The elephant man
Favorite thing: I would like to talk about Tropicana Bar, especially, about an Italian man called “Sasá”, for me, “the elephant man”…
I spent some days this last summer in Greek islands (mostly of time in Mykonos) and people talked to me about Tropicana Bar, so my friends and me decided to go there. The first day, it’s just made me laugh, see the entertainer of the club: an ugly and bald man with a big tommy wearing only a thong covering his d*ck with an elephant face.
But this disgusting, impolite and caricature man is not so funny as he looks at the beginning… behind of that, there are much more.
After all this circus of perversion and graceless sex that this grotesque entertainer causes through those rude and sexual comments by the microphone hides a world of prostitution, drugs, orgies and violence…
Prostitutes usually go there, talk to him, and he gets them customers.
So many times I saw him becoming very very aggressive with boys even with girls, with threats also… He backmails people when they don´t do what he wants, especially girls… He’s everyday insulting a lot of girls by the microphone, calling them in his language “puttana” (***).
At Tropicana bar there is such a strange sexual atmosphere that makes you think maybe alcohol is manipulated… I have never really seen something like that! A lot of people are having sex on the beach, I saw even boys taking out of their pants theirs d*cks... and a lot of things like that.
But it doesn’t finish here… besides this, this Italian man after parties in Tropicana creates his own “post-parties” at his house… He becames “friend” of Italian guys, and they invite girls no older than 19 or 20 years old to go to his house… Some innocent and a little even stupid girls feels like important because the “famous elephant man” is inviting them to his house and they accept…
After see his junkie face, the sexual pervertions that he says and does in public and how violent he can be… I don´t want to know what happens there, but I know that this man is very manipulator, dangerous and aggressive…
Behind him there are a mafia, and that kind of aggressiveness is because of he takes too much drugs, you only need to look at his face, his eyes… it’s even scary…
I only want to warn about this nasty man, believe me… so I advise you do not talk to him, he is really crazy, a very bad person, destroyed because of drugs and very dangerous.
Mykonos with Family on a short vacation
Favorite thing: 3 Nights-4 days is too short to cover a place as gorgeous and full of activities as MYKONOS but sometimes when you are travelling and wanting to cover a country that is the maximum you can spend at one location. So here are some suggestions to make the most of your time.
When travelling with the family, picking the right location to stay is very important. Platys Gialos is the busiest beach and The Family Beach of Mykonos. Unlike many other beaches this is good for family time and there is nothing un-appropriate so you would not have to bother about checking your kids or getting uncomfortable. This is located to the south of MYKONOS Town and just a 10 minutes drive from town/chora. Pick from one of the many hotels here and its like staying very close to the sun and sand as well as the town centre. Also water taxis to all other beaches start from here so accessing any other location from here is very convenient.
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Suggested Itinerary for 3 days in Mykonos:
DAY1: Check into the hotel, Change and go around the hotel property to explore the hotel so you can decide what all parts of the hotel you would like to spend time in. Further go to Platis Yialos Beach and soak up some sun and have some lunch at one of the many tavernas.
Post lunch have a nap session and then early evening 5:00 p.m. leave for Chora/ Hora that is main town. See the Manto Mavrogenous square (Plateia Mavrogenous) lined with a lot of taverns and then the Yacht club area- it has some exceptional views of the port. Then you may proceed to the unique church - Panagia Paraportiani- this is a breath-taking white church that you must have seen in many postcards and books . Stroll around the narrow alleys of Mykonos, see the Archaeological Museum, Folk Museum and Lena’s House.
For the sunset go to the Little Venice area and watch the magnificent Windmills bathing in golden light. You can have dinner at the Famous Nikos taverna at the town centre- not expensive and really good food and if you are lucky you will see petros the Pelican right in the middle of your dinner strolling around the Nikos tavern.
DAY 2: Post breakfast – The First Half of the day you can choose from one of the many Beaches and have some good beach time. To pick the beaches of your choice here’s more on BEACHES of Mykonos :
Beaches North of Mykonos Town If you are looking for a more relaxed beach atmosphere, the beaches north of Mykonos town offer some of the quieter beaches in the island.
Panormos Beach , just an 11 minute drive (3.5 miles).
Agios Sostis , just a 12 minute drive (4 miles).
Beaches East of Mykonos Town
Kalafati Beach : If you are looking to enjoy water sports during your vacation in Mykonos, Kalafati Beach is one of the best places in the island that offers facilities for jet-skiing, windsurfing and more. Those based in Mykonos town, Kalafati Beach is easily reached by car in just 12 minutes.
