In case you still haven’t decided where you’re going to spend your summer, you might want to consider visiting Mykonos. This vibrant Greek island is known around the world for its lively nightlife and extremely friendly people. Last year, the island had a record-breaking 26 million tourists from January to September. However, Mykonos is actually full of secrets and fun facts that will, undoubtedly, make you fall in love with it even more. Here are some of the most interesting things you probably didn’t know about this beautiful gem of the Aegean Sea.
Wind Surfing in Mykonos
Mykonos is often called by its other name “The Island of the Winds.” There are numerous types of winds on the island and the locals have countless poetic terms used for describing them. The main northern wind is called Meltemi, but it often joins forces with the eastern Gregos, or western Maistros. Because of its strange nature, the Greeks call Meltemi the natural air-conditioner. The warmer it gets, the stronger it blows and vice versa. This is also one of the reasons why wind surfers simply adore Mykonos and its windy nature.
If you travel to the outskirts of the village of Ano Mera, you will get a chance to see the remnants of an old castle built back in the 13th century by the Venetians. The original idea was to protect the island but they ended up converting most of its inhabitants to Catholicism. Nowadays, the only thing that’s left from the Venetians is a small part of the town called Little Venice. It is said to be the most photographed place in the Mykonos because of its unique beauty.
Petros the Pelican
Do you know about Petros the pelican? Petros is one of the most famous animal mascots of Mykonos. This great white pelican was found injured in 1958 by some local fishermen. They healed his wounds and nursed him back to health. He was named Petros which means “rock” in Greek, but also jokingly refers to his “grumpy” nature. In the 1970s, Petros even visited New York to become a short-lived movie star. Unfortunately, like many other celebrities, Petros also died in his best years when he was hit by a car in 1985. He still remains an eternal symbol of Mykonos.
Haven for Celebrities
If you plan on meeting someone famous, Mykonos is certainly the place for you. Chances are you’ll just casually bump into someone you’ve seen on the Red Carpet. Celebrities from all over the world go there to try out some of the famous Mykonos cocktails, and enjoy the joyful, yet discreet atmosphere. Among the celebrities that visited Mykonos are Leonardo Di Caprio, Paris Hilton, Alessandra Ambrosio, Ariana Grande, and many more.
Nowadays, Mykonos is probably best known for being quite uninhibited and gay-friendly. Everyone is welcome on Mykonos, which is something that people from all walks of life can appreciate. The nightlife in Mykonos is full of life as there are numerous top quality restaurants and bars that create great atmosphere. If you want to dance your problems away and meet some new people, you should visit night club Porta Bar. Every day is a party at Porta Bar, top-class DJs, LED light-covered dancefloor and, most important of all, an unforgettable atmosphere.
Now that you know all these facts about Mykonos, it’s time to drop by and visit it.