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Mykonos is one of the top LGBTQ+ friendly destinations in the world with a popular gay nightlife scene and many special events organized throughout the summer specifically for the LGBTQ+ community.
Greece is on Central European Time (CET) during most of the year, and Central European Summer Time (CEST) during daylight savings time/the summer.
Greece permits stays of up to 90 days without a visa for tourism or business purposes. Ensure that you have sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. Your passport should have 6 months of remaining validity.
Mykonos International Airport is located 4 kilometers from the town of Mykonos and serves flights to domestic and European metropolitan destinations. During the off-peak tourist season, the airport has limited flight connections and operating hours. Transfer time from the town to the airport is about 10 minutes. The airport offers bus, taxi, and car services.
The Chicago ‘L’, short for elevated, is the 4th largest system in the United States. It is an especially unique transportation system because most of the trains are above ground and it has blends in with the rest of the city architecture.
There are 8 different lines as the ‘L’ operates 24/7. In order to ride on the ‘L’, you will need to purchase a Ventra card. You can purchase day passes up to 30 days for $105 or you can also purchase single rides for around $2.50. You can also use the Ventra card for the bus system.
Click here to see all of the ‘L’ lines as well as information about each.
Mykonos is a safe place to visit, but because of its heavy tourist population and party reputation, main safety concerns on Mykonos are vehicle-related accidents (resulting from intoxicated and/or inexperienced drivers operating scooters and ATVs). All in all, Mykonos has a low crime rate and low rates of incarceration, making it a safe travel destination.
Greece is one of the sunniest places in the world with an average of 300 sunny days a year. Warm weather lingers throughout the first half of fall (September-November), making it is one of the best times to travel to Greece on a budget to avoid peak travel season while still enjoying the sunny beaches and coastlines. Winter in Greece (November-March) is mostly mild in the south, though northern regions are cold during the winter months, even receiving snow in some areas.
The spring (March-May) is warm with more frequent rainfall early in the season. Prices are typically low for spring travelers, and beaches are far less crowded, though the ocean stays chilly until early summer. The summer (June-August) is hot and dry, featuring the highest temperatures, best travel schedules, and biggest crowds. June is the best time to catch great deals on a cheaper vacation while still enjoying the warmth and excitement of summer in Greece.
The official language of Greece is Greek, which is spoken by 99% of the population along with other languages like Albanian, Macedonian, and Turkish. The most common foreign languages learned by Greeks are English, German, French, and Italian. Although most popular destinations in Greece are catered to international tourists with language barriers, here are some Greek words/phrases to help you get by:
Hello: Γειά σου (YAH-soo)
Please/You’re welcome: Παρακαλώ (para-kah-LOE)
Thank you: Ευχαριστώ (eff-kha-ri-STOE)
My name is… : Με λένε (may LEH-neh)…
Yes: Ναί (neh); No: όχι (OH-hee)
Excuse me/Sorry: Συγνώμη (See-GHNO-mee)
Do you speak English?: Μιλάτε αγγλικά (Mee-LAH-teh ag-li-KAH)?
Greeks are known to be warm and hospitable, and most etiquette is common sense. Here are a few important tips before your trip:
- Shake Hands. When meeting an individual or group for the first time, shake hands with everyone present–men, women and children–at a business or social meeting. Shake hands again when leaving.
- Be conscious of gestures. The “O.K.” sign is a rude gesture; “thumbs up” means O.K. Tilt the head backward once to indicate “no,” and nod the head slightly forward to gesture “yes.” It is best to verbally agree or disagree to avoid confusion.
- Dress appropriately. Some churches- especially monasteries, require covered shoulders, so be sure to bring a shawl or scarf when visiting religious sites.
- Don’t drink to excess. Public displays of drunkenness are frowned upon, so learn from the Greeks by drinking moderately and eating mezze as you go.
Greece is part of the European Union and uses the Euro (€). You can use your credit and debit cards in all ATM machines in Greece, but be sure to keep cash on you, especially when traveling to remote islands.
Feel free to tip if you like the service. Though tipping isn’t a widely practiced norm as it is in North America, rewarding good service will be appreciated, but tips aren’t required.
In Greece, the power plugs and sockets are type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. You cannot use your electronics in Greece without a voltage converter because the voltage is higher than the US standard of 120 V.
Your converter should look like this:
Opt for bottled water when traveling to Mykonos as tap water is not drinkable on the island, though you can use it to shower and brush your teeth.
Greece has a higher average connection speed than other European countries like Italy and Albania, but it lacks in comparison to countries like France and Sweden. Wifi is available in even the smallest hotels on islands like Mykonos, as well as in cafes and restaurants. Lack of stable wifi isn’t a problem for most travelers in big cities and small islands throughout Greece.
Mykonos has a reputation as a gay bastion with many gay bars and clubs. Greece is considered one of the most liberal countries in Southeast Europe, and its LGBTQ+ rights have evolved significantly over the past decade. Same-sex unions were legalized in 2015, and Greek public opinion is widely accepting and inclusive. Many establishments on islands like Mykonos cater to the LGBTQ+ community, and anti-discrimination laws protect LGBTQ+ travelers.
With its island climate and lush natural beauty, Mykonos is the perfect location for eco-tourism. Its coastal ecosystems and various wetlands are ideal for bird watching. Greece is home to a large eco-tourism family with snorkeling, mountain biking, and kayaking tours as well as a large number of green hotels. Be sure to check out the nation’s 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites comprised of protected historical and natural landmarks.