Mykonos in Greece is one of the most beautiful Greek islands. Mykonos offers stunning beaches, amazing photography locations with great aesthetic backgrounds & many more. Check out this blog post on how to spend a week in Mykonos!
Hi everyone & welcome back! As I explained in my previous post, Luis, myself and some of his family members spent a day in Paris, another day in Disney AND a day in Rome! After three exhausting days walking in the sun, barely getting any sleep and spending our nights pretty much at airports, we were very much looking forward to our week in beautiful Mykonos.
This was everybody’s first time in Greece. I had friends & family who visited before and all told me how beautiful it is. And they were right! This was definitely a splurge trip for us. Me & Luis usually stay in hostels to save money, but this time, we stayed in a villa and had our own personal driver!
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Some things you should know:
- It gets very windy in Mykonos! I honestly was not expecting that – I was expecting scorching hot weather but nope. The wind was blowing really hard on some days. Our host told us that it’s normal for the weather to be like this between May-August but then it gets really hot and the wind dies down in September. It was still sunny and to be honest, that wind felt good!
- If you’re renting a car in Mykonos, get ready for the crazy! Just like the southern Europeans (🙋🏻♀️), the Greeks are crazy drivers. We have rules that we actually follow back at home, but in Mykonos, it seems like everyone does what they want. Plus, a lot of tourists rent scooters and quad bikes and most of them don’t know how to drive and that adds to the craziness. I only saw proper roads towards Old Town which is the main part of Mykonos. All other roads are rocky just like backroads in the countryside.
There isn’t much building in Mykonos from what I could see so therefore, the roads aren’t that much developed yet. And they’re very narrow too. So be prepared if you’re planning on renting a car.
- Just like any other island, it gets very crowded and it is very tiny. However, don’t let that discourage you from visiting. I don’t like busy places but I fell in love with Mykonos! There is something truly magical about it.
- Getting to Mykonos is very easy. We took a direct flight with Vueling (which was delayed for about 2 hours) from Rome! Usually, most flights fly or of Athens though. You can also get ferries! Mykonos is a port island so there are plenty of options available.
When to visit Mykonos:
Summer is a busy time for the island. However personally, Summer is the best time to visit! We were very lucky and found cheap flights from Rome but flights can get expensive. Therefore, I suggest booking in advance. We visited end of June – beginning of July and loved it! If you want to avoid the crowds, I suggest visiting around September.
At the end of this post, there is a map with everything I mentioned!
Like I mentioned earlier, we stayed in a gorgeous villa! We stayed at the Starlight Villa. It was a bit pricey, but this was once in a lifetime thing for us. We shared the pool with other guests in the other adjacent villas that the company owns. They provided us with the personal driver, which we had to pay extra for of course. However, the money spent was worth it because 1) public transport is scarce in Mykonos and 2) taxis are pricey! Everything was perfect about staying here! You can tell from the pictures!
If renting a villa is not in your budget, there are of course a number of hostels and hotels dotted all over the island.
We decided to extend our trip for two more days and spent a night at the Paradise Beach Camping Hostel. Our room was literally a box with two beds & a fan and that’s it. But that was fine for us because we were going to be away all day anyway.
We stayed for one night only because the next day when we came back from our day at the beach, we found ants in our bed! They did provide us with another room but they had more ants in that too so we decided to leave.
one thing to keep in mind about this place is that it is a partying place. they have clubs and bars in the hostel itself and it can get rowdy. if that’s not your kind of environment, then I do not recommend you book a room here.
Luckily, for our last night, the lovely Anna from Diogenis Studios Mykonos, accepted our last minute booking and we got to spend the night in a pristine clean, modern apartment with AC! Highly recommend checking them out.
there is no shortage of places to stay in Mykonos. there might not be much built yet, but it caters very well to tourists.
Where and what to eat:
Just like any other Summer island, food can be quite expensive. We lucked out for most of the time but we did end up paying a hefty price one night! The food was delicious though.
no brainer tip: if you’re staying at a place with a kitchen, buy groceries and cooked your own meals! there is a grocery store called AB Food Market and that’s where we bought our food from. However, there is a grocery store in almost every corner!
On our first morning, we went to this breakfast place called The Liberty Breakfast Room. It is a very pretty and instagrammable place and the views were beautiful. The food was good too! However, if you’re a budget traveller, you might want to either avoid this place or just treat yourself once like we did.
