After our Greek Island sail at the end of August, a few of us continued onto Mykonos for 4 days of fun before heading back to London.
I had been to Mykonos once before but it was back in 2008 (6 years ago!) after 4 weeks travelling and partying around Europe. I only had vague memories of the main town so it was great to have a chance to re-explore the island and discover why I loved it so much the first time round. One thing that stuck in my mind from my first visit was the amazing nightlife and atmosphere – there were people everywhere, at all hours! Most of the restaurants and cafes stay open until the very early hours of the morning and even the clothes shops don’t shut until 2 or 3am. It’s a very different lifestyle compared to Australia where a lot of restaurants close or stop serving food at 9pm. The relaxed lifestyle suited us well because it meant we could explore the town and beaches during the day, have a shower (and maybe a siesta) before going out for dinner, head back to our apartment to nap for an hour or two, and then pre-drink and go out around 2am. It was an easy life to get used to!
After spending seven days in some of the smaller Greek Islands, Mykonos seemed huge so we were happy we had 4 days to explore. We spent hours wandering through the winding white alleyways of Mykonos Town by day and by night, discovering new places and uncovering more food opportunities. I was surprised by how many cool boutiques, bars and art galleries there were because on first impression the main streets just seemed to be lined with the usual tourist traps. The town had a great chilled out vibe during the day which completely changed at night to a vibrant, pumping atmosphere as soon as the streets lit up and everyone started coming out to have dinner and drinks with family and friends. We mixed up our nights between checking out the local bars in town and venturing out to the beach clubs/parties. The beach parties were a lot of fun (and had to be done considering Mykonos’ reputation as a party town!) but I also really enjoyed having a relaxed/quieter night at Scarpa, a cute sea-side cocktail bar in Little Venice where we were treated to a blazing red moon setting over the ocean.
Apart from the parties, Mykonos is also famous for its beaches so we spent most afternoons exploring what the island had to offer. We ventured to Super Paradise for a fun beach club session, Nammos to see how the rich and famous live, Ornos for a more chilled out sun session and Elia, one of the bigger and more beautiful beaches in Mykonos. They were all quite different but each beach was almost entirely covered by sun lounges and umbrellas. This was great for relaxing and soaking up the sunshine but it also detracted from the natural beauty of these places. I think I prefer the more untouched looking beaches (like in Sardinia) or the beaches where it is 50-50 beach and lounges. Nonetheless, the sun was hot and the water was crystal clear and refreshing so I couldn’t really complain!
Spending four days in Mykonos was the perfect way to end our Greek Islands trip. By this time we had well and truly consumed our body weight in moussaka, shrimp saganaki, yiros, octopus and squid, partied our way across 7 towns, soaked up enough sunshine to restore any vitamin D deficiency, applied countless bottles of sunscreen and had our fix of beach time. It was pretty hard to say goodbye to Greece after 11 epic days but everything has to come to an end at some point and at least we had plenty of amazing photos and even better memories to sustain us until the next adventure.
Photos by Micu and I.
© 2014 Fiona Tregeagle.