Both located in Cyclades, Mykonos and Santorini are among the most popular and beautiful islands in the world. While both islands offer distinctly Greek flair and a truly incredible aesthetic, each has a different vibe. If you are wondering which one is better for you, here you will find everything you need to know about these islands.
Mykonos has beautiful beaches – better than Santorini, with white sand and crystal clear waters which are considered one of the best in Greece. On the other hand Santorini’s beaches have unique characteristics because of the volcano. In Santorini you can find beaches with black pebbles and a beach with red sand – each of which provide an interesting spin on your typical beach day!
There is no appreciable difference in climate between Mykonos and Santorini. The best weather for both islands is from late May to early October. Since Santorini is more of a sight-seeing island, it allows for visits in spring and fall that still offer lots to see and do. As for Mykonos, since most people visit it for the beaches, a visit outside of the warmest months has less to offer.
Both islands are easily accessible by ferry or plane from Athens, or by plane directly from major European cities. They are the only islands in the Cyclades that have international flights.
Tip: if you visit both fly into one and fly out to the other so you do not have to retrace back to the first island to catch your flight home
Mykonos is considered to be a party island, offering a big night scene with numerous clubs and bars for all tastes. If you are looking to let loose in a stylish way, hit the clubs and dance, Mykonos is just the place you want to be. If relaxed evenings and pretty sunsets are more your flavor, then choose Santorini.
From fine dining to casual taverns, you will find great food options in both islands. The local products in combination with the spectacular sceneries both islands offer, promise unique dining experiences.