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Mykonos travel 2021: Opening dates for bars, beach clubs, nightclubs, hotels, & restaurants

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Keep an eye on this post to find out when your favourite Mykonos bars, beach clubs, nightclubs, hotels and restaurants will open for the 2021 tourist season. This listing will be updated regularly. Latest update: Friday May 7 includes rescheduled opening dates for Noema, 180 Sunset Bar and Scorpios.

 

Scenes from Tropicana Beach Club and other places on Mykonos are featured in this video by John Moschovakis, released May 7 to promote the club’s 2021 season opening on May 20

 

Doors open: Here’s a preview of opening dates for Mykonos venues, along with places that are busy preparing for the upcoming travel season.

Restaurants that have been open since winter and/or early spring for delivery and takeaway include:

♦ Amethystos

♦ Cantina at the Mykonos New Port

♦ Pikanti Gonia

♦ Oregano Cook & Grill

♦ Maizevelo

♦ Lovemeze

♦ Local BBQ & Souvlaki

♦ Obati

♦ Crepaland

♦ Blu Blu Lounge

♦ Pita Wrap & Pizza

♦ MJ Cafe

♦ El Burro

♦ Rustic Grill

♦ Souvlaki Story

♦ La Rosticceria

♦ Αυλή Μύκονος

♦ Souvlaki Mykonos – Cantina Street Food

♦ Central Cafe

♦ Raya

♦ Captain’s

♦ Yialos

♦ Kazarma

♦ Teo’s House

♦ N’ice Cream Mykonos

♦ Pelican

Most of the above-mentioned establishments will open their outdoor dining patios in May, pursuant to Greek government rules easing the Covid-19 lockdown and permitting restaurants to open for outdoor dining only starting on May 3.

 

MYK Boat Club is offering a “super early bird” ticket sale for its summer party cruises.  Check @mykboatclub on Facebook and Instagram for further information.

 

Cavo Paradiso Mykonos announcement re its 2021 season start date

Cavo Paradiso club circulated this announcement April 17 on its social media accounts 

 

Street view of Tokyo Joe Mykonos sushi bar

Friday April 9 was opening date for Tokyo Joe sushi bar — for food and beverage takeout and delivery. On May 3 it opened its patio for outdoor dining.

 

Aroma Cafe Bar in Mykonos

Aroma cafe-bar opened on Wednesday April 14

 

La Barran Bar in Mykonos

Starting on Saturday April 22, the new La Barran bar in Mykonos Town will be open to serve cocktails for take-away

 

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Apaggio seafood and Greek restaurant at Ornos opened May 3

 

Galleraki Bar on Mykonos

Galleraki Bar at the Little Venice seafront of Mykonos Town started its season on May 3

 

Outdoor patio at Friano Greek Tavern on Mykonos

Friano Greek Tavern opened for outdoor dining on May 3

 

2021 opening announcement for Nautilus restaurant on Mykonos

Nautilus restaurant returns on Monday May 3

 

Vegera restaurant Mykono

Vegera restaurant opens its doors on Monday May 3

 

Marias Mykonian Restaurant in Mykonos Town

Maria’s Traditional Mykonian Restaurant opens for its 46th season on Monday May 3

 

Tasos Taverna on Mykonos

Tasos Taverna  opens Monday May 3 for its 59th year of operations at Paraga beach

 

Facebook page photo of Liberty Breakfast Room on Mykonos

Liberty Breakfast Room is back on Monday May 3

 

Appaloosa Restaurant & Bar Mykonos

On Monday May 3, Appaloosa Restaurant & Bar opened for outdoor dining

 

The patio at Limnios Taverna on Mykonos

On May 4, Limnios Taverna at Agios Stefanos announced that it has opened for outdoor dining

 

Semeli Hotel Mykonos 2021 season start date

Semeli Hotel in Mykonos Town opens its doors on Wednesday May 5

 

Thioni Restaurant Mykonos season start date for 2021

Thioni Restaurant in Mykonos Town returns on Wednesday May 5

 

Wine Room Mykonos

The wine, champagne and spirits shop Wine Room Mykonos opened on May 5

 

