As we have recently returned from a trip to Mykonos, we thought we would share with you an idea of an ideal 24 hours on this beautiful island. With a labyrinth of winding backstreets here are some ideas and inspiration to find those hidden gems tucked away.
9.00am – Have a delicious breakfast at the Grace Mykonos Hotel
The boutique style hotel is perfect for honeymooners or families, with different style suites to cater for your every want and need.
The hip vibe this hotel oozes is evident in the gorgeous pool area, with large scatter cushions to relax on, and an intimate restaurant serving exquisite cuisine. The service is impeccable with an abundance of personable and helpful pool boys, and restaurant staff.
One of my favourite aspects is the bespoke service that they offer; before you arrive at the hotel you have the option to request a range of amenities through the bespoke online form. These range from a pillow menu, to more decadent embroidered bathrobes; you can even choose your room fragrance, for example citrus or lavender. Nothing is too much to ask for.
10.30am – Explore the island’s Churches
In the centre of Mykonos every other street has a hidden church. The one I believe is the nicest and most picturesque is the Church of Paraportiani, which is situated just behind Little Venice. After that explore the backstreets and you will stumble over many tiny churches, most of them open to the public. It is a wonderful way to spend a morning and really immerse yourself in the Greek culture.
1.00pm – Enjoy the view at The Buddha Bar
The Buddha Bar is one of the hotspots on the island, located in the Santa Marina Hotel. It is the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy an exquisite lunch; with gorgeous views out to the azure ocean. I would recommend the baked scorpion fish with fresh tomato and chilli sauce; it is truly delicious. With pumping music and the atmosphere to match, you could easily spend an afternoon here, as the beach club below has lovely swimming and beach cabanas.
3.30pm – Explore the island’s boutiques
Mykonos has a variety of unique and unusual boutiques, many containing hand crafted jewellery and designer wear. My favourite boutiques were off the backstreets and many of the items were made my designers from the island. The first being ‘Efharis’ which was an Aladdin’s cave filled with kaftans and summer dresses all created in Greece but with beautiful Rajasthan block patterns . The second was ‘Filippa Art’ which was a gallery filled with beautiful hand crafted bracelets, the artist sits in the shop and you can watch her making them. Finally ‘Salt Boutique’ which has a rainbow selection of kikois and high end beach wear. These shops are all located in Mykonos town; you could be lost for hours wandering around the charming backstreets of this enchanting area.
4.30pm – Time for an afternoon snack
Hidden away in Mykonos Town is ‘Pepper’ a tiny restaurant which serves the most superb souvlaki and gyros. It’s fast pace and full of locals, but the perfect place to sample some traditional Greek food.
5.30pm – Explore Little Venice & the Windmills
This is such a romantic area of Mykonos to explore, especially during sunset. The windmills are an iconic symbol of the island, and sit perched on top of the hill leading down to Little Venice. The gorgeous old houses sit over the water. There are many restaurants and bars to enjoy a glass of ouzo (Greek anise-flavoured aperitif) and watch the world go by.
7.00pm – Dine in Mykonos Town or the more quiet Ornos
Mykonos Town tends to get rather busy in the evenings, if you want to be in the midst of the hustle and bustle we would recommend ‘M-Eating’ which is located in the centre of town, a relaxed restaurant with exquisite food. If you want to be a bit more removed then we would recommend going to ‘Apaggio’ in Ornos, with sea views and an abundance of seafood, it’s the perfect place to relax and watch the sunset after a long day of exploring.
10.00pm – Cocktail time
Mykonos has a vibrant and vivacious nightlife, there are many spots to enjoy an evening cocktail and watch the world go by, we would recommend ‘Astra’, it’s got a comfortable outside space and delicious cocktails.
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