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Mykonos parties and special events in August, September and October 2018

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Scorpios wraps up its 2018 season with a weekend of closing events, including its final Unplugged event on Friday September 28, the last World program on Saturday the 29th, and the club’s season closing Sunday Ritual on September 30

 

Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

Cavo Paradiso ends its 25th anniversary season with a Full Moon closing party on Tuesday September 25, with music by DJs Argie, Anxid and Heavy G

 

Tropicana Mykonos

Beach parties take place daily at Tropicana until the club’s big season closing party on Sunday October 21

 

Skandinavian Bar Mykonos

Each year you can tell that the Mykonos party season is almost over when Skandinavian Bar holds its closing party.  This year it’s on Tuesday October 9.

 

~ updated on Friday October 19 2018 ~

 

Below is a listing of promotional flyers for parties scheduled to take place on Mykonos during August and September 2018.

Events will be added to this page when they are announced, so check back for updates.

Bear in mind that many parties may not be announced until only a day or two before they take place. Some parties are advertised only locally on Mykonos, so when you are on the island, keep on the lookout for posters and club promotional staff who visit popular beaches and Mykonos Town to provide information about special events.

For more information about specific events, pricing and admission policies, or to make table reservations or to purchase advance tickets, contact the bars and clubs directly.

To see party listings for September 2018, click here.

To see events taking place in October 2018, click here.

 

 

 

Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

This is the international DJ lineup for Cavo Paradiso in August

 

Kivotos Hotel Mykonos

Every day throughout August, Kivotos Hotel at Ornos presents Poolside Rituals, during which DJ / Producer Constantin Nasiri “takes you to an a eclectic ethnic/bohemian musical journey.” The ritual starts at 4 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m.

 

Alemagou Mykonos

Alemagou will be hosting more than 10 events during August 2018. The featured artists and their appearance dates are indicated on the promotional poster shown above.

 

XLSIOR Festival Mykonos

XLSIOR Festival, the biggest annual party event on Mykonos, takes place this year from August 22 to 29 at beach clubs and various venues in Mykonos Town. A roster of top international DJs will appear for 11 major events.

 

SantAnna Mykonos

SantAnna will throw its F*** Me I’m Famous! pool party every Saturday evening in August

 

VOID club Mykonos

Void has special DJ acts and events every night of August, with some artists & parties still to be announced for the month

 

CLICK HERE to see a list of events that take place on either a daily or regularly weekly schedule until the end of August.

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Mykonos parties, special events & DJ lineups in July 2018

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Kalua Mykonos

Singer Shaya Hansen,  saxophonist Tiago Astori and DJ Mr Mike entertain daily at Kalua, along with DJs Nick Aggelidis and Freespirit

 

Kalua Mykonos

Junior Pappa, My Excuse, Rodge, Mahmut Orhan and Tanja LaCroix are among the special guest acts who will be appearing at Kalua in July. 

 

Alemagou Mykonos

Alemagou will be holding 9 special events during July 2018. Artists and their appearance dates are shown on the promotional poster above.

 

SantAnna Mykonos

The F*** Me I’m Famous! pool parties  — the French Cathy and David Guetta brand of “sexy and provocative parties with luxurious production in world class venues with a fantastically glamorous crowd” — are coming to SantAnna every Saturday evening during July.

 

VOID club Mykonos

Void has special DJ entertainment each night during July, with some artists still to be announced for the club’s event lineup this month

 

Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

This is the international DJ schedule for July at Cavo Paradiso

 

Branco Mykonos Whispers events

Whispers is a new “seaside sunset concept” event being held every Saturday at Branco throughout July

 

Belvedere Mykonos Hotel

Starting Wednesday July 4, Belvedere Hotel will pay homage “to vinyl records inspired by the sounds of Mykonos and the nostalgic era” with a poolside sunset party every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening until August 25. The Poolside Nights will feature “a curated selection of rare soul, funk, jazz, and R&B rooted disco” played by DJs Lou Hayter, Fiona Jane and Izy.

 

 

 

~ updated on Tuesday July 31 2018 ~

 

Below is a listing of promotional flyers for parties scheduled to take place on Mykonos during July 2018.

