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Meet the famous pelican mascot of Mykonos

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a pelican on Mykonos

A pelican on Agia Anna beach next to the harbour at Mykonos Town

 

Famous feathers: Mention Mykonos, and most people instantly think of windmills, sandy beaches and white cube-shaped houses with blue shutters and doors. Yet one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island is a bird — a 53-year-old pelican named Petros. Actually, there’s not just one pelican on Mykonos — there’s a pod of three. And even though they all seem to be called Petros, they aren’t in their 50s.Yet.

According to local legend, the original Petros apparently flew from mainland Greece to Mykonos during a fierce storm. He was found, half-dead, by a fisherman who nursed him back to health. Island residents named him Petros and took turns feeding him. Petros became such a hit with tourists that he was designated as the official mascot of Mykonos. But he met an untimely, scandalous demise around 1986 when he was either run over by a car (some locals blame a drunk taxi driver) or sexually assaulted (some blame a drunk tourist).

Another legend maintains that jet setter and regular Mykonos socialite Jackie Onassis gave the island a new pelican to replace its maimed mascot, while another says a German zoo donated a bird as well. Yet another story says a third pelican wound up on Mykonos when he was discovered on a beach, injured like the original Petros, and brought back to good health by the locals.

Whatever one or all of the stories is true, it’s a fact there’s at least three pelicans entertaining tourists on Mykonos these days. They can often be spotted as a group, in a pair, or sleeping or strolling around solo. Their favourite places to hang out are at Niko’s Taverna (where they pose for photos with diners and then collect fresh fish treats from the kitchen), Paraportiani Square, Little Venice, the windmills on the hillside above Little Venice, and along the Mykonos Town harbourfront.

The last two times we’ve been to Mykonos, we’ve encountered pelicans in cocktail bars at Little Venice and on the harbourfront. Which makes me wonder … haven’t they been warned that it’s dangerous for them to hang around people drinking booze?

Below are photos of some of the pelicans we’ve met during some of our visits to Mykonos.

 

two pelicans on Mykonos

Two pelicans swimming in the harbour at Mykonos Town

 

a pelican on Agia Anna beach Mykonos

A pelican entertains tourists on Agia Anna beach at the harbour

 

pelican at Niko's Taverna in Mykonos

A pelican catches a snooze in the square next to Niko’s Tavernan

 

pelican sleeping on Mykonos

The pelican appears to be sound asleep …

 

Mykonos pelican taking a peek

… but he’s fully aware of all the tourists and cameras close by

 

pelican on Agia Anna beach in Mykonos Town

A pelican on Agia Anna beach

 

pelican watching the boats in Mykonos harbour

Watching the boats in Mykonos Town harbour

 

pelican on Agia Anna beach in Mykonos Town

Taking a long slow stretch on the beach

 

a pelican on a street in Mykonos Town

A pelican pauses while walking down a street in Mykonos Town …

 

pelican in a Mykonos jewellery store

… en route to a jewellery store near the waterfront, where he checks himself out in a mirror before being shooed back outside by the shopkeeper

 

a pelican on Mykonos

A pelican poses for pictures at the Mykonos Town harbour

 

Donny and a pelican in Mykonos

A pelican poses for a picture with me on Agia Anna beach

 

a pelican at Sunset Bar at Little Venice Mykonos

A pelican at the Sunset Bar in Little Venice

 

Mykonos pelican beak

Petros gives us a full frontal face view

 

pelican at Skandinavian Bar in Mykonos

A pelican in the courtyard at Skandinavian Bar

 

pelican at Skandinavian Bar in Mykonos

Waiting for someone to buy him a beer, perhaps?

 

pelican at Camares bar on Mykonos

Enjoying evening cocktail hour at Camares bar near the harbour

 

a pelican at Little Venice on Mykonos

A close-up look at the pelican’s neck pouch, which apparently can expand to hold nearly three gallons of water or fish

 

a pelican at Little Venice on Mykonos

Another close look at the pelican’s colourful beak

 

a Mykonos pelican

 This pic reminds me of an old Hollywood entertainer wearing a fake hairpiece

 

a pair of pelicans at Nikos Taverna in Mykonos

 A pair of pelicans waiting for fish at Niko’s Taverna

 

pelican at Nikos Taverna in Mykonos Town

 A pelican waits outside the kitchen door at Niko’s Taverna

 

three pelicans at Nikos Taverna on Mykonos

Three pelicans line up for fish treats at Niko’s Taverna

 

pelican on Agia Anna beach in Mykonos Town

A pelican stands proud on Agia Anna beach at the harbour

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There’s more pelican pics in the two online albums below:

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The pelican brief

GREECE 2009: The pelican brief: Mykonos island’s famous mascot

Snapshots of Agia Anna beach on Mykonos

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View toward Agia Anna Paraga beach on Mykonos

Approaching Agia Anna beach along a coastal pathway from Platis Gialos

 

Convenient crescent: One of my favourite beaches on Mykonos is Agia Anna, a small, golden sand crescent wedged into the rocky peninsula that juts into the Aegean Sea between Platis Gialos and Paraga. It’s a peaceful little strand (in spring, at least) with only a handful of rental umbrellas and lounge chairs, and unimpeded views across the turquoise waters toward busy Platis Gialos beach on the opposite side of the bay.

