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An Insider's Guide to Mykonos

What makes the Villa Hurmuses award-winning luxury swimming pool so special?


At Villa Hurmuses, Mykonos, we wanted our luxury swimming pool to offer guests of all ages
the ultimate in swimming, enjoyment, and relaxation. That’s why our sparkling pristine pool,
with its surrounding seating area and unique pool lighting, has been specifically designed for
those who appreciate an exceptional private environment, whether for summer gatherings or
serenity and rejuvenation.
The allure of Villa Hurmuses and its famous luxury pool
Set amidst picturesque gardens and lush foliage, the Villa Hurmuses is a tranquil private
haven that blends in perfectly with the island’s traditional architecture and topography. Its
focus on privacy, seclusion, and exclusivity attracts both local and international guests, who
often choose to return year after year to chill out and bask in the warm Mediterranean sun.
Thanks to its secluded location and spacious design, the pool provides a delightful space
where guests can swim and spend quality time together. It promises a secure environment
where parents can confidently introduce their children to swimming at a young age.
The villa boasts stunning views of the Aegean Sea and a unique outlook over the
neighboring islands. However, if you love swimming, soaking up the sun, or just experiencing
uninterrupted togetherness after a day of exploring Mykonos or beyond – this award-winning
pool is the perfect spot for you.
Luxury poolside amenities
Our exquisite spacious villa pool experience goes far beyond the pool itself. It offers a range
of amenities to enhance your relaxation experience. Our terrace with its comfortable
loungers and soft towels is the ideal location for sunbathing, allowing you to bask in utmost
luxury. You can also choose to unwind on our massage table or indulge in a delectable
breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
An exquisite gastronomic experience
At Villa Hurmuses we are dedicated to ensuring that our guests enjoy a truly exceptional
eating experience, with a strong emphasis on quality as well as tantalizing flavors. By the
poolside, you can choose from a wide selection of superb meals, local fruits, freshly brewed
coffee, refreshing juices, and a variety of sweet and savory treats, including Ana Marie’s
delicious Breakfast Cake.
If you have any special dietary needs or preferences, Ana Marie and Ernesto will be happy
to accommodate you by providing personalized menu recommendations.

Villa Hurmuses takes pride in our award-winning swimming pool
Recent polls of hospitality businesses have shown that swimming pools are a significant
factor when evaluating a hotel or luxury villa as a top-notch accommodation option. They

significantly impact the guest’s overall perception of the hotel’s ambiance, the quality of their
stay, the services offered, and the level of luxury provided.
Villa Hurmuses is particularly proud to have received international recognition, as voted by
guests, at ‘The World Luxury Hotel Awards’ where some of the most prominent consumer
brands are represented. The hospitality sector operates under strict scrutiny and undergoes
rigorous assessments, making our achievements even more meaningful.
Given its stunning design, Greek island setting, and lavish amenities, we believe the luxury
swimming pool at Villa Hurmuses is a true gem, offering our guests a peaceful haven to
unwind and recharge. We truly appreciate the recognition we have received and remain
dedicated to providing an unparalleled luxury pool experience for all our visitors.
Make the most of our swimming pool amenities
A swimming pool is a must-have amenity for a luxury holiday destination, providing a focal
point for guests and greatly enhancing their overall experience. It is a versatile space that
caters to a range of activities such as swimming, sunbathing, relaxation, and dining, making
it an ever-popular gathering spot for families, friends, and couples.
The pool at Villa Hurmuses enhances the accommodation’s ambiance with its elegant
design, providing guests with a serene space to relax and rejuvenate after a day of exploring
the nearby attractions. In addition, the pool offers guests the chance to participate in physical
activities, enhancing their health and well-being during their holiday. It also functions as a
social hub, promoting connections among guests and cultivating a friendly atmosphere.
As a valued guest at our hotel, we cordially invite you to fully enjoy and take advantage of
our outstanding swimming pool amenities. Our luxury pool provides a peaceful and inviting
atmosphere for people of all ages, whether you want to cool off with a refreshing swim or
simply relax by the water’s edge.
Make sure you take full advantage of this chance to indulge in the opulence of our swimming
pool and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones. Book your stay with us today
and indulge in a truly exceptional luxury pool experience: http://villahurmuses.com/booking/

