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Mykonos: The Absolute Party Experience

mykonos by night

The island of Mykonos is one of the most famous travel destinations in Greece. And there is a good reason for that. It’s an amazingly beautiful island offering its visitors a huge variety of things to do while holidaying on the island.

Quiet and remote beaches, some of the best restaurants in Greece with the most famous chefs. A lovely city full of white and blue houses and many small shops selling some of the best and most exclusive brands in the world.

But let’s not fool ourselves!! We are all going to Mykonos for the PARTIES!!!!!

Cavo Paradiso Club 1

There are hundreds of bars and clubs where you can dance from the sunrise until the sunset. World class bartenders offering you tasteful cocktails and the most famous DJs making sure that you will get close to dehydration from the long hours of dancing.

How to get to Mykonos

The island of MShopping in Mykonosykonos is easily reachable from Athens by plane (45 minutes) which will cost you around 100 Euros during the high season (if you book earlier you can find much better prices) and by ferry from either Piraeus or Rafina port taking approximately 3-5 hours and costing around 35 Euros.

You can easily reach the airport or Piraeus port by Metro or bus while Rafina port is a little more tricky.

During the summer season, you can also fly to Mykons from most of the European cities, there are direct flights from London, Vienna, Rome, Brussels and many more.

Once you arrived at the airport, the transfer time to the town is approximately 10 minutes.

There is no public transport service operating from the airport, so if you have not booked your own transportation you will have to get a taxi which will cost you around 15 Euros to Chora (the capital of Mykons) or around 20 Euros is you go a little bit further like Panormos or Agios Stefanos.

Stay Safe in Mykonos

I will definitely suggest you stay in Mykonos city (Chora) since all the clubs and bars are located there and you wont have to spend time driving at night where the roads are dark and full of drunk drivers.

Also parking places during the night is a big issue as well.

When you visit Mykonos its better to rent your own transportation since public buses get really full and most of the times it involves a long waiting time.

Be aware though. Every day there are many accidents with motorbikes being driven by tourists. The roads are very slippery and the extreme heat makes them even worse.

The lack of experience in driving on the Greek roads, the narrow roads, the steep turns and the hundreds of people driving drunk makes it a dangerous ‘cocktail’.

So drive carefully and make sure you assign someone from your group to be the driver at night (so no alcoholic drinks for the driver) or even better take a taxi on the way back.

It will cost you some more Euros but at least you will be much safer.

Mykonos Beaches

Event though Mykonos is very famous for its party beaches there are many beaches that will definitely be a good choice for a day that you want to recover from a hangover, just being able to sit on the beach away from the loud music for change.

Mykonos restaurant by the port

Visit the Panormos beach with the golden thin sand and the very beautiful restaurants, Ornos or the very famous Psarou or Paragka beach where you can sunbath on your sunbed having the most famous celebrities next to you (if you can afford it since they are both quite expensive).

Some other beaches are Agia Anna, Platis Gyalos and Agios Ioanis.

Mykonos Party Scene

And finally to the party beaches!!! The two most famous beaches are Super Paradise and Paradise beach.

The most crazy parties are happening in Paradise beach in Tropicana club where the party start at around 15:00 and last until 23:00 and they go really crazy!

Watch your stuff, secure them well in pockets with zippers because they can easily fall down while you dancing.

Better have shoes with you since it gets really crowded and you don’t want to get stepped over or even worse to step on any broken glasses that might not have been collected from the floor.

Once Tropicana closes there are many other small bars around but I would suggest you get back to Mykonos city, refresh and get ready for the bars in the city.

In the city of Mykonos there are hundreds of bars and clubs where you can enjoy every kind of drinks you like. Some of the most famous bars are Scandinavia, Semeli, Space club and Mykonos club where you can go crazy until the next day’s morning.

Don’t forget to visit the most beautiful part of Mykonos called Little Venice where you can enjoy you drink next to the waves.

Mykonos Cavo Paradiso Club - Mykonos party

If you have time and a car or motorbike, do not forget to visit Cavo Paradiso Club (which is above the Paradise beach) This is one of the most famous clubs in Greece. The club opens in 02:00 am and goes on until 10:00 a.m.

The club has no roof, it has been built on top of a cliff on a cape and the view while you are dancing is just amazing. You can actually observe the sun rising while you dancing, which makes it a unique experience.

Also you need to remember that every summer the best DJs from all over the world arrive at Cavo Paradiso Club for music festivals and special musical events that are spectacular.

Windmils

Make sure you wander around the city during the day light as well and don’t forget to go to the famous windmills to take some pictures and the famous pelicans roaming around the streets of the city, but try not to bother them too much for photos, since they can always get angry and bite you!!

Mykonos is one of the best islands of Greece to visit and I definitely suggest you do so. Maybe it’s a place little more expensive than the rest of the Greek islands but it definitely deserves it, especially if you are a party animal.

The Mykonos party scene has attracted a lot of attention in Europe and beyond. These days Ibiza and Majorca are not the only summer party destinations for the young ones or the young at heart.

So get your sun cream, your best clothes and your best friends and get wild in Mykonos!!

Spyros Skouris profile photoAbout the author

Spyros Skouris the author of the article “Mykonos: The Absolute Party Experience” can help you arrange your dream vacations on your visit to Athens in Greece.

He also owns an apartment in Athens which is available to rent on Airbnb.

Athens Sightseeing: A Full Day Tour Of Athens

Akropolis by night

After visiting a number of European countries, all of them start to look pretty much the same right? Fortunately, that doesn’t apply to Athens. Athens is indeed a European country but it feels like it has been ‘spiced’ with many Middle Eastern colours and aromas.

