Mykonos, the most popular island in Greece, is a tourist hotspot for good reason. It has beautiful beaches and incredible nightlife, but you’ll also find some great hiking trails that give you a chance to see the island from a different perspective. There are several places where you can hike on Mykonos: along the coast and through the interior of this small but densely populated island.
Hiking in Mykonos
Mykonos is a small island in the Aegean Sea, located southwest of Athens. The island is well known for its beautiful beaches and nightlife, but there are also many hiking trails that are perfect for exploring on foot.
Mykonos’ mountainous regions are not very steep or high, so you can enjoy great views without having to do any serious climbing. If you’re looking for more challenging hikes, consider visiting nearby Naxos which is one of the biggest island in the cyclades or Santorini instead!
A guided hike might be best
If you are looking for a way to get out and see Mykonos, a guided hike is a great option. A guide will lead you through the island’s beautiful landscape and share its history with you along the way. In addition, they can help you learn about local culture by telling stories about how people lived in different eras on the island.
The paths are simple dirt and rock, no special gear necessary
The paths are simple dirt and rock, no special gear necessary. They are well marked but still easy to get lost on and can be rocky in parts. The paths are not steep, but they are rocky and uneven.
The trails are well marked but still easy to get lost on
The trails are well marked, with signs at every junction. Some of them are small, others have big signs with maps on them.
The problem is that you can get lost if you don’t pay attention to the signs. You need to be able to read the signs and use them as a guide for where you should go next. Don’t follow your friend who tells you “oh just follow me”. You should always look at the map or sign first, then ask yourself: “Where do I want to go?” If it’s not there already, write it down in pencil so that you can compare it when you get back from your adventure!
Don’t attempt hiking on your own.
Hiking is fun and exciting, but it’s important to keep in mind that you can get lost, injured, or unprepared for the weather. No matter how much research you do on a trail before going on it, things can always change between when you did your research and actually going out there.
If you’re not prepared for some of these things:
- You might get lost because there are no clear trails in many parts of Mykonos (there are lots of people who hike there every day). The island has very little infrastructure so please don’t expect to find signs directing where to go; look at maps beforehand and make sure they correspond with reality before heading out into unknown territory!
- Staying safe while hiking is also essential – wear appropriate clothing and bring things like food/water/first aid just in case something happens unexpectedly along the way! Mykonos doesn’t have dangerous wild animals, you might encounter some snakes and a bunch of goats, so make sure those shoes don’t squeak when walking through tall grasses (snakes may hear them coming).
Be prepared for the weather
- Bring a hat, sunscreen and water. The sun is strong and you will need plenty of water.
- Bring a map. There are many different trails and paths you can take, so it is important to have a map with you at all times in case you find yourself lost.
- Bring a camera! You’re going on an adventure—take pictures of everything!
- Bring an extra pair of clothes and shoes if necessary; hiking in Mykonos can get messy sometimes (and by sometimes we mean always). Keep these items dry by bringing along your rain jacket and poncho; they’ll keep those extra clothes protected from the elements as well as keep them separate from any other gear that might get wet during your hike. If possible, bring something waterproof that won’t soak through once submerged in rainwater (we recommend something like this one). We don’t want our phones getting damaged so make sure they stay safe inside their waterproof pouch while also keeping everything else nice and dry too!
The trails take you to some amazing sites you wouldn’t see from the roads and towns.
- The hike to Fokos beach is one of the most popular trails and leads you to some amazing sites you wouldn’t see from the roads and towns.
- The views are amazing, especially on clear days! You’ll see blue waters, white sand beaches and windmills in the distance. You can even spot boats sailing by in the ocean.
- The hike to the windmills is perfect for those looking for something shorter yet still breathtakingly beautiful. It’s right off a main road so it’s easy to find as long as you’re paying attention (and don’t get lost!).
- The hike up to Myrsini with a wind turbine hill one of the highest point on the island, will have you climbing over rocks but there are benches along your way if needed! Once at your destination, there’s plenty of shade available thanks to some trees growing nearby which makes this trek much cooler than others I’ve done before–even though it was very hot outside when we went on this particular day!
- Finally: The ancient site at Ftelia beach where Greeks used live in the 5th century been preserved well thanks today since it was discovered later than other ruins found elsewhere around Greece.
Mykonos is a beautiful island, and hiking there is a great way to see it. If you’re looking for a more in-depth experience, consider hiring a guide. But if all you want to do is get out on the trails and explore some of the lesser known sights of Mykonos, then go ahead and venture off on your own.