Santorini is for sure a majestic location, that almost everyone today wants to visit at least once. Here are some questions we often get about Santorini:
Q: Does Santorini Have Uber?
A: No, Santorini does not have Uber taxis. You will need to call one through the phone or from the road.
Q: Does Santorini Have an Airport?
A: Yes, Santorini has a small airport which hosts local and international flights.
Q: Does Santorini Have Beaches?
A: Yes, Santorini has at least 10 different beaches to visit.
Q: Does Santorini Have Zika?
A: No, there is no outbreak of the Zika virus in Greece or in Santorini.
Q: Does Santorini Have All Inclusive Hotels?
A: No, Santorini does not have all inclusive hotels.
Q: Does Santorini Have Sharks?
A: No, there is no problem with sharks in Santorini. You can swim without worries.
Q: Does Santorini Have Earthquakes?
A: Not often, but yes, an earthquake might take place in Greece and in Santorini. It is a seismogenic area.
Q: Does Santorini Have Good Beaches?
A: The beaches in Santorini are fairly good. Not the best ones in the Greek Islands. But the water is clean and you will enjoy them. They are strange too. Some with black sand, some with red sand…
Q: Does Santorini Have Refugees?
A: No, Santorini does not have refugees. The issue with refugees is in other Greek Islands, such as Mitilini.
Q: Does Santorini Have Nightlife?
A: Yes, and a vivid one. Not on the same wild level as in Mykonos island, but you will not get bored during the evening, no worries!
Q: Does Santorini Have Mosquitoes?
A: Yes, but there is no big problem with them. An occasional mosquito bite from time to time, especially during the afternoon times.
Q: Does Santorini Have Black Sand?
A: Yes, the Perissa beach and the Perivolos beach in Santorini are both beaches with black, volcanic sand. Pretty impressive (and hot to walk on!) too.
Q: Does Santorini Have White Sand Beaches?
A: No, you will not find perfect-white sand beaches in Santorini. It’s a volcanic island and the sand tends to be darker.
Q: How Santorini was formed?
A: Santorini was formed through a volcanic eruption.
Q: Santorini – How to Get There?
A: By airplane, or by boat. Or by divine intervention.
Q: Santorini – How Many Days to Stay?
A: You should plan to stay in Santorini for at least three full days.
Q: Santorini – How Big is it?
A: You can drive from one side of the island to the other in about 45 minutes to one hour. It’s a small island.
Q: Santorini – How Far is it From Athens?
A: Santorini is 50 minutes’ flight time away from Athens. Or, about 5 hours with the fast boat.
Q: Is Santorini safe?
A: Yes, it is. Pickpocketing should be your only concern. Other than that, no serious crimes are committed (except for the crazy prices sometimes…)
Q: Is Santorini in Greece?
A: Yes, it is in Greece!
Q: Is Santorini Atlantis?
A: Now, that’s a strange question we got. We cannot be sure – we are too young to remember. But you may try to find out for yourself and solve the mystery!
Q: Is Santorini an island?
A: Yes, Santorini is an island, in the Mediterranean Sea, in Greece.
Q: Is Santorini worth it?
A: Yes, it totally does. Amazing villages, views, volcanoes, nice people, white houses, perfect photo opportunities, romance, swimming, having fun, nice food. What more do you want from your life?
Q: Is Santorini Expensive?
A: Yes, it is one of the most expensive islands in Greece. Especially if you visit it during July and August.
Q: Is Santorini Volcano active?
A: Theoretically yes, but there doesn’t seem to be any reason to fear for the time being.
Q: Santorini: Should I rent a car?
A: Yes, that would be a good idea. However, the roads are small and very busy. And the parking is very difficult in the main village. But driving your own car will be much better than waiting for the buses in the hot sun.
A: You can read our detailed blog post on where to stay in Santorini here.
Q: Should I visit Santorini or Mykonos?
A: They both deserve a visit. Santorini is more romantic and might be better for couples, while Mykonos has a more vivid nightlife.
Q: What was Santorini originally called?
A: Santorini was called Thira.
Q: When was Santorini’s Volcano eruption?
Q: What Santorini means?
A: Santorini comes from the words Santa and Eirini (peace).
Q: What Santorini is known for:
A: Santorini is known for its great views, the amazing villages of Oia and Fira, the sunset in Oia village, the black sand beach of Perissa, its volcano and for being expensive.
Q: Santorini – When to Go:
A: Most tourists on the island are there in July and August. The touristic period starts on March and ends on November. March, April, May are low traffic months. June becomes busier. July even more. August is the busiest month and it slows down in September. October and November are even lower in traffic.
Q: Santorini – When it rains?
A: There are not many showers of rain on the island. Usually, it rains from December to March. But not often.
Q: Santorini – Where to stay?
A: Click the link and get our extended answer on where to stay in Santorini.
Q: Is Santorini good for snorkeling?
A: Not so good. Don’t expect to see amazing fish or anything else really strange.
Q: Is Santorini in the Aegean Sea?
A: Yes, Santorini is in the Aegean Sea.
Q: Is Santorini a country?
A: No, Santorini is not a country. It is an island that belongs to Greece. And yes, Greece is a country.
Q: Where can if I find a Santorini Travel Guide?
A: Glad you asked. You can get a 3 Days in Santorini Travel Guide here.
Firiplaka Beach in Milos, Greece
Firiplaka Beach in Milos island, Greece, is one of the best beaches of the island, together with Tsigrado beach, Papagrafas beach, Provatas beach and Sarakiniko. Here is everything you need to know about Firiplaka.
