Who says that Mykonos is not a family-friendly island? We are here to tell you a much different story.
The Greek island of Mykonos is famous worldwide for its crazy nightlife and its endless parties, but there is always the opposite side to the coin.
Despite the fact that many consider it to be an odd choice for family vacations, Mykonos certainly is a summer destination for you and your little ones.
Follow this article's suggestions and make sure your time on the 'island of the winds' will be a lovely addition to your family photo album!
How to access Mykonos for families
Holidays with the whole family mean relaxation, comfort, efficiency, and flexibility. Therefore, a destination that qualifies for those standards is the one that guarantees you are going to have a smooth, trouble-free experience.
Now, add to the picture the Greek islands, and the idea becomes even more appealing. However, getting to the Greek islands could prove to be more difficult than expected, depending on your children’s age and weather conditions.
If you choose Mykonos, though, you definitely must not worry anymore. Due to its tourist popularity, Mykonos has direct flights from most of the world's international airports.
Forget about unnecessary transfers and ferry lines, hop on your chosen airline, and find yourselves directly in the magic of the Aegean Sea.
For those that have to take the ferry, though, fear not! Mykonos has the most frequent connection to every port in Greece, especially Athens, with many options for you to choose from (conventional lines, fast ferries, flying dolphins, etc.)
How to choose your hotel on the party island
To avoid surprises and keep your holidays relaxing, do your research in advance and select the best family hotels out of the many options.
Your options are literally endless since almost all the villages of Mykonos island have luxurious, modern facilities to accommodate the needs of every traveler.
Despite the fact that you can find your temporary home on one of the most popular, sandy, and family-friendly beaches on the island, it would be a much wiser idea to search for a hotel in the northern part of the island.
There, you can find less crowded sandy beaches and a more family-friendly atmosphere. Enjoy a swim in the pristine turquoise waters of the island and round up your day at a local taverna where your family can taste the riches of Mediterranean cuisine.
The best beaches in Mykonos for families
Location is everything on the island of Mykonos. If you are not in the mood for loud music, beach parties, and watersports, Mykonos has other alternative options too.
If you want to stay close to Mykonos town, or even within walking distance from it, Ornos beach, as well as the beaches of Agia Anna or Aghios Ioannis, might be the best choice.
Located in the south part of the island, these long-stretching sandy beaches are well protected from the northern winds, making them a kid’s paradise.
Let yourself loose to the beauty of your surroundings and have your children play in the calm waters of those beaches.
For those who want to take the extra step, the unexploited beach of Ftelia, Agios Sostis, or Fokos is waiting for you.
Here is a more detailed breakdown of the best beaches in Mykonos for families.
Ornos beach is located in a picturesque settlement with a small sheltered harbor and clear sea and is one of the busiest family beaches on the island.
It has hotels, rooms, beach bars, restaurants, and a diving school.
Ornos beach is 2 km from Mykonos Town, or Chora, and belongs to the southern beaches of Mykonos island.
Psarou beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Mykonos, where socialites gather. The beach is enclosed by mountains and thus protected from the winds.
Although known for its extravagant prices, Psarou beach remains a beautiful beach perfect for families who have the budget to enjoy it.
Agios Ioannis Beach
Agios Ioannis beach lies on a settlement located on the island's southwest side, 5 km from Mykonos Town. It is an organized beach with soft golden sand and is ideal for families.
Agios Ioannis beach is most known across the world for being the place that hosted the romantic comedy 'Shirley Valentine.' It is a quiet beach with restaurants and family hotels.
Kalafatis "the sports beach." Here you can practice all the water sports as well as good food under the tamarisk trees.
Elia beach is the largest beach on the island and is quite popular with fine sand, easy access, and lots of people.
Large hotel units, as well as small family hotels, exist on the 8 km long Elia beach, so you can rest assured that during your visit there, you and your family will be cared for.
Agrari beach is a beautiful sandy beach organized with sunbeds, umbrellas, and water sports. The road is downhill, and the beach is considered one of the most beautiful on the island.
It is a little more secluded for those who want to avoid crowds and has a fanatical following.
Agia Anna Beach
Mykonos beach - credits: Aerial motion/Shutterstock.com
Agia Anna beach is located near Paraga (there is another beach with the same name). It is a beach that transports you to another era.
Among its assets is the fact that it has a view of Delos, while it also has organized camping.
It is one of the busiest beaches with clear waters and fine sand. On it, you will find sunbeds, umbrellas, and a beach bar.
Agios Stefanos Beach
Mykonos port during sunset - credits: _In_Green/Shutterstock.com
Located near Mykonos town, Agios Stefanos beach is very popular with families due to its shallow waters, soft sand, and the ability to protect its guests against winds.
Nevertheless, the area that surrounds Agios Stefanos beach is crowded as many restaurants are situated nearby. Several other watersport options exist in the area.
Pro tip: Agios Stefanos beach is an awesome location to catch the sunset.
Kalo Livadi Beach
Mykonos - credits: Stavrarg/Shutterstock.com
Kalo Livadi beach is large and popular and is located between Elia and Kalafati, in the southern part of the island.
