I was really looking forward to renting a scooter and driving around Mykonos for the day.
We were able to get off the boat at 7:30am. Again we were the first group to depart. The cruise line was offering round trip transportation to town for $14 per person. Doing our homework in advance, we had heard of a place that was not far from where the cruise ship docked that rented scooters. Since we wanted to rent a scooter on this island, we decided to walk and try to find it. The scooter place was on the main road going into town. We were his first customers of the day. Once the paperwork was completed (we did not have to have a motorcycle license to rent the scooter), we paid 15 Euros for the rental, got our helmets, and were on our way.
Looking back at the cruise ship from the rental office.
This day turned out fantastic with the beautiful weather and sunny blue skies. We virtually had the island to ourselves for the first few hours.
It was quick ride to town. Since it was still early, there was no one out except some shop keepers preparing the front of their stores for the onslaught of tourist from the cruise ship later that morning. We were able to drive around with no one in our way. Driving on the back streets you had to be careful, as sometimes the streets turn into steps and then we had to turn around as we were not comfortable driving down the steps (we did see more adventurous people do that later in the day though). We got some great pictures of the empty streets, blue skies and brilliant white buildings which would not be the case later in the morning.
We found the famous windmills.
Little Venice is down the hill from the Windmills.
There were churches everywhere.
After wondering the empty streets of Mykonos, we decided to explore more of the island and headed to the beach.
The island in general is very barren.
Out of this barren landscape popped out this jewel of a house. It was one of a kind, modern, and very original home. On this side of the island we saw some beautiful homes.
Finally we arrived at Agrai Beach. We walked the beach but there was only one other couple there. The locals told us that May is a good time to visit, as it gets very crowded in the summer.
After exploring the area, we got back on the scooter to see more of the island. We arrived at Pangia Tourliani Monastery just as the tour buses were leaving. There is not much here, some shopping and a place to eat.
Our next stop was Kalafatis beach where they wind surf. Not many people here either. It was very windy on this side of the island.
Lunch in Mykonos
We were getting hungry and headed back to Mykonos to find lunch and wonder in and out of the many shops. We ate these delicious gyros for lunch.
As we were walking around a scooter drove through the alley and we had to get out of his way. This was a common occurrence when we were walking around.
I found a shop that made sandals, and we both purchased a pair.
We then found a place along the waterfront that served gelato and free Wi-Fi. We were able to send some emails, enjoy our gelato and the view of the water before heading back to the ship. We stopped off for gas and put 3 Euros in the tank. This was a great day for only 18 Euros for the two of us instead of paying $28 to take the bus from the cruise ship. We would have missed seeing this beautiful island.
Once we dropped the bike off, we walked back to the ship. Mykonos ended up being one of our favorite ports. One day we would like to return and stay longer on the island.