Known predominantly for its signature windmills and wild parties, Mykonos is one of the most avant-garde Greek islands, part of the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea, serving as the dream destination to visitors from all around the world.
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Apart from its cosmopolitan nature and typical Cycladic aesthetic, Mykonos’ landscape is breathtaking, while its beaches are known to be some of the most magical in the world. Here, we present to you a guide to Mykonos’ beaches in order for you to experience the beauty of the island like a local.
Ornos beach - credits: fokke baarssen/Shutterstock.com
Protected from the strong winds Mykonos is infamous for, Ornos beach is one of the most family-friendly beaches of the island located just 2 km southwest of the lively town of Mykonos, in the picturesque setting of the village of Ornos, which has developed into one of the most popular tourist spots in recent years. The area offers an abundance of hotel rooms, cafes, taverns and fun activities, such as diving. The beach itself is enchanting, with its turquoise waters and fine white sand charming its visitors. The waters are shallow and usually calm, which is why families with small children favor it, while due to it being an organized beach, islanders have the luxury of lazy sunbathing while enjoying snacks and drinks served to them on the beach. Ornos beach is served by public transport and is easily accessible either by the new regional road or the provincial road linking Mykonos’ town with Agios Ioannis village. Because of its popularity, Ornos beach can get overcrowded, especially during high-season months. Therefore, bookings for all amenities are necessary, while trying to avoid rush hours might be the way to go. If, however, you plan to visit Mykonos during low-season months, look carefully at the sea and have your camera at hand; if you’re lucky you may encounter a seal!
Platis Gialos beach - credits: MevZup/Shutterstock.com
Platis Gialos is a seaside settlement located on the south of Mykonos, 4.5 km from the Chora (town) of Mykonos. The beach of Platis Gialos is the longest beach on the island, with endless golden sand on its shore, crystal-clear waters and many facilities attracting water sports enthusiasts. It is a fully organized beach, with umbrellas, sun lounges, showers, a beach bar, a lifeguard and changing rooms, offering guests every comfort they can possibly want. Platis Gialos is considered to be a family-friendly beach due to the fact that it’s easily accessible. The frequent bus service from the town of Mykonos along with its high-quality services and facilities, make Platis Gialos one of Mykonos’ top destinations. Despite its large size, most of the beach is covered by sun lounges with barely any space left for people that would prefer lying on the sandy shore, while it is infamous among the locals for being packed during summer months. An important perk of Platis Gialos beach is that right next to it, you can find the departure point of ships operating as taxis, transporting visitors to almost all of Mykonos' beaches, including Kalo Livadi, Elia, Paradise, and Super Paradise!
Psarou beach - credits: Aerial-motion/Shutterstock.com
Definitely one of the most - if not the most- popular beaches of Mykonos and Greece in general, Psarrou is known for its steep prices and socialite attendance, located 5 km from downtown Mykonos. It offers its guests smooth sand and brilliant, deep blue waters that don't get wavy due to the fact that the beach is enclosed by mountains. Psarou is ideal for swimming, sunbathing, but also engaging in fun water sports, as a diving school is located on its grounds, with jet skiing, fishing, being some of the activities that visitors can embark on. Psarou is famous for attracting movie stars, world-famous celebrities, and politicians, and securing a place on the beach has come to be an exhibition of power and wealth. Psarou beach is served by the famous Nammos restaurant, which is located by the sea and offers exquisite gourmet delicacies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Additionally, Psarou stays vibrant throughout the day, transitioning smoothly into a perfect nightlife spot where people can relax and sip their drinks with pleasant tunes and the sound of the sea as their background music. Visit Psarou by bus, car or the local boat from Ornos beach, but beware that if you forget to book sunbeds and umbrellas, you’ll spend your day waiting in line!
Elia beach - credits: saiko3p/Shutterstock.com
Elia beach has developed over the years a loyal fanbase that considers it as the most beautiful beach of Mykonos and for good reason; it offers everything anyone would want, including sun loungers and umbrellas, water activities, taverns, a beautiful view of the neighboring island of Naxos, facilities specifically designed for people with disabilities and free parking, among others. The beach of Elia, like most beaches of Mykonos, is defined by its soft golden sand and amazingly clean waters, while in certain parts of it, nudists are welcome. If you find yourself on Elia beach, don’t miss the opportunity to grab a bite at the Elia Restaurant, one of our personal favorite restaurants in Mykonos for its flawless Mediterranean cuisine and its use of high-quality, local ingredients. You can reach Elia by bus or boat from Platis Gialos in less than 45 minutes, for a cost of 2 €. Alternatively, you can reach the beach from Platis Gialos and from Ornos by boat; the ticket costs 7 € including the return.
Kalafatis beach - credits: lucamarimedia/Shutterstock.com
Kalafatis beach is located about 12 km east of Mykonos’ town. Despite it also being an organized beach, it is considerably cheaper than most of Mykonos’ beaches and gathers a much smaller crowd. It is a local favorite due to its blue-green water, golden sand, and idyllic landscape which includes lush trees decorating the beach perimetrically, while it is convenient for visitors who can find a number of hotels within walking distance. The beach is exposed to the stongs winds, making it an ideal spot for windsurfing and multiple other water sports, with a diving school providing visitors with the opportunity to discover the mystic Aegean sea underwater! You can access Kalafatis beach by car or by bus. Whether you’re looking for a fun relaxing time or an adrenaline rush, be sure that Kalafatis beach will satisfy your needs!
