***Just to warn you, this will be quite a photo heavy post, so feel free to have a browse of the pics or read through the blog. I also made a vlog of my week trip which is about an 8-minute video if you would like to watch rather than read this post. Personally, I think you should do both! Haha! Anyway, here is my travel diary to the wonderful island of Mykonos, Greece. ***
At the start of May, I was lucky enough to take a girls trip to the beautiful Greek Island of Mykonos. We booked the trip semi-last minute, about a month or so before we actually went, and grabbed ourselves a great bargain with Thomas Cook.
So, after trolling for deals anywhere we could find in Greece we settled on Mykonos and the Anna Maria Hotel. The hotel was situated just outside of Mykonos Town, where it took about 15 – 20 minutes to walk down. Now, I was a bit of a bad blogger and didn’t manage to take many pictures of the room or the delicious breakfast options on offer each morning. I guess this is something I can work on for my next trip away. The hotel was advertised as 2 stars on Thomas Cook website, however, I think it was closer to a 4-star room. We were lucky enough to have quite a large balcony with a view of the pool and hotel reception. The room fitted in three single beds, two of which were pushed together to look more like a double bed. We also were provided with lovely olive oil toiletries in the bathroom.
The only downside of the room was the toilet not working properly on the first night, but the staff were quick to fix this the next day, hurrah!
As it was the first day of the holiday/summer season the hotel was still adding a few finishing touches to the hotel and pool area, such as some amazingly comfy sunbeds. They weren’t your bog standard flimsy ones, oh no, these were very durable wooden ones, with one of the comfiest ‘mattresses’ I have had for a sunbed in all my time going to Greece. I think this must have been a thing for Mykonos as there were a few higher end sunbeds along the various beaches.
Anyway, I digress, we did a lot more than lying on sunbeds! Mykonos Town is not that big, but the little streets can have you lost in seconds. Many times in the week we were there we went down various alleyways and streets to find we were in the completely wrong place to where we wanted to be. The lady in our hotel gave us a map with directions on and we still managed to get lost. I guess that is the fun of it all though, discovering new places and seeing the beauty of Mykonion streets. I mean you can’t beat taking a wrong turn and finding a delightful taverna or even a beautiful street adorned with the bougainvillaea.
Mykonos Town was full of wonderful places to grab a bite to eat and have a few drinks whilst you soak up the atmosphere. To say it was the start of the season when we visited, the place definitely had a buzz about it, especially when the sun started to set. Perusing the many shops adorned with jewellery, clothing and the usual tourist trinkets was another thing we spent a lot of our time doing. I slightly regret not buying a bit of Mykonion jewellery, but half the time the price wasn’t displayed and I didn’t want to spend a fortune.
We had a few nice meals out, with a few places being a bit more pricey than we bargained for, but that’s’ what holidays are for right?! Again I was a terrible blogger and didn’t think to note down all of the places we ate and drank.
As well as getting lost around the town, we visited the ever famous Little Venice area of the town. A place where one of the best sunsets and views overlooking the Aegean sea are said to be and the view of the equally as famous windmills. Again, you pay the price for the luxury of these views, but it is well worth it. I really wanted to try the 360 sunset bar (i think it is called that) but alas it wasn’t to be, especially with my ever-growing skill of bad navigating. I guess this will give me an excuse to re-visit the island again in the future.
Just a short walk away from Little Venice you come to the windmills, which are impressive, to say the least. I read somewhere that people are doing them up and actually living in them. They must have some sort of Geroge Clark’s amazing space going on, as I bet they are tiny inside! We unfortunately never made it back down into the town before sunset, so didn’t get to experience the sun setting over these, which was a shame, but again there is something on the list for next time.
When we booked the holiday, it took me a little while to click that this is the place where the wonderful Shirley Valentine film is set. Once I remembered this I was so excited and determined to find the famous beach from the film. I love the film and it definitely captures the essence of Mykonos, even if the island has changed since it was filmed. So, we looked up the beach to find it is called Agios Ioannis (Yannis) beach, found the route and decided to head out on a treck to find it, got to get those steps in and all. (I was participating in a step challenge with work whilst away for National Walking Month of May). However, we stumbled across another beach along the way called Megali Ammos Beach, where we decided to have a rest before carrying on our treck. We stayed here longer than intended as the beach was fairly quiet and relaxing, plus we only had about 3 hours sleep the night before! We then tried the taverna on the beach, which was lovely and had plenty of visitors. After this, we decided to find the local bus and catch this for the rest of our journey, as the walk there wasn’t as appealing as it had been when we set off.
Arriving at Agios Ioannis beach, we were greeted with a lovely port looking back onto the beach. I was starting to see the film in front of me. Walking around to the beach part we were slightly disappointed to find that neither of the tavernas was open yet, but I guess that is the downside of going early to the season. I really wanted to try Hippie Fish, which is the newer taverna on the beach, and in the original spot of the one from the film. It was a bit harder to picture where Shirley pulled up a table and chairs looking out to sea with a carafe of wine, but I think we found the roundabout spot of where she was.
We visited a few other beaches along our travels, finding the luxurious Psarou beach, which looked like it was getting built up with a few designer shops and hotel complex. I bet it is fully open come the main summer season. From here we took a short walk along the edge road of the beach to get to Platis Gialos beach. This beach was in full swing, with most of it taken up with various business’ sunbeds. We were convinced to go into one of the places where you only had to spend a certain amount on food or drink to use the sunbed. We were not quite sure if they said 15 or 50 euros for them, but we spent around €50 in the end. These were by far one of the fancier sunbeds I have laid on, and the food was delicious. Two courses and a glass of wine for €17.50, which definitely made us think we had bagged ourselves a bargain.
We were planning on heading to another beach that day, however, the water taxis were not running to the beach we wanted to go, as it was too late in the day. I’m quite glad we didn’t as we would have been stranded on the other side of the island!
The only other beach we visited was the famous Paradise Beach, however, this was at night to the Tropicana beach club. It was great fun, where everyone was there for a good time. The beach part had been packed away more or less, with the bean bags to lay on stacked up onto each other. The staff there tried to get everyone in the party mood, and I was surprised with how many people were actually there to say it was the early season. There were people from various parts of the world all enjoying themselves. We may or may not have joined in with dancing on the tables/platforms!
We had decided before getting to Mykonos that we would book a trip when there. After a bit of research we found another island to visit…the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Delos. This is apparently the birthplace of the Greek Gods Artemis and Apollo. Trips ran daily from the Old Port of Mykonos, with a ticket booth right on the harbour. We decided to go on the day rather than book through a rep or in advance, however, if you go in peak season it may be best to pre-book for the next day as I imagine it will get very busy around there come July and August. It was pretty busy when we went!
A short ferry ride (30 mins) later and you arrive on the island, greeted by ruins in the distance. If you love history then you will love this trip. We paid for a guided tour, where the tour guide knew everything there was to know about the island. You got to look at various ruins, including that of the temples of the Gods and lion statues said to protect the island. You also got to look around where people used to live, with an impressive mansion house and outdoor theatre being shown. There was also a museum to look around which was mainly filled with ancient statues.
The only inhabitants of the island were archaeologists who were excavating new ground and stray cats. How did they even get over there?!
We then hopped on the ferry back over to Mykonos and hunted out a gyros pita for lunch. Delicious!
I would have liked to have visited other parts of the island, as well as having a day trip over to the island of Tinos, but there is only so much you can do in a week.
Have you been to Mykonos before or have you got plans to visit?
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Here comes summer!
*P.S. don’t forget to take a look at the vlog at the start of this post!**
As always, thanks for reading,