LGBT Vacations on Mykonos Island
Some people find it hard to reconcile that one of the premier gay partying destinations is situated in staunchly Orthodox Christian Greece. Some are even more shocked to discover that far from being a monotonous haven of revelry, Mykonos has a deeper, gentler side that sets the perfect backdrop for a diverse variety of holidays.
As is the case with every destination popular with the trendy LGBT crowd, and exacerbated by the fact that Mykonos is an island, vacations here cost slightly more than average.
The 280 mile flight from Athens takes eight and a half hours while the three ferry options take between three and six hours. The breathtaking beauty of the island is virtually without compare.
The brilliant angular lines and curves of whitewashed buildings seem to shimmer against the gorgeous blue of the sea and sky. Discovering Mykonos is easiest via all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and there are rental shops dotted across the island.
Jackie Onassis played a significant part in contributing to the island’s success as an LGBT getaway. The world’s first paparazzi target would often be photographed with her girlfriends on the white sands of private beaches and inside elite clubs. A gay bar that recently opened on Super Paradise beach is called ‘Jackie O on the Beach’ in homage to her.
Super Paradise and Elia are the two most popular seaside LGBT spots on mixed beaches. Elia is more expensive – loungers cost 8 Euros instead of Super’s 3 Euros. There is no shortage of of remote gay beaches, of which Panormos in the North is the most outstanding.
In terms of nightlife, LGBT vacationers to Mykonos are spoiled for choice. Check out Jacky O (notice a trend here?) and Babylon if dance bars are your thing. Little Venice that sits on a glorious patch of coast on the central West of the island is probably the best place to discover the LGBT bar and drinking scene.
There is a single exclusively gay hotel on the island – The Elysium. LGBT visitors need not worry, though; over the decades, the people of Mykonos have developed a wonderful welcoming attitude to LGBT visitors.
Homophobia is virtually non-existent and public displays of affection (and occasionally more on party nights!) are a part of the landscape. All hotels are interested more in facilitating your wonderful Mykonos holiday instead of discussing your personal life.
Mykonos has long been a stalwart of the European LGBT vacation scene and its easygoing people are a guarantee that it will stay that way for the foreseeable future.