Events will be added to this page when they are announced, so check back for updates. Be sure to refresh your browser so you will see newly-added updates; often events are added to this page several times per day.

Bear in mind that many parties may not be announced until only a day or two before they take place. Some parties are advertised only locally on Mykonos, so when you are on the island, keep on the lookout for posters and club promotional staff who visit popular beaches and Mykonos Town to provide information about special events.

For more information about specific events, pricing and admission policies, or to make table reservations or to purchase advance tickets, contact the bars and clubs directly.

To see a list of regularly scheduled events that take place either every day or once weekly, click here.

To see a listing of Mykonos parties and events for May and June 2018, click here.

For a list of events taking place in August and September 2018, click here.

 

Moni Mykonos

Mimi, B2B and FY will appear at Moni on Sunday July 1

 

Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

Benny Benassi plays Cavo Paradiso on Sunday July 1, with support by Rivaz

 

Scorpios Mykonos

The program for The Sunday July 1 sunset program at Scorpios features music by Kaz James, Nic Fanciulli, Jean Claude Ades and Sneaky Sound System

 

 

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Lonely Planet profiles NE Aegean plus 4 ‘secret,’ timeless islands

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Lonely Planet magazine

Greece gets front-cover prominence on the cover of the Lonely Planet newsstand issue for May 2018

 

The secret’s out: I had a strong hunch I might find something interesting to read about Greece when I walked into the magazine department at my local bookstore yesterday.  When I turned into the travel section, my premonition instantly proved accurate — standing at eye level on the front shelf was the latest edition of Lonely Planet, its cover graced with a photo of a blue-roofed Greek Orthodox church illustrating its “Secret Greece” feature story. 

In another pleasant delight, I realized I had seen that very same church in person — on Astypalea, during our island hopping holiday in 2009.

Astypalea is one of seven islands featured in Lonely Planet’s May issue and, in another curious coincidence, the article about it recommends staying in the very accommodations where we spent several nights: Fildisi Boutique Hotel

The magazine highlights two other islands we have been to — Hydra and Sifnos — and, in yet another surprising stroke of serendipity, spotlights four more that I had been seriously considering for our upcoming vacation: Lesvos, Chios, Ikaria and Kythera. (We have already made plans to spend our time in and within sight of the Peloponnese, but Lonely Planet suddenly has me wondering if I may have made a mistake.)

 

 

The main focus of the magazine’s Great Escape cover feature is the Northeast Aegean group of Greek islands; specifically, Lesvos, Chios and Ikaria. Stepping ashore on these particular isles “introduces olive farmers and wild honey, hidden villages and untouched beaches, and perhaps the secret to long life,” the feature story introduction says.

Reading the Lesvos profile quickly made me crave Greek cuisine, though I should have expected that given the article’s headline: “Savour the many flavours of Greece on Lesvos, from olive oil to ouzo and orange wine.”

The second feature story invites readers to “discover a centuries-old tradition of mastic cultivation and the fortress-like villages that grew rich from it” in southern Chios.

The third main article introduces Ikaria, one of the world’s unique Blue Zone locations where residents “enjoy longer lives than anyone else in Europe.”

One-page mini profiles for Astypalea, Kythera, Sifnos and Hydra appear in the magazine’s “Secret Greece” feature as examples that, “even in the well-known Greek island groups,” visitors can find “the odd place that’s little changed over the decades.” Each profile includes short thumbnail descriptions for “Why am I going?”, “Where should I stay?”, “What am I eating?”, and “What am I drinking?”

The island articles are all good reads, and just might entice you to consider the Northeast Aegean for a future trip to Greece, especially if you haven’t considered that region of the country before. (They probably will make you feel peckish for Greek food and beverages, too.)

See if you can find a copy of the magazine at your local newsstand before it sells out.

 

Planning to drive while visiting Greece? Don’t leave home without an IDP

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car on the coast of Crete

Want to drive around Greece so you can enjoy the spectacular scenery, like this amazing vista near Paleochora on the southwestern coast Crete? Be sure to carry a valid International Driving Permit (IDP), or you could get hit with a fine up to €1,000 if you’re stopped by police and can’t produce one for inspection. 

