Visitor reviews of resorts, beaches, apartments, tavernas from visitors on holiday on the Greek island of Mykonos. Have you been to Mykonos this year? I welcome all opinions on holidays in Mykonos.
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Good: An outstandingly beautiful port, a succession of superb sandy beaches along the south coast . . . and there is a rural interior with farms and a few monasteries.
Bad: The sand on the famous beaches is as harsh and abrasive as ground glass . . . which is the style of the island's tourism, which is utterly immoderate, as is the cost of living.
Good: Unspoiled it isn't, but the island does offer excellent, if crowded, beaches, picturesque windmills and a rolling arid interior.
Bad: Mykonos has become easily the most popular (and the most expensive) of the Cyclades . . . producing some spectacular overcrowding in high summer.
Good: This dry, barren island frequently plagued by high winds but graced with excellent beaches and a beautiful, colourful, cosmopolitan town, has the most exciting and sophisticated nightlife in Greece.
Bad: If you seek the simple, the unadorned, the distinctly Greek - avoid Mykonos like the plague . . . but the party will go on without you.
I found your site quite by chance and I guess that the best thing I can say is that you're honest in what you see as the pros and cons of the Greek islands. Since you seem open to feedback, I thought I'd mention a few thoughts of my own. We arrived on Mykonos but our luggage (two smallish backpacks) made the decision to stay at Heathrow for a few days. The hotel owner took it upon herself to launder our meagre items of clothing and loaned us two dresses (which were certainly colourful – indeed one could have covered both of us) while our things were drying on the roof. Our bags turned up eventually and everyone came out to join in our delight at the reunion – complete with glasses of wine.
I actually didn't recognise Paros, Santorini or Mykonos from your overview. I holidayed there about seven years ago with my mother and we thoroughly enjoyed each island. We didn’t see any of the beach rubbish that you mention, and we certainly weren't overwhelmed by locals pushing tourist tat.
On Paros we discovered that virtually everything was closed because of a wedding that evening – the parents of both bride and groom invited us to attend the (very lengthy) service and we were warmly welcomed to sit with them afterwards at the reception – this despite the fact that we were the only guests who were clad in jeans and t-shirts (they were clean though). Even the bride said we should not worry but simply enjoy ourselves – and we did. The man who rented us a small car ('with enough brakes Madam') was very helpful and when we decided to stay another couple of days - only to discover that there wasn’t anywhere for us to stay !! – he kindly let us stay with his mum – she didn’t speak a word of English and our Greek wasn’t up to much more than thanks, and good morning/evening but she cooked up a storm for us, kept patting my mum's shoulder and indicating that she thought they were the same age. As it happens my mum was about 20 years older but showing a lot less mileage on her face – nevertheless our charmingly wrinkled hostess made us very welcome and cried when we departed.
On Santorini we were befriended by a family who ran a small restaurant – over the course of a few days we obliged their request to practice their English with us and they refused to take any payment for the delicious meals they served up almost without end. (we discreetly left some cash on the kitchen table before we left though).
So, that's my take on Greek Islands. Perhaps we were just fortunate – maybe it would be different if we returned there now. We're Australians, living in the Middle East, where my husband has been working for the past four years. We try to take a couple of weeks break away from the land of sand every few months and this time were tossing up between Italy and Greece (with a view to staying on some of the islands). As a result of reading all the downsides (which were certainly interesting, eye opening and informative) I’ve made an executive decision that we will be heading to Italy instead – so all's well that ends well. Thanks for your insight into the Greek islands.
Mykonos, home of Shirley Valentine and the high priced vodka and tonic, is one of the most picturesque harbours in Greece. As the ferry arrives, white sugar cube buildings come into view, clustered around the waterside, changing colour with the sunlight. The town is a maze of narrow stone streets - in aesthetic terms alone (the sheer look of the place) Mykonos Town is worth making the effort to see. Many of the bars and shops are stylish and well designed. One shop sells nothing but products that are the colour white.
After a while though, the frenetic pace of life in the streets, the ringing of the cash registers, the crowds milling through the narrow streets and the mopeds zooming everywhere, becomes slightly fatiguing - you'll want to sit in an unpretentious taverna with a bottle of retsina and a bowl of olives. If you drink in any of the bars in Little Venice, be prepared to pay a fortune by Greek standard. Presumably you are paying for the view over the sea, to sit on the terrace outside (but get there early - it gets busy) with the water lapping at your feet, watching as the twilight gathers.
From Mykonos you can get an early morning ferry to the nearby island of Delos, where you will usually have two or three hours to look around. This bare, heatstruck and lizard-haunted isle was sacred to the ancient Greeks and visitors can wander around a series of ruined temples devoted to various gods, all clustered around the harbour. There is also a theatre and a few derelict houses. Plundered down the centuries, Delos is now in ruins but well worth going out of your way to see. Allow time to visit the small but excellent island museum where you will find various mosaics, including one of Dionysus on the back of a panther and others depicting shoals of dolphins. In brief: spend a night on Mykonos, but stay on another island (Andros, for instance).
