At the center of the Cyclades archipelago, in the Aegean Sea, sits the rocky Greek island of Mykonos. If you are looking for the best places to take photos in Mykonos, we are here to help! 🧿
Other than Santorini, it’s hard to think of a more popular tourist destination in Greece, but it’s easy to understand why: Mykonos has all you could ever want from a Greek island, including beaches of clear waters next to white buildings, blue-domed churches, excellent cafes and restaurants, and a nightlife that’s hard to beat.
Consistently ranking high amongst Greece’s best islands, Mykonos is breathtakingly beautiful. From the picturesque Old Town to the never-ending party of Paradise Beach, you’ll find glorious spots to explore and take great photos.
Whether this is your first time on the Greek island or if you’re a recurrent visitor, this short travel guide has fantastic tips for things to do and the best photography spots, including the most instagrammable places, on the island. 📸
All you have to do is relax, celebrate life and soak in the unique vibes Mykonos offers. Opa!
1. Little Venice
Mykonos is all about magic and romance, and perhaps the most enchanting place on the island is Little Venice. Not coincidentally, this is also a famous Instagram spot for the ultimate postcard of the island and one of the best places to take photos in Mykonos.
Little Venice is a neighbourhood in the Old Town built by wealthy merchants when Mykonos was under Venetian rule — hence the name. Today, the area is known for its white buildings with colourful balconies that sit right on the seafront. Many of them have become world-class cafes and restaurants, where you can enjoy a refreshing cocktail while listening to the gentle sound of waves right beside you. 🌊 You can even spot the iconic Mykonos windmills and an occasional ship cruising on the horizon.
Little Venice is also a trendy place to watch the sun going down. It’s a good idea to book ahead if you want a sunset dinner because tables are highly coveted around golden hour.
Foodie tip: a stone’s throw away from Little Venice is Mamalouka, a well-known restaurant that serves local cuisine. The entrance with the stunning bougainvillea arch is sure to catch your eye. Inside, there’s a lovely patio to have a delicious dinner alfresco. 😋
2. Mykonos Windmills
Towering over the turquoise blue sea with their blades spinning gently, the windmills of Mykonos have become iconic landmarks adding charm to the skyline of the Greek island.
They were used from the 1500s to the 20th century to make wheat and barley. When electricity came to the island, they fell into disrepair — some of them even collapsed. Luckily, there were several initiatives to restore and maintain them. Today, Mykonos still has 16 windmills standing in a well-preserved state. 👏
The Windmills of Mykonos, also known as the Flour Mills of Mykonos, are the best-looking ones. They stand on a hilltop just outside the Old Port and Mykonos Town. One of the most popular photo spots on the island, the site offers superb panoramic views of the white building town and the Aegean Sea. Geronymos Mill is the oldest, dating back to the 1700s.
In another part of town, Bonis Mill currently houses part of Mykonos agricultural museum. Beautifully restored, this mill is also worth visiting; you will learn how everything works from the inside, and the view is unbeatable. You can even see the other Cyclades islands from there on a clear day. There’s plenty to see around it, including traditional agricultural gardens. 👩🌾
With such a picturesque and historical setting, you’ll surely get that perfect Instagram photo everyone wants.
3. Platis Gialos Beach
In the Village of Platis Gialos, only a 15-minute drive from Mykonos Town, Platis Gialos Beach is one of the best beaches in Mykonos. The long stretch of golden sand is lined with high-end hotels, restaurants, and beach clubs, all facing the clear blue waters. The sea is shallow, and the beach is very organized, with several options for sporting activities, and sunbeds and umbrellas to rent. ⛱
Can you picture anything better than having a drink on a lounger under a straw parasol in this stunning spot? That’s what we call true Aegean bliss! 💙
Just a note that some restaurants can be a little dodgy, offering menus without prices and then bringing extravagant bills to their clients, so watch out! Always make sure you know the price of things before ordering, including service fees.
4. Mykonos Town
Dreamlike Mykonos Town, aka Old Town, or simply Chora, is mainly composed of narrow pedestrian lanes that cut through whitewashed houses with blue doors, windows, and balconies. Add stunning bougainvillea and picturesque churches, and that’s what a traditional Cycladic village looks like. 😍
Matoyianni, the main street, is replete with boutiques, eateries and bars. From there, you can get lost in the surrounding maze-like alleyways. Forget Google Maps – you’ll inevitably find your way out into the waterfront. Look for the Old Port and the traditional fish market when you reach it. 🐟
With its exact location between the Old Port and Little Venice, The Panagia Paraportiani Church in Kastro District is a small white church dating back to the 15th century, one of the very best places to take photos in Mykonos.
We recommend an early morning stroll to get a feel of the natural pace of the village. When shopkeepers open their stores, their products colour the predominantly blue and white surroundings. Afternoons and nights get more crowded with tourists, especially during the high season. Nightlife is bustling. There are plenty of sunset bars and club options for that perfect night out in Mykonos. 🕺
Photo spot alert: also look for the #HAPPINESS store, a whitewashed house that stands on a picturesque parting of two cobblestone alleyways. They understand the island vibe — who wouldn’t be happy in such a beautiful place? 😁
5. Cavo Tagoo Mykonos
Just outside Mykonos Town, built on a cliff side overlooking the majestic sea, is Cavo Tagoo Mykonos, a luxury, award-winning hotel designed with a rustic-chic aesthetic that pays tribute to local elements. The deep blue of Greek waters is remarkably represented in the aquarium bar and the 38-meter-long infinity pool from where you’re likely to see the best golden hour spectacle of your life. 🌅
That’s not all. Guests also get exceptional pools in some rooms. Have we mentioned that this hotel is one of the world’s most trendy instagrammable spots right now? Top bloggers fly from all over the globe to spend one night in the famous Cave Pool Suite and take the best photo they can. That’s right. They get a private paradise hideaway with a cave-like pool boasting exclusive views of the Aegean Sea. 😮
The contrast of the natural beauty with the modern interior is also a work of architectural art. Naturally, nightly fees are not on the affordable side, but you can always avoid them by popping up at the bar for your beautiful photos and to experience a bit of the luxurious side of Mykonos. 💎
Capturing memories in Mykonos
The best places to take photos in Mykonos give the opportunity to live a genuine Greek dream. For more inspiration, you can look at these tips from our community. This much beauty in front of you means endless photo opportunities. Here’s an idea: why not book one of our local Mykonos Flytographers and have an incredible photoshoot in this Greek paradise?