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A view of Mykonos port by Pawel Kazmierczak

Mykonos reigns supreme as Greece’s perfect island getaway

It generally takes a while to embrace a new destination, until I form an opinion on it. But not here… I’m instantly in love with Mykonos!

Mykonos, Greece

It generally takes a while to embrace a new destination, until I form an opinion on it. But not here… I’m instantly in love!

My first sightings of Mykonos Island in Greece are of vivid whitewashed houses and hotels with vibrant blue doors and window frames, plumes of intensely colourful bougainvillaea and glorious sunshine framed by the dazzling Aegean Sea.

Matsuhisa Mykonos at the Belvedere Hotel
Matsuhisa Mykonos at the Belvedere Hotel

After checking into our delightful hotel we make our way up the stairs to our patio with epic views over Mykonos Town, its colourful boat filled port and the island’s famous five windmills.

Our first walk takes us to the waterfront bar and restaurant area known as Little Venice where we meet one of Mykonos’s most famous residents Petros, the flamingo coloured pelican. There are only a few pelicans that live on Mykonos Island and they all have star billing.

Shops and bars by street at the famous tourist spot of downtown on island Mykonos by Littleaom
Shops and bars by street at the famous tourist spot of downtown on island Mykonos by Littleaom

Next is a visit to the local Greek Gyros shop. For the uninitiated, a Greek Gyros is pita bread stuffed with your favourite filling be it lamb, chicken, pork or falafel, then smothered in tzatziki and filled with tomato, lettuce and onion. The secret ingredient to a Mykonos Gyros, is they stuff them with handmade hot chips.

Greek food is exceptional yet humble. Our two favourite meals were at Nikolas Taverna, a family owned restaurant located in Agia Anna on Paraga Beach and is staffed by all the relatives including Mum, Dad, Aunties, Uncles and Grand Parents. And the other was at Mykonos’s first five-star hotel ‘The Belvedere’ and is called Matsuhisa Mykonos, another innovative creation by the famous chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The meal we devoured was a seven-course gastronomical delight.

Belvedere Hotel poolside
Belvedere Hotel poolside

Soon after our first town tour and gyros fix we go to one of the many vehicle and bike hire shops to hire a scooter. The three most popular forms of transport apart from buses and taxis are motorbikes, motor trikes and cars.

Benches with pillows in a typical Greek bar in Mykonos by TravnikovStudio
Benches with pillows in a typical Greek bar in Mykonos by TravnikovStudio

Mykonos in summer is a party town and the after-dark vibe is like New Year’s Eve. Every night! In town, the little bars are full of high-octane partygoers overflowing onto the narrow streets and the energy is pulsating.

To fully understand this party island culture you have to go to one of their legendary beaches where sunbaking, swimming, eating and drinking cocktails mixed with day and night partying all morph into one. DJ’S pump up the music and day turns into night and visa versa and one can start their day at the beach and still be there partying when the sun rises and sets as the days go by.

SPECTACULAR VIEWS OVER OLD TOWN MYKONOS, ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS IN GREECE.

Some of the most popular party beaches just to name a few are: Paraga Beach, with the trendy Kalua beach club. Also after 4 pm, Scorpios Bar goes off and on Paradise Beach there is the extremely popular Tropicana Beach Bar. One of the best though is Super Paradise Beach where the island’s fabulous Jackie O’ Beach Club and Restaurant with its beachside pool is a must for the hardcore go all day and night drinking, dancing, heaving pinging party freaks.

Paradise beach of Mykonos, Greece. Sunny with blue sky and crystal clear water by Kim Pin Super
Paradise beach of Mykonos, Greece. Sunny with blue sky and crystal clear water by Kim Pin Super

The beach culture is legendary and buffed waiters are on hand to deliver food and drinks. The water here is as beautiful as you can find anywhere in the world and once a day bed is procured you’re not moving anywhere.

Some destinations I travel to are definitely once only and as much as I love them I wouldn’t go back due to the fact there are so many places in the world to visit and so little time. Mykonos Island is not one of those! ◼

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© This article was first published in Feb-Mar 2018 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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