When we decided to make this years summer holiday the Greek Islands, my mind conjured images of white-washed streets trimmed with blue doors and bannisters. Mykonos Town is exactly that. Every corner you turn is instagram-worthy.
Craving more of the salty goodness that is vitamin sea, Mykonos has a lot to offer. We spent most of our days exploring various beaches around the island, soaking in the sun and getting my fill of the sea I miss so much since leaving Australia. Mykonos is known for its' beach clubs and parties, but we opted for a range of quieter beaches. I might be in my 20's but give me a good book and my day at the beach is sorted. Mykonos has a well serviced bus system to many of the beaches, but we also hired a quad bike to give us more freedom to explore.
While sad to admit it, it appears we've acclimatised to London's cooler summers, so Greece felt like it was scorching a lot of the time, despite still only being early summer. As temps hovered around the low-thirties for most of our trip we waited to explore the town until early evening when the sun no longer nipped at our shoulders.
Resident cats seem to own several of the cobbled lanes, meowing and playing as we explored the array of stores that line the streets. Bougainvillea and Hibiscus perched over windows and doors, contrasting against the crisp white facades. Mykonos Town feels warm and inviting, the quiet streets tucked away provide a sanctuary from the constant lull of the old harbour. Mykonos was exactly as we pictured Greece, azure beaches and century-old streets.
WHERE TO STAY
We stayed in the family run Adonis Hotel just outside the walking streets of Mykonos Town. Boasting a beach view and just a 5minute walk from shopping and restaurants, it was the perfect location for our stay.
Greece has a lot in common with it's neighbour Italy when it comes to cuisine, so naturally they are going to have some kickass pasta on offer. Pasta Fresca Barkia serves up a delicious array of handmade pizza and pasta that doesn't disappoint. The display of pasta outside may feel gimmicky, but I promise everything we ate here was incredible.
If you're looking for something off street level and well priced, Eva's Garden offers tasty greek and mediterranean dishes as you sit beneath a canopy of grape vines, so grab a bottle of rosé and take it all in.
Boy do I love gelato! And Da Vinci might just give the gelateria's of Italy a run for their money. We indulged here twice and even enjoyed
WHAT TO DO?
Explore Mykonos Town
Spend a few hours wandering the twisting lanes and streets that make up Mykonos Town. Make friends with the local felines and escape the midday heat exploring the variety of stores and restaurants pocketed around.
With so many great beaches on offer you'll be spoilt for choice. For a mix of quieter beach clubs and dining head to Paraga, also offering some great snorkelling along the rocky outcrop near the shore front. Agios Sistos is remote, but also plays host to Kiki's Tavern which serves food straight from the grill until around 7pm, but expect a wait if you arrive after 12:30-1pm as there are only a few tables.
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