5 Amazing Greek Islands Near Mykonos

Mar 29, 2018

You can actually do some awesome greek island hopping from Mykonos! Here’s everything you need to know:

islands near mykonosOne of the greatest thing about Mykonos and Santorini is that they are one of the few greek islands with international flights from Europe and this only is a great benefit as they can be used as your base to do some island hopping in Greece!

There are 10s of direct flights to Mykonos from all the major European airports but you do have to take the ferry to go to those other greek islands as many of them don’t even have airports.

Read Also:  Santorini vs Mykonos: Which One is Better?

From Mykonos, you can basically visit all of the Cyclades islands: Santorini, NaxosIos, Syros, Tinos and each one of them is wonderful…so…yes, Mykonos’ beaches are amazing but have you seen the famous volcano views in Santorini or have you wandered in Syros’ super cute towns?

The best way to do greek island hopping is by taking a ferry that connects those islands and if you are not using Mykonos as your base and you are using Santorini (fore example) then you can check out the best islands near Santorini.

Bear in mind though that timetables for ferries are not fixed every year, so times and schedules change.

You should always check the best website for greek ferries: Let’s Ferry which will show you the updated ferry time schedule.

READ ALSO OUR OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MYKONOS:

  • Booking.com is the website with the most available rooms and private villas in Mykonos (more than Airbnb)
  • Let's Ferry is the best website to book your ferry tickets or check the timetables for Mykonos & all greek islands
  • Expedia has all the available flights from Athens or other European cities to Mykonos (Mykonos Airport Code: JTR)

So, these are 6 amazing Greek Islands you can visit from Mykonos with just a few hours ferry:

1. Santorini (check our awesome Santorini blog! ? )

Why You Should Visit Santorini

Santorini is one of the most popular islands in the world. Hands Down!

Santorini is the island that you must visit at least once in your life and in my personal opinion Santorini has the most beautiful chora (capital town), eventhough its beaches will look dull after you have seen Mykonos beaches.

Santorini is an island that you can basically spend the majority of your holidays with lots of things to do.

It goes without saying that one of the best things you can do in Santorini is winetasting and I want to be really clear on that: you have to do winetasting on the island, no matter how many days you stay on Santorini.

How to get from Mykonos to Santorini

There are frequent connections to Santorini with a ferry from Mykonos. Any travel agency at Mykonos Town will be able to tell you the ferry schedules and book you a ticket (or you can just check them and book them by yourself online on Let’s Ferry) . I do recommend you book them in advance though. It only takes about 2-3.30 hrs (depends on the time and the ferry you will choose) for the ferry in Mykonos to get you to Santorini . Here can read our detailed guide on how to get from Mykonos to Santorini.

Best Hotels in Santorini:

Before starting your research on the best place to stay in Santorini you need to decide your budget because accommodation in Santorini can be super expensive (eventhough there are some cheap hotels too). So, without further ado let’s see the best hotels in Santorini:

Amber Light Villas

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CSky Hotel

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Hotel San Antonio

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Aqua Luxury Suites

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Aqua Mare Luxury Suites

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Tip: If you really want to see the whole island or at least the major attractions you will have to spend 3 to 4 nights at least. It’s not worth it to visit Santorini if you are planning to stay less than 3 days as it’s got so many nice places to see and things to do.

 

2. Syros

Why You Should Visit Syros

Syros is another greek Island in the cyclades, in the Aegean Sea.  The largest towns are Ermoupoli, Ano Syros and Vari. Ermoupoli is the capital of the island and it has always been a significant port town, and during the 19th century it was even more significant than Piraeus.

You should definitely visit the Town Hall, which is a very beautiful building especially on the inside with beautiful tiles, marble and decoration. Nearby you will also find cafes, shops, restaurants etc.

You must visit Agathopes beach, which is about 20 mins drive from Ermoupoli. There are umbrellas and sunbeds you can rent (much cheaper than Mykonos!) and crystal blue-green water! This place is very popular and it get’s quite busy in the early afternoon so make sure that you will arrive in the morning and you will enjoy the sandy beach.

