The Cyclades Islands have been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember.
The name “Cyclades” refers to the islands forming a circle around the sacred island of Delos in the Aegean archipelago. We had 8 nights to spend and decided to start off with Mykonos, then travel down to Naxos, and end up in Santorini. My lovely Greek friends gave me recommendations on where to best visit for each of these islands which I will summarize in individual posts.
So, starting with Mykonos! One of the more touristic islands, with a reputation for beach parties with world-class DJs. This is certainly true in the peak seasons of July and August. However it's not all about drinking here, but also about the hospitality, picture perfect whitewashed villages, azure beaches, incredible sunsets and of course… the Greek food.
This being Mykonos, you could probably dine at a branch of Nobu if you want. BUT this doesn't mean that local eats don't exist. Tucked away on the north side of the island, we found Kiki’s Tavern on the Agios Sostis Beach. No sign, no phone and no electricity! Talk about having to have good company ;)
Although there was a queue of around 15 people when we arrived, everyone was treating themselves to complimentary rosé and chilled water, chatting amongst themselves and soaking in the sunshine. Vassilis gave us amazing seats in the terrace under the trees overlooking the beautiful bay. The menu is simple which is always a good sign and includes Greek salads and seafood of the day. After lunch we walked down to the beach to let our food coma roll over us.
Eventually, we saddled up on our quad bikes and said goodbye to our new friends at Kiki's.
White on white on 50 shades of blue.
Isn't it beautiful! I could honestly wander these streets forever. I love traveling to places that feel so different from anything I've ever seen before.
Now, onto the beaches!
Mykonos is full of amazing beach lounges and bars (recommendations below). The beaches are actually incredible and much nicer than the pebble beaches you get on islands like Santorini! Nammos Beach Club is located on the edge of Psarou Beach and usually filled with hot footballers and celebrities. It's actually become so popular, that they've decided to open a restaurant in New York on the top of the Battery Maritime Building.
A lovely couple staying in our hotel recommended their favorite restaurant in Mykonos, which they have been visiting for the past 5 years. "To Maereio" is located on Chora's narrow streets, tucked between modern art and fashion boutiques. Get there before the queue starts to build up at 7 and order the meatballs! May seem a little odd but they are delicious little morsels of Greek heaven.
Our last night we went to Caprice Restaurant. Located just under the windmills it is the most beautiful restaurant in Mykonos town. They have a huge veranda right on the sea and you certainly get your moneys worth, unlike many touristic restaurants in the village. The seafood spaghetti is beyond delicious. It's served in a pan, nice and hot, in a tangy, rich, salty, fresh tomato sauce. Our wine came in a water bucket which was filled with a bouquet of flowers-how does no one else do this? Such a lovely touch!
Summer is on its way so if you are looking for places to go, I cannot recommend this island enough!
Here are my best recommendations ever ever:
Travel-Quadbike: So fun, convenient and cheap. Get one! We paid 25EUR per 24 hours.
Where to chill: Panormos, Paraga, Paradise, Ornos, Agios Sostis
Where to eat: (this obviously needs to be expanded on!)
- Kiki's Tavern: The grilled feta cheese is unbelievable! They also have a range of fresh Greek salads inside so make sure to check that out.
- Caprice Restaurant: Fresh fruity cocktails and seafood spaghetti.
- To Maeoreio: Greek salad, meatballs and lemon chicken are the winners here. Save yourself the disappointment and don't order the shrimp saganaki, not the real thing!
- Eva's Garden: Greek specialities, from spanikopita (spinach pie) to tzatziki and grilled fresh bream.
Where to stay:
- Myconian Kohili Korali Kyma Kalypso Thalasso: Certainly a mouthful, but located only 5 minutes away from Mykonos village and incredibly modern and chic. They have a spa area with six different Thalassotherapy pools filled with oils, aloe vera and therapeutic salts and sea water to get you feeling refreshed after your travels. The staff was also exceptional with giving us recommendations around Mykonos and the rest of the Greek islands. Highly recommended!
- Almyra: A guest house located by the beautiful Paraga beach. All white, minimalistic Scandinavian design and a two floor apartment to enjoy with a terrace overlooking the bay. Ideal spot for travellers looking to party it up in Cavo Paradiso and Super Paradise, as its only a 5 minute drive by quad bike!
Best best x