Earlier this month I had the chance to travel to one of my bucket list destinations: Mykonos, Greece. It was even more beautiful in person than I could have imagined, and I’m so excited to share this Mykonos travel guide with you all, covering where to stay, what to do, and where to eat and drink!
Mykonos Travel Guide
WHERE TO STAY
During our trip we stayed at the Palladium Mykonos, and I truly can’t say enough great things about my experience there. The staff was beyond helpful, and they went the extra mile every day to ensure that we were having a wonderful trip. All of the accommodations have been remodeled during the winter months, and you can really see the thought and attention that went into every last detail. The decor is very natural, with gorgeous stone and copper sinks and crisp cotton bedding. I stayed in the Palladium Signature Suite, which boasts its own private outdoor garden and pool – it’s easily one of the most luxurious hotel rooms I’ve had the opportunity to stay in (head my Mykonos highlight on Instagram to watch a room tour!).
We ate breakfast at the hotel every morning, which was truly one of the highlights of our stay. They had everything from an omelette station, to fresh fruit, porridge, cheese and meats, and a wide selection of pasties and traditional Greek desserts. The baklava was my favorite! We also ordered frappes (Greek iced coffee) every morning, which became a bit of an obsession during our trip. In addition to iced coffee, they offered fresh fruit juice, tea, and hot coffee. It’s safe to say that the Palladium helped make my first trip to Mykonos one of my favorite holidays ever. I’m already planning my return!
If a luxury hotel is out of your price range, I highly recommend checking out Airbnb for affordable places to stay. When we were researching our trip, before we secured our accommodations at Palladium, we looked into Airbnb and found tons of cute (and surprisingly cheap – some as little as £50 a night!) options right in the center of Mykonos town. If going the Airbnb route I highly recommend booking one in town – it would be so convenient and save you some money on travel!
WHERE TO EAT / DRINK
- Remezzo: We enjoyed a lovely outdoor dinner here (they have pashminas and heat lamps for chilly nights), and everyone raved over the food. The atmosphere was really nice, and the sea views just can’t be beat.
- Interni: We didn’t have time to make it here, but Interni comes highly recommend for a special evening (from both friends and our hotel concierge). It’s a bit of a splurge, but it’s meant to be worth it!
- Kastro’s: We popped in here for lunch one day, and really enjoyed the food and the views – get the Greek salad and thank me later.
- Scorpios: We came here on our last night and loved the vibes. The decor was very natural and reminded me a lot of Tulum. They had live music playing, and everyone was just relaxing and enjoying a cocktail while watching the sunset. We also had dinner here, which was good but a bit overpriced. Everything is meant to share, so I think it would work better if you go in a large group.
- Caprice: This is a cute little seaside cocktail bar and is the perfect place to have a drink before heading out for a night in Mykonos town.
- Semeli: Just a few steps away from Caprice, Semeli is a small but very fun club. They played great music and everyone was dancing and having a good time. We enjoyed a drink (or 3) here!
- Skandinavian Bar: This is another popular nightlife spot in Mykonos town. I recommend having a few drinks before heading here if ya know what I mean 😉
WHAT TO DO
- Explore Mykonos town. There is SO much to see in such a tiny little town, I could spend days just getting lost in the beautiful white washed streets. There is both designer shopping as well as local boutiques, so there’s something for every shopper at every budget. I picked up an evil eye bracelet which is based on Greek mythology, as well as a pair of handmade leather sandals.
- Rent a boat for the day. While we didn’t have the time to do this on our trip, I’ve had several people recommend going out on the water for a boat day. There are many different companies that offer boat tours, and most include wine and food!
- Hit up a day party at a beach club. While I recommended Scorpios above for dinner and sunset drinks, it’s even more popular during the day. Rent a sun chair for the day and enjoy beach side drinks and food, while a DJ gets the party going with great music. Some other popular day drinking hotspots include Paradise, Nammos, and Ftelia.
- Go wine tasting. I wasn’t able to do this on my short trip, but I’ve heard great things about Mykonos Vioma, which is an organic winery located on the island. You can stop in for tours and tastings!
- Depending on where you stay, the local bus will be your best bet for getting into Mykonos town. It runs every 15 minutes and will take you straight into town. It’s super cheap, air conditioned, and always ran on time. Don’t waste your money on cabs when you go into town!
- Most places did accept credit cards, but the local buses did not. As always when traveling around Europe, I recommend you have some Euros on hand.
- If you like iced coffee, order a frappe!! I can’t even put into words how delicious they are (we all had at least 2 a day). I honestly still crave them now!
- While the national language is of course Greek, absolutely everyone I met during my time there spoke perfect English, so we had no problems with getting around.
- I HIGHLY recommend visiting Mykonos in mid May to early June. The weather was already warm enough to lay by the pool, but it didn’t get too hot. Plus, most kids are still in school so there are less crowds.
- Mykonos is bursting with bougainvillea, but note that it only blooms in the spring. By July, most of the gorgeous pink blossoms have turned green. Yet another reason why I think May is the best time to go!
I hope you found this Mykonos travel guide helpful for your next trip to Mykonos! Have you ever been before?
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*** My stay at the Palladium Mykonos was a gifted experience, but I was not required to write this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. ***