Welcome to Mykonos, Greece!
The Top Travel Guide To Thie Popular Greek Island
The windmills of Mykonos are one of the islands lamdmarks.
Welcome to the world's adult playground. Mykonos is the Acropolis of PubClub destinations, a place where the afternoon scene exceeds the nightlife at many other destinations, where nights roll effortlessly into daybreak and where meeting people is as easy as seeing them.
If parents were truly interested in teaching their kids sex education, they would take them to Mykonos and let them observe the ancient process up close. The stuff written in the books happens here in the flesh.
Streets in Mykonos town are narrow and confusing.
Mykonos is Club Med without the choreography. It's nightlife is so active and the people so friendly, it's impossible not to become intoxicated from its lively atmosphere and, oh yes, the endless amounts of alcohol.
This is a small island, or at least what true PubClubbers see of it. In fact, one could blissfully survive here by sticking to a "Paradise Beach by day, Skandinavian Bar by night" routine. Mykonos is the most popular of all the Greek Islands, and is therefore its most crowded and expensive (at least when compared to other island destinations).
Shopping and Strolling, Dining and Drinking
Believe it or not, this is the main street in Mykonos.
Also called Mykonos – or Mykonos Town, more precisely –
It has a fairly well-deserved reputation as one of the world's most popular gay hangouts. True, it is very accommodating for those individuals. However, for heterosexuals, shutting out Mykonos for this reason would be akin to casting aside San Francisco. Yes, there is an active gay scene, but unless one really seeks out such activities, that aspect of the island will scarcely be noticed.
Paradise Beach Is For Partiers
The party in Mykonos starts on Paradise Beach.
Wwhile Mykonos is the adult party playground of Europe it is also ideal for couples, families and individuals seeking solace from the fast pace of life. There are many beaches and places to go that are so quiet and secluded, it is impossible to believe there is major raging happening on parts of the island.
If you want to party, go to Paradise Beach. There are buses from Mykonos town, on the side opposite the port. Super Paradise is accessable by boat and is mostly – but not exclusively – gay.
The other beaches are quiet and ideal for families. The best way to get there is on the buses; they run every half hour and return every half hour, as well.
Read more on the beaches below!
Rooms to Let
Finding Accommodations is No Problem
This lineup of people offering rooms greets every ferry arrival.
Insist on a place adjacent to the port town (also known as Mykonos; don't say you want to stay in Mykonos because this could be interpreted to mean the island and have you located halfway across to nowhere). Be persistent; ask specifically how far a walk the room is to town. Any response longer than "5 minutes" is unacceptable.
PubClub always stays right in town at a lovely Greek apartment run by the lively Evangelia. It's capacity is just three people, so it doesn't work for big gropus, but it's as sweet as the owner. Sometimes, she can accommodate another person or two elsewhere (50-80 Euros). Evangelia can be faxed at 0289-26931.
Beach-lovers and super-budget travelers should consider Paradise Beach. It's sparse but livable, right on the sand (8 Euros a day in summer). It's a bit inconvenient for the in-town revelry but buses run until 4:30 a.m. (1 Euro). The bars at the beach also are holding more night parties to not only keep the backpackers at the beach but also to pull people from town. Clearly-marked vans provide transport from the ferry and airport.
Dining in Mykonos
Where to Eat Great Meals in Town
The more expensive tavernas are here, which is by the water.
In a town with taverns located side-by-side, Mykonos has many choices for food. Seafood and classic Greek dishes are specialities and some restaurants specialize in Italian food.
The easiest way to find a taverna is to check the menu and then see how many tables are taken. We will give a couple of our favorites.
The best place for authentic Greek food is the large and ever-popular Niko's Tavern. Just in from the harbor, it's has daily specials (roasted lamb, fish, for example), seafood and pasta and Greek dishes, all for 5-10 Euros (and beers are just 2 Euros). For appetizers, the dolmades and in particular the humus are conversation-stopping delicious.
Mid-town is Kostas, which always has a crowd, and for good reason. Prices are 7-10 Euros and items like the lamb and roast pork are fantastic.
Restaurants charge a Euro "cover charge" to sit down (this includes silverware and bread) but tavernas by the water – especially along the harbor – bump this up to 4 Euros. These prices are supposed to be posted on the menu; if not, ask in advance.
Mykonos Sightseeing And Activities
Visit The Island's Many Beaches
Mopeds are as big a part of the scenery in Mykonos as windmills.
Mopeds are okay for a one-day adventure on Mykonos. There's really not much to explore beyond that time frame.
Mopeds offer a chance to see remote areas of the island -- head out of town past the port, along the cliff and up the dirt road past the hotel. There's a taverna up there somewhere. It's illegal to ride the mopeds through town -- the streets are narrow and are almost exclusively reserved for foot traffic.
The island's only other village is Ano Mera, 7 km from Mykonos town. Quiet beaches, such as Plati-Yialos, are within easy reach of moped travel. Buses also go to these beaches.
There's also a small stretch of beach a 10-minute walk past the busy bus stop.
Here is one of Greece's great contradictions -- the islands offer the chance to be completely alone or in the middle of the world's wildest party. These seemingly impossible situations can change as quickly as one's mood, in either a few hours or days.
Walking around Mykonos town and shopping is a daytime or nighttime treasure. Jewelry -- particularly of dolphins, which represent love to the Greeks -- is a specialty. Bargaining for price reductions is part of the deal.
The seemingly million travel agencies offer day trips to Delos.. It's an extensive historical site containing, among other things, a temple to commemorate the birthplace of Apollo. For us, a trip to Delos is hardly worth passing up a day on Paradise Beach.