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!

Mykonos or Santorini? Find Out Which Island is For You

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.

Mykonos or Santorini? Find Out Which Island is For You

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.

Mykonos or Santorini? Find Out Which Island is For You

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.

Mykonos or Santorini? Find Out Which Island is For You

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.

Mykonos or Santorini? Find Out Which Island is For You

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!

*Click here to find out which island I prefer


  1. This is such a great post! I’ve always wanted to go to Santorini because I feel like that’s the one everyone talks about, but then I saw your Mykonos post and was like, oh crap I need to go here too! After taking your quiz I feel like I definitely need to visit both – Santorini for the ocean views, quietness, and sunsets, but Mykonos for the food, beaches, and photo spots 😀 Thank you for the nice summary of the 2 places!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

    1. Yes! They are sooo different! It really just depends on your personality and what kind of vacation you want. Though going to both is always a great idea!

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    1. Yes I totally agree! I go back and forth often between my favorite, and I think it just depends on what kind of trip you want and who’s going with you. 🙂

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  2. Doing your mini quiz, I’m more of a Santorini person, but my husband is more of a Mykonos person… Why not both? lol But if I can choose just one, I guess I’ll go for Mykonos. It sounds more peaceful and with good coffee and places to eat! Husband and I take our coffees seriously. Haha! I can’t wait to get outside of SEA and visit Europe. 🙂


    1. Haha definitely just do both! I know you guys take food/coffee seriously, so I’d actually recommend Mykonons. I think you have the right idea!

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    1. Haha yes! I think a few people have said that as well. I think they are both great for different types of trips. Not cheap though!

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