7 Amazing Greek Islands Near Mykonos to Visit

The island of Mykonos is one of the most famous in Greece, so it’s no wonder you’ve already decided to add it to your Greek island-hopping itinerary. The allure of Greece doesn’t stop at Mykonos—just a short boat ride away, the islands near Mykonos are just as magical and waiting to be explored!

You can visit other famous islands like Santorini, party islands like Mykonos, traditional islands like Tinos, and the Cyclades islands’ capital—Syros— less touched by tourism. These islands are perfect for the next stop on your Cyclades island-hopping trip after Mykonos, or you can visit them on a day trip from Mykonos.

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What Islands are Near Mykonos?

Mykonos is centrally located in the Cyclades, a group of islands in the Aegean Sea, making it an excellent base for exploring nearby islands. The nearest island to Mykonos is the historical island of Delos (day trips only), where you can visit ancient ruins and learn about mythological history.

Also very close by is Tinos – a world away from Mykonos, famous for its Church of Panagia Evangelistria and picturesque villages.

Other islands close to Mykonos include Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Ios and Syros. As one of the most visited islands in the Cyclades, there are frequent ferry connections to all of these islands.


Greek Islands Near Mykonos

There are Greek islands near Mykonos to choose from, each so different from each other. From the historical depths of Delos to the stunning white sand beaches of Naxos, these islands are perfect for day trips or longer stays and only a short ferry ride away.

Due to its international airport, Mykonos is the first stop on many Greek island-hopping trips, but these islands are well worth a visit, too.


1. Delos

a body of water surrounded by land and water

Delos is an uninhabited island near Mykonos and one of the most important mythological, historical, and archaeological sites in Greece.

According to mythology, it is the birthplace of Apollo, the god of light, and his twin sister Artemis, the goddess of hunting. Because of its mythical significance, the island was considered a sacred sanctuary; no mortal was allowed to be born or die there, ensuring its sanctity.

Today, Delos is entirely an archaeological site. Many daytrippers visit to see the well-preserved remnants of its grand past, walk the ancient streets and visit places like the Terrace of the Lions, dedicated to Apollo by the people of Naxos before 600 BCE, and the House of Dionysus, a luxurious 2nd-century residence named for its intricate mosaic depicting Dionysus riding a panther.

The island is also known for its impressive collection of mosaics, its row of lion statues, and the Sanctuary of Apollo, which hosts a range of impressive temples and altars. Despite its compact size, Delos is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Visiting Delos is typically done via a day trip from Mykonos, as overnight stays are not allowed. Boats leave frequently during the tourist season, mainly from Mykonos Town. Visiting Delos on tours from other islands like Tinos, Paros, and Naxos is also possible, but most tours run from Mykonos.

🤩 This day tour includes a visit to Rhenia and an onboard lunch!


2. Santorini

Santorini is one of the most sought-after destinations in the world, celebrated for its dramatic views, stunning sunsets, and volcanic-sand beaches. The island is popular with couples and honeymooners, but families, solo travellers, and groups of friends will also find plenty here. I visited when my daughter was 1 and had a fantastic time.

The island’s unique scenery is the result of a massive volcanic eruption, which created steep cliffs and a caldera that offers views from almost anywhere on the island. Santorini is also famous for its wine, distinctive blue-domed churches, and Cycladic architecture.

Here are some of the best and most unique things to do in Santorini:

  • Explore the Archaeological Wonders: Visit the ancient city of Akrotiri, a well-preserved prehistoric town that was buried under volcanic ash.
  • Sunset in Oia: No visit to Santorini is complete without watching the sunset from Oia. The town is known for its spectacular sunsets. Book a sunset tour or get the KTEL bus from Fira.

🤩 This Bus Tour will take you to the must-see sights in Santorini including the Oia sunset!

  • Wine Tasting Tours: Due to its volcanic soil, Santorini produces some unique wines, including the famous Assyrtiko. Several wineries offer tours and tastings, where you can learn about the island’s winemaking traditions and sample some of the best local vintages.

🤩 This wine adventure includes a visit to 3 wineries and 12 tastings!

