On this Mediterranean Island we discover an earthy paradise Mykonos!!! Is a Cosmopolitan Universe that imprints the stamp of Freedom on all those who share a Love for the Island.
Blue & White Summer. The Cyclades Island. Mykonos. With the sea glimmering in the sunlight, white houses with their blue shutters and balconies directly overlooking the Mediterranean!!!
Mykonos, part of the Cyclades Island group in the Aegean Sea, is one of the most popular and glamorous Greek isles, known for its nonstop party atmosphere. Beaches such as Psarou, Agios Ioannis, Paradise and Super Paradise welcome a diverse crowd, with sandside bars that blare thumping music. Massive dance clubs attract world-renowned DJs and typically stay open well past dawn. (See related Video ➲ here)
According to classical mythology, the Giants of Hercules in a fierce battle to be killed, buried on the island of Mykonos in imposing blocks of granite.
The name of Mykonos, slightly pejorative meaning, a mass of rocks or a rocky point at a later tradition attributes the name of the island, a hero by the name of Mykonos, the son of the King of Delos, Anios, the son of Apollon and was nymph Rhoioa descendant of Dionysos.
Kares and Phoenicians have been the first inhabitants of Mykonos, but Athens was founded by Ionians colonists, and dispossessed the control of the island around 1000 BC, with the former residents.
Historical sources confirm the following in the ancient world there were two towns on the island in 490 BC, the Persian generals Datis made Artaphernes and a brief stopover in Mykonos, it was resources.In a poor island with limited agricultural ancient, pantheistic times Dionysus, Demetra, Zeus, Apollon, Poseidon and Heracles, the principal gods were worshiped here.
Later in history the island belonged to the Romans and later the Byzantines, who have fortified the island against the Arab raids in the 7th Century, retained control of it until the 12th Century.
After the fall of Constantinople, at the end of the 4th Crusade (1204), occupied the island when her Seigneur (Fortress) by Andrea and Jeremia Ghisi relatives Dandolo, the Doge of Venice. In 1292 it was pillaged and plundered by the Catalans, and later, in 1390, given by the Venetians in 1390, the last of the Ghizi Overlord. In 1537, still under Venetian rule, the island suffered a catastrophic attack by Barbarossa, the admiral of Souleiman the Magnificent.
Later, under Kapudan Pasha, head of the Ottoman fleet, the island was virtually self-governing, under the system known as the period of one and a council official voivod (syndics body), which always tries to keep an equal distance from both Turks and Venetians (the last of which finally withdrew from the region, in 1718, after the fall of the castle of Tinos to the Ottomans).
The most popular of Mykonos (which has fluctuated during the current period, usually 2000-5000 people) were from colonies of immigrants (from the nearby island and as well as from Crete) during the period of famine and epidemics that followed often the times of conflict has risen by the end of the 18th Century.
The Mykonos, who were in the same period known as excellent sailors, were successful in trade and shipping, and was also not unheard of piracy. Many islanders were in the “Orloff revolt” (led by the Orloff brothers, from 1770 to 1774), which resulted in a favorable active for them and for Catherine the Great in, due to the highly profitable contracts for the trade between the Ottomans and the Russian Empire.
To break out soon after the Greek Revolution of 1821, the Mykonian, aroused and directed by the lady Mando Mavrogenous (an aristocrat with the deepest ideas of the Enlightenment, the heroine of a popular nation to be educated) successfully impeded a landing of a squadron of the Ottoman fleet in 1822.
It participated actively in the war, with four armed ships (two of the totally equipped and supplied with Lady Mandos expenditure before the war they had almost all of her considerable output, family wealth).
After the founding of the modern Greek state, the activities of the local upper and lower middle class revived the island’s economy through trade relations with south Russia, Moldavia and Wallachia to consolidate.
Mykonian merchants were established in Constantinople, Smyrna, Alexandria, Syros, Livorno and Marseille. The dominance of the stream technology over the traditional trade of sailing ships, at the end of the 19th Century, the subsequent opening of the Corinth Canal (1904) and the upheavals of the First World War led to a deepening of the local economy will find many MYCONIAN to left working abroad (especially in the U.S.) and goes into the centers of the Greek mainland ( Piraeus, Athens).
The development of tourism in the following decades has provided a means of economic support available to the islands. The prolonged excavations of the French School of Archaeology in Delos started in 1873, called attention to the region for at least the lucky few who are attracted by the charm of classical Greece, had the means and the opportunity to travel.
In the early 30′s already started a lot of famous artists, politicians and wealthy people, mainly from Europe, spent holidays on the island, attracted by its unique atmosphere. Mykonos has adapted well to the post-war situation and the gradual growth of the tourism industry in Southern Europe, the island has turned into a cosmopolitan city and is one of the most successful growth models of its kind and scale in Europe.