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Published: June 22nd 2018
We were lucky enough to be invited to a family wedding in Mykonos in June with my daughter and two nieces getting the esteemed role of bridesmaid.
7 of us flew out with EasyJet at 7.30 on a Friday from Luton, which felt painful being up at two but in reality meant we were arrived and unpacked by 2 pm, ready to enjoy the rest of the day.
My husband, 21 year old daughter and I stayed in a one bedroom apartment at Secret Spot Mykonos, about a minutes walk from where my brother and sister in law were staying at Mykonos Secret Spot! Owned by a sister and brother the traditional Greek dwellings were joined up by a communal garden and small pool (the kids said it felt like the Love Island garden!) It was ta great location for the airport and the town very reasonably priced for Mykonos and the owners could not do more o make us welcome, even running us about in their Fiat Punto when no taxis were available!
Late afternoon Lea drove us through
the windy roads to Tropicana Club, for the mini hen and stag dos. At first I was a bit concerned to see sexy podium dancers and raving DJs in a row of bars/clubs all along the beach as my youngest niece is 12. However it was a brilliant atmosphere where age really didn’t matter and we even did a bit of podium dancing ourselves with an age range of 15-55 enjoying every minute!
The evening ended with a family dinner for 7 at The Grill House was a few minutes from our hotel and very stylish.
We soon fell into a wonderful morning routine of walking 10 minutes to one of two amazing bakeries (Venetti
and Bake it), which were surprisingly modern on the dusty road and had the best range of cakes, pastries, baked goods, sandwiches and beautiful ice-creams – better than any I can think of in the UK.
The weather was windy most days but we were blessed with wall to wall sunshine, so definitely a good time to go.
On the 2nd
night we walked about 20 minutes down steep hilly treks and roads to be rewarded with the most wonderful view of Mykonos town and harbour, packed with both tourists and locals alike but apparently unspoilt in it’s appearance.
Everywhere is the traditional white and blue and although you spot a few shops like Swarovski intermingled within the traditional Greek ones, you definitely like you are in unspoilt Greece.
There are many bars and restaurants to chose from and we especially enjoyed a wander round Little Venice, where the town meets the sea. Buildings are built right on the sea’s edge and balconies overhang the water and it is a definitely a popular area to watch the stunning sunset.
As walked back we stopped to admire the Mykonos Windmills. Apparently these were built by the Venetians in the 16th
Century and are the first thing seen when coming into the harbor
of Alefkandra, as they stand on a hill overlooking the area.
We ate closer to home at theAreoles hotel, which had a
very varied menu (Greek and English) and very attentive service.
Sunday was the day of the wedding and we packed my daughter and nieces off with a case full of bridesmaid’s dresses into the hotel car to the beautiful Elia Beach Hotel and Restaurant and later joined them to watch the wonderful wedding outside overlooking the sea!
The registrar was a lovely lady who had lived on the island over 50 years and made the ceremony personal to Mykonos as well as the couple, which was a really nice touch. The happy couple went off to a local chapel to have the traditional photos outside and returned for drinks, dinner, speeches and dancing well into the night.
On the last night we ventured again down the hilly cobbled streets with mopeds whizzing by, occasionally beeping their horn at our trio of blond girls and walked along the harbour in awe at the beautiful sunset
We spotted Blue Bar (bar/restaurant and cyber café) which overlooked the sea and were given a warm welcome.
Food was reasonably priced, delicious and a presented us with an amazing view of the sunset as we said cheers to a fabulous family holiday. We taxied back which was a reasonable 5Euro and definitely saved the walk on the dusty roads in the dark, but did stop at Goody’s, a fast service restaurant for a surprisingly delicious ice-cream (also serves burgers etc)
It’s worth noting that Mykonos airport is very small with only one café and one Duty Free shop and some airlines expect you to pre-order if you want to eat on the plane, so definitely worth planning your refreshments for the way home!
Mykonos definitely gave us the balance of enough entertainments for our 12, 15 and 21 year old girls whilst enjoying the traditional sights of this beautiful Island (which they loved too, as their Instagram will testify) and if you are planning a Greek wedding this should definitely be high on your list!
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