Island hopping in Greece

If you are looking at planning a trip to the Cyclades this post will definitely help you!

Island hopping in Greece

We spent 2 weeks island hopping in Greece and I gathered below all my advice, addresses and recommendations for a memorable trip!

Mykonos

Mykonos Little Venice

  • Activities

Get lost in the little streets of Mykonos town and enjoy golden hour in Mykonos Little Venice.

Horse ride along Mykonos reservoir and Fokos beach

Rent a car for a road trip and go to Armenistis Lighthouse, Agios Sostis beach and end the day in Paradise beach for a cocktail or two!

Horse Riding Mykonos

  • Stay at

The Grace Hotel Mykonos, it is 10 minutes outside of Mykonos town and the place and staff are amazing.

Grace Hotel Mykonos

  • Eat at

Sea Satin Market and Roca Cookery for amazing sunset views.

Grab lunch at Kiki’s Taverna for delicious authentic greek food.

Sea Satin Market sunset Mykonos

Paros

Naousa terraces Paros

  • Activities

Visit all the little shops of Naousa.

Sit at a terrace for a cafe frappe in Parikia.

Visit the mountains of Paros and stop in Lefkes.

Bougainvilleas Lefkes Paros

  • Stay at

We stayed at the Saint Andrea Seaside Resort. It was absolutely fine and the swimming pool area is very pleasant, but the rooms are nothing special.

  • Eat at

Enjoy a meal at Soso, one of the best restaurants in Paros. It is also amazing value for money!

Have dinner and a glass of wine with the best sunset views at Glafkos Taverna.

Glafkos Taverna sunset Paros

Santorini

Oia church Santorini

  • Activities

Hike to Oia from Imerovigli for the most beautiful views of the Caldera.

Climb Skaros Rock to see some traces of the ancient Santorini and find Ekklisia Theoskepasti church.

Visit Oia and Fira, of course!

Rent a quad and go on a road trip. Visit the ancient site of Akrotiri. Lie down on the red sand of the Red Beach and the yellow sand of Vlychada Beach. Climb to the heights of Santorini and explore Pyrgos.

If you like sailing go on a sunset cruise for first row views of the sunset on the Caldera.

Celebrate your stay in Santorini with a wine tasting at Santo Wines.

Sunset cruise Santorini

  • Stay at

The Grace Hotel Santorini, you won’t be disappointed! The rooms are cosy, the views breathtaking and it is the most Instagram and Pinterest friendly place you will ever stay at!

Grace Hotel Santorini

  • Eat at

I don’t have a ‘spectacular’ restaurant recommendation in Santorini, but no matter where you eat, make sure to try the 3 traditional dishes of the island.

Santorini traditional dishes

Here you go, if you check all the items on this list, you are in for a real treat!

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Italian architecture

The sun is doing a light show on this building in Lecce.

Lecce – 2016

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The church on Skaros Rock

Navy blue sea and cobalt blue roof.

Santorini – 2016

Church on Skaros Rock Santorini

Vlychada beach

I love the shapes of the rocks, it’s like the ground turned into a giant bubble bath.

Santorini – 2016

Vlychada beach Santorini

Road trip in Mykonos

Mykonos is one big island and there are only 30 taxis or so on it (amazing pub quiz fact! We asked the locals) so if you want to explore, you will need to rent transportation.

Which is just what we did one morning! We picked up a little Fiat 500 and off we went on the (rather narrow) roads of Mykonos.

Grey Fiat 500 Mykonos

Note that this trip is a little less busy than our Santorini road trip as we dedicated a few hours to relax on the beach.

Mykonos road trip

First stop, Armenistis Lighthouse on the far north side of Mykonos.

Armenistis Lighthouse Mykonos

The lighthouse is a little dated and could do with a new lick of paint but the views are amazing!

Armenistis Lighthouse Mykonos

From there you will be able to see Tinos, Rineia, Delos and Siros.

Mykonos islands view

We then headed to Agios Sostis beach for a swim. If you have a car or a scooter, I really recommend going there as it is off the beaten track and therefore really quiet.

Agios Sostis beach Mykonos

Having worked an appetite we stop at Kiki’s Taverna for lunch as it’s just next to Agios Sostis beach.

Kiki's Taverna Mykonos

With our belly full of Greek food, we headed back to Agios Sostis beach for a little nap in the sun (covered with SPF 50 of course!)

Agios Sostis beach Mykonos

Our final stop was Paradise beach. Mykonos is very famous for its parties and nightlife and we couldn’t not have a taste of it before leaving, and Paradise beach is the local Ibiza.

Paradise Beach Mykonos

We lounged for a little while on the beach with cocktails in our hands, and eventually headed back to Grace Hotel for a much more civilised dinner.

So if you are wondering if it worth renting transport in Mykonos, yes it does, but I wouldn’t book it for more than one or two days.

Fiat 500 Mykonos roadtrip

Bougainvilleas

In Greece, when it is sunny, it is raining flowers.

Paros – 2016

Bougainvilleas Lefkes Paros

Best restaurants for the sunset in Mykonos

When in Mykonos, we had the chance to enjoy the sunset in town few times and  every time the views were excellent so I thought I would share our two favourite addresses with you!

For a view of the luxurious yachts and the sunset – Roca Cookery

For a taste of Mykonos glam head to Roca Cookery. The restaurant is just above the town’s harbour and you will enjoy the views of the glamorous yachts VIPs live on during their stay in Mykonos.

Roca Cookery sunsetRoca Cookery Mykonos sunset

Witness Mykonos turning gold with a glass of refreshing rose.

Roca Cookery rose wineRoca Cookery sunset

Enjoy some tradition Greek food and watch the world go by.

Roca Cookery bread olivesRoca Cookery seafood

For a view of Mykonos town and the sunset – Sea Satin Market

Book a table by the sea front and you will be in for a treat.

Sea Satin Market restaurantSea Satin Market restaurant

The views from Sea Satin Market are insanely beautiful! On the right you have the charming ‘little Venice’, an the left the majestic Mykonos windmills, and in the centre Mr Sun doing what it does best!

Mykonos windmill

Order platters of Greek dips and sea food and you will be a happy bunny!

Sea Satin Market restaurant sunsetSea Satin Market restaurant sunsetSea Satin Market restaurant sunset

I am sure there must be so many other nice places we haven’t tried! We are planning to use this as an excuse to visit Mykonos again soon!