WE LOVE MYKONOS.
Glad we got that out of the way!
We arrived in Mykonos, Greece around 7 am. I have to start by telling you that we were originally supposed to tender into Mykonos, however, we were able to secure a dock (HOOOORAY!) This made exiting the ship, so much easier. We were a group of 6 (originally a group of 10, but 2 of the couples didn’t want to join us the day of)
Our tour guide is an artist named Brian. He moved to Mykonos in the 70s from Canada and never looked back. He showed us around the island. Our first stop was the lighthouse. I say “The Lighthouse” because if you mention a lighthouse, everyone in Mykonos knows what you are talking about. We saw several ATVs and scooters as we ascended up the coast.
Once we left the lighthouse we ventured to the popular beaches of the island. Brian mentioned that the water is still pretty frigid this time of year (May) so the beaches were pretty deserted. It was also early morning. We were able to get out and walk on Kalafatis Beach. The sand is made up of tiny pebbles. It was beautiful and I enjoyed looking for sea glass. Watching the waves go over the pebbles was peaceful and made them shine like gemstones.
Once we left the beaches we went into the town of Ano Mera. It is a definite must. The food was incredible and there is free wi-fi at most of the restaurants. We had dolmas (my favourite) and so much other food. TOO MUCH food! Never order hungry. I also failed to snap photos of all the food as I was too busy stuffing my face and chasing stray cats around our dining area.
We wrapped up our meal and drove into the main part of Mykonos. Brian explained the history of Mykonos and why all the streets are so windy. Mykonos men were out fishing often, so the women and children were often left at home. Due to the lack of men on the island, it was often raided. The layout and design of the streets gave the women and children the ability to flee their homes and turn out on completely different side streets. It was a great diversion tactic. There are also churches everywhere.
Brian pointed out the walls still present in the town from the Medieval castles of the 13th Century. One notable castle was the Gyzi/Ghizi/Gizi (many spellings) Castle. Which was from a Venetian Family that ruled the area. The castle was deserted and fell apart.
We were able to see the windmills, Pelican Pete (Petros the Pelican) and we took a water taxi back to the ship. Mykonos was fun! They say it is, even more, fun at night when the clubs get going. We saw several.