When you get invited to a wedding on Mykonos, it would be rude not to go, surely? I have four cousins on my mum’s side of the family and they are a pretty close crew. To the extent that three of them have married their significant other over the past three years. Yes, three family weddings, three years in a row. And the latest wedding was on Mykonos.
And the island just blew me away with its beauty.
See what I mean? Absolutely stunning.
Along with my mum and step dad, we were hired a villa close to Kalo Livadi and only a minute’s walk from a little beach called Loulos. What sold me on the villa was the terrace and the massive outdoor sofa on it. As soon as I saw it, I could picture myself there, drink in one hand and book in the other. (Clearly, I was momentarily forgetting that I am mamma to two very active little boys.)
There is definitely more to Mykonos than just a party island. We were able to find its other side. The quiet side of Mykonos – the more relaxed and chilled side that you don’t hear about as much. You can visit the island without needing to unleash your inner party animal (although that is fun too).
Finding the quiet side of Mykonos
Step away from the Paradise and Super Paradise areas of the island and you can discover quieter beaches and resorts. We stayed near Kalo Livadi, which had two large (and lively) beach clubs – Rakkan and Solymar. We had dinner at Solymar the first night. The place was full, with a wide range of clientele, from the man who arrived in one of three Mercedes vans with blacked out windows and accompanying security to families like us with small children. The atmosphere was great though and the boys had such fun people watching. We ate lunch there a few days later and it was a completely different affair: bossa nova music playing and a wonderfully relaxing vibe.
Mykonos Town (Chora) can feel busy but just wander further and further into the narrow streets in search of the famous pelican and you can have great fun and lose the crowds.
We were in among the crowds for a while at sunset, sitting at Caprice Bar and enjoying cocktails as the sun went down. They have an amazing choice of non-alcoholic cocktails, which was great for our designated driver and for O. There were people milling around the whole time, but it felt so peaceful and O was so happy to be up late to see the sun go down. (We omitted to tell him that the sun sets earlier in the Med in the summer than in Stockholm…)
We loved the beaches on the south of the island around where we stayed.
♥ Kalo Livadi was great but only had a small strip that wasn’t run by the two beach clubs (and their prices for a sun lounger were eye-watering…).
♥ Loulos was a small beach close to where we stayed. It was great for the boys: sandy, with shells, and a stretch with rock pools.
♥ Elia has a beautiful beach and the village itself is also stunning, clinging to the cliffs.
♥ Kalafatis, in the next bay along, was brilliant, although the waves were a little stronger than at Kalo Livadi. There are a couple of beach clubs here too, but more laid-back.
We had an amazing time staying on Mykonos but I would say that a whole week there with small children is quite a long time. It’s a little hard if you have playground-obsessed children (looking at you, E…). We only found a couple of playgrounds (one on Elia Beach and another near the airport) and fewer activities for children than we’re used to. Luckily for us, my cousin’s wedding was in the middle of our week there, breaking up our time on the island. we were thankful to have a shared pool at our villa (that no one else used) and a small beach nearby. I would think the ideal trip Mykonos with small children would combine it with another, nearby island.
Have you visited any of the Greek islands? Do you have a favourite?