Half Day in Mykonos
While flying to this famous Greek island hotspot, I notice many little islands nearby with turquoise blue water that remind me of the Caribbean Sea. I didn’t realize the Aegean Sea was filled with crystal-clear water and beautiful beaches, one better than the next. A perfect summer getaway with family or friends. I recommend avoiding middle of August due to the heavy winds, although most beach resorts are protected in the bays.
The windmills of Mykonos are visible from most central points in town, but a close up visit to the four in a row on the water’s edge is a must. There were almost fifty-seven mills grinding local agricultural yields, primarily barley, until late 19th century. Nowadays, only twelve remain. There aren’t many other landmarks except for a museum and you’ll want to make time for the breathtaking sunsets from the Pool at Hotel Cavo Tago.
I loved the Semeli hotel, a well priced charming little gem perfectly located in town so you can walk to most evening locations and avoid a taxi. The staff are friendly, you have 2 pools if you prefer privacy, breakfast buffet is large and food is delicious. You can spend time at your bar or walk over to her sister’s Belvedere luxury resort next door that hosts a Nobu restaurant and high-end bar. Be sure to organise your transportation as there are very few taxis, private car drivers and beach lunch spots can be further than anticipated. Some like the option of renting a Quad or Moped.
There are many amazing lunch beach spots, amazing hotels or local dives to grab a bite with or without music depending on your mood of the day. Here you can order Mezze polio which has appetizer portions of dips, salads and meats/seafood. I loved starting my day with a variation of coffee that Life Cafe has to offer in abundance nearby the bus station in town. Niko’s place is casual and has great salads or meat dishes. Nice n Easy offers traditional foods with healthy options such as gluten free items. Nammos is a day long adventure you must experience if you like music and party vibes. Scorpios is a favorite for lunch or evening with music and late night DJ parties. Excellent cuisine so make those reservations well in advance! Spilia is a seafood lovers paradise where you can eat sea urchin along the seaside.
Greece loves the evil eye in any form whether jewelry; bracelet or necklace to a hanging device for your wall, bed or door knob that is said to protect you from anyone thinking or saying negative thoughts towards you. It’s a great affordable gift for loved ones and a colorful memory that children love to play with. This island had many handmade wood carvings, bowls and sandal shops to visit if you prefer something more useful.
By Natalie Lefevre