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It has become famous all over the world as one the must clubs to go on Mykonos. The electronic sounds of Cavo Paradiso perfectly match the wild sense of Mykonos, the most vibrating island of the Mediterranean Sea, the island where night never sleeps… Several clubs and bars dot every beach and corner of Mykonos and Cavo Paradiso, built on a rock over Paradise beach, shakes the island with its sounds. DM Mag, one of the most popular British music magazines, included it among the top 100 clubs in the world and in particular in rank 43. We have talked to Margarita Antonini, the manager of the club, and asked her to tell us about this legendary club.
Can you describe us in a few words the decoration of Cavo Paradiso?
The club is made of natural elements, mostly stone and wood. We tried to make sure that the decoration of Cavo Paradiso would match harmonically with the traditional architecture of Mykonos.
The most characteristic part of the club is the big pool. Whose idea was it?
Well, the size of the pool is not really what matters, but its amphitheatrical point of view makes it more distinctive. In Cavo Paradiso, you have the feeling that you can see everyone and that everyone can see you. The pool was an idea of the owner of the club, Mr Nikos Dachtilides.
When did the club open? How many people visit the club every year?
The club first opened experimentally in 1993 and a year later it evolved as the main club to host electronic music in Greece, especially after the sets of David Morales, Frankie Knuckles and Louie Vega. Now, about 140,000 a year come to have fun with us.
Which is the working period of the club?
Cavo Paradiso usually opens in May. From July 10th to the first week of September, it opens every day, from midnight to 9.30 in the morning.
What events have you organized for summer 2009?
For 2009, events start on May 16th and end in September 1st with one of the best: Frankie Knuckles. Also David Morales will come once more to present its show on July 17th and will also be with us on his birthday, on August 21st. David Guetta, Benny Benassi, Sasha, Joe Vanelli and many others will be with us this summer.
Many people compare Mykonos to Ibiza. What do you think of that?
I think there is no comparison. The only common point is that they are both Mediterranean islands. Tourism on Mykonos is clearly more qualitative.
Do you live permanently on Mykonos? Can you describe us life on Mykonos off tourist season?
Yes, of course we live on Mykonos, we are locals. In winter, most clubs and hotels close, but I think life is better and more qualitative on Mykonos than on any other town. Some things are missing, but these things are not that important. The only thing that troubles us is ferry connection, but this happens with most islands.