YACHTING ETIQUETTE organised this year SAILING MYKONOS, an island hard to get by boat (everyone says) but totally worth it.
Boats holidays are more and more common and practical these days as it offers an open range of possibilities to spend your summer vacations.
With more than 8,000 miles of coastline and over 2,000 islands to discover, the only way to experience the Greek Islands is by boat. A Greek sailing holiday allows you to explore the ruins of Ancient Greece, try some traditional mezé at friendly ‘tavernas’ and stop off at some of the country’s famous party islands for the best nightlife in the Med.
There are few rules in order to achieve that:
- Choose the correct time of the year.
- Always hire a Greek skipper (as they know the best Aegean Sea).
- Swing between the easiest islands in order to get there and back to Athens in within a week.
It all started with all of us landing in the City of Athens two days before the the event. We’ve discovered Plaka and Acropolis once again, introduced everyone to the Greek way of life and of course we spent one night out in the city that never sleeps. Fantasia LIVE (where Antonis Remos is performing) is one of the best shows in Athens and with good reason we left the venue on the sunrise.
Saturday 4 PM we all embarked on Yachting Etiquette Boat and kicked off to Kithnos, sailing for 6 hours. A small island with over 70 beaches. From here our journey started around Kea, Syros and Mykonos. Beautiful sunsets, sunrises and crystal clear waters was blending perfectly with Ouzo, Greek salad and fresh seafood.
Yachting Etiquette guests were delighted to discover that the level of service on Mykonos is second to none.
In general the myconian people are very friendly and take tremendous pride in caring of their guests. Mykonos has many gorgeous beaches, a charming picturesque town that is ideal for evening fun, a large variety of excellent restaurants which serve a delicious dose of fresh seafood, plenty of lavish boutiques (including high end jewelry shops) to explore and many small, festive bars that dot the winding streets of Chora.
Among the most Greek islands, Mykonos island is located almost in the center of the Cyclades group. It is particularly famous for the cosmopolitan atmosphere, the opulent nightlife, the picturesque Cycladic architecture and the magnificent beaches that makes holidays in Mykonos a magnificent experience.
There are many things to do in Mykonos: walk along the narrow streets of Chora, enjoy a stunning sunset at Little Venice, stay in luxurious hotels and swim in exotic beaches. Super Paradise, Paradise and Kalo Livadi are fabulous places to swim and spend a day under the hot sun. In the evenings, head to Mykonos Town and enjoy a night out in the many bars and clubs.
- A typical day on Mykonos starts usually with a late breakfast at 11 AM before heading to the beach. The sun is at its hottest from 12 to 2 PM, most people start showing up at the beach after 1 PM. Most restaurants open each evening around 8 PM. Those who prefer to dine this early though may find themselves sitting alone since dinnertime on Mykonos is traditionally after 10 PM. In fact, it is common to be invited for dinner as late as 11!
- There are only 30 taxis that service the entire island, therefore, they cannot be booked in advance. They are usually gathered at the two taxi stands in town where you can stand in line or you can call the taxi dispatch for availability.
Aside from taking taxis, you have the option to hire a private transfer (as we did) which may cost around 30-40 Euros for a 8 seats Royal Transfer, but will ensure your safe arrival.
- Another thing that I have tried this summer and it turned out pretty well is Aegean Taxi, which is somehow an UBER for Greek Islands and it works only in Santorini and Mykonos. Services are fantastic as the prices starts from 5 Euros for an Express car, Executive 8 Euros and 8 Seater 10 Euros. All you need to do is download the Aegean Taxi App and use DVT3Q promo code which will offer you up to 10 Euros off your first journey (basically it can be your first ride free).
- Most people who visit the island opt to rent cars, scooters or quads from one of the many rental companies to get around. Personally I’ve used AllRoad Car Rentals which delivered the Wrangler right on my doorstep first thing in the morning. I guess in Mykonos is all about connections somehow.
- Be sure to check which way the wind is blowing each day before choosing which beach to visit. Mykonos is known as the “Island of the Winds” so planning to avoid the North shores when there is a particularly strong North wind will make all the difference. Trust me… we have all learned that tip the hard way.
- Ask the locals about their favorite places to unwind! Chances are they will recommend a deserted beach that is tucked away where you can quietly relax with a few friends in the middle of August when the crowds are at their worst.
- The cobblestone streets of town are charming and treacherous to anyone with high heels on! Feel free to give it a try but bring along your favorite pair of flat sandals to be on the safe side… it can make or break your night! It is likely that you will need a light jacket for the evenings that are particularly breezy.