The second stop – or first if you don’t count Istanbul, and second of our Celebrity Equinox reviews, was the charming town of Mykonos, in Greece. The tiny island is swamped by hundreds of other Greek islands, all with their own charm. I’ll admit, Mykonos was the one stop on the cruise I thought I’d not be bothered about, but oh how wrong I was.
Our first impressions of Mykonos, Greece
The ship didn’t dock at Mykonos, our sister ship already had space in the port at Tourlos, so our talented captain pulled up in a bay and we were going to tender to shore directly in the old part of town. Tendering means a small boat (the tender) takes passengers to and from the ship to land.
The queue on board was around three hours long as those with pre-booked excursions got priority, however as we were in no rush – again, we both weren’t too bothered about stopping at a party island – we didn’t mind having lunch and waiting it out. Those who wanted to wait were given a number, and announcements were made every half hour or so. When the Captain made the announcement that it was a free-for-all and anyone can leave, we packed up the camera and hopped on the tender.
The crossing was rough, and left a few feeling a little sick, but once we landed we were astounded.
White-washed walls and bright blue balconies
There’s not really much I can say about Mykonos, as the photos will show just how breathtaking the island is. It was all white buildings and secret steps leading from houses to cafes, to little bars lapped by the sea.
We stopped for a cool drink and spoke to the owner who gave a bit of background of the town. The windmills, which were installed by the Venetians, were used to grind wheat up until 100 years ago. They’re now a tourist attraction and make for some great photos.
The winding streets were designed to confuse invaders – after all, you could easily get lost along the lefts and rights of the bright white paths. It’s said pirates used to frequent the island and do business among the balconies overlooking the sea.
The island is also known for its pristine beaches, and although the bar’s owner was disappointed we weren’t venturing further than town, he suggested that Mykonos has the best beaches in all the Med.
Mykonos is beautiful (if expensive, two cocktails left us £30 lighter…) and it’s definitely an island we’ll be back to. If only for the celeb-worthy beaches.