The Cyclades islands are amongst the most popular and most beautiful in the Aegean Sea. Pebble strewn beaches stretch out before shimmering turquoise waters shadowed by ancient white cliffs. Upon these islands stand whitewashed cubist homes and markets arranged along twisting cobblestone pathways designed to protect the cities in time of danger.
Exactly what the name implies Paradise Beach is a golden sand testament to the scenic perfection of these regions. During peak season this coastline fills with tanned and oiled bodies bronzing in the warm Mediterranean sun. Paradise Beach has become known as a center of activity for young enthusiastic party goers taking advantage of the progressive attitude that is possessed by the community. Beachfront bars offer cocktails in the sand where lounge chairs and sunbeds line the water’s edge. Guest DJs, abundant drinks and even a submersion pool ensure the festivities endure long into the morning hours. In the offseason this area a wonderful place to take in the natural beauty of the island.
As you enter the port of Aleksandra the first thing you’re likely to notice are the 16 windmills sitting atop the most famous hill in Mykonos. These iconic sentries have stood for nearly five hundred years. A testament to the innovation of early inhabitants the windmills once powered the granaries of the island. Now they are a picturesque reminder of a rich and enduring history.
One of these structures has been converted into a museum for visitors, the remaining one continue to face north where the majority of the strongest winds prevailed. From atop the hill on the west side of the island magnificent panoramic views of the town of Chora (the name for main port of Mykonos), the harbor and not so distant neighboring islands are plentiful for the appreciative viewer. Few better places exist to watch the sunset than here.
Once when Mykonos was just a fishing village, sailors used to purchase land directly on the sea and make their homes there. These buildings still stand today. Colorful stone faced structures with windows that sat only a few feet above the waves themselves. Today many of the buildings have been converted into taverns and markets run by local artisans, fishermen and jewelry makers. Caprice bar is located only a few feet away from the harbor, perfect for walking in directly from the sand and enjoying a cocktail while lounging on the terrace.
Hotel Mykonos Theoxenia
Theoxenia – www.mykonostheoxenia.com, is a one of kind boutique establishment on the island, famous for its innovative architecture and dedication to the preservation of island history. Now proclaimed a preserved property the hotel is a glamorous masterpiece of craftsmanship. Surrounded by the bright colors of blown glass and the familiar texture of classical Grecian stone foundations, visitors enjoy the finest in class and elegance with unrivaled access to seaside vistas and gentle island breezes.
Towards the end of your afternoon as evening begins to set in you may want to take a stroll the stone streets of old town. These passageways were once designed to confuse marauders who invaded the village during attacks. Today they offer a convenient excuse to lose yourself amongst the charm and old world splendor of modern day Grecian society. It only takes a few turns to find yourself face to face with the true spirit of the town making new discoveries by the minute and engaging all the senses in a feast of perception.
Listen as the shopkeepers chatter amongst themselves and invite visitors in to try their wares. Smell the revitalizing salt water mixing with the spices from local eateries and flat breads of the bakeries. Feel free to stop in and have a taste of the most delicious cuisine the mediterranean has to offer. On your journey stop in at SohoSoho the finest shopping available. A standout from the other shops in the area celebrities from around the world have been spotted shopping here picking up the most recognized names in fashion from the undisputed expert on the island.