What does Firiplaka mean? In Greek, it means “the red stone”. Obviously, it got its name by the big red rocks behind the beach.
How to get to Firiplaka:
Firiplaka is a twenty minutes drive from Adamantas, the harbor village of Milos. The road has asphalt, except for the last km which is sandy. Don’t worry, you don’t need an SUV to reach the beach. Just a small rented car will be ok, but you have to be careful, especially at the last part of the road. There is a small, free parking on top of the beach, which can host 10 cars. Otherwise, you will have to park on the sandy road on the hill and walk down.
Now, walking to the beach is a little bit tricky. You will have to pass through the sea, as there is no direct entrance to the beach. Basically, the road stops just in front of the sea, and there are a couple of rocks you pass through.
Tips on Firiplaka Beach
- The beach has bamboo sunbeds and umbrellas. The set of two sunbeds and an umbrella costs 10 euros. There are also “private” sunbeds, which is a big bed with some shadow coverage, that could accommodate a family or a couple, which cost 25 euros per day. The cheapest option is to just rent a sunbed without shadow, which costs 6 euros per day.
- There is a small beach bar on the beach. The coffee here costs 2.5 euros and it also serves beer, water, and drinks. There is only a small chemical bathroom on the parking on top of the beach, so this is an issue if you have a small child and you want to change its diapers.
- The sea is not deep. You can walk inside the water for thirty meters and the water is below your knee. The sea is sandy and the sand on the beach has a beautiful white color.
- Finally, you should bear in mind that there is no tavern on the beach to eat. In August, if you arrive at the beach after ten o’clock you may not find an empty sunbed and the parking will be difficult.
Should I go to Firiplaka or Tsigrado beach?
Well, if you have the time, try to go to both beaches. They are just 1km away from each other. Tsigrado beach is far more difficult to reach, as you need to walk down a sandy hill and then use a rope (!) to climb down a few meters. So, Tsigrado beach, is not that great for families. However, the sand is pure white in Tsigrado and the water is amazing, plus you get the extra bonus of diving from the high stones on the left side of the beach. Tsigrado is also much smaller than Firiplaka beach.
How to get to Delphi from Athens
Delphi is one of the most visited ancient monuments of Greece and chances are that if you are visiting Athens, you want to pay a day visit to Delphi. Here is how to get to Delphi from Athens.
How to Get to Delphi from the Athens Airport (180 km)
A. By Car: Once you arrive at the Athens airport, you get your car and you get on to “Attiki Odos road”. It is the only road in front of Athens airport so no worries. You cannot miss it. Once you are in Attiki Odos, you follow the signs towards “Elefsina” and you get out of the road on the Exit Number 9, towards Lamia. This is the National Road of Greece, with the name E 75.
You keep on driving on the E75, towards Lamia, and when you reach the “Kastro” area, you make it right, following the signs of the road, towards “Livadia“. You pass through the villages of Orhomenos, Livadeia, and Arahova and then you meet the Delphi Oracle. The drive time from Athens to Delphi with a car is 2 hours and 20 minutes. And you should expect to pay around 10 euros in tolls.
B. By Bus: You get the bus with the number X 93, which goes from the Central Bus Park Station of Kifisos to the Athens Airport, and it is an Express route. You get down from the bus at the Station of Bus Terminal Liosion (which is at the address 260, Liosion street). Then you get a bus from Liosion Bus Terminal, towards Delphi. The bus will take you to Delphi from Athens, in around 3 hours.
The Bus Center of the Buses in Liosion is reachable at the telephone 210 8317096. The telephone of the Bus Terminal in Delphi is 22650 82317.
If you want to book online your bus ticket from Athens to Delphi, you need to visit http://www.ktel-fokidas.gr/en/yphresies/online-tickets. The ticket price of the bus from Athens to Delphi is 16.40 euros per person. The buses depart at 07:30, 10:30, 15:00 and 17:30. Bear in mind, that Delphi is in the prefecture of Fokida, that’s why you will see the word “Fokida” next to “Delphi’. Make sure you always select “Delphi” as the final destination in the search engines.
How to Get to Delphi from Kalambaka (Meteora) (240 km), or Lamia (80 km):
Starting from Kalampaka, you get on the National Road E 65 and go through Trikala, Karditsa and Sofades villages, with a direction towards Lamia. After Lamia town, you exit on your right towards Amfissa and then you will see Delphi.
How to Get to Delphi from Thessaloniki (370km):
Starting from Thessaloniki, you get on the National Road E75, towards Athens. After Lamia, you exit on the right towards Amfissa town and then Delphi.
How to get to Delphi from Olympia (209 km) and Patra (120km):
Starting from Olympia, you get on the National Road E55, you pass the Pyrgos town and you head towards Patra. After Patras town, you head towards Rio. You cross the big bridge of Rio – Antirrio (11 euros toll), and you turn right towards Nafpaktos. After you cross Nafpaktos, you continue through Galaxidi and Itea villages and then you reach Delphi.
How to Get from Santorini to Mykonos
Santorini and Mykonos are two of the most visited islands in Greece. Here, you will read how to travel from Santorini to Mykonos. In short, the best way to get from Santorini to Mykonos is with the high-speed ferry, which takes 2 hours and 20 minutes and costs 66 euros per person. Here are more details:
Santorini to Mykonos with the High-Speed (Fast) Ferry
The fastest ferry from Santorini to Mykonos takes 2 hours and 20 minutes from the port of Santorini to the port of Mykonos. The cost of the high-speed ferry is around 66 euros per person. There are two companies with fast ferries from Santorini to Mykonos. The first one is called “Sea Jets” and it operates the fast ferries with the names “Champion Jet 1″, “Champion Jet 2“, and “Seajet 2“. The second company is called “Hellenic Seaways” and it operates the fast ferry with the name “Highspeed 7”. Both of them have daily routes during the summer, leaving from Santorini at around 13:00 in the noon and reaching Mykonos at around 15:20.
