Mykonos Town (or Chora, to give it its proper Greek name) is a bit of a Pinterest favourite – and it’s not hard to see why. The streets are narrow and winding, the buildings stick to a strict blue and white colour scheme (apparently you have to pay higher taxes to paint your pad a different colour), and around every corner is a cute wooden staircase or flower-bedecked balcony just begging to be Instagrammed (no filter required, of course).
Mr ST and I jetted over to Mykonos mid-September for five nights of early autumn sunshine (although somehow we managed to coincide it with the one week of the year that England was actually hotter than Greece).
Staying somewhere ridiculously pricey (the Grace Mykonos, absolutely amazing) meant we stayed poolside pretty much every day, determined to get our full money’s worth out of the hotel. But come late afternoon, we prised ourselves off our loungers, hopped in the hotel shuttle bus and scooted on over to Mykonos Town.
The town is a tangle of crooked alleyways, some lined with shops, bars and cafes, others edged by houses and apartments.
You could spend hours wandering around, getting lost in the little lanes.
But when it’s time for sunset, there’s only one place to be…
Little Venice has prime position for watching the sun dip beneath the horizon.
You can join the crowds on the little beach for free, or pay top dollar for a drink in one of the bars by the water (just avoid the front-row tables if it’s a windy day – the waves crash right on to them).
My favourite spots, though, were the bars that actually overhang the waves. Not only do you get amazing views of the sunset, but you get amazing views of Mykonos’s famous windmills, too.
Here are some of my top recommendations for Mykonos Town:
Bill & Coo Suites
About 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre is this hillside hotel. I wrote about Bill & Coo ages ago and had been dying to see it in the flesh. Luckily for people (like me) who can’t afford to blow £700+ per night on a hotel room, non-guests are allowed into the bar and restaurant in the evenings. Sure, the cocktails were a tad on the pricey side (€20 a pop), but with the sunset views and this amazing starlit pool, it’s worth splashing out for.
To make up for our extravagant aperitifs at Bill & Coo, we thought we’d better go cheap and cheerful for dinner. And Kalammmakia certainly lived up to that. Halloumi, salad, mayo sauce and chips, all wrapped up in a soft pitta for less than €3. It’s right on Lakka Square, too, so although it’s not the fanciest of settings, it’s ideal for people-watching.
I thought this place was very aptly named! We went back three times for crepes and waffles – I’d highly recommend the banana and chocolate or apple and cinammon.