4 days in Mykonos
Mykonos: a glamorous Greek
island with classic neighbours such as Santorini, Paros and Ios. Mykonos town is expensive but extremely picturesque and well worth a visit.
Mykonos is one of the only Cyclades that has an international airport, so you might want to stop off for a couple of nights before you hop on a ferry to other beautiful Greek islands. Alternatively, you could spend 1-2 weeks here relaxing, shopping and/or partying. Mykonos is often referred to as Greece's equivalent to Ibiza.
I have been to Mykonos 3 times in the last 6 years, and the hordes of people and cruise ships blocking the views have substantially increased, making it almost impossible to walk around the beautiful old town like once before.
Best area to stay? For beaches and some fun, head to Paradise beach. For a mixture of art, shopping and traditional stylish Greek architecture, stay close to Mykonos old town (you’ll find late night bars here too). Accommodation is not cheap, so if you’re short for cash, perhaps limit yourself to 1 or 2 nights around the old town and check out cheaper alternatives in Naxos and/or Paros for the rest of your week in Greece.
Best time to visit? May-October. Flights to Greece and in particular Mykonos can reach £300 for a return trip. I recommend booking early and visiting outside of the school summer holidays.
What to do in Mykonos?
1. Lose yourself in the maze of narrow winding lanes, white-washed buildings and perfectly painted floor-tiles of Mykonos' Old Town. Discover the hidden restaurants, bars, boutiques, galleries, tourist shops and luxury brands in this Greek labyrinth. It may be difficult, but try to avoid exploring during the hours of 10am-5pm, as the streets are particularly congested with cruise-ship tourists at this time.
There are many small churches hidden around the old town, but don't miss the Greek Orthodox Church Paraportiani in the Kastro neighbourhood. The white-washed church overlooking the sea is one of the most photographed churches in the world, and for good reason.
2. Visit Little Venice (pictured below) and just opposite you'll spot the well-recognised and historical Windmills. Petros the Pelican, the beloved mascot of Mykonos sadly passed away in 1986, however a few pelicans remain so keep a look out as some enjoy hanging around town.
3. Relax! Head to a nearby beach or spend a relaxing day by the pool. There are around 25 beaches on the island of Mykonos. For beach parties and a lively atmosphere, head to Paradise and/or Super Paradise Beach. A quiet alternative to Paradise, and a favourite amongst families is Elia Beach, located just 12 km from the capital. For other beach suggestions, click here.
If you intend on travelling around Mykonos, you may want to consider hiring a car. There is a limited number of taxis on the island so if like me, you do not drive, you may find yourself waiting a while for transportation. Alternatively, you could catch a local bus. You'll find a bus terminal at the new port, old port and juts a 5 minute walk from the old town you'll find the Southern Bus Station, Fabrika. Click here for more information on bus travel in Mykonos.
4. Visit the uninhabited island of Delos. Explore ancient Greece with a visit to the supposed birthplace of Apollo. Don't miss the archeological sites and museums of Delos during your trip to Greece. It's a 20-30 minute boat ride away from Mykonos old port, however boats may be cancelled if the weather conditions are not favourable, which is very likely on the Island of the Winds.
Where to eat & drink in Mykonos?
£ - You can't go to Greece without trying a Gyros Pita aka Souvlaki (don't worry veggies, there's a meat substitute... I hope you like Halloumi). I often snacked on a Gyros for lunch (pictured above), it's a cheap, cheerful and quick option for those exploring Mykonos on a budget. Cafes situated around Mykonos old town will serve you one of these delicious Greek wraps for under 4 euros.
££ - Nikos Taverna (pictured above) is a traditional Greek favourite. You'll find yourself either seated around the narrow public lanes, sat beside a white small church or in an atmospheric square, perfect for people watching. You're never quite sure where they'll place you, but you'll be sure to have an enjoyable meal with brilliant service at a reasonable price.
££ - Sit above the waves and drink an espresso and/or chilled white wine in Little Venice. Snack on a slice of Baklava and enjoy the view of the 16th century windmills and the sound of the waves crashing against the buildings at Katerina's Bar. If you're OK with being splashed by the sea from time to time, unwind with a beverage at Veranda Bar, just a 1 minute walk from Katerina's.
££ - Head to 180 degree Sunset bar. A good time to go, you guessed it: sunset. Make sure you cab it or have detailed directions, it's easy to feel lost with the many dead-end steep hills of Mykonos. Cocktails aren't on the cheap side but the sunsets are beautiful, so slowly sip your 18 euro Mojito and enjoy the 180 degree view of Mykonos.