Koutala taverna on Mykonos

Koutala Greek restaurant launched its season on May 5

 

Mykonos Horseland group horse riding tour

Mykonos Horseland announced on May 5 that it’s now open for another season of horse riding tours on the island

 

Aerial view of The Wild Hotel on Mykonos

The Wild Hotel at Agia Anna/Kalafatis opens on May 8

 

Katrin restaurant in Mykonos

Saturday May 8 is opening day for Katrin (La Maison de Katrin), an icon of haute cuisine in Mykonos since 1971 — and one of the island’s most-photographed locations on Instagram

 

Lefteris Grillhouse Mykonos

Sunday May 9 is opening day for Lefteris Grillhouse at Ornos

 

Ikies of Mykonos hotel pool

Ikies of Mykonos hotel welcomes guests starting Monday May 10

 

Street view of Platis Bakery at Platis Gialos Mykonos

Monday May 10 is opening day for Platis Bakery at the Argo Hotel at Platis Gialos

 

Bill & Coo Hotels Mykonos

The two Bill & Coo 5-star hotels on Mykonos — the Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge in Mykonos Town, and Bill & Coo Coast Suites at Agios Ioannis beach — will open on Monday May 3

 

Opening announcement for 180 Sunset Bar on Mykonos

180 Sunset Bar is not only the top sunset-viewing cocktail lounge on Mykonos, it’s also one of the most Instagramable places on the entire island.  Originally set to open on May 8, it has re-scheduled its season launch to Thursday May 13.

 

Branco Mykonos hotel and resort

Branco Mykonos resort, the beachfront hotel and restaurant at Platis Gialos, opens on May 12

 

Alemagou Mykonos opening announcement for 2021

Friday May 14 is opening day for Alemagou beach club

 

 

Season opening announcement for Mykonos VIOMA Organic Farm & Vineyard in Mykonos

Mykonos VIOMA Organic Farm & Vineyard reopens on May 15

 

2021 opening announcement for DK Oyster restaurant on Mykonos

May 15 is opening day for the infamous DK Oyster restaurant and bar at Platis Gialos beach. The place made international headlines in the spring of 2019 after an American tourist wrote an online review complaining about  “rip off” prices charged for a lunch he had with friends.  (The article Calamari made of gold on Keep Talking Greece was one of dozens that reported on the incident.) His was just one of hundreds of scathing reviews posted on TripAdvisor, where customers regularly complain about what they feel are misleading business practices.  

 

Pinky Beach club at Agia Anna Paraga on Mykonos

Pinky Beach, seen in an aerial photo from its website, has planned a Sunday May 16 re-opening for its restaurant, bar and sunbeds at Agia Anna/Paraga beach

 

Tropicana Mykonos opening announcement for 2021

Tropicana beach club will open its doors on Thursday May 20 

 

Buddha Bar Beach restaurant Mykonos

Thursday May 20 is opening day for the Buddha-Bar Beach  restaurant and cocktail bar at the Santa Marina Resort at Ornos

 

Inside  54 Cocktail Bar and Sunset Lounge on Mykonos

54 Cocktail Bar & Sunset Lounge will open on Friday May 21

 

Revised opening date announcement for Noema restaurant on Mykonos

 Nōema restaurant (which is profiled in our recent post What’s New on Mykonos for 2021) has pushed back its opening  by one week — to Friday May 21

 

Aerial view of Koukoumi Hotel on Mykonos

On Friday May 21, Koukoumi Hotel opens for its second season. Koukoumi made headlines last year as the first vegan hotel to open in Greece

 

2021 opening date for Scorpios beach club Mykonos

Kaz James and Jean Claude Ades will host the season opening event at Scorpios beach club on Sunday May 23. The opening originally was scheduled for May 16 but the club announced May 5 that it was pushing that date back by a week.

 

Mykonos Soul Luxury Suites

Mykonos Soul Suites at Agios Stefanos opens on Tuesday May 25

 

COYA Mykonos courtyard

It was the most popular and talked-about restaurant on Mykonos last year, and COYA will return for a second highly-anticipated season on May 26

 

 

Interior of Zuma restaurant on Mykonos

The contemporary Japanese izakaya restaurant Zuma returns to Mykonos this summer with its second consecutive seasonal pop-up at the 5-star Cavo Tagoo Hotel in Mykonos Town. Opening day is set for Friday May 28.

