Traveler Story: An Off-Season Getaway To Mykonos
By Shontel Horne
In Greece, Mykonos is known as the party island and I knew I was in a party zone based on the souvenir shops. Everything screamed, “Spring breakers come here,” but I made the most out of it and had a great time and here’s how you can do the same.
Taxis are limited on the island, especially during peak season. If you visit Mykonos, you absolutely have to rent a quad/ATV. For just 30 euros a day, take time to ride around the entire island. You may get lost, but it is so worth it! When you’re ready to find your way back, just pull over to nearby gas stations to ask for directions back to town. You can actually drive in one direction for miles and miles without getting lost and you’ll see everything from beaches to local homes, schools an more. You must have a valid license to rent!
Visit 180° Sunset Bar
You can’t go to Mykonos without enjoying the breathtaking sunset, and the best place to enjoy it is 180° Sunset Bar. The name says it all! I highly recommend you visit on your first night in case you want to go back for more. There is soft music playing in the background while you enjoy drinks and a light snack. Plan to eat before or after your visit. There are cushions on the floor with low tables for a different ambiance, so dress accordingly. The drinks are a little pricey (15€) but the incredible views make up for that. Arrive early to get good seats and make sure you wear comfortable shoes because the walk isn’t so smooth. It seems difficult to find because there are signs with no arrows. Just keep walking towards the music!
Stop By The Windmills
You didn’t visit Mykonos if you don’t have a photo of the windmills. These are the most iconic landmarks on the island! It’s like you didn’t visit Paris if you don’t have a picture with the Eiffel Tower, right? The windmills aren’t of much use as they used to be centuries ago, but they have been renovated and are now used as historic storage space and even private homes. The main windmills are located in Chora in Mykonos Town, which can be seen from multiple spots on the island. It sits on an open space near the water where you can watch cruise ships come and go and my favorite part is that it’s free to visit.
Along with the windmills in Mykonos town, you will find all the shopping you need. Mostly all souvenir shopping, but there are plenty of fashion stores to visit! Mykonos town has everything you need and it is mixed with shopping, bars, restaurants, the beach and more.
Party At Paradise Beach And Tropicana
I visited Mykonos in October which is considered ‘off season’ to them. Tourism is very slow and most places were closing for the rest of the season so we didn’t get to experience the party life. We had the chance to visit Paradise Beach where there is usually daily parties starting at 4 PM. There is a strip of restaurants and clubs right on the beach and there were plenty of chairs and umbrellas available to lie near the water. If you visit during peak season, you are guaranteed to have a good time here.
Where To Stay
It is best to find a place to stay as close to Mykonos Town as possible. Most of your time will be spent there so the closer you are, the easier it will be to get around without needing transportation.
We stayed at the Alkyon Hotel in Mykonos Town. The staff was exceptional in providing information, calling transportation and servicing all of our needs.
Where To Eat
We made friends with the staff from D’Angelo’s Restaurant so we ended up dining there multiple times with them. The staff was amazing and we didn’t want service from anywhere else! There are several restaurants all around Mykonos Town. You will have to grab a 4 wheeler or taxi and ride outside of the town if you prefer a hole-in-the-wall, authentic restaurant.