Mykonos Island Resort Travel Guide for Solo Gay Travellers
Mykonos the gay heaven, we meet at last! After visiting this gorgeous island twice, I can’t wait to return for a third and a 100th time. I have met many people who return every year to this gorgeous piece of heaven. I can totally understand why. I have had a fun experience both time but gay travel to Mykonos is tricky as a solo traveller for a number of reasons; It is quite expensive, there is an overload of gay guys which somehow brings out the worst in them (shocking right!) and it doesn’t offer any new things to do except for the gorgeous sun, sea and sand with beach clubs thrown in. I’ll go through them in more detail in the relevant sections below. This doesn’t make Mykonos a bad place but I would recommend heading there with friends especially if you’re not comfortable talking to strangers.
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Getting to Mykonos
Mykonos has an international airport and it is very well connected to most of Europe. It is also a very short flight away from Athens and Aegean Airlines offers some good flight options through Athens. The first time I visited I took a ferry from Santorini. The second time I took the flights from London, direct and indirect both and everything was smooth. The airport is located a few minutes away from the town and you can easily get to your residence via taxi but most hotels provide shuttle service which I’d recommend taking because taxis and public transport aren’t great on the island. I did the same thing.
On A Ferry from Santorini to Mykonos
There are multiple ferries from Santorini and other Greek islands to Mykonos. All of them arrive at the new port which is a 10-15 minutes walk to the Mykonos Town or Chora. You can book your ferry through multiple sites like FerryHopper, DirectFerries and Let’s Ferry. All of them work with the same companies but book yours well in advance because summer months are a bit crazy and you would definitely want to avoid crazy prices and low or no availability.
The ferry ride between Greece islands Santorini and Mykonos is gorgeous if you can look outside (the windows are usually tinted to avoid the harsh sunlight), you will see sprawling islands, absolutely gorgeous little towns in whitewash (The only politically correct whitewash these days ;)) and crystal clear water in the colour of velvet sapphire. The journey would be epic on an open boat and if you don’t believe me read Odyssey.
Public Transport in Mykonos
The public transport is a bit of a joke on Mykonos and as far as I can guess, it is on purpose. They don’t want cheap people on the island you see…
Buses in Mykonos
There are two bus stations in Mykonos; one in the old town near Fabrika called Southern Station and the other one near the old port of Mykonos called North Station. From both these stations, the buses take you to different beaches and from what I got, it is quite random. You can check here which bus station to go to for which beach with complete schedules. Buses are the worst possible thing to rely on here, they are not frequent and you will be stuck with weird schedules throughout your holiday.
Taxi, Car Hire and Quad Bike Rental in Mykonos
A good alternative is to use the iMove app (both iOS and Android versions are available). It is cash only though. There are no other good taxi apps for Mykonos. iMove is the best taxi app for Mykonos.
The best way to explore the island with freedom is to hire a car or a quad bike. Car hires are also recommended well in advance. The best thing is to arrive and get a quad bike from Mykonos town. There are a lot of rental options. I hired a 250cc quad for 5 days for €30 per day. Petrol cost was €20. Now there are a few things you must know about quad bikes.
Tips for Renting A Quad Bike in Mykonos
- Ask around, don’t just get the first one, negotiation is not only common but expected.
- Hire a quad bike with good capacity, I got the 250 cc one, it makes life easier especially when you are going up and down steep hills at some beaches.
- You will get parking from the place where you hire it from, it is usually free.
- DO NOT forget the helmet, I know it is not as sexy but quad bikes can tip over and it is an absolute must.
- Do not get your tank completely filled because I got that done the first night and someone stole the petrol overnight, stick to 5-10 euro quantities.
- Learn not to rely on brakes too much and avoid sudden braking because quad bikes are notorious for flipping over, it almost happened to me on the first day.
- Go slow, seriously! It is better to enjoy that nice breeze and get home safe than ruin your holiday with an accident.
Is Mykonos Expensive? How Expensive is Mykonos?
The blatant answer is YES, Mykonos is at time ridiculously expensive with a single bottle of water costing up to €10 and cocktails are usually around €20-30. Hotels are no less expensive and so is food. You will need deep pockets if you want to visit Mykonos. I would definitely recommend booking things well in advance. The limited availability of places and spots for parties jack up the prices a lot. You will need roughly a €100 per day after hotel booking and car/quad bike rental for a somewhat decent day. My average was €170 with drinks and food.
You can check more details about the Cost of Living in Mykonos on Numbeo here.
