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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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

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!

Grace Hotel – Mykonos, Greece

We called Grace Hotel our home during our stay in Mykonos, and I could not recommend it enough!

We were warmly welcomed by the friendliest staff, and with a glass of champagne in our hand we were given a tour of all the facilities before being taken to our room.

Grace Hotel Mykonos

The hotel offers spa treatments, it also has an amazing restaurant and a dreamy swimming pool!

Grace Hotel Mykonos swimming poolGrace Hotel Mykonos swimming pool

The most difficult decision we had to make during our stay was to choose between coffee, smoothie or champagne for breakfast (all of them please!).

Grace Hotel Mykonos

Did I talk about the view?

Grace Hotel Mykonos

Well, not this one, but it was a great one too!

Grace Hotel Mykonos

Most rooms have a very large balcony where you can nap or watch the cruise ships passing by.

Grace Hotel Mykonos

The staff is the real highlight of Grace Mykonos though. They have excellent knowledge of the area and will help you with any booking or activities you may want to organise.

The hotel is just outside Mykonos town, and with complementary shuttle into town, you can get there in 10 minutes.

We also stayed at their Santorini hotel and both stays were amazing! One happy customer!

Grace Hotel Mykonos

Sunset in Mykonos

In photography, the golden hour is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky. 

Source: Wikipedia

Let me tell you, the golden hour in Mykonos is one of the best photo ops you will ever get!

Mykonos old port sunset

During the day, the town is crisp white and cold blue, at sunset the whites turn into blushes and the blues into soft lavenders shades.

Little Venice Mykonos sunsetParaportiani Church sunset MykonosFishermen Mykonos sunset

Mykonos Town literally turns gold.

Windmill sunset Mykonos

Walk around the town while trying to avoid the crowds of tourists (they have heard of the golden hour in Mykonos too!)

Mykonos sunset

Take as many pictures as you possibly can.

Terrace in Mykonos

Find a spot on a terrace, order a glass of wine and let planet Earth do its thing.

Terrace in Mykonos

The sun hitting the sea is such a beautiful sight that you may hear some emotional gasping and applause.

Sea Satin Market restaurant sunset MykonosMykonos sunset

Don’t head to bed yet though!

Mykonos by night

Head back into town to witness the town last change of shade to a beautiful and deep indigo!

Mykonos street by nightAgios Nikolaos by night MykonosMykonos street by night

Horse riding in Mykonos

Our trip to the Greek islands was our honeymoon, and while I was busy planning our wedding, Andrew was busy planning a dream trip to the Cyclades.

Being an avid horse rider, Andrew decided to surprise me one evening  with a 4×4 picking us up from our hotel and driving us to Mykonos Horse Riding‘s stables.

Horse Riding Mykonos

After evaluating our horse-riding level, our guide paired us with our four-legged companion for the next two hours.

Horse Riding Mykonos

Mykonos Horse Riding is based in land and the beginning of our ride took place in a village, Ano Mera, where the locals actually live which was lovely to have an opportunity to see.

Horse Riding Mykonos

We then headed toward Fokos beach, along Mykonos water reservoir.

Mykonos water reservoirHorse Riding Mykonos

Once on the beach, we had the opportunity to have a little break for pictures and a cuddle or two with the horses.

Horse Riding MykonosFokos Beach MykonosHorse Riding Mykonos

We then headed back to the stables as the sun was setting, ready for a tasty dinner back in Mykonos town.

Horse Riding MykonosHorse Riding MykonosHorse Riding Mykonos

Andrew booked the Fokos beach ride, which lasts 2 hours and cost 80 euros (including transfer).

Horse Riding Mykonos

Mykonos town – Mykonos, Greece

Our first stop in the Cyclades was Mykonos, one of the most famous greek islands. There are a few villages on the island and the biggest one is Mykonos Town, also called Chora.

We stayed outside of the town, but thanks to our hotel complementary shuttle it only took us 10 minutes to get there on one afternoon. We were dropped in the harbour area, where all the jet set parks their giant yachts.

Mykonos TownMykonos Town

When you think of Mykonos, you think parties, VIPs, and bling. Well, we headed into town and were actually welcomed by the most charming little houses and cobbled streets.

Mykonos TownBalconies Mykonos Town

No pretentious looking villas and cars here, everybody walks around and every crossroad looks like a postcard.

Church Mykonos Town

We also happened to be there during the bougainvillea season, which made the entire town even more charming!

Bougainvillea Mykonos TownBougainvillea Mykonos Town

Our exploration took us to all the main landmarks.

Mykonos Town

The Chora windmills, one of the famous sights of Mykonos. They used to mill wheat (did I tell you that the bread in Greece is delicious?) but nowadays they only model for the tourists’ pictures.

Chora windmills Mykonos

We then headed down the hill to the Little Venice. A beautiful neighbourhood sat by the sea and the perfect place to grab a glass of wine while enjoying the sunset (more on that here!).

Mykonos Little VeniceMykonos Little VeniceMykonos Little Venice

We found the Church of Paraportiani, dating from the 17th century, which was built by joining 5 little churches into one giant one.

Church of Paraportiani MykonosChurch of Paraportiani Mykonos

Finally, we ended our visit at the Old Port, taking a few picture of Agios Nikolaos, before deciding where to have dinner (my favourite addresses are here!).

Agios Nikolaos Mykonos

Kiki’s Tavern – Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos was our first stop in the Cyclades, and on our first day there, we rented a nice little Fiat 500 and were off to explore the island.

Around lunch time, we headed north of the island to Kiki’s Tavern for a bite to eat. I heard a lot about the place and was excited to try it!

Kiki's Tavern Mykonos

Kiki’s Tavern is right by the beautiful Agios Sostis beach. A quiet white sanded beach with refreshing turquoise water.

Agios Sostis beach

We arrived around noon, and, if you want to be sited fairly quickly, I recommend you do so too! 20 minutes later there was a significant queue!

We sat under the pergola, desperate for shade and watched the world passing by (well, mainly busy waiters).

Kiki's Tavern MykonosKiki's Tavern MykonosKiki's Tavern Mykonos

Because of the heat and our lack of sleep the night before, we order two delicious cafés frappés. This quickly became my favourite drink in Greece. If you are a coffee lover, make sure to order one!

Café frappé Kiki's Tavern MykonosCafé frappé Kiki's Tavern Mykonos

For our starters, we ordered tsatsiki, which was soooo refreshing, and the palest and tastiest tarama I’ve ever ate. Grab a piece of bread, dip in, easy!

Tsatsiki and tarama Kiki's Tavern Mykonos

Kiki’s Tavern‘s quantities are rather generous and we felt pretty full after the starters. So for the main we went for a baked aubergine and grilled calamaris.

Aubergine and calamari Kiki's Tavern Mykonos

Feeling stuffed, we skipped desert and headed to Agios Sostis beach for a bit of sunbathing and a swim.

Agios Sostis beachAgios Sostis beach

Make sure Kiki’s Tavern is on your list for a taste of authentic greek food!