Around the World with SWISSGEAR: Mykonos

Claiming just 33 square miles in the azure waters of the Mediterranean, the Greek island of Mykonos attracts the world’s richest to its sandy beaches, renowned restaurants, boutique shops and famed nightclubs. In the hot months of July and August, its serene vistas recede to a backdrop for luxury vehicles, upscale boats and super yachts. It is a destination to revel in the exhilaration of summer. It is Greece’s answer to Ibiza and Saint-Tropez.Dotted with white-washed structures that draw a memorable contrast to the deep blue of the sea, Mykonos burst on the international scene of must-visit locales in a manner that foresaw its modern-day appeal with A-listers.

Mykonos: A Mediterranean Marvel.

In the early 1960s, after a fateful visit by then First Lady Jackie Kennedy, a slew of celebrities flocked to the still unassuming island. From Grace Kelly to Marlon Brando, Mykonos grew into an esteemed playground of the wealthy. Today, the score of prominent vacationers includes Lindsay Lohan, Bella Hadid, Mel Gibson, Sharon Stone and Kendall Jenner to name a few. Among the famed, however, are rafts of little-known holiday-makers seeking a bewitching environment and exciting cosmopolitan entertainment.

The Luggage and Packs to Take Along.

Fit all your swimsuits, leisure garments and night-out clothes in SWISSGEAR 3230 Expandable Hardside Luggage collection, composed of a 18” carry-on, and luggage cases of 24” and 27”. The eight spinner wheels provide speed and ease when hurrying to your airport gate as well as when schlepping your belongings through the cobblestoned streets in the towns of Mykonos. The main compartment, equipped with tie-down clothing straps and side pockets offers enough space in case you embark on a shopping binge on the island.

If you fly to Mykonos or decide to catch a flight from the island’s airport to the metropolises of Athens and Thessaloniki, the SWISSGEAR 6677 ScanSmart Laptop Backpack is the best companion to take along. Able to accommodate laptops up to 17” in size,  the pack’s design unzips flat to quickly clear the TSA checkpoints. With several pouches for smaller items as well as pockets for clothing essentials, it is the backpack to keep you organized on the go.

Carrying a bulky bag on your daily adventures throughout Mykonos will not be fun or fashionable. Fortunately, SWISSGEAR 2819 Backpack can solve any comfort or fad issues you might have with your current ruck. Boasting bright colors and generous pockets for digital devices, an extra shirt, beach towels and flip-flops, the 2819 is ready to take on the island when you are. Another trustworthy pal to take along is SWISSGEAR 5505 Laptop Backpack, whose breathable ergonomic suspension system will help you traverse the island all day long without any pain in your back or shoulders.

The Towns not to Miss

Before the rowdy beaches claim your time-strapped schedule, soak up the history and culture of the island in is tiny capital of Hora, also referred to as Mykonos Town. Resting on the west side of the island, the city is a web of enchanting pedestrian streets, lined with charming houses, churches and eateries. The Archeological, Folklore and Maritime Museums are well worth a visit that would reveal the myth-laden past of Mykonos. (Legend has it, that the island grew from the petrified bodies of the giants Hercules slaughtered.)

For a jaunt into Hora’s shopping-friendly present head to Little Venice, where stores carry contemporary fashion and trinkets to take home; or to Mavrogenous street where art reigns supreme; or to Matogliani street where Greek designers exhibit their creations. Take a break at the promenade, where you can relax at one of the many traditional cafes, enjoy the sea breeze and take in the view of the old windmills, standing proudly atop a hill above the city.

Aside from Hora, Mykonos boasts several small villages that relay different eons in the island’s development. The settlement of Ano Mera flanks the 16th-century monastery of Panayia Tourliani, whose intricate carved-wood iconostasis beguiles. Ftelia is another historic location, where a Neolithic dwelling and a Mycenaean tomb, dating back to the 14th century BC, cue the deep roots of the Greek people.

 

The Beaches to Be At.

Whether you are looking for a fancy spot by the shore to party all day long, or a secluded sandy strip to let your children rollick around, or a windy shore to let your kite soar, Mykonos has 25 beaches to suit your specific needs. Affluent and young visitors flock to Paradise and Super Paradise, where clubs and bars thump with popular tunes and spill drinks without a halt. Elia, the island’s longest stretch of powdery white sand, Ornos and Psarou lure in families, while Agios Sastis, Korfos and Panormos attract kite surfers. No matter what beach you venture to on the south edge of Mykonos, however, expect throngs of sunbathers, splayed on rows upon rows of loungers that recline all the way into the shallow water. For a more serene and secluded experience, opt for the less visited – and hence, less structured – beaches to the north such as Ayia Anna, Kapari and Agrari.

 

The Nocturnal Adventures To Be Had.

While the capital Hora flaunts a respectable nightlife, the places to be are the beach superclubs like Super Paradise, Paradise Club and Cavo Paradiso, where the fetes begin in the afternoon hours and often feature renowned DJs. Those who choose to stay in Hora, can sway under the cabaret and live music at the Piano Bar, or gulp relatively inexpensive shots at the Skandinavian Bar.

Just like its ostensibly more famed peer of Ibiza, Mykonos seldom sleeps in the peak season of July and August.

 

The Meals to Be Eaten.

No trip to Mykonos is complete without a jaunt around the island’s delectable cuisine – a testament to the centuries-long refinement of Mediterranean dishes. Traditional Greek meals are to be had at the many taverns that bead Hora, including Joanna’s Nikos Place Taverna and Kiki’s Tavern. A more refined selection characterizes the menus of the upscale M-Eating and Kalita. Whatever eatery seduces your palate, do not leave without sampling kopanisti, Mykonos’ hallmark of soft cheese sprinkled with pepper that goes exceptionally well with both appetizers and main dishes.

No matter whether you are planning a budget-friendly escapade or a lavish journey into the island’s most coveted and costly attractions, Mykonos has the means to accommodate your wishes. From the first-class beaches to the historic sites to the unforgettable panoramas, it is the place to live out a legendary Greek summer. It is a getaway that entrances the senses in such an inexplicable yet memorable manner that it will leave you pining for a return.

 

 

 

 

Author: Dima Vitanova

Dima Vitanova is a backpack reporter, with three years of experience in news and enterprise writing for print and digital publications in the US, India and Kenya. She has covered a variety of issues – from luxury retreats to social justice cases. Her work and contact information can be found here: http://dima93vitanova.wixsite.com/journalist