Where To Stay in Mykonos
This is quite a personal choice. If you want to wake up next to a beach, there are plenty of options for that but if you want to have some buzz and party, the best spot to stay is Chora or Mykonos Town. There are many amazing hotels here but if you want a good place, you must book well in advance, sometimes a couple of years in advance. From the Belvedere Hotel to Rochari to Elysium, there is no lack of luxury hotels in Mykonos with so many options available.
Before my first visit, running around half-naked in Croatia and Portugal didn’t give me enough time to book the accommodation for Mykonos and the prices went ridiculously high, seriously high. I finally found a neat little place right in the Mykonos town next to the Windmills in Little Venice. The guy was super sweet and just appeared at the Port with my name at the time without me asking and brought me to the place which was small but functional. I wasn’t planning on staying indoors much anyway. The best part was the view of whitewashed houses dotted on the hills from my window and a small courtyard sized square.
The second time, I decided to stay nearby as well but in a nice apartment via Airbnb. The owner was great and helped me a lot with all questions.
Gay Hotels in Mykonos
If you must, there are plenty of gay hotels starting from Elysium which prides itself on being the only straight-friendly hotel. The price tag it comes with makes it anything but budget-friendly though. The hotel does have a great sunset lounge. The other hotel of choice for most gay folk is either Belvedere or Rochari. Rochari is just stunning with a beautiful pool and also faces west for the best sunsets Mykonos has to offer.
Honestly, most hotels and spots are gay friendly and it doesn’t make much of a difference because there are so many guy people on the island, every hotel is a gay hotel.
When To Visit Mykonos
Summer is the only time you should head to Mykonos, in winters the island is dead. Summer runs from April to October end with summer peak in July and August which is when most of the big parties happen. It is also very hot at this time, in my opinion, the best time to visit is September beginning or mid when things are still open and the weather is still nice and warm. Prices are also more reasonable and not every place is crazy packed.
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How Many Days for Mykonos
Mykonos is a fun spot where you could easily spend a couple of weeks if your aim is to lounge around Ona. Different beach every day. If you want some good time, 5 days is enough to explore this island with plenty of rest time and a couple of beach days packed in. When I say beach days, I mean doing absolutely nothing other than watching the waves splash from your sunbed while drinking a margarita.
Swimming trunks, sunscreen (SPF 50+), sunglasses, flip flops, beach bag, driving license.
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Food in Mykonos
It is quite hard to find bad food in Mykonos whether it is small taverns or international restaurants or beach houses. Fresh seafood is in plenty with a lot of places offering great international cuisine as well. Most of the beaches have a beach club attached and food is also available. I wrote a separate article about it with all the relevant information.
To get some restaurant and food spot recommendations, check out my Food in Mykonos Guide.
Gay Mykonos/ Gay Travel to Mykonos/ Gay Nightlife in Mykonos
Mykonos is a gay paradise in the sense that you can be as liberated as you want with no one batting an eyelid. It has, sort of, become the Mecca for gay guys from the world around and every gay profile on Instagram has some shots of the beaches in Mykonos or the whitewashed Mykonos Chora and its beautiful streets laden with flowers.
In reality, it is a bit of a tricky place especially if you’re travelling alone. It is completely safe to be gay here and be as flamboyant as you want, it is also a great place to socialise with other LGBT population mostly men though. The nightlife is also sprawling with major international parties happening every year. For more details check out my Gay Mykonos guide.
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Best Beaches and Sunsets in Mykonos
Mykonos is a small island but don’t let that put you off. It offers 40 gorgeous beaches from the fancy beaches with massage facilities at the beach and beach clubs blaring music all day to completely wild beaches where you won’t be disturbed at all.
Similarly, the sunsets here are legendary and dare I saw even better than Santorini because of the direction of the island. I visited quite a few beaches on both visits and you can check about most of the beaches in my dedicated article about the beaches and sunsets in Mykonos.
Check out my extensive guide to Best Beaches In Mykonos in Mykonos for more details.
Top Things To Do In Mykonos
Mykonos might not be the cultural centre with architecture that rivals Istanbul or Paris but there’s still quite a lot to do here. It has emerged as a bit of a high art scene recently and here are my top favourite things to do in Mykonos.
- Mykonos Old Town or Chora
- Visit the Island of Delos
- Explore the Art Scene
- Explore the Many Churches dotted around Mykonos
- Explore the Beaches
- Party Non-Stop
- Experience a Mykonian Sunset
- Explore the Food Scene
Check out my complete guide on Top Things to Do in Mykonos.