An ode to Mykonos: the island of love and freedom

Woman walking at sunset

Cities Without Houses member and film-maker Marco Orsini has spent six months in Mykonos every year with his partner since 2003. The founder of the International Emerging Talent Film Association of Monaco writes a love letter to the island, giving an insight into how it’s changed over the years, and where its deep appeal truly lies

By Marco Orsini | Photography by Teo Papadopoulos

In the summer of 2020, those of us with a reason to be on this wonderful Greek island were granted a vision of Mykonos past – the town, island, beaches and interior experienced in eerie solitude. Gone were the thronged streets, monumental cruise ships, unattainable reservations, absurd traffic, and the ruckus of holidaymakers floating up from town late into the morning. It was beautiful and rare, terrible and tragic.  

Despite pandemic restrictions, the island was back to the business of love and freedom by the summer of this year; at least for now. Why love and freedom? This is a place of romance – whether spiritual, marital or physical – and liberty is the modus vivendi of this world-renowned destination. Inhabitants have been trading and travelling the East Mediterranean for millennia; superb natural harbours made them bold, sea-faring people, bound less by rules and rituals than to opportunity and enterprise. Today, respect is expected of visitors, and generously returned with regards to choices of entertainment, pleasure, habits, and lifestyles. 

My Mykonos is not your Mykonos, nor will it be the Mykonos