There’s something special about Greece – the ocean is just a different colour blue there. The food is fresher than you’ll try elsewhere, and there’s so much to see and do, there’s a good chance you’ll never want to leave. With travel has slowed down for the majority of us the past few years, many of us have itchy feet and are looking to book our next trips. Mykonos and Santorini could be the perfect destination for you to visit, and here’s why:
1. Amazing Beaches
Greece is world known for having incredible beaches, and while many will say that Mykonos beaches are better than Santorini, the truth is both islands have some of the world’s best. Platis Gialos Beach on Mykonos is probably the most popular, only 5km from the city center and it has everything you’d want for a beautiful day at the beach; golden yellow sand and bright blue water. Many of Santorini’s beaches are pebble or stony, which makes Kamari beach special because it has golden brown sand. Find yourself some luxury villas in Mykonos and start booking your flights, because I know you’ll have a wonderful trip here.
2. World Class Vineyards
While both islands are home to some delicious vineyards, you’ll find a lot more variety on Santorini. Due to the size of Santorini, you have two options: you can go on a day tour of a few wineries – the tours will pick you up from your hotel and take you to a variety of vineyards, or you can rent a villa in Santorini and a car and make your own way around. Either option will be a lot of fun, and just depends how confident you feel renting a car and making your own way around the island. While Mykonos has some vineyards you can visit, the striking landscapes of Santorini make it a better choice in my opinion.
There are quite a few great walks you can do on Santorini, but perhaps the best thing you can do on all of the island is the Fira to Oia walk. It takes around two to five hours depending on your walking speed and how many stops you make along the way. The majority of the walk is well paved, but there are areas that are a bit looser and others that are cobblestone-like. Be sure to bring a lot of water with you as there’s not much in the way of stores along the route. I personally chose to walk one way and took a tourist back for the return trip. Mykonos is also home to some lovely walking trails, such as the five mile Mykonos Coastal Trail, but the walk from Fira to Oia is one of those ‘bucket list adventures.’
Both islands have so much to offer, I think it’s worth visiting both if you can. Just be warned, it may be a lot harder leaving than you’d expect!