A perfect day in Mykonos

Ahh Mykonos, a place I’ve been dreaming of visiting since Pinterest was invented.

The islands of Greece are so perfectly photogenic with those sugar cube houses and azure coloured waters. The contrast of white and blue combined with golden sand and pink sunsets makes each photo Pinterest perfect. I’m sure every travel loving pinner has at least one picture from a Greek island on their ‘Bucket List’ or ‘’ board.

One of the nice things about visiting Mykonos on a cruise ship is how small it is. This small size means you can see a lot in a short amount of time and also have time to relax and soak up the gorgeous Greek atmosphere. When you’re cruising you usually have a day or two in each destination so you can feel as though you’re missing out on seeing places.

I don’t know about you but I often feel guilty if I ‘waste’ a day on the beach when there are so many things to see.

A morning in Delos

We spent the morning exploring Delos, a small island 25 minutes by boat from Mykonos.

The barren island is an archeological treasure thanks to the ruins of a huge settlement dating back to 3,000 BC. Delos’ only inhabitants these days are a handful of archeologists who patiently excavate the ruins but it was once home to at least 25,000 people around the 3rd century BC.

The outlines of houses, crumbling walls, grand statues, intricate mosaic floors and towering columns are still present. You can wander through what were once streets and narrow alleyways and imagine what life was like thousands of years ago.

After a few hours exploring we took the boat back to Mykonos.

Delos Island near Mykonos

 

 

Delos Island near Mykonos

Delos Island near Mykonos

Delos Island near Mykonos

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Delos Island near Mykonos

Delos Island near Mykonos

Delos Island near Mykonos

An afternoon in Mykonos

Once back on Mykonos we wandered through the maze of narrow alleyways know as Little Venice. This is where the buildings are painted white and blue and draped in bright pink flowers. There are lots of cafes, bars and boutique stores where you can find genuinely lovely gifts, souvenirs, jewelry and clothing (not just cheap and tacky tourist crap that you find in most places). We wandered up to the famous windmills and strolled along the coast where little bars stretch out to the sea.

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Where to go for lunch in Mykonos

Elle, one of my fellow bloggers, had visited Mykonos before so already knew of a fabulous place to have lunch.

Joanna’s Niko’s Place Taverna is tucked away just off the main tourist strip. Visitors staying a few days or a week will probably know of this little beach area but it remains a hidden gem to the cruise ship crowds.

Walk past the windmills and through a dusty car park. You’ll think you’re going to wrong way but keep walking along a narrow but busy road for 5-10 minutes. The road follows the coast and looks out over the gorgeous sea and little beaches.

has a casual eating area sun loungers outside and it’s the perfect place to laze away the afternoon.

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Travel tips for Mykonos

  • The waters around Mykonos are choppy so I’d recommend sea sickness tablets for boat trips.
  • Arrive early to photograph the windmills. It can be difficult to get a good shot when they’re surrounded by people. Sunset is another great time for a gorgeous shot but there will be lots of people up there.
  • Lots of people get around Mykonos by renting a scooter or quad bike. Make sure you hire from a reputable company and return it on time to avoid sky-high fees.
  • The Blonde Abroad has a great with loads of bars, restaurants, clubs and places to stay.

I visited Mykonos during a cruise with Celebrity Cruises. You can see my other blog posts from my cruises here.

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20 Comments

  1. September 22, 2014 / 10:04 am

    I always wanted to visit Mykonos and Greece in general and, considering it’s not that far and difficult to reach from my home country Italy, I truly cannot believe I’ve never been. It simply looks a lovely place to relax, enjoy the sea breeze and the sunshine and hopefully the company of a sweet cat! 🙂

  2. September 22, 2014 / 10:51 am

    Mykonos looks so beautifulGreece is the next country I plan to visit 🙂

  3. September 22, 2014 / 12:13 pm

    Ahhhhh, Greece. Hoping to get to Mykonos in a few weeks so thanks for the tips! Looks as lovely as it sounds!

