After some deliberations, I think I have come to the conclusion that I actually preferred Mykonos to Santorini. There’s something about this island that is so lively and full of energy, it would make me want to go back over and over.
We flew with Aer Lingus from Dublin to Athens. The flight took about 3.5 to 4 hours. From there, we flew from Athens straight to Mykonos, and I honestly couldn’t recommend this more. Up until the week beforehand, I assumed we would get the ferry to Mykonos, since that’s what I presumed everyone did. When I looked into it, and compared the logistics and costs of both options (getting the ferry & flying) – the flight was a no brainer. Our hotel had arranged a free transfer between the airport and the hotel, which was so handy.
Where we stayed
We stayed in Hotel Aeolos Mykonos. I could not recommend staying here more if I tried. The staff, rooms, location, everything was just impeccable. I feel so strongly about this place, please stay there if you’re travelling to Mykonos! It’s a family run hotel and the owner Panos is just the kindest and most helpful man ever. It’s located a 10-15 minute walk from Mykonos town, and while that’s probably not the hottest location, we felt like it was perfect. You could chill out in the daytime in total quietness and you could also enjoy stunning views of the coast. There are two pools which we wouldn’t have been without. There’s something so essential about your hotel having a pool on a summer holiday! The rooms were so spacious and beautifully designed, exactly what you would expect from Greece…white and bright!
What do to
Rent a quad – we rented one for two days and we wouldn’t have been without it. They were about 50Euro a day and just a brilliant way to see the island and get from A to B. It’s pretty much a free for all with parking and the rules of the road so just be wary of this! At least one person per quad will need a full drivers licence.
Explore the town in the daytime – the evening time can get manic to say the least. When the tourists from the cruise ships swarm the tiny streets it can feel very claustrophobic. Make sure to take a morning and explore the gorgeous little streets, they are genuinely breathtaking. It’s like walking into a real life Pinterest photo.
Spend an afternoon at Paradise Beach – this would definitely be more suited to groups of friends, but it’s not to be missed.
Little Venice – this is the part of the town that is located by the water and it’s gorgeous. The restaurants are pretty pricey so make sure you chose well, but definitely stop in one for lunch or a sunset drink.
Go to the different beaches – Mykonos has so many gorgeous beaches with crystal clear blue water. There are beaches that you need to pay for beds on and others that are free, so just do your research beforehand.
Check out the windmills – these are a must see in Mykonos, they’re really cool to see.
Where to eat
Pasta Fresca Barkia – I’m still dreaming of the pasta I had here. I got the crab stuffed ravioli and I’m still thinking about it daily. It’s 100% in my top three best meals of my life. Please just go, and thank me afterwards.
Kikis Tavern – This is a real all encompassing Mykonos experience located on the north of the island – you definitely need a quad to get here. It says online that they open at 1pm, but I would go at around 12pm to get in line. We were waiting two hours for our table, BUT when they provide free rosé and water, who can complain? There’s always a massive line, and no list to put your name on. The manager has a photographic memory and remembers who is next for a table. Make sure you introduce yourself to him and you’ll be set. It’s a real gem so I would highly recommend visiting.
Taverna Niko’s – this is a fab little authentic spot for dinner in the main town. We loved it!
A few other places that people recommended that we didn’t make it to…Pepper, Nice n Easy (so many people recommended this place), Casa de Giorgio, Local, M-eating (we had a look at this place and the prices were just through the roof ridiculous so we said no, there’s plenty of more afforable and delicious places), To Maereio, Hippie Fish, Captains. Google these to see what appeals to you if you’re visiting.
I would highly recommend not sitting down in a restaurant until you read the reviews online. I wish I could recommend more places that we loved, but to be honest, we were careless at times and didn’t do our research. There’s nothing worse than a bad, expensive meal, and there are unfortunately lots of average places in Mykonos Town so just be careful and plan ahead!
Where to drink
180 Sunset Bar – This place!!! It’s an absolute must for sunset. Get there early and get a good seat. Take in the views and enjoy the drinks (although they are a little pricey!). We came here on our last night and ended up staying a little too long we enjoyed it so much!
Scandinavian Bar – You won’t miss this bar in the town, it’s always buzzing a great little people watching spot. We came here a few times after dinner and really enjoyed it. Supposedly it gets pretty insane throughout the course of the night so don’t miss out if you’re there with friends.
Scorpios – This is a funny one. It’s very much an “it” place to be/seen. It’s very popular with celebs and rich people, and we did not know this! I’d say we just about made the mark in terms of being well dressed enough when we stopped in one day. They were verrrry snobby so I would make sure to try and look your best and be prepared to spend! If we had known better I would have worn my Sunday/Instagram best, haha! It’s a seriously cool spot though and I would really recommend going in for at least one drink and a bite to eat if you can. I saw that Lucy Watson there during the week, and Rio Ferdinand was there the day after us, so you might get lucky and spot an A-Lister!
One of my main tips for Mykonos is to just plan ahead each day. We had five nights there and while that was perfect, we did get it wrong once or twice which was annoying. Plan where you’re going to eat and visit each day and you’ll have an absolute ball. I loved Mykonos so much and fully intend on going back soon.
Any questions, just shout!