Mykonos is once again the story of a fisherman’s island that has become a mecca for the jet set – where nature, esotericism, chic and fun go hand in hand!
SPECIAL Mykonos: Iconic Destination
If the jet set has a thousand and one synonyms today, this is the golden age. A time when, in the 1950s, a certain Aristotle Onassis anchored his yacht by chance in the sublime and quiet waters of a small fishermen’s island. Mykonos and its wild nature.
Mykonos and its iconic windmills. Mykonos and its insolent beauty quickly became the kingdom of the jet set’s dreams. It must be said that the parties initiated by Aristotle Onassis had everything to attract his friends. Sophia Loren and Paul Newman. Maria Callas. Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier. All found the charm of discreet luxury.
On the picturesque island, legends were still being forged in 1958. In that year, a fisherman saved a pelican from certain death and brought this fauna to Mykonos. He called himself Petros, and Petros was the first pelican on the island – an icon!
It was also a film that piqued Jackie Kennedy’s interest in the 1960s. Never on Sunday’, a film that won all the Oscars in 1961, at the same time as it launched the fashion for holidays in Greece. Jackie’s was her first – an unofficial visit that caused hysteria when she visited the island. Mykonos, said to be the birthplace of the god Apollo, had just found its goddess.
Because once Jackie became Jackie Onassis, she made Mykonos her favourite destination.
There she initiated a Greek Dolce Vita where, wearing Liontis sandals – golden and decorated with olive leaves – she became both muse and model. A decade later, it was the freedom and breathtaking setting that made Mykonos a favourite of the gay community. But not just any gay community – Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino are among them…
It was lost in the iconic club of the time, Piero’s. Even today, the island makes Ibiza pale in comparison when Scorpios or Cavo Paradiso attract international DJs as well as the people who count. Because, perhaps today more than before, the jet set finds in Mykonos this carefree attitude that has become very rare!