Beaches South of Mykonos Town Three of the most popular beaches south of Mykonos town are located within 3 miles and they are easily reached by bus or taxi ride
Platys Yialos Beach , just a 9 minute drive (3 miles)
Ornos Beach , just a 7 minute drive (2 miles)
Psarou Beach , just an 8 minute drive (2.5 miles)
Other Beaches like Elia, Paradise and Super Paradise are not Family Beaches. You can find some activity at the hotel for the kids and go for your fun quotient to these. More about these beaches:
Paradise Beach: Paradise Beach is the best party beach in Mykonos and one only sees people between the age of 18-35 there. It has a pair of restaurants, amazing grainy sand, a few small thatched trees providing shade and topless and clothed bathers stretched out on sun beds.
There's no better place to be in the afternoon than Tropicana Beach Bar. If you order from them they wont charge you for the sun beds or umbrellas!!! People visit the Paradise beach early afternoon for some swimming, relaxing and the all-important power-napping. The beach offers limited recreational activities- jet skis, tubing and water skiing. At some point in the later afternoon, the Tropicana Beach Bar – #1 beach club of Mykonos– starts to make the scene interesting.
It doesn't take long for the party to crank into high gear. People jump up to dance on the bar, others jiggy in the sand and water and beer baths are a very common thing. It's what Paradise Beach is all about- partying loud and hard , so keep the kids away. The party continues until about sunset.
The Sunrise Bar at the far end of the beach tries to compete with this scene but nothing can beat the Tropicana even in mid season.
Super Paradise Beach: Best accessible by water taxi, Super Paradise has some party, although the real action is at Paradise Beach. Contrary to the name, it is not super to Paradise. It is definitely the most popular beach destination among gays, So I will not recommend it for family time.
Elia Beach : is again a notch up than super Paradise, much expensive and full of a lot of nude people on this beach so again a lot of people with family avoid Elia Beach . Post your beach sessions you would be tired enough, so afternoons being hot in summers it is recommend resting at the hotel.
For The Evening- You can head for LITTLE VENICE and catch a table at one of the many sea-side tavernas. Do not miss the sunset having a drink in one of the many little (but expensive) sea-side taverns. The CAPRICE is very happening at the sunset. You can easily spend 2 hours if you reach early and get a great table. Little venice is also the nightlife hub of Mykonos, so for some great parties you can go club hopping or just wander the by-lanes of Mykonos and have a nice dinner at a place of your liking and retire for the day.
DAY3: Tour to Island of Delos in the first half. If you are interested in Greek archaeological sites, the island of Delos, located west of Mykonos, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to a myriad of ancient landmarks. Delos, located a mile away from Mykonos, is easily reached by ferry boat from Mykonos Harbor and the whole trip takes just under twenty minutes. The ferries leave between 8:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m and Return between 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Some of the most popular landmarks there include the Delos Synagogue, the Doric Temple of Isis, the Minoan Fountain and the Temple of Delians. Also, most of the many of the artifacts found at the archaeological site here can be seen on display at the Archaeological Museum of Delos . IT IS CLOSED On MONDAY.
Post Delos, a visit to gorgeous Ano Mera Village is recommended. Explore the village by foot and have lunch at one of the many Taverns or cafenias. For your last night its totally up-to you to spend time either at your hotel or go back to the place that you have loved most in Mykonos have dinner and say bye to Mykonos.
Fondest memory: I loved being at platys gialos with my parents.
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MYKONOS PLACES OF INTEREST
Favorite thing: Things and places of Interest, other than the beaches of Mykonos.
Mykonos Town: A visit to Mykonos town is, undoubtedly, one of the best things to do. Mykonos town is an excellent example of Venetian influences, and one can see the legacy in the form of beautiful and charming buildings such as Panagia Paraportiani church. Panagia Paraportiani, is a breathtaking white church that you must have seen in many postcards and books .
The town of Mykonos also has the popular 16th century Venetian windmills, and strolling by ‘Little Venice’ the charming district where one can admire the beautifully constructed Venetian houses. When the sun sets, Little Venice becomes magical and very surreal.
Ano Mera Town: Ano Mera town (a 12 minute drive from Mykonos town). It is a small charming village where you can explore the beautiful landmarks such as the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani. The narrow alleys and cafenias are great for a laid back afternoon.
Island of Delos: Interested in Greek archaeological sites, then the island of Delos, located west of Mykonos, is a must visit. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a myriad of ancient landmarks.Delos, located a mile away from Mykonos, is easily reached by ferry boat from Mykonos Harbor and the whole trip takes just under twenty minutes. The ferries leave between 8:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m and Return between 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Some of the most popular landmarks there include the Delos Synagogue, the Doric Temple of Isis, the Minoan Fountain and the Temple of Delians. Also, most of the many of the artifacts found at the archaeological site here can be seen on display at the Archaeological Museum of Delos. The Site is CLOSED On MONDAYS
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BEACHES of MYKONOS:
Favorite thing: Beaches North of Mykonos Town: If you are looking for a more relaxed beach atmosphere, the beaches north of Mykonos town offer some of the quieter beaches in the island.