A Journey Through Time: Exploring the Islands of Delos and Rhenia

With its golden sandy beaches, lively nightlife, and whitewashed houses, Mykonos is a
visitor’s paradise. However, did you know that Delos and Rhenia, two of Greece’s most
charming islands in the Cyclades archipelago, are only a short boat trip away? You can
even see Delos from the shores of Mykonos!
You can easily embark on a cultural journey to these magnificent destinations during your
stay at Villa Hurmoses.  Boats for the islands leave daily from the Hora dock in town near the
Paraportiannis church between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm, Tuesday through to Sunday.
One of the most significant archaeological sites in Greece will be found on Delos, while
Rhenia boasts breathtaking golden beaches and turquoise waters. Both islands are perfect
destinations for exploring their fascinating history amidst stunning landscapes and one-of-a-
kind attractions.
Delos – The Sacred Island


Delos, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, holds great significance in Greek
history and mythology. Despite being one of the smallest islands, it is one of the most highly
regarded and revered destinations in all of Greece. It is now home to an outdoor museum
depicting antiquities and stories from the island’s past.
During ancient times, Delos served as a religious hub, and it flourished as a bustling
commercial center throughout the Hellenistic period. The island was believed to be the
birthplace of the divine siblings Apollo and Artemis, which only adds to its sacred aura.
This magical island is home to numerous architectural marvels that have withstood the rigors
of time certain, some ruins date back to the 3rd millennium B. The ongoing excavations
since 1872 have led to the discovery of ancient artifacts ranging from sacred vessels,
statues, elaborate sculptures, and inscriptions, to ruins of agoras, temples, a fountain,
marble lions, and even a theater—just to mention a few.
One notable structure is the Sanctuary of Apollo, which houses the famous Terrace of the
Lions. These magnificent stone lions once served as guardians of the sanctuary and their
proud if battered remains can still be seen today, offering a vivid insight into life in bygone
Delos.
Another highlight of the island is the House of Dionysus, a beautifully preserved ancient villa
adorned with intricate mosaics depicting the god of wine and revelry. Look out also for the
theater, the stadium, and the 2nd century BC Agora of the Competaliasts.
The Hellenistic city once boasted a bustling market. Located near the Sacred Harbor, the
market square is adorned with large, flat gneiss stones, and even today many of them
feature the original openings designed for tent poles. On the north side, you can find the
Portico of Philip and a small Ionic temple dedicated to Hermes, the god of trade, while shops
and workshops are located on both the east and south sides of the market.

Two marble statues positioned in the center of the square are dedicated to Hermes.
Surrounding them, one can observe the foundations of monuments constructed by bankers,
ship captains, and traders.
Delos is unique in that it houses a staggering number of priceless treasures dating back to
the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic eras—the golden ages of Greek art.
Rhenia – An Unspoiled Paradise
While Delos offers a captivating journey through history, Rhenia, a Natura 2000 protected
area, is a pristine paradise that invites you to bask in its tranquil beauty. This uninhabited
island, also known as the “Big Delos”, is a haven for nature lovers as well as beachgoers.
With crystal-clear turquoise waters, secluded coves, and pristine sandy beaches, Rhenia
offers a serene contrast to the hustle and bustle of Mykonos.
The island’s distinct geological features include imposing rock arches and caves which,
along with the spectacular scenery, create a perfect environment for hiking as you discover
the rich variety of plants and animals.
If you prefer more relaxing pastimes, Rhenia’s secluded beaches provide an ideal backdrop
for sunbathing, swimming, or snorkeling, before indulging in a tasty meal of fresh seafood
and regional specialties.
Why Visit Delos and Rhenia?
Delos and Rhenia offer a rare combination of history, culture, and natural beauty that is hard
to find elsewhere. Thanks to ongoing preservation efforts, a renewed focus on sustainable
tourism, and the introduction of electric-powered boats for tours to Delos and Rhenia, the
two islands promise an unforgettable experience for lovers of antiquities, nature enthusiasts,
adventurers, and all those who like to venture away from the crowds. Bound together by
geography, history, and legend, they offer visitors a unique opportunity to walk in the
footsteps of the ancient Greeks.

