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Mykonos parties, DJ shows and events in July 2021

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Kalua Mykonos July 23 social media post about the return of music to the island

Kalua restaurant and beach bar shared this post on social media July 22 to remind people that the temporary ban of music in bars, restaurants and clubs on Mykonos will end soon — so music and live entertainment from its resident songstress, Shaya Hansen, will resume in just a few days. The music ban and an overnight curfew are Covid control measures the Greek government is scheduled to lift on Monday July 26.

 

Velanos Mykonos restaurant on Mykonos

Velanos Mykonos is a brand-new restaurant that has just opened today (Tuesday July 20). It’s situated next to the National Bank near the airport, and is a great spot for breakfast and brunch, as well as sunset cocktails. The restaurant is open from 7 a.m.  until 1 a.m.

 

July 20 2021 grand opening announcement for Drunk Monkey Mykonos

Tuesday July 20 is grand opening for Drunk Monkey, a takeaway cocktail bar in Mykonos Town returning for its second summer on the island

 

Mykonos Brewing Company taproom

Mykonos Brewing Company is once again welcoming visitors to its taproom to taste its selection of locally-produced craft brews. The taproom is open Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

 

July 26 2021 reopening announcement for Void nightclub on Mykonos

July 26 is reopening night for Void club

 

Toy Room Mykonos club reopening announcement

Toy Room Club returns on Monday July 26

 

Joker Mykonos opening party 2021

The opening dinner, show and party event by Joker Mykonos takes place July 26 at Alesta restaurant. For information and reservations, contact Joker Mykonos through direct message on their Instagram.

 

July 26 to 31 2021 DJ schedule for Sanctus club on Mykonos

Sanctus club reopens on July 26, and has released this DJ lineup for the week of July 26 to 31

 

July 28 2020 opening event for Bordello Mykonos Italian Dinner Show

Italian hip hop & rap star Geolier will perform at the opening party for Bordello Mykonos — The Italian Dinner Show on Wednesday July 28

 

Azul Condesa restaurant presents DJ Vaggelis Fotinos

Vaggelis Fotinos will be special guest DJ at Azul Condesa restaurant on Thursday July 29

 

Updated  on Thursday July 22

 

UPDATE: In an effort to stem a surge in Covid cases on Mykonos, the Greek government has imposed special restrictive measures on the island with a curfew and music ban that take effect Saturday July 17 at 6 p.m., and continue until July 26.  During this period, Mykonos bars, clubs and restaurants may not play any music, and there is an island-wide curfew from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. We will post further information when available, including club and bar announcements about DJ shows and other music events that were scheduled for the July 17 – 26 period. Cavo Paradiso, Skandinavian Bar and Hippie Fish have already issued notices about their operations during the lockdown — scroll down to see their social media announcements.

 

Wondering what’s happening today? Tomorrow? The day after that? Later this month? See page 2 for a day-by-day list of events taking place on Mykonos.

Keep scrolling on this page to see club DJ calendars for this month, along with important news updates about Covid restrictions applying to the Mykonos party scene and announcements of event cancellations and rescheduling resulting from those restrictions.

 

Instagram post clarifying the July 2021 situation on Mykonos

This Instagram post by a Mykonos resident, which explains the reasons for the island’s current restrictions,  is being widely shared on social media by local businesses to counter rumours that bars, clubs, restaurants and shops on Mykonos have been shut down.  Businesses are in fact open, and the music ban and curfew are expected to be lifted on July 26, if not sooner.

 

July 17 2021 announcement by Cavo Paradiso club Mykonos concerning Mykonos lockdown measures

This announcement by Cavo Paradiso club explains the Covid control measures imposed on Mykonos by the Greek government, and their impact on Cavo’s schedule of DJ shows for the next nine days.

 

July 17 2021 announcement by Skandinavian Bar Mykonos concerning government Covid restrictions

Skandinavian Bar posted this notice on social media to announce its hours of operation, with no music, from Saturday July 17 through to Monday July 26

 

Admission policy for 180 Sunset Bar on Mykonos

180 Sunset Bar posted this notice on social media to outline its admission policy for guests beginning Friday July 16, in accordance with Greek government regulations

 

Mykonos Art Festival 2021 program of events for July

Update: This is the program of concerts and theatrical performances being held in July as part of the Mykonos Art Festival 2021.  As a result of the Greek government’s partial lockdown measures on Mykonos, the events scheduled for July 18, 20 and 24 have been cancelled and will be rescheduled. New dates for those performances will be announced in the near future. All the events are free to attend at the locations specified for each event.

