BEACHY KEEN: Chantelle Kimberley soaks up the sun on Mykonos
WHEN GIVEN the option to visit Mykonos or Santorini, both such beautiful Greek islands, it was a difficult decision, but Mykonos was the chosen destination.
Known for its iconic architecture and white Cyclade buildings, the Island is known as the Ibiza of Greece and is one of the most popular places to visit, providing a stunning picturesque landscape along with its famous sunsets and beautiful beaches.
There is a lot to discover in Mykonos Town, or Chora as the locals call it. A beautiful town with cobbled streets and stunning white buildings. There are hundreds of shops to choose from, ranging from designers to small boutiques selling both clothes and jewellery, so something for everyone. The windmills are also one of the main attractions of the town, with many of them built by Venetians in the 16th century.
We stayed at Terra Maltese Natural Resort. It was a small complex with the traditional white houses, located about 15 minutes from town. I would definitely recommend hiring a car as cabs are expensive, and advise staying away from mopeds and quad bikes. The staff at the resort were extremely helpful and friendly. The rooms were decent and very clean but lacked space. The pool area was nice, but not many other facilities on offer.
Mykonos is full of amazing places to eat, so you’ll never go hungry. My favourite place has to be Kiki’s Tavern, located just beside the sea. The food is so good that there’s a one and a half hour waiting time – but the beautiful scenery, company and free wine while you wait makes it an absolute pleasure and the time flies by in no time. Kiki’s serves traditional Greek food including fresh salads, meats such as traditional Greek sausage, and delicious grilled octopus. Jimmy’s Place is also a must. It serves traditional gyros (kebab wraps) and it is well-known across the island. If you’re still feeling peckish, there’s the incredible Koutsothanasis patisserie bakery, and it serves the best chocolate croissants in town. So if you get a chance to visit, you won’t regret it.
Our favourite beach had to be Elia. A picturesque seaside, with crystal clear turquoise waters and fine sand, it is definitely worth a visit. It’s the largest beach in the south of Mykonos and located roughly 10km away from Mykonos Town. The staff were all very welcoming. The beachfront restaurant was also splendid and offered a variety of good food and great service from friendly staff. Sunbeds, towels and even water sports are available.
Paradise beach is where it’s at if you want to party during the day. We stumbled across a pool bar right at the end of the beach called Tru Paradise. It was a bit pricey, but the service was exceptional and the sushi – though not very traditional –
was delicious. The vibe was totally chilled and we were treated to an afternoon of tunes accompanied by a saxophonist, while we lay by the pool. I would definitely recommend a visit.
The island of Mykonos, located in the famous Cyclades Islands, is a perfect example of what makes these islands so delightful. Mykonos has a large number of churches. The Panagia Paraportiani, one of the most famous churches in Greece, was built between the 15th and 17th centuries and is actually five churches in one.
If you fancy taking a visit to Mykonos you can get an Easyjet flight from as little as around £70, and accommodation from around £400.
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