The sheer beauty of Mykonos is a good enough reason for anyone to put the island high up on their bucket list. Glamorous, beautiful, and wild, it comes as no surprise that it has become the ultimate holiday destination for travelers around the world; after all, who can say ‘no’ to bright sunlight, crystal clear waters, sandy beaches, whitewashed houses, and a lively nightlife?
If you’ve finally decided to choose Mykonos for your holidays, it’s only natural that you want to get even the last detail of your trip right! Although it may seem easy, deciding where to stay in Mykonos and figuring out the best areas and hotels of the island is a rather challenging task.
For that reason, and because we’re only here to make your life a whole lotta easier, here we have gathered all the information you need to have in order to make an educated decision regarding your accommodation.
Mykonos Town or one of the beaches?
Mykonos Town - credits: ZGPhotography/Shutterstock.com
First things first, there is an important initial decision you must make and this is to choose between staying in Mykonos Town or one of its many gorgeous beach resorts. Despite not being a massive island, there is a clear distinction between the two areas and it all comes down to personal preference.
As one would expect, Mykonos Town is full to the brim with cafes, restaurants, taverns, bars, clubs and a wide selection of retails shops that add to the liveliness and vibrance of the area, yet can overwhelm visitors who look to relax and enjoy a much more calm vibe, as far removed from the big city life as possible. This is where most of the action takes place, where you’ll hear the most chatter while walking the whitewashed alleys, where you’ll come face to face with Hollywood celebrities, and where the hustle and bustle last through the night and until the first light of day.
On the plus side, you’ll be able to attend any party whenever you feel like it and have a couple of drinks without having to worry about your ride home as everything will be within walking distance. On the downside, you’ll be far from Mykonos’ marvelous beaches and will need a car to access any of them, meaning that’s you’ll be spending a chunk of your time every day in transportation.
Staying in one of the marvelous beach resorts of the island, will give you the opportunity to enjoy to the fullest the serene landscape of Mykonos, and spend your day swimming and relaxing, all while having a variety of beach bars and seaside restaurants catering to your needs.
You can follow our guide to Mykonos’ beaches to determine the best beach for you, however, living on the beach means that in order for you to reach Mykonos Town for evening entertainment, you will need at least 20 minutes by car. Add to that the time it will take you to find a parking spot and the fact that you’ll need to be extra careful of your alcohol consumption, and you have yourself a major party downer.
All in all, as a rule of thumb, if you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing time, or you are visiting Mykonos with your family, a beach resort is what you’re after. If, on the other hand, you want to party like it’s 1999, then maybe Mykonos Town will be a wiser choice for you.
Staying in Mykonos Town
As already mentioned, Mykonos Town, or Chora, as locals call it, is an excellent choice for your accommodation, especially if large crowds, busy streets, and partying are your thing. My absolute favorite element of Mykonos Town is its picturesque and small pedestrian-only streets that carry a charm that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. From the old port and the trademark Windmills to the magical district of Little Venice, the beauty of the island will blow your mind, while the numerous hotels, taverns, bars, and shops will make sure to keep you entertained for as long as you stay.
Of course, being the island’s capital, Mykonos Town has a number of notable cultural attractions, such as the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos and the Aegean Maritime Museum, and an open-air cinema that will excite its cinephile visitors. If you want to stay in Mykonos Town but don’t have a means of transportation for your swimming endeavors, no worries! There are bus connections to all of Mykonos’ beaches for your convenience!
The top 3 hotels in Mykonos Town
Staying at Ornos Beach
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One of the most popular, and subsequently most crowded, beaches in Mykonos is Ornos, located around 3-4km south of Mykonos Town. This gorgeous organized beach provides its guests with comfortable sun lounges, while the luxurious hotels and restaurants surrounding it are more than a few, making Ornos beach an ideal place for anyone to stay.
Talking from experience, the eateries right by the waters of Ornos Beach, in particular, are one better than the other and cater to foodies worldwide. Although being favored by families due to its calm waters and sheltered coast, the incredible sunset views the beach offers is the ideal setting for a romantic getaway, so if you’re visiting Mykonos as a couple, you don’t need to think twice about residing there!
