Ahh Mykonos, a dreamy destination for every Instagram lover!
Perfectly photogenic with sugar-cube shaped houses and crystal-clear azure colored water…what else could I ask for? The perfect combination of white & blue along with golden sand and blood orange sunsets makes each and every photo perfect!
One of the great things about visiting Mykonos on a cruise ship is how small this island is, meaning that you can visit many places in a short amount of time and also have hours to relax, soak up sun, have a stroll on the paved streets of Mykonos Town or have a cocktail by the sea while enjoying the marvelous sunset view.
A morning in Delos
When you visit Mykonos, a highly recommended activity is arranging a day cruise to Delos and Rhenia islands. Our trip begun at 11am from the area of Ornos and after a while we reached the beautiful Delos island.
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 island of Delos is one of the most important mythological, historical, and archaeological sites in Greece. The excavations in the island are among the most extensive in the Mediterranean; ongoing work takes place under the direction of the French School at Athens, and many of the artifacts found are on display at the Archaeological Museum of Delos and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
Delos had a position as a holy sanctuary for a millennium before Olympian Greek mythology made it the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. 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.
An afternoon in Mykonos
Upon our return to Mykonos, we wandered around Mykonos Town, Little Venice, the Windmills, the old port and kept admiring the small shops with handmade accessories, ornamentals, jewels, etc. The building are in perfect harmony, all white and blue with bright colored bougainvillea 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.
Where to go for lunch in Mykonos
One of the many perks of vacationing in Mykonos is the great variety of palatable dishes visitors can try. There are many options available regarding to food & restaurants:
- Gourmet restaurant
- Sea food
- Ethnic Food
- Food & Fun
- Italian restaurant
- Traditional Tavern
On the other hand, If you want to taste the local kitchen, we propose you try the following dishes:
- Louza: The louza meat product of Mykonos is made from local pork. The bit that is selected for louza is the best fillet from the back of the animal. The unique way of cooking gives meat an unforgettable taste since not only does the fillet stay for 24 hours in the salt, but also it’s flavored with spices and pepper.
- Kopanisti: Kopanisti is the famous “cream cheese” of Mykonos. It’s taste is very special, spicy and really hot.
- Traditional Sour Cheese or Xinotyro: It’s like the classic sour cheese of Greece but in Mykonos it rests for more time in the sun and gets tougher. It is fruity, fragrant, sour and ideal crumbled into red sauce and pasta.
- Myconian sausages: The Mykonian sausages are among the better. Only made from pork, without fat and seasoned only with plenty of savory, pepper and oregano. Dried in the air are guarantee a great dining experience.
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.