Panormos Beach, just an 11 minute drive (3.5 miles).
Agios Sostis, just a 12 minute drive (4 miles).
Beaches East of Mykonos Town:
Kalafati Beach: If you are looking to enjoy water sports during your vacation in Mykonos, Kalafati Beach is one of the best places in the island that offers facilities for jet-skiing, windsurfing and more. Those based in Mykonos town, Kalafati Beach is easily reached by car in just 12 minutes.
Beaches South of Mykonos Town: Three of the most popular beaches south of Mykonos town are located within 3 miles and they are easily reached by bus or taxi ride
Platys Yialos Beach, just a 9 minute drive (3 miles)
Ornos Beach, just a 7 minute drive (2 miles)
Psarou Beach, just an 8 minute drive (2.5 miles)
Other Beaches like Elia, Paradise and Super Paradise are not Family Beaches but more for those looking at uninhibited fun!
Paradise Beach: Paradise Beach is the best party beach in Mykonos and one only sees people between the age of 18-35 there. It has a pair of restaurants, amazing grainy sand, a few small thatched trees providing shade and topless and clothed bathers stretched out on sun beds. There's no better place to be in the afternoon than Tropicana Beach Bar.
Super Paradise Beach: Best accessible by water taxi, Super Paradise has some party, although the real action is at Paradise Beach. Contrary to the name, it is not super to Paradise. It is definitely the most popular beach destination among gays.
Elia Beach: is again a notch up than super Paradise, much expensive and great for the nudists.
Fondest memory: The sunset at Little venice and throughout the day parties at The Tropicana Beach bar in paradise were sooo much fun!!!
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Favorite thing: re-defining blue... and could not decide on gold thick sand or tiny peebles...
calm, clear and just beautiful
Access by car or
by bus to Plati Gialos (fare: eur1.40 per person/one way, leaves every half hour from Fabrika) and then the boat to Agrari (fare: eur6 per person/one way, summer 2008 prices)
Gorgeous Greek Islands
Favorite thing: I was in Mykonos last year with a good friend of mine and we had a great time. One great aspect of the Greek Islands is that you can only be around large groups of people when you choose to be. Mykonos is definitely one of, if not the most popular Greek Island (or so it seemed last year), and so there were many younger kids on vacation as well. If you chose to go to bars/clubs/etc. you'll have a great time, but there are also less popular nightspots and beaches on Mykonos where you can just relax all day and not be bothered.
I can't speak for the accommodation because we booked it before we arrived in Athens, but there certainly seemed to be rooms available at the various hostels and hotels we saw around the islands.
To be honest I think maybe two or three nights is all you need in Mykonos. Last year we also went to Santorini which is completely different than Mykonos. It's much more quiet and relaxed, has a much more mature crowd, and is much more beautiful as well. There are a lot of couples on the island so it can be very romantic, and if you venture to the top of the island it provides some incredible views and sunsets.
On both Mykonos and Santorini transportation was pretty easy to figure out - but we decided to check with the front desk at our hotel, and with their knowledge it was a breeze. There are buses on both islands that are cheap and efficient, as well as moped and 4x4 rentals which can spice things up a bit and add a sense of adventure to your trip.
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Favorite thing: The temperature was over 100F. and we were thirsty, so we stopped at an outdoor resturant right in the middle tof the town where we sat at tables under the shade of a huge Bouganvilla tree. The fans at the resturant were like nothing I had ever seen.....they sprayed a fine mist everywhere to cool you off. It was so nice to relax, drink a local beer and watch people walk by. Some were tourists and some were locals going on their way.
Fondest memory: I loved the quiet, intimate feeling of the island. The people were very friendly. As I shopped, my husband sat on a bench and struck up a conversation with one of the locals who happened to be an elderly man who was once mayor of Mykonos. He told stories of famous people coming to the island and also how the island has changed over the years.
I was so impressed with the cleanliness of the island. All the buildings were white, having the appearance of new paint. As we arrived in the morning, all the shopkeepers were out sweeping the narrow streets. There was no litter, and I was just so amazed at how clean everything was.
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Getting to Super Paradise Beach
Favorite thing: buses run to paradise beach... which is good also.. but you need to go to Super Paradise beach... much more classy here...
to get here... you take the bus to paradise beach & then take the boat from paradise beach to SUPER paradise beach... this is better...
