Exploring the Island by Quad!
Trip Start Jul 07, 2010
35Trip End Aug 09, 2010
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With our map in hand we headed out in search of a quad motor bike rental spot. We had no plan exactly, but without a shore excursion (thank goodness) we were free to explore at our own leisure
We toured around the Southern part of the island for the whole day. First we headed out to a point on the southwest side on the island to get a view of Delos, the island where many Greek Gods were born and lived, considered very sacred and a hot archeological spot today. After hanging out and enjoying the view we cruised the coastline in search of beautiful secluded beaches to swim and hang out at. The first bay we came to was Ossis bay, while not secluded by any means, the water was crystal clear, dark blue and teal like we have never seen before. It is impressive to say that this water was clearer than the waters of Hawaii, and imagine still, quiet, lake like waves just lapping at the shore. The beach was fine sand, vibrantly painted fishing boats were anchored in the harbor and beachside resorts were setting up beds and umbrellas for the beach crowd arriving in a few hours. For the moment it was all ours. We sat and enjoyed the calm quiet waters until our adventurous spirit got the best of us and it was off to find our next beautiful spot to hang out.
We had heard and read about a beach named Paradise beach and set out to find it and judge for ourselves. We continued along the southern shore heading away from Mykonos town for about 30 minutes following the signs to Paradise (great name for a beach huh?). Down winding roads and into a secluded cove we arrived at our destination to find an isolated outpost with beach loungers, umbrellas, beach bar and even a camp ground. We decided that a return visit to Mykonos is required, and camping at the beach in Paradise cove would be amazing. The beach was just what the name suggests, paradise. Clearer than clear water, teal and blue, fine rock sandy beach complete with manmade sand bar 100 feet off shore to ensure that the waters are always calm and glassy. We swam, laid and relaxed away our morning soaking up the beauty just trying to take it all in and appreciate the moment.
After our morning of motoring around and swimming we were feeling hungry so we set out in search of some local treats to refuel. Heading back toward town, we passed a local supermarket, and usually finding our best deals and foods in the town’s supermarket, we pulled over and stepped in. As Dan was asking the manager for a good local wine recommendation, Casey set out in search of the store’s bakery, as she had been having a hankering for spanektos since arriving in Greece
Refueled and ready to continue our adventure, we hopped on our quad and scootered our way back through town and past the port where our ship was docked. It was here that we found another shamelessly beautiful beach. We posted up and wasted no time jumping into the ocean. We were surrounded by turquoise and teal, but with such clarity that you could open your eyes under water and see everything as plain as day. Clean, pure, and crystal clear. Truly an ocean experience like no other. We floated, swam, looked at the many fish swimming by (no need to snorkel, you can see the fish without evening needing to go under water), and just marveled. Hungry and wanting to wonder the town before heading back to the ship, we returned our quad (the best and quite frankly the only way we would consider traveling around the island again…Casey did admit to Dan that he was right on this one! Gasp!), and decided to get lost through the town.
The town was structured to have meandering, narrow, winding lanes of streets in order to confuse marauding pirates back in the day
The afternoon on the ship was spent napping (yes the siesta plan is still in full effect). After our nap we went to the evening show in the ship’s theater; a Gypsy Kings meets flamenco guitar meets three amigos comedy act that was actually very funny and high quality guitar playing. After the show we had dinner at the Grand Pacific restaurant and walked around the upper decks enjoying the night. We returned to our room, spent some time enjoying our balcony then went to bed for an early morning port call in Iraklion, Crete.
Cheers from Mykonos!
Dan and Casey