By Emma Cunningham
Out in the Aegean Sea, lies the sun-drenched,
elegant, Cycladic island, of Mykonos. Arriving to the island will be a treat in
itself, as you dance across the sapphire Greek waters via ferry, welcomed by a
shoreline so psychedelic, your eyes pop.
you will say to yourself as you step foot to land, far too mesmerized at the
view to notice you’ve been waiting for a taxi for 20 minutes to take you to
your hotel. Later you will learn how Greeks do not hold any sort of
conventional time scheme for life.
“I thought the club closed at 4am?” You will
shout to your new found friend somewhere along Paradise Beach. “It’s already 7!
How are we still here?” You laugh about it over souvlaki for breakfast.
And with so much zen, views, food and fun to
indulge in, you might begin to feel a tad overwhelmed by the tiny island.
Worry not though. By all means, continue to
stroll down those angelic white streets, (but don’t forget snag a spot near the
town windmills for sunset) because I took it upon myself to provide you with
some secrets of the stunningly picturesque, Mykonos.
WHERE TO STAY
Chances are you came to Mykonos for the
party and scenery. Paradise Beach is where you’ll get both.
There are two main accommodations spots
near Paradise Beach where all the party dwellers and budget travelers post up.
1.Paraga Beach Hostel
- Outdoor pool and bar
- Mini-market on hostel grounds
- Free shuttle bus to town and ports
- Ocean side restaurant
- 250km walk to clubs/bars on Paradise Beach
- 24/7 reception
- Great sunset views
- Rates starting at 16€/night
2. Paradise Beach - CAMPING
- Cabins and bungalows available sleeping 2-3 people
- Free breakfast
- Steps away from the infamous Paradise Beach
- Located near endless shops, restaurants, and water sport centers
- Located near bus station for Mykonos Town
- 24/7 reception
- Over looks ocean and Paradise Beach
- Rates starting at 45€/night
Looking to splurge a bit or not interested
in staying in a camp ground or hostel? Click here to search for your ideal spot
WHERE TO EAT
SAVE: Sakis Grill House - Mykonos Town
For Mykonos Town, this place is a steal.
Delicious gyros and pitas starting at 3€!
The perfect spot for a quick and cheap
bite before losing yourself around the mystic white streets.
SPLURGE: Kastro’s Restaurant & Bar -
Every meal, no matter where you are, should
make you feel the way Kastro’s makes you feel. Sit for a cocktail, listen to
some chill-out tunes and try and wrap your head around the sensational Greek
sunset before your eyes. The vibe is so euphoric, you won’t know what to do
with yourself. Especially when you eye up the waiters! Most thing can/should be
ordered to share here, due to prices. I highly recommend anything with black
olives or feta cheese, because GREECE.
BEACHES & NIGHTLIFE
The beaches on the south shore of the
island (Paraga, Paradise Beach and Mykonos Town) have the best sand, views, and
wind protection, but are pretty crowded at the height of the season. Like
mentioned before, Paradise Beach is where the party is at. But if you’re
looking for a beautiful beach without the chaos then head to Agios Sostis.
There are zero lounge chairs or umbrellas in sight, so
you truly feel as if you’re at a secret beach. So secret, some people may even
go nude. Platis Gialos and Ornos, are quieter, less crowded
and more popular with families.
If you’re looking to drink and dance until
the wee hours of the morning, Cavo Paradiso is your spot.
Everything is outdoors and built into a dramatic cliff top just east of
Paradise Beach. There are international DJs there practically everyday
throughout the summer, from DJ Snake to Steve Aoki, you’re bound for an epic
night. If you are feeling something a little lower key, then Paradise Club is
the place for you. A smaller spot sitting right on the water, with fun music
and a very fun crowd.
GETTING AROUND MYKONOS
Don’t you DARE sit around the beach
nursing your hangover all day. Mykonos is too extravagant to not see every inch
of. March yourself up to your hotel/hostel’s information desk and ask where the
nearest ATV rental is. It’s easily the best way to round up a few new friends
for some exploring and you’re able cover the entire island from coast to coast.
They’re incredibly easy to operate (and
much safer than scooters/mopeds). And side streets in Mykonos are incredibly
narrow, meaning not many cars are able to fit! So you can get by very easily
without worrying too much about traffic. Be sure to bring a map with you so you
can hit all the secret beaches!
Prices start at about 20€/day and you must
have a valid driver’s license.
GETTING TO MYKONOS
If you’re on a time crunch or just
extremely anxious to get to Mykonos, there are daily direct flights from Athens
to Mykonos airport.
Check out Skyscanner.com or kiwi.com for your
cheapest and best rates.
Depending on the route and vessel, you can
reach Mykonos from Athens within 4-6 hours. Piraeus and Rafina are the two main
ports in Athens.
You can book a ferry online to Mykonos (as
well as other Greek Islands) via Blue Star Ferries, Hellenic Seaways or Sea
A true European playground, Mykonos is a
flawless mix of luxury fantasy and a wild ride of an island, offering something
for everyone. It’s everything that it’s hyped up to be, and more. So go
grab your suitcase and passport, because the psychedelic shores are calling…