Earlier this year my husband Mark and I were searching holidays online not knowing the destination we wanted to visit. We just knew that we wanted somewhere with guaranteed sunshine. We’d heard many good things about Mykonos, and I’d seen so many ridiculously beautiful photos on Pinterest. We decided it looked like the place for us. Earlier this month we holidayed there for a full week and loved every second.
Normally when we go away we like to book the flights and hotel separately so we aren’t constricted at all. This time we booked everything through Thomson in their January sale and I could not fault them. Everything was so simple and travel went smoothly.
As Mykonos is a small island, our transfer from the airport to our accommodation was only ten mins. A dream after waking up at 3am to catch our flight.
We stayed on Ornos Beach at the Ammos Hotel which had been recommended to us by my parents who had previously stayed there last year and I cannot rate it enough. We didn’t realise the hotel was a five star until we got there! As soon as we arrived we were treated so well. They gave us a complimentary upgrade and we were put up in a lovely sea view room with a balcony. It was a right treat to spend a morning watching the sun rise from the terrace and later on in the afternoon having pre-dinner drinks on before heading out. I have so much to say in this post I think i’m going to have to do a separate one about the hotel!
The hotel is situated about a 5 minute drive into Mykonos Town. We caught the bus a couple of times but opted to walk mostly as it only took 20 mins.
Mykonos Town itself is just absolutely stunning. Everywhere you turn there is a photo opportunity. The white wash buildings with their blue awnings mixed with the vibrant pink trees dotted about it’s just like something straight off of a postcard.
You can see how I found it so hard to choose which photos to feature on this post!
The windy, tiny streets means it’s so easy to get lost in them which we didn’t mind at all as around every turn there was something new to see.
Now, Mykonos is known for being a bit of a party island, and in recent years has been taken over a little by the rich. Amongst the amazing streets there are mostly designer shops which I thought did spoil the vibe a little (I’m not one for designers!) but that is the only negative I would say about the town. It was so clean and beautiful.
On every street there are a number of lovely looking restaurants. We dined out every night and I’ll do a separate post with my recommendations of where and what to eat shortly too.
Wherever you go in Mykonos there are quad bikes and scooters. I lost count of how many places I saw with them for hire outside!
The weather when we were there was pretty amazing. We only really had one morning where it was overcast and so we decided to rent a quad bike for 24 hours. This cost us €25 which was an absolute bargain.
Having a vehicle allowed us to do a lot more exploring of the island. We visited Agios Sostis beach where we’d heard all about a taverna called Kiki’s. I’ll write more about our experience in the restaurant blog post, however I will say this was totally worth the 20 minute drive over. The small beach next to it was stunning.
We also popped over to Paradise Beach one morning to take a look around. Paradise Beach is a well known party beach in Mykonos. We got some pretty good snaps here, however didn’t stay long as we much preferred ‘our’ beach in Ornos (it seemed less crowded!)
The Windmills and Little Venice
A trip to Mykonos wouldn’t be complete without seeing the windmills and sitting in a bar in Little Venice with a cocktail whilst watching the sun go down.
Little Venice is a great place to spend your evening. There are plenty of bars and restaurants lining the water overlooking the amazing sunset each night. We spent an evening before dinner at a bar called Scarpa where I had the most delicious cocktail. They had an extensive menu filled with traditional and original cocktails it was so hard to choose which one to try! Mark went for a chilli whiskey flavoured one which also went down very well.
The windmills are definitely worth a visit, they look so beautiful under the pink orange sky of a sunset too, however be warned, they draw out more crowds at that time and I found it so hard to get photos without some random stranger in!
Our hotel was situated on Ornos Beach which is absolutely beautiful with soft sand and clear blue water. I’ll write more about the hotel in another post, but if you’re thinking of visiting Mykonos I highly recommend staying in Ornos. The beach is filled with sun loungers, however it didn’t ever feel too crowded. Restaurants and bars also line the sand with food from Sushi to Italian and you can’t move for cocktails!
The town of Ornos is small with a number of different food outlets, shops and bakeries. The bus to Mykonos town is frequent and takes about 5 mins for about €2.50.
We much preferred to stay in Ornos as we had the best of both relaxation but we were away from the town and the crowds some what.
That’s it! Phew, I’m sorry for all the photo spam.. I couldn’t help myself. When I got home i had over 500 photos to go through!
I hope you enjoyed it. Hotel and restaurants review blog posts coming shortly, watch this space!
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