Petros...The Legendary Myconian Mascot!

Mykonos cherishes one of the most cosmopolitan main towns of the Cyclades. As we approach the island on boat, the Chora of Mykonos is the first thing we lay eyes upon. The whitewashed settlement spreads in front of our eyes and the imposing windmills put us directly in the mood for a superb Cycladic vacation ahead of us!
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The gorgeous Chora is where tourists and locals will show up for their morning coffee in style, for a boutique shopping spree, but, equally for early evening cocktails and crazy bar-hopping after dark. In other words, it is an insular main town of unequaled beauty which offers around-the-clock magnificence for absolutely all tastes! A melting pot which presents you with labyrinth-like picturesque alleys in which you will find an incredibly enchanting atmosphere…

An incredible scenery for the perfect holiday photo shoot!
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In your walks within the Chora of Mykonos, you are bound to come across one of the island’s most common trademarks. His name is Petros, he is a pelican and he has been Mykonos’s mascot since 1958 when a fisherman found him badly wounded at the shores of the island.
The fisherman immediately found great interest to the bird and did everything to cure it and keep it to life. So he managed! The pelican started to ameliorate in health by the day and directly became a permanent resident of Mykonos to the pleasure of all the locals who even gave him a name. ‘Petros’!
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Not long after, the bird gained the love of everyone on the island and he was particularly popular with the summer visitors from all corners of the earth. The pelican had officially become the mascot of the island and as anybody or anything popular…  Petros too acquired his own set of rumors about his everyday life and his character!   

Quite understandably, the pelican we come across walking the streets of Mykonos today is not the same bird as the one found by the fisherman back in 1958. In 1985 or 1986 that first bird died possibly due to bad abuse from a drunken tourist...
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This first loss of the bird was very sad and sudden and the locals started missing Peter terribly. After some careful consideration, they all came up with the idea to invent a successor for Petros... Something which has already happened more than once until today. When the current pelican dies due to either normal or more peculiar reasons - the most common being run over by a car! -, the locals bring a new pelican over to Mykonos. The only thing that remains the same is the bird’s name in honor of the first ever pelican that started this beautiful story.
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Petros attracts great interest and tourists love to take pictures with him and even hilarious videos! In return, Petros loves to be pet and fed so do not hesitate to spoil him with either…
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