I’m not sure how we hit upon the Greek island of Mykonos for a week long trip in early June. It was only after we’d booked it that we realised its credentials as a party destination. Understandably, now we have a little person in tow, going out all night no longer made our list of priorities. We simply wanted somewhere hot, different and relaxing. My husband had never been to the Greek islands before and my only experience was a girl’s trip to Zante when I was 18 where partying until the wee hours after consuming large ‘fishbowls’ then recovering on the beach was the general theme for the holiday. Oh, aside from one ill judged attempt at a bike ride. Six girls cycling up large hills in the searing midday heat without any breakfast was not our finest hour, the result? Me having my first (and only) asthma attack. Yes, this was to be a far different trip to the Greek isles and despite Mykonos’ reputation as a party island we were to forgo the night life in search of a family friendly getaway.


Popular with gay travellers and once one of the poorest islands in the Aegeon, Mykonos has since cemented its place as a sun drenched haven for all types of clientèle and is now one of the most expensive to visit (upstaged perhaps only by Santorini). Food and drink, although of a high quality, is on the pricey side, on par with other western European holiday resorts.


Mykonos’ family friendly credentials were immediately apparent as Mrs T – then nine months old – proved an instant hit. The Greeks adore children. She has never been so popular and was treated like an A-list superstar in the vein of Lady Gaga or Angelina Jolie. Us, her parents, were mere body guards. She had locals and tourists alike fawning over her throughout our stay – at our hotel, The Myconian Ambassador and on the streets of the Mykonos town – where every few metres she was accosted and showered with compliments. All the while she was lapping up the attention and duly smiling back, blowing raspberries and twirling her feet around with her arms outstretched as she often does when she is excited. She really is a sociable young lady – with the smile, patience and public awareness Tom Cruise would be proud of.

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Mykonos Old Town

Mykonos old town, known as ‘Hora’ and nicknamed the Venice of Greece, is a treat to behold. It is a very unusual place – the heart of which is essentially a maze which hugs the waterfront. It is labyrinth of cobbled streets, lined with beautiful white washed buildings adorned with blue painted doors – the epitome of a traditional Cycladic town. Inside the quaint buildings lie a range of boutique shops, cafes, bars and restaurants serving international cuisine. During our day trip there we had a large, delicious meal at the restaurant Fato a Mano where I will give them extra family friendly points for giving Mrs T a flashing disney toy (although it was after we had olive oil accidentally spilt on us).

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Mykonos town is not a place to be rushed but one in which to relax and savour its uniqueness. Have a wander, pop into the shops and sit down and eat and drink while taking in your surroundings. Most of all, be open to getting a bit lost. The narrow cobbled streets aren’t massively ideal for a pushchair but the attention we received from everyone more than made up for it.

Even though we hit the town as two cruise ships of people started cluttering up the narrow streets, I would rather have been navigating through tourists with a buggy in daylight than at night time after frequenting the many loud and busy bars the island is renowned for- in particular the waterfront dance bar Jackie O’s – (no doubt that is where we would have been visiting if Mrs T had not been on the scene).

Harbour on Mykonos town

Beware of the Pelicans

Other than the bar named after her, the late Jackie Onassis-Kennedy’s presence on the island lives on in its large, living mascot – the Great White Pelican. It came as quite a shock to us to see one wandering around the cobbled streets but it is something they’ve been doing since becoming a mascot of the island in the 1950s when a wounded pelican, named Petros by the locals, was found off the coast of Mykonos. After his death in 1985, Jackie O helped keep the tradition going by donating a pelican called Irene. Since then two others, one of which has been named Petros the second, have been given to the people. They usually hang out by the harbour. We saw the one below close to the church.

Church on Mykonos island

Pelican on the Greek island of Mykonos

Beach Time

Aside from our trip into the main town we had a rather lazy holiday. We could have hired a car and checked out some other beaches but the one near our hotel was perfectly adequate – what would be the point in traipsing around in the hot weather? The sandy beach of Platys Gialos was more than suitable for us: plenty of sun loungers, clean sea, lots of restaurants, a great beach bar and friendly people. What more could you want? The restaurants were very accommodating to Mrs T with high chairs at the ready and lots of cooing. During the day we mainly frequented Yiaolo Yiaolo which has free wi-fi and beach loungers (those further away from the shore were free to use).

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It was perfect for us because we could wander down in an evening, when Mrs T was asleep in her pram, and choose from one of the many restaurants lining the beach. Our favourites were the family run restaurant, Avli Tou Thodori, which serves good, wholesome Greek food and the sumptuously decorated Bonasta which served (rather pricey) sushi and delicious fresh fish dishes (the seafood platter was enormous and divine). The only thing I decided to steer clear of on the trip was the Greek wine which, after persisting with a couple of glasses, decided was not the best.

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Day Trips

If we had felt a bit more energetic we could have taken a day trip to the tiny island of Delos – an important place in Greek mythology – where twins Apollo and Artemis, son and daughter of Zeus and Leto, were born. The island is believed to have first been inhabited around 2,800-2,500 B.C after archaeologists discovered the ruins of a pre-historic settlement. There are frequent boat trips to the island leaving from Mykonos old town.