Super Paradise beach - credits: Aerial-motion/Shutterstock.com
Let’s start by saying that Super Paradise beach is not for everyone. If you’re looking for a family-friendly spot, cross it out of your list. If you’re at Mykonos for a romantic honeymoon, steer clear from it. If you’re after a relaxing, laid-back time, bid this beach goodbye. If, however, you’re in Mykonos for a good ol’ party time, then Super Paradise will make your dreams come true! Located 7 km from Mykonos’ town, you can access Super Paradise beach by the local boats from Platis Gialos beach or by car through a rather challenging road. It is worth the effort, though, because you will be rewarded with a breathtaking beach that matches the incredible aesthetic of all Greek islands and offers crystal clear waters. Along with Psarou, it is one of the most popular beaches of Mykonos and it is known for its nude-friendly stance. So if you’re a nudist, feel free to rid yourself of your restricting attire; you won't be stared at! On the famous beach of Super Paradise, you can find the Jackie O beach club along with the famous Super Paradise beach bar, where you can party all day and night!
Located between Kalafatis and Elia beach, 10 km away from Mykonos’ town and 2 km from Ano Mera, lies the beach of Kalo Livadi, another hotspot of the island that is, however, a lot more reserved than the beaches of Psarou and Super Paradise. It is yet again an organized beach that offers its visitors sunbeds and umbrellas, beach bars, changing rooms and showers, for them to enjoy the majestic landscape and brilliant waters of the beach in comfort. There is enough space, however, for people to lay their towels down on the sand as Kalo Livadi is one of the biggest beaches of Mykonos. In addition to Kalo Livadi attracting the youth of the island with its vibrancy, it is also much-loved by families because of the shallow, yet clean, waters of the beach and the calm vibe it exudes. Moreover, close to the beach, you can find various types of hotels and luxury resorts, as well as many traditional Greek taverns for you to try the world-renowned Greek cuisine. Access to Kalo Livadi is easy via the road network, while there is plenty of parking space for you when you reach your destination. Don’t hesitate to make the music from the lively beach bars of Kalo Livadi the soundtrack of your summer in Greece!
Agios Sostis beach - credits: Aerial-motion/Shutterstock.com
Far from the large crowds and the wild ways of the rest of the island and 7.5 km away from the Chora of Mykonos, lies the beach of Agios Sostis; our personal favorite beach of Mykonos that has remained unspoiled in the face of the great development of the island. A perfect destination for anyone that seeks tranquility, Agios Sostis beach is one of the few unorganized beaches of Mykonos, and apart from a single tavern at one end of the beach, it doesn't provide any other luxury. Therefore, make sure to come prepared with all the necessities for a full day of relaxation; we promise that the reclusive beach, with its long sandy shore and calm and clean waters that shimmer under the sun, will be completely worth it! Unfortunately, due to the secluded nature of Agios Sostis, you can access the beach only by car or taxi, as buses don’t reach it.
Panormos beach - credits: Aerial-motion/Shutterstock.com
Panormos beach in Mykonos is one of the only beaches on the north side of the island where swimming is possible. Famous for its clean waters that are less cold than in the rest of Mykonos, Panormos manages to remain a low-profile beach that despite the fact that in recent years it has grown increasingly popular, it hasn't lost its peaceful vibe and carefree quality. Being on the southern part of Mykonos means that although being the optimum location for surfing and watersports in general, on a particularly windy day, you should probably stay away from it. Panormos beach is an organized beach with the quirk that it doesn't provide its visitors with sun lounges, but only umbrellas. On the area, you can also find two restaurants and a beach bar, which is convenient for a lazy lie-in. Once again, Panormos is not serviced by public buses, so in order to get there, you need a private vehicle. When visiting the beach, don't miss the opportunity to also explore the village of Panormos; a picturesque village where can indulge in local food and a lot of shopping!
Ftelia beach - credits: lucamarimedia/Shutterstock.com
Close to Panormos, you can find another excellent beach, Ftelia, which is also ideal for surfing, windsurfing, and all sports that need wind as their fuel, as impressively tall waves are a common occurrence! When it’s not windy, the beach of Ftelia looks like a lagoon, a true oasis with its crystal-clear waters, its smooth golden sand and its landscape of unmatched beauty. It is one of the most alternative and cool beaches of Mykonos due to the crowd it gathers, with comfortable bean bags, free Wi-Fi, shower facilities and easy access by a car being only some of its advantages. In true Greek fashion, in Ftelia beach you can witness the rich history of Greece. The beach is divided into two, by rocks that stretch to the sea, where a prehistoric settlement of the Neolithic times dating back to 4,500 BC has been found. Additionally, it is considered possible that at the same spot lies the tomb of a hero of the Trojan War worshiped in Mykonos, which dates back to the archaic period.
Loving Mykonos is an acquired taste. It can get overpriced and overcrowded, however, the island is a truly diverse island that adapts to every visitor’s needs; you just need to know where to look! It is unique and charming, offering a unique experience one could not have anywhere else in the world.
If you’d like to visit as many beaches of Mykonos as possible, you can book a Mykonos sailing trip and experience a day out in the open sea of the Cyclades! In any case, if you have the opportunity to visit Mykonos, do it! You’ll leave with a beautiful tan, a mind full of memories and great stories to narrate to your friends and family for years to come!