  4. September 22, 2014 / 1:15 pm

    Love Mykonos so much. Your photos took me right back.
    I spent a great week with my husband at the Mykonos Grace pre-kids and also visited with our young son last September on a cruise. Little Venice is gorgeous and has great bars.

  5. September 22, 2014 / 2:52 pm

    These photos are seriously stunning! Greece is a piece of paradise on earth. Never heard of Mykonos! The cobbled alleys look so charming and pretty!

  6. September 22, 2014 / 3:08 pm

    Monday in London just doesnt compare – nice pictures!

  7. September 22, 2014 / 11:05 pm

    Memories of a lovely day on Mykonos – the food was fabulous in that little cafe and that little kitten was so cute. I loved the blue and white alleyways, shops and bars – so pretty.

  8. September 23, 2014 / 4:18 am

    I am so jealous!!! Greece is the number one place I would love to visit!
    Monique xx

  9. September 23, 2014 / 6:00 am

    This post made me miss Greece so much. 🙁 Mykonos is so nice and I love the blue and white color scheme of the country as a whole. Beautiful pictures!

  10. September 23, 2014 / 6:15 am

    I visited Mykonos about 30 years ago and it is lovely to see it back through your beautiful pictures. It was already very touristy back then, so it is a nice surprise to see that it is not completely ‘spoiled’ by now.

    Other places in Greece that I visited (on different occasions) are Athens, Crete (twice), Santorini, Ios, Paros, Anti Paros and Naxos. And yes, I have been very seasick several times there!!!

    I have not been in Greece the last 25 years. Hopefully I will be able to do so after my Asia years have ended.

  11. September 23, 2014 / 4:03 pm

    Greek Islands are one of my dream destinations, and have been for ever ! I hope i can go there some day… Your photos look beautiful and the advice you give are very helpful.

  12. September 24, 2014 / 4:36 pm

    In love! I want to go right now. Already planning my white gauzy attire.

  13. September 27, 2014 / 8:37 am

    Just ran across your blog and loved it! Great photos from Paris! Also LOVE LOVE LOVE MYKONOS!
    How long have you had your blog for?

    Travel Blogger: vanillaskydreaming.com

    • September 27, 2014 / 4:20 pm

      Thanks Kim. I’ve been blogging for about 5 years now.

  14. October 18, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    I can almost feel the heat looking at these photos! Mykonos looks beautiful, and the colour of that water… oh my.

  15. pasquale
    April 15, 2015 / 11:22 pm

    Mykonos: One Moment in Time….

  16. Grete Fretheim
    March 18, 2016 / 10:30 am

    Hello and thank you for this lovely post! I’ve been reading your blog and let me tell you I love your travels!

    My husband and I are planning to go this summer! I am sure we will be amazed! I’ve seen many pictures and videos about the beaches and the waters and I ca say that Greece is blessed!

  17. November 29, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    Mykonos is the best out of season, from the beginning of April unless you are planning to party. Many places like hotels and stuff remain closed before the Holy week, but the eating out facilities tend to be open and the island is very peaceful and not overcrowded like it is in July and August. Just take care because it is when they are repainting everything!

  18. EDMUNDO
    March 20, 2018 / 3:45 am

    Hello!! Mykonos is a beautiful place on the earth because is enigmatic and fabulous. Mykonos has perfect beaches and delicious food. Since my visit to this place i love it and of course i would love return soon.

  19. Edmundo Hernandez
    March 20, 2018 / 5:35 am

    Last year I had the opportunity to visit Mykonos, this place is a beautiful because is enigmatic and fabulous also it has perfect beaches and delicious food. When I was there I visited Delos, I liked it a lot because it is a small island where I saw crumbling walls as a part of some archaeological site, big statues, intricate mosaic floors and towering columns was fantastic, talking about food at Joanna’s Niko’s Place Taverna was great because it has you can wish, I was enjoying the beaches, the sea and the sunset while eating a delicious salad.

    Now, this is my favourite place on the earth and of course I would love return son.

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