In Greek mythology, the island of Mykonos was named after the namesake hero Mykonos, the descendant of the legendary king of Delos, Aneos. The island is also said to have been the location of a great battle between Zeus and Titans and where Hercules killed the invincible giants after having lured them from the protection of Mount
By the mid 1960’s, Mykonos was already the favorite travel destination for celebrities and the international jet set. During the 70’s, 80’s and the90’s Mykonos became the fashionable hot spot for influential artists, politicians, businessmen and stakeholders of the time. Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Brigitte Bardot, Jean Moreau and Grace Kelly are just a few of the many celebrities that visited this Aegean island on a regular basis.
Mykonos in Greek: Μύκονος [ˈmikonos] is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. The island spans an area of 85.5 square kilometres (33.0 sq mi) and rises to an elevation of 341 metres (1,119 feet) at its highest point. There are 10,134 inhabitants (2011 census) most of whom live in the largest town, Mykonos, which lies on the west coast. The town is also known as Chora (i.e. the Town in Greek, following the common practice in Greece when the name of the island itself is the same as the name of the principal town. The neighboring island Delos belongs to the administration of Mykonos as well.
There are many reasons that explain why Mykonos is by far the most popular Greek Island in the Aegean Sea. Commonly called the island of the winds, it is a truly diverse island that offers a plethora of activities to suit anyone’s vacation plans.
Most tourists are delighted to discover that the level of service on Mykonos is second to none. In general the people are very friendly and take tremendous pride in caring of their guests. It has many pristine and gorgeous beaches, a charming picturesque town that is ideal for evening strolls, a large variety of excellent restaurants which serve a delicious dose of fresh seafood, plenty of lavish boutiques (including high end jewelry shops) to explore and many small, festive bars that dot the winding streets of Chora are perfect for those who desire a quiet night cap.
There is a “cool vibe” on the island that you rarely see elsewhere and it attracts a widely diverse and upscale crowd that thrives on its stylish nightlife. Known in some circles as the “Ibiza of Greece”, the glitzy summer club scene brings in large numbers of tourists every year who come just to hear world renowned DJs perform in this spectacular setting.