You have to be careful if you want to transfer a car or a motorcycle on the ferry. Not all fast ferries allow cars. To get the Santorini to Mykonos ferry schedule and the latest prices, and even book your ferry tickets, you can visit http://www.viva.gr.
Santorini to Mykonos with the Standard (Slow) Ferry
A cheaper alternative to travel between Mykonos and Santorini is to get the standard, slower ferry, which takes 4 hours to get from Santorini to Mykonos. The Santorini to Mykonos Ferry cost in this case is 48 euros per person and it leaves at 14:30 from Santorini, arriving at Mykonos at 18:30. It doesn’t have routes every day though. You can get your car or motorcycle on it as well.
Santorini to Mykonos with Airplane:
There is no direct flight from Santorini to Mykonos. If you want to travel by plane, you have to get to Athens first and then get another flight to Santorini. The fastest route is with Skyexpress airline, with a total flight duration of 1 hour and 50 minutes and an average cost of 140 Euros per person. This is a not a good solution, and it might be your last resort if you cannot find even one ferry ticket to get from Santorini to Mykonos.
So, that’s all. These are all your options on how to get from Santorini to Mykonos. Some other interesting posts are:
How to Get To Cape Sounion from Athens
Sounio (or Sounion) is a mythical place since the ancient times of Athens. Sounion is one of the main touristic attractions for all visitors to Athens, due to the Temple of Poseidon, which is one of the two best temples in Athens together with Acropolis. It also offers an amazing sunset with the Aegean Sea as a background. Here are all the ways to get to Sounion from Athens.
Option 1: Athens to Cape Sounion with a Private Tour (Cost around 45 to 60 euros for 4 hours)
If you don’t want to rent a car or use the bus which is slow and not that comfortable, you can get a private tour to Sounion. The tours typically start at 60 euros per person and you can book one here. The tour lasts 4 hours, and it takes place during the sunset, according to the time of year. The tour to Cape Sounion usually starts at 18:30 in the afternoon during the summertime.
Another option is to get this private Cape Sounion Sunset tour which costs 45 euros and has very good reviews. Please notice that the companies are advertising the tours as “half-day” but they are actually 4 hours. Still, it is a nice option if you can afford the budget. For two persons, you will have to pay 90 euros for the private tours, or 30 euros with the bus, plus usually 10 euros to get to Pedion tou Areos in Athens, where the buses to Sounion are leaving from. So, it’s a premium of 50 euros for two persons.
Option 2: How to Get to Sounion from Athens by Bus
All the buses that reach Cape Sunion from Athens, start from an area in the center of Athens, which is called “Pedion tou Areos”. The bus moves through the center of Athens, then to the southern suburbs (Leoforos Poseidonos street) and then it travels along the coastline of Athens until it reaches Sounion. It crosses the areas of Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza, Lagonisi, Saronida, Anavyssos, and Legraina.
The cost of the bus ticket is 6.9 euros per person according to the source here, and it takes more than an hour and a half. It makes many stops, so you need to be patient and to allocate enough time during your day. You should better start your day early, as you will need approximately 3 hours of bus drive-time, plus the waiting time to catch the bus, plus your transportation time to Pedion tou Areos.
Athens to Sounion Bus Schedule (KTEL to Sounio)
The organization that runs the buses in Athens is called “KTEL”. If you are looking for the Athens to Sounion Bus schedule on the internet you may find it as “KTEL to Sounio”). The departure times from Athens (Pedion tou Areos bus park terminal) to Sounion are the following:
- 21:15 (be careful, as this bus stops at Anavysso and not at Sounio – Anavyssos is some km before Sounion).
The return times from Sounion to Athens, with the bus, are the following:
You can get the timetable at http://ktelattikis.gr/markopoulo_lavrio_sounio. Unfortunately, it is written only in Greek.
The Pedion Areos park bus terminal is in the center of Athens, close to the main street “Alexandras”
The area “Pedion tou Areos” is a huge area, so make sure to let the taxi driver know that you want to reach the bus terminal at Pedion tou Areos. Here is the map showing where the bus park terminal at Pedion tou Areos is:
There is no train or ferry or another public transportation way to reach Sounio from Athens.
Option 3: Drive from Athens to Sounion and back.
If you decide to rent a car and drive from Athens to Sounion, you will find out that there are two main driveways to get to Sounion from Athens. The Athens to Cape Sounion Distance is 67 km.
The first driveway from Athens to Sounion is to go along the sea, which will take you around 1 hour and 20 minutes. The road here has no tolls and the view of the coastline is amazing. This is the best way if you are staying in the center of Athens. The bad thing about this road is that it has a lot of traffic and it is not as safe as the second option (going through Attiki Odos). You can pay the tolls with coins in Euros only.
The second driveway goes through the mainland, using the fast “Attiki Odos” highway, which has a 2.8 euros toll fee each way (a total of 5.6 euros for a round-trip). It then goes through Lavrio City and then it reaches Sounion. The only beautiful part of this road is when it starts to get close to Sounion. The good thing about this road is that it is safest, as it goes for 20 km through the Attiki Odos highway which is very safe and then the rest of the road does not have a lot of traffic. You can see the second driveway in the map above, highlighted with the blue color.
