Handmade sandals, cured ham & Petros the Pelican.
While strolling through the alluring alleys of Mykonos, you’ll encounter boutique after boutique selling local goods. Many are made for tourists and possibly NOT made in Greece. But here’s a list of Mykonos souvenirs that you should definitely take home, so that you’ll always have a piece of this vibrant island with you!
1. Mykonian Handmade Sandals
For anyone who loves the boho chic look, Mykonos sandals make the perfect fashion accessories and souvenirs you can actually put to use. Mykonos Sandals is a good place to look for sandals in various colors and sizes, for both men and women. This is also the oldest sandal shop on the island, the owners have been making their own handmade Greek sandals since 1948.
2. The Evil Eye = Mati
You’ll see many evil eyes throughout streets in Greece. Mati is an eye-shaped amulet believed to protect against the evil eye, which can be brought upon by those who are jealous or envious. This is one of the most popular souvenirs in Mykonos, don’t leave here without one! You can find them in most jewelry or souvenir shops.
3. Cured Ham = Louza
Louza is specifically from Mykonos, made from local pork. The part that’s cured into louza is the best filet from the back of the pig, and it’s marinated in salt for 24 hours then cooked in boiling water for 10-20 minutes. After flavoring with pepper and spices, the meat is dried under the sun. You’ll find these spicy sausages in most artisanal groceries.
4. Mykonian Shawls
Traditional Greek weaving is such a form of local art and craft, so getting a beautiful piece of handmade Mykonian shawl is a must. Check out Nikoleta Xidakis’ shop, located in Little Venice. Nikoleta and her daughter still hand make pieces sold in the boutique, ensuring this dying art is still kept alive with immense passion.
5. Petros the Pelican
Probably the most famous local celebrity is Petros, the Pelican. The great white pelican was found by a local fisherman in 1958. Wounded off the coast, Petros was nurtured to health and became the mascot of Mykonos. Petros means “rock” in Greek, but it also means “old and grumpy.” In 1985, he was killed by a car. But his spirit lives on in stuffed animals, and many memorabilia.
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