Thursday, 22 June 2017

Mykonos, Greece: Travel Guide

Four weeks ago, Eric and I were sunbathing in Ornos Beach, Mykonos. It was pure bliss.
Mykonos quickly became my favourite European country I've visited to date. To me, it fulfilled my expectations and more. Everything went pleasantly well throughout the six days we were there. 
Although, it was different from our other holidays; this was more of a beach holiday rather than a city break. Prior to our holiday, we were so busy we didn't have an itinerary and I didn't find any travel guides for Mykonos online.  So I thought, why not make my own travel guide?
In this blog post, I'm going to give you a mini travel guide on Mykonos; this includes activities to prices. 

Activities
Sight-seeing:
  • Delos Island
This island is full of history. 
For 50 euros we were transported to Mykonos' Old Port and travelled to Delos Island by ferry. This took approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
Upon arrival, there are multiple tour guides which speak different languages. Thus, we split into groups appropriate to our language preference. The whole gist of it is that they take you around the ancient ruins - you see where the greeks once lived and the story behind it. 
(Note: bring a bottle of water with you, the tour is an hour and a half. Delos island is also known to be hotter than Mykonos town)




  • Little Venice and the Windmills
When we were wandering around Mykonos town we stumbled across the iconic windmills. This is one of the main tourist spots of Mykonos and it was used to produce flour back in the day. 


Luckily, 'little Venice' was situated right next to the windmills and so it wasn't a far walk. It refers to 'Venice' in its name because the houses are also built closely next to the sea; similar to those in Venice. 


The staff from our hotel actually recommended that we visit this location at sunset, it has the best views. 
Shopping:
  • Chora
One of the main attractions in Mykonos was Mykonos Town or 'Chora'. I can see why since all the buildings were white with colourful doors (mainly sky blue) and windows. Here you definitely get the grecian vibe that all the pictures on Pinterest show you. There are so many beautiful shops and restaurants!

Beaches
 Mykonos is well known for its beautiful beaches. There are so many; Ornos, Agios Stefanos, Super Paradise, Paradise.etc. However, we restricted ourselves to Ornos beach
  • Ornos Beach
Considering as this was a five minute walk from our hotel, and due to the difficulty in transport, we would sunbathe, relax and eat at this beach. 
Ornos beach was diverse, in that different parts of the beach had family friendly areas as well as 'party' scenes. There were at least 4 to 5 restaurants that owned the sunbeds situated on the beach; you had to hire out these beds. 
We hired out the sunbeds at Pasaji restaurant twice (at 11 euros each). The best thing about it was you could order your food and drinks and have it delivered to you whilst you're relaxing Whilst we only ordered at Pasaji restaurant once (we actually found the food to be too expensive and not worth it), the service was fantastic. Their staff walk around the beach making sure that everyone is attended to, they were also very friendly!



Transport:
  • Bus
The buses normally come every hour and if you would like to take the bus, I would definitely grab a copy of the bus schedule. This saves you from waiting more than an hour for a bus. 
From our hotel to Chora it only took 10 minutes. We took the bus a handful of times after realising that the 45 minute/1 hour walk into town in the scorching heat wasn't worth it.
NOTE: in order to get to other locations (so from our hotel to another beach for example) you would have to get the bus into Chora's bus station and take a second bus to your other destination. 
  • Taxi
Unfortunately, there aren't very many taxis on the island. There's only approximately 30, thus they are limited. However, our hotel was able to gladly book the taxi for us the next day if we required it. 
  • ATV
We saw so many people drive their ATVs around the island. It was easy to use and it isn't difficult to find your way around Mykonos once you get familiar with the surroundings. 
Although, it is arguably pricey to hire. It cost approximately 35 euros to hire for a day. But I think you can get a better deal if you hire it for a week. This enabled us to travel around the places we didn't expect to see. It was truly beautiful. An added bonus was that parking wasn't an issue either, there's so many places you're allowed to park your ATV.


Hotels
  • Mykonos Essence
This hotel has by far been the best. Everything was of high quality from the moment we arrived. 
Room
We were situated next to reception which wasn't a problem for us (since it was next to the restaurant!) I also believe that most rooms come with balconies. Our room consisted of one double bed and one single bed. We had a mini fridge and a vanity desk (which I was so pleased with by the way!)
In terms or its aesthetics, I loved it; It gave me that grecian vibe. It contained light colours which were similar to the other houses in Mykonos. 

Food
Oh. my. goodness, the food in our hotel was DELICIOUS. We ate here multiple times because of the view and the quality of the food. We found that the prices of the food were cheaper than elsewhere too! Furthermore, our room came with a free breakfast every morning. And guess what?! it was a breakfast buffet!

Service
I cannot thank the staff at Mykonos Essence hotel enough. They truly made the experience relaxing and amazing. Not only were they accommodating but friendly. It was so refreshing to receive top quality service. I do have to give a shoutout to three members of staff that made such a fantastic impression on us throughout our time there - Irene, Sandra and Kostas. They're amazing at their job and they will go above and beyond to make sure you're more than satisfied. Whether it's planning out activities, hiring an ATV, serving you food or drinks. etc they essentially organised it for us. They made our entire trip stress-free. 
The cleaners were equally as nice. They would even clean your room up to three times a day. I was so shocked at how efficient and they were.
Where to Eat
  • Chora town - restaurants
The restaurants within Chora were so pretty, most were situated partly outdoors. The staff were generally quick to assist you and the service was also in a timely manner. I have to say Andriana's restaurant had the best Calamari.


  • Beach - Porto Ornos 
When we arrived in Mykonos we decided to eat at a local restaurant near Ornos beach. Though we were shocked to discover the prices of the meals, they were definitely worth the price. Eric became obsessed with the spaghetti carbonara that we tried it in three different restaurants. Our favourite? Porto Ornos. 

This restaurant was perfect, it was a five minute walk from our hotel and they also served food on the beach within their section (where they owned their own set of sunbeds). The service is fabulous and the food was mouth-watering. They gave us such a good impression of greek food. I've never been a big fan of salad but I decided to opt for the caesar salad, it's safe to say I'll be trying it out again!
Money
On our way to Delos, we shared a van with a lovely American couple. Luckily for them, they had the opportunity to tour around Greece for three weeks - Crete, Santorini, Athens then Mykonos. Surprisingly, they said that Mykonos was the most expensive island that they visited. In fact, they said "everything in Athens is half the price than it is here". And so do make sure to bring plenty of money, you're more likely to enjoy Mykonos with a comfortable amount of cash. Although, it didn't shock me too much as it was fairly similar to the prices in London.
People
I've never encountered such an overwhelmingly welcoming and accommodating atmosphere until I came to Mykonos. From the moment we checked into our hotel to walking around the town centre, people smiled and helped you in whatever way they can.
What made everything easier was that they spoke English very well too! I personally feel like the people can make or break your holiday and in this instance, they made it more enjoyable. 

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  1. I absoutley LOVED reading this travel guide. Greece is somewhere I want to visit next year and have been nagging Matt about actually xD It looks gorgeous - photos look amazing! I found it really useful reading all the information about Mykonos, definitley noted for the future.

    Also I love meeting people when I travel, you meet some inetresting people!

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    1. Aw thank you Pauline! When I looked online for travel blog posts on Mykonos I couldn't find much, so I decided to draw up my own.
      Yes! it's definitely a must. It's so beautiful and I was so sad to leave. It's very rare for me to say I'll return to a certain travel destination but I think Mykonos is a no-brainer.

      xx

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