Upscale "Looky, Looky" Guys!
Mykonos has a deserved reputation as being the most expensive of the Greek Islands, though Santorini can't be far behind, and this extends to the Island's street merchants. Not for them the cheap pirate designer handbags, CD's, watches and other junk, but aiming for a more discerning market with a single product and taking the time to dress appropriately. This nautical-looking guy is selling clocks with their lifebelt frames, needless to say I declined his kind offer despite the 75% discount!
You should definitely try to rent a car!
Really, unless you are on an extreme budget, you should rent some kind of vehicle to get around. It really is somewhat inconvenient if you have to rely on buses, and taxis are SO difficult to get. Do you really want to spend a good deal of your vacation waiting for buses, or getting frustrated because you cannot get around? We originally thought we would rely on public transportation, but we learned very quickly that we were going to be very limited and without freedom, so we opted to rent a car and I am SO glad we did. We could go wherever we wanted whenever we wanted, and believe me, this helps. If you stay in Mykonos town, you're going to want to go out to the beaches. And if you stay at one of the beaches like we did, you're going to want to come into town often in the evening. So I just cannot stress enough how this helped our holiday.
There are rental agencies everywhere and it is not difficult to get one last minute, by the day or by the week. Not exactly cheap, somewhere around 40-50 Euros per day, but definitely worth it. We rented from Hercules (Telephone 228 902 3168) which is right at the entrance to the town when you are coming from the port, opposite the Museum of Mykonos and bus terminal, easy to find, but there are many others. Don't miss out!!!
Here are some other contacts:
Autorene, Maouna, Tel: 228 902 4552
Avis, at the port, Tel: 228 902 2960
Delos, in town, Tel: 228 902 3484
Eurocar, at the port, Tel: 228 902 7111
Euroclub, Town, Tel: 228 902 3791
Hertz, Airport, Tel: 228 902 7346
Pier 1, Old port, Tel: 228 902 4004
Sixt, Airport, Tel: 228 902 8862
Tomaso, Airport, website: www.tomaso.gr
"Little Venice", Mykonos.
The "Little Venice" quarter of Mykonos Town consists of numerous (and expensive) seaside bars and restaurants and souvenir shops.
Sit by the water's edge and have a meal and a drink and watch the cosmopolitan mix of people passing by - but be prepared to pay a high price for this pleasure!
The sea washes up against the homes that line the edge of the coast and small wooden balconies sit precariously above the waves. This row of houses (that look as though they could be washed out to sea on a stormy day) appear on many postcards and holiday brochures.
A good place to soak up the atmosphere and "people watch".
The next most significant village after Hora on Mykonos is Ano Mera. Don't blink, you'll miss it! It lies about 9 kms from Hora and is home to the lovely Monastery and Church of Panagia Tourliani. Ano Mera also sports an interesting lttle town square with an array of restaurants and other assorted eateries. We were there on a Friday morning and there seemed little sign of life other than at the Monastery. Do drop in to see the church it is quite lovely.
Ano Mera is often described as a peaceful little town and from what we saw, indeed it is.
Famous Mykonos,the most cosmopolitan Greek island
Mykonos is one of the most cosmopolitan and famous greek islands, popular for its vivid cosmopolitan nightlife and frenzied rhythms. Its also famous for its picturesque windmills and for the known place "Little Venice" with the balcony's that hang over the sea. It is built in conformity with the Cycladic architectural standards, scattered with small pure-white houses and narrow streets. You can swim at the most organized beaches that tremble under the loud sound of the music and the high spirits of the bathers, you can find peaceful and isolated shores, natural beauties and landscapes, you can meet hospitable and smiling local people, and you can eat at taverns with traditional snacks and fancy restaurants with international and Mediterranean cuisine.