Mykonos

Untamed Fokos beach

On Fokos beach, a small, makeshift, wooden sign reads: ‘Beware! Mermaids.’ You’re more likely to find horses galloping through the surf of this sandy bay — there’s a horse riding outfit nearby.  

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On the unspoiled north-eastern coast of Mykonos, Fokos is at the end of a bumpy track. One of the last bastions of bohemian Mykonos, this is where insiders go to escape the summer crowds. 

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When the north wind picks up, retreat to Fokos taverna. Run by a charming Greek-Canadian family, this barefoot beach tavern serves some of the island’s most exquisite food. Try Mykonian louza (cured pork tenderloin) with rocket and figs, orange and beetroot salad topped with goat’s cheese, and chops grilled to juicy perfection by Chronis. 

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His daughter Marissa makes the gorgeous ceramics on sale in a corner of the flagstone terrace, decorated with driftwood fish and bouquets of dried herbs.

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When the party is over and you crave peace and solitude, follow the locals to Fokos. Untamed, laidback and authentic, this is the Mykonos that most people don’t know about.