They say that the ionized air of Mykonos caused by the interaction between the winds and the cliffs, result in a kind of a mild intoxication. This explains, partly, the reason that this island is so attractive to so many people. Locals say that what makes Mykonos so special is the energy fields of Delos, and the particular light and mysterious aura. For most visitors, Mykonos is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world; it’s the party place, the celebrity place, the wellbeing summer place. In the busy streets and golden sand beaches, next to the windmills, styles and ethnicities mingle perfectly. For others, Mykonos is the festivals of Ano Mera, the morning market place in Gialos and the mansions, which hide treasures of a vast tradition. At the same time, Mykonos offers places for those who prefer peace and tranquility such as secluded areas on the North part of the island and hidden coves totally unaffected by the touristic development.
The beginning of the Myth
The unique energy aura, the many celebrities that visited the island mainly during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, as well as the cool attitude and tolerance of the locals, resulted in establishing Mykonos as a worldwide famous destination.
The scientists of the French Archaeological School were the first ones who discovered the beauties of the island. They were working in Delos sites at the time. Back then (in 1873), Mykonos was still a peaceful and quiet place. Much later, in the early 40’s, the young Athenian bourgeoisie started to discover the island as well. That was the time when locals started to take care and equip the small rooms in Mykonos Town in order to accommodate those who could not make it to the island’s hotels as there was no space. There was no electricity at the time and the electric generator of a local was working from 19:00 till 21:00. Since there was no electricity after 21:00, people lit fires on the beaches or preferred to sleep. It was during the 60’s when the touristic character of the island started to take form. Niarchos and Onassis were among the first who sailed their yachts here. Jackie Kennedy, Maria Callas, Princess Soraya, Constantine Karamanlis and Melina Mercouri spent their summers in Mykonos and so did Grace Kelly, Liz Taylor, Marlon Brando and many other Hollywood stars. They all loved the harmonious coexistence of pure tradition and the carefree and bohemian way of life. The magical landscape completed the package. Aristocrats, writers, kings and queens, ship owners and hippies, all intertwined with the locals. Famous places of the 70’s such as Remezzo, 9 Muses, Veggera and Pierro’s (the latter is the legendary bar which defined the gay culture of the island) were the meeting points of the era. During the 80’s, the famous guests of Mykonos had become countless. Numerous hotels, night clubs and shops opened in Mykonos Town. Among them were the Caprice in Little Venice, the Stars and the boutique clothing store of the famous Geek designer of that period Billy Bo. Mykonos lived the cosmopolitan life of the 60’s, adopted easily the mass tourism, became the Mecca of partying, and open-mindedly welcomed gays and nudists during the ‘70s and the 80’s. This is how Mykonos developed into an international and unique summer destination.