The Mystery Flowers!
We saw these flowers several times on the island. Sometimes they were growing in pots and we also saw them cascading over stone walls. I thought they were beautiful and I had never seen them anywhere else before! The leaves were thick and succulent, similiar to a jade plant , but not as thick and lighter in colour. The flowers were small and bright pink. If anyone knows the name of this plant, please Email me! I am very curious!
UPDATE! VT member Travelgourmet was kind of enough to Email me to identify the "Mystery flowers" The Mystery flower is a Baby Sun Rose Ice Plant! Ice Plant! The name surpised me.. since it grows in such a warm sunny climate! But this is what they are. Thank you, Travel Gourmet!
Lots of Ferry and high speed boats
It's easy to get to some of the nieghboring islands by speed boat or catamaran.
Mykonos-Tinos, 15 minutes, 8 Euros
Mykonos - Rafina, 2 hours, 32 Euros
Mykonos - Piraeus, 3 hours, 40 Euros (3 daily)
Mykonos - Syros, 30 minutes, 12 Euros
Mykonos -Paros, 1 hour, 15 Euros. From Paros there are connecting services to Naxos, Santorini, and Crete.
There are also many ferries, but be sure you know that there are two ferry terminals on Mykonos. The "new quay" is about 2 km north of Mykonos town and mostly bigger fast feries dock here. The other ferry terminal is the Town Quay at Tourlos. Be sure you go to the right dock for your ferry--it says on your tickets!
By ferry to Santorini it takes about 6 hours and is only about 15 Euros. They don;t run every day so always be sure to check the current schedule. There are other ferries to Samos (5 hours) and even Thessaloniki (12 hours). The seas can be rough sometimes!
Delos - Greek town ruins
Delos is very much worthy of visiting.
A brief history of Delos -
Although a small, rocky island, no more than 5 Km long and 1,300 m wide, it was for ancient Greeks the most sacred place, because Apollo and Artemis, two of the most important deities of the Greek pantheon, were born there. (ca 2,500 BC)...The excavations, that started in 1872 and are still in progress, have unearthed the Sanctuary and a good start of the cosmopolitan Hellenistic town.
Don't miss the museum.
trip to Delos island
Visiting Delos island (located opposite Mykonos) will be an easy half day trip.
Just take the excursion boat From Mykonos (duration approx. 30').
You wont spend more than 2-3 hours there but it's enough to explore the archeological site.
The boats operate daily except Mondays (when the site is closed)
You will take the boat from the old port at 9.00am or 10.00am or 11.00am
The boats return at 12.15 13.30 15.00
The return ticket is about 13 euros (you can take it from any travel agent but also at the kiosk near the boats)
you also need to pay 5 euros for entering the archeological site.
The Greek Island of Mykonos
"City of White, with lots of color"
Wow, after Athens, this was heaven. Every building, shining white, splashed with bright colors on doors and window shutters. A photo op that uses up all your film without blinking. A great vacation holiday location, great beaches, great food, especially in the "little Venice" area of the Island. At night the town comes alive with lights and the sounds of music and laughter. Great for walking and shopping, and a little time for an ouzo or two. Drink up! Opa!
"As the sun goes down, Mykonos awakens"
You stroll to the shore to watch the sun go down. The quiet envelops you and then the sound of music will awaken you.
"OVERLOOKING "LITTLE VENICE""
When dining in the "little Venice" quarter of town, you sit out by the water, and as you look up, you see the famous Windmills of Mykonos. The food is served with dishes of calamari, shrimp, feta cheese, and the Greek drink, Ouzo. You close your eyes, listen to the music, breathe in the salty aroma of the deep fried fish, open your eyes and throw back the Ouzo. Opa !!! An event to remember. A day to savor the rest of your life.