Discovering the Magic of Easter on Mykonos: A Unique Cultural Experience

Easter in Greece is a moving experience, especially for anyone who hasn’t previously witnessed
the centuries-old customs and traditions of the Greek Orthodox Church. So, if you’re visiting
Mykonos during this most celebrated religious holiday, expect a unique symbolic celebration.
To signal the start of Lent in Mykonian tradition, forty days before Easter, the sacred icon of the
Panagia Tourliani Monastery is carried in a holy procession down to the main town (Chora) of
Mykonos.
The icon (the island’s patroness) is displayed in the church of Agia Eleni (Saint Helena) until its
return home on the ‘Saturday of Lazarus’ before Holy Week. The Orthodox Church
commemorates this major feast and the resurrection of Lazarus. At the same time, women on
Mykonos make ‘lazarakia’ – sweet and savory pastries in the shape of tiny people – to celebrate
the miracle.

Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday marks the start of Easter week and commemorates Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry
into Jerusalem. Priests, locals, and children congregate in the town center at the Agia Eleni
church. Children carry wreaths made from palm tree branches and the icon of Panagia
Tsourliani is paraded again through the streets, before commencing its journey back up the hill.
Daily church services are subsequently held to honor the final week of Christ’s life.
Holy Wednesday
At an important ceremony conducted on the evening of Holy Wednesday, church members
receive ‘Holy Unction’ administered with an anointing oil, in the belief that this will heal the soul
and the body. The Last Supper and Christ’s betrayal are commemorated in a service the
following morning.

Holy Thursday
On this day, most people of all ages attend church to light brown candles and offer silent
prayers in front of a symbolic replica of the crucifixion. This marks the beginning of a two-day
mourning period. Evening services are held at the church, and many elderly women will host
vigils at night.
Holy Thursday is also when the homemade sweet, braided Easter bread known as ‘tsourekia’,
signifying the Holy Trinity, is baked, along with Easter cookies ‘koulourakia pasxalina’. Dozens
of hard-boiled eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ and the renewal of life. You will
see them everywhere – in Easter baskets, bowls, or inserted into the tsourekia.
Holy Friday
On Holy Friday, Greek communities are filled with a deep sense of sadness as the death bell
tolls across the country. Flags are flown at half-mast and many homes are filled with a somber
atmosphere. The Epitaphios, a lavishly embroidered icon that shows the body of Christ lying in
the tomb, is set atop a carved wooden canopy adorned with flowers and occasionally candles.
This shrine is on display for people to worship throughout the day.

Later in the evening, a quiet candle-lit procession follows the Epitaphios as it is carried on the
shoulders of churchgoers and altar boys through the streets. Once back at the church, the
congregation shower it with rose petals.
Holy Saturday
On Holy Saturday, people attend the midnight mass (the Resurrection) to receive the Holy Light
from Jerusalem. This takes place on a hilltop close to Ano Mera in the small 18th-century
Monastery of Paleokastro and at the Metropolis of Alefkandra, located in the middle of a square
in the Chora. The lights go out just before midnight, and the priest lights a candle for himself
before passing his flame to other people one by one. Everyone spreads the flame through the
crowd until each candle is lit, church bells ring loudly and fireworks are let off as everyone
declares “Christos Anesti” – “Christ has risen”.
As is customary, people carry their candles home and use the Holy Light to make crosses
above the front doors with black smoke, which is believed to bless the house. Once this is over,
people can enjoy the traditional Easter soup, ‘magiritsa’ (lamb offal), which marks the end of the
forty-day fast.
Easter Sunday
By the crack of dawn, most grills are already fired up and the traditional lamb or goat along with
‘kokoretsi’ (seasoned offal) is already turning slowly on the spit – at home, in the streets, and
even on the beaches.
The intoxicating aroma of roast meat fills the air as tables are set for a magnificent feast. Onion
pie, kopanisti cheese, and the famous Mykonian sausage ‘louza’ are also served. The red hard-
boiled eggs used for Easter table decorations are eaten after ‘tsougrisma’, a game involving
cracking the eggs, symbolizing the breaking open of the tomb and Christ’s resurrection from the
dead.
Are you ready to eat, drink, sing, and dance all afternoon to celebrate Greek Easter? We’d love
to hear about your experience in the comments below.