Sounion Temple of Poseidon Hours:
The Sounion temple is open to the public from 09:00 in the morning until the sunset (typically it closes around 20:00 during the summer time). In the winter months, the temple is open from 09:30 in the morning until the sunset. The temple is closed on the 1st of January, on the 25th of March, on the Easter Sunday and Easter Saturday, on the 1st of May, on the 25th and 26th of December.
Temple of Poseidon Entrance Fee:
The entrance fee to the temple of Poseidon is 8 euros if you visit it from 31st of March until the 1st of November. All the rest months (winter-time) you will be paying 4 euros as an entrance fee.
So, that’s all. We now hope that you have a good idea of all the ways of how to get to Sounion from Athens.
Agia Fotia beach is one of the most famous beaches of Lassithi area in Crete. And for a good reason. It is a sandy beach, within impressive rocks that reach the sea, and you can view the beautiful Cretan mountains in the background while swimming.
Here is what you should know about Agia Fotis beach:
Where is Agia Fotia beach?
It is in the South East party if Crete island in Greece. It is 8 km away from Platigialos village and 15 km away from Ierapetra town.
When is the best time to visit Agia Fotia?
June to September are the best months for swimming in Crete. Regarding the time, if it is August, you should be there before ten o clock I the morning to make sure you will easily find a parking spot down on the beach and some success with shadow.
Is Agia Fotia beach kid friendly?
Not so much. The reason is that the water is deep and if there is wind there are strong waves which makes it dangerous for kids.
Is there a lifeguard on the beach?
No, there is no lifeguard at Agia Fotia beach unfortunately.
Are there any facilities?
There is a tavern and a beach bar right on the beach. You can eat, drink beers, or coffee. There are even tables on the sand of the beach under the shadow of trees and umbrellas. The tavern has toilets which you can use. There is also a shower with fresh water on the beach.
What about parking?
Parking is not easy at Agia Fotia beach. There is a small parking area with only 10 places to park and sone of them are reserved from the tavern. If you go early, before ten o clock in the morning it will be easy to find a place to park. The parking is free. If you don't find a parking place on the beach you will have to park your car on the hill road which is steep.
Is it easy to reach Agia Fotia beach?
Once you are in the main road on the hill, you will see a sign to Agia Fotia beach, guiding you through a small 2 km road down the hill. This is not a good road and as it has many cars parked on it you may come face to face with a car going up the hill while you are going down.
Are there water sports on the beach?
No, there are no water sports available at Agia Fotia beach.
How much do sunbeds and umbrellas cost?
A set of two sunbeds and an umbrella cost 6 euros.
Vai Beach, Crete – Here is What You Need to Know About one of the Best Beaches in Crete and Greece
The Vai Palm Beach in Lassithi, Crete is one of the most famous beaches in Greece and one of the best sandy beaches in Crete. Many people believe it is the nicest beach in Crete. That’s for a good reason. Vai is the biggest palm forest in Europe and it has a long golden sandy beach and clear blue waters. What more could you ask for?
But wait. There are some things you should know about Vai beach and we have created this guide to help you enjoy it at its most.
Read below to find out all tips you need to know about Vai beach.
What is Vai beach?
It is a 3 km long sandy beach, with a palm Forrest next to it. You will see more than 200 palm trees on the beach and there are in total around 5000 trees in the Forrest.
Where is Vai Beach?
Vai Beach is in the east part of Crete island in Greece. It belongs to Lassithi prefecture. The closest town is Siteia, which is a 30 minutes drive.
What is the distance of Irakleio to Vai?
It is 152 km. You will need to drive 2 hours and 45 minutes to get from Iraklio to Vai Beach.
What is the distance of Chania to Vai Palm Beach, Crete?
Chania to Vai Beach is 300 km and 4 hours and 45 minutes drive time.
What is the distance of Rethymno to Vai Palm Beach?
It is 229 km. You will need to drive 3 hours and 45 minutes to get from Rethymno to Vai Beach.
Vai Beach, Crete, Map:
Here is a Vai Beach, Crete map that shows where is Vai Beach compared to Sitia, Heraklion, Rethymno, and Chania.
How do I get to Vai Beach?
You can drive there. It is 30 minutes from Siteia. The road is asphalt, with a lot of turns but it is safe.
How was Vai beach created?
The two legends say that the Arabs came to the Vai beach and the are the fruits and threw the seeds down. Or it was the Phoenix sailors who did the same.
The science says that these palm trees are endemic to Crete and they have been on the island for thousands of years.
How much does a day in Vai beach cost?
Two sunbeds with an umbrella cost 4.5 euros. Fortunately, they are not that close to the each other, so they still leave you an adequate space to feel comfortable with all this crowd packed on the beach.
Parking costs 2.5 euros. The parking lot can host around 250 cars. When it gets full, you need to park on the street that leads to Vai Beach, and this creates a long queue of up to 2km parked cars along the road.
A cold coffee costs 3.5 euros.
A pork steak costs 8.5 euros.
A menu with tomatoes stuffed with rice, feta cheese, a small beer and Greek yogurt with fruits costs 12 euros.
A bottle of water, 1 lt, costs 1 euro.
There is no waiter on the beach, so if you need to order anything you need to get to the cafeteria which is on the right side of the beach, to get your drinks and coffees.
When is the best time to go to Vai beach?
In July and August, the Vai Beach gets very crowded. Actually, the most crowded period is from 1st to 15th of August. During that time, you need to be there before 10 o’clock in the morning to easily find a parking spot and sunbeds with an umbrella. Otherwise, you will need to park on the road and walk six to seven minutes under the hot sun.
The Vai beach is best experienced from May to October. The peak month is August. July and September are the two next busiest months.
Where can I eat in Vai beach?