Due to its geographical position, as well as the occupation from the Ottoman Empire for more than 400 years, have left Athens with a variety of cultural influences on landmarks and on it’s inhabitants.

Athens Kalimarmaro stadium

Athens besides the many archaeological sites has numerous beautiful seaside places where you can swim in the sea or just drink a cup of Greek coffee (like the locals do) and enjoy the views. Make sure you have more than one day to visit and explore all the hidden gems of the city.

Athens Metro

Best place to start your day tour of Athens is the Metro station of Acropolis. It is advisable to be there early in the morning to have a head start, as more tourists will be visiting later on and it will get crowded. Also you must remember that the Greek sun in the summer is really strong so make sure that you apply sun cream often and always have a bottle of water with you.

Walk the beautiful street of Dionysiou Areopageitou and buy yourself a ticket (20 Euros per person which applies for all the archaeological sites of Athens for 4 days). I could fill in at least ten pages with the facts and the history of Acropolis but this is neither the place nor the time to do so.

Always remember to support the campaign for returning the STOLEN artefacts of Parthenon, which are now located in the British Museum in London back to Greece, where they belong to.

So enjoy the beauty of Acropolis standing for more than 2000 years and wonder around it. Make sure you exit not from the typical exit, but from a downhill exit next to a small wooden kiosk that you will come across as you climb up the stairs. This way you will be able to see more sites and ancient constructions as well as an additional theatre.

Athens Archaeological Museum

Once you exit the site of Acropolis head the opposite way to the new museum of Acropolis, a construction that Greeks are really proud of since it was literally built upon ancient buildings but without causing any destruction to them. You will be able to see parts of them as you move though the Acropolis museum.

Exiting the museum of Acropolis and head left the same road you followed to go to Acropolis. Enjoy the weather and feel free to buy from the street vendors’ traditional artifacts and souvenirs which are actually in much better prices than the shops. Always try to support the local economy which really needs your help, especially these days!!!

Once you meet the first cafeterias’ with their tables outside you can go for a coffee to the roof gardens and admire the views of Acropolis.

Once you catch your breath continue and enter the ancient Agora from the small exit in front of the cafeterias with the same ticket that you bought in Acropolis. There are three must see places there among the many:

• The ancient temple that really looks like Acropolis.
• The old church with the unique pictures that were saved during the occupation from the Ottoman Empire (check out the Saints and Angels that their faces were removed by the occupants).
• The small museum which shows aspects of everyday life in Athens.

Exit the site from the main entrance and you are in Monastiraki area.

Day tour of Athens - Monastiraki

Warning!!!: As all the main tourist attractions around the world, the same rules apply in this area. Keep your bag zippers closed, leave no bags unattended and beware of your personal belongings in general. Pick pocketing is not a very common thing but not a very rare as well. Kindly decline any offers for sunglasses, perfumes or mobile phones since they will be 90 percent end in monkey business.

Monastiraki open flea market where you can shop various stuff

Shop around this area, you can find really good prices in leather and gold or buy some souvenirs for your friends back home. (Make sure you buy a hat for the rest of your vacations in Greece since the Greek sun is very strong. The area is ideal for taking pictures of locals restoring old furniture and buying antiques.

Hungry? I would suggest you head to the restaurant of Savvas with the amazing roof garden. It serves traditional Greek cuisine and the quality of the food is always very good, and of course you can stare (guess what???) Acropolis!

From there you can head to the Athens central meat & fish market called “Varvakios” to take some photos. Avoid it if you don’t have a strong stomach, watching hanged meats and the heavy smells might not be for everyone! The whole area is really popular for buying traditional products.

Head back to Ermou street (if you don’t know which one it is, simply ask an Athenian. The majority of the Greeks speak English and usually are very helpful with tourists.

Ermou street is the road with all the big brand names stores and you can always buy designer clothes or anything else you might need. Head up towards Syntagma square. On your way visit the small church (Kapnikarea) in the middle of the street.

It is estimated that the church was built some time in the 11th century, perhaps around 1050. As it was common with the early Christian churches, this was built over an ancient Greek pagan temple dedicated to the worship of a goddess, possibly Athena or Demeter. You can walk into it and light a small candle like Orthodox people do.

Efzonas on Syntagma sq in Athens

Reaching Syntagma square you will see the Greek parliament and the national guards called Efzones. They wear their traditional skirt (which has 400 foldings, one for each year of occupation under the Ottoman Empire).

Take some photos and walk until the national Library and Academy. Two amazing buildings built like the ancient Greek ones. Once you are done continue on to the Omonoia street where you need to ask the way to the National Museum which is just five minutes by foot.

The national Archeological museem of AthensThe National Museum even though it is last on the list, it is for me the most important sight of Athens. Make sure you do not miss it. It hosts an amazing collection of masterpieces of art of the ancient Greece.

Statues more than 5000 years old, jewels of the Macedonian family of Alexander, and the famous Machine of Antikythera.

That is a full a day tour of Athens, where you can cover all the main tourist attractions.

If you feel that your feet can still do some extra walk, you can always add one of the following sights to your tour. Plaka, Kallimarmaron, the National Garden, Zapeio, Likavitos and Glyfada area.

But my suggestion is to visit those places another day so you can take your time and enjoy them like they deserve to.

Spyros Skouris profile photoAbout the author

Spyros Skouris the author of the article “A full day tour of Athens” can help you arrange your dream vacations on your visit to Athens in Greece.

He also owns an apartment in Athens which is available to rent on Airbnb.