01 Jul THE BEST OF MYKONOS
Everybody has heard of Mykonos once in their lifetime. The island is part of the Cyclades islands and is called the Ibiza of Greece. Known for its lavish parties and jet-set life, it has a lot more to offer than just that.
Like many of you, I dislike mass tourism, so finding some less crowded spots on Mykonos seemed to be a quest. Luckily, I did find some and I love to share these with you.
The Best Beaches of Mykonos:
Mykonos is surrounded by the Aegean sea so there are plenty of beaches to choose from! But not all are suitable for what you might be looking for. If you have small children, you might want to visit the southeast coast for example. For the best quiet beaches check these out:
The North beaches:
» Fokos Beach (quiet, plus one small and tasty restaurant!)
» Merssini (private beach best for couples! No restaurant)
The South beaches:
» Kalaftis (beautiful, windsurfing, good for children)
» Kapari beach (great for couples, to get there you must go off-road a little bit)
» Agios Ioannis Beach (some nice beach bars like Hippiefish but very chilled out and not crowded)
The hard-to-find Kapari beach. Psst, it’s a secret!
The water on Mykonos is like.. wow.
Accommodation on Mykonos:
Firstly, you must know that hotels on Mykonos can be quite expensive during the high season. So if you’re looking for the best budget deal, check out the Paraga Beach Hostel at Paraga Beach. The view from the poolside is amazing and you won’t spend more than 120 euros for 3 nights depending on what accommodation type you will get. I slept in a 2-person tent (TRB) with electricity but you can also hire a small tent for as little as 15 euros per night. The only thing to be aware of is that on the left side of paraga beach you will find the infamous Paradise beach which is full of youngsters getting their groove on until 4 in the morning. Bring some earplugs and you should be fine though. The service at this hostel is great and they serve food all day long and even have a small supermarket.
Next door to this hostel is an amazing boutique hotel called Soho Roc House. This is a completely different experience and a big upgrade! I was lucky enough to get a tour and taste the amazing breakfast buffet. The hotel manager (who happened to be Dutch) explained to me that a lot of her guests come here to get that comfortable “home” feeling that large hotels don’t offer. Soho Roc’s architecture suits any type of traveler because it’s warm, stylish screams hippie chic.
Their pool area is by far my favorite place in the hotel. Overlooking the Aegean sea, you can chill here on large beds or relax at the bar next to the pool. I enjoyed my first healthy smoothly here and it cured my cold which I brought back from The Netherlands.
For rooms check their amazing website.
Endless views from the pool area
A colorful vitamin boost!
San Giorgio also has a stylish little brother called the Scorpios beach club just on the other side of Paraga beach. Same architect, different management. As soon as it opened it already attracted celebrities and the elite. I danced at sunset which is something you must do when coming to Mykonos. In case you’re curious, read here about the best beach bars in Mykonos. In the “club” they also have an amazing clothing shop where they sell one Mexican label called Caravana Montaecristo. They offer an exclusive capsule collection for luxury-minded globetrotting travelers.
Where to eat
The main town of Mykonos is called Chora. Be aware that it’s crowded at night and you will walk through the small street at a slow pace. The best time to visit is in the morning. I have to be honest and I have to say I was a little disappointed by the food in this area and it was overpriced when you compare it to the more secluded areas. One restaurant I can highly recommend is Joanna’s, Nikos Place Taverna. The food is amazing. Try the moussaka or the fresh fish from the grill! It’s situated on the left beach next to Chora and it can be busy. If you want a table with a sea view, you must make a reservation.
Mykonos Budget Tip:
Try and visit your nearest bakery and order a feta and spinach roll or if you like something sweet, try the pastry filled with cream. Both are typically Greek and this way you can have lunch on the beach and save some cash! A win-win right?
Our verdict about Mykonos:
Mykonos is a must-visit if you like the jet-set life, don’t mind spending a little more cash than usual and dancing until sunset. This island hasn’t lost its raw beauty yet so definitely check out the aforementioned beaches and enjoy the white and blue houses! If you’re looking for a more quiet island, check out Naxos, or Folegandros which are nearby.