August 10, 2015 Wander-lust

Finding the best in Mykonos

Everybody has heard of Mykonos once in their lifetime. Mykonos is a small island of the Greek Cyclades and like the Spanish Ibiza, it never sleeps.
Known for it’s lavish parties and the jetset life, yet it has a lot more to offer than just that.
Mykonos was the first Island of my Greek Cyclades hopping tour and is easy to fly to from
Rome where I spend the first few days.
I dislike mass tourism so finding some less crowded spots on Mykonos seemed to be a quest. But lucky enough I did find some and I love to share these with you.

The Beaches:
Mykonos is surrounded by the Aegean sea so there are plenty beaches to choose from!
But not all are suitable for what you might be looking for.
If you have small children, you might want to visit the south east coast for example.
For the best quiet beaches check these out:

The North:
» Fokos Beach (quiet, plus one small and tasty restaurant!)
» Merssini (private beach best for couples! No restaurant)

Mykonos has some quiet beaches
Staring in to the sea and feeling the warm sand at Fokos Beach

The South:
» Kalaftis (beautiful, windsurfing, good for children)
» Kapari beach (great for couples, to get there you must go off road a little bit)
» Agios Ioannis Beach (some nice beach bars like Hippiefish but very chilled out and not crowded)

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The hard to find Kapari beach. Ssst, it’s a secret!

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Eating well and enjoying the sound of children playing at Kalaftis beach

Accomodation:
Hotels can be expensive in the high season so if you’re looking for the best budget deal, check out the Paraga Beach Hostel at Paraga Beach. The view from the poolside is amazing and you won’t spend more than 120 euro’s for 3 nights depending on what accommodation type you will get. I slept in a 2 persons tent (TRB) with electricity but you can also hire a small tent for as little as 15 euro’s per night.
The only thing to be aware of is that on the left side of paraga beach you will find the infamous Paradise beach which is full of youngsters getting their groove on until 4 in the morning. Bring some earplugs and you should be fine though. The service at this hostel is great and they serve food all day long and even have a small supermarket.

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The view from Paraga Beach Hostel was pretty amazing!

glamping at Paraga Beach Hostel Mykonos
Very basic but you can’t get a better deal in Mykonos than this one! :-)


Paraga Beach Hostel Mykonos
Laying by the pool at Paraga Beach Hostel

Next door to this hostel is an amazing boutique hotel called San Giorgio.
This is a completely different experience and a big upgrade! I was lucky enough to get a tour and taste the amazing breakfast buffet.

The hotel manager (who happened to be Dutch) explained to me that a lot of her guest come here to get that comfortable “home” feeling that large hotels don’t offer. San Giorgio’s architecture suits any type of traveller because it’s warm, stylish screams hippie chic.

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The bohemian entrance of San Giorgio Hotel

Their pool area is by far my favorite place of the hotel. Overlooking the aegan sea, you can chill here on large beds or relax at the bar next to the pool. I enjoyed my first healthy smoothly here and it cured my cold which I brought back from The Netherlands.
For rooms check their amazing website: http://sangiorgio-mykonos.com/en/

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Endless views from the pool area

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A colorful vitamin boost!

San Giorgio also has a stylish little brother called the Scorpios beach club just on the other side of Paraga beach. Same architect, different management.
They just opened in May and it already attracts celebrities and the elite.
I danced at sunset which is something you must do when coming to mykonos.

Read about the best beach bars in Mykonos here.
In the “club” they also have an amazing clothing shop where they sell one Mexican label called Caravana Montaecristo. They offer an exclusive capsule collection for luxury-minded globetrotting travelers.

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The beautiful collection of  Caravana

Eating:
The main town of Mykonos is called Chora. Be aware that it’s crowded at nights and you will walk through the small street at a slow pace. The best time to visit is in the morning. I have to be honest and I have to say I was a little disappointed by the food in this area and it was overpriced when you compare it to the more secluded areas.
One restaurant I can highly recommend is Joanna’s Nikos Place Taverna. I think it might be run by women only because on the evening I ate there, I didn’t see one men on the floor. (even the cook!)
And the food is amazing. Try the moussaka or the fresh fish from the grill!

It’s situated at the left beach next to Chora and it can be busy. If you want a table with sea view, you must make a reservation.
If you’re on a budget I have a great tip for you: try and visit your nearest bakery and order a feta and spinach roll or if you like something sweet, try the pastery filled with cream. Both are tipically Greek and this way you can have lunch on the beach and save some cash! A win win right?

Verdict: Mykonos is a must visit if you like the jetset life, don’t mind to spend a little more cash than usual and dance until sunset.
This island hasn’t lost his raw beauty yet so definately check out the afore mentioned beaches and enjoy the white and blue houses!

My next Island on the map is Naxos. But be patient, it will be on wander-lust next week!

Love,

Elke

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Comments (2)

  1. Melanie

    Hi, I was wondering which accommodation you posted a picture of from the Paraga beach hostel. I am booking and can’t decide between a bungalow or tent.

    • Wander-lust

      I can recommend the bungalow but it really depends what kind of traveler you are. Both are fine but keep in mind that it can get noisy by all the beach parties around the area.

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