It is a trip we would definitely take if we were to go back – something we would consider in light of Mykonos’ warm, friendly attitude towards families. It is not just a party island. It also has the benefits of offering beautiful scenery, delicious food, service and weather – we had sunshine everyday, temperatures in the range of 28 to 32 degrees Celsius. All in all it was a successful, relaxing trip where Mrs T was absolutely adored. However, although we managed to get a bit of a deal on a hotel, it is a place where you need to have a bit of spending money to truly enjoy the experience.
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22 Comments on Mykonos: Can The Party Island Be Family Friendly?

    • admin
      May 7, 2015 at 9:09 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Megan! I really loved it – so did my daughter! x

  1. Ashley Beolens
    May 9, 2015 at 12:08 pm (3 years ago)

    So many of the most stunning, ideal family destinations end up taken over by partying youngsters, it’s always a shame, glad it sounds like Mykonos is not one of then, I’ve always wanted to visit a Greek isle.
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    • admin
      May 9, 2015 at 12:50 pm (3 years ago)

      The Greek Islands are beautiful Ashley. You should definitely go at some point. The good thing is there are always parts that haven’t been overrun with party animals. I really loved Mykonos though.

  2. Pooja
    June 22, 2015 at 3:35 pm (3 years ago)

    What a lovely post! Having been to Mykonos two weeks ago, I was smiling reading all about it. Infact I just wrote a little post myself about the meandering streets of the city center 🙂 (http://www.abitofthisandalotofthat.com/?p=1017)
    My hubby and I didn’t end up partying as much as we thought we would, but lounging around the beach was the best!! I loved it!! Hopefully we go again and make it to Delos..
    Loved the post! Cheers!
    PS- Your baby is just ADORABLE!! xoxo

    • admin
      June 22, 2015 at 8:40 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you!! She’s a cutie and was SUCH a hit in Mykonos. It’s a great place, I’d like to go back sometime too. Xx

  3. Cathy (MummyTravels)
    June 23, 2015 at 11:55 am (3 years ago)

    Mykonos is so beautiful – I haven’t been back with my daughter, but I know how much the Greeks adore children. I loved Delos, although ancient sites always fascinate me, but I don’t think I’d go with young children simply because there’s no real shade and it gets SO hot in summer, plus you’re dependent on the boats if you want to leave. For older kids, it could be great though. #mondayescapes
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    • admin
      June 23, 2015 at 6:53 pm (3 years ago)

      I couldn’t get over how much they love children! Thanks for reassuring me about Delos – don’t feel so bad for not going now. Xx

    • admin
      June 26, 2015 at 3:37 pm (3 years ago)

      I do too – Greece ticks a lot of boxes! Thanks for hosting #mondayescapes

  4. Abderahim
    March 1, 2016 at 6:09 pm (2 years ago)

    Danielle This is so funny! This is where I was planning on hanvig our wedding. It is stunning no? I found it about a year and a half ago and have since been dreaming of it. But I was not able to get all the pieces together (budget, dates and so on) so our wedding will be at an other location. I am a little secretive about where but it will be pretty as well. I still dream of this amazing villa. Actually they have two next to each other. Maybe for a vacation in the future! happy weekend! xx J

    • admin
      March 2, 2016 at 8:20 pm (2 years ago)

      Have a wonderful wedding! Definitely recommend as a holiday destination

  5. Jurga - Full Suitcase
    October 24, 2016 at 9:53 am (1 year ago)

    I think any destination can be child-friendly if you adjust your travel style. We haven’t been to Mykonos, but visited Santorini when our oldest son was just 6 months old and had a very similar experience to yours. We loved it! Considering going back to the Greek islands next year.
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    • Wander Mum
      October 25, 2016 at 9:08 am (1 year ago)

      Very true Jurga! I do love the Greek islands. How did you find Santorini with a pram? I’m put off a bit by the gradient.

    • Wander Mum
      February 21, 2017 at 4:43 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much!

    • Wander Mum
      April 8, 2017 at 3:07 pm (11 months ago)

      It is a beautiful place. Yes, true!

  6. Maounas
    April 21, 2017 at 11:09 am (11 months ago)

    Mykonos is an island that everyone can do their holiday !! It’s not just for those who just want fun !! It’s for couples, family for everyone !! Beautiful Your Child !! I usually suggest to couples to rent a motorcycle in Mykonos and go to the beaches and the beautiful restaurants as well as climb up the hill and gaze at the sunset! I will suggest to you to enjoy your walks with your child either by car or on foot!

    • Wander Mum
      August 9, 2017 at 12:49 pm (7 months ago)

      Thank you! Some great suggestions. Mykonos is definitely for everyone!

  7. Agness of eTramping
    September 20, 2017 at 8:05 pm (6 months ago)

    Mykonos is a dream travel destination for me and I am in love with the white-blue houses there! How many days would you recommend spending there?

    • Wander Mum
      September 21, 2017 at 5:34 pm (6 months ago)

      It’s beautiful. We were there for a week I think. If you are island hopping I’d say three nights would be good. When you thinking of going?


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