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!