  • Hiking from Fira to Oia: If you love hiking, the walk from Fira to Oia is a must. This scenic trail along the caldera edge offers panoramic views and passes through several picturesque villages.
  • Visit the Red Beach: Known for its striking red and black volcanic sands and clear blue waters.
  • Explore Fira: Santorini’s capital Fira has unique views of it’s own as well as plenty of gift shops and amazing places to eat.
  • Spend the Day on Kamari Beach: Known for it’s black sand, Kamari is a tourist resort of it’s own. There are regular buses from Fira to Kamari.
Kamari beach in Mykonos with black sand. Lines of sunbeds leading to the water
Kamari Beach

How to Get from Mykonos to Santorini

Ferry Duration: 2-3 Hours

Number of Ferries Per Day: 8 on average

Average Cost: €78

The ferry route from Mykonos to Santorini is often packed, especially in high season, so make sure you book your ferry tickets in advance. You can check all the timetables and prices for ferries on Ferryhopper Website. To get to Mykonos Port, you can either:

Once in Santorini, all taxis are usually booked, so you need to either:


A Day Trip to Santorini from Mykonos

It is impossible to do a self-guided day trip from Santorini to Mykonos. The ferries normally run from mid-morning until around 14:00. You can read our one-day itinerary for Santorini here.

There is, however, the option to book a guided tour.

🤩 Check out this private day tour from Mykonos to Santorini

Check the latest ferry times below:


Best Hotels in Santorini

Santorini has some of the most spectacular accommodations in Greece. The one you choose ultimately depends on your budget.

For a luxury stay, consider staying in Oia. The beaches of Kamari and Perivelos often have the best value-for-money accommodation. In Fira, you’ll be close to the action and near the bus and taxi terminal, which will get you anywhere on the island:

Luxury: Canaves Oia Hotel or Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Mid-Range: Anessis, Fira (very child friendly)

The Anessis hotel in Fira Santorini. Sunbeds around a pool backed with white and red flowers
The Anessis Hotel in Fira

Budget: Hotel Sunny Days, Kamari


3. Tinos

Vrikastro Beach in Tinos. Rows of sunloungers with mountain views
Vrikastro Beach

Tinos is a unique island famous for its cultural heritage, rugged mountains, whitewashed villages, and Church of Panagia Evangelistria. If you’re looking for cheap islands near Mykonos, Tinos is one of the best places to visit. Prices are lower than islands with mass tourism.

It attracts thousands of pilgrims each year, especially on the feast of the Assumption of Mary.

There are over 40 traditional villages in Tinos—I recommend Pyrgos. Make sure you visit Panourmou in the north. I did a bus tour of the villages and had lunch in Panourmu. There are beaches on the island, but they are not as spectacular as nearby islands.


How to Get from Mykonos to Tinos

Ferry Duration: 35 minutes

Number of Ferries Per Day: 7 on average

Average Cost: €12

You can check all the timetables and prices for ferries on the Ferryhopper Website. From Tinos Port, you can walk to accommodation in Tinos Town (or get a taxi at the port). For other destinations, there is a limited bus service.

Check the latest ferry times below:


A Day Trip to Tinos from Mykonos

Tinos town taken from the ferry

A day trip to Tinos from Mykonos is very doable. You can either stay around the Tinos Town area and nearby beaches or explore the villages by hiring a car or motorbike or booking a tour.


Best Hotels in Tinos

For a quiet escape, you’d be best staying in Panourmu or one of the villages. Tinos town is also a good option, close to restaurants, bus routes and the ferry port.


4. Naxos

The historic monument of Portara in Naxos Chora.

Naxos is the largest island in the Cyclades one of the very best Greek islands near Mykonos. The island is also much quieter than Mykonos. Although the beaches still have amazing crystal-clear water, there’s a stunning old town to explore and even some nightlife if you’re feeling up for it.

You can also explore remote mountain villages, quiet beaches and historical sites like Portara in Naxos Town and the Prehistorical Acropolis Inland. Naxos is my top island recommendation if you’re visiting Greece with kids!

Here are some things you can’t miss:

  • Stroll through Naxos Town. Explore the old market and walk up to the historical Portara. There are also plenty of souvenir shops.
The marina of Naxos Chora with views of the shops
  • Beach Time: Visit Agios Prokopios or Plaka for some sunbathing. There are plenty of luxury sunloungers to hire on the beach (€25-€50 for a set) and a good party vibe at Macao Beach. This is my favourite beach in Greece, and I’ve been to most of the Mykonos beaches! There’s a regular bus service just steps away from Naxos.

Read more about the best beaches in Greece for families here >>>

The crystal clear waters of Agios Prokopios Beach
  • Dining Out: Sample local dishes like Naxian cheeses and grilled seafood. There are plenty of places to dine out in Naxos Town. In Agios Prokopios, I recommend Giannoulis for dinner or O Barbounis for lunch. If you’re looking for a quick lunch in Agios Prokopios, go to Kavourakia Grill House for cheap gyros (there are plenty of other things on the menu, too).
Kavourakia Grill House in Agios Prokopios

How to Get from Mykonos to Naxos

The journey from Mykonos to Naxos is quick and enjoyable, with multiple daily ferries making the trip, especially during the peak travel months.

You can view the latest schedules and prices on the Ferryhopper website.


