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Mykonos Town – Ano Mera – Kalafati Beach If arriving by cruise ship there will be taxis to go to the town right at the port – It was something like  5 or 8 Euros and not a long ride – but not something I’d suggest walking either and I’ve done walking from ports to towns plenty of times.

View of a typical street in Mykonos Town.

View of a typical street in Mykonos Town.

Once there, it is easy to get lost and enjoy it very much.  Mykonos Town is everything you imagined.  It is white and blue with bougainvillea twisted around and flowering with ancient doorways and alleyways everywhere you look.  It is hard to walk around at first without taking pictures of everything.

Mykonos Town, Greece.

Mykonos Town, Greece.

And the people were some of the most genuine and friendly I’d encountered in Europe.  The shopkeepers were very friendly and contrasted greatly to the aggressive behaviours of those in Turkey.  Nevertheless, we meandered around the town and bought some jewelery and sat for a cup of tea at a small cafe across from the club Ramrod.  The town was still waking up.

The local market gets a delivery of fruits and vegetables in Mykonos Town.

The local market gets a delivery of fruits and vegetables in Mykonos Town.

It was nice to see deliveries of fresh produce to the small markets in the old town and how they are delivered.  Really some of these streets are wide enough only for a two wheeled bicycle!  The lovely area around the water is filled with restaurants. It is the type of place I could imagine coming back to for a completely relaxing week.

One of the famous old windmills on Mykonos, Greece

One of the famous old windmills on Mykonos, Greece

But we were just visiting for the day.  Working on what really goes on the bucket list for future longer visits.  We went to the area where the old windmills are located.  Quite interesting and photogenic and they gave you the impression that yesterday was a long time ago.  For time seemed to stand still here.  Beautiful views and beautiful buildings everywhere. We grabbed a taxi and asked if he could take us for an island tour and how much it would cost.  It was fifty Euros and not at all bad since we had a private driver and he would take us to some beaches and across the island and stop in a small village for a bit.

Aphrodite Beach, Mykonos Island, Greece

Aphrodite Beach, Mykonos Island, Greece

We plied along roads that were one lane and seriously not passable in most spots for two vehicles.  The sights from high up were incredible of the beaches and towns.  We meandered up and around and down and over and came to a village called Ano Mera.  It has a monastery and some little shops and cafes and is well worth a stop to see.  There were tour buses filled with cruise ship passengers also stopping here.

Along the road to Ano Mera village on Mykonos were many small Greek chapels.

Along the road to Ano Mera village on Mykonos were many small Greek chapels.

Mykonos isn’t very big so we covered it in a few hours.  We went down to Aphrodite Beach and to Kalafati Beach where we stopped and got out and walked the beach.  It was really quite lovely and the water a gorgeous blue and the sand that golden colour that you hear about.

The village of Ano Mera on Mykonos

The village of Ano Mera on Mykonos

Being from Florida’s west coast, we seldom see sand that isn’t white powder.  The golden sand and the blue sea really made an impression on me.

Kalafati Beach, Mykonos Island, Greece.

Kalafati Beach, Mykonos Island, Greece.

We traveled back around the island and headed back to the port.  We had not had a chance to get a great greek lunch but we were tired from a lot of walking and this saved us from having to get another taxi from the town back to the port.

In the hills of Mykonos Island.

In the hills of Mykonos Island.

Some days, you’re too tired to see the incredible which is they beauty of cruising.   Our nice cabin and comfortable ship was calling us.  The Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas felt very much like home.  Hopefully this will inspire you to visit Mykonos and how to do it very inexpensively whether you just get into the town and meander or take a taxi for an island tour.  Happiest of adventures to you.  

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