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Mykonos & Santorini

The Perfect Greek Island Escapes

Mykonos

Pack your flip flops and hop on a ferry to Mykonos and Santorini. These are the most famous of the Greek islands, and you'll know why as soon as you approach their ports. The whitewashed buildings with their blue doors, the blue-domed churches, the charming windmills, and the azure waters welcome you to these international hotspots where it's all about feeling like a Greek god or goddess.

Show off your body catching some sun at the beach during the day in Mykonos, and show off your tan at night at a buzzing bar. Continue Greek island hopping and move on to Santorini where its spectacular setting is the perfect romantic escape and the postcard Greek island experience.

Think of Mykonos as a playground of the hot and fabulous (and those who aspire to be), and of Santorini as a honeymoon destination. You have not been to Greece until you've been to either of them.


Top 10 Sights and Attractions

  1. Walking around and watching the famous sunset in OIA, Santorini.
  2. Daytrip to the archaeological island of DELOS from Mykonos.
  3. LITTLE VENICE and its windmills, Mykonos.
  4. Psarou and Paradise BEACHES in Mykonos.
  5. Trendy SHOPPING in Mykonos.
  6. BAR-HOPPING in Mykonos.
  7. A stroll through the colorful cliffside streets of FIRA, Santorini.
  8. PERISSA BEACH, Santorini.
  9. THE RED BEACH, Santorini.
  10. Santorini's VOLCANO.

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Where to Stay

Look for the hotel or hostel that best matches your budget, type of trip or personality. Here you can guarantee a room but you do NOT pay anything at the time of booking. Payments are only made at the hotel and there are no booking fees. Most hotels allow cancellations with no penalty if done up to 24 or 48 hours in advance. You'll see that information at the time of booking and again in the confirmation email.

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Eating and Drinking

The island of Mykonos was probably the first place in Greece to offer a more refined version of Greek cuisine to suit the cosmopolitan tastes of its visitors. That arrived only much later and to a lesser extent in Santorini, and even today you continue to find many more interesting places to eat in Mykonos than in Santorini. In Santorini you'll mostly find touristy restaurants offering mediocre and overpriced food, while in Mykonos you have some beautiful restaurants with high prices not always corresponding to high-quality service or food. Obviously there are always several places that stand out, but when in doubt, a taverna where the locals go is a great spot to try the more authentic local cuisine.
Remember that they eat much later than you probably do. That means lunch at around 2PM and dinner at 9 or 10PM.

Shopping

Mykonos is the best shopping destination in Greece (with Athens or Santorini coming in second). You'll probably fall in love with a copy of an ancient Cycladic piece of art or will go for the trendy and designer clothing that line the streets. Many of those fashion shops (including upmarket names) are found along Matoyiani Street, while elsewhere you'll also see some tempting jewelry shops. Nothing comes cheap, and the shops in Santorini are often just as expensive (the jewelry and gold shops here are your best choices in the island).
The best time to shop is in late afternoon, especially because almost everything is closed between 2 and 5PM as the staff also has the right to enjoy a day out in the sun...

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Tours &
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