The one question I constantly got asked upon my return from the Greek Islands was: “Mykonos or Santorini? Which one did you like the more?”
As I struggled to answer this question each and every time, I came to one conclusion: It just depends.
Your preference for one over the other is largely dependent on your personality. While I have a definitive answer to which one I prefer (I’ll reveal this at the end), this post is all about finding out which island is for you. So let’s take a little quiz shall we!
1. What type of trip do you dream of taking?
Family/ Romantic/ Honeymoon – Santorini
Santorini is a great destination for a family holiday, a romantic trip with your significant other, or a honeymoon. Basically it’s great for couples, and quiet enough for kids.
Family/ Friends/ Large Group – Mykonos
Mykonos is best suited for a large group of friends or multiple couples. It also works for families because there’s a lot to do in the city. However, Santorini will be a little more quiet for families and kids.
2. Do you need access to good shopping?
Mykonos takes the crown if you want to be able to shop. They have tons of cute little stores, and a few gorgeous luxury shops like Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga.
3. What type of accommodations do you prefer?
Ocean views – Santorini
Santorini will most likely bring you the ocean view suite of your dreams. Nearly every hotel here has a view of the Caldera.
City views – Mykonos
Mykonos will give you a more cultural experience by staying in the heart of the city where most hotels are located.
4. On a scale of 1-10, how important are beaches to you?
(1-5) Santorini (6-10) Mykonos
Mykonos definitely outshines Santorini in the beach department. Santorini beaches are nice in theory, but most of them are made of volcanic rock, so they’re not as pleasant. Mykonos has lots of sand beaches with gorgeous views, amazing music, and great day beds.
5. Do you like being active on Vacation?
Santorini is best for visitors who like to hike and trail run. You can run or take an evening walk on a trail that spans for miles, with gorgeous views of the Caldera the entire time.
6. Are you wanting to experience nightlife?
Mykonos is the place to be for nightlife. Parties often last until 6am, so be prepared! Santorini tends to shut down around 11:00 pm.
7. Do you want to relax and do nothing?
Santorini is the right choice if you just want to relax and do nothing.
8. Do you want to be out and about getting the best photos?
Mykonos is slightly more picturesque for the gram. Their little alleyways are to die for!
9. How important are good restaurants and coffee?
(1-5) Santorini (6-10) Mykonos
I think Mykonos outshines Santorini again in this area. Santorini definitely has a few local gems, but Mykonos has more boutique restaurants that are less touristy, and slightly better coffee shops. If you’re lucky, you might even find some third wave coffee.
10. How do you feel about sunsets?
“I need the best sunset I’ve ever seen in my life, even if I need to fight off some people to get a great spot.” – Santorini
“I’ll compromise on a nice sunset if it means it’s a little less crowded.” – Mykonos
So, what did you get? Mykonos or Santorini? Leave a comment below!