MYKONOS - THE ISLAND OF WINDS
Mykonos with its cobbled streets, characteristic churches, traditional houses, beautiful beaches and the unique energy that has made the island stand out. It belongs to the island complex with Delos and Rhenia. Despite the intense tourist development, it manages to maintain its Cycladic physiognomy and traditional elements. Even in its modern form, the preservation of the traditional Cycladic architecture, ensures the city the magic and harmony it deserves. It is no coincidence that it is one of the most popular luxury destinations even for celebrities. It is an island with luxurious villas, suites, private pools and views of the endless blue with award-winning design and multi-star service.
In the 50's it was a destination for internationally renowned people who established it until today. Marlon Brando, Onassis, Nureyev, Soraya, Stavros Niarchos are some of the most important personalities who passed through the island. In Gialos you will meet the famous pelicans of Mykonos and Ag. Nikolaos of Kadena. Paraportiani is dominated by the complex of 17th century churches that are a rare work of art. The Mills are one of the characteristic parts of the island which were ground by the force of the winds until the 20th century. Little Venice of the 18th century has its foundations in the sea and is one of the most beautiful places on the island to be photographed.
Some of the great historical destinations are also the castle of Gizi on the hill of Paleokastro, the settlement of Ftelia, the Mycenaean tomb in Angelika, the ancient wells and the findings of the towers. One should not miss to visit on foot the lighthouse of Armenistis,which has adorned the island since 1891. The Naval Museum is framed by important findings such as old mechanisms etc. which is followed by the unique view with the sunset. The three islands next to Mykonos that are worth visiting are Rhenia, Tragonisi and Katapodia that enchant with the crystal clear waters, the rare bottom and the caves where the Monachus Monachus(Mediterranean monk seal) seals appear.
The most famous beach of the island is Super Paradise and meets the expectations of even the most demanding visitor. It is known for the parties that take place there that are an attraction and has been established as a meeting point for VIP’s. It is a unique experience of unlimited fun, private clubs have access only by private transport or boat from Platys Gialos. Paradise beach is one of the busiest known as the hippie beach. The beach of Ag. Stefanou is a popular destination for the island overlooking Delos and Rhenia with a nice sandy beach ideal for all ages and at its left end is the settlement and the church of Ag.Stefanou.
Psarou beach belongs to the cosmopolitan beaches with water sports and diving school. The beach of Ag. Sosti is a large sandy beach which is difficult to access but for this reason it is quiet, ideal for families with children. Myrsini beach located next to Fokos beach is ideal for travelers seeking a quiet vacation. The beach is divided into two parts by the rocks that reach the sea. The beach of Ag. Ioanni overlooking Delos is another quiet destination without loud music and water sports. On the contrary, the beach of Korfos, Kalafatis and Ftelia are ideal for surfers. For lovers of alternative accommodation, there is organized camping on Paradise beach as well as on Paraga beach, in the southern part of the island. Mykonos is without exaggeration, the Greek destination that presents a great variety in accommodation satisfying even the most demanding.
The island is famous for its refined dishes and rare wines and is characterized by the best hotels for demanding visitors with awards and distinctions. Every visitor should try the local flavors of the island such as the Mykonian louza. It is a traditional pork sausage that is dried and baked in the sun with spices. Kopanisti is also a spicy cheese with a strong peppery taste and special taste. According to the Mykonian way, the kopanisti is served in a soaked barley nut, together with tomato or cucumber. Particularly well known in Mykonos is the sour cheese that looks like sourdough only left to dry for several weeks until it becomes very hard. Among the strangest foods are bubbles, sea urchins in oil vinegar, pinas, mussels and black-eyed beans. Sausages are one of the best Mykonian dishes made with fat-free pork, with peppers and oregano. It is worth trying macaroons, candies with grated almonds that are shaped into an oblong shape, baked and covered with sugar which are treats in other Cycladic islands.