Like most Greek islands, Mykonos comes alive with crowds during the months of June through September. Mykonos Town is the main transport hub into the island and the area most will stay. It’s a pretty place, with houses painted white to reflect the strong sun, with the characteristic blue church domes.
The high season of the island is from June to September but stick to the end of May to the beginning of July if you prefer to avoid the crowds. If you’re looking to go for the party scene, one of the most popular and biggest gay events is XLSIOR Mykonos described as Europe’s hottest annual summer gay circuit festival. It's also worth noting that due to its popularity as a tourist destination, Mykonos is quite expensive compared to other islands or regions of Greece.
Transportation & Airport Transfer
The easiest way to get from the Mykonos airport to the town is by taxi for about 30€, which takes about 10-15 minutes. However, there is a cheaper option by taking the bus for about 1.60€. It goes from Mykonos Airport to the southern bus terminal of Fabrika in Mykonos Town.
The roads on the island are underdeveloped and not made for pedestrians, but it’s fairly easy to get around by public bus. However, most visitors opt to rent their own vehicle such as a scooter or ATV which is a great option if you need to get around on your own. There are mobile apps for calling taxis, but popular ridesharing apps like Uber are not available in Mykonos.
Gay Hotels in Mykonos
There are a few gay hotels in Mykonos along with many gay-friendly options.
Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge – offers a luxury environment close to popular landmarks, such as Church of Saint George and Virgin of St. Rosary, and restaurants including Joanna's Nikos Place, D'Angelo Mykonos, and M-eating. This hotel also features a concierge, room service, a pool and free breakfast that are available on-site.
Mykonos Grand Hotel and Resort – this gay-friendly resort occupies 20 acres of landscaped gardens, whitewashed buildings and terraces for a perfect holiday setting. Just three miles from Mykonos town, the hotel offers a wide selection of rooms and suites. The superior rooms have spa-like bathrooms with steam cabin and jacuzzi. Many suites have private pools and barbecues for outdoor dining by a hotel chef.
Villa Konstantin – Set on a hillside, just a 10-minute walk from the cosmopolitan Mykonos Town, and surrounded by nature, the gay-friendly hotel offers well-equipped, rustic accommodation and panoramic Aegean Sea views. The Villa Konstantin is a small complex of studios and apartments, most with views of the sea. Guests may start their day with a continental breakfast, served indoor or outdoor at the pool area every day.
Elysium Hotel – The gay hotel features tasteful accommodations and a swimming pool with spectacular panoramic view of Mykonos town and the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea. Guests can use the hotel’s gym and hot tub. The hotel’s sunset-view bar hosts shows, DJ sets and fashion parties on a regular basis.
Geranium Residence – Situated 500m from Mykonos town, Geranium Residence is a gay, adults-only hotel offering a swimming pool with a large sun terrace. The white-washed rooms of Geranium hotel are decorated with modern furnishings. Some units also include a fully equipped kitchen with dining area and living room.
Paradise Beach Camping – probably the most affordable option on the island. It’s located near the famous Paradise Beach on the south side of Mykonos. They offer bungalows for 2-3 people, which are rooms from wood, with a small private shower and toilet, air-conditioning, mini fridge, daily cleaning, and buffet breakfast included. There are also beach cabins for 1-2 people, which are small wooden rooms, simple, lockable, with fan, electricity, linen, daily cleaning, common shower and toilet.
Paraga Beach Hostel & Camping – has a pool where you can relax or dance just above sea level, listen to the best early DJ sets before a crazy night and meet friends from all around the world. It’s located just half minute from Paraga Beach. You can choose between deluxe 3 bed private ensuites, bungalows with shared bathroom, tent rental beds, or dorms with 6-8 beds.
There are many sites for apartment rentals in Mykonos, with AirBnB probably being one of the most popular. Prices are generally comparable to budget hotels, especially if you’re willing to get a room in a shared apartment.
There are even a few LGBT-oriented booking sites like misterb&b with listings from gay hosts for gay guests where you can either rent a whole apartment or a private room in a shared apartment. Understanding Mykonos’ gay scene is much more easily done with the help of a local and apartment sharing is one of the best ways to meet someone living in the city who knows how things work, where and when are the best nights to go out, and what places to eat at and which to avoid.
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Sightseeing & Activities in Mykonos
Many visitors to Mykonos aren’t going so much for a cultural sightseeing experience but rather a relaxing day on the beach and party at night experience. Still, there are spots worth checking out and snapping a photo between busy days of basking in the sunshine and wild nights out.
Matoyianni Street – located in the center, this street is filled with designer stores, souvenir shops, and jewelers as well as several restaurants, bars and clubs offering a good time.
Little Venice – as the name indicates, this neighborhood has charming old houses painted white and blue that go right up to the edge of the sea. It’s a perfect spot for sunsets, bars, and restaurants.