In Syros you can find lots of sandy beaches, cocktails bars, night clubs and tavernas with fresh fish!

How to get from Mykonos to Syros

Syros is very close to Mykonos and you won’t need more than 1.15 hours. If you decide to go to Syros, I would suggest you stay at least 2 days and spend 1 day for Ermoupoli and Ano Syros (amazing views and picturesque alleys) and the second day on the beach.

It is about 1.15 hours away from Mykonos by the slow ferry and 45 minutes away with the fast ferry (just 1.5 euro more expensive).

Travel agencies at Mykonos Town will be able to book your tickets and tell you the timetables of the available ferries at the time you are there but my proposal is always to check and book online through Let’s Ferry.

It’s very simple: you pop in at a travel agent in Mykonos Town (there are hundreds you won’t miss them), you ask the timetables for the ferries to Syros and that’s it. Alternatively, you book everything online at the Let’s Ferry website.

Best Hotels in Syros

There are some excellent recent additions to Syros’ Hotels scene lately that make it an extremely attractive destination. Here are the best of them:

Wind Tales

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Apollonos Seafront Apartments

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Guesthouse Lila

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Esperance 1

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Sunrise Beach Suites

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3. Naxos

 

Why You Should Visit it

Naxos is one of the largest greek islands and definitely the largest in Cyclades island complex. It’s one of my personal favourites…

Naxos’s Chora (the capital town) is full of life with many tavernas, shops, an archaeological museum and of course the famous “Portara” which is the ancient entrance into the island’s port.

However, to be honest with you Naxos town is not an extremely picturesque greek island town and you’d better head off to the amazing beaches and the awesome mainland villages (like Apeiranthos village…one of the most picturesque and different greek cycladic villages). I’m literally in love with Apeiranthos…

Naxos has amazing long sandy beaches (like Agios Prokopios beach) and it’s an amazing destination for foodies.

I had the best greek food in my life in Naxos (especially at Axiotissa restaurant)!

Local produce consists of really goof quality lamb, beef and of course the world wide famous Naxos Graviera cheese (seriously….don’t leave the island if you don’t try this amazing gruyere-like yellow cheese…). It literally melts in your mouth!

Naxos offers fantastic opportunities for watersports as well: waterskiing, kitesurfing, windsurfing as its beaches are are ideal with the strong winds of greek islands:

Naxos is very well organised with B&B’s and hotels and we’d definitely suggest a 2-3 days stay on the island because there are so much to see and explore.

How to get from Mykonos to Naxos

Naxos is about 1 hour and 30 minutes by ferry from Mykonos and about 40 minutes by a speedboat. The cost is around 38 euros each way.

I do recommend taking the Sea Jets Ferry (which takes you from Mykonos to Naxos and the other way every day):

If you want to check all the timetables or even book your ferry ticket to Naxos (which you have to pick up at the port anyways – that’s the greek law…) you can visit the Let’s Ferry website (or you can just check the timetables).

Best Hotels in Naxos:

Naxos is a pretty big island with hundreds of available options for accommodation. These are the Best Hotels, Villas and Apartments of the island:

Belogna Ikons

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Sea & Olives Villas

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To Armiro Boutique Houses

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Coralli Beach Apartments

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Naxian Utopia Luxury Villas and Suites

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Ampelos Resort

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Naxos Island Escape Suites

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Nissaki Beach Hotel

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Seven Suites

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Naxos Euphoria Suites

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Tip: in case you are island-hopping then you need to stay more than 1 night in Naxos because the island is pretty big (one of the biggest actually in Greece) and you definitely need to rent a car or a scooter to move around as the distances are not short. Also, make sure you visit the amazing mountain village of Apeiranthos and do not leave the island if you don’t eat at one of the best greek restaurants in Greece: Axiotissa

4. Tinos 

Why You Should Visit Tinos

Tinos is a very interesting place to visit due to its picturesque villages, its beautiful beaches and the amazing food! Tinos is famous amongst Greeks for the Church of Panagia Evagelistria (the blessed Virgin Mary). From all over the country, people come here to fulfil their vows and to seek comfort. Tinos is the most important Orthodox centre of worship in Greece but, in the same time, an important Catholic centre too.

