Mid-morning view from Hotel Tagoo of the Mykonos New Port at Tourlos …
… where the 2,400-passenger Norwegian Jade is docked for the day
Here’s a videoclip showing the morning views from Hotel Tagoo
Wednesday May 16
I awoke to an absolutely gorgeous Mykonos morning. Sunny skies and warm temperatures promised perfect weather for a beach day. From the terrace outside the hotel breakfast room, I could see four cruise ships including the Norwegian Jade docked at the New Port and the Azamara Quest, Windstar Wind Spirit, and Seabourn Quest, all anchored near the Old Port. I made plans to hit the beach for the afternoon then spend the evening in Mykonos Town where, I assumed, the streets would be lively and teeming with tourists from the cruise ships.
A hillside view overlooking Mykonos Town and its harbour area
Lots to see: Unlike a lot of visitors, I never get bored of Mykonos Town. Many people think they’ve seen all that’s worth seeing after they walk along the harbourside, visit Little Venice, and stroll some of the narrow, twisting streets.
But those people see only the highly commercial, touristy side of Mykonos Town — the lanes lined with jewellery stores, T-shirt shops and tavernas. They don’t wander far enough away from the main tourist zone to walk the quiet residential streets or climb to hillside lookout points that offer amazing views over the town, harbour and beyond.
Even after 7 separate visits to Mykonos, each of which has included a lot of walking around town, I still keep discovering streets and vantage points I’ve never seen in my favourite Greek Island town.
… and a wonderful meal with a good friend at Ithaki on Ornos beach
Mmmm-mmm Mykonos: I hope you’ll pardon the pun, but one of my biggest “beefs” about Mykonos is that the island has so many dining spots, you smell food cooking and see people eating practically everywhere you go. That’s especially the case in the confusing maze of streets in Mykonos Town, where a half-hour stroll will take you past dozens of tavernas, cafés and snack bars with chairs and tables in the narrow streets or bougainvillea-shaded terraces and courtyards merely steps away. It literally seems like everywhere you look, restaurant staff are busy serving food and beverages, while tourists and locals alike are sitting down to enjoy their snacks, meals or drinks. Of course, everything always looks tantalizing and smells divine!
Passengers on the Blue Star Ferries Superferry II take in views of Mykonos Town as the ship prepares to set sail from the island’s Old Port in September 2007. Built in 1974, the ship can carry 1,530 passengers and up to 260 vehicles.
The Superferry II observed from Agia Anna beach at Mykonos Town harbour in 2007. Earlier this year, Blue Star Ferries sold the ship for €4.65 million to Golden Star Ferries Shipping Co. of Greece. Two new ferries will join the Blue Star fleet in its place: delivery of the Blue Star Delos is expected this summer, while the Blue Star Patmos will arrive in 2012. The Superferry II continues to operate between Mykonos and the mainland port of Rafina.