Wishing you wholeheartedly a Happy Easter (Kalo Pascha)!

The Flavors of Greece: A Culinary Journey at Villa Hurmuses

Greek cuisine from our kitchen to your plate
With its aura of privacy and tranquility, Villa Hurmuses is the perfect place to discover the
mouthwatering flavors of Greek cuisine. In a relaxed atmosphere, and in the company of
family or good friends, our wonderful chef Ana Marie will at your request prepare a range of
the most interesting and flavorsome dishes. Above all, we’d like you to feel welcome and
know that our idyllic villa is more than a vacation rental. It’s a home and a gathering place
where you and your loved ones can immerse yourself in the Mediterranean way of life,
including a culinary experience and a memorable taste of Greece unlike any other!
Home-style cooking – traditional Greek dishes to discover on our menu
 Finger foods: Myconian Louza (local air-dried meat), olive oil biscuits topped with feta,
tomatoes garnished with olive oil, oregano, and red wine vinegar, Myconian sausage
seasoned with salt, oregano, pepper, and other spices, Greek cheeses (Graviera, Feta,
Greek cream cheese, Kefalotyri, Kasseri, Manouri, and Myconian Kopaniati, a soft spicy
cheese) and Kalamata olives. And don’t miss Ana Marie’s famous vegetarian and meat
spring rolls.
 Starters and salads: Traditional Greek salad with tomatoes, cucumber, onions, and feta,
fried saganaki (Graviera or Kasseri cheese), and baked sesame feta or Manouri in filo
drizzled with Myconian honey and balsamic vinegar.
 Vegetable dishes: Seasonal beans cooked in tomato sauce topped with feta cheese,
seasonal vegetables baked in the oven with olive oil and balsamic paste, and tomatoes
or peppers stuffed with rice.
 Main dishes: Fried squid, squid stuffed with rice, squid or octopus in red wine sauce,
mussels or shrimp with feta in a tomato and ouzo base sauce, seasonal fish in the oven,
Moussaka (layers of ground beef or lamb and thinly sliced eggplant topped with a
Béchamel sauce), roast leg of lamb Greek style, chicken flavored with oregano, lemon
juice, and garlic served with crispy roasted potatoes, and a variety of meat and seafood
(depending on availability) grilled on the barbecue.


 Desserts and sweets: Sharona’s fresh mixed berries topped with Mascarpone- Mastixa
cream, and Ana Marie’s much-loved breakfast cake.
Regional specialties
 If you’re looking to try the island’s local delicacies, then be on the lookout for these six
Myconian specialties:
 Cheeses: Kopanisti is a soft, rich, peppery, and aromatic flavored cheese that undergoes
a special two-month maturing process during which fungus grows. Kinotiri is a sour and
sharp cheese made by fermenting and straining buttermilk.

