Three cruise ships are anchored offshore. In the distance, like in a game of Lego, five windmills are sitting still in the city's lights. On the top of a hill on the left side, 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. We are driving in the dark, breathing in the salty sea air, and enjoying the incredible view as our car is climbing up and up on the hill! This will be our view for a week, on the lovely island of Mykonos.
We like to finish the summer season at the seaside. To prepare our bodies for the cold season, with a last warm sun and sea bath session. The mixture of beautiful beaches, the lively life, and the super photogenic corners made us choose this beautiful island in the Cyclades. We decided 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: We chose to visit around the "end of season" weekend, at the end of September. That still gave us the chance to feel the party vibe of the island and leave us with few quiet days after the last party weekend. And this is our wedding anniversary, so it is our favorite 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. Lucky for us, Kostas (our host) recommended us the best 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 on the whole trip. In the South, Kalo Livadi was well protected by the 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 tiny 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 streets all for ourselves. Except for the Greek cats, of course. These amazing furry creatures were so relaxed and purring; you cannot resist petting them all day long. We also had no problems finding lovely places to eat, stop for a coffee or enjoy an ice cream. And for our special wedding anniversary night, we booked a table at the fabulous 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 George and me 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 relatively high prices, especially on the island like Mykonos. Investing some time checking reviews on Google or TripAdvisor will save you money and ensure you a delicious meal.
We were so impressed by the number of high-quality cafes and restaurants on the island! Here is a shortlist of places we have enjoyed during our stay:
Note: We are in no way affiliated with any of the places we have mentioned in this post. We enjoy our time on the island very much, and hopefully, you can find few valuable tips for your next trip.
"IT TAKES A LIFETIME FOR SOMEONE TO DISCOVER GREECE, BUT IT ONLY TAKES AN INSTANT TO FALL IN LOVE WITH HER."
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