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Mykonos - the Film Star of the Cyclades

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A September 2006 trip to Mykonos by actonsteve

Omiros Photo, Mykonos, Greece More Photos
Quote: Washed by Aegean waves is the famous and decadent of the Greek islands. A beautiful island as seductive today as in the time of Odysseus.

Mykonos - the Film Star of the Cyclades

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The harbour from PP church Photo, Mykonos, Greece
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If there is an allegory that fits Mykonos it is "Movie Star".This island enjoys the spotlight. It enjoys the adulation and attention. It has perfect looks and oodles of charisma. The camera loves it and it does have a radiance that wins people over. Mykonos is a new kind of Greek god - one standing in front of the camera lens. The island has "star quality" and one of its nicknames is "The VIP island" and as with all good movie stars you cannot but help fall a little bit in love with it.The "star" has its own gushing fans and I fell for its charms the first night as I wandered around the white alleys of Mykonos Town. The thousand-fold lanes create a beguiling but confusing maze ...Read More

Omiros

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Hotel | "Omiros - the hotel which made my holiday a pleasure"

Omiros Photo, Mykonos, Greece
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On the second night Mykonos really took off for me.As I was getting ready to go out I heard the sound of singing and guitar playing while in the shower. I thought the room above me had their stereo on full volume. As I left my room, and climbed the steps I saw a group gathered around a guitar player in the main seating area. The owner, Yiannes, called me over and introduced me to my fellow guests. The guitar player was from California and had recorded his own tracks which he sang to us. It was lovely to sit there with a glass of wine and listen to the music. Introductions over, several of us hit the bars of Mykonos Town together and started week long friendships.So as you ca...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 3, 2007

Omiros
P. O. Box 400, Tagoo Hill
Mykonos, Cyclades, Greece GR84600
30 22890 23328

Montparnasse Bar

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Attraction | "Montparnasse Bar... Start your Evening Here"

Montparnasse Bar Photo, Mykonos, Greece
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One night in the Montparnasse bar a couple of the clientele thought they would send up "the act"."We love you! We think you are fabulous!" they cried in a sarcastic fashion.Without pausing the female piano player declared."I take requests, here's one for you... If I could do it all over again... I'd do it ALL OVER you...". The rest of the bar roared with laughter.Without doubt the most accessible and mainstream part of the Mykonos gay scene are the cocktail/piano bars in 'Little Venice'. They are more mellow, more about gently relaxing in the evening - sipping a 10 euro cocktail on a balcony overlooking the Aegean as the sun slo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2007

Montparnasse Bar
Little Venice
Mykonos, Greece

Porta Bar (Gay Bar)

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Attraction | "The Porta Bar... Spend Most of your Night Here"

the famous windmills Photo, Mykonos, Greece
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It had been twenty years since I had taken a Mediterranean beach holiday and I had forgotten how friendly they can be.Maybe it's because of the Mediterranean itself with its hot languid days, gorgeous seafood and laid back attitude. Whatever it is, you can see peoples stress drop away on a Greek island as their life in Hamburg, Lyon, or London seems far far away. Life revolves around the day on the beach, followed by nights living it up to the early hours.Not a bad life, even if its just for two weeks. And the relaxed attitude extends towards others. The gay scene is pretty small on Mykonos. Those you saw on the beach today are probably at one of the 'Little Venice' cocktail ba...Read More

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Porta Bar (Gay Bar)
Near Niko's Fish Taverna and the harbor
Mykonos, Greece

Pierros Bar

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Attraction | "Pierros Bar... and Finish your Night Here"

Taxi Square Photo, Mykonos, Greece
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One morning at the hotel I was staying at we had an enjoyable discussion about which countries nightlife starts later? Greece or Spain's?What prompted the discussion was the club Pierros which doesn't open until midnight, doesn't get busy until 2am and goes on till dawn. The Mykonian owner of my hotel said no Greek worth his salt would turn up before midnight for any night out and that "the trouble with you northern European countries (he pointed at myself and a Berliner friend), is that you start too early". A Turkish guest made the point that that's fine when you are sixteen, but what about when you are thirty-six? You don't want to hang around half the night waiting for th...Read More

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Pierros Bar
Pierros Square
Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos' Beaches

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Attraction | "Superparadise Beach - the beach that defines Freedom "

Mykonos' Beaches Photo, Mykonos, Greece
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There may be better beaches on Mykonos, there may be quieter ones with better surf or sand, but nowhere in the Eastern Mediterranean is there such a diverse mixture of peoples as on Superparadise beach.It makes for great people-watching. For that was one of the things which surprised me about Mykonos was the way that the sun melts away the inhibitions. Frenchman talks to Austrian, Swede talks to American, Croat talks to Englishman. The person lying on the towel next to you will watch your belongings while you take a dip in the sea and when you come back they will ask in a Teutonic accent "where are you from?" and engage in conversation. If you come here for a number of days you will see th...Read More

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Mykonos' Beaches
Mykonos
Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos' Beaches

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Attraction | "Elia Beach - Most Relaxed of the Mykonian Beaches"

Mykonos' Beaches Photo, Mykonos, Greece
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There is always a point in your holiday when you stumble back from the beach and look at yourself in the mirror...Aaaarrrgghhhh....A red faced lobster stares back at you.I turned red after a day at Elia beach. That Cycladic sun is more powerful than you think. We were getting July temperatures at the end of September. But it is a good beach. My favourite of all those I tried on the island of Mykonos. A mixture of people inhabit Elia as it is the furthest from Mykonos Town and can only be reached by caique (small boat) which does give it a feeling of remoteness. That is not to say it doesn't get busy - the fine sand, rocky headlands, and crystal clear w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 3, 2007

Mykonos' Beaches
Mykonos
Mykonos, Greece

Paraportiani Church Photo, Mykonos, Greece
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I have been to some mazelike towns before.Toledo in Spain is a real warren, Pushkar in India is a labyrinth, and finding my way through the darkness of Paraty in Brazil was a real headache. But I stayed on Mykonos for a week and I still got lost every day.The place was so confusing. Originally designed to baffle invading pirates it does the trick for the modern day tourist. One of the most amusing things is the tourists trying to cope as the clock ticks down to their embarkation time back to the cruiseship. The expression on their faces as they realise they don't have enough time to buy that piece of lace or wolf down the last piece of moussaka is priceless. And it is these "qu...Read More
The Old Port from Tagoo Hill Photo, Mykonos, Greece
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Imagine the booming horn from a cruiseliner echoing around the harbour and the sound going on for a full minute.The great ship lies at anchor a couple of hundred of feet offshore - a magnificent vessel, stretching a full 1,000ft from stern to prow - and disgorging hundreds of tourists into the maze of Mykonos Town. There they get lost in the streets, maybe grab a bite to eat and rush back to the ship before their time runs out. Then time to move on to the next port. It's Tuesday so it must be Chios.A number of world collide in Mykonos - the Greek world; inhabitants who have lived on the island for generations, the gay world which tends to keep it to itself; and th...Read More