We flew out of Naples around lunchtime which was a perfect time to leave…if there is ever such a thing as a perfect time to say Ciao to Italy…which is probably actually never…but I digress… A leisurely breakfast on our terrace overlooking that amazing coastline and then we were off to the airport. We boarded our flight and within 2 hours we were touching down in Athens. I’m still amazed that within such a short time you can be transported to another country, another language, another culture, so effortlessly.
We were driven to our hotel, The Hermes, and despite its name was an average priced hotel located in the heart of Athens. Due to our quick stop over in Athens, only 14 hours, I chose this hotel because it was well priced, it was central, and it offers a roof top garden overlooking the Acropolis. We dumped the luggage and set out to see the city. First stop was the The Acropolis of Athens. Within 5 minutes we were climbing the steep rocky paths that led upwards to this is an ancient citadel. It is located on a high outcrop above the city of Athens and containing the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. Absolutely stunning. And the views across the city of Athens are incredible. Once again, a very built up city, with white rooftops in what seems like a condensed space. A stroll through the markets and then we ate at a traditional Greek restaurant. Fried feta, fried haloumi, Greek salad, souvlaki, pita bread,…washed down with cold wine. Back to the hotel for an early night to view the Acropolis all lit up with its night lights.
We were up early to head to Mykonos. I wanted to take the ferry as I felt this was the perfect way to approach the islands. Prebooked some months ago, the Blue Star Ferry departs from the dock in Pireus at 7.30am and arrives into Mykonos by 1230pm. (approx $95 p/p business class one way) If you are planning on taking the ferry, if possible, book the business class tickets, for a fraction more, you have seats, tables and a dedicated bistro area. The cheaper tickets are a free for all, with people sitting on stairs and outside the toilets etc..and as there is a no, No Smoking policy, it can get very smokey. Up out on deck, the views are stunning, again, and the coastline is jagged, unforgiving and spectacular, and the water is a mix of vivid deep blue and green. Hello Mykonos.
We arrived and were greeted by our driver, and then we were off to the Mykonos Kosmoplaz beach resort hotel. It is located on the best spot of Platys Gialos, one of the most picturesque beaches in Mykonos. Once again, I pre booked this resort based on location, it is right on the beach, the bus to Mykonos town is just outside, and it has a pool. There are a handful of resorts scattered around the surrounding beaches, and I’m sure you cant go wrong when choosing one…I really just prefer a beach view when on a beach holiday.
We wasted no time changing into bathers and hitting the sun beds on the beach and swimming in the cool blue Mediterranean ocean. It is amazing how quickly one can adapt.
The white washed architecture, the blue shutters, the ragged mountain terrain…Mykonos is like an island where time has stood still…until you realise this is THE party island of Greece. Ok…I’m down for that. Sneaky Sound System playing at Super Paradise Beach Club…Why Not? Just be prepared to party late in Mykonos…Most beach clubs start up at 12.30am..the DJ or band comes on at 2.30am..and they finish up around 6am. Lots of dancing on tables…Lots. (Upon check in to the hotel, our concierge suggested that we be out of our rooms by 2pm each day for housekeeping…)
I thought he was joking…He wasn’t. I understand that now.