Mykonos, Greece

The beginning of April is most definitely the low season for tourism, especially in Greece.  The low season has some downfalls, such as fewer ferry routes (resulting in our Santorini trip falling through), and fewer shops and restaurants being open, but also some serious perks.  We stayed in Mykonos for four nights and it was quaint and quiet.  I was in awe of the white buildings and overall beauty of the island.  We made sure to capitalize on the fact that we practically had the entire island to ourselves, and we spent a lot of time getting to know the culture through the locals.  

We split time between two hotels in Mykonos. The first, Ledra Apartments, was only a five minute walk to the center of town, and was a perfect place to start our trip. 

Our second two nights were spent at The A Hotel, located a little farther away from town.  I was so incredibly impressed by the pool, hot tub, and breakfast area.  The staff shuttled us into town whenever we needed, and the breakfast spread was incredible.  On our last night, we hung out in the hot tub, hot chocolate in hand. 

I especially loved the A Hotel's colorful chandeliers.

Our favorite hang out spot was the cozy Suisse Cafe, where the owner, George, made excellent crepes and told us all about the history of the island.  

On the warmest day, we took a cab to Paradise Beach.  

Little Venice, the row of shops and restaurants that hangs over the ocean, was my favorite part of the island.

One of my favorite meals was Moussaka at Katerina's, located right on Little Venice.  Our table was on a balcony over the ocean with a perfect view of the island's famous windmills.

The Windmills, the most iconic aspect of the island

Since I am part Greek, I loved being able to recognize all of the food and desserts.  I was surprised to learn that dolmades, or grape leaves, were very different than the ones my yiayia makes. They were served cold, stuffed with only rice, and with a side of plain yogurt.  

The area along the water was lined with restaurants and looked beautiful at sunset.