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Nightlife in Greek isles
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I might be going to Greece specifically the greek isles ( Mikonos, Ios, and one other but cant remember now) How is the nightlife there?  Anyone privy to such a question?

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Never been to Myknonos (but hope to some day) however I think it probably has lots of nightlife.
Ios had night-and-day partying, a fairly young crowd, but not exclusively 20-somethings.
There were pubs, clubs, and some live music.

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I might be going to Greece specifically the greek isles ( Mikonos, Ios, and one other but cant remember now

 
What a surprise.  What ever made you pick those islands?


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i heard mykonos is nuts and ios has gotten nothing but great reviews from my greek friends…i wanted to go to a country with beaches in a close region why not islands….greek girls are hot

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I was being sarcastic.  You picked two places in Greece that every North American asks about (and the only islands that most Americans can name).
 
Ios is a party island, but to be honest, I’m surprised your Greek friends suggested it.  (Unless your Greek friends are Americans of Greek descent.)  Ios is&nbspopular with the American and Canadian frat-boy backpacking circuit (and that’s exactly what you’ll get there), not particularly popular with Greeks.  Mykonos is, however, popular with Greeks and foreigners alike.  Mykonos attracts many Europeans, and will also attract a good amount of “trendy jet setters”, as well as all sorts of funky personalities; it’s the Greek/European version of South Beach meets Key West.
 
I really hope that your “Greek” friends suggested some other places to you as well.  There’s more to the country than bars.  There’s actually get this history, culture, and scenery.


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Well, Luv, to be fair, this is the Nightlife forum.[Smile]
One thing about Mykonos is that from there you can go on an excursion to Delos. I would really like to do that some day.
I wonder if gqstatus’ third island is Paros?

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THANKS CIL I LOVE CULTURE HISTORY JUST AS MUCH AS ANYONE PROBABALY A LITTLE MORE BUT THIS TRIP IS SOLELY A“VACATION” IM NOT GOIN FOR A HISTORIC TOUR…I FIGURE I CAN GO GET A TAN PICK UP SOME GREEKS GIRLS TAKE SOME GREAT PICTURES.  i ALSO figure that if i want i can take a day trip to go to more historic islands such as cyprus or a ferry to the mainland.  The capitals are not for emphasis i hit the button and was too lazy to change sorry

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It’s a nightlife forum, but the website doesn’t revolve around nightlife.  Whether this is Nightlife, Fave Places, or Transport, my suggestion is always to balance nightlife with culture and sights. 

Nor am I trying to discourage you from doing what you wanna do.  I’m just trying to educate you a bit.  You know, there is nightlife in Greece outside of Mykonos and Ios.  Oh, GASP!  Can that be true?

You picked two islands both of which are known exclusively for nightlife.  I really don’t see why you need to go to both Ios and Mykonos, when only one of these two is good enough to satisfy your well-advertised sex and nightlife itch.  If you want to go to both of these islands, by all means do so.  But it seems to me that you completely unaware that other places in Greece also exist, so I thought I’d run some more place-names by you, as part of my effort in giving you travel advice

Take it or leave it, but here is my advice: a good itinerary IMO for the Cycladic Islands would be: Mykonos, Syros, and Santorini.  Or Mykonos, Paros, and Santorini.  Or Mykonos, Paros, and Syros.  Additionally, there’s a whole lot of Greek Islands and a whole lot of Greece outside this specific group of islands.  If you’re arriving by ferry from Italy, then I would also highly suggest Corfu in the Ionian Islands.  There’s also Rhodes Dodecanese Islands, another great place to experience.  See, there’s a lot more to the country than Americans (“Greek” Americans included) know about, and I’m just trying to educate you on your options.

Another thing I highly advise you do before going on travel forums woefully unprepared is to take a look at an atlas, and study your European and Mediterranean geography.  Cyprus is not a Cycladic Island.  In fact, it’s no where near the Cycladic Islands.  It’s not even a part of Greece; Cyprus is an independent island country about 300 miles east of Rhodes (Rhodes is Greece’s southeasternmost major island) which itself is almost 200 miles southeast of Mykonos.  Cyprus is not a daytrip, neither from Mykonos, nor from Rhodes, nor from anywhere else in Greece.  But it is a great place to visit.
 
No hard feelings or anything dude.  But people always ask about the same places like a broken record.


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Cuzzin,
 
Check da Pink Palace in Corfu if you’s wants to party
 
Mykonos is also great, and some of dem wohmen have a little sumthin extra, if you into that

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GQ,
 
In case you’re wondering what he’s talking about, he’s talking about transvestites.  Mykonos is pretty much a European Key West.  It’s a diverse crowd.  It’s known for being gay-friendly (and thus is popular with gay tourists from around the world), but the vast majority of tourists are straight and most bars are straight bars, so don’t worry, you won’t stand out.  You’ll meet all kinds of people: lots of Europeans, lots of North Americans, straight, gay (even some transvestites), regular people and rich people (popular with jet setters).  Everyone gets along and coexists peacefully.
 
