Got dreams of the Med on your mind? The Greek island of Mykonos might just be the ticket.
Whether you’re travelling on a solo adventure, jetting off with your bestie for a week of fun in the sun, backpacking around Europe, or injecting some culture in to your family holiday, Mykonos is the place to go, says blogger The Blonde Abroad.
1. Work on your tan at Paraga Beach
You’ll be glowing after a few days lounging about on the glorious sand at Paraga Beach. Soak up the sun and take a dip in the crystal clear water. Plus, it’s the perfect photo opp to pretend you are walking on water.
2. Stroll around Mykonos Town
Beautiful white buildings and bright blue doors; Mykonos Town delivers all these iconic images of the Greek Islands and more. Lose yourself in the winding alleys, stop to smile at one of the many Greek cats and make your way to the seaside.
3. Grab a gyro from Jimmy’s Gyros
This is an absolute Mykonos must and your taste buds will thank you for it. Jimmy’s Gyros are legendary and also good value. Open late night, a delicious Greek eating experience awaits here.
4. Dinner in Little Venice
Named after the popular Italian city with countless canals, Little Venice is a picturesque part of town that hangs over the sea. As the sun sets in Little Venice, the light shines off the buildings and bounces along the water, making it the perfect spot for a romantic night with your special someone.
5. Party until sunrise
There’s no shortage of nightlife in Mykonos, so make sure you pack your stilettos. After a day exploring the island, head out to one of the bars or nightclubs, like Paradise Club. Pace yourself with the drinks, enjoy every moment, and get ready to watch the sun rise after an awesome night.
6. Visit the Armenistis Lighthouse
If you’re up for a hike to see some spectacular scenery, then put your walking shoes on for this one. The roads for the drive up are a little unsteady and rough, but that’s part of the adventure. The charm of the lighthouse with the shining blue sky behind it and endless ocean views are worth the journey.
7. Explore the island on a scooter
Give your walking legs a rest and explore the island on a scooter for a fun and quick way to get around. Rent one and let winding roads guide you to some incredible beaches and towns.
8. The Windmills (Kato Myli)
The Mykonos windmills are probably the island’s most iconic feature. Built in the 16th century to grind grain, the windmills stand today as one of the most photographed sites overlooking Little Venice.
9. Watch the sunset with a cocktail at The Belvedere
The Belvedere is one of the most beautiful luxury hotels in Mykonos. While a stay might be outside of your budget, be sure to stop in for a sunset cocktail at the very least. Beverage in hand, good company and a picturesque view overlooking all of Mykonos – it’s a must.
10. Take a selfie with Pétros the Pelican
This is one tough old bird. After being left by his migrating flock in the 1950s, he was nursed back to health by fishermen. He became the mascot of Mykonos, and after his passing the legacy of Petros has lived on – there are now three pelicans who have made Mykonos harbour their home.
The Blonde Abroad, Kiersten Rich, is an award-winning solo female travel & lifestyle blog featuring travel tips, fashion, festivals and photography from around the world.