As you've guessed by my bombardment of holiday photos, I had a damn good time visiting Greece. As I enjoyed this trip so much I figured I would compose a Mykonos guide including my favourite things to do there incase any of you were looking to visit. Plus as it seems, whilst doing so, shamelessly share a lot of somewhat vain bikini photos...








You can see most of Mykonos' highlights in 3-4 days, but to really enjoy your time there and to appreciate the island I would suggest staying for a week... hell I'd have stayed longer if I could! It is a pricey location accommodation wise, 'millionaire Mykonos' was thrown around a few times whilst I was there, and despite me staying in amazing lardy-dar hotels within the popular main town (press perks), you can do it on a budget as my friend also visited recently with flights and accommodation costing £500 for the whole week and found water taxis allowed them to have cheaper accommodation further from town but still visit the popular locations with ease.

I would suggest visiting during their high 'season', as a lot of businesses close for the winter and reopen in spring. From what I could tell by most people I spoke to, things die down around the end of October and then everything opens again at whenever the Easter weekend falls. You can still visit during the off-season, however take into consideration it won't be as lively and some hotels/shops/restaurants completely shut.

Whilst I was there I didn't find it as expensive as people had warned me, so I certainly wouldn't let the 'wealthy' reputation put you off of visiting at all! Yes they have a casual Louis Vuitton within their tiny cobbled streets and villas costing more than I'll earn in a lifetime, but you can also get a margarita pizza for €7, rent a quad bike for a day for €15 (negotiable with persistent haggling) and drink all night for free if your friend is single and good looking (thanks Jenny! (If you don't have a single good looking friend with you, cocktails are around the same price as London, or you can go hard or go home with a €6 bottle of Ouzo from the supermarket... or like me you can do both. I mean, what?)).

FYI, it is also the named the 'gay capital' of Greece and the 'windy isle' - not that these relate to each other in anyway but I learnt them both whilst I was there as I knew little about Mykonos before visiting as it was a very last minute kinda thing. Regardless it has a very good, friendly, safe vibe along with a bit of wind to cool you down in that golden Greek sun. When I landed it was so windy I was a little mortified about the prospect of no floppy hats or floaty dresses, however that was just for our first two days there and wasn't particularly an issue whilst in the town - just at our hotel which happened to be at a windy peak on the coast, then for the rest of the trip the wind completely died down and I could wear my hair down again without risk of it taking somebodies eye out.

Now for my recommendations whilst in Mykonos (and a lot of photos! P.S if you want to shop any of my looks, have ad block turned off as I've added shop-able widgets of the items!)...


Where to stay

I stayed in two hotels during my week in Mykonos and couldn't fault either. Location wise Semeli Hotel provided the perfect place for us to be staying, however the views at Rocabella Mykonos were certainly worth the shuttle services into the harbour and the short walk into town.

Rocabella Mykonos:

Rocabella was exactly what I needed after a day of travel. We were greeted with champagne on arrival and given a warm welcome to the hotel including details on the complimentary use of bicycles, shuttle service into town and our 15 minutes of massage. On arrival we were also given a small tour and the lovely staff were able to answer any questions we had (most importantly, the wifi password!).






The hotel itself was absolutely gorgeous with an amazing seaview - which surprisingly isn't that common in Mykonos compared to Santorini for example, where the island is fairly flat. My room was in this little outhouse cabin with a panoramic view of the skyline and out to sea... safe to say I slept with the curtains open so I could watch the sunrise in the morning. There was also a hot tub on the balcony which added an extra bonus - I think most of the rooms are equipped with these, or at least private pools.








Breakfast was a huge buffet and I well and truly made sure I made the most of it, stacking up on crepes and fruit to fuel me for the cobbled streets later. Rocabella informed me they had won the best breakfast in Mykonos, and with that view as a bonus too, I can see why!





We were also offered a complimentary 15 minute massage - a god send for me, I think I went to heaven for those 15 minutes.







Hotel Semeli:

Semeli literally had the best location - a 5-10 minute walk from the bus station, town, Little Venice and the windmills meant that everything was easily accessible and the evenings/nights out were not subject to shuttle times as it was an easy walk home. I loved the vibrancy of this hotel - everything was a clean white with vibrant blossom constantly adding bursts of colour where ever you looked. The staff continued this vibrancy with the breakfast ladies full of enthusiasm and character each morning. The breakfast itself was unmissable, for the purpose of the photo I went for some aesthetically pleasing fruit, however there was also everything fry-up related, pastries, breads, salads etc. We also ate in their restaurant Thioni, which I mention in food recommendation and again that was delicious.