 

Destino Pacha Mykonos 2021 grand opening

The 5-star Destino Pacha Mykonos luxury hotel is scheduled to open Tuesday June 1 on a clifftop overlooking Agios Stefanos beach (in the premises previously operated as Oniro Mykonos — A  Shanti Collection Resort).  Like its “sister” hotel in Ibiza, the Destino Pacha Mykonos promises “the ultimate adult playground where life is celebrated from sunrise to sunset and beyond.”

 

Season opening announcement by Votsalaki Boutique Resort on Mykonos

Votsalaki Boutique Resort at Paradise Beach will open on June 11

 

Mykonos Social restaurant by Jason Atheron

Wednesday June 16 is the anticipated opening date for Mykonos Social, the newest project of Michelin-starred restaurateur Jason Atherton. Situated in the Santa Marina Mykonos luxury resort at Ornos, Mykonos Social will offer a Mediterranean and Greek cuisine menu created by Atherton and overseen by executive chef Kostas Papathanasiou. 

 

 

Venues gearing up for summer

 

Lio cabaret restaurant on Mykonos coming soon announcement

The brand-new Lio Mykonos cabaret restaurant and nightclub expects to provide information about its opening date soon

 

COYA restaurant entrance in Mykonos Town

COYA was the hottest new restaurant on Mykonos last year, and it will be back for its second season in May. The precise opening day has not yet been announced.

 

summer 2021 promotional image for Bonbonniere nightclub in Mykonos

Bonbonniere will be back this summer. In promotional posts on social media, the nightclub says: “Imagine your dream summer….Now get ready to live it.”

 

the entertainment team at Guapaloca Bar on Mykonos

Guapaloca Bar shared this photo of its entertainment team on social media with the caption: “Our summer events are on the way!”

 

2021 promotional image for SantAnna beach club on Mykonos

In its social media campaign for the 2021 season, SantAnna beach club invites travellers to “get your life back” and start planning your holidays now

 

Party scene from Paradise Beach Club on Mykonos

Paradise Beach Club shared this photo on social media along with the caption: “Counting the days for the party of all parties!”

 

Skandinavian Bar on Mykonos

Skandinavian Bar has launched a new website as it prepares for its summer opening

 

Liasti restaurant and beach club on Mykonos

Liasti beach club at Lia beach also is preparing for another summer season

 

JackieO Beach Club on Mykonos

JackieO Bar in Mykonos Town

JackieO Beach Club at Super Paradise (top) and JackieO Bar on the seafront of Mykonos Town will both be returning this summer and are expecting to open at the end of May

 

More opening announcements coming soon!

Colourful Kini Bay on Syros island

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Evening view of the Kini Bay area, from a hill behind Lotos beach

 

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Houses and holiday accommodations on the hills behind Kini Beach

 

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Fishing boats moored in the small harbour at Kini Bay

 

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Overlooking Kini beach, bay and harbour

 

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A quiet morning at Kini Beach

 

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Waves reflect the golden hues of sunset above Kini Bay 

 

Photo tour: It seems I have stoked some interest in Syros.

After I posted that Travel + Leisure magazine had profiled Syros island in its February 2019 issue, a number of readers have been in touch to say they are now thinking about going there for part of their island hopping holidays this summer.

And since I had mentioned that Syros is one of our favourite islands, some asked if I could recommend a specific beach resort area for them to consider.

So far we have stayed twice at just one beach location — Kini Bay — and loved it, but we have been to a few other beach areas that are popular with tourists, including Galissas, Finikas and Poseidonia. We would probably choose to stay at one of those places on our next trip to Syros, simply for a change of scenery and the chance to to experience a different part of the island.

But I wouldn’t describe Kini or any of the others as “resorts” per se; rather, they are fairly small villages situated on or near sandy beaches and scenic coastlines, each offering a respectable selection of accommodations and restaurants. You won’t find strips of shops or nightclubs at any of these locations, but there are mini markets and grocery stores where visitors staying in studio apartments or villas can purchase food and sundry items they might need.

