos.
Check out our top tips for visiting this beautiful island alone, and how you can maximise your trip.
Why Visit Mykonos
Mykonos is a party mecca throwing the most legendary parties in the Mediterranean Sea. At the same time, it remains a dazzling Greek island with an exotic appeal and a unique allure unlike many other islands in the world.
From lively clubs, international DJs, and non-stop parties, to beaches, amazing hotels, island hopping day trips - there is something for everyone in Mykonos.
For culture vultures especially, not much compares to wandering through the scenic cobblestone streets and admiring charming Cycladic architecture, blue-dome churches, windmills, museums, lighthouses, art galleries, and white houses with yellow, green, or blue shutters and bougainvillea-filled balconies. This is an experience on its own and provides so many opportunities to grab that perfect Instagram photo.
Top Reasons to Travel Solo to Mykonos
You’ll Experience a Challenge
If you’re looking for a challenge then you can definitely find it by travelling solo. Especially if it's your first time, everything will pose new challenges for you. You will have to learn to live without your home comforts and you’ll probably have a few slip-ups along the way but its all part of the experience.
Do What You Want, When You Want
Set your own itinerary, wake up and go where you want when you want.
Many people are under the false illusion that travelling in numbers automatically provides security (it doesn’t). And whilst going anywhere solo has risks, Mykonos is an extremely safe place to visit, even when alone.
Locals are Friendly
Greek people are some of the most warm and friendly in the world, take every opportunity to chat to people and learn more about them and Greece.
Tips for Visiting Mykonos Alone
Find out everything you need to know before you go.
How Long to Visit For
4/5 days is the perfect amount of time for relaxation, sightseeing, beach hopping and just taking in the cafes and culture.
Mykonos is one of the most luxurious destinations in the world with luxury shopping, dining, and entertainment options. From exclusive hilltop villas sitting with amazing ocean views to extravagant, invitation-only parties at elite clubs, you are certainly spoilt for choice if you have a big budget. But if you plan on solo travelling to Mykonos on the cheap, this can also be done. Choose accommodation outside the main tourist hotspots, avoid the luxury hotels, choose cafes and shops over restaurants and visit outside of peak summer June to August and you will make some big savings.
Solo travellers will need to master the art of packing lightly, since there might not be anyone to help you get your bags up the next three flights of stairs at the hotel; but again, once you’ve really learned to pack, there’s no reason to go back to your old, excessive ways. As you'll likely only be visiting Mykonos for a few days, you really won't need that much stuff, you can probably even get by with just a cabin bag, so you can save money on the checkin bag.
Greece is a really safe country to visit by world standards, and the spectacular islands are very touristy and there are no major crime concerns or things to be aware of. Even when alone in Mykonos, you shouldn’t encounter any problems. Just avoid getting too drunk as when in new surroundings this can be slightly disorientating.
Learn Some Greek
Learning some of the local language no matter where you travel is recommended. Most people living and working in Mykonos speak English which makes the experience easier, but not only is it polite to pick up at least the basics of Greek, it will also impress the locals and make the trip more fun.
Take your phone, an iPad, Kindle, book, music or magazines - give yourself things to do when you have down time.
How to Meet People
While you may experience moments where you miss having company, remember that there is a very real distinction between being ‘alone’ and being ‘lonely’. Do social things, talk to others, try sightseeing tours, or seek activities like cookery courses, yoga, scuba diving and painting,
If you really want to visit Mykonos, but hate the idea of going by yourself consider booking a tour. Lots of travel operators offer Greece tours, including Mykonos, and also other islands. Top rated companies include Contiki, G Adventures and Try Travels. These trips can be really fun where you travel with other like-minded people, get a guide, go to amazing places and enjoy lots of fun social excursions and nights out.
Where to Stay
There are so many accommodation options for all budgets, from luxury 5 star hotels with infinity pools, too budget backpacker hostels. If you do want to meet others, consider hostels. Within the first few minutes of setting yourself down in your hostel dorm you’ll probably be overwhelmed by the number of people you’ll meet from all over the world. Some of them may be passing acquaintances who you have a few amazing nights out with, whereas others you may be in touch with for the rest of your life.
Top Things to Do
Here are some of the unmissable attractions and things to do:
- Explore Mykonos Town
- See the Mykonos Windmills
- Visit the Paraportiani Church
- Go in search of the best beach
- Enjoy the cafes, restaurants and local food
- Go island hopping
Little Venice is a picturesque neighbourhood that will capture your heart with its idyllic sunset views and seascapes. The remarkable Venetian architecture, with colourful houses, cafes, clubs, bars, and restaurants whose balconies which are splashed by the ocean gentle waves is such a special experience to enjoy. This is also one of the best places to get a drink and watch the world famous Mykonos sunset.
Mykonos has some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, which in peak summer season do get packed. Beaches to visit include Ormos (nearest to Chora, but tiny), Platis Gialos (larger, but equally busy) and for anyone with an open mind, there are two nudist beaches nicknamed "Paradise" and "Super Paradise".
Travelling solo to Mykonos opens countless opportunities for fun and memorable experiences. This really is an island that needs to be on your bucket list. Whether you find the idea of an island escape, living in the moment (with whatever this may come along), discovering ancient sites of major historic and religious significance, exploring iconic landmarks, or joining a sailing cruise, cooking class or walking tour, Mykonos won't disappointed.
Plan a trip to Mykonos today!