Mykonos is one of those gramable destinations we see in our feeds each summer. White washed buildings, blue shutters, windmills and charming alleys filled with alfresco dining. But is it overrated? PAKT visited Mykonos (and a few other Greek isles) in August to learn just that.
My must PAKT item
for this trip: MDSolarSciences facial sunscreen
and a dry shampoo
Mykonos is sunny and windy, especially during the high season month of August. Heading straight from beach to bar is going to require a spritz to refresh your beach blown hair, and SPF for your face doesn't require an explanation!
Mykonos in August is very busy. It's the peak of the high season, so anyone visiting during both July and August should be prepared for standing room only public buses and human congested alleys in Mykonos hora (town). Beach clubs are also full, with little sand and few beach chairs available for latecomers. If you are looking for a Greek island with lots of energy, sun worshipers and a good late night crowd at bars and clubs, this is your destination.
But, don't mistake the picturesque town as completely unique. Many of the Greek islands feature similar whitewashed buildings, narrow pathways and shops and restaurants galore, without the over-crowded feel and overpriced menus of Mykonos.
So, if you're there just for the Gram, consider other islands with the same look and feel, and with a smaller chance that you'll be photo-bombed by that blonde you saw at the airport wearing a Franklin and Marshall tee-shirt.
Little Venice is a famous scene from Mykonos hora. Take a table at one of the waterfront clubs at sunset for an overpriced cocktail with a view worth the price.
Mykonos, as well as every other Greek island we've visited, has amazing sunsets. Santorini is famed for them, but we cannot possibly choose which is truly the most magnificent. On any Greek isle trip, make sure to be somewhere west facing and enjoy a relaxing moment before the party after dusk begins.
Should you find yourself on Mykonos, be sure to check out the below recommendations.
Best View: From windmills looking westward at sunset.
Best Meals: Cheap Eats - Souvlaki Story Mykonos and The Taste Diaries, Fine Dining - M-eating
Best Day Trip: Delos
Would I Return? Maybe in the shoulder season.