I had this fruit bowl with yoghurt and it cost €12 .. yeah, that’s how pricey it is!
Mykonos is known for its seafood and Koursaros did not disappoint. This is a super high-end restaurant but the food was so good! I ended up having a seafood salad (I’m not a huge fan of seafood but this was so good!). The rest of our group ordered 3KGs of shrimp, three types of meat, 1KG of king crab and starters. The amount for six people, including cocktails, ended up being €700. You can imagine our reaction, however, the food was good and the service was excellent!
Make sure you get their special, in house cocktail!
Alegro in Old Port:
We went to Alegro twice. That’s how good it was. The first time we were walking around the Old Port and decided to give it a go and we were not disappointed! The food was beyond good and the prices super reasonable! This piece of pork cost only €11! The staff were super nice and welcoming. The second time we went was when we got off the ferry from Delos and we were ravenous. Therefore, we went to Alegro again for some pasta because we knew for sure we were not going to be disappointed.
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Gyros Corner Opontos it’s where it’s at! It’s very cheap and the food is just delicious. It’s always packed and it doesn’t help that they only have I think less than 10 tables outside. However, the food is outstanding! If you don’t mind sitting next to strangers with barely any room to move but want amazingly delicious food, this is the place for you!
I applied filters for all the pictures in this post but this one deserves to be seen in its natural state.
Cheap authentic Greek food at Niko’s Taverna:
We went to Niko’s Taverna on our last night. Whenever we were in old town, we also walked by and it was always packed! I made it a point to go at least once to see if it’s really good. And it was! Me and Luis spent had dinner on our last night there. The place was packed but the food kept coming out so fast! We were amazed watching the waiters running in and out of the kitchen with plates of food.
I recommend getting the Moussaka from Niko’s!
Moussaka, from my perspective, is Greek lasagna. It had a very thick bechamel sauce, potatoes, meat sauce and vegetables. I Googled how to make it and I will attempt to make it at home for our next cheat day. It was so good!!
Right next to Niko’s, you’ll see Ninnolo’s. Hands down of the best ice-cream places I’ve been to! They have a variety of flavours ranging from cinnamon to chili pepper chocolate. My favourite combo was milk chocolate and dark chocolate. What I liked about it, apart from the taste, is that the dark chocolate had chocolate pieces in it!
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Best beaches in Mykonos:
We did have a pool in our villa and we did make use of it. However, we spent most of our time in the beautiful waters of Mykonos, and that’s how it should be! As you can imagine, there are a number of beaches to choose from. These are the three we had the opportunity to go to:
Apart from its crystal clear waters, this beach was not that busy! We bought sunbeds and umbrellas for €20 for two people. We also did rafting which cost €15 for two people. It was definitely one of the highlights of our trip! If you’re looking for a rather quiet beach but with things to do and places to find food, this is the beach for you.
Super Paradise Beach:
Compared to Kalafati, this beach was a little busier. As soon as you walk in, you will see a restaurant, bar and a small supermarket. Then, you walk to the sunbeds which cost us €40 for two. The water was still crystal clear though!
One thing to keep in mind when visiting this beach is that every 30 minutes or so, a small boat comes in carrying people from other beaches. A lifeguard comes and tells people to move so the boat can “anchor” onshore.
Agios Sostis Beach:
This is a purely local beach. You won’t find that many tourists here – hardly at all. This is definitely my favourite beach we’ve been to! Again, the water was so fresh and clear and there were hardly any people. It is a little far out though so you’d definitely need a car to go to this beach.
There are many other beaches that I would have loved to go to! Click here if you want to know more.
What To Do In Mykonos:
This is an iconic landmark. Our host at the villa urged us to go and that’s what we did! These windmills can be seen from any point on the island. We saw them from Old Town and even from our villa! They are white just like the rest of the island pretty much. Their primary use was to mill wheat. Now they serve as a tourist hot spot. There are windmills in Chora and Boni.
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The walk there is also spectacular and we couldn’t help but stop and take some pictures!
Have a drink in Little Venice:
Little Venice is a neighbourhood decorated with different coloured houses built on the edge of the sea. Nowadays, these houses are bars and restaurants and it is one of the best places to watch the sunset whilst having a nice, refreshing cocktail.
