The last location in my collection of Greece guides has to be my favourite. Maybe because I had the least expectations? I guess I’d heard about Mykonos as a party island, and as much as I love a sundowner I don’t usually revel in that many all night parties anymore, so I didn’t know what to expect. However, I was so so surprised when I instantly fell in love with the harbour, beaches and quaint alleyways of the old town. Geographically it is the exact opposite of Santorini, where Santorini’s main towns were high on the cliffs, the towns of Mykonos are nestled on the harbour. The architecture also changes dramatically between Santorini and Mykonos, where Santorini is all domed roofs, Mykonos buildings are preserved cubist styles – stark white squares with brightly painted balconies and doors, pots of geraniums and cascades of bougainvillea. Bliss!
Quick Guide To Mykonos
As a bit of orientation, Mykonos is a pretty small island – you can drive across it in half an hour. Mykonos Town (or Chora) is located on the Western side and sits in a harbour, with the iconic windmills on a finger of land and the centre of the town a maze of small alleyways.
We stayed at the Mykonos View Hotel which was a short walk from Chora (Mykonos Town) – a lovely spot with a great pool. If I were feeling flush I might stay at San Georgio, and if you’re on a budget somewhere like Kymata Pension in Chora would be great too. Or try AirBnb?
Eat & Drink
Have a dip in the sea and then lunch at Kiki’s tavern which overlooks Ayios Sostis Beach – there’s no sign so keep your eyes peeled.
Have a romantic bite in a vine covered courtyard at Avra 27
Chow down on some modern greek at Nautilus
Watch the sunset at the best spot in town at Caprice in Little Venice.
Try out the gorgeous Alemagou Greek Tavern (you can spend all day here!)
Have lunch at local favourite Ma’ereio in the old town.
Have an afternoon at Scorpios – lunch and drinks on the terrace.
See & Do
Wander the tiny laneways of Chora (aka the old town). You’ll get lost but that won’t matter! You’ll find lots of little shops selling clothes and jewellery here too. Probably a little more expensive than the markets in Athens but oh well!
Catch the sunset from little Venice (pity the fool who came to Greece and doesn’t like sunsets).
Hire a car or scooter and drive all around the island.
If you can get mobile, use the opportunity to visit all the beaches – Psarou Beach, Agios Sostis Beach, Panormos Beach and Ornos Beach were my favourites.
Visit Paraportiani, a collection of 5 cave like churches in the town centre.
Good to know
You don’t have to party if you don’t want to!
The Paraportiani at dusk.
Outside my cute little hotel room at the Mykonos View Hotel.
The precarious buildings of little venice.
A seafood lunch was on the cards!
Shopping in the laneways of Chora
The windmills of Mykonos
White and blue everywhere.
Ok ok, I’m a windmill addict!
Peeking into dining rooms…
So many gorgeous churches everywhere.
Cat photo bombs! (he looks SO evil!)
So need a bougainvillaea at my place (in my tiny apartment. in hong kong.)
Watching the sunset in Little Venice
The best way to experience places like this that can get busy with tourists is to get up early. Such fresh morning light!
Can this be my house? Please?
Mykonos View Hotel (not too shabby!)
Dressing to match the buildings in greece 😉
I was meant to eat here but didn’t get a chance! (sad face)