Last Updated on November 14, 2023

The first time my wife and I visited Mykonos, Greece, it was on a port stop during a 2010 Mediterranean cruise. It didn’t take long for us to fall in love with this idyllic island, the smallest of the Cycladic group in the heart of the Aegean Sea. Mykonos is a mere ten by seven miles.

The charm of this rugged landscape comes from its iconic windmills, tourmaline waters, 400 churches, chapels and shrines, and the main town’s stacked sugar-cube houses with splashes of sky-blue doors and brilliant pink and red bougainvillea everywhere. Add in the freshest seafood and creative Greek cuisine made with local products, and you have the makings of a vacation in paradise.

We loved the narrow cobblestone streets here built to confuse drunken pirates who plagued Mykonos in the 18th and 19th centuries and still baffle visitors today. We actually enjoyed getting lost among the quaint boutiques and festive tavernas.

One of the best ways to explore the island is to rent a scooter in Mykonos town. If you are a foreigner in Greece, the laws require you to have an International Driving Permit as well as a government-issued driver’s license from your home country. It’s worth the hassle to explore the immense, almost indescribable beauty of this Greek utopia with its clothing-optional beaches, secluded coves and breathtaking landscapes.

Though cruises provide snapshots of a destination, when you find one like Mykonos that really speaks to the heart, it’s a sign that you need to return for a longer stay.

As a result, we’ve pulled together some Mykonos vacation rental properties that will dazzle and delight and welcome you with open arms to this magical “Island of the Winds.”

Ornos Vibes 2

Ornos 2 Villa Mykonos vacation rental property.
Ornos 2 Villa Mykonos vacation rental property. Photo courtesy of VRBO

Just 1.8 kilometers away from Korfos Beach, this two-bedroom, two-bath Mykonos vacation home with a private terrace provides stunning views of the Aegean Sea.

The windmills of Mykonos and Matoyianni Street, the most famous shopping area on the island, are less than a 10-minute stroll from the vacation rental.

Studio in Mykonos Town

Studio rental in Mykonos Town.
Studio rental in Mykonos Town. Photo courtesy of VRBO

Located in a traditional alleyway in the heart of Mykonos, this lovely two-level studio can accommodate up to four guests with a fully equipped kitchen.

The studio is just a two to five-minute walk to shops, grocery stores, restaurants, bars, the windmills and Little Venice. Two bus stops just four minutes away offer guests easy transport to the famous beaches of the island.

Villa Niritis

Outdoor dining at Villa Niritis Mykonos.
Outdoor dining at Villa Niritis Mykonos vacation rental property. Photo courtesy of VRBO

It doesn’t get any better than a stay in a traditional villa with panoramic ocean views and its own private pool.

The three-bedroom, three-bath vacation rental at the exclusive southwestern shore of the island can sleep six guests. The chic interior is equipped with an open-air kitchen with fabulous indoor and outdoor dining areas.

Mykonos Old Harbor Suite with Balcony

This two-bedroom, one-bath villa overlooks the old port of Mykonos with direct views of the Aegean Sea. The owner’s grandfather built this architectural jewel in the 1960s and though fully renovated in 2017, much of the original character remains.

Everything guests need is within walking distance including the charming village of Chora with its narrow cobblestone streets and impressive boutiques.

Amalthia Suite with Pool and Sea View

Amalthia Suite Pool Mykonos vacation rental property.
Amalthia Suite Pool Mykonos vacation rental property. Photo courtesy of VRBO

The studio with a magnificent sea view and a private pool with a hot tub and hydrotherapy spa can seat three and is complete with hydrotherapy seats and 20 different air jets. The swimming pool terrace is beautifully appointed and completely private with sun beds, a dining table with chairs and a cozy lounge area overlooking the ocean.

The classy two-bedroom, one-bath rental with solid rock walls can sleep three guests.

Word of warning: this may be a place you love checking into and dread checking out of!

The Bungalow on Sea, Saint Anna Beach

This stunning Dovecote Bungalow is inspired by the traditional architecture of the Cycladic islands where houses were built with ornately decorated structures used to attract and house pigeons.

With distinctive views of the Divounia Hills and Agia Anna Beach, the unique one-bedroom, one-bath bungalow is located just steps away from the water. The property is ideal for a couple’s romantic vacation or a family traveling with small kids, as the sofa can turn into a bed. 

Century-Old Stone House Near the Beach

If you’re looking for a true Mykonos stay experience without the big price tag, you’ll find it here in this over-a-century-old villa, made entirely of granite, with a classic Cycladic Island charming cubic shape and architecture and a lovely garden.

Due to the home’s position on the hill, the rooms are spread over different levels. Each accommodation is fully equipped, beautifully and traditionally decorated with old pieces of furniture and high wooden ceilings.  

Some of the area’s top beaches are only a five to ten-minute bus ride from the villa and Mykonos downtown is 15 minutes away. 

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