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Mykonos: Travel Diaries (Part 1)

Flying over Mykonos on Bank Holiday Monday evening, we were getting ready to hit up the best gyros, stroll the streets of Mykonos town and rest up ready for our first full day of action. Unfortunately, this plan was put to a stern halt by our pilot who announced that due to a storm we were being diverted to Athens for the night. Groans and moans greeted that news but after a couple of chaotic hours whilst EasyJet got together their last minute plans for the plane full of holidaymakers, we were put up in a rather nice Marriott hotel, treated to a buffet dinner and breakfast, before take two the following morning (we also got up incredibly early to explore the Acropolis and Parthenon before our flight so check out @foodandbaker on Instagram to see why we’ll certainly be heading back to Greece’s capital).

Anyway, once we finally made it to Mykonos we were determined to make the most of our (now) 3 nights on this wonderful island. With it being just before the summer season gets into full swing, the temperatures were thankfully cooler and streets were elegantly quieter – you’ll hear many stories of the bustling summers with a quick Google of Mykonos. But in fact, strolling the winding alleys and backroads of Mykonos town whilst window shopping at luxury designer brands is one of the attractions. It’s an Instagram paradise full of the famous blue and white buildings and pathways, and when the flowers bloom and the sky is as blue as it was, it has a character all of it’s own.

We enjoyed both the sunrise and sunset from our apartment’s balcony, which stun each and every time. With the sun beaming across the ocean and reflecting off the low white buildings, we haven’t found anywhere better to simply sit, relax and enjoy the moment before heading out for breakfast or dinner. You’ll even find some beach clubs and bars charging you to enjoy the sunset from their terrace over a cocktail or many, so we were very lucky to have the most amazing view from our accommodation.

Unlike many European destinations, Mykonos has commercialised gracefully and has completely retained its history and image. It won’t take you long to come across a shop owner or handyman giving the floor and walls a fresh lick of white paint, brushing every last bit of dust away from their doorstep and taking care of the cats that wander the streets like they’re a tourist themselves. Interesting fact comes from the origins of the seemingly endless narrow roads and uniform exteriors… it was made this way hundreds of years ago so when invaded, outsiders would lose themselves on foot as we often did, making it difficult to attack locals who had knowledge of where to run and hide to.

All seems quite relaxing so far… strolling the streets, sunsets and a spot of shopping… but we also wanted to make ourselves active whilst there. In Part 2 of our Travel Diaries we’ll tell you all about our quad biking adventure across the island to arrive at a secluded beach for our first ever scuba dive, but for now, our other main activity was with Yummy Pedals – which is exactly what it says on the tin.

Following a sunrise and healthy Greek breakfast, we geared ourselves up for 5 hours of cycling through the Mykonian countryside, away from the tourists and in with the locals. Picked up from town and whisked away to the Vioma Organic Farm and winery, we were joined alongside likeminded travellers for a day of adventure and Greek food… winning. We were given an insight into local religion and traditions at various stops along the way, providing us with a chance to pause, learn and take a moment to ourselves. There was times where we were guided through the winding country lanes and times where the world seemed to open up in front of us and present breathtaking views of the towering mountains and pristine beaches. The day really had everything but it was around about the half way point which gave this bike tour above any other that we’ve been on before, it’s unique touch.

We were treated to a picnic on the non-touristic Fokos beach, freshly prepared that morning by our guide. We had everything from a variety of local cheeses, meats, bruschetta, almond dessert and homemade lemonade. The care and quality shone through even brighter than the Greek sun but the yummy treats didn’t end there. Following our return to the farm and vineyard, we were given a tour before sipping on tastings of both white and red wine, complimented by bread (Greeks love bread) and locally produced olive oil. It sure was special knowing that the wine was produced literally a stone throw away by the family who was serving it to us.

Our guide and Yummy Pedals founder, Dimitra, gave us a day to remember for a long, long time and we implore you to take a day out of your time in Mykonos to experience this too.

Join us for more Travel Diaries and our favourite foodie finds across our upcoming two posts from Mykonos. Thank you for reading and let us know down in the comments if you’ve had any trips to Mykonos or Greece as a whole! 

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Disclaimer: our Yummy Pedals experience was discounted in exchange for a mention in this blog post and social media coverage. However, as always, our opinions and photos are our own.

16 Comments

  1. May 23, 2019 / 5:06 pm

    Looking forward to part 2! It sounds like you had an amazing time – and although not ideal being diverted to Athens, it sounds like it was a pretty good bonus night there! Beautiful photos, what an amazing sunset!
    Hels xx

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 3:22 pm

      Part 2 will be out very soon! We had the best time, even with the diversion!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  2. May 23, 2019 / 5:52 pm

    Mykonos is such a beautiful place, I’ve never been to anywhere in Greece before but this post has made me want to book a holiday right now. That’s a shame you missed a night but I’m glad you made the most of it! X

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 3:25 pm

      We defo want to explore more of Greece – booking another holiday sounds good right now, I would highly recommend it 😉

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  3. May 23, 2019 / 7:15 pm

    I was ecstatic to read this post because Greece is on my dream travel wishlist and WOW you guys did not disappoint!! The vivid picture you painted with your words was like candy for my ears, super sweet! I dream of walking the streets of Mykonos and chowing down on delicious cuisine! Thanks for this sharp post!🇬🇷🥖🌊

    Natonya | https://justnatonya.wordpress.com

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 3:29 pm

      Oh thank you so much, Greece has always been on our list and we’re so happy to say we’ve finally been and it’s been worth the wait!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  4. May 23, 2019 / 7:38 pm

    Sorry about the diversion but I always think that things like that are just meant to be, and it’s great that you got to do a little sightseeing in an extra place! We always go to Halkidiki but I’ve heard so many amazing things about Mykonos that it’s definitely on my travel bucket list!
    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 3:32 pm

      Exactly, things are meant to be! We cannot wait to see more of Greece!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  5. May 23, 2019 / 11:38 pm

    I’m so glad you finally made it Mykonos as it’s so beautiful. Sorry to hear about the diversion, I didn’t realise until I got there that it’s quite a difficult island to get to compared to the major cities in Greece! Transport is also super expensive on the island itself! Don’t forget to eat a greek salad, there’s something in those tomatoes, feta cheese and olives, gosh I’m craving them right now! Monica xx

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 3:35 pm

      Oh yum, of course a Greek salad is always a must – now I’m seriously craving it!
      How interesting, we’ve never been anywhere else in Greece, so it’ll be interesting to see what you mean when we hopefully see more of the Greece cities!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  6. May 24, 2019 / 9:46 am

    Oh my gosh, it sounds and looks amazing. The sunsets are breathtaking!
    That little fact about the streets being maze like is fascinating, and it looks like a lovely place to get lost.
    Mykonos looks wonderful, and it’s definitely somewhere I’d like to visit some day.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 3:38 pm

      Oh the sunset was a dream, there’s something about sunsets abroad! The best way to explore is to get lost!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 3:38 pm

      You should defo visit, you’d love it!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  7. May 26, 2019 / 10:25 pm

    How amazing!! Mykonos looks absolutely stunning and I’m glad you guys had a great time!!

    cabin twenty-four

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 4:02 pm

      We had the best time, it was a movie!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

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