 

Pack your permit!: If you don’t live in the EU and you plan to rent a vehicle during your holiday in Greece, make sure you obtain a valid International Driving Permit (IDP) before you leave your home country. You could face hefty fines if you’re stopped by police and can’t produce an IDP while driving anywhere in the country.

Greece has long required tourists from non-EU countries to carry IDPs when they drive, but many vehicle rental agencies haven’t demanded to see the document before handing over the keys, requiring tourists to show only the official driver’s licence issued by their home state, province or district. I have never been asked if I had an IDP, and when I have offered to show it while signing car hire paperwork, rental agency staff have told me they don’t need to see it. However, If I were to be stopped by police for any reason, I could be penalized with a fine for not having an IDP, and if I were involved in an accident, my vehicle insurance coverage could be declared void because of my failure to possess an IDP.

New Greek transportation rules now put the onus on both foreign drivers and vehicle rental agencies to ensure compliance with the IDP law — or each party could face potentially steep penalties for violations.

 

 

 

According to media reports,  including a May 14 2018 newsbrief on ekatherimini.com and a May 15 2018 report on Greek Travel Pages Headlines, motorists from non-EU countries now must have a valid IDP in their possession in order to rent a vehicle and drive, or they could be fined up to €1,000 if stopped by police.  The rental agency could be hit with a similar fine plus face an additional, stiffer penalty  — the vehicle could be seized by authorities. Groups representing rental agencies throughout Greece have protested the new measure and have called on the government to reconsider the legislation.

IDPs are issued in the United States by the American Automobile Association (AAA),  in Australia by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), in Canada by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), and in other countries by authorized motoring groups and clubs. They can be obtained by mail, or during a visit to a local auto association office, but must be obtained before the driver leaves their home country.  Passport-style photos are required for the permit, but if applicants don’t bring any the IDP issuing office can usually take photos on the spot. They will of course charge a fee for taking the photos, as well as for issuing the IDP. The last time I obtained an IDP, it took less than 10 minutes for my photo to be taken and my permit to be validated and issued.

Why is an IDP necessary in the first place?

The Australian Automobile Association explains the main reason in this succinct note on its website: “IDPs are a special permit for tourists, authorised by a United Nations Treaty for the purpose of allowing motorists to drive internationally without further tests or applications provided their domestic drivers licence is valid. An IDP is proof that you hold a valid drivers licence in your home country at the date of issue of the IDP and should be carried with your domestic drivers licence.”

 

Mykonos ATV riders

Four young ladies ride ATVs past a whitewashed church on Mykonos. New rules banning 50cc ATVs from paved roads have sparked outrage from vehicle rental agencies on the island, but apparently have been suspended so the federal transportation ministry can further study the matter and consult with stakeholders.

 

Another new Greek transport regulation would apply to rentals of ATVs, or quads, as they are often called.

In many popular Greek destinations, two kinds of ATV have typically been available for rent: 50cc vehicles, which could be rented only if the driver had a valid driver’s licence, and 150cc models, which could be rented only by drivers who possessed a valid motorcycle licence. Under new rules that were being put in place for this season, 50cc ATVs cannot be driven on asphalt or paved roadways, so that essentially means the vast majority of tourists won’t be able to rent them to get to the beaches and other places they would most like to visit. 

 

 

The rule outraged rental agencies, particularly on Mykonos, where ATV fleets consist mainly of 50cc vehicles. Dozens of companies and individuals rent thousands of ATVs on Mykonos, and face the prospect of losing the vast majority of their business — and income — if the new law is enforced. The IDP requirement will make the situation even worse, since most tourists don’t have IDPs (in fact, many aren’t even aware that they’re supposed to have one if they want to drive overseas.)

The association representing Mykonos ATV owners and rental agencies has complained to the transport ministry, and has staged a number of protests over the new legislation, to try to convince the government to reconsider and overturn the new rules because of the detrimental impact they will have on tourism.  Since the association hasn’t received an official response, its members conducted a blockade at the Mykonos New Port on Wednesday May 16 to call attention to the issue. 

In reports on social media, the ATV owners’ association announced it had called an end to the port blockade after transport ministry officials announced that rules regarding the controversial ATV ban will be suspended so the government can meet with stakeholders to discuss their concerns and consider the issue further. 

I will update this post if or when further information about the driving regulations becomes available.

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