When you arrive at the airport on Mykonos island you first think: great to be here, and your next thought is: will that ever work out?
The airport is much too small for the quantity of people, and it’s badly organized. However, the rental car you booked is waiting for you, some cats are chased away from the chairs outside and as soon as you have completed the form with all of your data (which is on file anyway but that would be too easy) you‘re on your way to town. Mykonos has changed a lot, to the better: it’s still not a mass tourism destination and the many visitors split between the huge choice of beaches, accommodation offers and the village. You won’t expect that kind of logistics, but all the fancy beaches have valet parking, a well organized service for the sun beds and a great infrastructure when it comes to food, boutiques, showers and the like. Stay there for a week and you have not seen more than a percentage of what exists. Plus, every beach has its particular crowd of people which can be quite entertaining: Nammos is the pendant to Club 55 people – wise but has a far better offer for food and music. Watch magnum bottles of rosé (rosé seems to be the new Ouzo) placed in large aquariums filled with crushed ice next to your sun bed at the beach, enjoy dancing in the afternoon next to groups of people having their lavish lunch served perfectly by the staff while hundreds of party people move around them. Jackie O. poolside is still the gay meeting spot, while a mixed crowd enjoys the beach downstairs and the perfectly done food that you order from the creative menu, and it’s served even at the beach! Now move to the calm and no thrills Spilia beach with the emerald water and have your lunch at the most romantic and best seafood restaurant on the island. Last not least, sunset is best enjoyed at Scorpios, located on a rock and boasting with the rich and beautiful.
Back to Mykonos town you get lost in the small streets with their white and blue painted houses (except one which is painted red, try to find it). What I liked is the easy going vibe, unpretentious people and the quality of the shops and restaurants, of course the wonderful sights and the element that makes the whole magic: the Greek people!