 Appetizer: Mostra is made up of olive oil, oregano, capers, olives, rusk, kopanisti
cheese, and one large tomato. The juice and sweet taste of the tomato when combined
with the spicy taste of the kopanisti makes for a refreshing taste.
 Seafood: Astakomakaronada is a dish made with fresh lobster, macaroni, onion, garlic,
tomato, and a hint of sage.
 Cold cuts: Louza, a dry cured meat (thin, pork loin slices like prosciutto), has been dried
out in the sun with sea salt before being marinated in aromatic herbs and spices.
 Cookies: Amygdalota are made of sugar, ground almonds, and water flavored with rose
or orange blossom extract. Powdered sugar is then sprinkled on top to make these tasty
traditional almond cookies.
 Honey pie: Melopita is made with Tyrovolia (aka ‘Mykonian chevre’) or Mizithra (a whey
cheese) and local honey and can be found everywhere on the island.
Aegean wine pairings
Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm, located in Ano Mera, is home to the island’s only
winemakers. There they plant traditional Aegean Sea varieties like Assyrtiko, Athiri,
Monemvasia, Malagouzia, Agiannitis, and Mandilaria.
 VEGGERA IN ROSÉ Rosé Wine (Mandilaria) – A delightfully balanced wine with a
peach-like aftertaste that goes well with roasted fish, poultry, and light sauces. It also
pairs well with spicy and aromatic hors d’oeuvres.
 PARAPORTIANO White Wine (Assyrtiko and Athiri) – The Assyrtiko variety
preserves a smooth taste in the mouth while blending citrus and fruity scents, giving
it good acidity. It goes nicely with pasta, white meat, and seafood.
 PARAPORTIANO Red Wine (Mandilari and Agiannitis) – This traditional red wine
has a smooth tannin structure, a well-balanced taste, and an intriguing bouquet. It
goes well with red sauces and meat dishes.
 HELIOPHILOS Naturally Sweet Wine – vegan (Mandilari and Malagouzia)
Distinguished by its orange-red color, this wine’s fruit aroma and vanilla bouquet
leave a pleasant and lasting aftertaste on the palate. It is perfect to accompany light
desserts with nuts or dark chocolate, custards, ice cream, and strong cheeses such
as Roquefort).

Discover the Authentic Side of Mykonos – Experience the Local Lifestyle

Mykonos is always an amazing place to visit, with its picturesque villages, rugged landscape, and
breathtaking coastline. While the island is a haven for sun-lovers and party animals, many people
may not realize that the island also provides numerous opportunities to truly experience the local
culture.
The curious will delight in discovering hidden gems away from the hustle and bustle of the main
tourist areas and lively beach clubs – lesser-known spots where you can chat with locals, learn
about their traditions and customs, and enjoy the vibrant Mykonian lifestyle.
Welcome to Pagka market (laiki)
There’s nothing quite like taking in the sights, sounds, aromas, and atmosphere of a bustling open-
air market, and the Pagka marketplace is no exception. Situated in the old port of Mykonos town,
the daily market (closed Sundays) is a hub of activity.
If you’re up at the crack of dawn, you may see small fishing boats bringing in their haul of fresh fish
and shellfish. Then, as the sleepy town wakes up, farmers and vendors will be seen setting up their
benches and counters, overflowing with fresh local produce: everything from fruits and vegetables,
spices and herbs (oregano and thyme), to fresh eggs and a stunning array of flowers and plants.
For visitors to the island, it’s a wonderful opportunity to see the authentic local way of life.

Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm
One of the activities offered by Villa Hurmuses is a trip to Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm. Although
off the beaten path, it’s well worth a visit. Located on a former monastic vineyard northeast of Ano
Mera, this organic winery and farm makes use of a combination of traditional landscaping methods
and innovative viniculture techniques. Grazing sheep are encouraged to naturally maintain the
vineyards while – strange as it may sound – classical music is played to the grapes to enhance the
rich and full-flavored Cycladic wines.
As you explore this organic homestead, make sure to indulge in the local cuisine. An essential part
of lunch is a delightful Greek salad, made with fresh cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, crisp green bell
peppers, tangy red onions, flavorful olives, and creamy feta cheese. You’ll also have the chance to
try a variety of cheeses and ‘louza’, made from salted pork loin. Similar to prosciutto, it is
considered one of the tastiest delicacies on the island. You’ll also find a variety of products to
sample such as table grapes, vinegar, vine leaves, grape molasses, and even honey from the two
on-site beehives.

Gioras Wood Medieval Bakery
Step inside and immerse yourself in the rich history and delicious aromas of the oldest woodfire
bakery in Greece! This historic bakery, located in the heart of Mykonos town, has a fascinating
past. Established in 1420, it was once responsible for supplying bread to Napoleon’s troops during
the Napoleonic wars.
Located down a set of stone stairs, the famous establishment is usually filled with the delightful
aroma of sweet almonds and cinnamon, caramelized sugar, and freshly ground coffee beans. Back
in Gioras ‘ early days, it consisted of a large oven nestled into the hillside. Today, in what is rumored
to be the second-oldest building on the island, bread is no longer sold but Mykonians and visitors
to the island can instead enjoy a selection of savory snacks and pastries, including crispy burek
(filled phyllo pastry) or crumbly pistachio shortbread. (Check seasonal opening times.)

