How to choose a perfect destination for your next summer holiday in Greece, among the two most famous Greek and worlds islands?
We agree it's a difficult task.
Both iconic and scenic destinations with gorgeous views overlooking the sea, sunsets, and unforgettable experiences, Santorini and Mykonos are recognized as the best holiday destinations in Europe and the world.
For this reason, we decided to help you out and present you with an ultimate comparison of two breathtaking islands and resolve an eternal dilemma on which island is a perfect fit for you, Santorini or Mykonos?
Accommodation Types and Prices
Both Santorini and Mykonos are famous for their luxurious accommodation with unforgettable sea views.
Santorini can boast with its cave-style villas and various exclusive traditional hotels that provide great summer experiences to its visitors. The prices for accommodation range from 80€-8000€ per night, depending on the accommodation type and service you choose.
On the other side, Mykonos offers multiple luxurious and private villas overlooking the sea, where the majority of them have private infinity pools, where you can enjoy unforgettable sunsets or sunrisings. Although Mykonos is considered the most exclusive Greek island, the prices are slightly lower compared to Santorini. Depending on the accommodation type and service you choose, the prices range from 80€-5000€ per night.
Looks like Mykonos won its first vote! :-)
Santorini lies on volcanic terrain, and this geographical feature influences the look of its beaches, which are made of volcanic rocks, pebbles, and black sand. Although many tourists will agree that beaches in Santorini are mostly average, and not even close to the beauty of some others, there are a few beaches you should not miss when spending your vacation in Santorini, like Black Beach, Red Beach, and Kamari Beach. Since specific geographical features influence the look of Santorini's beaches, this is not the usual picture we imagine of Greece.
One of the famous attractions Mykonos can boast is its beautiful, golden-sandy beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Besides, beaches in Mykonos are most famous for their great all-day & night parties, so, if you are looking for an exclusive party destination with outstanding beaches, Mykonos is always a great idea! Beaches you should definitely not miss when spending your holiday in Mykonos are Platis Gialos Beach, Elias Beach, Kalafatis Beach.
Another vote goes to Mykonos! Santorini vs. Mykonos – 0 : 2
Before deciding to spend your holiday in Santorini or Mykonos, consider the tourist attractions and see what best suits you!
Santorini is famous for its rich history, especially the ancient Thera period, which later in many legends was presented as the lost Atlantis city.
According to archaeological researches, Santorini was inhabited already in Neolithic Period. Around 3600 B.C. Santorini hosted an important civilization whose center was near Akrotiri village and belonged to a Minoan colony.
Today, Santorini is one of the most picturesque and colorful places in Greece, famous for its extraordinary sceneries in the whole world. The villages of Oia, Fira, Akrotiri, and Perissa offer to their visitors more than a stunning sea view. In Santorini, you can visit various attractions that speak in favor of rich Santorini's past. Some of those are:
- Archaeological sites of Akrotiri and Ancient Thera near Kamari,
- Multiple museums such as the Archaeological Museum and Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira, Lost Atlantis Experience in Megalochori, Folklore Museum, etc.
- Castles: Venetian medieval Castle in Akrotiri, Emporio Castle in Emporio.
- Neoclassical Argiros Mansion in Messaria, a village famous for its architecture.
- Numerous churches and monasteries.
Compared to Santorini, Mykonos can not boast with such important historical sites. The best-known landmarks of Mykonos are certainly famous Windmills, and a part of Mykonos town called Little Venice is considered as the most romantic place in Mykonos.
There are a few museums in Mykonos: House of Lena that recreates the typical 19th-century, middle-class Mykonian house, Maritime Museum, a Folklore Museum, Agricultural Museum, and Archaeological Museum that exhibits the findings on Mykonos and nearby islets. Of course, there are numerous picturesque churches and monasteries all over the island.
Another near place Mykonos can refer to is the nearby island of Delos, located only a few miles from Mykonos. According to mythology, Delos was a place where the god Apollo was born, and that is dedicated to this god from that moment. For that reason in Delos was built one of the most important Pan-Hellenic Sanctuary and Temples dedicated to the god Apollo during Ancient times, and which is now under the protection of UNESCO.
Because of its authentic landmarks and historical sites that are exclusively on its territory, this time, the vote goes to Santorini! :-)
It looks like the result is finally changing: Santorini vs. Mykonos – 1 : 2
Food & Wine
Choosing between Santorini or Mykonos is becoming even tougher when it comes to gastronomic specialties and wines. Let's see which island will win this time.
Santorini offers a high-class restaurant and traditional typical tavernas that serve traditional Greek dishes, with a pinch of authentic Santorini's flavor. Of course, the specialty of Santorini's cuisine is seafood, light salads, olives, sweets, all packed in impeccable service and breathtaking sea views.
Besides wonderful cuisine, Santorini is also home to world-class wineries that produce some of the best wines in Greece and Europe overall. The authentic sorts of white grapes such as Aidini, Assyrtiko, Athiri, and red grapes such as Mandelaria, climate conditions, and the number of sunny days, makes Santorini's wines a real art.
Since Mykonos is famous as the best summer & luxurious party destination in Europe, there are a variety of modern and exclusive restaurants that adjusted their menus, creating an interesting fusion of traditional and contemporary eating habits, highlighting the quality of locally produced food. The food in Mykonos is just delicious, and there is no way you will make a wrong choice. However, have in mind that the prices are a little bit too high, so check the menu before making an order.
And, because of world-class wineries and better prices, another vote goes to Santorini!
Santorini vs. Mykonos – 2 : 2! It becomes tight!
Romance or Parting, Santorini or Mykonos?
While Santorini is best-known as a perfect destination for honeymooners and considered as one of the most romantic places in Europe, Mykonos is famous for its crazy all-night parties that last from the sunset to the sunrise.
Santorini's scenic, colorful villages overlooking the sea, great private villas or small boutique hotels that provides its visitors with privacy, and unforgettable sunsets are the most common reason why just-married couples choose Santorini as their dream destination.
On the other hand, Mykonos is considered the new Ibiza and one of the best partying destinations in the world. All-day-and-night long parties on the beach or in the clubs overlooking the sea, and the best DJs, are the first choice of all party-lovers who enjoy exclusivity and luxurious destinations.
But this time, the final result will be decided by YOU! :-) What would you choose? Santorini the best destination for a honeymoon, or Mykonos the best parting destination in the world?
Write us in the comments what is your preferred destination, why would you choose it, and help us decide which island is better, Santorini or Mykonos? :-) Find what others have said in Facebook group Travel to Greece, and share your Greek experience.
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