Hope you’re well?
This post has been such a long time coming! Admittedly, I’ve been a bit rubbish with blogging in the last few months and so this has been on the back burner for ages. This summer we spent a few days exploring the beautiful Greek island of Mykonos.
We stayed at the Anixi Hotel:
Which has a great sea view:
And the rooms aren’t too shabby either.
Transportation – be warned, it’s not easy to find a taxi in Mykonos! We rented a moped to get us around, these are pretty cheap, from 10-30 euros a day depending on the model and it’s condition.
Mykonos Town or Chora is a photogenic labyrinth of whitewashed buildings with colourful doors, windows and balconies. It’s set on the glimmering blue coast and it’s endless, maze-like streets mean you never know what you’ll stumble upon next – from beautiful little churches to chic cafes and bars.
Oh, and it has an amphitheatre!!
But seriously, prepare yourselves for far too many pictures of the pretty streets.
If you want to take pictures without lots of people in them, my advice is to come early! Even then, I struggled!
Such a pretty house!
^ Oh man – #FrontDoorGoals.
There are also lots of Churches dotted around.
And plenty of restaurants and cafes.
I adore that there are streets that end with the view of the sea.
There are plenty of restaurants with a sea view – drop in for some lunch or a drink. This is an iced hot chocolate from Katerina’s.
What a cute boat!
As if the town centre didn’t have enough appeal already, it’s also a perfect place to watch the sun go down. ❤
The iconic windmills in Mykonos sit overlooking the town. They were built in 16th century and were primarily used to grind wheat and barley.
Being an island, Mykonos has no shortage of great beaches. Depending on where you are, the sea can be pretty rough, and so it’s perfect for watersports.
Gah – it’s snowing outside in London today (and in case you don’t already know, I despise snow). Looking at these pictures is doing zero for my happiness.
Just look at this shimmering, turquoise water! ❤ ❤ ❤
The water on this side of the island was really calm and serene.
There are so many options for good food on this island, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Here are my recommendations.
This is the cutest little open roof restaurant located by a secluded beach. It really does have the charm factor: from the lack of electricity through to the rickety wooden chairs. Having said that, it’s a tiny little shack and it’s popular with both the locals and tourists and so you can expect to queue for an hour or more.
I assure you though, it’s worth the wait. Not only is the view overlooking the turquoise water simply beautiful, but so is the food.
^ Smokey, grilled aubergine, drizzled (very) generously with olive oil and topped with walnuts, parsley and spring onions. ❤ Oh, and also some salad and tzatziki – delicious!
^ A whole sea bass. Grilled to absolute perfection. Delicate, light and SO fresh.
And make sure you save some space for dessert. The chocolate almond cake was rich and dreamy and everything chocolate cake should be – served with lots of freshly whipped cream.
A cute little restaurant with whitewashed walls and simple, elegant decor, located in Mykonos town. It is usually really busy, so book ahead or arrive early!
It is quite an expensive restaurant but the food was amazing.
Sadly, I forgot to snap more pictures but what I do recall is that the garlic mushrooms were immense and that the Greek salad was also delicious.
Joanna’s Nikos Place Taverna
A homely, typically Greek restaurant nestled on the edge of the beach which serves up traditional food, specialising in fresh, BBQ-ed fish.
First up – Greek salad. It really doesn’t look like much but it was delicious, the ingredients were fresh and the addition of green peppers was unexpected but enjoyable.
I opted for the mixed mezze plate for dinner – a selection of dips and fried goodies.
Mr Man went for the swordfish steak, freshly BBQed and drizzled with a lemony mustard sauce and a portion of rice. It was delicious – dense and almost almost meat-like.
It’s worth saving room for dessert too – honey and cinnamon cake. ❤
A seafront restaurant located on a small sandy strip on the South of the island, complete with deck chairs and parasols.
A range of starters: freshly fried, hand cut chips with a generous sprinkling of oregano; thick, creamy tzatziki; grilled salty halloumi and sweet roasted red peppers.
Most definitely forgot to take a picture of the main course because I’m a bimbo.
Nice n Easy
A casual seafront restaurant, with a focus on good quality, organic ingredients, located in Mykonos town. We stopped here for breakfast, though, it’s worth noting that they do serve lunch and dinner too.
Wholewheat pancakes served with pistachios, cashew nuts, goji berries and honey. There is no denying it, they definitely tasted healthy, they were also really yum!
I went for a savoury option as usual. These were incredible – pockets of salty feta hiding in tomatoey touseled scrambled eggs, served up with a slice of toast.
Liberty breakfast rooms
Great breakfast with a great view! This place is located on a hilltop of the South-West of the island and has lots of huge selection of sweet and savoury options to begin your day.
I opted for the truffle Oeufs en Cocotte, which whilst delicious was slightly underdone – definitely not a fan of snotty egg whites! Mr Man went for the chocolate and croissant pudding, all kinds of buttery, chocolatey, rich goodness.
Oh, and did I mention, the coffee was great!
This bakery/cafe was just a 5 min stroll from our hotel and they serve up everything from fresh bread through to homemade biscuits.
The baklava was really, really good. You could tell it was freshly prepared, although, for my taste, it was a little heavy on the sugar syrup.
A cute little icecreamery with delicious gelato. Whilst it doesn’t quite match up to the stuff you get in Italy, it was still pretty damn good.
^ And there’s some really exciting flavours too, such as honey and baklava, which I thoroughly recommend (and want to recreate at home one of these days)!
And that pretty much sums up the Mykonos highlights.