What we particularly enjoy about Kini Bay is its beautiful setting on a picturesque bay, where holidaymakers can relax on two sandy beaches — Kini and Lotos — or at nearby Delfini, which is reasonable walking distance from the village.  Galissas beach can be reached either by car or on foot (a hiking path that winds up and down hills high above the rugged coast), while boat trips to two isolated beaches north of Kini are offered in season.

I’ll tell you more about the area in a separate post I’m currently working on, but in the meantime I have gathered dozens of our pictures to show you why we have been so keen on Kini.

Please click on the link below to take a photo tour of colourful sights and scenes at Kini Bay.

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Santorini sights and attractions– just as a tourist sees them

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 Pierre Marteau compiled this overview video of places and attractions he visited during a trip to Santorini in 2017

 

Eye level views:  I discovered a brand-new Santorini travel video on Vimeo today, and wanted to share it immediately so any of my readers planning a first-time visit to the island can see how it really looks in person.

Santorini 2017 is a 9-minute film that Pierre Marteau published on January 14. What I particularly like about the clip is that it wasn’t filmed with a drone, as so many Santorini videos tend to be nowadays. Although drones capture amazing aerial views of the island’s spectacular landscape scenery, no visitor is ever going to see it from the same perspective. On the other hand, Pierre’s eye-level video shows exactly how sights and attractions will appear as you look around while exploring the island.

Places shown in the video include:

♦  Santorini’s main town, Fira

♦  the traditional village of Pyrgos

♦  the black sand beach at Kamari

♦  the romantic and extremely picturesque clifftop village of Oia, which is perhaps the most famous place for sunset viewing in all the Greek islands.

The video also shows what you’ll see riding the cable car to the cruise ship and excursion boat docks in the Old Port below Fira, and while taking one of the popular boat tours to the hot springs and the nearby volcano island of Nea Kameni.  Of course, the video also captures views of some of the beautiful bougainvillea and flowers, colourful houses, iconic blue-domed chapels, and marvellous sunsets that together make Santorini one of the most-photographed places in Greece.

And you’ll see some of the island’s controversial donkeys and mules, which I hope none of my readers will ride while visiting Santorini. If you don’t know why you shouldn’t climb atop any of these animals for a ride up or down the caldera cliff paths, please read my post Don’t ride the donkeys! Why tourists should avoid taking the mule ‘taxis’ on Santorini

Note that Santorini 2017 is a compilation video that Pierre put together from several other clips he shot on Santorini. You can view all of those films — which show other top Santorini attractions, such as Akrotiri and Ancient Thera, on Pierre’s VIMEO page.

 

Instagram snapshots from our autumn trip to Crete & Athens

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Perivolakia beach on Crete

Striking scenery abounds at Perivolakia beach near Loutro village in southwestern Crete

 

Photo highlights:  When an opportunity to return to Greece arose somewhat unexpectedly last month, we couldn’t resist the allure of an autumn holiday — even though we would be travelling in off-season.  So we booked our flights to and from Athens and hurriedly began researching possible destinations to visit.

After considering a shortlist that included Lesvos, the Peloponnese and the Saronic Gulf islands, and heeding the advice of friends and online contacts who are knowledgeable and experienced with travelling in Greece in the late fall, we chose Crete for a 15-day island getaway. We followed that with a short stay in Athens prior to catching our flight home.

Technical issues including a broken laptop monitor prevented me from blogging during the holiday, but I did post dozens of photos and a few short videoclips on Instagram, and I have been adding more each day since returning from Greece.

You can view the images, even if you’re not an Instagram member, simply by clicking over to the MyGreeceTravelBlog Instagram page.

I’m planning to post further photos plus reports of the trip here on the blog once I’m recovered from jet lag and caught up on personal business.

 

Agia Roumeli village on Crete

Mountains rise behind Agia Roumeli, a small village at the foot of the world-famous Samaria Gorge in southern Crete

 

Sunset view from Paleochora

The gorgeous November 2 sunset, seen from Limnaki beach at Paleochora

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