What To Do In Mykonos, Greece: Budget Friendly Travel Tips

Are you longing for a late-summer getaway to Mykonos, Greece? Here is my guide to Greece’s most expensive island.

It’s been a year since I travelled around the USA without driving a car and I finally have somewhere new to talk about! I just came back from an 8-day holiday in Mykonos, Greece with some friends and I’m here to share what I learned about accommodation, vegetarian food and things to do on the island. If you’re planning to visit Mykonos, here are some tips to help you plan your trip.

Where To Stay In Mykonos, Greece

I stayed at Paraga Beach Hostel, which is within rocky hill climbing distance from the clubs on Paradise Beach.  Paraga Beach is both one of the best and one of the worst hostels I have ever stayed in. 

Good Things About Paraga Beach Hostel

Paraga Beach Hostel
Paraga Beach Hostel’s private beach
  • They have a large sun-bed deck with a free pool and chill music playing all day.
  • The sea is literally on their doorstep.
  • They have a restaurant, a bar and a mini market on site so you can get everything you need at the hostel.
  • There is also a takeaway on site which is open all night; a lifesaver after a drunken night out.
  • The other travellers are really friendly and you can make friends as a solo traveller.
  • It’s close to the beach clubs, which don’t charge entry. You will have to walk up a rocky hill overlooking the sea, which can be dangerous at night, but it’s worth it.
  • There’s an affordable bus (€1.80) which goes into town every hour.
  • The hostel will pick you up and drop you off at the airport for free.

    Bad Things About Paraga Beach Hostel

  • Some of the staff are really rude.
  • The rooms are like saunas. There is one fan, on the back wall, which doesn’t move. There is no air con or ceiling fan. You will wake up drenched in sweat.
  • You’re not allowed to bring food or drinks from outside the hostel. You can only consume products bought at the hostel’s shop, restaurant or bar.
  • There is no guest fridge or kitchen.
  • The restaurant, bar and mini market are quite expensive. They are not extortionate by Mykonos’s standards, but the cheapest thing on the restaurant menu is €6 (chips) and the pizza should be avoided. There is such a thing as too much cheese, believe it or not.
  • Despite arranging for an airport pick up when we got to Mykonos, the hostel had completely forgotten about us.  We waited for over an hour before someone came.

    Verdict

    Paraga Beach Hostel seems to be the only hostel in Mykonos and, despite the high prices, it’s bound to be cheaper and more fun than your standard hotel.  It’s great if you’re looking to party and you’re okay with sleeping in a bed that looks like it fell out of Orange is The New Black.

    What To Expect From Mykonos Town

    The island is connected by narrow roads flanked by short stone walls on either side. As you head into town, you’ll see many abandoned buildings and infrastructures. There is no green grass, at least in August, but there are random goats and cows chilling in the barren fields.

    Mykonos town is an Instagram-addicts dream. The white buildings, with their blue doors and railings, are the perfect backdrop for showing off your holiday tan.

    It’s me!

    Where To Eat In Mykonos

    Mykonos is not great for budget travellers – a sunset cocktail in Little Venice will easily cost €15 – but spinach pies from the bakeries are around €2.10 and the Souvlaki restaurant chain has excellent veggie options for €6-7.

    Greek Veggie Love Wrap Mykonos
    I highly recommend the ‘Greek Veggie Love’ wrap

    It’s hardly the cheapest option in town, but D’Angelo Italian restaurant (a short walk from the windmills) has a great selection of vegetarian-friendly options, there’s great service and it’s a good place to go with friends.

    There are lots of (fairly expensive) boutique style shops lining the winding streets where you can buy beach dresses, there are tonnes of nooks and crannies to explore and, if you’re feeling fancy, there are plenty of designer shops floating around.

    If you can only afford to window shop, there’s still plenty to see and you might stumble across a bargain on your way. Just keep an eye out for motorcyclists!

    Check back soon for Delos, the ruined island!

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About Sophia Moss

Freelance journalist, copywriter & travel blogger. Bylines with Ethaid by Atlas, Easyjet Traveller, Prospect Magazine, The Sun Online, Litro Magazine.

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