Kalo Livadi possesses a delightful party vibe but is not considered among the island's official party beaches like Paradise beach and Super Paradise beach, where the loud music takes away from the scenic view.
Families are drawn to this beach because it is shallow with beautiful sand and has great cafes and restaurants nearby. This is ideal for parents who like lively beaches.
Panoramic view of Mykonos - credits: Aetherial_Images/Shutterstock.com
Kapari beach is located next to the beach of Ai Giannis and boasts fine sand and a view of Delos. The beach is a favorite of locals and sophisticated socialites.
It's not organized. However, it offers a striking sunset view, crystal clear waters, and big rocks you can spend hours of fun jumping into the sea from.
The beach is located on the west side of the island, and it takes a bit of a walk to get there; a little walk is always part of a successful family vacation!
Mykonos from the top - credits: bmphotographer/Shutterstock.com
Lia beach stretches on a long road, but tits coarse sand and emerald waters will reward you. The beach is organized with restaurants, beach bars, and sunbeds. It is located 11.5 km from Mykonos Town.
Platys Gialos Beach
Platy Gialos is people's firm favorite beach, especially if you are on a family holiday and want to enjoy a day on the beach with your kids.
It's about a 10 – 15 minutes drive from Mykonos Town, and it has a perfect tourist infrastructure, with a large number of family-friendly hotels and beach restaurants.
Things to do in Mykonos with kids
Catch the highlights of the island and Mykonos Town
The island of Mykonos is more than meets the eye, and a family vacation there will reveal just that.
Despite not being the biggest of the Greek islands, its wealth of key points and places worth visiting make it overwhelming for families to explore it to its full potential.
Especially since all points of reference are not located within walking distance from one another.
Thankfully, in that case, you and your family can join us on a Mykonos Highlights: Half-Day Private Tour with Transportation that will take you around the very best of what the island has to offer in comfort so that your little ones have no reason but to spend a cheerful day with no complaints.
Delve into Greek cuisine with a hands-on cooking class
Greek cuisine has received praise from all over the world. The fresh, high-quality produce and simple cooking techniques create an unbeatable outcome full of flavor and nutrition.
As a result, another amazing activity you can indulge in with your kids is a Mykonos Traditional Cooking Class with transportation.
This fun and educational activity will bring you and your kids close to Greek nature and offer valuable insight into Greek culture and everyday life through delicious creations.
By the end of your cooking class, you will have before you several traditional Greek dishes you have created yourselves, and you'll get to eat them at a Greek feast that will become the best childhood memory!
Have a day cruise in the Aegean sea
What is the best place for a family rather than the island of a divine family? Two small islands of enormous cultural and historical significance float just next to Mykonos in the Aegean Sea.
The smaller one, Delos, is the motherland of two Olympian Gods. According to the legend, Leto, the Titaness, after getting pregnant by Zeus, tried desperately to find a safe place to give birth, away from the fury of Hera.
After many adventures, she found the island of Delos, and with the company of the rest of the goddesses, she gave birth to the Divine Twins, Apollo the Lightbringer, and Artemis the Calliste (the best one).
The small island of Delos quickly became a major pilgrimage site of antiquity and one of the richest sanctuaries of the ancient world.
Temples honoring the miraculous birth of the twins with lavish offerings from all over Greece were to be found on the island.
As Delos was one of the most sacred lands on the earth, no one was allowed to die on the island. Therefore, the nearby Rineia came to be a large necropolis.
Starting from the port of Mykonos, there are daily-offered day cruises that will get you to those sacred, uninhabited islands.
Explore the impressive ancient ruins of Delos, and walk on ancient streets as you witness villas, theatres, and temples of the ancient world.
After leaving the island, head to Rineia and dip yourselves into the pristine, untouched waters of the island.
The turquoise waters, combined with the arid wilderness, will enchant you and make your trip unforgettable.
Is Santorini or Mykonos better for families?
Santorini offers a number of sightseeing tours, such as excavation sites for exploring a day trip around an ancient village, wineries tours, and boat trips around the volcano.
What's more, it boasts unique beaches you won't get to see anywhere else in the world.
On the other hand, Mykonos offers wonderful landscapes, scenic walks, and extravagant luxury. Its beaches are gorgeous and typical of the Greek islands.
All in all, while Santorini may be richer in history and striking views, it is most likely that Mykonos will suit best people looking for a family vacation due to the more family-friendly beaches and easier accessibility it has compared to the volcanic island.
How many days Mykonos with kids?
As with any family vacation in any part of the world, visiting Mykonos with kids is best enjoyed if you have around five days or more to spend on the island.
This way, your experience will not be rushed, and you and your kids will get to explore Mykonos to its full potential, gaining insight into Greek culture and getting the chance to know the locals and discover their way of life.
Agios Sostis beach, Mykonos - credits: Aerial motion/Shutterstock.com
Mykonos, the Queen of Cyclades, is so much more than just partying and a celebrity lifestyle.
For those that want to enjoy the beauty of the Aegean Sea with their families, Mykonos island is often a disregarded destination.
Waste no more time. Plan your own trip to Mykonos and pack your family suitcases to the most iconic Greek island or check out the rest of our Greece tours.
Tavern al fresco, Mykonos - credits: PBphotos/Sespositphotos.com
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