Mykonos, Greece

Saturday, 28 July 2018

It has been over two months since I went to the beautiful little island of Mykonos and I still find myself reminiscing about the gorgeous coast and evening sunsets. I remember seeing photos of Mykonos before I went and I thought to myself - 'it can't possibly look that beautiful!' I can now officially confirm, that it is actually THAT BEAUTIFUL!

Here’s some tips if you have a few days in Mykonos– enjoy!

Getting there:
We flew into Athens, stayed there for the night and took a ferry (Fast Ferries) from Piraeus Port to Mykonos at the crack of dawn the next morning. The ferry took about four hours but the views along there way are absolutely breathtaking so we didn't feel the time go by. On our return, we decided to fly from Mykonos to Athens. We found flights for €25 which was great and it also meant we got to spend more time on the island. The flight was literally 20 minutes, we were no sooner seated when we were landing again. Overall, Mykonos is super accessible with regular flights/ferries going daily.

Where to Stay:
We rented an Airbnb in Ftelia which is about a 7 minute drive outside Mykonos town. While the town of Mykonos is very beautiful, we wanted to steer clear from the crowds and be completely surrounded by peace, stillness and nature of the island. We could not have wished for a more perfect Airbnb, it was everything we had hoped for. It was located off the main road, just a stone throw away from the beach and surrounded by beautiful hills and vegetation. We felt completely at peace there. The Airbnb had a very simplistic, Greek vibe to it which we loved. The kitchen was outdoors with a view of the sea, this was definitely my favourite part ;)  Think sea breeze, golden sunsets and Greek cooking - safe to say, my future house will have an outdoor kitchen and my new fav hobby will be cooking.  I have included some pics of where we stayed below. Feels free to drop me a message if you would like to be put in contact with the owners. There are defiantly many lovely places to stay in the heart of Mykonos, but if you are like me and like to get away from everything and experience the true Greek lifestyle, this is the place for you. 

When to Go:
We went the beginning of May, which according to locals is one of the perfect times to visit Mykonos. The weather was beginning to heat up (22 - 26 degrees most days) and the tourist season had not yet begun. Apparently, June to August is chaotic on the island - traffic jams for miles, overcrowded beaches, rowdy nightlife, super expensive etc. Basically, Mykonos is not Mykonos from June to August. So my advice would be to go in May or September. 

Getting Around:
We rented a car for our stay which was defiantly necessary given the location of our Airbnb. Public transport doesn't really exist on the island and taxis are very difficult to come by so your best bet is to rent a car or quad. 
Where to Eat: 
Mykonos is v expensive, so its definitely something to take into account before booking anything. Just to put things into perspective, we bought a small basket of standard grocery bits and it came to€80. Cray cray. Eating out is much the same as in Ireland or France, depending where you go of course. One thing you have to try while in Mykonos are the giros - a typical Greek pita bread type sandwich. So tasty. Two of our favourite restaurants in Mykonos were:
Fokos Tavern - You have to drive through the country, past loads of farms and down a long winding dirt road to get there and it is so worth every second of it. The restaurant overlooks the beach of Fokos which is very stunning. It is owned and run by locals and the food is very reasonably priced and super tasty. 

Alemagou Beach Bar Restaurant in Ftelia - We loved this place. It felt very much like being in Bali, the decor was amazing and listening to a live DJ play house music while you eat was definitely something I would recommend. It is also cool to chill out at their beach bar with a glass of rose. A little bit on the pricier side, but definitely worth it. 

My Highlights

Fokos Beach - Local beach, free from tourists (except us) and crowds. Surrounded by nature and completely untouched. Our favourite beach in Mykonos for sure.

180 Sunset Bar - The name says it all really. If you want to relax with a glass of vino with the best sunset views in Mykonos you must go here!!

Armenistis Lighthouse - Another fantastic sunset viewing spot for you list. We only discovered this place on our last night, but wow, what a way to spend your last night.


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