Last Updated on 4th February 2022 by Sophie Nadeau
Mykonos is a magical Greece destination that is famed for its charming Cycladic architecture, world-famous windmills, and crystal clear waters. And, if you’re a photographer or Instagram lover, then there’s no shortage of beautiful Instagrammable Mykonos locations. Here’s your ultimate best Mykonos photo spots guide, including the best time to visit each place and things to know before you go.
Mykonos is a Greek island which can be found in the Cyclades, a group of island which is so-called due to the fact that they form a cyclical shape in their layout in the Aegean sea. Particularly popular among visitors, some of the best things to do on the island include checking out one of Mykonos’ many beaches, wandering around the town of Mykonos (the island and the main town have the same name, which can be a point of confusion for visitors), and enjoying the stunning sunsets that Greece is so known for.
Of course, should you opt to visit Mykonos, you’ll also want to check out some of the incredible Greek cuisine, including fresh feta salads, wrapped vine leaves, and even some of the local wine (Greece is one of the oldest wine growing regions in the world).
Hands down, one of the most charming corners of the island of Mykonos is that of Little Venice which is characterised by its picturesque architecture and location on the fringes of the water. The name ‘Little Venice’ actually comes from the fact that the area of Mykonos supposedly resembles the Venice of Italy (though I remain pretty dubious as to whether this is actually true or not!)
The best time to enjoy Little Venice is at sunset as the light allows for beautiful pink and purple hues to dance across the buildings of the area. However, due to its location on the fringes of Mykonos Old Town, as well as the fact that it’s incredibly well-known, the area can get incredibly busy during sunset.
Windmills of Mykonos
Mykonos is known as the ‘windy island’ thanks to the Cycladic winds which whistle through the island all throughout the year. As such, one of the most famous landmarks that the Greek island has to offer are the Mykonos windmills.
The windmills were first constructed by the Venetians at some point during the 16th-century. Today, sixteen windmills survive on Mykonos. Of these, five are concentrated on a straight strip of land which sits high above the crashing waves below and above the pretty district of Little Venice a few hundred metres away. As such, these two Instagrammable places in Mykonos are best visited in one go, again at sunset.
Of course, it’s basically impossible to visit Mykonos without checking out Mykonos town, which will quite literally be your first port of call (it’s home to the island’s main port) if you’re visiting Mykonos via ferry or cruise ship. Mykonos town is also known as the Chora.
Mykonos town is widely regarded to be one of the most beautiful towns in Greece and is characterised by its cobbled lanes, many small chapels and churches, and masses of bougainvillea in the late spring and early summer months.
The best time to explore Mykonos town and the best time to take photos in this Mykonos location is as early in the day as possible (at or just after sunrise if you can drag yourself out of bed that early) The reason for this is that the midday sun can be rather harsh for photography and later in the day it will be impossible to photograph as there will just be too many people around!
Panagia Paraportiani Orthodox Church
Situated in the heart of old town Mykonos (Chora), one of the most picturesque churches on the entirety of Mykonos is that of Panagia Paraportiani Orthodox Church. Situated close by to Little Venice (and should therefore be seen at the same time as the Mykonos district), the church began to be constructed during 1425, though was not completed until the 17th-century.
The name “Panagia Paraportiani” means “Our Lady of the Side Gate” in English. Rather interestingly, the white-washed complex actually comprises of five churches, with four on ground floor level, and a fifth constructed on top. Of all the Mykonos photo spots listed within this guide, this historical church is probably the oldest.
Yet another spot within Chora (Mykonos Old Town) is that of #Happiness, which is an adorable corner in the very heart of the city (exact address: Κούζη Γεωργούλη 40, Μύκονος, 84600, 846 00, Greece). Though you might assume that the sign has been placed there for Instagram aesthetic, this is definitely not the case.
Instead, the sign is actually at the entranceway to a store named #Happiness. As you might imagine, thanks to its Instagrammability, the storefront has gained increasing popularity over the past few years and so you’ll want to head to the photo spot as early in the day as possible (and before 7AM if you can).
Super Paradise Beach
If you’re the kind of person who loves heading to the beach, then it’s worth noting that Mykonos has 25 beaches in total. With its golden sand and six-kilometre stretch, Super Paradise Beach is famous the world over.
Once there you can laze on a lounger, sip on cocktails, or paddle in the water. Alternatively, Platis Gialos is well-known for its sparkling clear waters and sandy stretch where you can rent yourself a parasol to lie under. It goes without saying, that Super Paradise beach is also one of the most instagrammable locations in Mykonos.
One of the most famous photography spots in Mykonos is that of Kastro’s Alley, though if you simply type ‘Kastro’s’ into your search engine you’ll likely find the right spot. Pretty as a postcard, you can enjoy your traditional Greek fare or drink alongside views of the glittering Aegean Sea.
Cavo Tagoo Mykonos
If you’re looking for the ultimate luxury during your stay in Mykonos, then you need to look no further than Cavo Tagoo Mykonos, which is world-famous for its beauty and aesthetically pleasing nature.
Boasting amenities such as an infinity pool with a 37 m aquarium bar and a spa, perhaps the star of the show is the cave pool which offers sunset views and is easily one of the most instagrammable spots on Mykonos. Check prices and availability for the Cavo Tagoo Mykonos here.
I Love Mykonos stairs
Last but not least, one of the most ‘touristic’ photographic spots in Mykonos is the ‘I Love Mykonos’ stairs. Though often missed by most tourists on account of how hard they are to spot (particularly when it is busy outside and there are lots of people around), the stairs can be found outside of Lascala Nail’s in Mykonos old town.
As with most of the places in the Chora, the best time to visit the I Love Mykonos Stairs is as early in the day and as close to sunrise as possible. Later in the day will provide lots of stark contrasts and shadows in your photos, which can be hard to edit. Head to the area at night and you’ll find that many of the places will simply to busy to take good photos of.
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