Hello wanderlusters! My name is Magdalena Wasilewska. I’m a foodie who loves to cook, discover new places and wants to inspire other people. Welcome to my quick guide on the best things to do in Mykonos, Greece.
I grew up in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, and my first trip abroad was to Turkey when I was seven years old. Having parents who loved to travel made me want to see the whole world. Since I can remember, we used to go together to new places which has now become our yearly tradition.
At the age of 17, I met my current husband with whom I travel. When we met, he was a fan of all-inclusive holidays but luckily I taught him to travel in a different way – on our own! I decided to collect our travel memories and describe them on my Instagram profile @wasilewska_wasilewska.
You can also find on my Instagram my other hobby of cooking. I share recipes and restaurant reviews with my small community of followers.
Second Wedding Anniversary in Mykonos
We visited the windy Greek Islands for a whole week at the beginning of September. The weather was perfect – almost 30 degrees every day. We were impressed with how beautiful and immaculate Mykonos was.
Those restaurants with waves crashing on the shore, white streets with blue doors and shutters, unique boutiques and colours of bougainvillea. Overall the island of Mykonos made a huge impression on us both.
Exploring the Culinary Charm of Mykonos
We stayed and were based at Vrachos Suites just 20-minutes walk from Chora. I highly recommend this place! Our room was decorated in a boho style which I love. We even had a jacuzzi on the terrace. The beds were comfortable, the service was helpful and the workers were friendly.
Most of our time was spent exploring this Cycladic Island’s culinary charms. Since we adore Greek cuisine – finding nice restaurants in Mykonos was our number one priority. For our first dinner we booked a table at the famous Kastro’s Restaurant – the place I knew from Instagram.
Not only was the view and outdoor dining phenomenal but the food was superb too. It’s obviously a great choice for a special occasion like our second wedding anniversary. And of course it makes for amazing photos!
Top 8 Things To Do in Mykonos
Whether you’re spending just a few days in Mykonos or plan on relaxing for a week plus – there’s never a shortage of amazing things to do, especially in the middle of summer. Below you can find our top 8 recommendations:
1. Rent a scooter or ATV and Explore the Island
Renting a scooter or ATV is a must-do if you want to explore the hidden corners of Mykonos. The island is small and is easy to get around. If you want to spend a couple of days searching for the best beaches in Mykonos then just jump on your scooter/ATV and go see what you can find!
2. Try some of the Local Food Specialties
Mykonos is just like other Greek Islands with a wonderful array of fresh produce and Greek cuisine. I recommend trying “louza” which is a type of spicy pork and “kopanisti” a kind of spicy soft cheese. As well as Kastro’s Restaurant, make sure you visit Joanna’s Nikos Place and Niko’s Taverna.
3. Wake up Early and Explore the Town with Locals
One unique thing to do in Mykonos is to wake up early when all of the tourists are still sound asleep and see how the town looks with only locals. It’s a great experience to just walk around and take in the atmosphere early in the morning when locals are preparing for their day ahead.
4. Watch the Sunset at 180º Sunset Bar, Mykonos
Go to the bar at the top of the island called 180º Sunset Bar to watch a gorgeous Mykonos sunset. The view from this bar made the biggest impression on me. Watching the sun go down in such a unique place was an amazing experience that I will certainly cherish forever.
5. Eat Delicious Greek Cuisine for Every Meal
Greek cuisine is something that you never get tired of: fresh salads with delicious sauces, succulent meats, seafood caught locally and always paired with fantastic wine or a cold beer. I especially love the dishes of Moussaka, Tzatziki, Squid, Octopus, the list goes on and on.
6. Have a Cocktail at Negrita Bar by the Waves
Negrita Bar is located on the seafront of Little Venice. This area is one of the most beautiful quarters of Mykonos Town. You have to come to Negrita Bar for at least one night and order a cocktail while the waves crash on the shore. They have the best porn star martini that I have ever tasted!
7. Get Lost Down the Quaint Alleyways of Chora
Chora or “Mykonos Town” is a classic Cycladic village which offers a maze of narrow alleyways, white-washed houses, small white churches, colourful windows, doors and balconies. Go for a wander and see where you end up. It’s not hard to get lost and stumble on some hidden gems of Mykonos.
8. Party the Night Away at the Beach Bars
*Disclaimer: Visiting Mykonos during COVID-19
We visited the island during the pandemic, so this perspective should be taken into consideration when reading my review. We knew that there were less tourists than usual during the summer and it was perfect for us: the streets were not crowded and no reservations were needed.
All in all we had a wonderful little trip to Mykonos and would definitely recommend it to everyone – especially those celebrating their anniversary!