Gay Guide to MYKONOS
With idyllic beaches, charming towns and sexy greek gods, there is no better place to relax and unwind in what must surely be the nearest thing to homo holiday heaven this side of Sodom!
Said to be named after Mykonos, the grandson of the god Apollo, the Greek island of Mykonos is a legend in its own right. Situated in the Aegean sea, Mykonos, the most cosmopolitan of all the Greek islands, forms part of the Cyclades range together with Paros, Naxos, Ios and Santorini.
Gay Mykonos Offers the tourist an abundance of steep mountains giving way to low, rocky hills combined with superb beaches.The island combines colourful fishing villages peppered with small churches and windmills together with sizzling nightlife in the towns. Oh and, of course, glorious sunshine most of the year!
Mykonos has always been a popular destination for gay travellers ever since the island’s glamorous jet set days of the 60’s. A small island nestled in the heart of the Aegean, Mykonos remains relatively unspoilt by the ravages of mass tourism and retains an air of glamour and exclusiveness that just keeps us flocking back year after year.
Mykonos remains relatively unspoilt by the ravages of mass tourism
No building is higher than three storeys. Motorways and traffic lights don’t exist and there are no big supermarkets or department stores. With its intimate, village-like ambience, Mykonos town retains much of the character of the small, sleepy fishing village that it was only 40 years ago.
You can’t help but notice the sheer number of gay tourists here, but no one would even dream of batting a well-plucked eyelid. Couples of every persuasion enjoy the cosmopolitan, refined atmosphere and stroll through the winding streets holding hands as the well behaved straights don’t see to care. What could be more tranquil? Despite Mykonos having become a euphemism for ‘gay paradise’, it’s also popular with the straights. Thankfully they tend to be a more avuncular and sophisticated crowd.
Only a 20-minute flight from Athens (or 4 hour ferry ride), Mykonos attracts more than 100,000 visitors during peak season joining the fewer than 10,000 locals each year.
Conveniently situated just a few minutes from Mykonos Town, the island’s airport is close-by and over the past decade, expanded air services have made the island even more popular.
Mykonos is a very small island. The main town (sometimes called Hora or Chora) can be traversed in about 15 minutes, so you need only ask the where a particular venue is; besides, most of the streets don’t have names and the natives are very friendly. The streets are a maze of narrow, winding alleyways – some only two to four feet wide, overhung with dazzling pink and purple blossoms. On every second doorstep sits a cat, gazing down serenely at passers by.
Mykonos fulfils everyone`s idea of what a Greek island should look like. All the clichés are here: the white-washed cubicle houses, gorgeous blue-green water, three gay beaches and beautiful people from all over the world.
The most popular and recommended clubs and bars to visit – as voted by our editors.
There are no mega gay clubs or European City style darkrooms in Mykonos and, compared to its rival, Ibiza, drugs are not as freely available. However, depending on what’ you are looking for, this may be a good thing. Unlike the frenetic party atmosphere of many other gay vacation hot spots, the Mykonos queer scene is laid-back. That’s part of the attraction. It’s a bit different.
There is certainly a bar-to-bar schedule in the town which starts early and continues well into the night so pace yourself. An evening beginning with cocktails at the Sunset bar at 7pm could easily stretch beyond next day’s breakfast.
Most of the bars are located along the alleyways of Mykonos Town and along the harbor. First stop will undoubtedly be Agias Kirakis Square. During peak summer nights there are literally hundreds of guys spilling out on to the streets enjoying a drink and, of course, the beautiful scenery drifting by.
Further along the harbour, you will find Porta Bar near to the church on the harbour and Kastro’s where you can start the evening and enjoy a cocktail while watching the famous Mykonos sunset. Moving further along the same road you will probably hear the Montparnasse Piano Bar before you see it as entertainers bash out favourites from shows past and present.
For those inclined to racier pursuits, there is late-night cruising along the old sea wall near the waterfront public toilets, and by the 600-year old Paraportiani Church. It is sweet justice that gay men have colonised the most sacred symbol of the homophobic Greek Orthodox Church as a place of queer desire and carnality.
The Public Toilets opposite Glam next to the Town Hall have had no electric lights for several decades. Police and the authorities are aware of what is going on, they really are the unofficial darkroom of Mykonos.
