Mykonos

I suppose I would call the below a photo essay of sorts, if I actually had the proper photography skills to warrant such a title. (All my pictures are from a regular old digital camera if you couldn’t already tell!)

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In reality, it’s more accurate to say that I couldn’t cull the amount of pictures I wanted to include in this post because my time in Mykonos was so fantastic. I hope these snaps present a variety of ideas about what this beautiful island has to offer.

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If I had to give one tip on where to begin with Mykonos, it would be just walk and keep walking.

You will get hopelessly lost amongst the never ending winding of white paths but eventually you’ll emerge with a view of the ocean and find your bearings. The best little cafés, shops and sights I encountered all came from this aimless meandering.

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We stayed on Platis Gialos Beach, which is a short bus ride away from the centre of Mykonos town.

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Platis Gialos Beach

As I mentioned in my post on Ios, my group was there in early May which was ideal because the weather was great and there was only a handful of tourists.

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All the other people on our beach

Our hotel was literally beach front. In fact, this was the view from my room.

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There was a variety of restaurants nearby and since finding a lounge on the sand was never a problem it made for a truly relaxing setting.

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Like most of Greece, there are cats everywhere. They make for a great addition to photos!

What you don’t expect though is a pelican to be wandering the street.

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Apparently Petros the pelican (there are actually three of them on the island and I don’t think anyone really knows which one is Petros so they all go by the name) started as a mascot for the island years ago when a local fisherman rescued a pelican that washed up on shore.

The original Petros has long since gone but the legend continues!

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Little Venice

I spotted Petros near Little Venice, which is the name given to an area of Mykonos where you can find many restaurants right alongside the water.

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Little Venice entrance 

You get a great view of the Little Venice area from the Windmills, which I never pictured a Greek island to have but was a nice sight regardless!

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Paradise Beach is probably the most famous one on the island due to its party rep.

As far as the actual beach went it was pretty average and since I was there so early in the season it wasn’t busy, which was perfectly fine with me.

There was plenty of room at the bars, on the sand and while everyone still was there to have fun it wasn’t crazy.

Drinks are pretty expensive though, like around 10 euro for cocktails but it’s to be expected at a massive tourist drawcard.

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Cocktails on Paradise Beach

On the party subject, night life is of course what Mykonos is renowned for.

The well known Skandinavian Bar opened for the summer while we were there and despite being the first night it was packed.

I can’t even imagine how insanely busy they must be in June and July.

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My group had a fantastic night here, having started at a few bars beforehand but this was definitely our favourite.

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Always have to try the local brew, here it was Mythos

We somehow found ourselves in the VIP area by accident (and by VIP I mean a literal step up section from the club dance floor that’s it, not a security guard in sight staring you down next to a roped off area) where we met some friendly Argentianian guys who were a lot of fun.

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The Argentinians 

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A bartender from somewhere in Mykonos, I appreciated his shirt

After a decent night out in most countries a kebab is the go to greasy food of choice on the way home.

In Greece it is the closely related gyros. It’s essentially a smaller version of a kebab, with meat, onion, tomato and fries being the usual ingredients but you can alter this sometimes.

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At around 2 euros it was not only cheap but mind blowingly delicious too.

I think I consumed my body weight in gyros the two weeks I was in the country!

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A few more snaps from around Mykonos..

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And lastly, just remember…

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