OR there is another alternative... which is to take the bus to another stop (sorry I forget the name) & then boat from there & its 4euro I think + your bus cost which is 1.20euro approx...
Fondest memory: too many to write... he he
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Favorite thing: Mykonos was incredibly lovely, we stopped off a cruise ship and the only tours they mention is to Delos! (it seems a bit strange to dock at one island and take a boat to another).
We got off the ship and wandered around Mykonos town. We had a lovely day, and Mykonos was a lovely place to shop. It was lots of little alleys leading off the harbour and meandering up the hill with little shops spilling out onto the streets. There were little cafes with only two or three tables each, sitting on the sides of the alleys in the sunshine, with lots of flowers climbing up the whitewashed buildings. The jewellery shops were great, and interesting though a massive emphasis on the 'Greek Key' design (which meant there was not a lot of unusual stuff).
We stopped at a little bar and as we went in, we went downstairs and sat on the balcony directly over the sea. The bar belonged to the first female Greek ships captain and we were lucky enough to meet here while we were there.
Mykonos is exactly what you envision a Greek island to be, and we had a lovely day. The people were incredibly friendly.
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Mykonos -Not worth the while.....
Favorite thing: I actually did not enjoy Mykonos, I thought the scenery looked run-down compared to Santorini and Paros, and that Paradise Beach was nothing more than MTv Spring Break hopped up on Nescafe
We spent two nights there and that was plenty. At least we stayed at a good hotel - Mykonos Place. The lobby and rooms were gorgeous (we were in room 123) we had a huge private balcony facing the beach and it was awesome
The restaurant hotel was fantastic, we ate there 2-3 times for lunch/dinner and were never disappointed, nor did we suffer from sticker shock. I definitely thought the prices were reasonable for a hotel restaurant
Fondest memory: Our hotel had a traditional Greek night, with bouzuki players, greek dancers, and plate breaking... that was a really fun and we took some great pictures that night!
Beds, money, people, bodies....
Favorite thing: If you're used to travelling to some of the places where I have been...like Seychelles, Maldives, etc....then the beaches of Mykonos will be quite shocking to you. They are quite crowded! It's not unpleasant, it is just something you have to know. Almost every beach has its own infrastructure, with beach tavernas, a few small shops selling beach items, sunbeds, umbrellas, water sports, etc. I recommend to go to the beach with some money, because of you want a bed to lay on, you have to pay. Just go and find a spot you like (if you can find a spot) and make yourself comfortable, eventually someone will come and collect the money from you. Different beaches have different prices and even different sections of the beach have different prices. At Ornos Beach, for example, you can choose between beds for 8 Euros/2 persons, 10 Euros/2 persons, or 12 Euros 2 persons...the difference is in the quality of the bed. We chose the 10 Euros/2 persons option because the beds were more comfortable, and they WERE REALLY COMFORTABLE. The price includes an umbrella and if you are fair-skinned like me than you'll really want some shade as well, it can get very very hot! If you go to the one of the more popular beaches (Platys Gialos, Paradise, Super Paradise, etc, it will be crowded, too, so just have to accept that. But is is great for people watching. And this, too, can be inspiring...if you look at the photo of the man in the picture...well, after seeing him, I decided to go alot more to the gym here in Vienna because next time I go to Mykonos, I want to be the one everyone is looking at!!!! Hehe, don't know if this will happen...but if you are at Paradise and Super Paradise, it is nice to feel good about yourself!!!!I hope this tip helps....if nothing else, it is something to think about!
Rent A Car
Favorite thing: Well, Mykonos Island really isnt that small, and there's more to it than just Mykonos Town and Paradise/Super Paradise. Since it's a bit hard to catch a bus to and from the other beaches, it would be a good idea to rent a car, specially if you are more than 2 people sharing the cost.
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Favorite thing: Don't miss the opportunity of viewing a natural landmark of the island, some pretty pink pelicans that stick around the seaside just opposite that line-up of restaurants in the island centre. They are friendly, like to pose before cameras and a favourite among kids. They are known to bask in the midday sun and stroll off before sunset around 6.
Fondest memory: The nice and leisurely walks around the island
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Favorite thing: We were very pleasantly surprised to find that the free public toilets in town, near the Town Hall were in pretty good shape. So I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them! Unfortunately the locks there weren't any locks on the door, so we had to stand guard for each other.
Favorite thing: This place is as much laundry as you can haul for 10euros flat rate. This tip brought to you by the Zorzis Hotel.
It's on the left hand side of the street as it goes up to the bus station. Next to Condomaniac.
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