Cine Manto
For an alternative Mykonos experience, discover this one-of-a-kind open-air movie house where
you can relax in beautiful botanical gardens, dine in a stylish cafe/restaurant (open all day) and
watch an original movie under the stars. The movie house is open from June to September.

Connect with the island
In addition to the above visits, you have the option to embark on guided bicycle tours that will take
you through lesser-known areas of the island. Along the way, you’ll visit the beautiful Panagia
Tourliani Monastery in Ano Mera village, and discover the secluded coves of Fokos and Myrsini.
By trying authentic local food and gaining access to Mykonos’s local culture, you’ll learn more
about the island’s long past, proud traditions, and fascinating way of life. What’s more important,
however, is the chance to connect with this beautiful island and feel like you belong there.

Villa Hurmuses – The Perfect Island Hideaway

Villa Hurmuses – The Perfect Island Hideaway for Your Next Adventure
Immersed in a vibrant display of bougainvillea flowers and abundant greenery, the 5-star Villa
Hurmuses is as impressive as its location. The five spacious rooms, each with sweeping views of
the sea, can accommodate up to ten people. Enjoying expansive outdoor areas and the
surrounding Mykonian environment, the rooms are lavishly furnished with antiques, rattan, artwork,
and delicately embroidered linens. Tasteful decorations use a traditional color palette of lime-wash,
stone, and wood. Outside, with its light, breezy summer décor, the palm tree-flanked garden pool
conveys a sense of tranquility and relaxation. Truly, at Villa Hurmuses you can immerse yourself in
a heady mix of local culture and natural beauty, combining high-end luxury with a taste for
adventure.
Megali Ammos – “Big Sandy Beach”
Just a short 10-minute walk from Villa Hurmuses, you’ll find the quiet golden sandy beach of Megali
Ammos nestled behind the famous landmark windmills of Mykonos town. It’s a good spot for young
children because of its shallow water and a nice place to spend with the family under the sun.
Although it can be a little breezy at times, it’s the closest beach to Mykonos town and its popular
sights. The beach is especially enjoyable in the evening hours when you can witness the
mesmerizing sunsets. The beach is not overly crowded and has the added attraction that you don’t
need to trek to one of the more famous beaches further away. If you’re interested, not far away is
the Ippos Riding Center where you can enjoy horseback riding.
Activities and sightseeing
Though reveling in its reputation as a ‘hidden gem’ on Mykonos, the villa organizes a wide range of
activities for your enjoyment: sea kayak tours around the island, kite surfing, jet ski and banana
boat rentals, sunset cruises or day/overnight trips to other islands, private motor yacht rental,
cheese and wine tastings, guided tours to Ancient Delos, and visits to an organic farm and
vineyard. Guests also love sightseeing and discovering these nearby iconic sites:
 Windmills – Mykonos’ most famous windmills, built by the Venetians in the 1600s to grind
wheat, stand picturesquely on a little hillside that looks out over the port.
 Archaeological Museum of Mykonos – This magnificent structure, constructed in 1902, is
situated in a commanding location overlooking the old harbor. Its purpose was to serve as a
home for the valuable artifacts from the 5th century BC. These were unearthed in Rinia in 1898
and other burial chambers found on the island.
 Lena’s House – This charming Mykonian house, dating back to the 19th century, is named after
its last resident Lena Skrivanou, who passed away in 1968. The house has been beautifully
preserved, with all its original furnishings still intact.
 Little Venice – There are few spots in Mykonos as picturesque as Little Venice where beautiful
and historic homes perch perilously on the brink of the hill. Located in the center of the town
(Chora), the charming neighborhood is renowned for its stunning architecture.
 Panagia Paraportiani – Constructed between the 15th and 17th centuries, this most renowned
church on Mykonos consists of four smaller chapels, with a fifth floor accessible via an outside
stairway. The building is exceptionally photogenic, with its whitewashed, rock-like appearance.
Unfortunately, it is usually locked to the public.
 Aegean Sea Museum – Established in 1985 as a non-profit institution, the museum’s main
focus is to gather and promote the rich history and traditions of Greek maritime culture, with a
particular emphasis on the development and operations of merchant ships in the Aegean Sea
throughout history.
An ideal escape to paradise
Are you in need of the perfect Mykonos getaway? Look no further! With a stunning al fresco dining
pavilion that offers excellent shade for outdoor dining, an exquisite award-winning private pool, and