There is a tavern inside the beach. It can host more than 200 people so no need to do a reservation. The food is just ok if you don’t want to move away from the beach.
If you are a foodie, and you don’t mind driving to get some better food, then you have two options.
If you prefer meat, you drive 4-5 minutes and go to Metohi tavern. It has local meat. Crete has local lamb, rabbits, and pork. Not so much veal or chickens, which are usually brought from other parts of Greece.
If you prefer fish your best option is to drive fifteen minutes and go to Hiona village. There you will find the Taverna. Go to Hiona Taverna which offers an amazing view of the bay of Crete. The food is very tasty but the portions are small.
Can I camp in Vai beach?
No, camping is not allowed in Vai beach
Are there water sports in Vai beach?
Yes, there are water sports offered on the beach.
Can I do scuba diving in Vai beach?
No, there is no scuba diving center in Vai beach.
Can I do Spearfishing in Vai beach?
No you cannot. Due to the Greek crisis, some people from Crete did illegal Spearfishing for octopus here, which they sold to taverns. And the police stopped it.
Is there a lifeguard in Vai beach?
Yes, there is a lifeguard on the beach.
Is Vai beach kid-friendly?
Yes, it is. The water is not very deep for the first meters inside and there are many families I the beach. You can find shadow under the palm trees for your kids if you don’t like the umbrellas.
Where can I stay in Vai beach?
There is no accommodation offered at Vai beach. You will have to stay at another place. The closest area to stay is the Kouremenos bay which is around ten minutes drive time from Vai.
Is there a place to shower in Vai beach?
Yes, there are two free showers with fresh water in the middle of the beach
Are there toilettes in Vai beach?
There is a tavern on the right side of the beach and you can use its toilets. They are pretty clean although basic. They offer a diaper changing bed for babies too.
Trivia: The Bounty Chocolate Advertisement was filmed in the palm tree grove of the Vai Beach in Crete and you can watch on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg7qubuxiBw
Where to Stay in Makrigialos (Makry Gialos) in Crete
We prepared a guide on where to stay in Makry Gialos, at Crete island in Greece.
About Makry Gialos or Makrigialos
Makry Gialos means “Long Beach” in Greek. It is a small, picturesque, family oriented village with a 4km sandy beach. You will find it as Makry Gialos, or Makrigialos. No worries, it is the same place.
Where is Makry Gialos?
Think of Europe. Then think of its most southern part. And you are on to Crete island in Greece. Now, divide the island into 4 areas starting from the West to the east and you got Chania, Rethymno, Irakleio, and Lassithi areas.
Makry Gialos is at Lassithi area, the most south part of Crete. It is the most off the beaten path area of the island when compared with the massively popular areas of Chania, Rethymno, and Irakleio. The biggest cities of Lassithi are Ierapetra, Agios Nikolaos, and Siteia. These are close to each other in terms of km distance, at around 30kms, however, the streets are not that good so you may need an hour to drive from one to another.
Makry Gialos is 25 km from Ierapetra. It has around 500 inhabitants during the winter and much more in the summer time.
It is an ideal place for families due to the following reasons:
1. It has a long sandy beach and the kids love it
2. The sea is shallow and the small kids can play easily inside the water
3. The accommodation prices are fairly rational. You can find a decent place for a family to stay at starting at 50 euros per night.
4. If you stay close to the beach you don’t need a car. The beach, the restaurants and the couple of bars of the island are next to each other and you can easily walk from one place to another
5. The food at Crete island is great and although the village of Makry Gialos is becoming more touristic in the past years, you can still find some nice places to eat without breaking the bank. The most economical family menu we have found is at Makis Grill. With 26 euros you can have a whole chicken, a Greek salad, tzatziki, 4 pita pieces of bread and 4 ice creams. Not a bad deal. Faros restaurant offers the best fish in the village, however, the prices are similar to the prices you find at Athens. Expect to pay at least 20 euros per person here. Two great restaurants we highly recommend are 3 km outside of Makry Gialos at an adjacent village called Koutsouras. The two Greek taverns are called Rovinsonas Crousos and Kalliotzina. They are on a small bay with tables on the sea and you can even swim after your lunch. Prices here are at 20 euros per person and the food is really nice.
6. The sunbed sets are free when you order something that costs at least three euros from the beach bar. At other Greek islands or places in Crete, you may pay 15 euros just for using two sunbeds and an umbrella. Here you can have a free set of two sunbeds and an umbrella for free for the whole day, as long add you order 3 euros per person. That is the price of a natural Orange juice.
Where to Stay in Makry Gialos
Some things to consider before choosing your ideal location here.
The village has some hills which are steep and you will not enjoy ascending them, especially under the hot cretan sun. You will see some places on the map which are only 300 meters from the beach but they are on the hill.
Try to stay close to the beach so that you don’t need a car to go to the beach and back.
The absolute best place to stay at Makry Gialos as a couple our family is ” the white houses “. Great View to the beautiful small port and the beach, right on the beach and beautiful traditional decoration. However, this comes with a price north of two hundred euros per night.
Mikri Poli is also a very nice place to stay.
The most economical and still decent place to stay we would recommend is the “Golden Star apartments ” ran by a lady called Ms. Thekla. Prices start at 50 euros per night.
Another great choice is to stay at Lagada bay resort. This is a resort which is a couple of km outside of The main beach of Makry Gialos. And it has a beach of its own which you reach by foot. This beach is a Sandy and nice one but It is not organized with unbreakable and sunbeds. For some this is a plus, for others It is a con. Lagada Bay offers modern accommodation starting at a decent price of 80 euros per night.
