Santorini to Mykonos Day Trip ( things to do )

Santorini to Mykonos Day trip. It might get pretty tough when choosing which Greek islands to visit. This naturally stunning country has so many gorgeous islands full of history, local culture, fabulous beaches, and delicious food. It is to say that all of them are great. Of course, some famous Greek islands attract more travelers than the rest.

Among the most famous ones are, of course, Santorini and Mykonos. Combine visiting both since these two islands are close to each other and can be considered the highlights of all Greek islands.

Santorini Overview

Santorini is probably the most postcard-perfect island in Greece. Since it’s a result of a volcanic eruption, Santorini is a hill raised in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Rich with plenty of interesting historical and archaeological sites, delicious cuisine, wine, and breath-taking views, it has stolen the hearts of millions of travelers.

It is easy to get to Santorini by ferry from Athens or any other Greek islands or by air from many European cities. There are several outstanding luxurious Hotels and Luxurious private Villas located on top of the hill with private pools and balconies where you can enjoy the unique sunsets. you won’t see these anywhere else in the world.

Santorini overview wine tasting
Santorini Photo by Kamala Saraswathi on Unsplash

What to do in Santorini

There are so many things to do and see in Santorini. Book your tours on the island way in advance to avoid queues and wait time, especially in the summer season. Of course, most travelers visiting Santorini come after the unique sunset on this majestic island.

To have an unforgettable sunset in Santorini, go on a boat tour. The tour is meant not only for the visitors to witness the sunset but also for hiking up the volcano, swimming in the hot springs, visiting Thirassia, and much more. Since Santorini is known as one of the best Greek islands for wine, you probably shouldn’t miss tasting it.

The best way to explore Santorini’s wines is to go on a Wine Tasting Tour. Try “Assyrtiko” variety, awarded plenty of times in the world. Santorini also stands out with its unique historical and archaeological sites.

One of the highlights of the islands is Ancient Akrotiri. It used to be an essential place in the country until the volcanic eruption, which made the island uninhabitable. This site is among the most important ones and well preserved too.

Another interesting archaeological spot in Santorini is the Ancient Thera presenting Hellenic, Roman, and Byzantine ruins from centuries ago located on top of the mountain Messa Vouno. Be ready also to explore some of the most picturesque views in Greece you will not stop admiring.

When in Santorini, you can easily take off to other majestic Greek islands located nearby. One of the most popular routes from Santorini to Mykonos, another famous Greek island not any less stunning than Santorini. It’s only a 3-hour ferry ride from Santorini to Mykonos, and you can surely spend several days on each island to experience both.

Map of Santorini

Santorini what to do
Santorini Image by: Mariamichelle from Pixabay

Mykonos Overview

Mykonos is one of the most famous Greek islands and one of the world’s most visited ones. It is very often compared with Ibiza and is said to even overshadow the latter with its splendid nightlife and lively beach bars.

The island has stunning sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and jaw-dropping nature. It is excellent to visit Mykonos with groups of friends ready to party all day and night. 

Mykonos nightlife is pumping with quite famous DJs visiting the island every summer. The island is full of restaurants, tavernas, and cafes, so it is easy to find delicious food. Shopping lovers will be happy to find out that Mykonos also has some of the best international and local designer stores. Of course, when planning a trip to Mykonos, prepare a good budget since it is more expensive in Mykonos than in most other Greek islands.

Mykonos Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

What to do in Mykonos

One great thing to do in Mykonos is to stroll around the narrow paths and alleys of Mykonos town, covered with white houses and blue windows and doors. The old port is one of the most iconic places on Mykonos. The remarkable old harbor of the island is full of cafes and restaurants facing the sea where you can taste incredible seafood and admire the stunning views of the sea. Party lovers can head to Paradise Beach and Super Paradise beach, which are the most active places on Mykonos, always pumping with loud music and drinks. Kapari and Agios Sostis are two of the most secluded beaches on Mykonos. Paraga beach, on the other hand, is known as a trendy and expensive beach where all the famous people go.

Another thing Mykonos is famous for is the windmills, which are to be the landmarks of the island. Only seven mills are standing now and serve as museums. Discover the most famous ones located in Kato Myloi, which are on a hill overlooking the sea. The one situated in Boni is incredible, too, from where you can also admire stunning views and sunset.

Mykonos windmills overview
Mykonos Windmills Image by: Andrea Spallanzani from Pixabay

Little Venice is another popular neighborhood in Mykonos. It would be best if you didn’t miss visiting. You will be amazed to see the colorful houses built on the edge of the sea. Those houses have are now prestigious bars and restaurants for the best dining experiences in Mykonos.

Mykonos little Venice
Mykonos Image by Evan Roussos from Pixabay

Take also a boat trip to the archaeological site of Delos, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Believed to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.

Delos day trip from Mykonos
Delos Image by Ben Lescure from Pixabay

Map of Mykonos

Greece is one of the most touristic countries in the world blessed with thousands of gorgeous islands, crystal waters, and golden beaches. It is a travelers’ hotspot, particularly for its most famous islands – Santorini and Mykonos.

If you’re looking for quiet Greek vacations with breath-taking sunsets and delicious authentic food and wine, inevitably head to Santorini. One of the most popular day trips in Greece is from Santorini to Mykonos. Firstly, because of the short distance.

Mykonos is one of the liveliest islands in the entire world and is undoubtedly worth experiencing. There are plenty of things to do and see in Mykonos too.

So, make sure to use some of the tips listed above for Santorini to Mykonos day trip.

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