We visited Mykonos, Greece in April — their slow season — and had a picturesque vacation exploring the little island. We rented a car and I personally had an obsession with trying to visit every beach possible. With roads covered in potholes, and too many beaches to discover in three days, we didn’t see them all, but we did see a lot of the other sights! Most of our little adventures were free. Here’s what we recommend!
Mykonos Town or the Old Port is full of narrow passageways with whitewashed houses and colorful doors and balconies. In the charming little town, you can find living quarters, shops, restaurants, and even cats! (See the cat photos at the end of this blog!) It was rainy our first day there, which made the colors more bold and the streets less crowded.
Little Venice used to be a fishing section of the town, but is now full of restaurants and tourist shops. You can walk over and snap a postcard shot like this one.
Just up the road a bit from Little Venice are the old windmills! These were used to process wheat. Nowadays, one of them serves as a museum. If you trek below the windmills to the shore, you’ll have another distant view of Little Venice, and some fun dark rocks to play on.
This was a secluded beach across the island from Mykonos Town. There were only a handful of tourists (given that it was April and too cold to swim). The green mountains contrasted with the sparkling blue/green water made for a tremendous view.
Houlakia Beach is a ten minute drive away from Mykonos Town. There’s a dirt road that takes you fairly close to the shore. We were the only people in sight. There’s a couple of deserted construction projects and private houses nearby, but once you get past the seemingly abandoned road, you’ll find a spa-like beach.
Delos is an uninhabited archaeological island. You can purchase a boat ride there from the new port.
A five minute drive away from Mykonos Town, the port is full of colorful boats. It very obviously used to be the main form of entry onto the island with empty waiting areas, and closed-off customs.
Ano Mera has a cute, little town square and a few monasteries. Walk or drive up a nearby hill a bit and you’ll find the Gyzi Castle ruins, spotted with cacti.
The views from the Armenistis Lighthouse were amazing! As spring visitors, we found ourselves surrounded by orange butterflies and wildflowers. It was breathtaking. There are cliffs behind the lighthouse with views of the neighboring island. We even spotted sailboats below the cliffs. And you don’t actually have to hike! You can just drive right up the bumpy road.
Platis Gialos is a gorgeous beach with teal, clear water and soft sand.
The best food we ate were the gyros by far. Cheap and delicious, there’s no better way to go! Oregano was our favorite restaurant!
Crepes? Yes please. This place had high reviews, and we agree — it’s great!
Mykonos is full of street cats, and the occasional pet dog.