A World of Research for Your Incentive Travel Event in Mykonos

by: Steve Damerow August 1, 2016

Introducing Mykonos

  • The high-season mix of hedonistic holidaymakers, cruise-ship crowds (which can reach 15,000 a day) and posturing fashionistas throngs Mykonos Town (aka Hora), a traditional whitewashed Cycladic maze, delighting in its authentic cubist charms and its chichi cafe-bar-boutique scene.
  • In July and August, come only if you are prepared to pay and intent on joining the jostling street crowds, the oiled-up lounger lifestyle at the packed main beaches, and the relentless party.
  • Out of season, devoid of gloss, glitter and preening celebrities, find more subdued local life, the occasional pelican wandering the empty streets, and beaches backed by banging clubs which have gone silent.

Ten Facts About Mykonos

  • The trademark whitewashed houses of Cycladic towns were imposed early in the 20th century by the former Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas.
  • The secluded beach “Houlakia” is protected by the Ministry of Culture and it is strictly forbidden for visitors to remove even a single pebble.
  • The island boasts over 800 churches and you can find 80 of them classified as historical museums at Chora (Mykonos town) alone.
  • Mykonos has had its own ship wreck, since 1995. It is the Anna II freight ship which sunk off Lia beach and you can go diving to see it.
  • Mykonos celebrates over 70 country fairs. 38 of them happen in the Summer, during the high season, from June till September.

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  • The island is made up almost entirely of granite, and this material can be seen in use in a number of the communities and buildings that are found there. The windmills of Mykonos are some of the most recognized landmarks of the island, some of them date back as far as the 16th century.
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  • The Pageant of the Masters is the Festival of Arts’ crowning jewel and arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. It is world-renowned in the artistry and theatrical illusion of living pictures. Each night during the summer season at 8:30 the Festival of Arts presents this famous attraction.
  • [The Pageant of the Masters is] A ninety-minute stage show of “living pictures” – incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. An outdoor amphitheater, professional orchestra, original score, live narration, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, expert staff, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers have won recognition for the Pageant as the best presentation of its kind.
  • As one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows, the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts has offered a breathtaking showcase for artists and art lovers for over 80 years.
  • The Festival’s prestigious juried art show includes a wide variety of media such as paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more – all by 140 of Orange County’s finest artists.  This is the place to find that perfect art treasure for your home or business.

Whales in Laguna Beach

  • Southern California has the highest concentration of rare and endangered Blue Whales in the world according to David Anderson, International Wildlife Film Festival award winner, author of “Lily, A Gray Whale’s Odessy,” and owner of Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari in Dana Point.
  • Blue Whale sightings off the Orange County coast number between 1,000 and 2,000 annually.
  • If you want to spot whales from land, the best location is Crescent Point in Laguna Beach or the Headlands in Dana Point, a 121-acre coastal bluff site with scenic vistas.

Mykonos Town

  • It has whitewashed cubic houses with wooden coloured doors, windows and balconies, narrow streets forming a labyrinth, beautiful churches, lovely chapels and purple bougainvilleas contrasting with the bright white of the buildings walls./li>
  • The heart of the city is closed to traffic during most of the day which make the walk among the labyrinth streets particularly agreeable, especially during early morning when the city is calmer for most of the people are at the beaches or still sleeping after a long night of clubbing.
  • ii. Numerous cafes, chic boutiques, souvenir shops and fine jeweleries are helping the visitor to enjoy its days in the beautiful capital of Mykonos. Worth seeing in Chora, or Chora Mykonos, is the church complex of Panagia Paraportiani which has been recognized as a national cultural monument and is a superb representation of Cycladic architecture.
  • The capital also has an archaeological museum located between the port and the town, exposing various sculptures, vases and figurines coming from the islands of Delos and Rhenia. In the centre of the town one can find a nautical museum and a folklore museum which houses a collection of icons, furniture and folk musical instruments.
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