 

Oyster Bar Evenings at Themis Z shop in Mykonos

Aw, shucks! Starting July 15, the THEMIS • Z shop in Mykonos Town will be hosting Oyster Bar Evenings in the store’s private garden every Thursday. This “unique THEMIS • Z experience” will offer “hand picked oysters and freshly caught shellfish from Mykonos or neighbouring islands served with our selection of Greek wines, champagne and unique cocktails.” There is limited availability for table reservations, so anyone interested in attending should direct message shop founder Themis Zouganeli through her Instagram.

 

Destino Pacha Mykonos Sun Souls opening party July 17 2021

Starting on Saturday July 17, the new Destino Pacha Mykonos hotel kicks off its Sun Souls daytime music events with an opening party featuring music by Huaira, Zace and Tsirekas.  The “poolside musical experience” events will take place every day from Friday to Wednesday, and continue until September 10.

 

 

What’s on: Planning to visit Mykonos during July, and wondering what sorts of parties and cultural events will be taking place on the island while you’re there?

Check out page 2 of this post, where we have compiled a day-to-day list events that have been officially announced to the public — including bar and beach club parties, DJ sets, special dinner party events, live singer performances, art shows, and more.

We’ve posted a few club party calendars and event highlights below, but you’ll find many more parties on page 2.

Events that have already taken place are listed on page 3, in case you’d like to see what you may have missed.

Events are continually being announced, so check back for updates.

 

 

SantAnna beach club Mykonos presents Utopia with George K during summer 2021

Starting on July 8, SantAnna beach club will present Utopia — “the ultimate summer party” — featuring “a breathtaking live DJ & drums set” with drummer / producer/ DJ George K. The event will take place every Thursday and Sunday this summer.

 

DJ and musician Valeron

One of the most popular DJs on Mykonos, Valeron will be making weekly appearances for live shows at Noema restaurant and Scorpios beach club this month. You can catch his show at Noema on Fridays (July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30), and see him at Scorpios on Saturdays (July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31).

 

SantAnna Mykonos presents Sven Vath

Just announced: German DJ & electronic music producer Sven Väth will play for the Phos parties at SantAnna beach club on Fridays, from July 16 to August 13. The parties will begin in late afternoon and continue until midnight.

 

Hippie Fish beach club Mykonos

Every Wednesday and Saturday night, starting at 7 p.m., Hippie Fish restaurant and beach club at Agios Ioannis holds a Sunset Party. On Sundays, also starting at 7 p.m., the club throws a Greek Night party.

 

Tropicana Mykonos daily beach parties during 2021

There’s a beach party every day of the week at Tropicana club on Paradise beach, starting at 4.30 p.m.

 

Kensho Psarou Hotel Mykonos presents Constantin Nasiri & The Band

Constantin Nasiri & The Band will perform every Friday starting at 3 p.m. at the Kensho Psarou Hotel

 

Click on the link below to see the day-to-day list of events happening on Mykonos during July.

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Mykonos parties, DJ shows and events during August 2021

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Updated on Wednesday July 14

 

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Mykonos XLSIOR Festival 2021 cancellation announcement

Today (Tuesday July 13), the Mykonos XLSIOR Festival posted this notice on social media to announce the cancellation of this year’s event — scheduled for late August — and to explain the reasons for its decision. This is the result of new restrictions the Greek government has imposed on bars, nightclubs, cinemas and other entertainment venues to control the sharp increase in the number of Covid cases the country has experienced during the past two weeks. The restrictions require that all patrons in indoor bars, clubs, restaurants and entertainment venues must remain seated (no dancing allowed), and stipulate that only people who are fully vaccinated may be allowed into these indoor spaces.  The rule regarding indoor venue entry only for the fully vaccinated takes effect from Friday July 16 and continues until the end of August. Outdoor businesses have the option to decide if they will allow entry only for vaccinated guests. Further details are provided in the Greek Travel Pages news article Greece’s indoor restaurants, venues only for the vaccinated.

