A Weekend in Mykonos

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Mykonos

Cyclades, Greece

Mykonos is one of the most popular and glamorous Greek Isles following Santorini. It’s better known around the world for its party hard atmosphere and diverse, upscale crowds. Before visiting Mykonos, I was under the presumption that it was purely a party island, but I was mistaken. This time around I spent 2 nights on the island, almost 3 full days, and it was the perfect amount of time. Although others I know spent a whole week on the island and thought it was more suited.

The island is a traditional whitewashed Cycladic maze with a plethora of cafe-bars and beach parties. It’s one of those places where it is what you make of it. It can be romantic, luxurious, crazy, wild, adventurous or relaxing. I think that’s what I love about Mykonos – there’s something for everyone.

If you are planning a visit to the island, here’s a quick guide to help you become more familiar with its attractions, party life, accommodation and beaches!

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What to Do

Explore Mykonos Town

Mykonos town, or better known as Chora by the locals, is one of the most charming towns of the Greek islands. It is here you’ll find the typical whitewashed cubic houses with wooden coloured doors, narrow cobblestone streets, forming a labyrinth, and purple bougainvilleas. It’s also a great shopping town boasting names including Sephora, Chanel, Michael Kors & Valentino. If you wanted to pick up something special from your trip, this is the perfect place to do so!

Hit the Beaches

There are so many beautiful beaches in Mykonos that it would be shame not to visit at least one! There’s the ever so famous Paradise Beach, which has a reputation for being a “gay beach.” It’s where you’ll also find Tropicana bar beach parties starting at 5pm everyday – bikinis optional. If you’re after something more relaxing and luxurious, Psarou beach might be more your style. Paraga beach is also a great option as it’s slightly less expensive than most of the beaches in Mykonos and maintains a pretty chilled out vibe up until 4pm, when the Kalua beach bar party begins.

Rent an ATV

The best way to get around any Greek island is by ATV, otherwise known as a quad bike, and Mykonos is no exception. You can quad to the various beaches, to town, lovely little churches, the armenistis lighthouse, or just find your own adventure!

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Enjoy Little Venice

Speaking of Little Venice, this is one of my favourite parts of Mykonos! Little Venice is considered one of the most romantic spots on the island and although it’s beautiful at any time, many people gather there to watch the sunset. If you want to enjoy dinner or cocktails at one of the waterfront restaurants, make sure to arrive early for the best seats.

Party til Sunrise

Being rated as one of the best party islands in the world, there is definitely no shortage of clubs and beach parties. The biggest clubs on the island are Cavo and Super Paradise, both located near Paradise beach and start getting popular around 2-3 am. There’s also plenty of nightlife in town, where you can find everything from sipping on cocktails to dancing on bars.

Visit the Windmills

From as early as the 16th century one of the most recognized landmarks of Mykonos are the whitewashed windmills. You’ll find them on a hill overlooking the town next to Little Venice!

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M-Eating Restaurant, Mykonos

Kikis Tavern

Depending how much of a foodie you are, this place is a bit of an adventure to get to. It’s about 15 minutes out of town, at Agios Sostis Beach, and you’ll almost be guaranteed to wait in a line. However, you’re offered free wine on the house while you wait, so it’s really not too bad of a wait. The setting is heavenly and the food is probably the best on the island (big call, I know).

Little Venice

As I mentioned earlier, Little Venice is the perfect spot for cocktails and dinner overlooking the water, particularly for sunset. There’s plenty of restaurants so take a little walk through to find which menu takes your fancy.

Where to Eat & Drink

M-Eating

If you want to eat somewhere special in Mykonos, you MUST go here. The menu is a modern take on Greek cuisine and it is phenomenal. The setting is beautiful and it’s right in the heart of the town. Compared to other high end restaurants in Mykonos, the food is reasonably priced, just be sure to book a table if you’re going in peak season!

Jimmy’s Gyros

There’s no doubt you’ll pass gyros every few minutes in Mykonos, but Jimmy’s Gyros is the Gyros place. It’s iconic and known for being the best on the island.

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As you guys know, I always upload my favourite photos from every trip onto Instagram first. The streets and beaches of Mykonos are just so picturesque, you would’ve witnessed quite a few uploads if you’re following along!

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Where to Stay

Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort ★★★★★
Ideal for: Honeymoons, Luxury

If you are looking for luxury, there is no better place than this 5-star boutique hotel set on Ayios Yiannis beach. It offers the perfect setting for romance, making it an ideal honeymoon destination. It boasts its own spa and incredible pool. The rooms are Mykonian inspired in the most modern sense, in shades of white and blue.

Aeolos Mykonos Hotel ★★★
Ideal for: Hospitality, Affordability

Aeolos provides you with the service and hospitality of a boutique hotel, but at a more affordable price. The rooms are clean, spacious and modern, with a few currently being updated for next summer. There’s a lovely pool area with plenty of sun loungers and a bar for afternoon cocktails!

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Have you ever been to Mykonos? Are you a fan of the island or is it on your travel bucket list?!