The Greek Isle of Mykonos was a port of call on our 12-day Mediterranean Cruise. Although we only had a few hours on the beautiful island, we enjoyed every second of it! The food and windmills were INCREDIBLE!
After a quick lunch on the ship, we got in line to get our tender ticket to Mykonos.
We got in line pretty early and they started passing out tickets early, so we got in group #2, behind those passengers who booked shore excursions. Getting off the boat was chaotic, confusing and loud. Even though we anchored earlier than our scheduled arrival, we still didn’t get off the boat until over 30 minutes after our arrival time.
The water was super choppy, as the wind was crazy strong (about 20 to 30 mph), so the trip over on the tender boat was a little bit of a wild ride!
We thought we may not be able to go to Mykonos, because the cruise on the same route before us didn’t stop because the winds were too strong. The day before our arrival the winds were reading at 40+ mph, so we were glad they died down a little bit so we could stop on this beautiful Greek isle.
It was still windy as heck on the island, but we were grateful to be there.
Once we arrived, we were a little confused as to where to go, so we attempted to look at a map and tried to guess where we were, but could not figure it out. We decided to walk down one of the shopping streets.
We stopped and asked a shop owner to explain where we were and we were still slightly confused, so we just wandered the streets.
We somehow came to the famous Mykonos windmills and walked further up the street to find the bus station. We had in mind to go to a beach and needed to either take the bus or rent an ATV to get there. As was our luck, the bus was just leaving and the next one wasn’t leaving for another hour. Even if we took a taxi, which is expensive, we would have been at someone else’s mercy for when we wanted to come back. We decided to skip the beach, which Sam was a little bummed about.
We ended up exploring the island and buying souvenirs (a bracelet, a canvas painting, olive oil soap, olive oil and ouzo).
Sam got a cold beer at a local market for €1.20 and we bought a huge bottle of Fanta to bring back on the ship.
We came across a traditional Greek restaurant/café, which provided us with the best meal we’d had thus far! It was called Passaggio.
We started out with baked feta (and peppers, tomatoes and oil) and spanakopita (spinach pie). Sam ordered a chicken gyro plate. The tzatziki was amazing. We had the local ‘Fanta’, a.k.a. orange soda, that was quite refreshing!
After our meal, we walked the narrow streets again. It was fairly crowded at some points, because there were five cruise ships docked at Mykonos that day!
We found our way to a secluded area with not much beach, just one old guy in a Speedo and a topless woman sunbathing.
We found our way back to the windmills.
We got back on the boat around 7 PM and watched the full moon rise over the island.
All in all it was a good, short day!
Want to keep exploring?
You can check out the other Mediterranean cruise ports we visited on our 12 day adventure!