the option to have a personal chef at your service, Villa Hurmuses is the ultimate destination for
those seeking a lavish and secluded retreat on the enchanting island of Mykonos – a superb place
to call home, at least for a while. Here you will experience slow, laid-back summer living and warm
weather, meet friendly locals, and savor fine Mediterranean cuisine.
Villa Hurmuses: a place to feel boundlessly alive, and where you can jump joyfully from one
adventure to an other.

Mykonos – a celebration of love and equality

Greece, although predominantly Christian Orthodox, is known for being culturally open and
welcoming to LGBTQ+ travelers. Mykonos especially attracts many tourists from the gay
community who have long considered the paradise a safe haven. Locals are known for their
openness and transparency regarding sexual preferences, a good indicator that the ‘island of the
winds’ is indeed the ultimate holiday destination for all kinds of visitors. Now we can add a further
attraction: Greece has recently legalized same-sex marriages, and we confidently predict that
Mykonos will fast become the perfect wedding location for them too.
An important step for Greece
This new law, passed on 15th February this year, marks a significant achievement for human rights
in Greece, as it became the first majority Orthodox Christian country to recognize in law marriage
equality for all. The legislation places particular emphasis on parental and children’s rights. For
instance, it gives same-sex couples the ability to adopt and receive full parental recognition,
including the granting of parental rights to a surviving parent in the event of their spouse’s death.
Although same-sex couples cannot yet have a baby via surrogacy, the new legislation
acknowledges the status of existing offspring, including those adopted or born to surrogates
abroad.
Love has no boundaries
For Villa Hurmuses, where we have always extended hospitality to all guests, regardless of gender
or sexual orientation, the new law is a welcome development. As a picture-perfect venue for
weddings, proposals and engagements, receptions, and honeymoons, this 5-star luxurious retreat
has for years been helping couples and their loved ones make memories that will last a lifetime.
With its stunning natural environment, spectacular views, and private tranquil ambiance, this dream
Mykonos vacation home is an ideal setting for romance. Perfectly situated within walking distance
of Mykonos Town and the golden Megali Ammos Beach, the Villa Hurmuses boasts services and
facilities that come from the heart, with every corner telling a memorable story of love and
happiness.

Love life and live it
Given the stunning views of the ocean, golden beaches, traditional whitewashed buildings, and
spectacular sunsets, Mykonos is truly amazing! Are you curious about why it stands out as a top
island holiday destination? Here are a few compelling reasons:
 The island’s main town (Chora) offers a variety of stores selling Greek souvenirs, designer
clothes, luxury items, and jewelry. When you have had your fill of shopping, there are
numerous dining options, cafes and bars, and a vibrant nightlife if you want it.
 Mykonos boasts around 30 sandy beaches with stunningly clear waters. Discover beach and
island water sports activities like jet-skiing and tube riding. If you want a break from the beach
or the pool, horseback riding, outdoor yoga, and biking tours are also available.
 Despite Mykonos’ reputation for its vibrant party scene, you can also enjoy a more peaceful
and laid-back vacation if you prefer. The paradise island has a lengthy and fascinating history,
with a variety of churches, monasteries, and museums to explore, and a maritime tradition that
stretches back over thousands of years. Meanwhile don’t forget to view the iconic windmills for
which Mykonos is world-famous.
 When you’re in Mykonos, make sure to sample some of the local specialties, like the flavorful
kopanisti cheese or Louza, the renowned Myconian pork delicacy crafted from premium meat
cuts.

