If you haven’t been to Greece yet, add it to your list!! WOW. My trip to Greece is one of my favourite trips I have been on, and I honestly could talk about it forever. Everything really looks like the postcards; it’s stunning and more beautiful than you can imagine. The scenery mixed with the Mediterranean food, Greek wine and culture made for an unbelievable experience.
I often get asked about my trip, so I thought I would share for future questions! Plus, I can’t help but look back on the photos and gawk on Greece’s beauty.
My boyfriend and I went in May of last year, we chose May because we 1) wanted to get away during the not-so-warm months in Canada before the summer started and 2) wanted to ensure it was going to be warm enough in Greece as well. The High season for Europe is generally between June – September, so May is still considered low season, meaning prices for flights & accommodation are lower.
We spent a total of 9.5 days in Greece; first 5 in Mykonos, then 3 in Santorini, and a final 1.5 in Athens; we organized the destinations this way for a particular reason. Before Greece we had spent 3 days in London, England, these days were very go-go-go, so we were looking to relax on the beaches of Mykonos for the days following London. Santorini then followed as we had heard the views and scenery was breathtaking, so we figured it would be harder to live up to. Then Athens then as a final destination, we knew we would be more charged up and ready for another busy city (this is also where we flew home from).
Mykonos is a very small island, and you are either in Mykonos Town, at one of the beaches, or stranded in deserted looking farmland. The bulk of the restaurants, shopping, and nightlife are right in Mykonos Town, so we stayed within walking distance to the action. I personally love being able to wake up in the morning and walk to a local café for a coffee or fresh baked goods, and this is what we were able to do. We stayed at the Mykonian Inn; it was fantastic value, the breakfast was great, the staff was very helpful, the view was pretty, but the room was VERY small. While you don’t generally spend a lot of time at the hotel, it was a bit too small for our comfort.
Mykonos Town has a lot going on, so we spent our mornings and most evenings there. The shopping is amazing, they have killer style there, which really surprised me. In the mornings, we would wander the streets to grab coffee, and at night grab a cocktail and dinner. Of course Mykonos Town is very touristy, so we did venture out for a couple of dinners to try more local restaurants. The rest of the time, we spent at the beaches! We rented an ATV for 4 days (highly recommend this!!) so that we could easily get around as the beaches are about 20 minutes from the town.
We went to 3 of the beaches, 2 of which are more party centralized (Paradise and Super Paradise), and the other was more laid back (Paranga), which we preferred. We would pack some beach beers to bring along, but all of the beaches had great beach bars, which was fun! At the end of each beach day we would try out a new spot for a Gyro. Our fav gyros were from Jimmy’s and Sakis Grill House.
Other restaurants we loved in Mykonos included To Maereio, Kounelas Fish (you get to pick your fish here, was delicious and so fresh!), and Limnious Taverna. For pre-dinner cocktails & a beautiful view, go to the Belvedere Hotel.
After 5 days in Mykonos, we took the ferry on the 5th evening over to Santorini. It was very late and dark by the time we checked into our B&B Maria’s Place, so we ventured out to grab a quick late dinner, and start fresh in the morning. Our B&B was located in Oia, which is the area that I would recommend to stay in. This is where everyone goes for dinners and to watch the sunset; it was so nice being so close in the evening. While our hotel was not on the cliff side (which is the side you see on postcards), we still really enjoyed it and the space we had for the price was great, plus the host was SO helpful for planning our days.
Unlike Mykonos, we didn’t spend any time at the beach in Santorini. Our first day we did the hike from Oia to Fira… prepare yourself, when they say 4 hours, it is 4 hours… ONE WAY! It was a great way to start the morning though, and when we got to Fira we immediately went for lunch and beers, and then followed by some wandering through the town and then took the bus back to Oia. The second day we did one of the sunset boat cruises, which was so much fun! The water was chilly in May, but to be out on a boat all day was awesome. The unlimited Santorini wine also made for a good time.
On our third & final day, we had our flight from Santorini to Athens booked in the evening. So, to make the most of the day we rented a little smart car and drove all over the city. We spent most of the day checking out different vineyards; Santorini is known for their white wines, so while Drew drove, I tasted as many wines as I could. I highly recommend doing the same, it was so fun! I would’ve loved to stay one more day in Santorini…next time.
We tried out a few different restaurants and I wish I had written them down, but one we LOVED was called Roka. A MUST try.
Athens was much different than both Mykonos and Santorini. 1.5 days was definitely more than enough time to see all of the historic sites and get in a couple good meals. When we got to Athens it was very late, and our Air BnB was right in the centre, so we took the subway in. It was a Saturday night, and everyone was out, but I had no idea how ‘rough’ Athens was, and I was actually quite nervous that late at night. The next day had helped to change my mind; we spent the day wandering through the markets, and around the city central which is where most of the sites are, and ended with an amazing meal at Lithos. While they had given us complimentary dessert, I needed one last piece of baklava, so we stuffed ourselves with a second dessert from Nancy’s Sweet House. Athen’s is very lively, and I ended up really enjoying walking through the streets in the evening. The following afternoon we flew direct from Athen’s back to Toronto, this was an 11 hour flight so be sure to pay for the extra leg room!!
I would go back to Greece in a heartbeat (and stay for a full 2 weeks to check out another Island or two). I am excited to share my next adventures in March!
Carling Liski xx
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