We love Mykonos at the end of October, as the tourism industry gradually shuts down for winter on this beautiful Greek island. The famously hedonistic party season which usually draws in the hordes and packs out the island had clearly ended, so once more, it is a relaxed, peaceful, almost sleepy island paradise. The weather is still warm and pleasant, in the low 20°C. A perfect place, for those who are after idyllic moments with sandy white beaches, friendly locals and brilliant white facade shops and dwellings. Below is our curated itinerary and travel tips for an amazing 3 days in this beautiful Mykonos.
Perfect 3 day itinerary
Day 1: Check-in to the ultimate beach resort – Myconian Imperial
From the airport, our itinerary starts with boarding a Mercedes minivan for a complimentary 20 minute transfer to the southern end of the island to the hotel of our choice. The Myconian Imperial is a luxury resort perched on the hill on the eastern end of Elia Beach – the longest fine sand beach in Mykonos.
This hotel is one of four interlinked sub-brands or concept hotels on this hill from the Myconian Collection. At the top of the hill is Avaton, with sophisticated grand and bold designs. Then you have Utopia which has more of a natural, earthy and softer design touch. Next is the Royal Myconian which is a dramatic, theatrical modern-art infused resort.
Closest to Elia beach is our Myconian Imperial – an expansive resort in a more elegant and contemporary design . There is an impressive selection of 111 luxuriously appointed rooms, suites and villas, most of which have sea view with private pool or jacuzzi. The highlight is the huge swimming pool with the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea. Avaton and Utopia’s pools are infinity pools with starry-lit floors, which turns the place into a magical fairyland in the evening after the sun goes down.
The complimentary buffet breakfast is plentiful with sumptuous selection of food from a multitude of cuisines and you know it is taken seriously when there is free flow Prosecco on offer too.
This resort is about 10mins drive from Mykonos Town and for those who opt not to rent a bike, quad or car (or walk this distance in the sun), the hotel provides a regular coach shuttle service. Lastly, it is great value at £450 for three nights in one of the Classic Rooms.
Enjoy the sea breeze and fresh seafood on Elia Beach
As you are on Elia Beach, it makes sense for to start with it. At peak season this beach would have been filled with people, the sand lined with deck chairs and beach beds and music occupying your headspace. In October, or during the off peak months, you will experience something very different, only a spattering of tourists relaxing on this long stretch of white sand with clear seawater.
Enjoy lunch at Elia Beach Restaurant (eliamykonos.gr), the only restaurant on the beach. This is a chic, open and relaxing restaurant with plenty of alfresco seating on the beach, steps away from the sea. You will find a mouthwatering selection of seafood on the menu, from fried or grilled squid, monkfish, salmon, shrimps and even lobster. If seafood is not what you are after, they also have a large selection of Italian pasta, local Greek dishes, salad and grilled meat. Beer or wine to enjoy the lovely autumn sun and the seaside breeze.
Potter about the beach, build sand castles and dip your feet into the tingly cool sea after the satisfying lunch, sated, walk back, bare foot to the hotel to explore a bit more and for an afternoon nap, why not since you are on a holiday…
Treat yourself to dinner at Camares Pool Restaurant in the Royal Myconian Hotel. Executive Chef George Oikonomou will normally be on deck to introduce some of the amazing dishes. It is right next to the pool with the magical starry lit floor and swimming pool.
Request the hotel to organise a rented car for 24 hours before you call it a day.
Day 2: The hunt for the best beach in Mykonos
With breakfast in the tummy and paperword completed for the rental car, you are now ready to explore the beaches of Mykonos.
Kalo Livadi Beach (map), the 2nd longest beach in Mykonos, is a short 10 min drive from Elia Beach. As with Elia Beach on off peak travel season, in October, you will have the whole beach to yourself. The water will be calm and clear, the sand is white and gorgeous making you feel worlds away from everyday life. As there are no deck chairs nor sunbeds, make sure you pack a picnic map or towel to enjoy the sun. During peak season, this beach is home to the Blue Marlin Ibiza Mykonos, an amazing beach club.
From there drive 10 minutes in-land to Fisherman Giorgos & Marina Taverna (giorgosmarina.com) for some alfresco lunch. This is a top-rated no-frills focus-on-the-food seafood heaven. On the menu are grilled sardines with lemon sauce, grilled octopus/squid, pasta with prawns/mussels, deep fried calamari, greek salad, sausages, lamb chops and more. A beautiful place to savour simple great food and enjoy the afternoon sun.