I just happened to click on a few of your opinions of the islands. As a Greek Cypriot, I found them amusing and fairly accurate. Yes, it is true, that many of the islands are now over commercialised, and in high season litter strewn. Yes, it is true, that in high season the locals stick their prices up, (similar to countries all over the world, especially London). Yes it is true that the locals live off the proceeds off tourism and can be seen to be trying to 'rip' tourists off. And yet, and yet . . .
I went to Mykonos not knowing what to expect as a naïve young student. Away from the obvious tourist traps, I stayed at a guesthouse, about half an hour walk from the town. The beauty of the landscape, the light (in the early morning,) and the stunning sunsets are still wonderful memories.
My husband who is English, had never experienced such friendly and helpful people. They went out of their way to show us the best beaches for picnics. We had a specially memorable meal on the town waterfront, we saw some fishermen offloading their catch at mid-day and half an hour later, we were eating fresh calamari and red mullet. I have never forgotten it. I don't know if I was treated well because I am Greek, and speak a few words, whatever it was, I have never forgotten what a magical island it was.(It had an 'otherworldly' quality about it)
I was very upset when I had to leave and go to Paros and other islands, which did not have that heart grabbing quality. I felt totally at home there, and never wanted to leave. Unfortunately now, I see documentaries on the nightlife of Mykonos, which looks totally removed from my experience. I still think if you are patient and if you don't expect anything, you can still find the 'real Greece', it is still there waiting for you.
I first went of Mykonos accompanied by Kevin, now my husband. He had worked as a holiday rep travelling the Greek islands and had discovered Mykonos. My introduction to this island was a breathtaking experience. The sight of the pretty harbour, the stunning sunsets and the cosmopolitan culture captivates me each visit. Yes, I went back and back and back. The thought of going back to this lovely place still fills me with an excitement I cannot explain. I agree, there are a lot of activities for the young and daring, but there are also a lot of quiet, peaceful areas guaranteed to give you the relaxing holiday you may well desire. I do not consider it shabby and as for expensive, yes, but shop around. If you bother to talk to the Myconians, they will, in response, be friendly and direct you to some beautiful unspoilt areas of the island. And shy not, if you have still got the party spirit in you, Paradise and Super Paradise is a lively place with not a hint of ageism.
Jean and Kev Brunt
If you see a postcard of a typical Greek island it is either Mykonos or Santorini - they are the typical picture postcard islands. Mykonos is one of the Cyclades group in the centre of all the islands. Picture white cube buildings, churches with blue domes and that is exactly what Mykonos looks like.
The main town is full of cafes and tavernas and is very cosmopolitan. The town is also in-your-face gay which I found a bit intimidating. Sad I know but there you are and it is intimidating when you're not used to it.
You can get lost in the tiny streets and run over by dozens of little delivery trucks and motorbikes. It has some very chic shops but watch the prices. Nightlife kicks in around midnight but it is very relaxed and friendly, not cheap and yobbish like Faliraki. There is no beach and to get to one you have to take a boat, a taxi or walk for miles. The beaches are topless or nude - nobody seems to care and it all seems quite normal. They are also superb, very beautiful, lovely sand but packed with bodies in the more popular spots, though you can find more secluded places. For a party atmosphere head for Paradise or Super Paradise. Elia and Ornos are much the quietest. Prices I thought reasonable - a little high but not as much as I'd come to expect and I didn't bother with the main tourist trap tavernas where you get stung - especially for drinks.
Mykonos is full of beautiful people. No lager louts here thank God as there are not many British - the place isn't cheap enough for them - mostly Italian and French with some Australian and Yanks. You can catch a bus from town to the best beaches. The further beaches need a boat but it's cheap. Take plenty of money with you though, as this is one expensive island! There are lots of good places to eat and dozens of trendy bars. You can also get fast food if you can't afford the prices. The harbour is the place for people watching and sipping cocktails.
Mykonos Town is really buzzing after midnight and a great place to be. For eating out try to get into Vincenzo's though the place is usually packed the food is out of this world. All the best restaurants are in the centre of the town. The harbour is both expensive and poorer quality. Beer is about £2 a bottle everywhere except the really smart bars where they charge double that or more. The priciest drinks are in Little Venice - We got stung for a cocktail and the smallest bottle of lager. The Piano bar near Little Venice is worth a visit, though the cheapest drinks were very expensive and cocktails cost even more.
I wouldn't call Mykonos a typical Greek island. Compared to a lot of other islands it is a lot more touristic, there are a lot more tourists, there's more nightlife than most and it's more expensive. The Scandinavian Bar is a place to go for a not-too-expensive beer. It may cost more than other islands but it's cheap by Mykonos standards. I find that some of the tavernas on Mykonos aren't very good - I have my favourite but can't remember what it's called and it would be hopeless trying to describe where it is. I don't agree that the gay scene is in your face - just keep away from Pierro's Bar, the western end of Super Paradise Beach and Elia Beach and you'll hardly notice any.