Gay Mykonos • Essential Guide

First time to Mykonos? Then our essential guide for gay travellers is for you.

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Μύκονος

The Greek island of Mykonos is part of the Cyclades and located in the middle of the Aegean Sea. The island has an area of 85 km². Most inhabitants live in or close to Mykonos Town which is  located on the west coast.

Mykonos is renowned as being the gayest island in the Aegean and for having a vibrant cosmopolitan nightlife.

 

Gay Rights in Greece

Gay sex was decriminalised in 1951. Male prostitution has been legal since May 2006. Wide reaching anti-discrimination laws came into effect in 2014, adding to limited protections that had been available since 2005.

The age of sexual consent is 15 for everyone.

On 24th December 2015, same-sex cohabitation agreements came into force. These same-sex civil unions grant all the rights of marriage except adoption.

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Little Venice in Mykonos Town

Gay Scene

Mykonos has been a gay holiday destination for more than 30 years.  During the late 1990’s, the emerging gay scene in Ibiza enticed a lot of gay sunbathers away from Mykonos, but the past few years have seen a resurgence in the island’s popularity.

Mykonos has an excellent gay beach scene and a number of popular late-night gay bars & clubs in the Old Port area of Mykonos Town. The XLsior gay summer festival which started in 2009 hosts dance parties every year and has become a hugely successful event.

 

Getting to Mykonos

Mykonos Airport (IATA: JMK) is located 4km from the town. There are daily flights between Mykonos and Athens all year around. Between May and October, there are numerous charter and scheduled flights to many European destinations.

Most hotels offer airport transfers, some free of charge. There are taxis at the airport. However, demand often outstrips supply and in peak season so you may need to wait a while.  A taxi from the airport to a hotel in Mykonos Town usually costs around 10 euros. The bus to Mykonos Town cost 2 euros and takes around 10 minutes.

paraportiani-chuch-mykonosParaportiani Church  (popular after dark)

Getting around Mykonos

See our Mykonos Gay Beaches page for information on how to get to/from the beaches. If you want to explore the rest of Mykonos or other beaches, then the best option is to rent a car.

There are a large number of car and bike rental agencies near the main bus station and airport.  Be aware that cars are not permitted in Mykonos  Town. There are free parking areas on the port side of the town. It’s a good idea to check with your hotel that they have a car park.

Renting a car – Booking in advance is essential during peak periods. Size matters – a smaller car definitely has the advantage of being easier to park in peak season. Most agencies (Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, Enterprise) have bases at the airport and cars in front of the terminal.

Renting a motorcycle or quad bike. Risky! Poor quality roads and appalling driving standards makes riding a bike very risky. Amazingly, the majority of riders don’t bother wearing a crash helmet. Stupidity beyond belief as the numerous accident victims are a very long way from the nearest specialist head injury trauma unit.

Taxis on Mykonos – The island only has 25 taxis. Plan ahead if you want to use a taxi and book at least 2 – 3 hours in advance.  It can be very difficult to get a taxi late a night, particularly when people are leaving the bars and clubs.

 

Where to Stay

For a list of recommended hotels in Mykonos, visit our Gay Mykonos Hotels and Gay Mykonos Luxury Hotels pages.

 

Eating Out

Mykonos Town as seen an explosion in new restaurant openings in recent years. But this has done nothing to bring down prices.

Even a modest meal out will cost 20 – 30 euros per person. At the top end, expect to pay 100 euros per person upwards (for food alone) at places like Interni or Ling Ling (both of which we have tried, and both of which we think are somewhat overrated).

From July to end of September we strongly recommend you plan ahead and book tables in advance.

 

Things to See & Do

The Mykonos Town center is an attraction in its own right. The beautiful, white washed narrow lanes are filled with numerous boutique and restaurants that stay open until very late at night.

The Windmills – one of the most famous landmarks on Mykonos.

Matoyianni Street – main arterial street of Mykonos – great for shopping and walking around.

Little Venice – colourful two- and three-storey houses standing by the sea – now home to numerous bars and cafés and extremely popular at sunset.

Archaeological Museum of Mykonos – a little bit of culture and nice break from the party scene.

The Pelican – the island’s mascots, found most days in the town center.

 

Want a Longer Holiday?  Consider Santorini.

If you are planning a 10 or 14 day holiday, the consider combining a week in Mykonos with a visit to Santorini. Experience two very different Greek islands.

Hit the beach and gay scene in Mykonos and then enjoy the spectacular views and laid back lifestyle of Santorini. The two islands are connected by daily fast ferry service. Click here to read more about Santorini. 

 

Money

Greece is part of the Eurozone. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted.

 

Hospitals

Mykonian Health Private Medical Centre, Dexamenes, +30 22890 27407/27464/24211.  Open from 8am to 11:30pm.

Mykonos Hospital, Mykonos Town +30 22890 23998/23994. The public hospital with a 24-hour emergency service.

 

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