By: Sissi Alevromageira, 25/7/2022
The island was called after the hero Mykonos, son of Aeneus of Karystos – son of Apollo – and the nymph Roios of Zarykos – daughter of Dionysus, according to Greek mythology (according to Stefanos Byzantius). Mykonos was Xanthippi’s father, and she fed him with her own breast milk when he was imprisoned to keep him from starving. The Egyptians, Icarians, Phoenicians, and Minoans were the first to arrive on the island, followed by the Ionians. Another legendary tradition in ancient Mykonos speaks to Heracles’ murder of the giants on this island, which appears to be the source of the popular expression “all under one Mykonon,” which refers to numerous divergent and incompatible things that are in one category. The ancient tale has Heracles burying the Giants who were killed during the Battle of the Giants behind Mykonos’ impressive rocks. Its name appears to indicate “stone mound” or “stony place.”
From the 1950s until the present, Mykonos has definitely been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, receiving several awards from travel companies and the press. Mykonos is synonymous with cosmopolitanism and luxurious living, having been a legend of the international jet set since the 1950s, protagonist of glossy fashion magazines, but also capital of wild entertainment.
She is well-known around the world, but she is not “out of reach.” She is cosmopolitan since she attracts celebrities from all over the world every summer, but she still manages to be a simple, true island girl. Mykonos is often regarded as a perfect site for the popular VIP splurge, and the reasons for this are detailed below!
It was love at first sight… The “Island of Winds” amazes visitors not only with its unique natural beauty, but also with its architectural tradition: a contrasting harmony of white and blue, with golden sandy beaches and exotic turquoise oceans drenched in the beautiful Greek sunshine.
Visit the sacred island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the biggest religious centers of the ancient world. The dazzling ancient state of Delos, mythological birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, radiates a magnificent aura from every angle.
Be fascinated by “Little Venice,” Alefcantras’ charming area with its 18th century captain’s mansions and colorful balconies that seem to float above the sea. Most of them now house cafés, bars, and restaurants where you can relax with a drink and a view of one of Greece’s most magnificent sunsets.
Take a shot in front of the Kato Mylos, a symbol of Mykonos and one of the island’s most famous attractions, located in the south of Chora. Since the end of the 18th century, these seven cylindrical giants with tin roofs have stood tall on a hill south of Aleukandra, overlooking the sea. Until the early twentieth century, the island’s grain was milled here. When they are illuminated at night, their presence becomes much more evocative.
See the sunset from Armenistis Lighthouse, one of the most romantic spots on the island with a spectacular view of nearby Tinos. The majestic lighthouse, one of the largest in the Aegean, was built in 1891 and has a focal height of 184 meters.
Strolling along the cosmopolitan Matoyiannia, one of the world’s most attractive retail districts and a timeless “catwalk” of international jet set celebrities, is undoubtedly a compelling reason to book a sail to Mykonos.
Celebrate the summer full moon at the archaeological site of Delos, a truly transformative event. Discover a modern Mecca of haute cuisine and gourmet creativity, with many stars and international honors to its credit.
Mykonos’ top five beaches:
Psarou: A windless paradise with excellent golden beaches and shallow green waters. One of the most beautiful and well-organized beaches on the island, with magnificent beach bars and restaurants, great service by the sea, and water sports activities. Stars and celebrities from all around the world are among her millions of fans.
Super Paradise: One of Greece’s most stunning beaches, with golden sand and green waters. This is Mykonos’s dancing heart, with wild parties on the shore, powerful rhythms, and an unconventional lifestyle. Favorite of the LGBT community and the reason why most people close and take the boat to Mykonos.
Kalo Livadi: A wide and cosmopolitan beach in the southeast of the island with an infinite sandy beach and shallow blue-green waves. It is well-organized, with straw umbrellas, comfy sunbeds, and beach bars offering good service and pleasant music. Particularly popular in the fashion industry and among families with young children.
Elia: The island’s largest beach, with limitless golden sand and fantastic organization and facilities for all types of water activities. Popular with families, yet with a very cosmopolitan vibe.
Kappari is a little cove west of Chora with nearly exotic beauty. For incurable Robinsons and tranquility seekers, a natural paradise of exquisite sand and crystal pure green waters surrounded by white smooth rocks.
Whatever you choose let all your senses lead you on a journey to the island of ultimate freedom, which exudes an intense romantic mood…