A Day Trip to Naxos from Mykonos

Exploring Naxos for a day from Mykonos is popular due to the 40-minute ferry ride. The ferries often don’t start until around 9:50, and sometimes, the last one back is at 15:35.

Pick a day when you get longer on the island and consider staying longer in Naxos rather than just visiting for the day.

Check the latest ferry times below:


Best Hotels in Naxos

Naxos offers a range of accommodations to suit every budget and preference. Visiting as a family? Make sure you read our guide to the best places to stay in Naxos for families. Here are some top picks:

Luxury

  • Nissaki Beach Hotel: Located right on the beach, this hotel combines luxury with excellent service.
  • Porto Naxos Hotel: Near Naxos Town, offering upscale amenities and a large swimming pool.

Mid-Range

  • The Naxos Resort: The resort has a large outdoor pool and pool bar located on Agios Georgios Beach near Naxos Town. Breakfast is provided. It’s also right on the beachfront.
  • Ioanna Apartments: My favourite option in Greece, especially for families. The apartments have 1-2 bedrooms, an outdoor pool, and an optional breakfast.

Budget


5. Paros

Paros is one of the best islands close to Mykonos and home to some of the best beaches in The Cyclades and is perfect for all traveller types, whether you’re visiting with family, as a couple or with friends.

I keep returning to Paros with my daughter, and our first visit was when she was 1.

The island also has charming villages, a beautiful old town right next to the port, and the famous fishing village of Naoussa. Paros has become more upmarket in recent years, and prices have increased.

If you plan to stay overnight, Parikia and Naoussa have a great dining scene and a good nightlife.

Paros is the only way to access the charming neighbouring island of Antiparos if you’re staying a while.


How to Get from Mykonos to Paros

Ferry Duration: 40 minutes – 1 hour, 25 minutes

Number of Ferries Per Day: 7 on average

Average Cost: €36-59

You can check all the timetables and prices for ferries on the Ferryhopper Website. From Parikia Port, you can catch regular buses throughout the island. There are also plenty of taxis, and many hotels provide pickups. You can walk to most hotels in Parikia from the port.

Check the latest ferry times below:


A Day Trip from Mykonos to Paros

Ferries from Paros to Mykonos usually start at around 9:50 (8:00 on some days) and finish around 16:45, making a day trip very doable.

You can view the latest ferry schedules and prices on the Ferryhopper website.

Highlights for a day in Paros include:

  • Naoussa Village: Wander through the labyrinthine streets and check out the seaside tavernas.
  • Parikia Town: Visit the historic Panagia Ekatontapiliani church and explore the old town.
Walking the streets of Parikia Old Town
Walking the streets of Parikia Old Town
  • Beach Time: Relax on the golden sands of Kolymbithres or Golden Beach.

Best Hotels in Paros

Luxury

Mid-Range

  • Casa Di Roma: A charming hotel in Paros old town just a short walk from the beach. We enjoyed staying here when my daughter was 1. There’s a lovely pool, and a delicious Greek breakfast is provided.
Casa Di Roma in Parikia
  • Polos Hotel: This is one of our new finds in Parikia. There’s an amazing Greek breakfast provided, a fantastic pool (and a pool bar serving cocktails). It’s perfect for all types of travellers, although I visited with a 4-year-old.

Budget

  • Dilion Hotel: Situated in Parikia, this is an affordable and cheerful option close to everything.
  • Argonauta Hotel: Offers a charming atmosphere in the heart of Parikia, ideal for budget travellers.

6. Ios

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The view of Ios Chora

Ios is famous worldwide for its nightlife, beautiful beaches and historical sites. As you arrive in Ios, you’ll see Gialos Beach, which has shallow waters and a selection of great tavernas nearby. We stayed here with my 11-month-old and loved it! There’s also a regular bus service up the hill to Chora and down to Mylopotos Beach.

Gialos Beach next to Ios Port

Chora is a picturesque village perched atop a hill. It features whitewashed houses, winding alleyways, and bursts of bright bougainvillaea. Chora transforms as the sun sets, with lively bars and clubs coming to life. This island attracts a lively crowd of young travellers, families, and couples.

The island’s beaches are among the Cyclades’ finest, with the expansive Mylopotas Beach drawing sunseekers and watersports enthusiasts alike. Mylopotos is also home to the Far Out Beach Club, where many of the Ios partygoers spend the day. If you’re in search of peace, the more remote Manganari Beach offers a quiet retreat.

You can also visit ancient ruins and historical sites in Ios, such as the prehistoric settlement of Skarkos and the alleged tomb of the epic poet Homer.


How to Get from Mykonos to Ios

Ferry Duration: 1-2.5 hours

Number of Ferries Per Day: Usually around 4 ferries, depending on the season.

