Where do I even start with our budget trip to Mykonos? We needed a holiday during a particular week so we didn’t miss the arrival of my gorgeous nephew, Noah. I spent ages researching this trip due to our budget (bride to be problems) and just as I thought we’d be spending the week at home, we managed to bag our flights and stunning accommodation for £425 each, thanks Expedia!
Mykonos is notoriously expensive and with the wedding on the horizon we couldn’t justify going wild. I’m going tell you what we got up to in Mykonos (windmills aside) to show you that it can be done on a budget. Just try to stay away from the 16 euro cocktails…
It’s no exaggeration when I say that My Mykonos Hotel is hands down, the nicest hotel we’ve ever stayed in. From the room, to the pool, to the epic breakfast, we loved our stay in this little gem. It’s the type of hotel where you can laze in a cabana and your poolside bottle of prosecco is served to you with a fresh fruit platter. Also, as an extra special treat, you get chocolates on your pillows every evening along with a motivational quote. If you decide on My Mykonos hotel, my top tip would be prepare yourself for the walk down the hill into town and try the scrambled eggs with tomato (Kagianas) for breakfast!
Mykonos is full of amazing restaurants but they are far from cheap! Our approach was eating somewhere fancy one night and then somewhere more low key the next to save some pennies for ice cream and booze. Pepper is a fantastic, reasonably priced option in the town where you’ll get great food, made with local produce. They serve traditional souvlaki here but we opted to share Mykonian sausages and the veal and feta burgies (cute name!), both of which were delicious. We ate in a couple of high end restaurants too; Kastro’s was fantastic for views and atmosphere but the sunset dinner we had at Karavaki stole my heart. Karavaki is set a little above Mykonos town which lends itself perfectly for watching the sunset. It’s also quite close to My Mykonos Hotel so we could stumble home with ease.
The best views
Sunset Bar is the perfect place for sundowners, it’s a little walk up a hill out of the town (or a 2 min walk down from My Mykonos) but it is 100% worth it. Nestled inside Castle Panigirakis, this place is pretty special. We went three times across the week, supping prosecco and taking endless photos. They also have blankets for you to cuddle under when the Mykonian wind picks up.
For day time views, grab a seat in Little Venice and watch the world go by with the view of the windmills in sight, there really is no place like this so it’s worth putting aside a couple of hours to enjoy it. When we were there it was pretty windy which added to the drama as the waves would crash against the sides of the restaurants and cafes – just stay out of the splash zone!
We stayed in the town so decided to spend one day visiting several beaches. To get there, you can easily rent a quad bike or car (approx 20 euros a day) or if you want a few drinks like we did, you can take the bus! It took 15 minutes from the town to get to Paradise Beach and it couldn’t have been easier. There are loads of posts about public transport in Mykonos being a pain but we used public transport twice and had no issues at all.
Anyway, less about buses and more about beaches… Once we arrived at Paradise Beach we found a good spot and had a sunbathe before taking a break for gyros and drinks. Thus starting the beach crawl day… From Paradise Beach we took the coastal path all the way to Psarou which meant we could visit 5 of the stunning Mykonian beaches. All the beaches have spots for food and drink so it would be rude not to have a glass of wine at each one.
The curve ball
Unfortunately we had a couple of cloudy afternoons, so we chose to explore the island. This meant we managed to spend an afternoon at Vioma Organic Farm. This is a family run farm and vineyard about 15 mins (by bus) outside of Mykonos town. I’d recommend heading there if you want to see a different side to Mykonos and enjoy an afternoon indulging in wine and homemade Greek delicacies. If you do get the bus to Vioma, they will pick you up from the bus stop for 5 euros return which is well worth it and will save you a 45 minute walk!
Let me know if you’ve got any ideas for where we should go on our next trip 🙂