Walk around Mykonos Town:
You can’t go to Mykonos and not visit the heart of the island. Here you’ll find everything – restaurants, souvenir shops, clubs, bars etc. We were there every day and every day I fell in love with it more. Even though it was stupid busy and the narrow roads do not help, it is still one of my favourite places to spend my days in.
You’ll see locals driving these insanely loud motorcycles honking their horns at tourists to get out of their way. It was another characteristic that made me fall in love with Greece and miss home at the same time.
why the white buildings?
There are two reasons as to why the buildings are coloured this way. The first reason is to reflect the heat from the Summer sun. The white is not paint but it is a layer of plaster. Another reason is that for a long period of time, the Ottomans conquered the Greek islands, the Turks wouldn’t suppress the Greeks from showing any signs of patriotism. To protest, the Greeks started painting their buildings white and blue. More information here!
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Take a stroll around Old Port and New Port:
Located 10 mins walk away from each other, these are a must in Mykonos. In Old Port, you’ll find restaurants all across the seashore and it leads to the old town. In New Port is where the cruises dock at but you can see some really great views from there.
Fun fact: the old port is also home to Peter the Pelican – Pelekan of Mykonos. The Pelican is the mascot of Mykonos and you’ll find lots of them in Old Port!
Visit the churches:
Greece is an Orthodox country and its churches are rather different than the ones we have back at home. You’ll see small churches all over the island which you can walk into freely. I walked into this one in Old Port and absolutely loved it! According to some, there are 800 churches in total in Mykonos. Some of the most famous are Panagia Paraportiani and Agios Nikolaos in Chora and the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani in Ano Mera.
Take a ferry to the island of Delos:
This is my favourite thing we did on our trip. Delos is located 20 minutes away from Mykonos by ferry. You pay for the ticket at New Port, which costs €20 per person and get on the boat from Old Port (which is a 10-minute walk). The boat leaves every 90 minutes. The ferry ride there was not the smoothest as it was windy, but keep your eyes on the horizon and you’re good to go!
As soon as you get off the boat, you’d have to walk through an office and pay an admission fee. I do not remember the price exactly but since I am an EU citizen and have a student card still, I paid half the price. So if you’re from the EU, let them know!
You have the option for a tour or a self-guided tour. Me and Luis simply walked around and explored by ourselves. It was hot so make sure you pack a ton of water because there isn’t a cafeteria! There is a souvenir shop though.
More information about Delos:
Delos is an important archaeological site. Here you’ll find remains of temples dedicated to ancient Greek Gods. Our host told us that when walking around, you’d feel this energy and he’s right! It was truly magical walking around and picturing how it would have looked during its prime time. People would come here to worship these Gods. It flourished under the Roman Empire but it was the King of Pontos who destroyed the island. Delos is a UNESCO world heritage site. If you want more details on the island, click here.
It was insanely hard looking through the hundreds of photos we took but here is one of my favourites was the temple dedicated to a Goddess. I can’t tell you exactly which one it is because it was written in Greek but this is one of the best-preserved temples on the island in my opinion!
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Delos is the perfect place for a day trip from Mykonos. It is a must do!
Mykonos is known for its nightlife. The Scandinavian Bar is one of the top bars on the island. Scorpio’s is also legendary and always packed, as well as Jackie O! The options are endless when it comes to having a good time.
There are a lot of stores in Mykonos, all ranging from affordable, boutique stores to high-end brands such as Cartier and Louis Vuitton. There are also souvenir shops wherever you look. During our first two days, I noticed that all the souvenir shops had items in the shape of an eye.
This eye is known as Matisama and it is an ‘evil eye’. According to local legend, this eye brings bad luck. I bought a lot of souvenirs and decorated the house with this eye .. let’s see if this prophecy is true or not!
Eat Caprice Chocolate Sticks:
Our host left us a basket of food when we checked in to our villa. These chocolate sticks were one of the items they left us and I had some and it’s safe to say that I was addicted. Whenever we went to a grocery store, or even at the airport on our flight back to Germany, I bought some! You have to get yourself a can!
There are more things to do in Mykonos. You can rent bikes, take walking tours, take a yacht tour and go to another nearby island Rineia. There are also wine tasting tours! If you have been to Mykonos, what is one thing you did that is not in this list? Let me know in the comments section below!
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Yours Truly, Rebecca.