As you may know from my first Greece travel diaries post. My friends and I took a 10-day girls trip to Greece last June. Our second stop was Mykonos, which many people told us was the party island. It was definitely one of the more lively islands that we visited and had many nightlife options along with many daytime beach clubs – more about that later.
Where we stayed
We stayed at Porto Mykonos. It was the perfect location (close to everything). It was a short 5 min walk into Mykonos town, where we found all the restaurants and nightlife. The views from the hotel we STUNNING! Everywhere you looked, you had a spectacular view of the ocean and the sunrise/sunset. There were three of us in our room and, we got upgraded to a suite, which was quite large. No air conditioning, but with windows open at night, the breeze and the Kevin Hart audiobook put us right to sleep! The hotel also offered a level breakfast buffet that was included in our package. So, it was nice to start the day off with free food!
What we saw
To be honest other than Mykonos Town and the beach, there wasn’t too much to see in Mykonos. But the town itself was beautiful with the cobblestone-lined streets, stunning white buildings, and an array of bright coloured flowers with a maze-like feel.
The windmills are considered to be one of the most famous monuments of the Cyclades islands. They sit on a small hill just east of Mykonos town (also known as Chora).
Although they are no longer functional, they have an iconic sphere share, with wooden pointed roofs for help battle the strong winds in Mykonos. They were originally used for grain grinding and contributed to the economic development of the island.
Now, they make for some great Instagram photos, and a great treat on your walk to the other side of town.
We discovered this on our last morning in Mykonos; at the time, we didn’t realize it was a famous church. But, we later learned that Panagia Paraportiani is actually six churches that were built right next to each other over time. The main church center in the complex is called Agios Efstathios, with three others surrounding it. The dome church, the Church of the Virgin Mary, was constructed on top of the main church. The oldest building was built in 1425, with the most recent built in the late 17th century.
Mykonos Town (Chora)
We did a bit of shopping in Mykonos Town, lots of charming boutiques with greek designers and some American name brands. Every few steps, you see a restaurant, a gelato shop, or a cute store. It was really a picturesque shopping adventure that we definitely got lost in once or twice.
Italy is not the only place with a little Venice. Mykonos’ little Venice has an array of cute bars and Italian inspired restaurants that line the coast. We actually visited a famous one on our last morning in Mykonos called La Negrita (don’t love the name), but they had delicious alcoholic smoothies!
Where we partied
Super Paradise was a beautiful beach club, the water was FREEZING! So, we didn’t really swim too much (but we did take a dip for a group photo-op). But we paid a flat rate that included a cabana bed and a credit towards drinks and food. We went spent about 5-6 hours there, we danced, we tanned, we drank, we danced some more and then went home. It had the perfect day time party vibe.
Tropicana Beach Club
We visited Tropicana during the week, so it was a much more low key vibe than Super Paradise, but it was a perfect way to spend our last full day on the island. We paid a fee for our chairs and umbrella, but it didn’t include drinks or food. Jen and I absolutely loved the flavoured mojitos that they had a Tropicana, they were not cheap, but we figured what the heck we’re in Greece – just do it!
What we ate
We had two nice dinner outing in Mykonos. The first night we ate at Vegera it was right by the water, and we had delicious seafood and wine (it was recommended by our hotel). Our last night in Mykonos, we ate Italian at Casa Di Giorgio in Mykonos Town. We stumbled across this restaurant on a walk, and we were glad we did as the food was AMAZING! (especially the truffle pasta). We also ate a few lunches in Mykonos town, which consisted of Solouvaki and Dalkos salads and gelato!
The next stop on our Greece trip was Naxos, which had an amazing beach and a super chill vibe. Stayed tuned for our post about Naxos.
You can read about our first stop in Athens (here).