Things to do at Makry Gialos/Makrigialos
1. Swim at the long sandy beach. The water is very warm and clear and you will spend many hours of your day on the beach
2. Go with the boat to Koufonisi island. It is an uninhabited close to Makry Gialos. It has nice white sand beaches. You can get tickets from an agency on the beach of Makry Gialos. The daily cruises start every day at ten o’clock in the morning.
3. Eat an ice cream waffle at Hlios Kafe. This cafe belongs to the Greek celebrity Eleni Petroulaki, whose origin is from Makry Gialos.
4. Visit the Agios Stefanos village.
5. Swim at Agia Fotia beach and eat at the River Restaurant
6. Swim at Ahlia beach
7. Swim at Mavros Kolymbos beach
8. Visit Siteia village
9. Visit Elounda beach
10. Visit the palm tree Forrest of Vai. Then drive another few km and go to Hiona village. It is a very small village with just 3 small taverns on the sea. Try the fish at the Akamatis or Chiona tavern.
Where to eat in Makris Gialos
Harris tavern: It serves the most “gourmet” food in Makrigialos. Here you can get excellent Pasta with Seafood, Tuna Fillet, Octopus and Seabass Carpaccio (one of the best seller dishes), risotto with seafood and lamb in the oven. Just ask Harris (the owner, who speaks great English and French) about the dishes of the day. It’s not the cheapest tavern in Makrigialos but you will enjoy the food. At the end, you will be treated with complimentary Greek “loukoumades” or watermelon. It gets busy in August after 21:00, so you may have to wait. It’s open all year round.
Kaliotzina: Kaliotzina is a small, traditional tavern, right on a rocky beach, 2kms outside of Makrigialos, at the end of the village “Koutsouras”. Fish and seafood are the main reasons to go to Kaliotzina. The food is excellent, although the portions are not that big. Expect to pay 20 to 25 euros per person for seafood and some Raki.
Rovinsonas Krousos: Rovinsonas Krousos is right next to Kaliotzina tavern (less than 30 meters) and it is located on the same rocky beach with Kaliotzina. It is more “gourmet” than Kaliotzina and a little bit more expensive. It serves excellent “Tourta Chanion”, which is a pie filled with meat, cheeses and other ingredients, “Rabbit with vinegar” and other traditional dishes with a small twist. Expect to pay 25 euros per person with Raki or Beers/Wine.
Makis Grill: Makis Grill is inside Makrigialos and right on the beach. It is an inexpensive solution to fill your stomach in the noon, and then get a nap on your sunbed at the beach. You can get Pita with Pork (2.8 euros) or Chicken Souvlaki, Pita with Gyros, or even a whole chicken. An inexpensive family menu here costs 26 euros (whole chicken/bread/Greek salad/ice-cream for 4 people).
Faros: Faros tavern is also on the main beach of Makrigialos and is a seafood tavern. The portions are fair and it is a little bit on the expensive side.
H Spilia Tou Drakou: This is 3km outside of Makrigialos and it has a fantastic view on Makrigialos bay. This is not on the beach but on a rocky hill. It serves excellent lamb chops (29 euros per kilogram) and meat from Cretan animals and its seafood is also pretty tasty. Expect to pay around 20 euros per person.
Top 10 Things to Do in Mykonos in 3 Days
Mykonos is one of the most famous islands in Europe, with a vivid nightlife, great beach life and beautiful scenery to enjoy. Here is a list of the top 10 things to do while in Mykonos for three days. You can also get our Mykonos in 3 Days Travel Guide here.
#1 Visit Caprice Bar: A must see in Mykonos, since 30 years ago!
Caprice bar is certainly the most famous bar of Mykonos. It is located on the sea, and you can enjoy great margaritas, happy people and great music, almost all time of the day. It hosts many great parties in the night, so don’t forget to visit it at least once while you stay at Mykonos.
The facts about Mykonos, say that this island was home to only a few poor inhabitants 40 years ago. Fishers mainly and people raising goats and doing an occasional little commerce with the mainland of Greece. All of this changes once Mykonos started to become mainstream in the global jet set groups. And Caprice was their first choice for a meeting in the night. A lot of crazy nights have taken place here.
In 2016, Caprice of Mykonos Bar has moved just a few steps next to its initial position, always on the Little Venice seafront with the stunning Mykonos Sunset views. A true legend, praised by the international press, not only for top quality service but also for the unique party atmosphere, Caprice – one of the best bars worldwide -is always cherished by celebrities, the favorite haunt of showbiz stars, artists, and jet-setters of all times. Just ask anyone to find your way there.
The best time to go to Caprice would be either in the morning for a coffee (try Freddo Espresso or Freddo Cappuccino coffee), or in the evening, after 23:00 pm.
Here is the view you will enjoy from Caprice bar:
#2 Go to Paraga Beach
Paraga beach is some km far from the main town of Mykonos and offers a fantastic beach, together with a beach bar that attracts a lot of young people having fun after 5 PM. Go early in the morning, at around 10:00 am and get your umbrella and sun bed. They cost around 30E for a set, but they will save your day. You can also order drinks and coffees from the beach bar that is on the beach of Paraga.
Some tips regarding Paraga beach: In the middle of the Paraga Beach there is a beach bar which is called “Kahlua Beach Bar.” Kahlua Bar is one of the two most “posh” beach bars in Mykonos, together with the beach bar of Nammos restaurant in Psarou Beach, so you will find out that many famous customers have already booked many umbrella sets. There is also a kind of “face control” in this beach bar; if you are alone and look too poor, the “umbrella-sets manager” may give you this polite answer: “Unfortunately everything is booked right now – the visitors will come later; I am afraid I cannot give you an umbrella set”. It is also quite expensive to get an umbrella set in Kahlua Bar. It costs 30 euros for two sunbeds and one umbrella. You get to use two towels, and the sunbeds are luxurious, but still, it’s pricey.