Hotels in Mykonos fill-up early so prices can be high! Book in advance. We have selected the best based on our reader’s feedback.
Mykonos has a wide-range of hotel styles and ratings, from chic affordable boutique hotels to ultra-luxury 5 star cliff-top escapes. Remember, this is one of the most popular destinations for young, hip and, moneyed Europeans so book early. Everyone is chasing the same rooms.
At the top end of the scale consider the Mykonos Grand Hotel, with its stunning location on the beach of Agios Ioannis (Think Shirley Valentine) just 3 miles from Mykonos Town.
Our favourite on the island is the Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge, a small property with stunning pool and stunning views of the town.
The Hotel Elysium is an exclusively gay 4 star hotel with friendly atmosphere. The Golden Star Hotel meanwhile is a family-owned 4 star gay-friendly hotel located close to all of the restaurants and bars.
For those seeking boutique style service, check out The Grace, located north of Mykonos town above the sandy beach of Agios Stefanos. Champagne breakfast served whenever you wake up!
From the best beaches to the most authentic restaurants, check out our top tips to exploring gay Mykonos.
Elia Beach is one of the most famous and largest gay beaches in Europe. Super Paradise while still popular, has become more mixed. There is still a large gay section on the right-hand side and the party in the beach bar at sunset is always busy. Check out the beaches guide for details on all the best beaches in Mykonos.
Greek food is world famous. There’s nothing better than trying a simple Greek salad, a slice of warm mousaka followed by some delicious Greek yogurt drizzled in honey, all al-fresco, on the beach in Mykonos. There is, however, a surprising range of cuisine available on the island from superb Italian restaurants (Catari Pizzeria) to delicious and world class sushi bars (we’re thinking Kuzina).
For local food with a twist check out Bakalo Greek Eatery. Want to try the local Ouzo and meze after the beach? Head to Alegro, with some of the sexiest staff on the island.
Finally, those searching fro glamour and style should head to the Belvedere Hotel’s Matsuhisa restaurant.
Mykonos is about 4 things – Eating, Sleeping, Sunbathing and Drinking. Mykonos is notorious for its criminal tranquility during the day and buzzing nightlife at night. Pack your best lube because Mykonos is all about getting tanned and getting laid.
That said, there’s some noteworthy sightseeing and several nearby islands to visit. Mykonos town is a classic example of Cycladic architecture with its narrow marble streets, tiny churches, whitewashed houses and bright painted doors and window frames.
Visit the Panagia Paraportiani church, the town hall and the castle located above the harbor.One of the town’s most photographed vistas is the row of famous old windmills overlooking Little Venice. With distinctive thatched roofs and spindly sails, these windmills have been an island landmark since the 16th century. They were built in the days when Mykonos was a significant stopover on the sea-trade route between Europe and Asia, to grind wheat to make bread for passing sailors. Nowadays, it’s mostly cruise ships that drop anchor; although the US Navy occasionally stops here for a bit of R&R.
Those looking for some rich gay culture should head to The Mykonos Archaeological Museum (Tue-Sun 09:30-15:00; €2). The museum has some interesting finds from nearby islands including a rather fetching torso of Hercules.
The shopping here is incredible. Within a 100 yards you will find a genuine Loius Vuitton store, an ancient Greek hardware shop, a tourist tat shop, a kebab house, a snack bar, a restaurant that will cost you an arm and a leg for a decent meal, a nightclub, a gay bar, a shop selling solely frozen yoghourt, a tattoo parlour, a mini – market, a tobacconist and a transvestite palm reader.
Mykonos has a range of hotels to suit every budget. We recommend you as stay close to the main town as possible and take the buses, taxis or boats to the gay beach each day.
All rooms or suites at Semeli Hotel have a flat screen TV, sitting area, marble bathroom & French doors with sea views. relax with a Turkish hammam, or a massage at the Semeli Spa.
Each of the rooms at Kouros Hotel & Suites is large and luxuriously appointed while retaining the charm of the characteristic architecture. All rooms have private terraces Sea views
Overlooking the Aegean Sea and Mykonos Town, the airy Vencia guest rooms feature light-colored furnishings & include a refrigerator, satellite TV & air conditioning. Slippers & Free toiletries.
Each of Harmony’s private balconies features views of Mykonos Town and the Aegean Sea and a perfect place to witness the beautiful sunset. Each room has double-glazed windows.
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