This is one of those ports where you don’t really have a lot of landmarks to aim for. Suggested excursions are to the island of Delos, a guided walk of the town, or a shuttle to the beach on the other side of the island. Thanks to our customary dislike of overpriced excursions, David and I went for our own walk round the town, with some beach time thrown in.
We got off the ship around 10 AM and took the Sea Bus to town. We could likely have walked, but we wanted to save some time, plus we really enjoy ferries! This one was only 4 EUR per person roundtrip, and you get a map for free (you can pay 2 EUR each way, but no map).
In Mykonos town, we leisurely explored the maze of cobbled streets and alleys. The town is adorable! The buildings are whitewashed and trimmed in blue and green and other bright colors. The streets are tiny, and so narrow in places that it would be impossible for more than a motorbike to pass. We didn’t see a lot of cars inside the town itself, so be warned if you consider driving there. It’s really easy and fun to walk around though.
Something that will immediately catch your eye is a row of windmills on a hill to the east of where the Sea Buses let off. We eventually wound our way up there. There are seven windmills here, built mostly by the Venetians in the 16th century for milling wheat. They’re now no longer used for that purpose and remain closed, though one of them is a museum.
We wanted to catch a bus to the Agios Ioannis beach south of the island, but the buses were nowhere to be found (they only traveled hourly), and cabs were similarly in short supply. Not wanting to waste too much time waiting (the sign said 40 minutes for the next bus, assuming it were to arrive on time), we decided to simply walk south along the coast until we hit a likely looking beach area.
This plan turned out to be a fairly good one, because just south of Mykonos town, following the main road along the coast, we came upon a small beach. It’s more pebble than sand, so water shoes are useful.
There’s a little restaurant/cafe called Joanna’s Nikos Place Taverna, with some beach chairs and umbrellas next to it. However, we had water and snacks, and all we wanted was to swim, so we parked our cruise ship towels at a nearby spot and waded in.
The water was cool but not cold, just perfect for a cloudy but warm day in the Greek islands. We swam for a bit, chased some fish around, and watched more cruise ships arrive. When we had our fill, we returned to town for some lunch by the docks.
Dining in Mykonos
This isn’t a cheap town, specially if you want to dine by the docks, where everything is at. Further away from the docks, along the maze of streets, you can find cheaper fare depending on your mood.
We did pay for the view, though, so at Archodikos Dmitri’s Restaurant and Taverna, beer was 5 EUR and tzatziki with bread was 5.50. We still enjoyed our late lunch as we watched the hustle and bustle of town before heading back to the ship.
We enjoyed our time in Mykonos. It was definitely a quaint town, full of its own personality and character. It let us enjoy a bit of exploring, while still giving us a chance to relax and slow down.