Our Greece adventure Part 2
July 9th – Santorini → Mykonos
Next stop was Mykonos, we took a high-speed ferry for 60 euros each and it was nicer than any airplane we’ve been on. The ship was two stories high, if you rent a car you can drive it onto the ship and drive off at drop off. They served food and drinks, and had nice seating so the 2 hour ride over was easy and relaxing. We got to Mykonos mid-day and went straight to the hotel to relax. The hotels shuttle driver picked us up, when we arrived he said “Mykonos is the best place in the world”, but I think this is a matter of preference. We stayed at the Aeolos Hotel, Panos was the owner of the hotel, the staff was very nice but hotel was not the cleanest. I would recommend doing some research on other hotels in the area and finding something close to all the shopping and area attractions if you don’t have a car. Luckily our hotel offers a shuttle service so they took us to the area we met up with our friends for dinner.
We ventured down to “City Central” to sightsee and shop before dinner, but before we left we decided to try Ouzo for the 1st time – Greece is known for this black licorice type drink, neither of us liked it but we were told we had to try it before we left – I don’t think either of us will be trying it again any time soon!
After some street shopping, people watching and adventuring, we went over to the restaurant early to open a bottle of bubbly before meeting up with our friends who were also staying in Greece – we went to Niko’s Taverna for dinner. The food was great but the restaurant was packed and our waiters were a bit forgetful when we ordered extra food. We had picked out some fresh fish for them to fry up for the table and we had to remind them when an hour had gone by and the food had still not arrived. The highlight of the meal was definitely the dessert, Loukoumades.
After dinner we roamed around a few shops and found some amazing unique pieces at a store called Luna, where Josh got a beautiful rosary made from tiger’s eye and volcanic stone, and I bought a nice rose gold evil eye necklace for myself and my friend Margherita to bring back to her during our last few days in Italy.
A few things to note about Mykono’s. Everyone says Mykono’s has better beaches than Santorini, but I think both islands have nice beaches the main difference is the sand. Santorini’s beaches are made of volcanic rock or composed of a mix of sand and pebbles that are a red or black color. Mykono’s tends to have beaches that are white or golden, what many people may be used to seeing in photo’s. I wouldn’t make my trip choice off of beaches because both are amazing, the decision should be made on the vibe you are looking for.
For hotels in Santorini and Mykonos the best hotels are the ones by the beach check out Santa Marina Resort & Villas for Mykonos and The Boathouse hotel for Santorini! If you have 5 days or less I recommend going to Santorini. If you have 6 days or more then I would suggest visiting both islands but spend more time in Santorini.As I said earlier it depends on what you’re interested in and how you want to spend your vacation time, both islands are very different! You should go to Santorini if you’re interested in: A more romantic experience, scenery, sunsets, fine dining, wineries, boutique hotels, boat tours of nearby islands, and, volcanoes. Go to Mykonos if you’re interested in: More of a party scene, awesome beaches, nightclubs, good food and dancing.
Another thing to note during high tourist season – Santorini handles the peak summer crowds a bit better than Mykonos. The streets and walkways in Fira and Oia are wider and roomier than Mykonos and the town never feel quite as crowded. Mykonos has a maze of narrow lanes and alleyways that are awesome to explore. The shops and restaurants are tucked into the classic white stone buildings which is what Greece is known for.
There is more to do in Santorini and great sightseeing as opposed to Mykonos, but Mykonos has a nearby island Delos (which is well known archaeological site known for its mythological history) that is an easy day trip when staying on Mykonos.
Something to take note in winter is that both islands are very quiet during this time, the beach town’s shutdown and even in the main towns many hotels and restaurants close. The best weather for both islands is from late May to early October and the tourist season on Santorini is from April to early November, on Mykonos it’s from late May to early October.
I also must add that the Mykono’s airport is a complete nightmare, so if you can avoid it I would highly recommend it and fly out of Santorini or another island if possible.
Some other interesting facts and tips on Mykono’s:
Check out Aeolos Hotel – http://aeolos-hotel.com/
Santa Marina Resort & Villas has amazing reviews -http://www.booking.com/hotel/gr/santamarinarestvillas.html?aid=346426&label=sdcom-santomyk
Info on high speed ferries in Greece / how to book – https://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g189398-c4269/Greece:How.To.Ferry.Trips.In.The.Islands.html
More info on the high speed farriers – http://www.ferries.gr/hfd/
Greek desert – Loukoumades – http://www.mygreekdish.com/recipe/loukoumades/
Amazing jewelry store – She will custom make pieces for you – http://www.luna-mykonos.com/
Eat at Niko’s Taverna – https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g662620-d1507969-Reviews-Niko_s_Taverna-Mykonos_Town_Mykonos_Cyclades_South_Aegean.html
I would love to hear about places you visited in Greece and any recommendations you may have!
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