This island is like an enchanted world. The colors are blinding and a week is not enough to discover, appreciate, and relax. Mykonos is the home of fun of course, but not only. During my trip, I was staying at the Mykonos Moussa Suites, just in front of the beach of Agios Ioannis, a small sandy beach almost deserted. The accommodation was great, so I would recommend it!
The hosts prepared a different cake for us every morning and came to pick us up at the airport. On the way, they recommended good restaurants and gave us advice. Moreover, they told us about the history of Mykonos and its sister islands. The houses were once not white and blue, but made of stone, and that only after an epidemic they covered them with white, because it is an antibacterial and allowed to keep the heat out. The blue was added later, to break up the glow of the white.
The center of Mykonos is famous for its narrow streets and its small stores, one equal to another. The city has two ports: the old and the new, where cruise ships dock. The things to see are not many, after the characteristic mills and Little Venice, get lost a little ‘here and there, enter the stores and browse. I was impressed by the amount of exhibitions and art galleries on the island, I never thought I’d find so many in such a small place!
Where to buy
If you’re interested in the local food I recommend the grocery store: Chocolat, with all the typical products of the island. Then, Katerina Tzima where you can find many natural products for the home but also for the body, not only with olive oil but also with donkey’s milk, famous for its nourishing properties. If you prefer jewellery, I recommend The Corner Jewellery Market of Stathis Kontarinis in 27 Kouzi Georgouli Street, there are so many that you will lose your mind. If you are a lover of home furnishings take a look at Chora Mykonos.
Where to eat
There’s a great ice cream shop in the old port: Gelarte. It also makes waffles, pancakes, smoothies and so on. There’s also the baklava flavor from the famous traditional sweets soaked in honey.
If you have decided to follow my advice and stay in Agios Ioannis, you’ll have a lot of choice among the various restaurants in the area. You can choose between Pili or Hippie Fish, where they shot the famous movie Sharley Valentine. A few steps away, there’s the Beef bar of the famous leading hotel of the world Bill & Coo. In the center, Kastro’s offers a view of the blue sea. Sitting at one of its tables around sunset time is the best gift you could ever give yourself.
Where to sunbathe
Usually the best way to move is to rent a vehicle, be it a quad, a scooter or a car, these allow you to reach comfortably and without waiting for public transport. I preferred not to and I must say public transport were working really well. To reach the most beautiful beaches, you must take the bus from the old port of Mykonos, then cross the small town. This allowed me to enjoy the streets of the city in peace and with the sunlight that makes the colors of the houses even more striking than they seem.
Ornos. I don’t recommend it in August because otherwise in front of you’ll see boats and boats and you’ll not be able to enjoy the view. Ornos is also a small town, where you will find a fantastic pastry shop, Caramelo, where I recommend you to try the famous and typical sweets – baklava. In Ornos, you can eat at Apaggio, part of a resort.
Elia Beach. Not only is the beach beautiful, but also the facilities and restaurants are.
Kalo Livadi. This beach is magnificent, but the wind can blow so hard that the grains of sand look like little pins that sting you.
Of course, Agios Ioannis, which is quiet and small.