HomeTravelEurope6 Reasons Why You Need to go to Mykonos Gabrielle Morley-Ham February 15, 2015 Europe, Greece, Travel 4 Comments We quickly regretted booking our weeklong holiday to Mykonos. As we excitedly shared the news of our upcoming trip, the faces of our well-cruised family friends dropped as they warned us to expect crowds and drunkenness. They could not have been more wrong. Mykonos: Gay capital of Greece? Cruising mecca? Party haven? Perhaps in the peak summer months. Choose to visit this beautiful island in the late Spring or early Autumn however and you’ll see a much quieter side to Mykonos. A Cycladic town fit for romance, exploration and tranquility. Here are our 6 reasons why you should go to Mykonos. 1. BEAUTY OF MYKONOS You only have to see a photo of Mykonos to realise the staggering beauty of the town. With its white washed walls, shutters in endless shades of blue and cobbled streets – it really is stunning. The locals clearly (and quite rightly) take great pride in their town; constantly washing down the cobbled streets and keeping the walls a fresh, bright white. Mykonos is spotless. Walking around the maze of streets, a more beautiful viewpoint around every turn. If photography is your thing, you won’t want to put your camera away. 2. PEOPLE OF MYKONOS They say that the people make the place. Mykonos has the stunning place and the wonderful people. From jolly locals, to conversations with friendly shop owners and restauranteurs remembering your name and acknowledging you with a smile as you pass by… you will be made to feel welcome here. This was no more evident than in our fantastic hotel: Apanema Resort. When we arrived at the airport, the lovely Marcelino pulled up in his little car to drive us to the hotel (free of charge of course) and there we were offered an extremely generous upgrade. As we visited Mykonos before the start of the high season, the hotel was very quiet, which meant we were able to upgrade to the best room (complete with jacuzzi!) at an extremely generous price. On our first night, we were served dinner by the lovely Maya. She took the time to get to know us, advise us on the best places to visit and eat in the town – a great personal touch that is so rare in hotels these days. I couldn’t write this post without mentioning the fabulous George – (Imagine a Greek Manuel). He was an absolute dream. Nothing was ever too much trouble. We would be enjoying the views on our balcony and his little head would pop around the side with yet another plate of complimentary food. Legend. Needless to say, we were sad to leave. Here we are with Marcelino and George on our last evening at Apanema. If you visit Mykonos, stay here, you won’t regret it. 3. FOOD IN MYKONOS We weren’t expecting it from the little Greek island, but the food was second to none. From our first afternoon when we ambled down to the town, sat in a little bar on the waterfront for a drink and were offered a medley of different Greek treats… we knew we were set to return home a few pounds heavier. We were only in Mykonos a week so we didn’t have time to sample every restaurant we would have liked to, but we did treat ourselves to meals at a couple of places – which you shouldn’t miss. #1 M-Eating We’d heard a lot about M-Eating before arriving in Mykonos and we knew we had to try it for ourselves. Our first afternoon in the town, we spent a good two hours ambling around the streets trying to locate the restaurant. We found it and booked a spot for dinner to sample the traditional Mediterranean cuisine. Now, M-Eating is a little on the pricey side and was very much a treat for us… but I can honestly say, the food and the experience were more than worth the money. The food was absolutely delicious; possibly some of the best we’ve tasted, the waiting staff were lovely and the chef made the effort to walk around and chat to every table at the end of service. Don’t miss this place – it’s worth visiting Mykonos just for this slice of food heaven. It was so good, we decided we could live off baked beans for the next month and booked to return on our last night. Find out more. #2 Katerina’s Katerina’s boasts the best spot in town. Smack bang in the middle of the beautiful ‘Little Venice’ with it’s balcony extending over the aegean sea… this is the perfect place to indulge in a glass of wine (or five) and watch the sun go down. Absolute bliss. Make sure you book, have a chat with the staff and request a table on the balcony… these are quite rightly high in demand… but well worth the wait. Once you do get your spot and indulge in the delicious Mediterranean food, make sure you leave some room for the Chocolate Heaven dessert – it does what it says on the tin… eat it! 4. DRINK IN MYKONOS We love a drink as much as the next person… (unless that person is t-total. Then we love it more. A lot more) but we’ve outgrown drunken parties where you remember nothing and inevitably end up making a fool of yourself (speaking from experience?). When we visited Mykonos in late April-early May, it took mere seconds to fall in love with the place. In fact, it wasn’t until we stumbled across what quickly became our favourite spot – Montparnasse Piano Bar (picture vivacious American cabaret singers, umbrella dressed cocktails and extremely camp waiters) that we realised the renowned identity of the town as the ‘gay capital of Europe’. We loved it and went back to that bar four nights running. Sipping on delicious cocktails listening to American cabaret singer Kathy ‘Babe’ Robinson sing classic hit after classic hit – this place was absolutely brilliant. Being the only straight couple in the place, I learnt to ignore the sympathetic glances from the waiters who obviously thought James was in denial and that I was his ‘beard’. 5. SIGHTS OF MYKONOS Little Venice – Situated to the very West of Mykonos; Little Venice is undoubtably the most beautiful and romantic spot on this Greek island – especially at sunset. With its trademark balconies hanging over the Aegean sea it is said that back in the 16th and 17th centuries, piracy was common in this area and Little Venice was used as a quick pick up and drop off spot for pirated goods. Nowadays it’s beauty and character is unparalleled. The perfect spot for a cocktail at sunset. Mykonos Windmills – As well as the stunning streets and beautiful waterfront, don’t miss a trip to Mykonos’ iconic windmills. One of the key Mykonos sights since the 16th century and in use up until the early 20th century this magnificent row of windmills were perfectly placed to grind the local wheat using the powerful force of the northern wind. 6. ROMANCE IN MYKONOS Mykonos is one of the most romantic places James and I have visited together. There is a magical aura about the place… you feel like no one knows where you are and that you have somehow uncovered a jewel that no one else knows about. We visited Mykonos back in 2010 and we still reminisce on a weekly basis. If we’ve had a stressful day at work and just want to get away… it’s Mykonos that pops into our heads. Give us a moussaka, give us a cocktail and let us get lost in its maze of white washed walls. TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmail squirrel Burnham What a fabulous site……can’t wait to sample more…inspirational ! http://eostories.com/ eo.stories You have beautiful photos on your blog! Just found you guys via twitter and happy to read more of your stories 😉 It’s been a dream of mine to go to some of the Greek islands and can’t believe it still hasn’t happened considering Greece is a neighboring country. -Sianna theglobewanderers Hi Sianna, thanks so much for your comment. Really pleased you’re enjoying our blog and great to hear that the Greek islands are high up on your travel list! Have to say Mykonos is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been – I’m desperate to return! There are so many other Greek Islands that look just as stunning, Santorini being right up there! We look forward to hearing about your visit once you make it to Greece! 🙂 Maounas Very nice photos and the wine next to the sea !! I suggest if you have not visited Delos to go is very nice, you will see an ancient side of Mykonos !! And you can easily go hiring a boat in Mykonos and at 20-25 ‘you will be there! Do a cruise, I think you will like it !!