Set on the side of a cliff, overlooking achingly blue Aegean waters, Cavo Paradiso is the ultimate party paradise. It's not only Greece’s longest running club but also its most famous, and helped establish the island of Mykonos as a hedonistic summer retreat for party-goers from around the globe.
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Location: Mykonos, Greece
YOU can’t talk about Cavo Paradiso without mentioning where it’s situated. On a rock overlooking the Aegean Sea, it lives up to its name; peeking out over a 100-foot cliff above crystalline blue waters you won’t see until the sunrise, which remains one of the most incredible clubbing experiences on the Mediterranean, the club also has a view onto the island of Delos, where legend has it Apollo, the god of music himself, was born.
Cavo Paradiso’s big indoor space and poolside terrace — all armed with a Funktion-One soundsystem — are both designed to be at one with the island’s natural beauty, making it a key place for sunrise parties, full-moon parties, fireworks, and, of course, those all important selfies. The club’s sheer beauty has helped make it a magnet for a wide range of DJs too, from the likes of Ricardo Villalobos and Chris Liebing going deep into techno country, to the Steve Aokis and Diplos of the world escalating the space to the extravagant heights of utopian, bacchanal EDM. Few clubs in the world bring together this level of international talent with deeper and more discerning sounds, all next to such overpowering ancient history and natural beauty.
Location: Mykonos, Greece
Cavo Paradiso is a place to go and soak up a blissful Mediterranean view, warm sunny days and balmy, starry nights. Located on top of a 30-meter cliff face washed by the Aegean Sea, it has one room and a terrace with a Funktion-One soundsystem, but what’s so majestic about it is how it manages to incorporate the island's natural beauty into its design.
As such it has a lush feel, with a big pool surrounded by bars, cool blue lighting and thousands of music-loving party people who get to dance in the natural elements. They are treated to a wide mix of artists and get to party late enough to see the sun rise from the horizon, which always makes for special moments and makes it an essential place to visit for any discerning clubber. Ricardo Villalobos, Marco Carola and Sven Väth have brought techno in the last year, while DJ Snake, The Chainsmokers and Steve Aoki have brought more big room sounds.
The last year has also seen the VIP area redesigned, while a continued focus on regional acts has also been important for the club’s Stathis Lazarides. “We have always supported our local and national DJs and give them new opportunities,” he explains. “We believe they play a vital role to the success of our shows.”
Location: Mykonos, Greece
The most famous club in Greece by some distance, Cavo Paradiso has been operating for 25 years. Back in 1993, enterprising owner Nikos Daktylides built the club on a site once occupied by a farmer’s single room hut. Initially an after-hours venue, its pedigree was strong from the start, with bookings including house music originals Frankie Knuckles, Satoshi Tomiie and David Morales (the Def Mix crew) and Louie Vega. Now, the bookings are diverse — in 2017, techno DJs Hito, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Nicole Moudaber, Joseph Capriati, Dubfire and Chris Liebing played, plus trap wizard DJ Snake, EDM types Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Benny Benassi and Nervo, and house selectors Duke Dumont, Roger Sanchez and Jamie Jones.
Perched on a 150-foot high cliff-top overlooking the Aegean Sea, the views are spectacular from this partly open-air venue, which takes full advantage of its idyllic island climate. Inside, the venue is built from natural wood and stone, while outside, revelers dance around a pool to a state-of-the-art Funktion One soundsystem. The parties last all night till the sunrise — a spectacular sight, and one of the reasons Cavo is known all over the world.
It’s says something special about a club when it books dance music royalty from across the spectrum. But Cavo Paradiso in Mykonos is a place like few others in the world, born out of a farmer’s old single-room hut on the edge of a rocky cliff overlooking the Aegean sea.
Owner Nikos Daktylides was smart to see its potential, launching Cavo as an after-hours venue in 1993 that catered almost exclusively to underground house stars like David Morales, Frankie Knuckles and Satoshi Tomiie. Because today it’s easily one of the most loved venues in dance music, developing into a multi-level, open-air venue that packs in as many as 4,000 clubbers a night through the summer.
Fireworks boom overhead as bikini-clad clubbers dance by the pool to acts as varied as Marco Carola, Armin van Buuren, Black Coffee, Kygo, Richie Hawtin, Skrillex, Sven Väth, Adam Beyer, Nina Kraviz, and The Chainsmokers — of whom played the cavernous main room in the past year, a place that glows opal as the sun rises over the back of the dancefloor come morning.
Cavo’s come a long way from its sleepy origins, but after 24 years it’s still a slice of Greek cliffside paradise.
Cavo Paradiso, as its name suggests, is built into a cliff-face overlooking the Aegean sea on the Greek island of Mykonos. It’s not just its location, however, that’s cavernous but also its size: holding 3000 clubbers over multiple levels. Despite its idyllic setting, the club is anything but peaceful when at full-swing with a JBL Dance 5 soundsystem on its main dancefloor and enough pyrotechnics to rival some festivals.
Since opening in 1993, Paradiso has become one of the island clubbing hotspots, drawing a variety of international DJs. Owner Nikos Daktylides’ bookings have encompassed everything from crowd-pleasing EDM, deep house and heads-down techno.
In the past year, Ilario Alicante, Martin Solveig, Ricardo Villalobos, Magda, Fatboy Slim, David Morales and Nervo have all made appearances. It’s a tricky act to pull off: reeling in enough revellers to fill a venue of its considerable size — almost twice as large as Ministry of Sound — while also bringing in revered selectors to appeal to dance music aficionados. But then a club that’s practically hanging off a cliff-edge is probably used to balancing acts.