When I think of Greek islands, I think of Mykonos. It’s hard not to, what with its reputation for being one of the most popular places to travel in Greece. So after 5 days on the mainland, 4 days in Santorini, and 2 days in Tinos, I can’t resist ending my trip with 2 days in Mykonos.
2 Days in Mykonos
After a 20-minute ferry ride from Tinos, I arrive with my boyfriend ready to start exploring. As with the rest of our trip, the lucky late October sunshine begs us to get outdoors and see the island.
Day 1 on Mykonos
We rent a car and hop in, driving straight to a restaurant we’ve been recommended for lunch. Kiki’s Tavern on Agios Sostis beach is a local favorite, and as soon as we arrive we can see why. The rustic atmosphere and outdoor tables are just the thing for a casual meal by the water.
Given it’s almost November, we walk right in and don’t have to wait ages for a table like we would in the high season. Our grilled fish is as delicious as we’d hoped, and as soon as we tuck in we know we’ve made a good choice.
After lunch we get back in the car and continue discovering Mykonos. Our first stop is Ano Mera, a town in the middle of the island with whitewashed buildings and a square dotted with Greece’s signature cats.
From there we drive back to the north coast to visit the beach at Fokos. With a keyhole rock formation and a chapel on a hill, it ticks all the boxes for a beach in the Cyclades.
In the late afternoon we drive back to Mykonos town. We arrive in time to watch the sunset behind the 16th-century Kato Mili windmills and explore Little Venice as the sky turns pink.
We wander the maze of streets until darkness sets in, then stop for a drink at a cafe in town.
Dinner is at a waterfront restaurant called Kazarma, where a mushroom pasta—my first non-Greek food in two weeks—goes down a treat.
Day 2 on Mykonos
The second of our 2 days in Mykonos is as sun-kissed as the first, so we get up early and hit the beaches.
We begin with Ornos Beach, then make our way to Super Paradise. We mostly just want to see what a beach with such a superlative name looks like, but apart from the abandoned remnants of the summer party season, it looks a lot like the other beaches on the island (which is still beautiful).
So we drive to Elia Beach, where we have a coffee and admire the bravery of the last sunbathers of the season.
When we’re done exploring the beaches on Mykonos, we beat a path to the lighthouse. Up in the northwest, the Armenistis Lighthouse sits on a remote point with views of the Aegean Sea.
We walk around for a while, braving winds that sweep this part of the island. Then it’s back to Kiki’s Tavern, where we stumble into an end-of-season Halloween party for lunch. It’s a great taste of local life on Mykonos, and we enjoy another excellent meal under the trees.
After eating, we drive back to Mykonos town and spend the rest of the day and evening exploring the streets and squares.
The labyrinth of white walls and colorful shutters keeps my camera shutter busy, as do the waterfront views.
The next morning we’re up and off to the airport to travel back to London. It’s hard to want to leave Greece, though. It’s November now and the UK won’t be nearly as sunny and warm as the Cyclades. But even though we can’t take the weather with us, we can bring home all the memories of our 2-week Greek odyssey. And that will keep us going until we can return.
Have you been here? What would you do with 2 days in Mykonos?