As I’m thinking about all the things I want to write about this place, I’m sitting here in my Santa Monica home feeling SO nostalgic. Maybe even more so than any other place I’ve written about. Mykonos was exactly how you would picture it with its crystal blue water and windy cobblestone streets lined with little white and blue shops and restaurants. It was overall just the most picturesque Grecian beach town you could ever imagine! Plus, its quaint vibe and small size make you feel instantly at home and I guarantee you’ll never want to leave!! I was definitely not ready to when my visit came to an end…
Economy: Mykonos is pricey compared to the majority of places you’ll visit in Greece (i.e. Crete, Athens, etc.), and this is because of its tourist appeal! They get away with inflating their prices because it’s just so damn cute and beautiful and their beaches are unbeatable!! It definitely attracts a more wealthy tourist crowd, but can still be done on a budget.
Transportation: The island of Mykonos is VERY small so keep in mind transportation is very limited! There’s only 31 working taxis on the island haha! That being said, be prepared to wait often for cabs. Your hotel and restaurants are always willing to call one for you so that’s never the issue. It’s the waiting that requires your patience. The best way to explore the main town of Mykonos is by foot since the cobblestone streets are very narrow, windy, and don’t permit vehicles. To explore the island as a whole, I recommend renting ATVs since this allows you to wander independently to wherever you’d like without any designated destination in mind!
Hotel: My family and I stayed at the Mykonos Grand Hotel and it was absolutely incredible. Before I continue though, I just want to say I would never be able to afford this place if I were paying. Besides its high price though, I say with confidence to anyone I meet that it was the best hotel I’ve ever stayed at in terms of its service, food, layout, rooms, location…EVERYTHING. No matter where you are- the pool, the restaurants, the rooms- all likely have breathtaking, vast views of the Aegean Sea and are to the highest of standards in all aspects that you could judge them on. The staff remember who you are after meeting you once and they are enthusiastically eager to get to know you and help you with whatever you need. Both the pool and beach are impeccable and make the best place for relaxing, reading, napping, and so on (and you can enjoy the free treats they’re frequently passing out throughout the day including popsicles, cold towels, etc.). The most memorable experience I took away from this hotel though was their incredible breakfast buffet we’d attend every morning with fresh greek yogurt and honey straight from the hive, a huge selection of hot plates, and an even bigger selection of meat, cheese, and fresh fruit. To top it off, you eat your meal looking over a gorgeous view of the pool and ocean. As you can tell, I had a deep infatuation with this place!!
Food: Mediterranean food consists of lots of vegetables, fresh seafood, meat skewers, feta cheese, olives, wine, etc. Everything is naturally very healthy as they usually cook and season their food with just olive oil and some herbs, but I learned it’s this simplicity that makes it so delicious. It’s very easy to eat healthy on this island with it still tasting incredible! Since the hotel I stayed at had amazing food and was just too pretty to be leaving every day, I don’t have toooo many recommendations for this section, but the few that I do have are definitely worth checking out. Here they are:
- Avra: This place is a bit hard to find through the windy streets of Mykonos, but it’s definitely worth the search! They have a beautiful outside dining area with colorful vines and bougainvillea above you and the freshest, most authentic Greek food you can find on the island.
- Nammos: This place is pricey and a bit of a scene but the food, location, and view are incredible. It’s an open-air restaurant located right on a beautiful secluded beach and every dish you order here is bound to be amazing. Make sure to book reservations in advance during high seasons as it books up fast! If you want to stay for partying with lots of great drinks and live music from a DJ, stay until about 4pm. One of the best beach parties in Mykonos!
- Dolphins of Delos– This was the main restaurant at the hotel I stayed at and it was amazing. The chef’s modern spin on Mediterranean food is pricey but something you’ll really want to try and the panoramic views from the restaurant are unbeatable.
- Personalized dining at the Mykonos Grand Hotel: THE BEST dining experience I had the entire trip. If you’re staying at this hotel you must reserve a night for this. A dining staff comes to your hotel, barbecues fresh seafood and local vegetables on your deck, and serves you a plethora of other traditional Greek food (pita and tzaziki, Greek salad, Greek wine, etc.) all while watching the sun set over the ocean. It was our most memorable night in Mykonos.
Avra Outdoor Seating
Avra’s Prawn Dish
Nammos Tuna Tartare & Greek Salad
Dolphins of Delos Deconstructed Greek Salad & Branzino
Personalized Dining at Mykonos Grand Hotel
Other Eats from the Mykonos Grand Hotel
- Relax and tan at the beautiful sandy beaches- Mykonos actually has some of the finest, softest sand beaches out of all the Greek islands (which usually tend to be more rocky). Swim in the crystal waters of the Aegean sea while you’re at it!
- Rent ATVs to explore the island.
- Walk through the curvy cobblestone streets in the main town of Mykonos, shop in the cute little stores, and visit the famous windmills (see below).
- Explore the many beautiful beaches on the island (i.e. Paradise, Super Paradise, Gialos, Paranga Beach, etc.) and have some drinks at the beach parties!
- Other activities to do that I didn’t get to personally try: go sailing or jet skiing/other water activities. If you have any other suggestions let me know in the comments section!
- Beach parties:
- Scandinavian Bar: It may be called a bar, but it definitely has the vibe of a club- this place was wild!! The upstairs is packed with tables, dancing and blaring music, and the downstairs is more of a relaxed, less-crowded bar. I liked this because you can choose the type of party scene you want or get a little of both! Located in the heart of downtown Mykonos.
- Paradise Club: This is probably the most famous club on the island because of its open-air venue and list of of popular DJs that frequently play there. Will definitely be going when I return to Mykonos!
- All you need to know for this section is GO to Little Venice in downtown Mykonos. This place consists of a string of bars located right on the water. Each has a different vibe from the last, playing different types of music with different decor/vibe, but they all have the same great cocktails and view of the water. Our favorite bar was called Scarpa. In my opinion, this place had the best drinks and music, and appeared to be where the most locals hung out.
Drinks at Nammos
Little Venice Bars
- I touched on this a little earlier, but be prepared to wait for cabs as there’s only 31 on the island! We’d call them about 15-30 minutes before we needed to be somewhere since you never know how available they’ll be at that given time.
- If you can, travel light! The plane you’re taking to Mykonos is most likely going to be a small one and it’s the heavy bags that don’t make the flight (Trust me- my 100 pound bag made it to the island a couple days after arriving lol)
- Carry cash on you- taxis + some bars/shops only accepted cash.