My trip to Mykonos and why it is such a great place to visit.

Windmills of Mykonos by flickr user Petros Asimomytis

Today’s post was written by Stephen Ewins, a freelance writer and an avid traveller. I’ve not been to much of Greece (something I’m hoping to change in the next few months, fingers crossed!), but this post has gotten me excited! Enjoy…

Mykonos has in the past years gained a reputation of being quite the party island. In fact I believe that it has been dubbed the Ibiza of Greece, and trust me when I say, it does not fall short of that at all (having also visited Ibiza a few years back). I am, or rather used to be quite the partygoer myself although I’ve always enjoyed everything else that the place I’m in has to offer.

Simply put, travelling to a destination and all you do is party all the time would take away from the experience, so I really made sure to indulge in all that Mykonos has to offer during my few days there.

I got on a ferry from the mainland and the boat ride in itself was splendid. The feeling that you’re heading somewhere unknown with the clear blue sea all around you, leaving civilization behind, always seems to give a great sense of gratification especially when you know that you’re about to explore something new.

A local told me that according to mythology the island of Mykonos was formed when Hercules defeated and buried several giants turning them into a huge mass of rock! Believe it if you shall.

My first stroll down the long winding narrow streets will make you forget where you come from in an instant whilst the picturesque white washed houses decked with flowers are something straight out of a postcard.

A visit to some of the small museums scattered around the island was in order. Museums in Mykonos are not the big-type ones you’d expect on the mainland but villas or houses converted into makeshift museums. The Folk art museum was my first, an 18th century house of a fishing captain, housing some really attractive antique furniture items prints and things of the sort.

Panagia Paraportini church Mykonos by flickr user shfrazierpics

I then headed down to the famous church of Panagia Paraportini, five churches merged into one built in classical Byzantine style. This church looks like it is growing up from the rocky ground, literally.

First day over, and off to a much-needed rest since I wanted to get up early to visit the Chora, which literally means town in Greek. The great views of the city from here are a true delight. I visited the six windmills of Kato Myli, which were built to power the Mykonos granaries and off I went to little Venice, a small town that looks like it’s built on top of the water.

The sunset here was breath-taking and the cocktail, or rather cocktails, a much welcomed refreshment. I asked Nikitas the bartender what would be the best beach to go to and he suggested Panormos beach, although he made sure to point out that some beaches here such as Elia beach were also ‘clothing optional’. Not feeling particularly adventurous I decided to check out Panormos beach, warm clear waters and perfect for lazing about and catching some sun.

Mykonos is famed for its luxurious lodgings, another reason why a lot of celebrities also favour this island paradise. Trip over it was now time to go back on the slow ferry ride to the mainland.

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