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If you are reading this, you are probably still thinking whether Mykonos is the right destination for you. This review is based on a trip to Mykonos from July 2013.
Sightseeing in Mykonos
Everybody knows of Mykonos as an island with reputation of one of the Europe's top summer destinations. What you normally see in the travel guides are pictures of famous windmills, the Little Venice, and popular beaches. Definitely, Mykonos town (Chora) is beautiful, and really worth the visit. Besides this, you can take a trip to the island of Delos and see the alleged birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. It will take you around two days to go around Chora and Delos and see everything there is to see. As for the rest of the island, you can drive around in a rented car, bike or an ATV in a day. You'll find a few chruches, the village of Ano Mera, but there really isn't anything super interesting to see away from Chora.
Sunbathing and swimming in Mykonos
Mykonos definitely has beautiful beaches. However, what you don't see in the travel guides is the fact that July and August are extremely windy, and the sea water temperature is extremely low. During a week in July, the wind speed didn't drop below 30 km/h. The wind will literally blow away your towels, books, drinks or anything else that is not firmly attached to a solid piece of wood or burried in the sand. For ladies, forget your hairdo's. Wind also affects the swimming experience since it sprays water into your eyes. That is, if you gather enough courage to enter the water, which is rather unpleasant experience in itself. On a different note, if you are into windsurfing, you'll love Mykonos summers, make sure you go to the northern side of the island where winds are the strongest. Beaches of Ftelia and Kalafatis are windsurfers' paradise. As for other beaches, Paradise Beach is pretty cool and well organized (4 Euro for a sunbed, 4 Euro for an umbrella), apart from the fact that it gets quite noisy around Tropicana bar after 4:30 PM. The good part is that you can distance your self from Tropicana if loud music and rather rude and tasteless MC are not your thing. Other two options are Platis Gialos (10 Euros for a set of two sunbeds and an umbrella) and Ornos (12 Euros for a set). Elia is a bit overpriced, nothing special (16 Euro for a set). Every one of these beaches is family friendly (Platis Gialos and Ornos more than Paradise and Elia), you may only see a few nudists in the far western side of Elia beach.
Going out in Mykonos
Nightlife is definitely the highlight of Mykonos. Great restaurants, great bars, with a few very good clubs in Paradise Beach really offer something for any taste. Apaloosa restaurant has great pork chop and salads, and 7 Sins sweets has hell of a double chocolate cake. A couple will pay around 50 Euro for a lunch or dinner. Coctails are 10-20 Euros, beer is 5-6 Euros. If you are on a tight budget, you'll find gyros, sandwiches and similar for 3-5 Euro.
Mykonos is an expensive island and accommodation is no exception. In July and August, you'll pay around 120 Euro per night for a room, no breakfast, for an average accommodation 10 minute drive from Chora. If you are aiming for a place with sea view and a terrace, you can forget it, since you won't be able to use the terrace at all because of the wind. If you are on a tight budget, it will be a waste of extra cash that can be well used in some of the many bars in Chora.Gay scene
While doing research on Mykonos, you'll find quite a few "concerned" straight people thinking that they won't be able to hook up with other straight people in Mykonos because of Mykonos reputation as a gay island. This is totally unjustified. Yes, there are gay people in Mykonos, but still more than 80% of Mykonos guests are straight. Gay people don't bite, they mind their business, and they expect you to do the same.
So, is it really worth it?
To be fair, at Mykonos prices and what it offers, a family will probably be much better off picking a different Greek island. For those desperate to see it, Mykonos may be part of the bigger tour, and 3 days will be more than enough to enjoy everything Mykonos has to offer. For those whose idea of vacation is to sleep during the day and party all night while not caring much about the budget - Mykonos is definitely a place to be.