Mykonos, Greece, May 2021
From Santorini, we took a Seajet ferry as foot passengers to Mykonos island; a pleasant ferry boat ride for 3 hours; passing multiple other Greek islands (big & small) in the Aegean Sea.
At the Mykonos ferry port, we were greeted by the rental car agency representative that we had rented the car from. The Rep drove us to the Car rental office where we signed the papers and then drove to the Aegon Autograph Collection hotel by Marriott (with great rates due to restarting of the tourism economy post Covid) on the quiet side of the island; we had heard that Mykonos town on Mykonos Island was quite a party town and wanted to avoid noisy nights.
The hotel was located on the eastern part of Mykonos Island with the Paralia Kalo LIvadi beach nearby; we checked in and settled down for a few days. Then drove back into Mykonos town to check it out at sundown and have dinner there. Google Maps told us to take a route into the old town that actually ended up as a footpath with stairs 😊 (even Google gets things wrong); so, found parking nearby and walked into the old town, which seemed to be a mostly pedestrian area.
The characteristic of the old town was small alleyways, with houses on both sides; many converted into shops and café’s etc, that were all whitewashed, with blue painted doors and shutters. The footpaths were flagstones that were painted grey, and the mortar between was painted white. Looked very nice and was very pleasant walking around the old town.
It was not so busy at this time, as it was soon after Covid restrictions had been relaxed; so, it was nice and “local” at this time for us; not yet a party town with tons of tourists.
Next morning, we decided to check out the local town, Ano Mera, near our hotel, some scenes below.
We then drove into Mykonos town. We spent several days here; some scenes below of Mykonos town over several days
Interesting visitor at Niko’s Tavern
One day, on the way from the hotel to Mykonos town, we came across a Greek wedding; so of course, we had to check it out 🙂
One day, we checked out the beaches on the eastern end of the island; scenes below. The beaches appeared nice, sandy, but the waters were a little too cold for us. Some scenes below
We also explored the north end of the island, which has the Armenistis lighthouse with nice views of Mykonos.
Back in Mykonos old town, there were again plenty of beautiful churches strewn all over the old town
How did we feel; the 5 senses? Mykonos is a small island (6×5 miles approx.) so easy to get around. There is not much to do/see on the island; it is popularly known for its summer party atmosphere. Beaches such as Paradise and Super Paradise have bars that blare thumping music. Massive dance clubs attract world-renowned DJs and typically stay open well past dawn.
When we went there, it was much quieter as the party crowds had not yet arrived after Covid restrictions had been lifted. We were thankful for that 😊 . The old town was the main attraction for us as it had the narrow alleyways and houses, churches, shops etc on both sides. We could tell that there were a lot of tourist places around (cafes and tourist trinket shops everywhere; just waiting for the party tourist crowds). In our case, it felt peaceful and pleasant to soak in the sun on outdoor café’s and enjoy the old town atmosphere without large or loud crowds. Compared to Santorini, I feel we could have skipped Mykonos; though Mykonos had its own beauty and charm compared to Santorini. The seafood was always fresh, but like Santorini, because all supplies had to be flown or shipped in; it was relatively expensive, like Santorini. If you only have time for 1 Greek island, then Santorini would be it.
After a few days here; we left to go back to Athens with another Aegean flight. The car rental rep met us at the small Mykonos airport and picked up the car from us, and we flew back to Athens.
Plan was to visit the Peloponnese peninsula of Greece next.
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