I’m all for going there…I’m just not for doing Mykonos and Ios.


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GQ,
Warning! Never talk about wanting to have fun on this site! Luv The Beach patrols Eurotrip, making sure nobody tries to have a good time.  LTB will do his/her best to remind anybody that wants to something popular or common that it is low-brow and simple. LTB is vastly superior to anybody that likes drinking more than six beers in a setting, staying out late, or enjoys going where the crowd goes, and will remind you at all costs. LTB was trying to make fun of you, but when Cil called him/her on it, he/she backed off and disguised her/his comments as being some altruistic lesson, when all along LTB was trying to communicate to the forum that he/she is much more a intellectual than you.  A few years back I made the mistake of asking on this forum if it was okay to drink beers on metro trains in Europe, b/c I had seen people doing so, and enjoyed doing so myself on a prior trip.  Boy, did I get an pageful!!!  You are not the first and probably won’t be the last. And I’m sure LTB will attempt to give me quite a beating for this post, maybe he/she will point out to everybody that I was in a fraternity in college or that i grew up in a trailer or even worse, that I like things that are percieved as being American.  Or maybe LTB, will try something new for once and not respond to a guests comments. I doubt it’s possible, but that would be nice, wouldn’t it?  LTB, SHHHHH!!! MYOB. Nobody asked!  You are obviously well traveled and know much more about traveling through Europe than most. I have enjoyed reading and have benifited from some of your great advice, but please leave it at that. No more of these textual belittlings.

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Jarred,

Your post made me laugh.  It is funny.  I’m sorry you’ve interpreted me the way that you have.  I honestly do not remember you, and I do not remember Cil calling me out on anything.  I do however remember someone asking a question about whether or not it’s acceptable to drink on public transit.  And I still think it is a stupid question.  Why would you wanna hang out on a subway train all night with a case of beers, instead of going to the bars?  So you seen someone do it once…okay, and I see homeless guys do it on the Chicago CTA sometimes.  That doesn’t mean it’s common, nor widespread, nor enjoyable.  In all my times visiting and/or living in Europe, I have not once seen anyone drinking on a subway train, neither in Paris, nor Rome, nor Brussels, nor Athens, nor Madrid, nor Barcelona, nor Munich.  I’m sorry, but your vain attempts to portrary yourself as the innocent victim and myself as the big bad wolf have clearly failed. 

As for myself, I admit that I’ve been getting testy more recently, after years of answering the same questions day after day after day, including some very offensive prejudiced/ethnocentric questions.  Believe me, I used to be that nice, polite guy with incredible patience (yes, people used to describe me that way) and I would write pages upon pages of travel advice, repeating a lot of the same things I had repeated before…while all the other veteran posters would get angry, and reply to the newbies “do a search, do a search.”  Now, I find myself in their position, while they just got bored with the site, and picked up and left.  Why do I still hang around?  Because I don’t want Americans going to Europe, doing the wrong things and going to the wrong palces, and then coming back and telling everyone how much they hated the countries they visited.  I also don’t want people going over to Europe and disrespecting the local laws and cultures.  I won’t tolerate tourists drinking beers on a subway train, and then leaving behind their empty cans and bottles.  You said it yourself…I speak from experience, and I’ve seen tourists do a lot of stupid shit.

If my posts get to you so much, seriously get a hold of yourself. 

As for my “anti-fun campaign”…you really don’t know me. [Wink]

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i just warn Mykonos is a crusing island
so if you go
don’t give any one the wrong idea… i have heard many bad stories…

Personally, I would go to a few party islands [can be expensive [8D]] but also visit some smaller ones which really have alot of culture and a real feel for the real life of Greeks

but your ideas sound good

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i just warn Mykonos is a crusing island
so if you go
don’t give any one the wrong idea… i have heard many bad stories…

 
Oh geez…God forbid a gay person be attracted to you.  If someone of the same sex approaches you, just politely say no.  They’ll understand.  They’re not predators, you know.  They’re just people.
 
Let me reiterate: Mykonos is literally Europe’s version Miami/South Beach.  It’s a melting pot of people from all over the world.  It is well-known for being gay-friendly, but the vast majority of tourists are straightMOST bars are straight bars.  And it’s probably one of the few places in Greece that attracts tourists from all nationalities, as opposed to other islands that are only popular with Britons or Italians or Germans or Greek mainlanders or North Americans.  And it attracts both rich and poor.  Everyone comes to Mykonos, everyone gets along, everyone respects each other.  Please don’t be afraid to visit the island.

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The “real” life of Greeks is in Attica (greater Athens) or Thessaloníki, together containing the majority of the country’s population (at least 5.5 million).


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Oh geez…God forbid a gay person be attracted to you.  If someone of the same sex approaches you, just politely say no.  They’ll understand.  They’re not predators, you know.  They’re just people.

 
Wait I dont mean that – it applies to both sexes.I had a younger friend who went when he was 17 and he got stalked and followed one night – so be careful if your out alone at night. So I am just saying do not give anyone the wrong idea and yes I agree with luv_the_beach that you should always be polite.
And yes its a very beautiful island.

