Three cruise ships are anchored offshore. In the distance, like in a game of Lego, five windmills are sitting still, in the lights of the city. On the left side, on the top of a hill, the last plane of the day is ready to take off. And everywhere you can see the white and red lights of the cars, meandering up and down through the rocky relief. Yes, we arrived in Mykonos, probably the busiest island in the Cyclades! It is so much to take in, but we will have time to get used to everything. For now we are driving in the dark, breathing in salty sea air and enjoying incredible view as our car is climbing up and up to the hill! This will be our view for a week, on the lovely island of Mykonos.
We like to finish the summer season on the sea side. To prepare our bodys for the cold season, with a last session of warm sun and sea bath. The mixture of beautiful beaches, the lively life and the super photogenic corners made us choose this beautiful island in the Cyclades. We chose to stay at Agnandi Mare Residences, a newly renovated complex of traditional white houses. The owner (Kostas) is an architect and you can see and feel that in every detail. We were so lucky to get an apartment with a breathtaking view over Chora! And with a nice bottle of rose wine waiting for us in the fridge, we officially begin our holiday.
Our tip: For us, the best time to visit was around "end of season" weekend, at the end of September. That still gives you the chance to feel the party vibe of the island and leaves you with few quiet days, after the last party weekend. And this is our wedding anniversary, so it is our favourite time by default.
The weather forecast didn't seem so good. There were strong winds from the North during our whole stay, so we were a little bit worried that it will ruin our beach time. Luckly for us, Kostas (our host) recommended us the right beaches to visit and avoid the strong breeze. When the winds were weak, we visited the beaches in the North. We had a great lunch at the tavern on Fokos beach - recommended for a more isolated and quiet experience. And Agios Sostis Beach had the most beautiful turquoise water and the trickiest parking place in the whole trip. In the South, Kalo Livadi was well protected by wind and a great place to swim. And Agrari was the coziest beach of the trip, for us.
Our tip: Rent a small car or a scouter. Many of the roads are fit for only one car and the parking spaces might require you to squeeze in very small places, between other cars.
We like to have good weather during our travels. Who doesn't. But we were so happy to have two days of strong winds. While we couldn't go to the beach, we could enjoy in peace the streets of Mykonos town. Because due to weather conditions, the cruise ships were not allowed to come to port. So no waves of daily tourists. Around the Little Venice or the windmills, there were still many people. But as soon as we went inside the town, we had the small, stoney streets all for ourselves. Except the Greek cats, of course. These amazing furry creatures were so relaxed and purring, you cannot resist to pet them all day long. We also had no problems finding nice places to eat, stop for a coffee or enjoy an icecream. And for our special wedding anniversary night, we booked a table at the great M-eating restaurant. The food and wine were at the highest standards. But the highlight of the night was meeting Alex and Mimi Ikonn. One of our inspiration couple for me and George, when it comes to achieving our dreams and building a great family together.
Our tip: Do your research in advance when it comes to restaurants and bars. There are many tourist traps, with quite high prices, especially on the island like Mykonos. Investing some time in checking reviews on Google or TripAdvisor will save you money and ensure you a delicious meal.
We were so impressed by the amount of high quality cafes and restaurants in the island! Here is a short list of places we have enjoyed during our stay:
- M-eating - probably one of the best restaurants in Mykonos.
- Veranda bar - our "love at first sight" bar, great cocktails, excellent music and the best view of the windmills (stay on the balcony, in the first floor)
- Popolo - the place to go for breakfast, in Mykonos; or for great wine in the evening with the fine selection of cheese and meat; or anytime, seriously. We enjoyed this place so much.
- Pepper Souvlaki & More - traditional greek souvlaki
- Caesars - one of the few restaurants where you can have food between 15:00 and 19:00; great steak and salads.
- Kastro's Restaurant - excellent food and very nice sunset views
- Souvlaki Story Taverna - excellent traditional food; located outside the town, on the main road to the center of the island.
- Salt & Sugar - great stop for a coffee
- Hibiscus - home made cakes and good coffee
- Fokos tavern - excellent grill and fresh fish
- Agrari rooms restaurant - nice, traditional lunch with a great eggplant dish and the best orange cake; located on Agrari beach
- Great bakeries, for traditional local pastries: Koutsothanasis Bakery, Gioras Wood Medieval Mykonian Bakery, Attica Bakery
Note: We are in no way affiliated to any of the places we have mentioned in this post. We enjoy our time in the island very much and hopefully you can find few useful tips for your next trip.