Next to Kahlua bar and on the beach, there is another shop that rents umbrella sets; here the umbrella set cost for two is 25 Euros if you are in the first line, just in front of the sea. And 20 euros if you want to choose an umbrella set towards the back (3d-4th line). The Freddo Espresso coffee costs 4.5 Euros, so for two persons, you will pay a total of 25E + 9E= 34 Euros for an umbrella set and two coffees. The water costs 1.5Euro for a big 1-litre bottle of water.
No matter where you will get your umbrella set from, you will listen to music from Kahlua beach bar. It plays lounge music until 17:00 o’clock and then it starts playing party music for 3-4 hours. Usually, it hosts great parties, especially in August and there is a lot of fun in the afternoon. So, Paraga beach offers you a great experience from 10:00 am until 21:00. You can get here in the morning, grab an umbrella set, drink some cold coffee and bears, have lunch at a taverna on the beach, or in Kahlua bar and then party at Kahlua bar until 21:00. After that, you can get back to Mykonos town, get some rest and continue with a walk to the Mykonos town (Matogiania area) and whatever the night brings on.
Here is also a view of the main beaches of Mykonos: Platis Gialos Beach, Psarou Beach, Paradise and Super Paradise Beach, Panormos Beach, Elia Beach and Agios Stefanos beach, are the most famous ones.
#3 Go to Super Paradise Beach
A huge beach with white sand and great water, although a little bit far from the main town of Mykonos. It has a beach bar which holds some of the best parties on the island every day. Super Paradise Beach, is supposed to be the “Craziest Beach” on the island, together with the Paradise Beach, where “Tropicana” bar exists.
Be careful; there are two beaches with similar names in Mykonos: There is the Paradise beach, with the “Tropicana” beach bar and there is the Super Paradise Beach, with its beach bars.
Super Paradise beach has also a place where you can get some food and have a quick lunch. The Super Paradise beach is not a posh place like Psarou beach or Paraga beach. Super Paradise is a beach where everything can happen, so be prepared to see funny, crazy things happen; People are dancing on the bars, people wearing strange clothes, getting drunk, a lot of flirting, etc. You can, of course, enjoy the beach without mingling with the crowd if you go towards the east side of the beach, where the music is less loud, and there are no beach bars.
If you go to Mykonos for the first time, you should pay a visit to Super Paradise, even just for the experience. Have a look at https://www.facebook.com/superparadisebeachmykonos to get the feeling,
#4 Have a walk in Matoyiannia – the old town or “Chora of Mykonos.”. One of the main Mykonos attractions.
The old town of Mykonos is full of small white houses and romantic streets with fabulous flowers, while it hosts several bars and restaurants. You will find yourself strolling around for many hours in this magnificent area.
#5 Rent a Scooter and visit Kalo Livadi
The beach of Kalo Livadi is not that well-known, and usually, locals go there. It has a fantastic beach and a great beach bar. It is better for lounging, relaxing and enjoying a quiet day on the beach.
#6 Have lunch at Kiki’s Restaurant
One of the best restaurants in Mykonos where you can taste some great food including spaghetti with seafood, lobsters, shrimps and amazing Greek fish. Kiki’s restaurant is a tiny restaurant in Agios Sostis Village in Mykonos. Unfortunately, you cannot reserve before going there, so you will usually find people expecting to grab a table. There are usually up to 20 people waiting in the line to catch a table, so you will most probably have to wait for 15 to 30 minutes. Fortunately, the owner will treat you with rose wine and water, and you will be waiting in a beautiful place, without exposure to the sun and with a great look on the small non-touristic beach of Agios Sostis, so it is quite an enjoyable time to spend.
The view that you can enjoy from this taverna is the following:
Or even better, we got a video from inside the Kiki’s restaurant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPvRDsQKMtY
Kiki’s restaurant/taverna is open until 19:00 in the evening. Last time we were there, most people got the huge pork chop, which costs 17Euros but is enough to cover your hunger. The prices are around 25 euros per person if you get the main course, two small dishes and a couple of beers. It is not cheap, but as you will quickly find out, there are almost no cheap places to eat well in Mykonos, as opposed to most of the Greek islands.
Below you can see the Menu of Kiki’s Restaurant so that you know what to expect before you arrive:
A nice combination would be to go to Panormos beach for swimming – or to Agios Sostis beach – and then go to Kiki’s restaurant for your dinner, around 16:30. Agios Sostis beach is 200 meters from the restaurant and Panormos is 2 Kms away. Agios Sostis beach does not have any umbrellas or beach bars, so you should bring your protection, as the sun is intense on this sandy beach. Panormos beach has an excellent beach bar and umbrella sets.
#7 Clubbing at Cavo Paradiso
Cavo Paradiso is 10 km away from the town of Mykonos and is one of the top 3 summer clubs of Europe, together with the ones situated at Ibiza. Tiesto and other world-class DJ’s host parties there. Go there after 01:00 AM and stay there until the morning to enjoy the sun coming out while eating breakfast, after a great all-night party. We warn you that this is mostly a place for people at their 20’s (or older guys like us who still feel young and wild!).
Check out the Cavo Paradiso events for this summer, at http://cavoparadiso.gr/events/
#8 Eat a Souvlaki
Souvlaki is the most popular street food of Greece, and everyone enjoys eating it. You can try it at several spots in the old town of Mykonos. Ask for “tzatziki” to be included in your “pita” with “souvlaki.” Tzatziki is a famous Greek yogurt sauce with garlic and cucumber that you will love forever!