This is the penthouse - I photographed this room as it was my favourite we stayed in. Unfortunately due to prior bookings, this room was only available for one of our nights there, however we made the most of the space and indoor hot-tub-ing! The room we spent the rest of our stay was to an exact same standard, good lighting, nice decor and a good bathroom, however it was just to a smaller size - but perfect for what we were after as we spent most of our time away from the hotel.







Semeli also has a number of more intimate pool areas for when it's busier or you just want your own space.








Explore the town

Fairly self explanatory this one - unless you've literally come to lay in the sun by the pool at your hotel and enjoy that all inclusive holiday life in your own little bubble, you'd be crazy not to visit the town (Mikonos). You've all seen it before no doubt, it's that instagrammable mix of cobbled streets contrasted against fresh white buildings and colourful paint details with goddamn blossom to top off the bloggers instagram-porn-dream if it already wasn't good enough. The town is so friendly and very easy to navigate once you get accustomed to it - with all you need in the form of shops, restaurants, bars, photo ops and crepe/waffle shops (very important, mmm crepes.).

It's the hub of the island as it has the bus station to all the surrounding areas/popular beaches too, with the old harbour connecting to it where you can get water taxis to and from. There is also a local pelican, which rumour has it is a town tradition after one was rescued in the 50s and became the town mascot... however despite my best efforts (not like I looked around asking people if they'd seen the pelican for a good two hours... ahem) I did not catch a glimpse of the famous pelican but google assures me some people are more luckier than I and it is quite common to bump into a pelican whilst doing a bit of shopping.





































There are also designer shops within the town, which seems odd at first considering the size of the island, however it all makes sense once you've been there and taken in the place for a couple of days. So if you're after some new Louis V, Mykonos is a bonus!


Best thing about the town is it ALWAYS seems to be open. Bars stay open until 6am, shops/restaurants 1am and the smaller food places (places to drunkenly stuff your face) around 4am, but some just never seemed to shut!

Watch the sunset from the windmills and Little Venice

Other than the cobbled streets of the town and the famous beaches, you're likely to find Mykonos' windmills and Little Venice up there on those postcard photos. I suggest visiting both day and night as they obviously look very different, however if your trip is short, sunset is the most stunning time... but definitely the most busy so be wary that you will have at least 100+ 'looky, looky' men ask you if you would like to buy a selfie stick along with obvious tourists photobombing and ruining your dream insta-shots.













Night life - visit Semeli Bar & Scandinavian Bar... party at Paradise Beach


Weirdly I didn't even know Mykonos had a party vibe (another nickname I learnt, the Ibiza of Greece!), but damn, that island loves to party. I visited 17th September onwards and it was actually the end of the party season with their 'closing party' at Paradise the weekend I was there, but the town and bars were still a buzz of people. I didn't go there for that kind of holiday but I did really enjoy a few nights out. I had heard Paradise Beach was the place to be, but we actually only went there for a daytime nose about on our quad- not favouring it's beach over the others we had visited. The party did seem to pick up once we were leaving though and drink prices seemed to be quite reasonable, so I can imagine it during high season it would be amazing to day drink and party there until late but we weren't really visiting Mykonos for the party scene. 




Semeli Bar is located in Little Venice and again is a perfect spot to watch the sunset and enjoy some cocktails. They have the standard you'd find e.g mojito and sex on the beach, however we tried out some traditional Greek ones with Greek alcohol and they were delicious, and again a similar price that you'd expect to pay in London - if not cheaper. The view however is priceless at sunset, with the waves lapping right up to where you sit.









Scandinavian Bar, oh Scandinavian Bar... where do I start with you. We found ourselves in here on the second night and somehow ended up on the bar dancing after way too many tequila shots (bleurgh!). Then it kept luring us back with its recognisable music and Jenny's Tinder matches (not that I'd been pimpin' her out all week or anything...)! This is definitely a good, light hearted night out (none of that elite table service of endless bottles) but be prepared for the sore, tired, head the next day.

*photos best not shared...

Visit the beaches - rent quad bikes






The beaches in Mykonos are phenomenal, water so clear it rivalled my trip to Thailand. You can easily jump on buses from the town to all of them throughout the day, however we found renting a quad bike a great way to get to the beaches as and when, whilst doing so exploring the island a little more.













