In summer, thousands of visitors come to the Greek islands to enjoy their holidays under the golden sun. One of the most popular Greek islands is Mykonos. This is a very beautiful island with typical Cycladic architecture and stunning beaches. It is a place for both young and old, as it offers opportunities for all travelers. Mykonos is worldwide famous for its lively party scene, the beach bars that stay crowded till the morning hours, but also for its romantic paved streets in Town and the glorious sunset.
Mykonos is located very close to other amazing Cycladic islands. Due to its central location, it is perfect as a base for island hopping. Island hopping from Mykonos is very popular, as visitors get the chance to explore many islands easily and efficiently. Hop on a ferry to Mykonos and discover the extraordinary Santorini, cosmopolitan Paros, hospitable Naxos and lively Ios.
Island hopping from Mykonos to Santorini
The most popular destination of island hopping from Mykonos is Santorini. Visitors shouldn’t miss the chance to travel to this unique island with the impressive water filled caldera and the picturesque villages.
Get on a ferry to Santorini from Mykonos and visit the scenic villages, built on caldera cliffs that were formed thousands of years ago. Stroll around the whitewashed cubic houses in Fira and Imerovigli and enjoy spectacular sunset views from the village of Oia.
Next to this island hopping list is the incredible island of Paros. Its close proximity to Mykonos makes it easy and convenient to travel there. Ferries to Paros usually need 2-4 hours from Mykonos. Paros is renowned for its cosmopolitan atmosphere and the wonderful beaches. Kolimbithres, Santa Maria and Golden Beach are among the most famous beaches in Paros. Naoussa, Parikia and Lefkes are among the most picturesque villages on the island, with traditional character.
An island hopping from Mykonos may also take visitors to the verdant island of Naxos, in the centre of the Cyclades. Ferries to Naxos from Mykonos are frequent and the trip takes only one hour and a half. Being the largest island of the Cyclades complex, Naxos has a lot to offer, from interesting sightseeing and lively villages to exotic beaches and green valleys. Plaka, Agios Prokopios, Mikri Vigla and the other beaches on the western side of Naxos are the most popular places to swim in Naxos.
Another destination to which you can hop from Mykonos is the magnificent Ios, the island of contrasts. Ios, meaning flower in ancient Greek, is a very beautiful island, presenting a coastline of exotic sandy beaches and emerald waters, like Mylopotas and Maganari. It is mostly known for its intense nightlife, with numerous bars organizing parties all night and day long.
Many people visit Ios to get a taste of the cosmopolitan attitude and have fun at the beach parties in Mylopotas, while others to admire Ios pristine natural beauty and history. With 365 churches, paved pathways and a Medieval castle on top of the main village, Chora, Ios provides a lot of sightseeing and amazing hilltop views. Hop on a ferry to Ios and do not miss its wonderful scenery and frenetic nightlife!