Mykonos was by far one of my fave places from my recent big trip to Europe. Aside from the obvious sun, sand and cocktails that make any holiday a blast, there is something really majestic and completely captivating about the Greek Islands. The hundreds of perfect white buildings scattered across gorgeous shorelines with bright blue doors and bougainvillea for days – it’s unlike anything you’ll see anywhere else in the world.
Despite it’s reputation, Mykonos is definitely not just a party island, nor is it designated for the gay community. My boyfriend and I spent 5 days in this beautiful place and had the most amazing time, barely touching a beach club or cocktail.
Here’s a few recommendations from me on where to stay and what to do while in this magnificent part of the planet.
WHAT TO DO:
1. Explore the Old Town (also known as Mykonos Town and Chora). Never will you find a place so photogenic in your life. Be prepared to spend here too, there are endless little boutiques jammed with treasures.
2. Hire yourself a scooter or quad bike and get exploring. There are so many incredible beaches and road-side pit stops to be found. My fave beaches were Ornos and Nammos (the “it” beach where you will most likely spot celebs – be prepared to spend a lot here though)
3. Spend (at least) one day embracing cocktails in the sun.
I recommend checking out Kalua beach club at Paraga Beach. Also Super Paradise Beach (below) if you’re up for a bit more action (it is predominantly gay men, but you’ll know you’re up for a fun dance!) If you’re more of a spring chicken, you’ll probably love Tropicana Beach Club at Paradise Beach.
4. Eat a Gyros. Once per day if possible.
5. Watch the sun go down over dinner at Little Venice. I highly recommend this below little joint called Nice n Easy which is located around from Little Venice, at the bottom of the hill at the windmills. Deliciously healthy food and prime view.
6. Go beach hopping along the southern coast. There is a ferry which leaves hourly from Ornos and Platis Yialos, and visits each of the southern beaches and then back again. Perfect way to visit a few beaches in a day, especially as the drive via bus or scooter is actually quite lengthy due to there being no coastal road. The views are obviously amazing too – cheapest scenic cruise you’ll ever go on!
7. Get yourself an ice cream from Davinci Gelato in Mykonos Town. Trust me!
WHERE TO STAY:
Personally I would recommend staying by one of the bigger beaches, so that after dark you can easily head out for a bite to eat and go for an easy swim first thing in the morning. There are hotels right in Mykonos Town too, which would be cool as another option, but personally I prefer to stay by the beach and travel the 10 minutes to town for just a few visits.
If you’re heading in peak time, which is around July/August, make sure you book well in advance if you want to nab one of the great hotels, they book up fast!
Hiring a scooter or quad bike is definitely the easiest form of transport and gives you the freedom to visit anywhere anytime. If you are getting a quad bike I recommend trying to get one with a storage compartment on the back – makes life so much easier!
From each of the main beaches there are buses that run up to Mykonos Town every half an hour, so don’t feel pressured to hire a scooter or quad bike if you don’t want to.
If you’re wondering about the recent Greek banks crisis, we didn’t notice a thing while there. All ATMs were up and running, everyone was beyond friendly and local businesses were booming. Just bring smaller notes when you go shopping in case stores don’t have change for you.
Let me know down below if you have any other pointers for a Mykonos holiday! I’d love to hear what treasures you found.
PS For those interested, I tried out the Olympus Pen E-P5 for majority of these pics. I didn’t feel like lugging around my big camera so this little guy was perfect – highly recommend! The only recommendation I have would be to opt for a lens with zoom capabilities, I went with a 17mm f1.8 lens which was still awesome, but sometimes you want to zoom in to the good stuff, ya know?