There is a regular ferry between Athens’ Piraeus and Rafina ports and Mykonos port. Weather conditions and the type of vessel have an impact on the duration of the cruise. Therefore, the ferry crossing can take anything from 2 hr 30 min to about 5 hours.
By the way, a bit further down I’m giving some tips on avoiding the Mykonos crowds. That is if you’re looking for a quiet day between all the sightseeing.
Meandering the streets of Mykonos’ town on day one is total bliss. The first thing to know is that the town center is known as ‘the Chora’. You can easily get lost in the smattering of small boutiques and shops, plenty of historic old churches, and the white-washed buildings dressed in flowing bougainvilleas.
Try a traditional Greek Platter for lunch. Greece, and Mykonos is no exception, is known for crumbling feta cheese, perfectly flavored olives, and Dolmades (stuffed vine/grape leaves). Also, Tzatziki (a classical Greek dip/appetizer), or if you feel like a salad, ask for Choriatiki (cucumber, olives, tomatoes, and feta cheese.)
Come dinner time, try traditional Greek dishes such as (pictured below from left to right):
Salads go with almost all meals, so don’t forget to order your Choriatiki.
If you’re into clubbing, you’re at the right place. Mykonos is also known as the Ibiza of Greece.
From left to right, the 16th-century Kato Mili windmills are an amazing sunset photo opportunity on your second evening in Chora. But before that:
By now you would have met Petros the pelican, the mascot of the Greek island of Mykonos.
Staying longer than three days is almost not optional. I recommend a visit to the neighboring island and a paradise for history lovers, Delos. Over and above Delos, there are plenty of mind-blowing excursions that will make this an unforgettable holiday. Have a look…
An excursion to the village of Ano Mera is worth it if you want to get away from the crowds.
Speaking of which, a bit to the north lies Panormos Beach, which is much quieter than the popular beaches. This is because it is quite a distance (17 km) from Chora. But again, it’s worth it if you want to avoid the crowds. It’s a nice day trip, because there is an artificial lake on your way to explore, and on the northwestern side, is Armenistis Lighthouse. Beautiful!
When you stay a bit longer, you have enough time for some serious beach hopping. Paranga Beach, mentioned before, is one of the most popular beaches together with Super Paradise, and Paradise.
Look for free cancellation options: Some hotels offer free cancellation up until a certain date. Booking accommodations with free cancellation can provide flexibility in case your plans change.
Check the map view: Booking.com has a map view feature that shows the location of hotels. This can help you identify accommodations in areas that are both desirable and affordable.
One thing we all know only too well is the cost of living where we live. However, what we don’t know is how it compares to our dream holiday destination. Compare city to city on typical holiday expenses. Like the cost of dinner out, or the cost of groceries (self-catering holidays), or transport such as taxis, buses, and trains.
Roll your clothes instead of folding them to save space in your luggage. This also helps prevent wrinkles and makes it easier to find specific items.
If you come to Mykonos via Athens, why not include an unforgettable food experience to set the mood!? Have a look…