Falling In Love With Mykonos

I’ve seen thousands of photos of Mykonos: the perfectly turquoise coves, the winding, cobbled streets and the bright white houses covered in bougainvillea, with beautifully colourful doors and balconies. This is why I’ve been dying to visit the island for so long. It totally lived up to my expectations and didn’t disappoint one bit.

STAY

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We stayed at the best hotel we’ve stayed at in a LONG time, if not, ever: Mykonos No. 5. Hidden up on a hill in Kanalia Village, a 15 minute walk from Ornos, it was totally luxurious in every way. The location was perfect, with the most idillic views over the bay, sat opposite Mykonos Town which twinkled across the sea every night. The rooms had everything you need, including Sonos speakers, Molton Brown toiletries, slippers and robes, an awesome mini bar, the comfiest bed, rainfall shower and an amazing balcony. The staff were attentive and full of great recommendations. A yummy breakfast was delivered to our room and set up on the balcony each morning. And to top everything off, the guys at the hotel gave us a mobile phone to use for the week so that, for a small fee, we could ring through whenever we wanted picking up or dropping off anywhere on the island. This place really did make the holiday so much more special for us and I’d most definitely look at staying here again if we ever fly back to Mykonos.

EAT

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Kiki’s Tavern

This little tavern is set amongst trees with no electricity and is the most peaceful place for a spot of lunch. Their menu is small but yummy and portion sizes are generous. For a few euros per person you can pick a selection of salads from their salad bar, then the main options come from the big barbecue at the front of the tavern. I went for the chicken breast stuffed with feta and it was delicious (although warning: this portion included two chicken breasts, so next time we would definitely share one between two as we didn’t even come close to finishing two lots!). The views over Agios Sostis beach are some of the best and definitely make this place even more special. Get there early though as the queue at lunch time gets big and you can’t book!

Avra

This restaurant in Mykonos Town was the perfect setting for our final night on the island. The tables are scattered in the courtyard of what is basically a flower garden – there are trees, trellis and gorgeous flowers everywhere and it felt like something out of a film. The food and wine was amazing too – it’s not cheap but well worth it for the prettiest of surroundings.

Catari

We stumbled across this Italian on our first visit to Mykonos Town and decided to give it a go as their pizzas sounded delicious. And it didn’t disappoint one bit – they were GOOD. Again, this place offers up a lovely, garden setting, and with candles and fairy lights on a balmy night, it gave us ALL the holiday feels.

Niko’s Taverna

Another favourite of the trip was Niko’s. You can enjoy all the Greek delights here for really reasonable prices, the staff are great, and their courtyard overlooking a lovely little church gives you the perfect taste of Mykonos. It has more of a lively feel to other places we ate, which was nice too. Get this on your Mykonos list – it’ll make you feel exactly how you’d expect from all the photos of it on Pinterest!

DRINK

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Galleraki

The location is probably what made this bar our absolute favourite. You can sit up on their balcony overlooking the colourful balconies of Little Venice and watch the sun set over the sea. The staff here are lovely and I think sitting here with the OH, with an Aperol spritz in hand and the sun on my face, might just have been one of my happiest moments in a long while. You 100% have to give this place a go if you’re in Mykonos Town.

Semeli

Next door to Galleraki, this is another great spot to take in the beautiful sunsets over the sea. I’d say the cocktail selection here is better than the above but it also seems to get more crowded, so it didn’t feel quite so serene. To be honest though, I wouldn’t really care if I was served up a glass of tap water from any of the bars around here, because the views would make anything feel pretty close to perfection.

Pasaji

This place offers up an awesome cocktail menu from comfy sun loungers and sofas and is perfectly positioned to take in the turquoise views of Ornos bay. It has more of an ‘Ibiza vibe’ than other bars on the island, with chilled out music and cool interiors and their Elderflower Spritz is potentially my new all time favourite cocktail, BIG claim I know! We’re talking an Aperol Spritz (my fave) with added shots of limoncello and elderflower liqueur and a splash of grapefruit juice, what more could a girl want?

DO

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So this section might be a little more sparse than usual as I’m not gonna lie, we spent 75% of our time napping and basking in the sun. But we work hard, so y’know, that’s okay. One thing I would totally recommend doing though, is hiring a quad bike for the day. It’s not too expensive (around £40 with full insurance) and is the best way to see the island in all it’s glory. The roads are simple to manoeuvre as they’re quiet and feel pretty safe, and there are so many gorgeous beaches and little hamlets dotted around that it’s 100% worth the money. We drove across the island and spent the day on Agios Sostis beach, grabbing lunch at Kiki’s before heading back to our hotel later in the afternoon via the scenic tracks, stopping off for gelato en route of course.

Finally, I’m not sure this is really a specific ‘do’, but one of the best bits about Mykonos (Mykonos Town in particular) is wandering the pretty cobbled streets and taking it all in. You don’t have to do anything to enjoy how gorgeous this town is – just don’t be scared of getting lost as I promise you’ll come across plenty of colourful balconies, floral-covered houses and cute little shops. It really is one of my favourite holiday islands I’ve ever visited.

Have you visited Mykonos before? What would you recommend for our next trip?

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