Most Mykonos visitors spend days at one of the many superb beaches after waking late (10am, midday or...), and breakfasting at their hotel, or a special brunch place in-town. Most beaches are near to town: take the local bus, local caique boats from Platis Yialos Beach, taxis, or rent a bike, car or jeep. All beaches - even the farthest - have (at least) one small taverna, open from midday. Most beach-goers get back late to their hotels/ accommodation, rest up, then shower, and are ready for early the cocktail and sunset bars by 7 or 8pm. Dinner at restaurants and tavernas, starts at 8 or 9pm earliest. Restaurants and other food places are busy, and stay open well beyond midnight. Late night bars and discos open around 11pm; the craziest, fun hours are between 1 to 3 or 4am. Then, back late to the hotel...and following the late morning breakfast/brunch (11am- 3pm), off to the beach again... a holiday rhythm that continues day after day.
Beaches: Mykonos counts some of the best sandy beaches in the Aegean Sea. Below: list of beaches most liked by gays and their friends.
Elia: Long, large sandy beach with mixed sun worshippers : gay & hetero, not overcrowded. Has 3 restaurants/taverns. Nudity ok at one end. Last stop for small boats leaving from Platis Yialos beach : bus service from Chora (Mykonos Town: beach at 10 km). the end part of the beach has now more gays then the Super paradise beach!
Agrari: Charming, more secluded, smaller beach, a 5min walk away from Elia. Not crowded, comfortable.
Super Paradise (local name Plintri): Magnificent beach with crystal-clear water in small but deep bay: end-beach totally gay with nude bathing, especially along the the rocky coastline. Was till recently the most famous gay beach in this part of the Mediterranean, but now Elia beach has become more popular... Regular caique boats from Platis Yialos Beach. The new Jackie O' Club will bring many gays back to this superb beach!
Panormos & Agios Sostis: More isolated, less crowded beaches, at island's northern part, nice mix of people. Own transport necessary.
Paranga: 15min along coast walk from Platis Yialos Beach. Small mainly gay section. Some nudity on the coastal rocks. Good quality beach tavernas.
Paradise (Kalamopodi): Beautiful beach, but not gay, mainly young hetero crowd. Famous from the hippy years. Big camping site, well organized, regular bus service. Other popular beaches are more family orientated: Platis Yialos, Ornos, Kalafati, Agia Anna, Psarou, Agios Stefanos, Tourlos, Agios Ioannis, Kalo Livadi, Lia...
Mykonos Island has a top rate reputation for quality restaurants & dining, and offers the most sophisticated night life in Greece. The town's maze of tiny streets is alive until the early hours; and the rest of the island (beaches or Ano Mera Village) also offers good standard restaurants, large discos and lively bars. To follow alphabetically: Choice of recommended dining-out (mixed clientele) and going-out (manly gay or gay friendly). The gay square landmark of Mykonos for 30 years with Pierro's ... is not anymore but many bars are doing very well: see below.
Babylon, Town sea side, next to Jackie O. T. 22890 / 25152 Same gay friendly style and crazy ambience, dance music and table outside, on the pier, for relaxation
Jackie O, end of Yalos (waterfront near jetty for Delos departures and area of famous Paraportiani Church. From late afternoon, just before sunset, with champagnes, cocktails and lounge music. When the wind is not strong there will be deck chair on the sea side. + new for 2013 the Jackie O' Beach overlooking Super Paradise Beach.
Kastro Bar: open from late afternoon till late at night: Classical music bar, calmer atmosphere at Little Venice, with spectacular sunsets and cocktail hour: popular, many regular clients.
Lola: Hosts Gilles and Dimitris from reputed Magic Garden Bar. This bar has a very cabaret, theatrical feel. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and the service is outstanding with great mix of music. A perfect beginning to any night.
Montparnasse Piano Bar: American style music with join-in atmosphere. Quieter mood at sunset. Friendly crowd and service. Has art gallery. Extensive cocktail list. Click here for performers, summer 2013: Phyllis Pastore: this big hearted lady from New York, will be back in September with romantic songs and humor.
Porta Bar: Sophie the French gay icon & Martin return to Porta! Small, charming inter-connecting bars, completely renovated in 2010, with new decor & style. Lively, flirty atmosphere.
Sunset Bar: Breakfast, lunch & cocktails, at Elysium Hotel 's all day pool bar open to public, and sunset becomes a crazy party.
Restaurants and Tavernas: (selection from more than 100 Mykonos eating places: most enjoy a large gay clientele )
Aqua: managed by Daniele : Already a favorite & atmosphere eating spot on Little Venice waterfront. The Italian tradition continues...good food guaranteed.
Bakalo: in Lakka
Avra: Greek & international cuisine, now in the "Chez Maria's" garden, right in Town.
Blue Ginger: Refined Chinese-Thai restaurant, just outside and above Mykonos Town: superb varied menu choice; a stimulating culinary island change.
Catari: new place entrance of Town, run by ex-Gola team with typical Italian food: pizza, pasta & drinks by the bar.
Daniele's (at Basoulas): On Ano Mera Road: top class cooking, always fresh products & ideas. One of the best restaurants on Mykonos for several years now.
Fato A Mano: Central in Town: from noon till late at night: friendly service & delicious dishes from Thessaloniki: enjoyable meals under a shaded patio.
Hippy Fish, on the beach of Agios Ioannis: famous for fish and seafood, plus relaxation, sunset & peaceful
Interni: Up-market restaurant with stylish decor, outdoor court seating under large pergola & canvas umbrellas, full bar, expensive.
Katrin’s (La Maison De Catrine): Refined, reputed, international/French style "nouvelle cuisine". Reservations recommended. Expensive.
Koursaros: seafood in the heart of Mykonos Town, Meletopoulou Square - Limni. New spacious open air fish restaurant with large choice of fresh fish and catch of the day! all at reasonable prices.
Lotus: Small, romantic spot, right on main street Matoyianni, seating under a canopy of vines, good food and full bar: one of the oldest bar-restaurants on Mykonos.
Mediterraneo: Friendly, simple, outdoor seating on terrace in central Lakka Square, good food (Italian & Mediterranean), lively mood.
Matsuhita (or Nobu): Fashionable, exclusive Japanese restaurant at chic Belvedere Hotel, Mykonos Town. Sushi specialties and Pacific fusion.
Nautilus: small, charming, comfortable restaurant serving local specialties, fish & desserts: friendly service. Small outside terrace.
Niko's Ioanna's Taverna: Ultra simple, charming and friendly taverna, right on Megali Ammos Beach, 5min walk from Town. Traditional Greek dishes and appetizers, plus fresh fish & sea-food. Reasonable prices, worth the visit.
Niko’s Taverna: Recently & tastefully revamped, while retaining its famous simple tavern aura: large selection of typical Greek dishes. Always lively, very busy, has both indoor and large terrace seating. An institution in its own right !
To Ma'ereio: Recently opened traditional Mykonian style restaurant by 2 brothers and mother. Home cooking dishes, fresh & varied, good bar, reasonable prices. Very popular with visitors and locals. Open winter too.
Fashion boutiques, art galleries and gift shops are gay and lesbian friendly. Gay press and books: the international newspaper shop, near Ag. Kyriakos Church, behind waterfront and near Pierros' bar. MYKONOS ACCOMMODATION CENTER The gay-friendly travel agency: JOHN VAN LERBERGHE from MYKONOS ACCOMMODATION CENTER in BUMP gay travel show