 

Joker Mykonos August 2 dinner show and party event

DJ Ciccio Merola will play for the August 2 dinner show being held by Joker Mykonos at the Alesta restaurant in Glastros

 

What’s on: Wondering what’s happening on Mykonos during August?

Have a scroll through page 2 of this post, where you will see promotional information for events that have been officially announced to the public — bar and beach club parties, DJ sets, special dinner party events, art shows, and more.

Mykonos venues are continually arranging events, so check back for updates — many August parties have not yet been announced.

 

 

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A look back at our fabulous Greek Easter feast on Lesvos

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Roasting lamb on the spit at Delfinia Hotel on Lesvos

Lamb roasting on the spit at Delfinia Hotel on Lesvos

Staff at Delfinia Hotel in Molyvos roast lamb on the spit — the main course for the hotel’s special Greek Easter holiday meal in 2019

 

Memorable meal: Today — Sunday, April 19, 2020 — is Easter in Greece, the country’s biggest and most important holiday event of the year. Last year, we got to celebrate Greek Easter for our first time ever while vacationing on Lesvos island. Although it was only 12 months ago, it feels much, much longer, since time seems to have slowed to a crawl during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We were staying at Delfinia Hotel & Bungalows in Molyvos at the time, and jumped at the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Greek Easter meal that the hotel was hosting on its open-air, seaview breakfast patio. 

It cost us €25 each, an absolute bargain for the excellent quality and splendid variety of delicious food that was served. Amidst all the hustle and bustle of the afternoon feast, we managed to snap a few photos of some of the delightful dishes we enjoyed, and have posted them below. 

Delfinia Hotel Lesvos Greek Easter menu 2019

The menu for the Delfinia Hotel’s Greek Easter meal

 

Greek Easter dinner salad buffet at Delfinia Hotel on Lesvos

Greek Easter salads and cheeses at Delfinia Hotel on Lesvos

Two views of the wonderful salad and cheese selections on the buffet

 

Greek Easter dinner side dishes at Delfinia Hotel on Lesvos

Rice and baked pasta side dishes on the buffet 

 

Greek Easter dinner side dishes at Delfinia Hotel on Lesvos

Three of the side dishes:  mushrooms (top), zucchini fritters (center) and cheese pies

 

Greek salad at Delfinia Hotel on Lesvos

We started the meal with a Greek salad, olives and tzatziki

 

Greek Easter side dishes at Delfinia Hotel on Lesvos

Next up was a plate of yummy baked pasta, cheese, rice, cheese pie, zucchini fritter and mushrooms (all so delicious, we went back to the buffet for seconds)

 

Greek Easter kokoretsi dish at Delfinia Hotel on Lesvos

The first main course was a large serving of kokoretsi. If you love organ meats, you would love this spit-roasted traditional dish.

 

Greek Easter lamb and potatoes at Delfinia Hotel on Lesvos

The centerpiece of the meal: spit-roasted lamb with roasted potatoes

 

Red dyed eggs for Greek Easter

Baskets of red-dyed eggs for the Easter game of tsougrisma 

 

The buffet  included an array of mouth-watering Greek sweets and pastries, which we unfortunately forgot to photograph before devouring them.

The afternoon feast lasted a few hours, following which we took a long walk through Molyvos to get some exercise and work off some of the gazillion calories we had just consumed. [Click here for links to previous blog posts in which we have published photos from our walkabouts in the beautiful town of Molyvos.]  

Greek Easter won’t be the same this year because of social distancing rules and lockdown restrictions in Greece during the Covid-19 pandemic, so there won’t be any group festivities like the one we enjoyed at Delfinia Hotel. With luck, though, things will return to normal for next year and, with even more luck, we might get an opportunity to experience another wonderful Easter meal in Greece. 

Greek tourism businesses urge travellers to ‘stay safe’ now, make plans to visit Greece later

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TillThenStaySafe image of Lindos Rhodes by makeup artist Natalia J

The Aegean Sea, Lindos village and the Acropolis of Lindos, on Rhodes, are depicted in a fabulous face painting by makeup artist Natalia J of Rhodes.  This image is one of several she shared on her Facebook page; Natalia also posted a photo of the painting on her Instagram. Her facial artwork was inspired by the Till Then, Stay Safe campaign for Greek tourism.