My favourite beach was Paraga Beach, followed by Paradise Beach (not to be mistaken for Super Paradise - the more party beach, and lastly I also enjoyed Platys Gialos. All of these beaches had places to get drinks, food, use wifi and rent sun loungers but I found Platys Gialos to be the most busy and commercialised of the beaches.









All were very accessible with our quad bike, except for Super Paradise as it's on a very steep hill! I'd suggest getting a quad bike with a bigger engine than 50CC for this beach, as we nearly ended up falling back down the hill if it wasn't for Jenny jumping off - scary!

Wine 'n dine (Vegetarian friendly!)

We ate on a budget most of our stay but there are a few restaurants we ate at which I feel need mentioning and need visiting!

Bakolo

Damn this was some GOOD food, possibly the best meal I had the 10 days on my trip. Bakolo has traditional Greek food, which oddly seemed hard to come by in Mykonos, and a warm welcome to match the standards of the food! It's a great authentic location in the town, so you can eat outside and people watch to take in the atmosphere, or of course you can sit inside if you prefer. Owner Nikos was so friendly and the rest of the staff also kept the high standards going - if you want somewhere specifically to dine out in Mykonos, Bakolo is certainly your place. I mentioned I was vegetarian and there was absolutely no problems and the chef was even willing to change some dishes to make them vegetarian friendly if I wanted.










Catari

Catari is owned by the same partners who own Bakalo, so it was safe to say after eating there, I couldn't wait to visit Catari too. It lived up the the same amazing standards as Bakalo, however this was Italian food (one of the owners, Egidio, is Italian) as opposed to the traditional Greek at Bakalo. I'm a big Italian food fan and this place did not disappoint one bit! The owner Egidio was so friendly and hands on - we learnt a lot about Mykonos through him and he was a pleasure to meet! Again the menu was adjusted slightly to meet my vegetarian-ness and it did not seem a problem for them one bit, they were happy to help. Instead of wine we went for a frozen strawberry daiquiri jug this evening to share and I would again recommend doing so as it was one of the best I've ever tasted!







Hotel Semeli/Thioni Restaurant 

We ate at Thioni on two occasions - once at our hotel and once at our hotel's sister location. The view from the sister location was incredible - we went in the evening and could see the whole town and harbour lit up below us as we tried to get through huge pizzas and tasty cocktails. Needless to say we had to take most of the pizza back with us in a box!



The restaurant at our hotel was delicious, I personally went for a spaghetti they cater made to be meat-free for me and I think I finished it in about 5 seconds flat, it was that good.




Make friends with the local cats

Sadly Mykonos does have a lot of stray cats, along with the odd stray (or least I assume stray) dog. I found happiness in buying cat food and treats in the local supermarket and becoming this crazy cat lady, Pied Piper-esque, walking through the streets with cats appearing from left, right and centre. I made friends with 9 near our hotel and without fail they popped out every night when I called them, and one may or may not have ended up coming back to the hotel with me for a nap in our room... (Semeli Hotel if you're reading this, this is a lie and no cats made it into our room...)


Extend your holiday and jump on the 3 hour ferry to Santorini

Yep so the evening before I flew home, I knew I was not ready to leave this beautiful place quite yet. I definitely hadn't exhausted Mykonos yet and I would have loved to have stay longer, however Santorini was also calling my name after I saw ferry trips there advertised in town. In my head originally I thought I could pop over to Santorini for a day-trip to see those instagrammable domes, but I was disappointed when I was told the ferry time tables meant I wouldn't get enough time there to do a day trip as the journey itself is 3 hours and they only have 3 sailings a day. I was also loving Mykonos so much I didn't really want it to interfere with my trip so I put it to the back of my mind, another time I said... and then another time just happened to come around quite quickly when I saw I could change my flight home from Santorini 4 days later for £100 and book a ferry over the next day for €50 euros. Worth it for an extension of my holiday and a 'two birds one stone' kinda situation, meaning Santorini FOMO wouldn't be getting the best of me until next summer. I wouldn't suggest doing what I did as I had the flight fee to change everything, however I would suggest visiting both islands on your trip! Depending on how long you can get off work etc. or if like me you are a bit of a lady (or man, sorry my err... many male readers) of leisure (/a loser with no life) ...or like Jenny, easily convinced to miss university enrolment for her final year... I would suggest a Mykonos 70%, Santorini 30% ratio, so we did 6 days Mykonos and 3 days in Santorini with one lost to travel and I think that was a good shout. Santorini is beautiful, but I found Mykonos had more to offer for things to do and as you can probably tell... it stole my heart - but it all depends what holiday you're after! (You can compare for yourselves with my Santorini Guide.)