Some may argue that Mykonos is the most glamorous of all the Greek islands. As one of the known favorite spots of Jackie Kennedy, it attracts movie stars and yacht enthusiasts from all over the world. Our stay on the island of Mykonos was quick, but I am so glad I was able to wander around a town made up of whitewashed houses with colorful doors and windows.
The prime time to visit Greece is during the summer months when the weather is at its best. We opted to save some money and avoid crowds by going in May instead of the busy season from June-August. The weather in mid-May was pretty perfect, in the 70s on the islands and low 80s in Athens. We stayed at Paradision Hotel located in the Tourlos port, right across from Mykonos Town or “Little Venice.” Most hotels on the Greek islands are family owned bed & breakfast style. Our b&b was very beautiful, with a private balcony with panoramic views overlooking the port and complimentary breakfast by the pool each morning.
To get to town all we had to do was hop on a quick ferry ride across the port and we were right in the middle of it! The Aegean Sea is so insanely blue and green I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The photo below has no filter- taken by me from the beach.
We had lunch right by the water, at an organic bistro that had a very beachy and laid back vibe. We even had some lunch visitors- island cats! (I plan on devoting an entire post to the cats of Greece, so don’t worry there will be pictures) Mykonos was the most expensive island we spent time on, that includes higher prices for food as well. But- you are paying to eat with this beautiful view so it is worth it! After lunch, we walked on up to check out the picturesque windmills and then found ourselves lost walking through the streets of Little Venice.
There are shops on every corner selling art, food, clothing, jewelry, pottery, you name it! It is so easy to spend hours looking at all of the beautiful things vendors have to offer. A word of advice about buying souvenirs in Greece- a lot of shops sell mass produced, made-in-china products that are not great quality, nor do they really represent the place you are visiting. Spend the extra time and money to find a shop with handmade products that you will cherish forever, this makes all the difference! We spoke to quite a few shop owners who made their product right there in the store and I’m really happy we decided to purchase some great things from them. Avoid tourist traps!
After spending all day in town and being a little jet-lagged we decided to order delivery from a local restaurant down the street from our hotel. We enjoyed dinner on our balcony and ended the day watching the sunset with a glass of wine. The photo below was taken from a rocky shoreline across from the famous windmills, a great perspective!
We had such a relaxing stay on this beautiful island and then we were off to Santorini via Sea Jet! A Sea Jet is like a huge ferry, with airplane type seating and an outside balcony area so you can look out and see the water. The ferry goes pretty fast and only took us about 3 hours to get to Santorini- which I’ll be writing about next time. Below is a photo from the back of the ferry as we left Mykonos.
I can think of nothing I want more
Than to live by the booming sea
As the seagulls flutter round about me
I can run about–when the tide is out
With the wind and the sand and the sea all about
And the seagulls are swirling and diving for fish
Oh-to live by the sea is my only wish.