The island of the winds and blue seas-A A +A
By Luci Lizares
Thursday, May 8, 2014
WHAT is the common exclamation these days? IT’S TOOOO HOT!!! Isn’t it?
No wonder many flock to cooler destinations in these scorching summer months. Do you know that Mykonos these past years has been one of the favored destinations of the gay community?
Mykonos' nickname is “The Island of the Winds.” Mykonos climate is unique in the Mediterranean Sea. Rainfall is very infrequent and sunshine is almost guaranteed. During summer months the temperature may occasionally reach the upper 30s but due to the cooling factor of the frequent north wind the Meltemi, an average between 25 and 28 degrees Celsius can be expected.
Because of these winds, one of the defining features of the Mykonian landscape is the windmills. Many of them were built in the 16th century. The most famous are the Kato Mili which stands strategically on a hill overlooking the sea. The windmills are symbols of an important aspect of the history of the island and many of them have been refurbished and restored. No windmills are operational today but many served as homes to locals or as museums and storage spaces.
One of the more scenic corners of the island is “Little Venice,” an 18th century district. You see rows of fishing houses with stylish windows line the waterfront with their balconies hanging over the sea. They originally belonged to rich merchants or captains and the little basement doors that provided direct access to the sea.
Some of the houses have now been converted into bars and cafes and little shops and galleries. “Little Venice” is considered one of the most romantic spots on the island and many people gather there to watch the sunset. The area attracts many artists who come to paint the picturesque coastline. That should be a great reason why aside from the weather many troop to Mykonos.
Having gone around the island, our tour guide brought us now to the other side of the bay. Docked here are yachts and speedboats. Life of the rich and famous? We were to wait for our ride for our road trip to the other side of Mykonos.
The countryside of Mykonos is pretty, with the typically whitewashed Cycladic homes interspersed with red-domed chapels. This is all made picture perfect with the azure blue waters that surround the islands.
The tour proceeded to a small, quaint village and into the Panagia Tourliani Monastery. A jolly-looking pinkish faced hieromonk looking every inch like Santa Claus except for the black habit met us. The Church was built in 1542 and dedicated to the Blessed Mother. Behind the altar is the image of the Mother of Perpetual Help in burnt wood but all outlined in silver and gold. Alongside were images of other saints. The Orthodox religion is very much like our Catholic religion.
What is Mykonos without experiencing the beach? It was time to get our feet wet and relax in Kalafatis Beach! Blue skies, clear waters, fabulous setting, great resort— what more can we ask!
With time running out, we had to get back to the center of Mykonos with its charming cafés and some last-minute shopping! The oldest resident of the island is the pelican but we did not have a chance to see him. It was truly a joy to be in this chic and charming island!
Thank you, Lord!
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 08, 2014.