About

Cavo Paradiso History

Cavo Paradiso is the brainchild of creator and owner of the venue, Nikos Daktylides and is based on a lifelong  ambition to introduce to the island a recreational venue that takes advantage of the natural beauty, which one can find in abundance,in and around Mykonos.


After completing the initial build and suffering a nearly fatal accident on site, Nikos encountered a lot of skepticism from various people working in the mykonian nightlife. The main argument ,back in 1993,  was:

 “ Nobody will leave Mykonos town to go and party on an otherwise deserted hilltop”.
Well after 19 years of continuous success, we can safely say now, that they where wrong !


The architectural design was developed through various stages with total respect of the natural surroundings thus you get the feeling of being within nature and you appreciate the wild beauty that Mykonos Island and the Aegean archipelago has to offer.


The first years Cavo existed as an after hours party venue and first line-ups included the DEF MIX crew (Morales,     Knuckles & Tomiie),Louie Vega and Kenny Dope plus many others from the US house scene. Word was spread                 over quickly within the dance music industry and Cavo was on its way, on becoming the club it  is today.At the same

time, thanks to the efforts of Margharita Antonini (general Manager and  head of the promotions department since 1997),  the artist roster was getting more and more intense, showcasing a unique diversity of dance music genres.


Ever since the dawn of the millennium, Cavo Paradiso is regarded by music industry publications, artists and

clubbers, as one of the most impressive venues globally. It is regularly voted in the top club annual lists.



There have been many great memorable moments from Cavo’s rich party history including 

John Digweed's show in 2001, when he finished his set after 11 hours on the decks, at 3:30 in the afternoon and 

David Morales'es  40 th birthday (which  he celebrates in Mykonos since the club first opened in 1994). Back then,he had a surprise visit by Louie Vega and Frankie Knuckles, which ended up being a marathon back to back set between these 3 legends of house music.


Today, Cavo is characterized by probably the most intense summer schedule on the planet with back to back

events, involving the biggest djs on the scene, from the beginning of July until the the end of August.
Cavo’s main aspiration for the future is to continue  the tradition of being a venue striving for quality, diversity

and the need to satisfy the thousands of clubbers that visit  the club every year.

After all, we wouldn’t be where we are now, without them!


Djs who have appeared over the years from a-z

Above & Beyond , Adam Beyer , Alex Gaudino , Alex Neri , Andrea Rango , Armin Van Buuren , Axwell, Barem,

Benny Benassi , Booka Shade , CJ Mackintosh , Carl Cox , Chris Liebing , Chus  & Ceballos , Cirillo ,  Claudio Coccolutto , Clive Henry , Danilo Vigorito , Danny Howells , Danny Rampling , Danny Tenaglia , Dave Clarke ,Dave Piccioni , Dave  Seaman ,  David  Guetta ,  David Morales ,  Davide  Squillace ,  Dennis  Ferrer , Deep Dish , Dirty South , Dj Ralf , Dubfire , Emanuelle Inglese , Erick Morillo , Erick Prydz , Fabrizio Maurizi , Ferry Corsten , Felix Da Housecat , Francois K , Frankie Knuckles , Funkagenda , Gio Di Leva , Glenn Morisson , Graig Richards , Harry Romero , Hector Romero , Hernan Cattaneo , Jeff Mills , Jerome Syndenham , Joe Vannelli , Joeski , John Digweed , Jim  Masters , James Holden , Joachim Garraud , Gaiser , Josh Wink , Junior Vasquez , Junior Sanchez , Kaskade , Kenny Carpenter , LTJ Bukem , Laurent Garnier , Lello Mascolo , Loco Dice , Louie Vega , Luca Agnelli , Luca Bacchetti , Luciano , Magda ,  Marco  Bailey , Marco  Carola , Marco V ,  Mark  Knight , Markus  Schulz , The Martinez Brothers , Mathew  Dear , Matthias Tanzmann , Miss  Kittin , Misstress Barbara , Nicky Holloway , Nic  Fanciulli , Nick Curly , Nick Warren ,Onur Ozer , Paco Osuna ,Paolo Martini , Pasta Boys , Paul Harris , Paul Oakenfold , Paul Ritch , Paul Van Dyk , Phil Perry , Pete Tong , Quentin Harris , Raresh ,  Reboot , Ricardo Villalobos ,  Richard  F , Richie  Hawtin , Robert  Dietz , Roger Sanchez , Sander Kleinenberg , Sander Van Doorn , Sandy Rivera , Sasha , Satoshi Tomiie , Seth Troxler , Scarlet Ettienne , Seb Fontaine , Sebastian Ingrosso , Sharam , Sister Bliss , Smoking Jo , Steve Angello ,  Steve Bug , Steve  Lawler , Steve  Mantovani , Supernova , Sven Vath , Terry  Francis , Tiesto , Timmy  Regisford , Timo  Maas , Tino Venditti, Tom Stephan , Tony Humphries , Troy Pierce , Umek , Victor Calderone  and many others......................