Mykonos: a place I’ve been dreaming to visit since I was a child. Thankfully dreams do come true and I’ve been lucky to visit the island four times!
Even if you haven’t been to Mykonos, I’m sure you’ve heard or read about the island and its attractions. Sandy sunwashed beaches leading into the lazy azure waters of the Aegean Sea. Mykonos Old Town with its labyrinth of narrow cobblestone lanes and whitewashed houses with their distinctive blue doors and windows. Sunset at the iconic Windmills of Mykonos. Charming Little Venice seaside, with its vibrant restaurants, taverns and clubs. And the busy harbor lined with arriving and departing cruise ships – including the local Mykonos mascot: a massive Pelican.
My friends and I love walking around and exploring Mykonos Town, where the shops stay open until late every night – or early mornings, when all the revellers fall out the bars and clubs (many of which rival the clubbing scene in Ibiza). Otherwise rent a scooter or quad bike and discover the more rustic side of the island – off the beaten track, there are amazing views of the shimmering ocean and vantage points for great photos. If you’ve been to Mykonos before, you’re undoubtedly familiar with these and many other sights and sounds. You will fall in love with the charm of the island, its people, and the breath-taking scenery wherever you go.
My top travel tips for Mykonos:
- Jackie’O Super Paradise Beach is definitely my favorite place. They serve great food and cocktails – and this is the best place to welcome in sunset and the evening. For the more adventurous traveller, the beach club offers the best drag show on the island. My favorite performer is Priscilla. There are videos of her on my Instagram. Just a word of caution: don’t get in the way or interrupt a feisty drag queen – you will end up soaked in the swimming pool!
- Elia Beach with its crystal clear waters is one of the most popular beaches in Mykonos. Make sure you arrive early so you can grab a sunbed before it gets crowded at midday.
- Arrive early to photograph the Windmills of Mykonos and Little Venice at Mykonos Old Town. It can be difficult to get a good shot when they’re surrounded by people. Sunset is another great time for a great shot but there will be lots of people up there. In addition, you will encounter families of stray cats eager to make your acquaintance.
- If you fancy spotting celebrities or movie stars, you should definitely go to Nammos at Psarou Beach. Hakkasan is definitely one of the fanciest and best restaurants on the island. If you’re more inclined for good traditional Greek cuisine, venture out of Myknos Town to some of the more authentic restaurants tucked away all over the island.
Above are some of my favorite pictures taken in Mykonos. I hope you will like them and can see why there is no place like Mykonos to me. What is your favorite island for a holiday? Please leave your comments below.