All that glitters is not gold.”
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely ADORE Greece. It’s the destination I find my mind wanders to when someone is telling me an incredibly boring story. Imagining the gorgeous beaches, crystal waters and whitewashed buildings is ridiculously easy once you’ve been there. On top of that locals are some of the friendliest I’ve ever encountered.
While Mykonos does have a few beautiful vistas and I have no regrets visiting, there are a few things I personally didn’t like about it. In fact I’d go as far to say Mykonos is overrated and things turned out to be the complete opposite to what I had envisioned! Before you go ahead and cyber-slap me, hear me out… This article backs up my claims 😉
Here’s 7 annoying reasons why Mykonos is overrated:
#1 Irritating dining experiences
Incredibly narrow footpaths cluttered with dining chairs and crowds of people trying to get past don’t mix. Whoever thought this was a good idea obviously didn’t think about the challenge their customers would face simply raising a fork to their mouth to take a bite of their meal. I witnessed tourists constantly knocking the elbows of diners and bumping into their chairs as they attempted to squeeze through these obstacle courses. It’s definitely not ideal for sunset-watching or keeping swathes of people moving efficiently.
#2 The “Party Island of Greece” is always late to the party
Nightlife doesn’t actually start until the early hours of the morning. You can expect to be the only patron in a nightclub until about 11pm when a hoard of Tour Groupies on a Contiki tour will come through and make the bar feel alive… Until they head off to the next bar after 1 drink, leaving you on your lonesome once more. Party-goers only start heading out to clubs around 1am. Urgh, Mykonos is overrated.
What’s something that’s slightly bothered you on your travels? Let me know below! For me, it was paying to sit on an empty beach in Mykonos 😐 Yes, I know many beaches across Europe are like this but as an Aussie who is used to throwing their towel anywhere on the sand (for free), it’s a bit annoying. Especially when you know no one else will be at the beach until the late afternoon! 😒 I reveal 6 more annoying things about Mykonos on my blog, link in bio 🌏 #traveltheworld #theinvisibletouristway ~
#3 Beach access has to be bought
Having to pay €12 for sun chairs and drink service on every beach in the morning when no one else is there (because the entire island has just gone to bed) is quite annoying. Yes, I know it’s like this at many beaches across Europe but as an Australian it’s a pretty strange concept when you’ve been spoilt with the luxury of throwing a towel anywhere on the sand and sitting where you like, for free.
#4 Cacti, Desert & Donkeys
The only real picturesque area is Little Venice and the iconic windmills. Yes, some of the little alleyways with boutiques and restaurants are lovely if you can manage to navigate past without knocking someone off their chair whilst they eat lunch. But, let’s be honest. The rest of the island can be summarised in 3 words: cacti, desert and donkeys. Believe me, my travel buddy and I hired a scooter to get around so we saw more than most!
Here’s a quirky little fact about me: I’m a massive sucker for souvenirs 🙊 Like these beautiful blue artworks that can be found all over the Greek Islands 💙 Don’t you just love having a little piece of your trip with you when you come back home! What’s a favourite souvenir you’ve collected on your travels? Surely I can’t be the only one 😉🌏 #traveltheworld #theinvisibletouristway ~
#5 Everyone runs on “Island Time”
Forget using the shuttle buses. They are meant to run every half hour from the town down to the port but they had a habit of not turning up. Yes, I’m aware some people like to run on “island time” but as a visitor I’d rather spend that waiting time doing something I enjoy. No one likes being left in the lurch, especially late at night.
#6 People prove Mykonos is overrated
There’s quite a pretentious vibe on the island. Most people are trying to “be someone” documenting their every move on their phones or video cameras. Drinks at empty bars were €12 during my visit. They should be paying me €12 for bringing some life to their establishment, seeing as no one else will be there until 1am! Why Mykonos, why?
#7 More expensive than Athens and other islands
I’m not sure if this is because Mykonos is like a “celebrity Instagram” destination or something else but I found eating out and drinking to be much cheaper in Athens, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini. Heck, in Athens you can get a bottle of water for €0.50, while in Mykonos they were charging up to €4 in some places I visited. Isn’t that ridiculous?
Phew! In saying all that, if you’ve been following me a little while you’re likely to know I’m a massive fan of travelling efficiently to get the most out of my precious travel time. Unfortunately, I had no idea beforehand that Mykonos was probably not well suited for my travel style. Waiting around for unreliable public transport, paying through the nose for drinks in a bar with no atmosphere and dealing with crowds of people weaving through confined spaces just isn’t for me.
I’m not saying don’t go. Mykonos is lovely to see but it’s useful to keep these things in mind for your visit so you won’t find it as disappointing as I did. Don’t set those expectations too high. And please, forget trying to dine in a narrow alleyway during summer and go watch the sunset atop a white-washed hillside instead!
Hate crowds (like me) but love Europe? You might find it handy to know you can buy tickets in advance to many attractions to skip the queues! My Survival Guide to Europe’s Top Attractions can be found here.
The famous windmills date back to the 16th century!
Do you think that Mykonos is overrated too? Did you happen to know these nuances about Mykonos before your visit? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,
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