Breathtaking panoramas, spectacularly beautiful windmills, mesmerizing turquoise waters, whitewashed buildings and instagram worthy streets at every corner ~ you know you are in Mykonos when you are surrounded by all of this! 😀
After an incredible stay in Athens, we were dying to just kick back and relax in the greek islands! Our first stop ~ Mykonos! 😀
Like every Greek island, Mykonos has its own unique charm that sets it apart from the rest. Vibrant streets, laid back seaside vibes and pulsating energy of locals and visitors will make you want to wander the streets until you’re lost (and you’ll want to be, for the Instagram-worthy photos! 😛 ). Mykonos has something for everyone! 🙂
We loved this beautiful island from the get go and hence I’ve compiled what to see, where to eat, stay, shop during your trip so all that’s left for you to do is GO! 😀
How to get to Mykonos?
Arriving by Air: Catch a flight from Athens airport and you will arrive in Mykonos in less than an hour. Tickets for most airlines from Athens to Mykonos start from €29 and can go up to €100+ based on what you choose!
Arriving by Ferry: Catch a ferry from port of Piraeus in Athens and the journey between Athens and Mykonos can take around 3.5 hours (€54.50/high speed ferry) and 5 hours (€32/economy ferry).
How to get around Mykonos?
The airport is not more than 15 minutes from Mykonos town center, so check with your hotel if they have a free pick up and drop off service to the airport (our hotel did). If they don’t, you can take a taxi to your hotel, which can cost you between 5-10 euros.
We saw a lot of people driving an ATV around the island ~ which looked like a lot of fun! If that isn’t your scene you can rent a moped or a small car near the airport and just drive around. The roads are quite steep and narrow with a lot of twists, turns, lumps and bumps that can easily surprise any new driver. So make sure you are aware of that and also have a valid license for the same. If you are not 100% sure, just take a bus or taxi. The public bus service seemed to be quite good in Mykonos. We saw a lot of them ferrying tourists to and from all the major points of interest.
If you don’t want to do any of that, just walk. 😀 That’s what we did and we thoroughly enjoyed it! 🙂
Where to eat in Mykonos?
After clicking a million instagram worthy photos in those pretty mykononion alleyways, I’m sure you will be famished! 😀 What better to do post that than have a scrumptious meal in one of those cute and quirky cafes that Mykonos is so famous for! 🙂
There are a multitude of options all around. I however suggest you visit Casa di Giorgio, Pasta Fresca Barkia, La Casa, Popolo or Ano Mera for a delicious meal. You will find tons of other options when you walk around the town center as well. Don’t forget to try I Scream for some delicious homemade ice-cream or froyo! 🙂
The restaurants & bars in Little Venice are slightly expensive but worth visiting nevertheless. We spent a lot of time at the Mykonos Cafe & Bar. The vibe and the view were amazing and it is one of the best places to catch the famous sunset on the Aegean Sea! 🙂
Where to stay in Mykonos?
There are a ton of options to stay in Mykonos as it has everything from swanky clifftop resorts to mid sized hotels, cozy airbnbs to cute boutique hotels. We stayed in one such boutique hotel called Ibiscus.
Ibiscus was quite nice and cozy with a very helpful staff. They handed out a map of the island and told us how to get around Mykonos as soon as we got there. The food and service was quite nice and our room had a great view of the Aegean sea. There’s really nothing else we could have asked for! 🙂
Places to see & Things to do in Mykonos
One of the things I love about Mykonos is that it’s tiny. It is in fact so small that you can easily explore this place in a day or two. We didn’t put too much effort into making an itinerary and just went with the flow.
1.Wander around Mykonos Town
Frankly speaking, Mykonos is incredibly beautiful. I could barely walk 10 feet without taking a photo! 😀 It’s the perfect town to explore by foot. Hidden alleyways that lead to the sea and quirky boutiques and cafes everywhere you look. It’s every traveler’s dream come true! 🙂
2. Hit the Beaches!
There are a lot of beautiful beaches in Mykonos, so be sure to at least check out a few. Ornos, Kalafati, Ftelia, Paradise beach and Paraga Beach are some of them you should definitely visit.
3. Visit the famous windmills of Kato Mili
Okay, you can’t visit Mykonos and not see the windmills! 😀 The famous Kato Mili windmills in Chora (Greek for lower mills), stand majestically in a row on a hill overlooking the sea to harness the strong Northern winds. They are an iconic monument of the island and actually have an amazing history. You might not be blown away by their incredible height or dramatic cliff like positions, but they are still very beautiful and a definite must see.
4. Watch the sunset and grab a bite in Little Venice
Yup, Mykonos has its own Little Venice in the town itself. Perched right on the water with lots of cafes and bars lined up. Head here for some stunning sunsets and a bite to eat. You might find those restaurants a tad bit more expensive than the rest but that shouldn’t stop you from going. It’s a great place to chill out late in the evening.
5) Go shopping!
Mykonos Town is lined with cute boutiques and we loved exploring all of them. I especially loved Anamnesia. They sell products featuring designs from local Greek artists and is the perfect place to buy gifts for friends and family.
One of the most popular Greek souvenirs you’ll see in the shops of Mykonos is the evil eye. The evil eye is a special symbol in Greece and for many cultures. In Greece, it typically comes in the form of blue eye. It is so prevalent in the culture here that throughout the mainland and on the islands – like Mykonos – it is a popular souvenir. You can buy beautiful and creative artwork, wall decorations and all kinds of lovely jewelry with the evil eye as the main design.
So those are my 2 cents on Mykonos! We absolutely loved this place. It was memorable in every way and I can’t wait to plan a trip back here someday! 🙂
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Until my next escapades…