Mykonos is magical…my second favorite place in Greece next to Santorini!
Check with your hotel as most will arrange transportation from the airport if you end up flying into Mykonos airport.
My husband and I stayed at the Kouros Hotel & Suites which was a little off the beaten bath and a 10 minute walk into town. It’s a beautiful hotel with rooms with views. The pool is also very nice. We ate dinner at the hotel once and thought it was ok but the ambience made up for anything that the food might have lacked. The breakfasts are superb.
We opted to rent a 4-wheeler for our mode of transportation the few days we were in Mykonos. This was a great decision. We drove it down to the harbor and parked, for free and then walked into town. We also drove it over to Panormos Beach and Paradise Beach. Our hotel also arranged for this as well.
Paradise beach reminds me something from Cancun…lots of cheesy island-ish bars with lots of people and loud music. It’s definitely more the party scene and I hear it’s very fun at night… we were here just during the day and were turned off by the number of people already staked out on the beach. Not the beach for someone looking to relax.
Panormos Beach was really nice to visit as it was much more secluded. It had one restaurant area that allowed for lounging out. Lunch is good as well so as long as you’re ordering drinks/food, they don’t mind you sitting out on their giant bean bag lounges. Otherwise, bring a towel and umbrella for shade and the rest of the beach is yours!
We really enjoyed our dinner at Karavaki Restaurant up on the hill overlooking Mykonos town. Seeing the sunset was spectacular. When making a reservation, ask for the corner table on the top deck and request a time for sunset.
For some pre-dinner drinks, we went to Eva’s Garden and sat on their roof top in the garden area. It was very tranquil.
We did a day trip to Delos… be prepared, there’s no shelter from the sun on this excursion. While the ruins are very interesting and surrounding waters, beautiful, it does make for a long day. You can prearrange this or your hotel can help you with this. We let our hotel coordinate and only had to show up at the harbor to hop on board.
Most of our time here was spent enjoying walking around Little Italy and seeing the sun setting over the windmills. Getting lost among the white washed tiny alleyways was my favorite. We found that a lot of the pop-in restaurants are very similar so for evenings when you just want to find a cozy spot and eat some good greek food, walk around and find a place that you’ll be happy sitting at for a couple hours.
For some traditional Greek foods, check out my blog post on Athens.