When we live our busy lives, in busy places, with busy things to do, we tend to forget that some things and some places are so beautiful, they deserve some extra attention. Mykonos is such a place. Part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos, Mykonos spans an area of 85,5 square kilometres and rises to an elevation of 341 metres at its highest point. Mykonos is but one of the jewels of the Greek archipelago, but simultaneously probably one of the most beautiful jewels. In Greek mythology, the Mykonos was named after its first ruler, Mykons, the son or grandson of the god Apollo and a local hero. 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 having lured them from the protection of Mount Olympus. It is even said that the large rocks all over the island are the petrified testicles (or, in bowdlerized versions of the myth, the entire corpses) of the giants; this portion of the myth is the source of the slang term "stones" attested in most major European languages.
Besides a rich history that makes one dream of long forgotten era’s, Mykonos also offers sun shine for up to 300 days a year. Mykonos has a little over 10,000 inhabitants, most of them living in the town of Mykonos, known to the locals as Chora. The town is picturesque, all building in white and blue and often overgrowth with pink and purple bougainvillea. The town is known for many landmarks, such as Little Venice – rows of fishing houses with balconies hanging over the sea – the characteristic windmills that are laid out over the hills like a string of pearls, the Tria Pigadia, the Armenistis Lighthouse and the famous Panagia Paraportiani – church of Our Lady. Mykonos is also known for its famous pelican, Pedro, who lives within the protective walls of the town. And of course Mykonos is known for its dazzling beaches. Since decennia Mykonos is a much loved vacation destination. The type of tourist has changed, though for one reason or the other, the island has always been a favourite gay destination. Today Mykonos puts up a fair competition when it comes to parties. The Xlsior Gya Parties that take place in August are of no lesser quality than the famous parties that take place on Ibiza or the Circuit festival in Barcelona. For many a must, for others a reason to avoid the island. But before and after August, Mykonos has still lots to offer, friendly and welcoming people not in the last place.
Why am I talking about Mykonos. Well, the reason is simple. It is here where the team of BeautifulMag currently resides. On this island, touched by the gods. Enjoying the sun, the sea and the beaches, the wonderful food, the great company and the brilliant sunsets. Though we made sure that you are still able to follow new and exciting editorials aver other day, we have put our asses in the hot sand and have no intention to come back for at least another 10 days. Mykonos gives us exactly what we need. Rest, entertainment and the necessary possibility to recharge our batteries. If you are around, leave us a comment. Who knows we might see you somewhere on the island. If not, rest assured. We’ll be back at the home front later in September to start preparing a new and exciting editorial and photographic year. –BM-
With special thanks to Rochari Hotel, Mykonos.
Cover photography by Justin Monroe.
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