Who’s never been staring at beautiful pictures of marvelous Cyclades? Dreaming that one day will set foot in this wonderland? I am sure you all did. More than once! And so did I…
In my childhood I’ve been traveling to Greece quite often. I’ve seen Crete, Rhodes and Thassos, some of them even couple of times. I loved their atmosphere, fresh food and breath-taking landscapes. But there were two magical places which not without a reason found a place just on the top of my list… Any guesses what am I talking about? Yes, the greek heaven – Mykonos & Santorini. I needed to wait for these two beauties few years but ohh… It was so worth it!
Usually you get some expectations looking at various photographs of your destinations. You imagine yourself strolling through the Chinese Wall, riding a gondola in Venice and eating crepes under the Eiffel Tower. Of course everything is happening in a beautiful, peaceful environment, the sun is shining and is just you and your beloved one holding your hand… I believe that you can do all of these things and have a trip of your life, but… sometimes our expectations go too high, and the reality is not able to meet them. Crowds of tourists, dirty streets, buildings not mapped the ones you’ve seen on the pictures and aggressively vendors who are running around you trying to sell you their ‘souvenirs’ at any price. It all make the magic disappears. Mykonos and Santorini were f i r s t places which completely smashed my expectations! Trust me, it normally doesn’t happen! Perfectly white Mykonos Town and cascade Oia look like after the most professional Photoshop edit! Every single corner is more charming than the previous one, every alley seems to be a perfect picture spot and colours of the sunset are simply insane! Streets are completely white ( the truth is that they keep washing and repainting them all the time!), door are colourful and pink – red blossom is creating a beautiful arch hanging over the heads…If you’re going there with a plan to shop – you better take your suitcase empty! The amount of cute boutiques is incredible, especially if you’re a big boho style – you won’t get enough of their long white dresses, greek style sandals, straw bags and obviously – every Greek must attribute – hats! For food lovers – don’t worry, Mykonos will not let you go hungry! Wide selections of restaurants lets you choose whatever you prefer, however I would definitely recommend try these greek ones ;).
The island is super small but has definitely all you need.
The airport is only 3 km far away from Chora (Mykonos Town), where I stayed. You can get a taxi (around 20Eur), a public bus (we couldn’t find a bus schedule…) or hitchhike – as we did! Most of the hotels arrange a pickup from the airport so it shouldn’t be a big issue.
Mykonos is not only the Mykonos Town. If you will have enough time go explore another parts of the island. I highly recommend you to visit Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach on the sunny days! Go grab some refreshing drinks in the most famous beach clubs: Nammos and Scorpios! But be careful, you might fall in love and stay there all day long! On purpose I went to Mykonos just before the high season to avoid the crowds but unfortunately many places were still closed, so have it in your mind while booking the plane tickets. Renting a car or scooter would probably be the best option to transfer. There are also some public buses running but not very frequently which actually made us to hitchhike almost all of the time! We we super lucky as we didn’t have to wait even a one minute! Usually the first or the second car was stopping straight away! Families, young girls, local guys, all extremely helpful! They were even changing their routes to dropped us by where we needed to get, could you believe?! So nice!
Okay, so Mykonos it’s not only Mykonos Town but… this is the place to be there! All the white streets with blue doors and pink bougenvilla blossom… They really exist! Let yourself get lost there and I am sure you will discover the cutest corners… Streets are full of local boutiques with typical greek clothes, restaurants and tiny hotels. Get an ice coffee in one hand, pita in another and make sure your camera is ready to go as there will be a lot to capture!
To catch the best sunset go for a dinner to Little Venice, make sure to get there early enough to get a table and be that lucky one who’s admiring the sun disappearing in the Aegan Sea from the best view point! We went to Galleraki Restaurant and was great! 🙂
Where to eat? I would recommend you to have a look in Niko’s, typical greek tavern, perfect place to try some local delights. If you would rather dine somewhere more fancy check Mamalouka or Koursarps, paradise for fish lovers and a proper feast for the eyes!
Where to sleep? As I’ve mentioned before the city is full of boutique hotels hidden somewhere in little white houses. I’ve stayed in Carbonaki Hotel and will honestly recommend it to everyone! Lovely staff, central locations and cute rooms! If you’re looking more for a villa or bigger hotel with a swimming pool you will probably need to go a little bit out of town, I’ve visited Mykonos Princess in Agios Stefanos and I was in love! Great swimming pool, delicious food and still not so far from the centre of the island! On top of it super stylish interiors and the friendliest staff I have ever met! Remember that Mykonos is very tiny and the demand there in a high season is crazy, so book your accommodation earlier!
Below few pictures which hopefully would make you understand better what am I talking about ;). More about my greek experience soon, stay tuned! X
One of the most desired spots in Mykonos – Kastro’s Restaurant
Matching the city in my boho dress from Amenapih ( you can shop it here -> www.amenapih.hipanema.com)
Walking out of the hotel straight into the paradise…
Enjoying the sun in Mykonos Princess Hotel