Mykonos’s pristine white buildings and the various shades of blue create a form of dreamscape for those who catch photo glimpses of this Grecian Island. Several friends have asked me if Mykonos really looked like the photos they have seen and I always gave it a HARD YES!
In Old Town Mykonos is where you will find the myriad of narrow pedestrian streets that you will not mind getting lost in. The photos that you see is exactly what you will get.
The Islands of the Cyclades will carry on with the white and blue color theme just like the Greek flag. Due to the summer heat, the buildings were built from local volcanic stone to keep cool and painted white to reflect the hot sun. Those ideas of keeping things practical has created a beautiful dreamscape that we all want to escape into.
Depending on your interest level you can book a walking tour through the streets of Mykonos. There are online companies that offer walking tours or you can also ask your hotel to set one up for you. On our visit to Mykonos, we did not take a walking tour through Old Town but I definitely see the benefit of it. That is something I will be sure to do when I visit Mykonos again and I know that will happen! Either way you go, tour or on your own, you will love your stroll through Old Town Mykonos’s little streets.
One of our favorite areas of Mykonos that we had to just sit and stay awhile. Little Venice is incredibly picturesque with the houses touching the water, just like in Venice, Italy. There are tavernas with sea side views of the famous windmills of Mykonos and those beautiful white houses along the water. That is where we decided to sit and stay awhile on our first day in Mykonos.
We decided to have lunch at Sunset Taverna, which is a seafood restaurant in Little Venice. It was very nice with wonderful views, flavorful seafood and strong cocktails. We really enjoyed the fresh fish of the day and calamari, everything was delicious.
Little Venice is not difficult to find as it runs along the edges of Old Town Mykonos. The easiest landmarks are the windmills and from there it is a short walk along the beach. You cannot miss it!
Delos – A UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Island of Delos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a great day trip from Mykonos. Delos is famed for being the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis during the Ancient Grecian times. It is now a day trip tourist site with a museum and archaeological site.
Please see my blog post on Delos for more information →The Mythical Island of Delos – A Day Trip From Mykonos
I will be honest here, I am not an expert with the beaches of Mykonos. I do know that there are many beaches and depending on how you want to spend your vacation, there will be one to fit your agenda. I highly suggest to research online if you are looking to stay at a beach resort. There are different beaches in Mykonos that are tailored to families, singles, travel groups, partiers and nudists. Just research for no surprises!
As for us, we were staying in Old Town and wanted a day of laying out at a resort. We asked our hotel and they gave us beach information plus directions to the bus station. It was an easy enough ride to the beaches and did not cost a lot of money. We ended up going to Paradise Beach, which is a nude and topples stretch of sand in Mykonos. We did not see anyone nude, nor did we go topless but keep that in mind when researching beaches- some are nude!
There are several resorts that will allow you to use their property for the day, for a fee. I highly suggest that for spend a day at a resort for your own comfort, especially if you are packing light. We spent the day at Tropicana Resort and it was very nice with lounge chairs, umbrellas, a clean restroom, bar and a nice stretch of sand.
There are many hotels, resorts and Airbnb’s in Mykonos and depending on your needs there will be something perfect for you. As for us, we stayed at Ibiscus Boutique Hotel which was perfect for us. It was quite far from the sea but it gave us beautiful views of Old Town. The walk up and down to Old Town was on a very steep hill so make sure that when you book your hotel, you understand the terrain of Mykonos.
Ibiscus is a lovely and comfortable hotel that offers breakfast and airport shuttle rides. They also gave us a ride into the old harbor when we were taking a ferry to Santorini. It is in a quieter part of Mykonos, so you will not be bothered by the loud tourists in the main section of Old Town. We enjoyed our stay very much as it was quite peaceful, something that we were looking for in our Mykonos stay. Ibiscus Boutique Hotel official site
Food in Mykonos
The food in Mykonos or Greece in general is undeniably different from the Greek or Mediterranean food that we have become accustomed to. The fresh fish and seafood, the creamy tzatziki and sips of ouzo are a few of many things to try while on the islands. You many never look at Greek food outside of Greece the same way ever again!
👩🏻💻 For more food information, please check my blog post → What I ate in GREECE – A Food Journal
Getting to Mykonos
When we arrived into Mykonos, we flew in from Athens which is about an hour flight. You can also take a ferry from neighboring islands which gives you a different perspective of the islands. If you decide to take a ferry, I suggest pre-booking your tickets online especially during high-season which is Spring until early Fall.
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