I am looking into going to Mykonos, Greece for a few days in September. I will be travelling alone. I understand that it is a party island but is it safe for a solo female backpacker? Has anyone stayed at the Paradise Beach Resort as a solo backpacker? Is it safe?
I do not think you would have any issues, it all seemed really safe to me. Depending on your age, there will probably be other groups that you could hook up with as well for an added sense of security. I have not stayed at Paradise Beach, but spent most days there. Just be aware that your schedule will be dictated by the crowd. Days are for laying on the beach, beginning in the evening the music starts and may not stop until 7:00 AM, hit the beach for a nap and do it again. Places in town, very near city center, can be as noisy all night from the Discos. If you are planning on some sleep during the night, find a place on the outskirts of town. Paradise beach is great though, beautiful water, not sand but not pebbles, and the most interesting array of people you are likely to meet. The beach is "whatever you want" about 70% in swimsuits, another 20% Topless, and 10% nude, all very casual.
I stayed at the Hotel Apollo for two nights last summer in the main city. Very low key, quiet, and safe feeling. A tiny bit more expensive than I would have liked, but not bad. I don't remember details, but it's featured in the Lonely Planet guide.
First, Max, you are a male, and if you think beig a solo male traveller is anyway near the same as being a solo female, then you are wrong.
Amanda, Mykonos is going to be as safe as anywhere, but, there are a few things you need to think about.
Alone , out partying, drinking, etc., be careful, it only takes one freak to notice you leave the bar alone .
99.9% if the people you meet are just out to have good fun too, but there is the one in a million freak, or at least the person who drinks too much and turns into a twit. Avoid hook ups and always say you have a friend nearby or around.
Years( as in over 20) ago my friend and I were young and having fun in Mykonos, partying away at a very lively gay bar( have NO idea why we were there, but I guess we liked the music) , sometime after the 900 th drink that night I knew I had to go outside for fresh air... my friend was dancing away with herself and I could not get near her on the packed dance floor, so out I went into the
into the night. I umm, umm, I ended up barking in some back alley,, and a young man came by and asked me if I was ok. I said yes, but I wanted to clean up, he said, I have a rental villa just around the corner you can come there, I said sure, followed the total stranger, went willingly into his lair,, LOL, washed my face, had a glass of water, chatted a few minutes and went back to bar to find friend.
CRAZY,, it could have gone completely differently,, but I didn't hit the freak that night, but, that was just plain luck.
My friend and I had a few more encounters of a similar nature, and I look back now and figure we had an angel on our shoulders ,, since although we were a bit careful, we were really not that careful. At least we had each other.
Being alone just means being a bit more careful.
I know I'm male, but the Apollo is away from the real party center, but not remote, and is not oriented towards the frat boy crowd. Anyway, it was just a suggestion.