The famous Greek Island of the Winds is one of Greece’s poshest islands with a flair for the colourful nightlife, but is it a nice place to visit with your wife and kids? Well, the truth is that Mykonos is not limited to any one type of visitor since the beautiful island can be enjoyed pretty much in any way that you want to enjoy it. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a kid-friendly, family vacation in Mykonos, you will love the following seven things about it.
There’s a Beach for Everyone
There are so many beaches on Mykonos that you will be spoilt for choice and the best part is that some of them are exclusively suited to families and children. The more party-oriented beaches attract the rowdy crowd away from these beaches quite effectively. Ornos beach is one of the best options for families. It is located right in front of a tiny, but beautiful fishing village. Just a 10-minute drive away from the main town, its golden sands are perfect for relaxing with the whole family and enjoying a few drinks from the beach bars that are subtle enough to mix in with the beach’s overall family vibe. Other options that are just as good include the Platis Gialos beach and the Agios Stefanos beach.
Go on a Hike to See the Grand Outdoors
You probably already have an idea about how beautiful the island is, but you won’t be able to grasp the true essence of the island’s beauty until you actually go on a hiking adventure over the island. The hikes last only a few kilometres, but they offer some amazing vistas for photography enthusiasts, especially at sunset as you stroll through the small fishing villages. There are plenty of nice little swim spots for the children and their parents to swim safely and cool off on the way too.
Stay in Luxurious Villas
If you are in Mykonos with the family, staying in a villa is almost essential to truly enjoy the best experience on the island. The BlueVillas Mykonos Villa choices include something for every budget, ranging from €650 – €10,500 per day. The size, distance from the beach and the number of rooms in the villas will differ according to the rent, but rest assured that service across all budgets is top notch. Aside from being perfect for big families and large groups, BlueVillas also hosts parties and weddings as well. All major locations on the island feature these luxurious villas, so you will likely find accommodation wherever you like. The only catch here is that people should book in advance for a fair price and easy availability.
Walk through Mykonos Town
Yes, the island and the main town shares the name Mykonos, just like many other islands in Europe and especially Greece. Once you get to the old section of the town though, it really does feel like time has not touched the place for well over a century. It’s such a beautiful place to go on a walk with your spouse that it’s nearly impossible to not love it. Visit the Archaeological Museum and the Aegean Maritime Museum to go back thousands of years to a time when ancient Greece was in its full glory. All of this should fascinate the children as well, but just in case they are too young to appreciate the grandeur they are witnessing, there’s more for them too. Did you know that while walking the streets of Mykonos, you are quite likely to come across its only avian citizen, aka Petros the Pelican? Petros and two other pelicans are actually mascots of the town and everybody loves them, including the residents and the visiting kids in particular.
The Food is Awesome
The list of places to see on the island is far too long to mention everything, but what we can mention is the mouth-watering food over here. The children will love the food here and you won’t have much reason to restrain them from the food because almost everything is fresh and quite healthy at the same time. It is recommended that you stay away from the big restaurants and enjoy the street food as that’s where the magic of Greek cuisine lies, without costing much. Seafood is always an option on any Greek island, but trying out the more traditional dishes such as gyros, kopanisti and moussaka is just a better idea.
Mykonos is a brilliant and astounding combination of modern day luxury and the ancient Greek vibe at the same time, which is exactly what makes it one of the best islands in not just Greece but the whole of Europe as well. The old lighthouses, the clear turquoise waters, the white buildings, the luxurious villas and the ultramodern nightclubs are all there at Mykonos, and they exist in perfect harmony with each other.