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The “real” life of Greeks is in Attica (greater Athens) or Thessaloníki, together containing the majority of the country’s population (at least 5.5 million).

 
And I meant by that - the older cultural ways of life and to get a feel of it. Most people associate Greece with Athens and Greek Islands – which is fine. There are alot of hidden beauties [that can be hard to get to – but worth it] including Gortyn (Crete), Alonissos,Symi, Amorgos, Karpathos & there is an ancient cemetary near Athens (I forget its name I will find it) which is nice to visit my mother says.
 
Anyway its just different ideas for your trip

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Wait I dont mean that – it applies to both sexes.I had a younger friend who went when he was 17 and he got stalked and followed one night – so be careful if your out alone at night. So I am just saying do not give anyone the wrong idea

 
This applies anywhere, and people should use common sense.  There’s no reason to warn people of a danger that is not common in Mykonos.  Mykonos is actually far safer than Kávos (resort town in Corfu) or Faliráki (resort town in Rhodes) well-known for drunk rowdy tourists, some of whom get violent.
 

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And I meant by that - the older cultural ways of life and to get a feel of it. Most people associate Greece with Athens and Greek Islands – which is fine. There are alot of hidden beauties [that can be hard to get to – but worth it] including Gortyn (Crete), Alonissos,Symi, Amorgos, Karpathos & there is an ancient cemetary near Athens (I forget its name I will find it) which is nice to visit my mother says.


 
I agree.  All great places to explore.


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yea I agree Luv_the_beach
I just want to give warning of what a friend experienced

I have not been to Mykonos – but my relatives and my grandfather told me there are better islands – of course he is just worried for me [8|] [8D]
 
do you mind checking my itinery in Favourite Places – called: europe trip summer 2008 – help, advice   [image]http://www.eurotrip.com/forum/image/newpost.gif[/image] If you have time I would like to hear from you – cause I read alot of the things you write and they are very informative
 
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Hi Renee, I answered your questions in that thread. [Smile]

As for Mykonos: It’s a great island really.  But for someone who’s visiting Greece for his/her first time, will be there for a short time, and may never come back, I tend to steer them away from Mykonos towards Santoríni, because Santoríni has a lot of things all combined into one: Cycladic architecture (and the amazing cliff-top towns of Oía and Firá), stunning scenery (cliff, caldera, volcano), historical site (Akrotiri), beach and nightlife.  Whereas Mykonos only has two of the four.  Now, for people who want to visit the Cycladic Islands, and they have a bit more time, I suggest an island-hopping itinerary that includes Mykonos, Santoríni, and Páros and/or Syros.  Of course, you also made some excellent mentions: Amorgós, for example, has almost unparalleled beauty.

It’s not like I’m steering people away from what they want to do…it’s that a lot of people are not aware that other great palces exist.  Mykonos has a well-known name, and thus people think they have to go there.  But they don’t.  But it is a great island, and as far as dangers, Mykonos pretty much exemplifies Greece in general: ridiculsouly safe.  That doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t exercize their usual precautions.

For your itinerary, I suggested Corfu-Thessaloníki-Metéora-Athens-Santoríni.  given the amount of time you have in the country, it’s a good sampling of different regions, landscapes, and historical periods of the country.

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Hi Renee, I answered your questions in that thread. [Smile]

yes I saw! thanks so much – i showed my mother also and she said to thank you also. It’s very helpful.

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For your itinerary, I suggested Corfu-Thessaloníki-Metéora-Athens-Santoríni.  given the amount of time you have in the country, it’s a good sampling of different regions, landscapes, and historical periods of the country.

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Yea that was good also. I amy miss Thessaloniki this time around – which its fine cause I will go back. [Smile]

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 i ALSO figure that if i want i can take a day trip to go to more historic islands such as cyprus or a ferry to the mainland. 

I missed this one before [&o]
 
yes yes yes yes yes yes yes -go to Cyprus [Wink]
I am from here (hence the Cy from my name) and ask me anything if you like
 
 
the beaches are very beautiful. It’s good also cause most people speak english which help people who dont speak any Greek. [Wink]
 
Limassol (Lemesos) is my favourite [Smile]

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gqstatus718c wrote:

I might be going to Greece specifically the greek isles ( Mikonos, Ios, and one other but cant remember now) How is the nightlife there?  Anyone privy to such a question?


Mykonos is famous for parties and Ios as well… So where ever you will go, you will not regret it!
I preferred Mykonos.. I believe it was full of Greek celebreties!

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Mykonos is a world wide travel spot for partying mainly techno and other main stream music etc. If you want search on youtube and enter an island name plus the word club party dancing etc to see what you can expect. I go to greece every summer and a few years ago our island had more people come to it then mykonos it’s not a party island like mykonos but being the next stop on the ferry i guess a lot of people came to check it out. I’ve been on a few greek island cruises but didn’t have as much fun as just going to the islands on my own.