The Greek Islands: Mykonos & Folegandros
07.04.2014 - 07.11.2014 80 °F
From Athens, Alex and I took a 3 hour ferry to Mykonos (pronounce Mi-konos). I was expecting it to be pretty calm since there are dozens of ferries a day, but it was actually really bad! We could hear people throwing up into the bags. We felt pretty sick as well and I was sitting there clutching my stomach the whole time. When we got to Mykonos it was really windy (like 30 mph winds!) and so we just assumed the seas were rough that day.
Our hotel was really nice. They picked us up from the port and the mom gave us fresh tomatoes from her garden and cheese that she makes fresh every day!
Mykonos Day 1: Walking around Little Venice & Ornos Beach
On our first full day we went to walk around town because the winds were still too strong to lay on the beach.
The windmills are a popular attraction on the island. They used to help supply the islands needs and we could see how after walking through that wind!
Continuing down the same road leads us to Little Venice. This area is called that because of the restaurants and bars on the edge of the sea. It was just as picturesque as I imagined.
My guidebook says that the maze of white-walled streets was designed to confuse pirates. It definitely confused us sometimes too haha. We had a nice morning walking through the streets and seeing all the fancy shops.
Next we went to a beach that "is not greatly affected by the wind" (quote from my Mykonos app), Ornos Beach. That is only half true…the first place we laid down felt like a sandstorm around us! There are tons of cute bars/restaurants around to just sit, relax and enjoy the view. That part was the best!
That night we took a bus out to Paradise Club on the beach. The doors don't even open until midnight! It was pretty cool inside though, they have a pool the shape of the island.
Mykonos Day 2: Paradise Beach
On our 2nd day we had some time before our ferry to Santorini so we went back to Paradise beach. We heard that people go to party during the day there too. We had some drinks and took in the view of paradise. :-)
The next island we went to was Santorini, but that island deserves a post of its own so I'll skip it for now. After Santorini we took a 45 min ferry to Folegandros. Our hotel was exactly what you imagine the Greek Islands to look like:
Folegandros Day 1: Livadaki, Ligaria, & St. Georgios Beach
Folegandros is a little island that is not known by a lot of tourists (thankfully). The island has 20 different beaches, but only the 1 at the port is actually easily accessible. So we rented a scooter and drove out to the beginning of the hike to a beach highly recommended for its exclusivity. Little did I know that when they said it was an hour hike, they meant it was an hour hike with a difficulty of 12 out of 10!
We saw a chapel on the way down:
It was so difficult and I felt really bad because Alex is a better hiker than me, but just as I thought it wasn't going to be worth it, we got there and it was amazing! There were only 4 other couples there. And usually I prefer sandy beaches instead of rocky, but when we looked closer we saw that the rocks were all different colors. It was really beautiful. I took some back with me
After relaxing and having lunch at the beach, we had to make the 1 hour trek back. We were told that a boat comes every hour to the beach from a neighboring beach that is closer to the road, but the boat never came! We think it was because the boat didn't drop anybody off so they didn't have to pick anyone up. I definitely recommend this beach…but next time I want to take the boat. Alex, I'll meet you there
We then took our scooter down to two other beaches at the North side of the island. These were a bit sandier.
St. Georgios Beach:
Folegandros Day 2: Vardia & Katergo Beach
When you look down from the Chora, the main town of the island, you see how high you are from the water. It is just a straight vertical cliff!
We returned the scooter and went to Vardia, which is the beach right next to the port, this is by the southeast part of the island.
From Vardia we took a boat to Katergo Beach. We passed Georgitsi Cave and the boat went into the cave a bit. At first I thought they were taking us through like a tunnel, but then we started to back up.
Unfortunately, we only had 48 hours in Folegandros and we had to return back to Athens. I really enjoyed the island, because it was off the beaten path. The beaches that were the hardest to get to were the most amazing. I would definitely go back and spend more time at Folegandros and forget about the touristy Mykonos.
The ferry we took from Folegandros back to Athens was the same ferry that we took in the beginning of this post to Mykonos. It's called Seajets II. And Alex and I think it has more to do with the type of ferry rather than the sea. Our 4 hour ferry was horrible.
It gets gross here so you can end here if you want, but for your own travels to Greece, you may want to know: This time so many more people were throwing up. I felt so bad for the man next to me. He had filled two vomit bags and they were starting to leak! There was a little girl 3 seats from us and she was crying and throwing up. It was just horrible. I don't usually get seasick, but I was in a lot of pain until I was able to fall asleep. The ferry we took from Mykonos to Santorini was much better. It's called a Highspeed 5. Take that one if you go to the islands. Either we were just really unlucky with the seas on the days we took Seajets II or it was the ferry itself. There are also flights to Mykonos and Santorini that cost the same amount and are faster if you don't want to take the risk.
The ferry experience was really bad, but I will just look into another way to get back to the Greek Islands because they were amazing.