Mykonos: The Shining Diamond of the Aegean Sea
E ven though they are constantly (and have always been) praised by artists, writers, directors, and celebrities from around the world, the beauties of Mykonos never cease to amaze its visitors. This is why travel reviews and tourist guides usually fail to depict the full grandeur of what this blessed Aegean diamond is about: unexpected colors of the sunset on Delos island that have inspired painters and poets throughout the centuries; the singing of the wild wind through the stone-made windmills that overlook the old harbor; the romantic small houses with the wooden blue windows in the spectacular Little Venice neighborhood. And there is so much more…
Among them a beach life beyond imagination, with crystal clear waters, velvet sand and the sun shining till late in the afternoon. Some perfect choices are the famous Psarou for swimming and lounging, the family-friendly Ornos, Platys Gialos from where you can get a water-taxi to explore more remote beaches, Paraga for excellent food and cocktails, Paradise where the music is always loud, Super Paradise for absolute freedom, the secluded, quiet Agrari, the impressively long Elia or the ideal for snorkeling Lia, or Santa Marina with the world’s first beach Buddha Bar. And these are only some of the treasures along the island’s coastline!
Mykonos’ notorious nightlife and long tradition in haute gastronomy are also reasons for prolonging your stay there. The food is excellent, from the world-renowned Matsuhisa by Nobu, with its smart Japanese garden, to the small restaurants and fish taverns offering fresh fish and freshly cooked, delicious recipes made of excellent local products. And after a superb dinner it is time for an explosive night out, starting with a drink in one of the famous bars in Little Venice and (never ending) in the emblematic Remezzo — the jet-set’s favorite night-club ever since the ‘60’s!
Last but not least, being in Mykonos means shopping in Mykonos! There are endless choices, from posh fashion and jewellery boutiques to small souvenir corners, featuring all kinds of handmade crafts that never close before midnight. With numerous art galleries showing the works of talented local and international designers, Mykonos is also THE place for art shopping — mostly because this rare diamond of the Cycladic archipelago is itself a piece of art.