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2 NIGHTS IN MYKONOS
On the glitzy party island, I really wanted to stay in town to be sure we could walk to most of the things we wanted to see because we were there only a short time and cabs are in short supply. There are 32 cabs on the entire island serving 80,000 people in high season. Not great odds. The internet will tell you it’s a seven-minute walk from the old port to the Harmony Boutique Hotel but it’s more like 45 seconds so don’t overshoot it! If you arrive off the ferry at the old port, as we did, just walk toward the exit and look up to your right. There you will see the sign for Harmony Boutique Hotel. Dead simple.
My friend and I absolutely loved this place. The location suited us perfectly, close to the port and close to town. We received excellent service all around especially the front desk staff who are so helpful at showing you a map and pointing you in the right direction. On value it can’t be beat; a delicious breakfast with a view is included. The hotel and rooms are beautiful, the pool refreshing, and you’ll be right next to the action is perfect.
Each of Greece’s islands has its own personality. Mykonos is the sexy party girl, if that’s who you want to hang with. We figured after nearly a week of laid back Amorgos we would end out Grecian adventure with the late-night crowd, even if our up-all-night party days were long in the review mirror. Mykonos Town, especially at sunset and into the night is super fun to explore without any agenda. You can’t swing a dead cat on this island without hitting a jewelry shop and since gold is a great buy in Greece, it’s hard to go wrong. If you are in the market for leather flip-flops, also popular here, we found the best at Liontis.
Here is the rest of our hit list!
Agios Nikolakis Church – Picturesque church dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors. Appropriately located at the entrance of the old harbor in Mykonos Town, this tiny little church with its blue dome is the first thing that caught our attention when we arrived.
Mykonos Windmills – At least one night you’ll want to photograph the scene at sunset near those iconic windmills in Chora. Start at the windmills then walk toward Little Venice to grab drinks while the sun dips into the sea.
Church of Panagia Paraportiani – Also nice to photograph around sunset, this whitewashed church is actually five churches built over time either next to or on top of one another from the 14th to the 17th centuries. Services are still held here.
Platis Gailos – This was our beach of choice for one day. Simply rent a lounge chair and umbrella for the day and be waited on hand and foot. Who wouldn’t love that? The best way to get to the island beaches is by bus. We walked to Fabrika to catch the public bus for €1.8 to Platis Gialos. Choose whatever secluded, nude, gay or family beach is your flavor.
Kazarma – On recommendation of our hotel manager, a local, we had dinner at sunset at Kazarma. He was right; the food is excellent and so is the scene.
Remezzo – Think remixed Robin-Thick-Ed-Sheeran-Uptown-Funk vibe. We popped in for a glass of bubbly on the walk back to the hotel after midnight and the place was jumping.
Mediterraneo in Lakka Square – When you feel like taking a break from the ubiquitous, albeit delicious, Greek salad and souvlaki, dine on authentic Italian al dente pasta dishes here. Delicioso!