There are many who visit Mykonos on a holiday, but end up falling in love with the island so much that they end up living here and make their new home. We talk to a few expats, who had no idea what to expect when they first came to Mykonos and ask them for their thoughts on everything related to the island – the good, the bad and the ugly. Let’s get started.
(Please note – The names of the individuals that we have spoken to have been changed to protect their privacy.)
Devon James, 33 (UK): Mykonos is full of beautiful people
I love that Mykonos has so many beautiful people. Whether it’s the Brits, Americans, Australians, Italians, French, or for that matter, the locals, we have got lucky here. Most of the men and women we have here are truly beautiful.
You can see that when you catch a bus in town to visit any of the beaches here. In fact, that’s what I do all day long, when I’m not at my job – people watching. But if there’s one thing I don’t like, it’s that Mykonos is an expensive island.
There are a plenty of trendy bars and restaurants here, but they are so expensive! I love the harbour, it’s my favourite spot in Mykonos, for all the people watching and great wine.
Janice, 26 (Australia): Mykonos is a lot of fun after midnight
If there’s one thing I love about living in Mykonos as a single woman, it’s the nightlife. The town is really buzzing late at night. There’s always a party on here and it’s just a lot of young people who just want to have fun. I like that I’ve always felt safe as a single woman in Mykonos, most people here are very respectful and they give you your space.
Now, eating out is a lot of fun in Mykonos especially when you have great company. I love Vincenzo’s, I love how crowded it gets and how great the food is there. The harbour, not so much, because the quality of the food isn’t all that great there and it’s expensive too. Beer is cheap, just 5-6 euros a bottle, everywhere you go. The Piano Bar close to Little Venice is my favourite spot to get drunk!
I’ve lived here for almost 2 years now, and I fall more in love with the place every day!
Stephen, 42 (Sweden) – Mykonos is different from other Greek islands
I’ve lived in Greece for over 10 years now, and by now have seen it all. I spent some time in Rhodes and Crete before I decided to settle in Mykonos, and I could feel the difference straightaway. I don’t know how to say this without hurting anyone, but the people are a lot classier here than anywhere else in Greece.
The nightlife is a lot better and while I do feel that it’s more expensive than the other islands, it’s pretty much worth it. My partner and I love partying here and our favourite spot is the Galleraki Bar. We just love the setting at the Super Paradise Beach and Elia Beach. I like how inclusive and diverse the Mykonos community is and we’ve never had any problems here.
I’m a Greek Cypriot, but born and raised in the USA. I’ve been in love with Greece all my life and have always wanted to live here, at least for a few years. I’ve visited Greece many times as a student, but it was Mykonos that I loved most.
I work as an internet marketer and have the freedom to live wherever I want to in the world as a digital nomad, and Mykonos was the first place I thought of moving to. I’ve been here for 18 months now and love every minute of it. I love the natural beauty of the landscape, the bright sunlight in the morning and the glorious sunsets.
If you’re coming here for the first time, the best advice I can give you is to learn Greek, understand that local culture, and get to know the people here. I can assure you that the locals are the friendliest souls you’ll ever meet.