#9 Treat yourself at Nammos Restaurant and Psarrou Beach. One of the coolest things to do in Mykonos (and expensive ones..)
Psarou beach is the place to see and be seen with all the wealthy visitors of the island going there. Quite expensive, though. Go early in the morning, find a beautiful spot and treat yourself in the noon at Nammos restaurant which lies on the beach.
Here is a short video of Psarou Beach – a fantastic beach in Mykonos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiPbkkRBScI
Some additional information regarding Psarou Beach and Nammos restaurant: Psarou Beach is 4kms from the main town of Mykonos, which is also called Mykonos town. If you go there by car, you will find it difficult to park, so be prepared to leave your car on the hill and walk downside for 300 meters. When you arrive at Psarou beach, you will find a great beach, with really blue waters, although quite cold during July. This place is the most protected place on the island from the winds. Mykonos is supposed to be the “island of the winds.” If winds start to blow, they may not stop for 3-4 days, so you will need to go to the beaches where you will not find yourself fighting with the sand all the time. Psarou beach and all the beaches on the south place of Mykonos are more protected from the wind. This is the reason that you will find a lot of impressive yachts in Psarou beach – except for the fact that their owners come to enjoy their luxury life at Nammos beach bar and restaurant.
Psarou beach has three sections. The first part belongs to the Nammos restaurant and beach bar and is the most expensive one. The second part is in the middle of the beach and belongs to a cheap and unorganized snack bar, which is exactly the opposite of the posh Nammos restaurant. The third section belongs to the 5 Star hotel that lies on the beach.
Below you can see the famous Nammos restaurant’s sunbeds – In the back of the photo, you can see the expensive “Riva” boat of the owner of Nammos, a boat that costs around 1.2 million Euros. He is using it to transfer the wealthy and famous from their yachts to the beach bar.
The first section of Psarrou, which belongs to the Nammos restaurant, is the most expensive one. Here, a set of two sunbeds and an umbrella cost 60 Euros. Yes, you read well. 60 Euros just for the privilege of having a sunbed in Nammos restaurant. The same set of umbrellas to the little snack bar next to Nammos, costs 15 Euros, for the sake of comparison.
Below you can see the “Cheap Side of Psarou,” which is the Snack bar with this type of sunbeds and umbrellas:
And here is the view from the “cheap side” of Psarou beach. Yes, you are swimming in the same waters with your wealthy neighbors!
Below you can see the restaurant that belongs to Nammos and is situated on the beach. Here, expect to pay around 100E per person for lunch. Of course, the food is delicious.
#10 Clubbing at Lakka club (ex-Space Club)
Lakka club, from Foo Club Company, is in the heart of the old town of Mykonos and is very convenient if you don’t want to travel to Cavo Paradiso. It offers many great parties, and you’ll certainly need to pay a visit (or more!) while at Mykonos.Lakka club used to be called “Space Club” for many years; many locals know it with both names.If you are under 30, you will have fun here. If you are more than 40, you should most probably skip this place. Have a look at the videos in the Lakka club’s facebook to get the feeling: https://www.facebook.com/FOU-CLUB-Mykonos-1383618725301389/
Ok, we lied. You caught us! It is 12 things. We have two bonus ideas for you:
#11 Stay at a Posh Hotel in Mykonos
Do yourself a favor and book a Posh hotel of Mykonos even for one night. It’s a once in a lifetime experience, and we promise you will not regret it. You will meet top artists, fashion designers (e.g., Armani), have a dinner with fantastic views on the island of Mykonos and treat yourself like a king (or princess).
Try one of these hotels:
– Stay at Cavo Tagoo. The most sought-after hotel in Mykonos, with Armani being a frequent visitor. Yes, we know..Expensive..Too expensive maybe.Bonus tip: Go to Google.com/news and write Cavo Tagoo. You will learn all the naughty stories of the rich&famous people having fun in this hotel.
What we like about this place is that is posh and has fantastic views over Mykonos Town and the Aegean Sea, together with unparalleled service. What we don’t like, is that there is no beach in front of it, so you will have to travel to another place to swim (Agios Stefanos beach is 1.5 km from here).
or stay at Mykonos Princess hotel at Agios Stefanos village, just a couple of km away from Mykonos town.
Another great hotel is a new entry, which has become the talk of the town and is called “Rocabella”: Click Here to See the Rocabella Mykonos Hotel. It’s located at Agios Stefanos village, which is 2kms outside of Mykonos.
And if it happens that you don’t have 500Euros/USD to spend per night to stay in these couples of hotels, (oh my god..going to Mykonos without a full pocket..), we hear you.Search here for hotels and make sure that you find one with great views and preferably in the town of Mykonos (Mykonos City), or at Agios Stefanos village which is 2km away. You can also try the hotel “Panorama” at Agios Stefanos (which offers pretty basic accommodation at a lower price, e.g., usually 80-100euros/night for a double room if you book early enough).
Delos island is close to Mykonos, and it is a great archaeological island, while Rhenia Islands is an uninhabited island with crystal clear waters. The tour lasts 8 hours, costs around 90 euros per person and you can book it here.
You can also book the same tour, without Delos, if you just prefer to swim in the perfect blue waters of Rhenia islands. This trip takes 7 hours and costs 75 euros per person, while you can book it here.
Have fun in Mykonos and please do let us know about any question you might have by posting your question below. You can also get our Mykonos in 3 Days Travel Guide here.