So you have decided to book a trip to Europe, but you can’t decide between Barcelona or Mykonos. We understand, both are incredibly popular and beautiful places.
Which one is for you?
Weather: the climate of Mykonos is relatively mild all year round. Temperatures reach up to 30’c in July and August and have little or no rain at all. Rain can be expected between October and April, however temperatures in this time still remain mild, dropping to a daily average low of 10’c in January and February.
Beaches: Mykonos is well known for its beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Some of the best beaches can be found on the south coast, however these tend to get very busy during peak season. Most beaches have all the facilities you would require, including restaurants, beach bars and water sports. Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach are most famous for their wild beach parties, so if this isn’t for you then I would give them a miss.
Culture: There are a number of museums in Mykonos, however they are not overly popular and best saved for a rare rainy day. Instead, take your time to tour the towns, particularly Little Venice, with picturesque medieval houses and colourful balconies.
Food: In Mykonos it is easy to eat cheap or spend a fortune, so make sure you look at the prices on the menus outside the restaurants before you commit if you are on a budget. Restaurants on the shoreline tend to be more expensive, with those within the town tending to be a little cheaper. There are many restaurant options to cater to your taste including sea food, classic French, Italian and of course, Greek!
Nightlife: When it comes to clubbing in Greece, Mykonos is the place to be seen! The nightlife is often compared to Ibiza in Spain with a mixture of classy and sophisticated drinks to let-your-hair-down and go-a-bit-wild beach parties.
Architecture: Be sure to check out the famous landmark of the Windmills in Mykonos Town. Up at these windmills you get a pretty view of Little Venice and it is also a popular location to watch the sunset. Panagia Paraportianí is the most impressive church on the island. This whitewashed church was not complete until the 17th Century, even though it dates back to 1425! The ground floor chapel is open to visitor all day and is located in the Kastro district.
Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain and arguably the most famous. It has a population of 1.6 million people covering 39.34 square miles making it a busy and bustling city!
Weather: The weather in Barcelona is mild all year around. The coldest time being between December and February, with the hottest month in August where temperatures can reach up to 29 degrees. If you like to bathe in the sun, temperatures are warm enough right into October.
Beaches: Barcelona is a coastal city with miles of beach to enjoy and they are incredibly clean. Barceloneta beach was named as the best urban beach by National Geographic!
Culture: Barcelona has many museums to offer, including the Picasso Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA) the Miro and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) so you won’t be short on culture.
Food: The most famous dishes in Barcelona are ‘tapas’ which are small portions of food which you order many of and sometimes even share with the table. Being part of the Mediterranean, you won’t be short of seafood options. Barcelona also has many other food offerings, including food markets, which shouldn’t be missed! Be prepared to eat dinner late in Barcelona, the locals often eat their around 9:30 – 10pm!
Nightlife: Barcelona has become known as the city that never sleeps and it is difficult to find a bar or club that is closed during the night! There are some trendy hotspots in the city, including El Born, the Old Town and Port Olimpico.
Architecture: Barcelona is home to lots of beautiful architecture. Be sure not to miss Antoni Gaudi’s famous La Sagrada Familia church. Did you know that Gaudi started building the church in 1882 and even today it is still not finished? Also be sure to visit Parc Guelle, another location of Gaudi’s work, with the famous mosaic lizard.
All in all, both Mykonos and Barcelona offer everything you could need from a holiday, but which to visit would depend on whether you are looking for a bustling, urban setting or a more relaxed, picturesque, island holiday. Whichever you choose, you will sure be in for a treat.
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