 Delos, a nearby uninhabited island, was once the center of religious and political life in the area
and is credited with being the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis in Greek mythology. This
important historical and archaeological site can be explored through a guided tour.
 The island of Mykonos is renowned for having some of the most captivating sunsets in the
Aegean Sea, which will serve as a breathtaking backdrop for romantic moments.
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Greek wild greens call horta

In this article, we will talk about three of my favourite greens. Amaranth (Amarantus blitum) known locally as Vlita commonly found in summer, Common Reichardia (Picridium vulgare) found in winter, Black bryony (Tamus communis), Avronies, wild asparagus found in spring.

Greek wild greens such as Amaranth (Vlita) and Common Reichardia (Picridium vulgare) hold a special place in Greek cuisine. Known as “horta,” these nutritious and flavourful greens are beloved for their unique taste and versatility in cooking.

To prepare these greens, they are typically boiled or steamed until tender. They can be enjoyed on their own with a drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice, or incorporated into various dishes such as soups, stews, pies, and salads. The Greeks often refer to Common reichardia by the names “pikralida” or “galatsida,” while Black bryony is known as “Avronies.” These names add to the cultural richness surrounding these traditional ingredients.

Amaranth leaves have a slightly earthy flavour with a hint of sweetness. They are tender yet robust in texture. They are in plentiful in summer. When cooked, they retain their vibrant green colour and provide a delightful contrast to other ingredients in a dish.

Common reichardia a winter green, has a slightly bitter taste that pairs well with tangy flavours like lemon or vinegar. Its leaves have an appealing crispness when raw but soften nicely when cooked. You can find this green growing wild in the garden of our villa during winter.

Black bryony leaves offer a mild flavour. These are one of the most prized of all Greek greens. There are wild asparagus and are a delicacy in Greece, commonly foraged in Crete and other parts of Greece. I had the opportunity of tasting them wild in Mykonos during my spring hike with yummy pedals.

These Greek wild greens not only bring unique flavours to the table but also offer numerous health benefits due to their high nutritional content. Packed with vitamins and minerals, they contribute to overall well-being and are considered an essential part of Mediterranean cuisine. Whether you’re a fan of traditional Greek dishes or simply looking to explore new flavours, incorporating these wild greens into your cooking repertoire can add a touch of authenticity and nourishment to your meals. Next time you are in Greece look out for these greens, lovingly call Horta in Greece.

When it comes to hotel amenities

When it comes to hotel amenities, Villa Hurmuses goes above and beyond to provide a luxurious experience for its guests. From plush bathrobes to convenient bags, we have thought of everything to ensure your stay is nothing short of extraordinary.

One of the standout features at Villa Hurmuses is our selection of bath amenities. We like to support local. Olive Era is a brand I came across while exploring the Island of Paros. Their products utilize the many qualities of olive oil, to create a full line of care products featuring olive oil as the main ingredient combined with a variety of Greek herbs and extracts. Our bathrobes provided are not only incredibly soft and comfortable, but they also add a touch of elegance to your relaxation time. Slip into one after a long day of exploring the island or indulge in some well-deserved pampering.

In addition to the bathrobes, Villa Hurmuses also provides bags for your convenience. Whether you need a tote bag for carrying your essentials to the beach or a handy bag for storing your belongings while you explore Mykonos, these thoughtful amenities make it easy for you to enjoy every moment of your stay without any worries.

At Villa Hurmuses, we understand that it’s the little details that make all the difference. So sit back, relax, and let us take care of every aspect of your comfort and enjoyment during your time in Mykonos.

Villa Hurmuses Mykonos Gets A New Look

As travel begins to slowly reconvene post-pandemic levels,  the global travel and tourism industry is on the cusp of a new era. The events following the recent global health crisis have most certainly redefined the way we travel. In the face of the new reality we at Villa Hurmuses saw the challenges as new opportunities to enhance your Mykonos villa experience. We took the downtime to pour more love into our family-owned villa – by giving it a new look so it can further enhance your stay on Mykonos. 

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