Advantages sea,sun,sand,sailing!,and lots of sex...honest
Disadvantages expensive, crowded
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To call Mykonos a 'gay island' is like calling San Francisco a 'gay city'. Sure there are gay bars and homosexuality is not hidden, but unless you are looking for it you may not even notice it because above all, Mykonos is a destination for all types of people. From jet setters to college students and families, Mykonos is Greece's most well known and popular island and the people you see are from all walks of life, from every country, and sexual preference...even priests.Mykonos town in the 10 or more years since I spent my first teenage summer there, has changed dramatically with clubs, bars, boutiques, internationally known restaurants of various ethnic styles and so many visitors that a summer night in town is like "hell". Mykonos is not cheap. But if you are on vacation, with money to burn and willing to pull out all the stops the nightlife compares favorably to any major city or party town in the world. The discos stay open till dawn and there is no nicer place to nurse a slight hangover then in an umbrella shaded beach chair a few feet from the sea where one can slowly build up his strength to face the next evening's festivities.
Mykonos is like Spain's Ibiza. Is the cross-roads of the hip universe. Everybody goes there, from Keith Richards laying on his back floating in the sea with a cigarette dangling from his mouth, to your favorite TV or movie star and their entourage, moving from club to club in search of action. Famous politicians, designers, newscasters, basketball players and coaches, kings, queens and commoners all make Mykonos their first choice in holiday destination.Mykonos is easy to get to. There are many flights a day from Athens and more ferries from Pireaus or Rafina, then to any other island. The boat ride is about 5 hours with stops in Tinos and Syros. Avoid any boat stopping in Tinos a few days before the 15th of August if you are going to Mykonos, and after the 15th when you return. This is because thousands of Pilgrims go to the Holy Icon in Tinos for the Panagiri and unless you have a ferry ticket in advance you probably won't get on and if you do you will wish you hadn't as it can be very crowded and uncomfortable. There are also connections to Mykonos from Santorini and the other Cyclades islands so if you find yourself in a position where you have to travel on these days, ask your travel agent for help with another route.
I recommend booking a room before you come to Mykonos though it is possible to find rooms (from £25 per night to) on your own when you arrive in most circumstances. By booking a room in advance you will have more choice of where you are and what kind of place you stay in. Plus it's a nice feeling to know you have something waiting for you when you get off the boat, rather then having to walk around trying to find something. Like many islands there will be people at the boat waving pictures of their rooms and if not there is a tourist information office but this is usually hit or miss. Again, book your accommodations with a reliable like Dolphin Hellas or Aegean Thesaurus who can probably get you discounted rates too or Fantasy Travel who not only have cheap rates but can also find rooms when everyone tells you there are none available. By contacting one of these agencies, you will be working with someone familiar with the territory and you can tell them what are your needs and how much you are able to pay.The town of Mykonos is one of the best examples of Cycladic architecture and is a maze of streets and alleys so that you never know where you will end up. But along the way you will see things that may surprise you, from a branch of your favorite boutique that you assumed only existed in London, to expensive french restaurants, traditional churches, gold shops, tavernas, an internet cafe and a pelican named Peter who would be in his mid sixties had he not been replaced so often. (One incarnation bit me, in fact he nearly swallowed my entire head. Don't ask.)
The island of Delos is uninhabited but is one of the most important archeological sites in Greece. It was once a thriving port and commercial center. Said to be the birthplace of Apollo, the Delian games were held here and the ruins of the city are quite extensive and well worth a visit, especially in the spring when wildflowers are in bloom. There are numerous taxi boats and tours to the island advertised in the port of Mykonos.The best beaches are found by taking the bus to Platyialos, which is more of a family beach, with rooms to rent, restaurants, beach umbrellas, and the small boats that can take you to the other beaches. The first beach you will come to is Agia Anna which is usually quiet and still relatively undeveloped. The next stop is Paradise beach where there is a campsite, music, water sports and a restaurant or two. The next beach is Super Paradise which is a gay nudist beach. The last beach is Elia which is also a nudist beach. There are other beaches scattered around the island but these are the most well known and among the best in Greece.
If you are coming to Greece on a budget vacation your money will go a lot further on other less popular islands then it will on Mykonos. If you are traveling with your children you may want a more traditional island that is a bit more family oriented like Lesvos, Sifnos or Naxos. But if you have money to spare and want to have a wild time, meet new people and possibly have sex with them, you will love Mykonos. Marketers used to refer to 4 Ps of marketing; in greece we have what we call 4 Ss: Sand, Sun, Sea and SEX.By the way...do you remember Austin Power's line?
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