This morning we got on our pre-booked ferry to Mykonos. The ferry system in Greece seemed very convenient, reliable and it only took us about 2.5 hours to arrive in Mykonos from Santorini. There are about 4 ferries per day and the companies that run between the two islands are Seajet and Hellenic Seaways.
When we arrived at the port, we were met by our hotel shuttle and headed to Petinaros Hotel. Petinaros Hotel is a budget hotel, but it didn’t seem that way to us! The location was just right – only a few steps away from the town center.
After getting settled at our hotel, we went out on our own to explore the island!
Mykonos is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. The Mykonos windmills are iconic features of this Greek island and can be seen from every point of the village! We stopped for lunch at (what I think) was La Rosticceria and got some delicious pizza!
We made our way to Chora, also known as “Mykonos Town.” It’s home to the majority of the island’s restaurants, bars, attractions, hotels, etc. Motorized vehicles are prohibited so you will have to walk or bike to get around the town.
We headed back to our hotel to change and get refreshed for dinner. We enjoyed a sunset view from our hotel before heading back out! We headed back into Chora (Mykonos Town) and found a great place for dinner. The area was super energetic, lively and the food was awesome!
After dinner, we stumbled upon JackieO bar and were greeted with an entertaining drag show by Priscilla!
Today we ventured out for a beach day at Ornos Beach. Ornos is a family-friendly beach, but it’s also one of the most popular beaches. Several boats and yachts stop here during the day. There are a lot of hotels and restaurants, sun beds and umbrellas, making it feel very much like a “resort beach”.
Ornos beach is about 10 minutes by car from Mykonos Town, you can also get there by bus. Check this site out for information on how to get around Mykonos.
Flag down one of the waiters walking around and you can get food and drinks delivered right to your sun bed. Or, walk up to one of the many (crowded) bars to place your order!
From here, we made our way to an amazing seaside restaurant near “Little Venice” of Mykonos. “Little Venice” is an elegant neighborhood with old, white-washed houses with colorful shutters sitting on the edge of the sea. It’s about 3.5 km away from Ornos Beach and you can get a bus here from Mykonos Town at the Fabrika central bus station. The sunset views in “Little Venice” are quite amazing and bring in hoards of people!
PRO TIP: “Little Venice” is one of the most photographed neighborhoods in all of Europe and is definitely a must-see!
We had a blast last night, but somehow got split up after meeting and befriending other Europeans. We luckily all made it back to the hotel in the very, VERY early hours of the morning. And I woke up on the beach to a beautiful sunrise!