Mykonos & Santorini
25.04.2011 38 °C
After visiting the biggest and best cities in Europe
including London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome and Athens it
was so nice to slow down the pace, change up the scenery
and relax on the Greek Islands! We travelled by ferry from Athens
to the island of Mykonos and arrived just as the sun was setting,
What a warm welcome!
We stayed four night at the Aphrodite Beach Resort
which was paradise and featured a large swimming pool,
two outdoor spas, three bars, a tennis court and a gym.
It was directly opposite Kalafatis Beach which is a popular
place for water sport activities especially windsurfing
and there are sun lounges and umberellas for hire.
We were 12 kilometers out of town and had the choice
between the local bus service and taxis, both frequent the area.
The bus runs off the whole greek-ish time which if it's scheduled to
arrive at 2pm may get there anytime between 2:10 and 2:30,
so we found ourselves favoriting the cabs but this adds up quick.
Mykonos spans over 105 kilometers of land and is home to
over nine thousand permanent residences. This is said to be
the most cosmopolitan of all the Greek Islands and is one the most
visited. There are over 6,000 Islands but only 227 are inhabited.
Aside from the sun, sand, surf, swimming, sunbathing and watersports
there is also lots to see on the island. We headed into town to
do some exploring and the town looks just as picturesque as
the postcards. It's situated on a beautiful blue bay and is made up
of little narrow lane ways that lead up through to little white houses,
cafes and stores.
Whilst in town we came across many little surprises including
Little Venice, a row of old house along the edge of the sea.
They date back to the 16th century and once once a place for sea
pirates to load and unload their booty and make a quick getaway.
Today it is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island
and is known for it's nightlife and seaside alfresco restaurants,
we stopped here to have lunch by the sea and it was just beautiful.
Another great find was the Paraportiani, a greek cathedral.
This is hard to miss with it's unique white dome that resembles an igloo.
There is actually five churches joined all together, it was completed
during the 17th century.
Whilst in town keep your eyes out for the town's mascot,
Petros the Pelican. The original Petros was found in 1958 by a fisherman,
the pelican was injured and nursed back to health by the locals but
was hit by a car in 1985. He has since been replaced with
Petros the second, who can often be spotted in the bay.
We spotted Petros inside a restaurant where he had his very own
reserved seat, he followed the chef out the back of the kitchen and
was later hand fed some fish. This bird is like a celebrity and gets
special treatment all over town, He is very well loved from the
residences and tourists of the island.
We then walked up to the five windmills, they were built in the 16th
century and ever since they have become an international symbol for
Mykonos. Traditionally the windmills were used as grinding mills,
mostly for wheat but today they are no longer in operation.
They can be seen from all over the town and feature in the James Bond film
For your eyes only. This is also a popular spot to watch the sun setting.
But if your looking for more action then head to Paradise Beach,
There are regular buses leaving from Chora. The beach itself is beautiful,
crystal clear blue waters, golden soft sand and has a young, hot party vibe.
This is where the beautiful people hang out and it's now hard to see
why it's called paradise. Here is where you will find the Tropicana
Beach Bar which host the world famous beach parties,
recently ranked the second sexiest beach bar in the world behind Ibiza.
Next stop was Elia Beach which is a lovely long sandy beach on the
South Coast. The beach is very laid back and alot less crowded,
this is also a great place for snorkeling and you can also hire the
sunbeds and umbrellas here too. As we were about to find out it
is also a popular nude beach! haha.
One thing i was keen to tick off my bucket list was to parasail and where
better to do this than the gorgeous surroundings of the Greek Islands.
This is only done on Elia Beach and i went on a thirty minute sail across
the bay, the views were amazing and it was alot of fun,
defiantly my highlight whilst in Mykonos!
I was also keen to visit the beautiful island of Santorini whilst here
and I had booked onto a Hellenic seaways ferry, the trip from
Mykonos to Santorini takes three hours and includes pick ups at
Paros and Ios. The return trip cost 53 Euros and arrives at the Athinios port.
From there we caught a bus into Thira which is the main town.
We then caught a taxi to Oia, which is the picture perfect village
that features in all the paintings and postcards of Santorini.
Santorini spans over 73 kilometers and is an active volcanic island.
The approximate population is 1400 and is surrounded by 300 meter
high steep cliffs on three of it's sides. The last recorded volcanic eruption
was in 1956. Today this is the one of the world's most romantic locations
and has become a popular destination for honeymooners.
There is only one return trip per day so our time on the island
was limited, once in Oia we instantly fell in love with the place
and wondered along the stone footpath that leads through the village,
there are many little shops, art galleries and cafes and the path would
often open up for amazing views down the cliff edge and out to sea.
It is here where you will find the cute little churches with the blue doomed roofs.
A popular treat for tourists is to ride a donkey up the 600 steps to Fira.
The island is so peaceful and is surrounded by beauty.
It was then a mad rush to the port to catch the ferry back.
We caught the bus back down to Thira but the next bus to the wharf
wouldn't have got us there in time so our only option was a taxi which
are quite scarce on the island. We waited for awhile but the few we
did see were occupied.
I ended up going into a hotel lobby holding a 50 euro note and pleaded
with her to call us a taxi, which she ended up doing. It was a very nervous
wait but luckily a taxi had stopped to pick us up, i was holding up that 50
euro note after all...It's amazing how you can communicate better when
there is money involved! On the way to the wharf every minute counts so
i freaked when our driver had detoured and pulled over to pick up two
American tourist also heading to the whalf.
We ended up getting there in the nick of time and without a minute
to spare, We ran on board and felt so relieved to have made it as
we were leaving Mykonos the next morning so had to be back
this afternoon. But in typical Greek style the ferry did not leave on time!
but that was properly a good thing....