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The Aegean Sea has been characterized by many as the heart of the Mediterranean and has been commonly linked to colorful mythology, tales of pirates and fishermen, and, in recent years, as the hot-spot of cosmopolitan summer party life for island-hoppers.
This timeless popularity should really come as no surprise considering its location, its climate and maritime economy, its history and traditions and of course its unique islanders and their famous hospitality.
Among the family of the Aegean islands however, stands one in particular which is perhaps its most precious jewel: Mykonos beams effervescently due west and it’s certainly not shy at showing it.
Being the favourite destination of vacationists worldwide, Mykonos has become synonymous to beautiful, luxurious and vibrant vacations. But Mykonos is so much more than what the eye meets: it’s actually the ideal place where you can lose yourself on its surface and also find it in its depth.
Where to Lose and … Find Yourself in Greek Mykonos
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Lose Yourself In…
The Luxury of Villa Elia
Sitting atop a hill in the outskirts of town, Villa Elia is the most preferred residency for those looking to enjoy all the leisure that Mykonos has to offer for a surprisingly affordable price.
Settled over the famous Elia Beach and able to accommodate up to 5 guests, the Villa offers a sublime view of the Aegean sea as well as an endless list of amenities such as an outdoor private swimming pool, high-speed wi-fi, a barbecue, daily maid service and a wide terrace with an outdoor dining area.
This Mykonian country estate, with its modern architecture and elegant venetian minimalism is guaranteed to make your holidays cozy and comfortable, truly fit for kings and queens.
The Party-Life of Super Paradise
Easily mistaken for one of Ibiza’s beaches, this Mykonian sandy shore is famous for hosting the most hectic summer parties of the Aegean.
The best Djs from all over the world have witnessed the amazing sunrise from behind the decks of Super Paradise, making it the ideal place to lose yourself in loud music, nonstop dancing, fruity cocktails and the gay-friendly atmosphere that vibrates through the entire island!
The Tastefulness of Greek Delicacies
Breakfast from Orno’s traditional bakeries as a little snack before hitting the beaches? Lunch at Nicolas’ traditional tavern at Aghia Anna? Or maybe fresh fish and loukoumas at Sea Satin for dinner is more your scene.
The local cuisine comes hand in hand with the Greek Kefi (which translates to traditional singing and dancing) and is sure to fill your stomach as well as your heart.
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And Find Yourself In…
The Picturesque Backstreets
Mykonos is known for its all-embracing attitude towards people.
Whether you’re shopping souvenirs at the local gift-stores in the morning, taking amazing pictures of the labyrinthine castle-town at dusk or walking back barefoot from a night out, Mykonos is one of the best places where you can experience true freedom of expression.
One of the most characteristic landmarks of the island, Mykonos’ windmills date back to the 16th century when they were built by Venetians, and were kept in use up until the 20th.
Harnessing the power of the strong southern winds, the windmills were originally used to mill flour but serve today as a place of safe-keeping for various of the island’s most precious heritage.
An idyllic place to visit, the crisp-white windmills with their straw caps offer a breath-taking view of the Aegean that is sure to fill you with a sense of awe.
The Mykonos Biennale
Held every odd year since 2013, this festival truly captures the energy of the island. Featuring dozens of artists each time, the Mykonos Biennale has presented a wide array of artworks including short films, performances, and dramatic nights.
It has even held philosophical marathons making it a conglomeration of Greek tradition, culture and contemporary art. Hosted in odd places like pirate houses, warehouses, schools and churches, this symposium lasts 7 days every other June or July and will even take you treasure-hunting in nearby Delos!
Mykonos, although a small Greek Aegean island, truly has no shortage in the way it expresses its unique cosmopolitan nature. For those looking to add a bit of substance to their St. Tropez-like vacations, Mykonos is the place to go.
So if you’re planning your vacations to include pirate houses, sandy beaches, dancing, but also art, delicious cuisine and a sense of freedom, all wrapped in one warm Mediterranean summer, look no further.
There you’ll have many opportunities to be submerged in culture, taste delicious traditional foods, experience the Greek temperament, but also celebrate life, diversity and all things splendid.
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