[TRAVEL]: Greece Part 2 – Mykonos – April 2018
MYKONOS – GREECE
Whenever I dreamt of visiting Greece, I knew that Mykonos would be included on that trip. Mykonos is a Greek island that is part of the Cyclades and lies between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. The white-washed buildings; the pops of blue on the doors and balustrades, as well as the beautiful bougainvillaeas around every corner, is what I had always pictured in my mind. It was everything I had imagined and more!
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GETTING FROM ATHENS TO MYKONOS
The easiest way to get around the Greek Islands is via a ferry. We had an early ferry booked from Athens to Mykonos on the SeaJet ferry which is the quickest one (about 2 hours) but our taxi driver didn’t show up and we got to the post too late so we had to book another one with Blue Star Ferries that took 6 hours. I won’t lie, I wasn’t looking forward to such a long ferry rise but the ferry was huge and was very comfortable. I even managed to have a nap during our trip. I was expecting a ferry similar to the ones we took in Bali but these ferries are huge!
THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF MYKONOS
Oh my, Mykonos is utterly beautiful! As soon as we arrived, I instantly knew why it was such a popular island (it’s basically known as the party island of Greece). Our hotel had arranged a transfer from the port to the hotel which was definitely appreciated after the long ferry ride. It was a quick ride to our hotel, Mykonos Ammos Hotel, and on our way there we saw why people either get around via taxis or quad bikes. The roads are so narrow so it’s not recommended to walk.
Our hotel was a true luxury! It was such a beautiful place to spend 3 nights at, and I would 100% go back there! Since we went a few days before the “peak” season started, we got such good rates. Between May to end of August it’s definitely a lot more expensive, about 3 times more expensive! Just something for you to take into consideration.
Spacious rooms; a private section of the beach; delicious breakfasts served every morning at the Kuzina restaurant and the most amazing staff made our stay so memorable! We even spent one whole day just relaxing on the beach. Naturally, I was in mermaid heaven. The water was so cold but I braved it out and had a lovely swim.
WHAT TO DO IN MYKONOS?
As I mentioned before, we arrived just before the real party season started so a lot of the bars and clubs weren’t open yet. Don’t let that stop you though as you’ll actually be glad the swarms of people aren’t there while strolling around the town. We spent one whole day walking around the town, exploring all the alleyways while stopping for a snack; some wine and most importantly, gelato!
I don’t recommend shopping in Mykonos, it’s outrageously expensive and most items can be found in Athens for a lot cheaper. Also, be prepared to pay a lot for food and drinks. The prices definitely took us by surprise. We soon figured out that it worked out to cheaper to buy a bottle of Prosseco to share instead of ordering by the glass. Food wise, we usually had something small for lunch and then either pasta or pizza for dinner as it worked out the most cost-effective.
You can explore the town during the day and then I would recommend heading to Little Venice for sunset. It’s one of the most photographed landmarks on the island. Speaking of sunsets, another absolute place to visit is the 180° Sunset Bar. It is such a vibey place and has the best spot to watch beautiful sunsets. Again, drinks are expensive but you have to indulge while watching the sun go down over the beautiful Aegen Sea.
FINAL THOUGHTS AND SOME MORE PHOTOS
I honestly enjoyed every minute of our time in Mykonos. I actually wish we had spent less time in Santorini and a few extra nights in Mykonos instead. There will more about that in my Santorini post. I’ve posted some more photos from our time there below and a link to my YouTube vlog in case you missed it. If you have the chance to go, do it!