Let me tell you something — this Greek trip has been a long time coming. I've basically been trying to get to Mykonos our entire four years in Italy, but flights were always expensive, out of too-far airports or we just couldn't make the schedule line up. We actually booked this trip for Memorial Day weekend, and had to cancel it due to Tyler's work schedule — so when I rebooked it with EasyJet/Volotea for Labor Day, I wasn't sure if it would actually happen! But I'm so glad we finally made it to Mykonos.
Apparently, Mykonos is known as quite the party island, and I wasn't really aware of that until after we booked our trip (call me a square). Being pregnant also didn't really bode well for the partying scene, though we managed to get one afternoon in — yeah, that's how I party, in the afternoon, before I get too tired. But honestly, Mykonos is great whether you're a party animal or not — the food is amazing, you'll never tire of the white buildings and the weather is fantastic (though windy!).
We didn't have lofty goals for Mykonos, much like most of our trips. We just wanted some picturesque spots, maybe a beach or two, and some good food. We had planned to rent an ATV early on, but were really worried about the safety of that, being pregnant and all, so we rented a car, which was perfect because our Airbnb was about 15 minutes from the downtown area (which would've been an interesting, divorce-inspiring trek on an ATV).
Whether you plan to party, want to fill up your Insta feed with blue and white, or just want to beach — I've got some tips for a long weekend in Mykonos!
WHAT WE DID IN MYKONOS:
- Took pictures all throughout Little Venice: We can't ever escape Italy, can we? Our favorite part of Mykonos was probably Little Venice, named for its waterfront buildings, where every alley is a totally adorable scene. We tried to ditch the boys a couple times, who were not interested in our attempt to turn our exploration into an Instagram shoot — they were happier after grabbing a few beers to walk around with. Our favorite photo spots were the gorgeous white Paraportiani Orthodox Church, the Kato Mili Windmills, and an awesome view of the windmills from Rhapsody Bar. Definitely check out my map down below for more photo spots!
- Had an organic dining experience at Farma: Hands down, our favorite meal in Mykonos was at this new organic restaurant, Farma, that serves Aegean cuisine. It was literally 5 minutes from our Airbnb on Ftelia Bay, but it's absolutely worth the drive if you're not staying nearby. The restaurant is only open seasonally, and it's basically all outdoor dining, but it's a huge and gorgeous place with views of the bay. There isn't a menu, as it rotates with what's in season at the moment, and our waiter basically very casually came over and verbally told us all of the options, course by course. We got WAY too much food (it's definitely family style) and we also didn't know the prices until the end, but decided we didn't care and were fine with splurging (they weren't that bad if you don't get something at every course, which we did). Every single thing we ate was delicious.
- Relaxed in our giant Airbnb on Ftelia Bay: We totally loved our Airbnb in Mykonos, with its gorgeous ocean views and white archways and seriously relaxing jacuzzi tub. It was definitely off the beaten path, which we're usually into (though we did have trouble getting our tiny rental up the hill a few times!). It was nice to be away from the party scene, and obviously more affordable though. If you want to try Airbnb, here's a code for $30 off your first night!
- Partied a little too hard at Paradise Beach: Basically every American we talked to that had been to Mykonos recommended we check out Paradise Beach. I'm pregnant and wasn't really ready to throw down, but was down to be DD, hang out on the beach and dance a little, and we had a blast. We got to the beach around 2 and rented a couple of umbrella chairs (I think it was 20€ for two for the day) and got drinks, food and swam a bit. Around 4 p.m. is when the party starts up (with the serious stuff around 11 p.m. apparently, with something about a pool and a sunrise party — not exactly our scene) and all the bars nearby started the music and dancing. Delaney and I meandered over to Tropicana Beach Bar at some point and noticed that they were literally having a toga party, and couldn't resist joining in. We made the boys join in and spent the rest of the day there until the partiers were pooped!
MORE OF WHAT WE DID IN MYKONOS:
- Explored the Chora, or Mykonos City: Like I said above, we absolutely loved the downtown area in Mykonos. Delaney and I aren't souvenir people, but we bought our share of jewelry and evil eye talismen. We also surprisingly had a few good meals — both of them brunch! Hands down, our favorite was Kastro's Bar, which you'll see all over Pinterest for its cute alleyway leading into the ocean — we got an affordable brunch there, complete with our staple of the trip — caffe freddo. We also had a surprisingly good waterfront breakfast at Rouvera Cafe, with views of the harbor — though we're easy to please, as it's near impossible to find anything besides a brioche for breakfast in Italy!
- Bought fine leather goods at Scandali Boutique: Speaking of the Chora, Delaney and I accidentally stumbled upon this cute little shop while we were trying to take a new profile picture (we're vain, but honest). After taking pictures outside of his shop for a good few minutes, we decided to wander into George's shop, and oops, there were adorable leather sandals there. George, who actually lives about 30 minutes from us in Italy in the off season, was totally sweet and makes customized leather sandals (though he also sells hats and a small selection of clothing). Well, we got a little excited and picked out sandals and trim and 30 minutes later, George had made them for us!
- Beached and ate on Ftelia Bay: Our Airbnb was just off Ftelia Bay, which is apparently a popular windsurfing beach. It can look a little rough around the edges at first, and can look more like a dirt pile than a beach, but the actual beach is great and clean and there's a man in a totally cute green VW van who rents out cabanas and bean bags for the day. We also had a great meal at the totally adorable Ftelia Restaurant, and hopped over to Alemagou Beach Bar Restaurant for a party later that night (and tried to eat there the next night, but were unable due to a wedding being thrown there!). If you want to get away from the crowds in Mykonos, Ftelia is a very cool little trendy spot that seems very off the beaten path.
- Stocked up on goodies at Veneti Bakery: We actually ended up meeting our Airbnb host at this bakery, which wasn't far from the airport and off the main highway in Mykonos. We ended up going back a second time because they had so many good-looking pastries and sandwiches, and we became pretty obsessed with Greece's cold coffees — caffe freddo or freddo cappuccino. It was the perfect spot to stop!
Photos and text © Katie Currid, Delaney Perez or Tyler Jackson, 2017. All rights reserved.