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It’s Stop #3 on this 30-day trip around Europe and today, we’ve arrived in Greece!
After a less than glamorous night in the Athens airport on the way from Rome, we land on the beautiful island of Mykonos a little after 7:00am.
We are greeted at the airport by Marietta, owner of the same building where we rented a room last year.
Unfortunately, our room was occupied last night so we’ll have to wait until 10:30am to get in and finally get a little rest.
So, we decide to put on our “photographer hats” and make the most of the time by getting some early morning shots at the harbor. I mean, it’s not like we’re gonna be up this early again while we’re here.
Now, Mykonos is known for its high-octane nightlife and, not surprisingly, lots of people are still out and about wandering the streets from the night before.
I don’t understand these people. It’s 8:00am for goodness sake. I’ve been known to stay out dancing until the wee hours but I draw the line at sunrise. If the sun is coming up…it’s time for bed – I don’t care what time zone you’re in.
2022 Update: Traveling to Greece right now
I just returned from another 2-week trip traveling around the Greek Islands. I wrote a comprehensive post about traveling in and around Greece right now during the Covid-19 pandemic:
It’s everything you need to know about pre-arrival testing, whether you’ll have to wear a mask, where you can get a Covid test if you need one to return home, and all the essentials for traveling to Greece right now. If you’re planning a trip to Greece this summer, be sure to check it out.
And now, back to Mykonos!
We kill a few hours taking pictures and then stop in a café with wi-fi before heading back to Marietta’s to check-in. Thankfully, the room is ready since we’re going on fumes at this point.
Our room is fantastic. When we stayed at Marietta’s Mykonos last year, we had a nice room for the three of us with a cute little balcony that we all squeezed onto each night for sunset. It did have a great view but space was at a premium.
On our first day last year, Marietta showed us the room above ours with a rooftop veranda to die for.
Since the upstairs room only had two beds it wouldn’t have worked for us last year. But with just two of us going this year, we knew for sure we wanted that room.
And it turned out to be just perfect. We could hardly tear ourselves away from the balcony, the view was so spectacular. I honestly think that room might well have the best view on the island. And at less than EUR 150 a night, it’s a steal.
By about noon we crash and don’t wake up until almost time for sunset.
We watch our first of 3 perfect sunsets that evening and I demonstrate my newfound dedication to photography by “Spiderman-ing” it across 3 rooftops to get an even better angle. Not as dangerous as it sounds (yes, there are pictures) but it struck me as something only a “real” photographer would be crazy enough to try.
Dena looked at me like I was crazy the first night but by night 3 she was out there, too (for the record).
After sunset, it’s out to dinner in Little Venice and then on to our favorite Mykonos disco, Scandinavian Bar, where I’ve been going for more than 10 years now. It’s still owned by the same guy, my pal Stavros, but he brings in a new staff every season so it’s always fun to meet everyone.
Beach, Eat, Dance, Sleep, Repeat
We spend most of the next two afternoons at the beach, followed by delicious Greek dinners and still more dancing. Yes, there are plenty of other things to do around the island (like these, for example):
Or you can island-hop to other spectacular Greek Islands nearby.
Bonus Tip: The best site for booking ferries within Greece is FerryHopper.com.
But for my money, Mykonos is all about relaxing the day away on the pristine beach of your choice (with a side of nightlife, of course!)
You’ve just got to love this island. I’ve been coming here since 1998 (my very first trip overseas) and tiny Mykonos has always had a special place in my heart.
It makes for just about the best “girl’s trip” on the planet. I am always sad to leave but it brings a smile to my face to know without a doubt that I’ll be back.
Next stop, Zurich.