The Windmills (Kato Mili) – a picturesque place for photo ops of the iconic windmills dating back to the 15th and the 16th century.
Paraportiani Church – easily the most photographed church on the island dating back to the 15th century.
Mykonos Folklore Museum – quite near Paraportiani Church, this museum houses many antiquities from the 19th century.
Archaeological Museum of Mykonos – contains unique artifacts dating back to the 9th century BC discovered in excavations of Mykonos and other nearby islands.
Agios Nikolaos Church – a small church situated on the edge of the sea at the beautiful old port of Mykonos Town with benches perfect for a rest and people watching.
Restaurants and Cafes
There are loads of restaurants and cafes to choose from in Mykonos Town and around the island, some tucked away between buildings and others with an outdoor terrace to enjoy the beautiful seascape views.
Kikis Tavern – this popular dining spot serving up incredible food is more of an experience than just cuisine. Near Agios Sostis Beach, it’s a secluded place with a view. Expect a line so show up early and enjoy the free wine offered while you wait.
M-Eating – excellent Greek eats with beautiful outdoor seating. Be sure to make a reservation and try the Mykonos honey pie.
Lalala – head to this cozy cafe for a great breakfast and coffee or brunch in Mykonos Town.
Hippie Fish – another good spot outside Mykonos Town and near Agios Ioannis beach, this beachfront restaurant has great Greek and Mediterranean choices.
Kastro’s – fantastic Greek and Mediterranean restaurant in Little Venice with amazing views.
Mykonos Gay Bars and Clubs
Mykonos Town is the beating heart of the LGBT community, with several gay bars, which are open during the high season.
Jackie O’ Bar – go for cocktails at sunset and stay to dance the night away among the friendly patrons and staff.
Jackie O’ Beach Club – above Super Paradise Bay, sip your drinks by the beach, jacuzzi or poolside. Enjoy the 360º Open Bar and a popular drag show by Priscilla.
Babylon – next to Jackie O’ Bar on the waterfront, this bar has drag shows, dancers, theme parties or simply relax with an early cocktail in their outdoor seating.
Porta – a nightclub with great music and mingling for a fun night out.
Elysium – a sunset carbaret bar and terrace at the Elysium Gay Hotel with a great drag show and unbelievable views.
54 Cocktail Bar & Sunset Lounge – part of the luxury boutique hotel The TownHouse, this recently redesigned bar and terrace has live music and weekly events.
Mykonos Gay Saunas & Cruising Bars
Mykonos is a small island and there are no saunas nor gay cruising bars in Mykonos. However, there are a few spots popular for cruising.
Paraportiani Church – At the end of the waterside promenade, past Jackie-O, this area with paths to the water is a cruising area any time after sunset.
Paranga Beach – gay and mixed crowd nude beach with cruising area near the rocky part.
Super Paradise beach – cruisy area once again near the rocky part along the sea.
Gay Beaches in Mykonos
Elia Beach – a mostly gay beach with sunbeds and umbrellas for rent. You’ll find the gay and nude area more on the right side.
Agrari Beach – less crowded than nearby Elia Beach and a bit cruisy with coarser sand but the same clear blue waters.
Paraga Beach – a small beach close to Paradise Beach attracting a variety of people, from the young to the nudists. You can find the gays in the direction of the rocks on the south side.
Super Paradise Beach – a lively beach with parties starting in the late afternoon. The gayer side is far right, close to Jackie O’ Beach Club.
Panormos Beach – a beach located on the north side of the island and becoming more popular. There’s a bus service from Mykonos Town and a good bar once you arrive. You’ll find gay and straight nudists at the far end of the beach.
Kalafatis Beach – a long sandy beach with windsurfers and equipment for rent. There are restaurants around and sunbeds and umbrellas for rent.
Gay Events in Mykonos
XLSIOR Mykonos – now with over 30,000 people attending from all over the world, they host some of the best artists in the gay circuit scene marking an unforgettable experience in their open air and breathtaking venues.
Day Trips from Mykonos
Delos Island – a beautiful island with sandy beaches and beautiful scenery. More importantly, it’s a significant historical site for researchers and archaeologists who have excavated temples and religious ruins there. You can take a boat from Mykonos to appreciate the beauty and history of the island. Book tour →
Tinos – this island is on the northern side of Mykonos and is a short 40-minute ferry ride away from Mykonos. Explore some great beaches and rural scenery plus the charming town of Pyrgos. Book tour →
Naxos – a large island found 45 minutes away by ferry south of Mykonos that’s popular with tourists. It has some wonderful villages along the coast and inland that are perfect for exploring or finding excellent places to dine. Hike up the tallest mountain of the Cyclades, Mount Zas. Book tour →
Paros – an island located southwest of Mykonos across from Naxos with many scenic beaches and villages to explore along the coast including Naoussa where you’ll find the ruins of a Venetian fortress. Also check out a well preserved 13th century Venetian castle atop a hill. Book tour →