To be honest, I did not have much expectations regarding Mykonos. Probably because when I researched the best beaches in Greece, none of the beaches on “the lists” were in Mykonos. I had heard more about the party side of the island.
In the past year, I have learned over and over that not having expectations is a good thing. You let experiences, places and people surprise you.
We had 2.5 days in Mykonos. We arrived on the 9am flight from Athens and had our ferry to Santorini 2 nights after at 5:15pm.
Our experience in Mykonos made it the best Greek Island on the trip. Our stay at Hotel Milena was great because the owners are very attentive and helpful and it’s location (about a 15-20 minute walk from Mykonos town) gave it a more laid back vibe. Now let’s get to our itinerary:
We decided to move around in the bus because we were tired from the early flight. If you decide to do this, it limits your possibilities to go off the beaten track so it will depend on what you want to do during you stay.
We went to Paranga beach. Paradise beach is the top party beach and Paranga follows after. We did not have the energy to go to partying. Our choice was perfect because it’s an organized beach so we rented beach beds, laid in the shade and enjoyed a relaxing beach day.
At night we took it easy and went for dinner at an Italian restaurant, La Rosticceria, close to the hotel where we had an excellent meal.
We rented a scooter. This was the best decision (unless you want to party). We really like unorganized beaches that are not invaded by hotels and restaurants and where we actually have space to lay our towel on the sand.
Our first stop was Kalafatis but Mykonos is a windy island and this long, open beach was too exposed to the wind. Next to it was Agia Anna. It was almost completely taken up by the hotel but there is space at the end of the beach and it was less windy than Kalafatis. The color of the water is beautiful.
After a couple of hours we decided to explore the northern side of the island and went to Agios Sostis. This was the beach we had been looking for all day! It was perfect. No wind, no hotel, just a beautiful beach with the perfect shades of blue in the ocean.
We stayed there as long as possible. In the summer, sunsets are after 9pm so we had time to go back to Mykonos town and watch the sunset
at the windmills. This is extremely touristy, there were hundreds of people there. We bought a couple of beers and found a quiet spot behind the windmills and forgot about the masses.
We had the scooter until 3pm so we decided to take advantage of it. We asked the hotel owner for a recommendation of another unorganized beach but close. She told us to go to Paralia Kapari beach. This is on the most western point of the island, when the road ends, you continue on the dirt path for a bit and will reach it. It’s a small, quiet beach. It’s not windy at all and the water is gorgeous.
This is how we spent our days in Mykonos. I would return to the island and if I could do something different I would give it one or even two more days to truly enjoy each beach and the town.
Accommodation: Hotel Milena
Where to eat:
- La Roticceria
- Kikis (at Agois Sostis) is said to be an amazing barbecue restaurant but it was packed when we tried to go.
- Niko’s Tavern in Mykonos town
- Check the cruise ship itineraries so you can plan to be there on days when the cruises are gone.
- You can fly in from Athens or different european cities or arrive in a ferry.
- The island is windy so unless your comfortable on a scooter, maybe a small car is better.
- If you don’t want to rent a car/scooter, the bus is a good option for the popular beaches.