Advantages Vibrant, relaxing, fun
Timeless charm (the windmills and sugarcube buildings are beautiful)
Hundreds of tiny boutiques
Loads of great little restaurants
Some brilliant beaches (St Stephanos is fantastic)
Crystal clear waters
An ecclectic mix of people
Cheap drink in the shops (1L of Ouzo = £2ish)
Relaxed pace of life
Until last year I had never heard of Mykonos, but when one of my best mates went out there to spend the summer with his boyfriend, I decided it would be a good plan to go there for my annual summer holiday. Thankfully my girlfriend agreed to the plan...
Further reseach on the island prior to departure revealed that Mykonos is seen primarily as a "gay" resort, and to be honest, this is a reasonably accurate description of the island. I think anyone with a limited view of the world would have their eyes opened, and any particularly closed minded people may have serious problems with *some* areas of the island. From what I saw, there must be a 50/50 split in the amount of gay/straight holiday makers who visit the island, and this makes for a hugely ecclectic, vibrant place!
We stayed at the Paola's Appartments, and were made to feel hugely welcome by the owner and her husband. The appartments were typical of most of the Greek islands, basic, but comfy. Nothing was too much trouble for the owners, and when we asked for our two single beds to be replaced with a double, it was done within an hour!
The appartments were just up a (rather steep) hill from Mykonos town itself - you pass them as you come down the road from the airport - the ideal location as far as we were concerned. It allowed good access to the town centre ("taxi square"), and was far enough out of the town to be a touch more relaxed at night.
If we had a problem with both the appartments, and the island as a whole, it would be the mopeds. These seem to be driven by anyone, regadless of age, ability, inibriation, etc... Going anywhere near a road is a near death experience, as people cut each other up, squeeze through tiny gaps, look in completely the wrong direction, etc. How we never experienced an accident I'll never know. The noise that one of these things makes is bad enough, but when five come racing past your appartment, it can become close to unbearable. Fortunately as the week went on, our hearing adjusted to the point where you didn't hear them anymore. But personally, I think it does spoil the island a little.
The pace of life in Mykonos is very relaxed. We spent most day's pottering around the town, or on the beach at St Stephanos (a ten minute bus journey from the town). Nights were spent eating and drinking in some of the friendliest places I've had the opertunitly to visit. Unfortunately, we never got to experience the islands two main clubs, as the real night life in Mykonos tends to get going at around about 1/2 am, carrying on until mid morning!
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