Travel Guide: 96 Hours in Mykonos

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Over the summer, the travel-starved crowd from the UAE and beyond flocked to Greece. The tiny southeast European country offers something for everyone. Rich in history and culture and with almost 200 gorgeous islands that one can travel to, Greece has always found a place at the very top of travel wish lists. What makes it different this year, you ask? Being one of the few destinations welcoming tourists sans quarantine, Greece (and particularly the vibrant island of Mykonos) have become travel hotspots. 

Planning a trip to Mykonos? Not before you read our travel guide. We jetted off to the buzzing Grecian island, and explored it for a whole week to build a comprehensive guide encompassing everything from travel requirements to must-visit places. Scroll down to read Savoir Flair‘s Mykonos travel guide.

Who Can Travel to Greece?

Fully vaccinated UAE residents and citizens can travel to Greece without being subjected to a PCR test, provided they have received the second shot at least 14 days before their arrival date. Unvaccinated UAE residents and citizens are required to present a negative PCR certificate for a COVID-19 test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen (rapid) certificate taken no longer than 48 hours before arrival.

Proof of a negative PCR test is not required if a traveler has tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. However, in this case, the traveler will have to present a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive for COVID-19.

Greece recognizes and accepts the following vaccines: Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, and Sinopharm, among others.

The aforementioned travel requirements align with the travel conditions as of the date of publishing of this feature. For the latest travel requirements, click here.

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Where to Stay in Mykonos

The old port area – commonly referred to as Mykonos Town – is one of the most popular areas to camp out. Remember the signature narrow winding lanes of Mykonos, which have assumed the role of the spectacular backdrop in many movies? Well, that pedestrian-only area is called Mykonos Town. You will find many hotels and homestays – both budget and luxe – located within walking distance of the eternally lively town. Albeit tiny, the lanes are lined with shops, restaurants, and even bars and clubs that come alive post sundown. Cultural sites like the Aegean Maritime Museum, the Folklore Museum, and the charming Little Venice area are located in Mykonos Town. 

Looking for a luxurious, relaxing stay that is not too far away from all the excitement of Mykonos Town? Pamper yourself to an indulgent vacation by checking into Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge, Mykonos.

 

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If all you wish to do is relax and soak some sun on the sandy shores of Mykonos, then the tiny village of Ornos is where you should stay. Our suggestion? Check into the magnificent Santa Marina Hotel in Ornos, Mykonos, to enjoy a lavish, rejuvenating island holiday. Allowing guests to chose from 101 plush rooms and suites and 13 villas, the opulent hotel offers an unforgettable beachfront stay where guests can dive into the turquoise waters at Mykonos’ only private beach. The super-chic Santa Marina hotel offers unparalleled views of the Aegean sea and is home to Buddha Bar-Beach and Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton‘s restaurant, Mykonos Social

Other areas like Paradise Beach (famous for its eccentric nightlife) and Platis Gialos (lined with beachfront hotels) are also popular tourist spots in Mykonos.

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Getting Around the Island

If you’re staying close to Mykonos Town, you can explore virtually the entire area on foot. The best way to get to other parts of the island is to hop onto the public buses that start from the Mykonos Town bus station or rent a car or bike. Keep in mind that taxis are limited in number on the island and usually have long waiting times.

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Your Mykonos Bucket List

Mykonos is home to many world-renowned restaurants like ZumaNobu, and the celebrity-favorite Nammos. While these famous restaurants are undoubtedly worthy of a spot on your bucket list, Savoir Flair’s Mykonos travel guide features island favorites that are an absolute must-visit.

The iconic Mykonian windmills that stand on a landmark Chora hill overlooking the Little Venice area are a must-visit for anyone touring the island. An iconic feature of the windy island of Mykonos, most of the windmills were built way back in the 16th Century by the Venetians.

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Located at the foot of the windmills, the Nice and Easy restaurant is the next stop on our travel guide. Occupying a generous space in the Little Venice Area, Nice and Easy owes its reputation to its delicious food, hospitable staff, and extraordinary view.

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Whether or not you choose to stay in the Mykonos town area, a visit to the bustling city center is a must. The cobbled streets of Mykonos Town are lined with a wide variety of stores where you can find everything from souvenirs to locally made jewelry, Greek-style ensembles, and even mouth-watering local street food.

Make your way through the winding lanes of Mykonos Town to the beautiful Little Venice area, where you’ll find the waterfront Negrita Bar. With just a narrow pathway between the outdoor tables and the Aegean, Negrita allows guests to enjoy delicious, refreshing beverages to the crashing sound of ocean waves and a breathtaking sunset view.  

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Nestled on top of a hill, 180º Sunset Bar offers an impeccable view of Mykonos. Groove to the tunes played by some of the best Myconian DJs as you breathe in the hypnotic sunset hues at this dreamy destination which was once a historic castle. 

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The One You Don't Want to Miss Out On

Trust us: You do not want to miss out on Mykonos Social by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton while you’re in Mykonos. Make your way to the exceptional Santa Marina Hotel in Ornos an indulge in a sumptuous Mediterranean meal at the newly-opened Mykonos Social by Jason Atherton. Flaunting uber-sophisticated interiors overlooking the hotel’s private golden-sand beach, Mykonos Social by Jason Atherton is an all-day dining destination offering a selection of refreshing Mediterranean and Greek dishes.

At Mykonos Social, Atherton brings his creative take on Greek and Mediterranean cuisine to life, offering a variety of refreshing salads, lip-smacking seafood, and drool-worthy desserts. Such is Atherton’s culinary expertise that he even made our tastebuds fall in love with a cauliflower salad. The highlight of the menu, however, is the delectable Bottarga and Saffron pasta with deep-sea muss.

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Nightlife

Notorious as a “party island,” any Mykonos travel guide is incomplete without talking about the island’s buzzing nightlife. You’ll find popular nightclubs like the Skandanavian Bar and Queen of Mykonos in the heart of Mykonos Town, while the iconic Cavo Paradiso Club – with the capacity to house 5,000 guests – is located in the Paradise beach area. Other popular party destinations, like the Super Paradise Club, Nammos, and Scorpios are nestled to the south of the island.

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