My first Greece travel guide is HERE!!
Let me first say that Greece was more amazing than I could have imagined- both Mykonos and Santorini were a dream and I loved them both for different reasons. Before traveling I did a lot of research (as usual) and found some useful tips through other blogs, so hopefully if you’re planning a trip to Mykonos you can find some useful information from this post! In today’s Mykonos travel guide, I’ll be sharing all the details on where we stayed and what we did on the island so grab a cup of coffee and get ready for photo overload!
Read my Santorini travel guide here!
Mykonos Travel Guide
Where We Stayed: Semeli Hotel
We stayed at the Semeli Hotel in Mykonos Town and I couldn’t have loved it more!! We debated between staying at one of the beaches or in town, and after much research I thought town would be the way to go and trust me… this is where you want to be! Once we got off the ferry, they sent a shuttle to pick us up which was great because there were NO taxis at the port (we heard there are not many to come by on the island). The hotel was a mere 10 minutes from the port. When traveling to Mykonos or Santorini, make sure to plan your transportation ahead of time.
Just seeing the entrance of the hotel I knew it was going to be good! The rooms are decorated in a neutral minimalist decor and it truly has that boutique feel. The grounds are covered in lush greenery and bright flowers and there are two swimming pools on site (one is heated). We were in a room right by the main pool which was perfect because we spent a large amount of time there. The pool also had twinkle lights that lit up at night and also several fire pits… it was heaven!
Daily breakfast was included (and served until noon because people sleep in in Mykonos). There are two restaurants on the property- Thioni & Krama (only open for dinner). Since we got in later in the evening, we had dinner at Thioni our first night and it was delicious! We had the sea bass and fried zucchini which I’d highly recommend. One other thing I loved was that during dinner/evening time the hotel featured a violinist playing all the top hits on her electric violin- she was amazing!!
Semeli Hotel also has a small spa and we got complimentary 15-minute back massages during our stay. We did that on our last day there and if we weren’t pressed for time I totally would’ve extended it to an hour because it was THAT good!
My overall thoughts on the hotel were friendly staff, amazing pool, perfect location, and great entertainment. I would 100% stay here again!
What To Do in Mykonos
Exploring Mykonos town is an activity of itself. This is one of THE cutest towns I have ever seen. Everything is painted white with pops of blue, it’s right on the water, and there are pink flowers (called bougainvillea) around every corner. The narrow streets reminded me a little of Venice, but way cuter! There is tons of shopping in Mykonos whether you’re looking for a beach linen shirt or designer handbag. The town is also sprawling with restaurants and bars, I could literally get lost for hours! Mykonos is known as the “party island” and yes there is lots of nightlife and beach clubs, but it’s so much more than that.
M-Eating was for sure one of our best meals. We sat on the front patio which was perfect for people watching and I highly recommend the lamb and Myconian sun appetizer (their website has photos of all the dishes)!
Gyros Corner was a good casual spot for lunch. Is it really a trip to Greece without getting a gyro? I will say they were cheaper in Santorini but equally as good. I don’t have a ton of restaurant reviews because we ate so many gyros… whoops! We also loved Hibiscus for crepes and gelato. Lotsss of gelato was eaten in this town!
Windmills & Little Venice
The historic windmills are a must see in Mykonos. They are located just past Little Venice and are a great place to watch the sunset. Little Venice has a lot of restaurants and bars right on the water and is the perfect place to eat Italian!
Scorpios was recommended to me by a few people so we decided to go for dinner and to watch the sunset. It’s a beach club located on Paraga Beach and is like the beach, desert and Vegas all wrapped up into one. A constant beat/house music is constantly playing, people are dressed in crazy get-ups and there are tables with bottle service. They also have cabanas you can rent at the beach and a restaurant (although the actual beach isn’t the best on the island). For dinner we had zucchini & feta pasta, grilled whole calamari and fried cauliflower which were all delicious, but be prepared for some jaw-dropping prices. One other thing to note is that you can take a bus to Scorpios from Mykonos town (2€) BUT the buses stop running sometime around 7 or 8 so you couldn’t bus back to town and were pretty much forced to take a 30€ private car back to town… for a 10 minute ride. Not thrilled about that part but like I said earlier, if you want to check out Scorpios be prepared to shell out some cash! My overall thoughts on this place- very cool and unique but probably better for a group than a couple.
Super Paradise Beach
We knew we wanted to check out one of the beach clubs during the day and ultimately decided on Super Paradise Beach Club. I think it was 55€ for a set of beach chairs on the front row which wasn’t too bad for the whole day. I know Nammos and Scorpios were about 120€/day. Our hotel recommended this beach for us because it was one of the nicer beaches on the island, along with Nammos but she said that one was very “fancy”. Another popular one is Paradise Beach which has the popular beach club Tropicana, but we were told that was more for 18-20 year olds so we steered clear! The food & drinks at Super Paradise were pretty reasonable. They had music playing the whole time and it was great for people watching (ps. it’s also a topless beach) but things definitely started to get crazy around 4pm when girls started dancing on the bar, but that’s Mykonos for you!
Overall Thoughts/Random Tips
- There are no direct flights to the Greek islands so you have to fly into Athens first. We originally planned to fly to Mykonos but thanks to a travel delay that made us miss our connection, we had to book a ferry which took about 3.5 hours. It wasn’t bad at all but I’d still to recommend to fly if you can, especially if you’re going to Santorini first (the ferry from Athens to Santorini takes abut 6 hours)!!
- Mykonos town gets busy around lunchtime, quiet in the late afternoon/early evening (great time for photos), and busy again after 8pm. It’s definitely bustling after dark and some of the bars & clubs stay open until 6am!
- Take buses to the beaches. Cabs are hard to come by and there is a giant bus stop in Mykonos town where all the coach buses and vans gather to take you to various beaches. It’s about 2€/person, make sure to ask your hotel for the bus schedule!
- Like many European countries, you have to pay for water at dinner. The water in this area is salty so they do not recommend to drink the tap water. Also, a lot of places request that you DO NOT throw toilet paper in the toilet and into a trash can instead.
- When packing for Mykonos, bring lots of lightweight dresses, two-piece sets, shorts and flat sandals (I wore my wedges once). It’s definitely a casual, laid back place so you don’t have to get super fancy. Oh, and lots of bathing suits!
We were in Mykonos for 4 days and there was SO much we didn’t explore, but we’ll just have to save that for next time! This trip was mostly for relaxing so we didn’t do a ton of exploring but had a good mix of both. I’ll be back next week with my Santorini travel guide so stay tuned!
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