Whenever anyone asks me to name my favorite travel destination, I immediately think of the Greek Islands. I spent a fantastic week exploring Athens, and then taking a ferry out to Mykonos for some awesome parties and a little bit of relaxation. The island of Mykonos is known to be a major tourist destination in the Aegean and it did not disappoint. With whitewashed walls, bright blue doorways, beautiful sunsets and cobblestone pathways, Mykonos was a dream to explore.
We took the Blue Star Ferry over to the island from Athens and got to see a number of port cities along the way. The way the houses built themselves into the dip between the hills and mountains was so cool to see and different from anything I’d experienced before.
For accommodations, we went a little rustic. At Paradise Beach Resort, we rented beach cabins equipped with two small beds, electricity and a lock on the door. Oh and common shower areas across the walkway. It was super high class and completely enjoyable. I would do it again for sure.
Paradise Beach was a bit crowded with tourists and party promoters, so we made friends quickly and learned all of the fun spots in town to dance the night away. Once we’d had our fill of Jersey Shore meets Greek Life, we scrambled over rocks and found a path leading toward a private cove area, where we could relax with expansive views over the Aegean.
On days we felt a bit more adventurous, we made our way into town via the bus system, which was a bit unreliable and scary, but we were so carefree at the moment it didn’t faze us at all. We met some really interesting travelers along the way and ended up seeing them out partying the night away as well.
Mykonos is just so picture perfect, you can walk around and soak it all in without really doing a thing.
We made our way up to the windmills and around the perimeter of the town to find little spots and streets we never intended to come across.
And then we transitioned into the evening (or really throughout the night and into the morning!) with drinks, dancing and lots of techno music. We made friends from all over the world, learned new languages, drank new (fiery) drinks, ate late night stuffed potatoes and found our way back to our cabin (with a lock and key, don’t forget!). We recapped it all the next day over breakfast on the beach and made up stories and names for the people that came and went from our lives so freely.
Mykonos was an escape – to a place of beauty and serenity, sprinkled with youthful and wild times. It was one of the very best weeks of my life. My best friends and I have talked of returning for our 30th birthdays, which seems too far away now, but also seems like the best idea we have ever had! To relive our wild and crazy days when we were 21, reckless and just learning how to appreciate the beauty of the world. Perhaps we’ll have to split our time between Mykonos and one of the more subdued islands, where we could find more spots to enjoy the moments that slip in and out of our lives in a blink of an eye, but that we remember and cherish for the rest of our days.