MYKONOS:- PARTY & EXPLORE ANCIENT HISTORY
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
322Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Where I stayed
Sahas Studios Tagoo
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Read my review - 4/5 stars
JOURNEY: Santorini, Ios, Paros, Mykonos by ferry 120 kms; 2hours, 45mins.
We arrived in Mykonos at around 3pm on the Flying Cat ferry, and the first thing we noticed was that the sea was rough and the wind was severe. "It's always windy on Mykonos" people tell us now that we are here!!! The ferry trip was comfortable and quick. 50 euros each!!!!!!!
We were picked up by one of the Sahas family and driven to our nice little apartment that had a view of the sea and port.The family were very attentive and helpful for our stay and even though it was a bit of a hike to Mykonos town 15-20 minutes, it was quiet and comfortable.
We rented a car for 24 hours to explore the famous beaches, but we were a little disappointed, mainly because of the wind and the very touristy feel to them. Mostly the cafes, bars and hotels are built right down to the water's edge.
Still very early in the season, most cafes and beach lounges were mostly empty.
We decided we did not really like Mykonos as much as Santorini and in truth the island is all about suntanning and swimming all day and partying all night; well it was still too cold to swim, too windy to lie on the beach and there was not much opportunity for us to party - pikers!!
But we spent time exploring the maze of streets of the old part of town where it's easy to get lost - so just throw away the map, wander and appreciate the experience. The streets are best descriped as lanes and are attractive and beautifully maintained. You come accross stores, bars, bakeries and homes - all muddled up together. Turn a corner and get another surprise...
Nearly 10,000 people live on this rocky, arid island and the only industry is tourism. It seems that in the winter many islanders return to the mainland where they have a house and other businesses.
It is a destination for huge cruise ships which spill out thousands of people each day who come to see, experience and shop.
We did check out the local bars and cafes recommended by Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor, but mostly we ate at nearby Oregano's, where we were served good Greek food at good prices.
Mykonos is one of the world's gay friendly party destination and there are lots of gay bars as well as gay friendly beaches but we need to mention again, the holiday season has yet to start. The shops and bars are very cute and it is hard to decide on one, but the island is expensive and less Greek than we would have liked.
Sunday in Delos:
Just off the coast of Mykonos is the island of Delos, a 30 minute ferry ride away.
It is an ancient archaeological site where the ruins still sit exposed on this tiny island. There is a museum displaying artifacts and it is believed the island was occupied since 3000 BC. In 500BC Athens established its treasury on the island; it was also a religious and commercial centre.
Well today it is a patch of weeds and wild flowers where tourists come to admire the past and archaeologists still excavate for hidden treasures.
We wandered about on Sunday for a few hours and marvelled at the ancient history that is recorded here.
Our four nights on Mykonos Island came to an end, and our next stop is on the island of Paros. It had been a relaxing and lazy break from our usual busy schedule, which was great!!