VISITING MYKONOS - A HANDY LITTLE TRAVEL GUIDE
Did you read my post on Island Hopping in Greece last week? If so then you know that I promised to share another post all about Mykonos as well, and as promised - here it is!
Mykonos - the island famous for its white painted cobbled narrow streets, windmills and party beaches. My boyfriend and I started our holiday in Mykonos about three weeks ago, where we were staying about a 10-minute walk from Little Venice and Mykonos Old Town. We stayed at a lovely boutique hotel called Harmony Boutique Hotel, right by the old port. A little note to the ferry section in my recent Greek Island Hopping post, only Sea Jets goes to and from the old port (a slightly more central port), the other larger ferries go from the new port. It was super handy for us though, as we were actually travelling with Sea Jets and could just walk over the road for our ferry taking us to Naxos. The travel agency for ticket printing was also super close to the hotel, only two doors down! So, this was a pretty handy area to stay in :)
Mykonos Town is a very pretty old town, with its picturesque cobbled streets forming what feels like a labyrinth. Some of the streets are super tiny, and we kept getting lost there :P Mykonos Town is packed with restaurants and bars some being located right on the seafront where the waves are spraying water on you whilst eating. It’s very idyllic (but expensive!). We enjoyed staying walking distance from this part of Mykonos, as we could walk to and from having dinner in the evenings. We also enjoyed wandering around the narrow Old Town streets looking at all their shops and pretty buildings, once the sun had gone down.
PARAGA AND PARADISE BEACH
During the day we went to some of the beach located on a different part of the island, as the city beach isn’t exactly somewhere worth visiting. Especially not when you have stunning beaches just a 15-minute drive away. There are buses going regularly between Mykonos Town (Fabrika bus station) and the beaches, and they cost next to nothing - €2 or something (but make sure to bring cash)! You can also, of course, also get a taxi to the beaches or rent a quad bike to take around the island. I insisted we took the bus, which Ben wasn't too happy about, especially seeing it was super packed and we had to stand the whole way. hehe! Most of the passengers went off at Paradise beach, but we stayed on to go to Paraga as we wanted to visit a beach club recommended to us by some friends, called Scorpios. Annoyingly this beach club hadn't opened for the season yet, and we were met by builders getting the place ready when going there. I bet we were only a couple of days too early. Scorpios did look like a cool place though, even when shut - so we will try and visit there next time we are in Mykonos :) Last time I visited Mykonos during September last year with my friend Linn, we also went to Paraga beach where we spent the day at the other beach club there called Paraga Beach Hostel & Camping. Doesn't sound very glam I know, but its actually a really cool place to visit - and way cheaper than Scorpios. It's right on the beach, they have pool parties there, great food and frozen strawberry margaritas - so we were very happy! :P I took Ben there after our Scorpios fail, and we spent a couple of nice hours there :)
After spending half the day at Paraga beach which was quite chilled, we decided to walk over to Paradise beach to see what all the fuss is about. Paradise is known for being the main party beach, and it was only about a 10-minute walk away from Paraga. The walk is beautiful but a bit tricky too as it's along the cliffs going out to the sea, totally doable though! Already after turning the first corner, and seeing Paradise Beach in the distance, we could already hear the pumping music - so we knew we were definitely walking the right direction. After following the music for another 5 - 10 minutes we ended up in Paradise... :P haha. If your idea of paradise is sugary 2-4-1 cocktails and girls in string bikinis dancing on a podium. Pretty sure it's not my parade... However, we did have a really fun time there. We ended up at a beach club called Tropicana, where we stayed until the sun went down before taking a taxi back (Ben refused to get back into a bus :P lol). We both decided we would love to go back to Paradise Beach and Tropicana with a group of friends next time and dance all day on the beach :) So if beach parties are your thing, then I can recommend visiting Paradise beach - but for a slightly more chilled day by the pool (but still on the beach with total party vibes - just a bit less of it) then visit the Paraga Beach Hostel & Camping. Or visit Scorpios for a more sophisticated day on the beach.
Next week I'll be sharing my last of this series of Greece related post and it is going to be all about Santorini. So make sure to keep an eye out here at THE4OFUS.co.uk if you want more travel tips for island hopping in The Cyclades. Or if you just fancy visiting one of these beautiful islands :)