Average Cost: €60

Ferries from Mykonos to Ios are less frequent than to other Cycladic islands, so planning ahead and booking early is crucial, especially during peak tourist season.

Check the latest ferry times below:


A Day Trip to Ios from Mykonos

While Ios is a bit further than some other islands, proper planning can still fulfil a day trip. The first ferry usually leaves Mykonos at 9:50, and the last ferry travels from Ios to Mykonos at 15:15.

Activities for a day trip might include:

  • Exploring Chora: The main village of Ios, known for its picturesque narrow streets and vibrant nightlife.
  • Beach Hopping: Spend some time at the famous Mylopotas Beach or the port beach of Gialos.

Best Hotels in Ios

Ios offers a range of accommodations, from luxurious hilltop hotels to affordable beachside lodgings. Visiting as a family? Read about the best places to stay in Ios for families here.

Here are some top picks:

Luxury

  • Liostasi Hotel & Suites: This stylish hotel in Chora offers luxury amenities, stunning sea views, and a top-rated on-site restaurant.
  • Relux Ios Hotel: This modern design hotel is located close to the port and blends luxury with minimalist elegance.

Mid-Range

  • Ios Palace Hotel & Spa: Situated on Mylopotas Beach, it features multiple pools and extensive facilities.
  • Far Out Hotel & Spa: Offers a comfortable stay with excellent views and a relaxing spa just a short walk from the beach.

Budget

  • Guesthouse The Windmill: Provides simple, clean accommodations with fantastic views, located in Chora.
  • Hotel Katerina: A family-run spot in a convenient location, perfect for budget travellers.

7. Syros

Syros town
Views of Syros Town from afar

Syros is a unique Cycladic island that is well worth a visit to. Unlike the mass tourism on nearby islands, Syros has authentic Greek charm.

The capital, Ermoupoli, is one of the most picturesque towns in The Cyclades and doesn’t have the traditional Cycladic architecture of other islands.

It has neoclassical buildings, colourful mansions, and the stunning town square, Plateia Miaouli, buzzing with life and quaint cafes and shops. Another highlight is the local confectionery, particularly the loukoumi, a traditional Greek delight similar to Turkish delight found in many of the small shops throughout Ermoupoli. Try flavours from rosewater to pistachio, handmade by those who have been perfecting their craft for generations.

Make sure you leave time for a visit to Ano Syros, perched high above Ermoupoli, offers a journey back in time with its narrow, winding medieval streets, traditional white houses, and breathtaking views over the Aegean Sea.

For some beach time, the village of Vathi is a must-visit. This secluded bay is the perfect spot for relaxation and swimming away from the crowds.

Taxis on the island are cheaper than on other Cycladic islands, and you can easily get to where you want to be. A circular bus route covers most of the island’s must-see destinations.

How to Get from Mykonos to Syros

Ferry Duration: 25 minutes – 1 hour, 20 minutes

Number of Ferries Per Day: 5 on average

Average Cost: €20 – €40

Read our full guide to travelling from Mykonos to Syros here >>>

Check the latest ferry times below:

A Day Trip to Syros from Mykonos

Syros is an excellent choice for a day trip. The first ferry is often not until 11:55, but the last ferry leaves Syros around 18:30. With some ferries being just 25 minutes, you’ll still have plenty of time to explore Syros.

  • Explore Ermoupoli: The capital of Syros, known for its striking neoclassical architecture and bustling harbour.
  • Visit Ano Syros: Wander through this hilltop village’s medieval streets that offer panoramic views of the Aegean.
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The view from Ano Syros village
  • Beaches: Don’t miss the circular bus route that takes in the must-see destinations on the island. Vathi is the best place to get off for some well-deserved beach time.

Best Hotels in Syros

Whether you’re looking for luxury or budget-friendly options, Syros has a variety of accommodations:

Luxury

  • Hotel Hermes: A prime example of luxury with a twist of modernity, Hotel Hermes is ideally situated to offer stunning views of the Aegean Sea. Guests can enjoy high-end amenities, a relaxing pool area, and exemplary service, making it an excellent choice for those seeking a more refined experience.
  • 5 Hermoupolis Concept Sites: This boutique hotel in the heart of Ermoupoli is perfect for those who appreciate art and elegance. Each room is uniquely designed with contemporary art and luxury fittings, providing an intimate and stylish stay.

Mid-Range

  • Diogenis Hotel: Located in the historical centre of Ermoupoli, this hotel blends comfort with the convenience of being close to major attractions and dining options. The Diogenis offers a charming stay with spacious rooms and traditional décor.

Budget

  • Syros Holidays: A hotel with a pool and wonderful breakfast in Vari just steps away from the beach. I stayed here when my daughter was 1. The rooms are basic but the location is excellent.

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