You should visit some of the scenic villages of Tinos (Pyrgos, Volax, Arnados, Kalloni and Ysternia).

Tinos has some very beautiful beaches that you should definitely visit such as Kolympithra, Agios Fokas, Kionia, and Agios Sostis.

I do recommend staying for 2 days and spend your time to visit the Church of Panagia Evagelistria, the Arnados village which is the oldest village in Tinos with the most beautiful alleys, terraces with flowers and old traditional cafes.

How to get from Mykonos to Tinos

Tinos is about 30 minutes by ferry from Mykonos (there are many throughout the day)..

Just visit any travel agency at Mykonos Town, anytime you are in Mykonos and they will be able to give you the latest timetable (it changes every few months)

Alternatively you can also check the times and book at Let’s Ferry.

Best Hotels in Tinos

Tinos Sky View Villa

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White Tinos Luxury Suites

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Big Blue

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Aeolis Tinos Suites

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Stavros Bay

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Porto Vlastos

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Onar Hotel & Suites

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Raphael Residences & Suites

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Tip: Tinos is not for more than 2 nights unless you are looking for a very quiet place to stay. 

 

5. Ios

Why You Should Visit Ios

Ios is a really unique and underrated island in my opinion. Back in the 90’s and 00’s it used to be a crazy party island and for some inexplicable reason it got bad reputation but I really never understood why.

It’s an island with amazing beauty and its golden sandy beaches are some of the best in Greece. Seriously…

Though I have to say that the island is mainly more appealing to younger ages (up to 30 years old probably), tthis shouldn’t stop you from visiting Ios and explore it’s amazing beauty.

Ios is very well organised with B&B’s and hotels and I’d definitely suggest a 2-3 days stay on the island in case you decide to visit it.

How to get from Mykonos to Ios

Ios is about 2 hours by ferry from Mykonos (check ferry timetables and prices here)

The journey costs about 55 euros (one way). I know…expensive…

Best Hotels in Ios

Ios has some really good options for accommodation. These are the best Hotels, Villas and Apartments:

Ios Palace

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Liostasi Hotel & Suites

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Levantes Ios Boutique Hotel

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Island House Hotel

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Tip: if you are in the mood for partying then Ios island is a great choice. One of the most famous beach clubs in Greece is Far Out Beach Club at Mylopotas in Ios which also has the great Far Out Camping Ios.

 

CONCLUSION

You are definitely missing out a lot if you don’t visit some other greek islands while you are staying in Mykonos. If you only have time to visit one island from Mykonos then it has to be Santorini as these 2 islands are undoubtedly the most incredible islands in Europe and in Greece. Make sure you book your ferries well in advance from Let’s Ferry and also spend at least a couple of days on any of the other islands like Ios, Naxos or Syros.

READ ALSO OUR OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MYKONOS:

  • Booking.com is the website with the most available rooms and private villas in Mykonos (more than Airbnb)
  • Let's Ferry is the best website to book your ferry tickets or check the timetables for Mykonos & all greek islands
  • Expedia has all the available flights from Athens or other European cities to Mykonos (Mykonos Airport Code: JTR)
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Best Hotels in Mykonos:

Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge (wow!)

Rocabella Mykonos (possibly the most instagram-ed hotel of the island)

Cavo Tagoo (seriously?)

Lyo Boutique Hotel (look at this pool...)

Best Private Villas in Mykonos:

Panormos Villas (can I have that for myself?)

Cloud Blue Holiday Home (perfect for a family)

La Vie En Blue (best seaview villa...)

Villa Evi (celebrity level luxury...)

BEST PRIVATE VILLAS OF MYKONOS:

Panormos Villas (can I have that for myself?)

Cloud Blue Holiday Home (perfect for a family)

La Vie En Blue (best seaview villa...)

Villa Evi (celebrity level luxury...)

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We are not just visitors.

We consider ourselves the tipsters of this magical place.

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