 

Dream now, travel later:  The Covid-19 pandemic has completely upended travel plans for millions of people (including us) who were supposed to holiday in Greece this spring and summer. Lockdowns, quarantines and international travel restrictions have put Greece off-limits to visitors since March, and as of mid-April it’s still far too early to tell if or when Greece will be able to welcome tourists back.

At this point, no-one knows if travel can resume sometime this summer or fall, or if there will even be a 2020 travel season at all.

Although their own livelihoods and personal well-being are in peril during the pandemic, Greeks who work in the tourism industry fully understand the frustration travellers are feeling because their Greek holiday plans have either been cancelled already, or remain in limbo. Feeling hopeful and positive despite the tremendous international upheaval caused by Covid-19, Greeks have been encouraging anxious travellers to stay optimistic, too, and to keep dreaming about going to Greece as soon as it’s safe to travel. To that end, the operators of hotels, resorts, tavernas, tour operators, promotional agencies, Greek destination websites, and many more, have been filling their social media pages with inspiring, positive posts and alluring images of beautiful sights and scenes in Greece.

They’re participating in an innovative initiative launched in mid-March by Marketing Greece,  a private sector company established by the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE) and the Hotel Chamber of Greece (XEE) to promotes travel and tourism to Greece.  

Marketing Greece photo of a Serifos island church photographed by Stefanos Addimando

One of several dozen images that Marketing Greece has made available to tourism businesses as part of its “Till Then, Stay Safe” campaign. This photo of a whitewashed chapel on Serifos island was shot by travel photographer Stefanos Addimando, better known to Instagrammers as @stef_greece.

 

“Nowadays, humanity is called upon to respond to a shocking challenge, with the messages of hope and optimism being more necessary than ever. Greek tourism, perfectly identified with the feelings of freedom, immediacy and escape from everyday life, sends its own message of anticipation for the next day,” Marketing Greece noted in a press release. Seizing upon that, the company kicked off a campaign called Till Then, #stay safe,  and created promotional content for Greek tourism businesses to share with the international travelling public, urging them to remain safe while waiting for the better days that undoubtedly will come.

“Utilizing photographic material and accompanied by the copy ‘When the time is right, we’ll be there for you. Till then #staysafe,’ Marketing Greece emphasizes the hopeful Greek light, the refreshing blue of our country, our relaxing nature and invites travelers to continue dreaming the next time that carefree people can enjoy the uniqueness of Greece,” the press release explained.

Greeks joined in the campaign instantly and enthusiastically, and have since shared thousands of messages on social media pages and websites, using either the “Till Then, Stay Safe” catchphrase and hashtag, or substituting similarly-themed messages like “stay home,” “don’t cancel — reschedule,” “dream now,” and “till we meet again.”

 

Stay Home I Wanna Go To Mykonos knockoffs of @dudewithsign

The “I wanna go to Mykonos” photo at left — a knock-off of a popular Instagram post by @dudewithsign — went viral on social media in late March and early April. The image was frequently reposted with the word “Greece” or the names of other islands or Greek destinations Photoshopped in place of “Mykonos.”

 

Acropolis image tweeted by @CityofAthens

This is Athens shared this image on Twitter to remind travellers that the Acropolis and Parthenon have endured tumultous events for centuries, and will still be around to visit after the Covid-19 pandemic is over.

 

The tourism center for the city of Volos and the region of Pelion shared this enticing short video to remind viewers of the immense natural beauty of Greece they will be able to enjoy once travel resumes.

 

We have collected dozens of Till Then,  Stay Safe images that evoke happy memories from our own past vacations in Greece and make us eagerly anticipate our next trip, whenever that can happen. We have compiled them on page 2 of this post, where you can see popular places, attractions and holiday activities in Greece that will be waiting to welcome you once the pandemic-related travel restrictions are lifted. If you haven’t yet decided where you would like to holiday once it is possible to arrange a trip to Greece, the pictures should give you plenty of ideas for amazing places to consider.

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