 

 

Although it’s book-ended by two of the island’s most popular beaches, Agia Anna feels like it’s a little out of the way, yet still conveniently located. It’s just a 15-minute hike to Platis Gialos along a coastal trail, while Paraga is a short five-minute walk away. And what I like best about Agia Anna: Nikolas Taverna, a family restaurant beside the beach, with a row of tables under some shade trees right on the sand. Even if you’re not big on beaches, I recommend making the trek to Agia Anna just to savour a delicious home-cooked meal at Nicolas — the cuisine alone is worth the scenic walk!

 

sunbeds on Agia Anna beach on Mykonos

Umbrellas, lounge chairs and windbreaks at little Agia Anna beach on Mykonos

 

Agia Anna beach on Mykonos

A view of Agia Anna beach from the peninsula separating it from Paraga

 

Agia Anna beach on Mykonos

Another view of Agia Anna beach from the peninsula

 

Agia Anna beach on Mykonos

Lounge chairs and umbrellas are available for rent in front of Nikolas taverna …

 

Agia Anna beach on Mykonos

… but there’s plenty of space elsewhere on the beach to drop a mat or towel

 

Agia Anna beach on Mykonos

Looking across Agia Anna beach toward the big rocky peninsula

 

Agia Anna beach on Mykonos

Looking from Agia Anna beach across the bay toward Platis Gialos beach

 

 

Agia Anna beach on Mykonos

Another view toward Platis Gialos from Agia Anna beach

 

Agia Anna beach on Mykonos

Lounge chairs and umbrellas on Agia Anna beach

 

Nikolas Taverna at Agia Anna beach on Mykonos

Tree-shaded Nicolas taverna next to Agia Anna beach

 

Greece holiday May 2011: More Mykonos photos

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Ornos beach

Ornos Beach on May 17 2011

 

Mykonos in May: We started our 2011 holiday with a three-night visit to one of our favourite  Greek islands, Mykonos. Here are more photos from one of our island walkabouts.

 

Hotel Tagoo Mykonos

The view from Hotel Tagoo in the Tagoo district of Mykonos

 

Hotel Tagoo swimming pool

The Hotel Tagoo swimming pool in late afternoon sunshine

 

Mykonos goats

Some goats in a field in the Tagoo district of Mykonos

 

Cycladic architecture on Mykonos

An example of typical Cycladic architecture on Mykonos: a white cube building with rounded corners

 

Mykonos Town harbour

A cruise ship and a private yacht at Mykonos Town’s Old Port

 

Mykonos Town

White cube buildings on the hillside above Mykonos Town

 

Mykonos Town

A view towards the heart of Mykonos Town

 

Mykonos Town and harbour

A view of Mykonos Town’s harbour and the famous windmills at Little Venice

 

Mykonos archaeological museum

A red-domed church sits next to the Mykonos Archaeological Museum

 

Mykonos Town

The main harbourside street in Mykonos Town

 

Paraportiani church Mykonos

Paraportiani church at Little Venice

 

Little Venice area of Mykonos

Taking pics on the seaside at Little Venice

 

seaside cocktail bars at Little Venice

Enjoying the sea view from the cocktail bars at Little Venice

 

hotels in Mykonos Town

Hotels on the Tagoo district hillside above the Old Port

 

luxury yachts at Mykonos

Private luxury yachts docked at the Old Port at Mykonos Town

 

Agia Anna beach

Agia Anna beach between Platis Gialos and Paranga beaches

 

Nicholas taverna at Agia Anna beach

Nicholas taverna at Agia Anna beach

 

a church near Megali Ammos bay

A red-domed church overlooking Megali Ammos bay

 

a cove on Megali Ammos Bay

A cove below the church overlooking Megali Ammos bay

 

Megali Ammos bay

A cruise ship anchored off Mykonos Town viewed from Megali Ammos bay

 

Megali Ammos beach and bay

Megali Ammos beach and bay

 

Megali Ammos beach and bay

Hotels on the hill above Megali Ammos beach

 

Joanna's and Niko's Taverna

Joanna’s and Niko’s Taverna at Megali Ammos beach

 

Megali Ammos beach and bay

Megali Ammos beach

 

Megali Ammos beach

Megali Ammos beach

 

Mykonos Bay Hotel

The swimming pool at the Mykonos Bay Hotel

 

Mykonos coastline

The coast on the way to Ornos Beach

 

Ornos beach

Ornos beach

 

Ornos beach

Ornos beach

 

Ornos beach

Lounge chairs and umbrellas on Ornos beach

 

Ornos beach

Ornos beach

 

Ornos beach

Looking down on the Ornos beach area

 

a church at Ornos beach

A church on a hillside above Ornos beach

 

Ornos bay on Mykonos

Ornos bay on Mykonos

 

Ornos bay

Ornos bay


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