When we hear of the word Mykonos lots of different images come to our minds: Mykonos Villas, great sandy beaches, young people spending the nights away with lots of alcohol, high society and lifestyle and of course relaxation and boat rides. But that is not all about Mykonos. The island of the winds has got a thousand faces and two of them are the plants and the trees of it as well as the animals inhabiting the island or the sea nearby. Some of them are just passers-by. So, let’s explore these unique species together and get to know them a bit better so as to familiarize with the isle as whole.
To begin with, the Mediterranean mild climate of the area could not help more to the growth of various bushes, flowers and trees. The majority of days there are sunny, it rains a bit and in general the weather conditions are more than welcoming. Besides, we should not forget that Greece and more specifically Cyclades are a combination of Europe, Africa and Asia and that would definitely benefit the locals as lots of biotopes developed throughout the years. It is true that the island is more or less dry and pretty rocky too. Nevertheless, there are some herbs and other species that love such conditions. Many herbs and oregano and thyme grow almost all around the year offering the island vital provisions in terms of food and alternative medicine. Except for that, wild flowers such as violets and sea lilies decorate most local shores spreading out an exotic yet really familiar sense. Adding to these, you should come across various other forms of low vegetation like Brushwood and Maquid that can cope well with an arid environment and long periods of drought. It would be an omission not to refer to the olive trees which are not in huge numbers, but they are still the oldest and most significant trees for the locals.
Moving on to the animals, we come across various sorts of birds that are really in dominant numbers on the islands. The main reasons that they thrive is the fact that there are countless slopes providing shelters and caves ideal for laying eggs and breeding. Thus, even if you stay for a few days there, you must meet some of them no matter what. For a start, there are birds that spend the whole year on the island. Those are sparrows, blackbirds and pigeons etc. Then, there are some robins but only during winter when they actually abandon northern, colder climates and travel all the way down to Mykonos, Greece. There is though one last category of birds. Those are swifts or hoopoes that land on the island coming from Africa. The whole procedure takes place in spring when they have to mate and reproduce within a couple of months. Unquestionably, there are also some typical seabirds like the endangered and very rare Aegean seagulls as well as shags and herring gulls.
But there are not just birds, but some reptiles too. The lafiatis snake and the crocodile lizard are the most common ones on the island. As far as the mammals are concerned there are quite a few of them and are worth mentioning. Wild rabbits and hares are everywhere around the place, but they try to avoid human contact as they are afraid of us. Nonetheless, you may come across some of these cuties. In the sea three kind of dolphins and the Mediterranean monk seal Monachus-Monachus which is under protection can be spotted more often than not. Last but not least, striking sea turtles may approach your boat while you will be fishing to beg for a bite of your prey!