There are a couple of market stalls selling handmade souvenirs around the square of this little town.
Next, head for Fokos Beach (map), which is 14 minutes northeast of the island. It is known as the “hidden beach”. There are no public buses to Fokos, you can only get there with a rented car or taxi. As this beach is on the northern part of the island, it is quite windy and the sea is choppy. The sand is not as fine as the beach on the south, but still beautiful. There is a little hill there if you fancy a bit of hiking.
Fokos Taverna (fokosmykonos.com) is only restaurant on this beach. Although, it is set back quite a bit from the beach, it makes it up with amazing food, spacious alfresco seatings and friendly service. Fokos Beach is appealing at peak season for those seeking some peace and tranquility, but as most of the other beaches are equally quiet during this period. One you can potentially leave out from your itinerary if you are pressed for time.
Hopping back back into the rental car, drive 30 minutes west past the airport to Psarou Beach (map). Here you will find a street lined with designer boutiques – Gucci, Dior, Louis Vuitton – leading straight onto Psarou Beach. This is a celebrity spotting beach at peak season, hence, attracting a beautiful crowd who wants to be seen. In October, it is quiet with a few tourists sunbathing on their towels. The sea is calm and the water is clear.
Last stop on the itinerary for today is Platis Gialos Beach (map). This beach will be one of the last to close for the season. The beach will still be packed with row upon row of sun beds and a stretch of busy upscale waterfront bars and restaurants. It is a great place to enjoy a couple of cocktails and people-watch, chilling out before dinner time.
Book for dinner at top-rated Blue Myth Restaurant (bluemythrestaurant.gr). It is a large restaurant with a wide selection of Greek and Mediterranean food. Service is usually prompt and friendly. A perfect end to the night.
Day 3: Getting lost in Mykonos Town
The final day is all about Mykonos Town, a labyrinth of streets lined with white and blue shops and houses. Every corner is an Instagram worthy view, hence, make sure you leave plenty of time for it. We recommend spending the whole day here and it will just be fabulous.
Visit the Mykonos Windmills
1st stop on the list is the iconic Mykonos Windmills (map). It is a mesmerising view. Five chunky but stubby towers perched up on a hill against a backdrop of soft deep blue sky. Look the other way and you get a panoramic view of Mykonos Town in all its glory.
Cuddle up and enjoy the sunset at Little Venice
After all the walking and shopping, make sure to make your way to Little Venice at least 30 minutes before sunset to get a good spot. Sunset is about 6.30pm at the end of October. Find the perfect spot at Breeze Cocktail Bar with the windmills to your left and the sunset right in front of you. With a cocktail in hand, you life will be complete.
Dinner by the harbour
After the romantic sunset, trot over to the waterfront harbour, where there is a stretch of 4 to 5 well rated alfresco restaurants. This is also where the ferry would have dropped you if you came from Santorini or one of the other Greek islands.
We recommend Captain’s (captainsmykonos.gr) which is a local favourite. It is a small, relaxed restaurant with capacity for approximate 50 pax. Expect superb service. The menu is a selection of meze or small plates with a wide selection of meat, seafood and salad. From the “Meze of the land” you have lamb chops, chicken saganaki, meatballs, local pork sausages and grilled/fried cheese.
From the “Meze of the Sea” section you can choose from grilled prawns to swordfish souvlaki, steamed mussels, pan-fried cod, marinated anchovies and a few more. If it is too difficult to choose, there is the seafood or meat sharing platter, which we love. The ingredients are fresh and the dishes will arrive at your table perfectly spiced and seasoned.
And that’s it, the perfect 3 days on this mesmerising white and blue island in October. Enjoy the last of the summer sunshine with clear blue calm sea and fine sandy beaches. Let us know what you think. As always, love to hear about what you got up to while you were out in amazing Mykonos. We will leave you with some practical tips below.
Rent a car
The roads are not busy and there is plenty of parking everywhere you go in the off peak season. The island is not big but there is plenty to explore.
Plan your restaurants
Most of the restaurants in Mykonos Town shut for the season from end of September. There is certainly benefit in planning ahead if there are particular ones that you must try.
Pack your own
Bring your own towel or picnic mat and pack some wine/beer/food/snacks when you head out to the beach. Most taverna/restaurants are closed for the year.
Onwards to another Greek island
If you have time, we would recommend to visit Santorini, or another of the Greek Islands when you travel to Mykonos. Below is our recommended itinerary and travel tips for Santorini.
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