After staying in Zakynthos for three days, I flew back to Athens in order for me to fly to my next travel destination, this time located at the South Aegean Region of Greece – the beautiful island of Mykonos. Also known as the Island of the Winds, Mykonos boasts of its marvelous beaches. It is the perfect haven for party-goers and beach-lovers alike because it offers a wide range of must-visit places – from shops, food districts, bars, and, of course, beaches. It is a very popular place for travelers and photo-savvy people, especially with the island’s iconic alleys and surreal landmarks that are so Instagram-worthy, my trip to Greece will not be complete without a visit to Mykonos.
Just like Zakynthos, it is best to visit Mykonos between September and October because it’s Lean Season. The place gets much crowded during summer, and not to mention, rates do really go sky- high during peak periods. I love travelling a lot and I, most of the times, do not mind spending much for as long as the experience is worth it, and the destination is to-die-for. But, even if I have a penchant for luxurious trips, I still have inkling for practicality. And so, here are some of my travel tips for you, should you wish to fly to Mykonos on your next out-of-the-country trip.
BEST WAY TO GET THERE
Due to its popularity with travelers and tourists alike, there are lots of flight options to Mykonos offered by different airlines that you can choose from. Travel time from Athens is shorter by 10 minutes compared to Zakynthos. Upon leaving Athens, you can reach the island of Mykonos in less than 40 minutes.
•Airfare ranges between 4,000 and 7,000 Php two-way
•Choose to fly via Sky Express for a more convenient trip
BEST PLACE TO STAY
A much-deserved travel to Mykonos can only be as extravagant and as opulent as the traveler’s choice of hotel. While there are many cheap hotels that any tourist can choose from and book online, I had no other hotel in mind for this trip but the very lavish and highly-rated Cavo Tagoo Mykonos – the place to be in Mykonos!
•Their suites offer the best accommodation in Mykonos. THE BEST!
o Each suite of the hotel has its own infinity pool giving its guests a majestic view of the Aegean Sea
o Cavo Tagoo is home to the very famous for newly-constructed Cave Pool Suites, where I stayed and where I took my controversial “Greek God” photo (see
•The hotel offers the best feel and view of Mykonos and its surrounding places like the little venice and the new port.
o Perfect spot for watching breath-taking sunsets
o Large cruise ships pass by ocean view
o The hotel has the biggest, grandest and most popular lounge and pool bar area in the entire of Mykonos
o Pool lights change color every once in a while
•Their food and their service are top of the chain
o Daily breakfast buffet included in package
o Buffet is unique in a way because it is a haven for people with sweet-tooth. They present a wide variety of pastries and cakes (perfect for my taste and best
served with coffee). They also serve an assortment of croissants, tarts and all types of sweets. You will really have a good morning everyday day!
o Their Breakfast Buffet is placed beside a massive infinity pool overlooking the Aegean Sea for that perfect ambiance and surreal dining experience
•The hotel is well-positioned in Mykonos City, easy access to many tourist destinations, and the airport is 8 minutes away
•Cavo Tagoo Mykonos is a multi-awarded hotel
o Awarded as Top First-Class Hotel Resort in Greece
o Arch of Europe Gold Star for Excellence in Corporate Image and Quality
o International Award for Tourism, Hotel & Catering Industry
o Nominated as Greece’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa for more than three years straight
o Nominated in the World Travel Awards – Europe Region
•You’d be lucky to spot so many famous celebrities from around the world
o Lindsay Lohan, Ariana Grande, Gerard Butler, Paris Hilton, Leo Di Caprio, and even the Kardashians have set foot in Cavo Tagoo Mykonos
I would have to say that everything in Cavo Tagoo Mykonos is perfect – the ambiance, the pools, the food, the service. A stay in this prestigious hotel may be pricey, but, hey, get ready to be pampered like the Greek God that you are. For hotel rates and booking, visit www.cavotagoo.com/mykonos/
BEST WAY TO GET AROUND MYKONOS
Since the airport is strategically located right at the heart of Mykonos, it is very easy to go around the island and travel from one tourist spot to the next. However, here are some things that you should know when going around this beautiful Greek island.
•It is more practical to rent a car via Hertz Rent A Car Services (I was very excited to go around Mykonos since it was my first time to drive a car in a foreign country. And for my itinerary, I rented a Mini Cooper to fit my style.)
o It is a much cheaper way to go around Mykonos if you plan on staying for more than three days
o You’d be able to go to all the interesting parts of Mykonos that public transportation cannot reach.
o Cars in Mykonos are for left-hand drivers, just like in the Philippines so it’s really a piece of cake to drive around
• For the budget-conscious, public bus transport may be a good option, but it limits the places that you can possibly visit
•Taking the taxi is a bit expensive; and so, I do not recommend taking a cab when you go ticking your itinerary
BEST THINGS TO DO
Mykonos, as I mentioned earlier, is a place for party-goers and beach-lovers. Its festive ambiance and vibrant nightlife are a happy-trap for happy-go-lucky travelers, and a magnet for fun-seekers. As for me, my main objective for going to Mykonos is to relax. I guess I’ve had enough parties back in Manila, and so I simply want to unwind minus all the loud speakers and frolic dancing. Here are some of activities that you may want to indulge in when you visit Mykonos.
•Have a walk around Little Venice (my personal favorite)
o Perfect for taking pictures with the iconic blue and white traditional Greek houses
o Just a brief 2-3 minutes from the hotel
o No pressure at all and would not consume much of your time and energy
•Visit Kastros Mykonos
o No photo session in Mykonos will ever be complete without pictures from this place
o It is an old restaurant that is very famous in Instagram and in other social media platforms
o It offers a view of the ocean and the archetypal Kato Milli or the world-famous windmills of Mykonos
o You can enjoy lunch here while marvelling at the view of Mykonos’ famous tourist attractions
•Drive your way to the Armenistis Lighthouse
o This is where you should visit when you have a car
o Picturesque place with an excellent view of the Aegean Sea
o Not very famous to travelers; thus, not very crowded
o Must-visit place for your picture-perfect shots and Instagram-able photos
•Enjoy dinner at the 180 Sunset Bar (I consider this as the most captivating place during my trip)
o Renowned and highly-recommended dining place in Mykonos
o Presents a magnificent view of the famous sunset of Mykonos while you enjoy your snacks, cocktails or dinner
o The restaurants serve nothing but excellent food and a wide variety of international cuisines
o The place has a peaceful and romantic ambiance
o Guests are serenaded by live acoustic singers as they dine
o It has the most relaxing view of everything that Mykonos has to offer – sunset view, windmills, view of Little Venice
To sum it up, my second trip to Greece pretty much gave me a better and clearer idea as to why the cradle of the deities were set in this part of the globe. Not only was this place stunning with beauty and vibrancy, it is also very filled with class, luxury and prestige – and a Zeus, Hera or Athena would never settle for less. But while it is practical not to splurge when you visit the Greek Islands, I totally encourage travelers to his side of Europe to dig deeper into their bank accounts and spend to your heart’s desire. For one, this is where the gods were born, and this is where they set foot on once upon a time. I must say… It is only befitting that when you travel to Greece; travel not as a king, but as a God!