Back in college I studied abroad in Madrid and during that 6 month period I had the opportunity to visit England, France, Germany, Italy, and Portugal. That was my first time in Europe, and as cliche as it sounds, I got bit by the traveling bug. I guess it runs in my family as well, considering my dads a pilot. Ever year I try and do an international trip so I can mark off more on the map. Greece was always my number one destination to visit and I am still in awe I was able to experience it the way I did. I went with two best friends of mine and we had the trip of a lifetime.
Greece is without a doubt my favorite country in Europe now. There is so much to love about Greece. It is beyond beautiful, the food is delicious, the people are friendly, and the activities are endless. You can really get whatever you want out of you trip, whether that involves laying out on the beach or staying up till sunrise and partying your face off. As for our trip, we definitely did both. Each island offers something, which is why I love it so much.
We only had time to see 3 different islands in Greece. Our route consisted of Athens, Santorini, Paros and Mykonos. As for my favorite?? O man it's really hard to say, they are all so unique and amazing in their own way. But like most tourists, I'd probably say Santorini for its beauty (there is really nothing in the world like it) and Mykonos because this place is magic and I'll explain more on that below.
We only had a day here, so we made the most out of it! We flew from Athens to Santorini and stayed at a cute boutique hotel called Agnandi Villas in Oia, Santorini. You want to stay in Oia because it is where the iconic white and blue domed buildings are on the hills over looking the Mediterranean sea. We rented quads as soon as we checked in and had them for a 24 hour time period. I totally recommend this because Santorini is very hilly and spread out so it makes transportation a lot easier. We didn't have time to explore the beaches in Santorini, but I've heard they're defiantly worth visiting. Downtown Oia is where all the iconic views are. Perfect spot for taking photos, grabbing a bite, and shopping. Very touristy and busy though, so going early in the morning is ideal. Also side note, Santorini is known for their sunsets, so make a reservation at a roof top restaurant or bar a head of time so you can get a good spot for the sunset.
After Santorini we took the ferry to Paros. We only had one day here too. We stayed in another cute boutique hotel called Kanale's rooms and suites which was walking distance from Naoussa village. Naoussa is a beautiful quant little fishing port. For being so small it is full of life. Here you can find the iconic hanging octopus on the fishing boats and have it served fresh to you for lunch or dinner. Naoussa has great a downtown area which really comes to life at night. We met some awesome locals in Paros and really loved this island too.
PURE PURE MAGIC!! Why?! because its simply PARADISE. Like most places in Greece, Mykonos' hills are covered with blue shuttered white buildings and the beaches are scattered with yachts on yachts. Mykonos just has this vibe about it that gets your mood going. You don't even care about sleeping because you don't want the day to end. Therefore, staying up till 7am every night becomes the norm. Just like most places in Europe you have a late dinner and stay out till sunrise. Mykonos also has an amazing downtown area called Little Venice, full of great shopping, restaurants, and bars.
Places I recommend in Little Venice:
FOOD: want a bomb gyro, like mouth watering the best gyro ever? go to Souvlaki Story
SHOPPING: want amazing customized jewelry? go to The Corner Jewelry Market . The guy who owns this store is a G and Hilarious!! Not to mention this place is open till 4am, who doesn't love drunk shopping?! I'm sure you'll make some good decisions while a few Ouzu shots deep.
Aside from downtown if you want a day party that goes into the night, without question, go to Nammos and Scorpios. Nammos is super bougie during the day then turns absolutely cray around dinner time. I have never experienced anything like this. Make a reservation and make sure it's on the beach bar side. Go and have a late lunch or early dinner and then by the end of your meal you'll see the servers quickly clear your table and get it ready for you to dance on it. This place gets LIT so be prepared to get your hair wet from champagne showers, I promise you a few songs deep you won't even care. Best partying in my entire life, and I can barely hang these days!
Scorpios is bougie as well but such an amazing vibe. It's location is breathtaking. It is located between Kavos and Paraga beach. It's a revamped beach house turned into outdoor restaurant/bar literally on the sand. The views from here are stunning and I am not just talking about the location, everyone who works at Scorpios is insanely beautiful. I don't even know how that hiring process goes haha.
If you want a night club that has good DJ sets, go to Cavo Paradiso!
As for where to stay, I don't think you can go wrong staying anywhere in Mykonos, however, we stayed in Platis Gialos Beach. I highly recommend this location because it is located in the center of the two most popular beaches Psarou and Paradise. You can walk to either and it is a short bus ride into town. We stayed at Mina Studios here, which is a family run hotel that has 6 studios. The couple who runs Mina, are absolutely adorable, I wanted them to adopt me! They serve a complimentary breakfast every am; that is if you even wake up for it... we made one lol. But anyhow, they are extremely kind and make you feel right at home!
So in conclusion, you need to get your ass to Greece. And don't be discouraged if you aren't a huge partier because there is a ton to do and see aside from the partying scene. But I promise you if you go to Mykonos...something tells me you'll hop off that ferry/plane and be in party mode! Something in the air there just brings it out of you.