As if that wasn’t enough, Ornos Beach is a 5-minute walk to the more secluded yet windier Korfos beach, so the location provides Mykonos’ visitors with a much-appreciated choice. Thankfully, there are lots of buses to and from Mykonos Town so access is easy; key if you’re thinking about exploring the island thoroughly!
Top 3 hotels at Ornos Beach
Staying at Platis Gialos Beach
Platis Gialos Beach - credits: MevZup/Shutterstock.com
Arguably one of the best beach choices in Mykonos and many people’s favorite, the beach of Platis Gialos is also an incredible place for your accommodation as its yummy restaurants, nightlife and mesmerizing, golden beach is bound to make even the most demanding of visitors fall in love with it.
A little further out south from Ornos Beach at around 4 km away from Mykonos Town, it manages to have the right balance of being vibrant and central while also being chill and relaxing. Its diversity in things to do, see and eat, make Platis Gialos Beach popular among all age groups, while the watersports it offers attract watersport fans like bees to honey.
You can enjoy kayaking, paddleboarding, wakeboarding, and flyboarding, before eating local delicacies in one of the top-quality eateries of the area and going to Mykonos Town for a night of dancing. Both busses and water taxis can take you downtown and to other beaches respectively, so once again, convenience is a top priority!
Top 3 hotels at Platis Gialos Beach
Staying at Agios Ioannis Beach
The absolute best place to catch the sunset, Agios Ioannis beach is a more offbeat location that doesn’t however lack in things to do in Mykonos.
Another organized beach, its lovely sun lounges give the opportunity to enrich your swimming adventure with comfort and luxury. Again, the restaurants and taverns that surround it all offer mouthwatering local dishes and are a contributor to a cozy yet vibrant vibe everyone who visits seems to get enamored by.
Despite being far from Mykonos Town, Agios Ioannis Beach is served by several bus routes daily, while it is located within a 20-minute walk from the isolated and magical cove of Kapari beach.
Top 3 hotels at Agios Ioannis Beach
Staying at Psarrou Beach
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There is no chance of you not having heard about the infamous Psarrou Beach before. Known for its outrageous prices and glamor, Psarrou Beach has been the host of the rich and famous for years.
Its blue-green waters and long dandy coast only add to the allure of the beach, while the excellent beach bars and restaurants around the beach make it a haven from real life. Although there are watersports offered on-site, Psarrou is known or its elegance and its calming vibe, and it is therefore favored by honeymooners and couples who look to spend some quality time with their significant other.
Additionally, as it is protected by the persisting winds that are a common problem for the island, Psarrou Beach is also perfect for families with little kids!
Top 3 hotels at Psarou Beach
Staying at Elia Beach
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A personal favorite, last but not least in the ‘beach resorts’ category, Elia Beach is peaceful, quiet, sandy, clean, and everything you’ll ever want from a place to host your vacations. Although it is not as easily accessible as the rest of Mykonos’ beaches, and you can only reach it by boat via the village of Ano Mera during the high season months, Elia Beach is worth the effort and will reward you with a calm mind and tanned skin.
You can find only one restaurant in the area, it is however one of the best on the island and offers fresh seafood dishes of unique taste and quality. A 10-minute walk to the west will bring you to the tiny Agrari beach, where you’ll find another couple of eateries and another gorgeous setting.
Top 3 hotels at Elia Beach
Staying in Ano Mera
If you want to follow a completely alternative route and neither staying in Mykonos Town nor at one of Mykonos’ beaches sounds appealing, then the only other place to go is the village of Ano Mera, second in size to Mykonos Town.
Located in the middle of the island, around 8km from the port, Ano Mera is a typical island village that is worth your time due to its beautiful aesthetics and unique character. Its emblematic main square, its traditional taverns, and old-time cafes, and the awe-inspiring 16th-century monastery of Tourliani can’t help but charm anyone who makes the effort to visit it.
If you want to marvel at the heart-stopping views of the village and the monastery, drive to the nunnery of Paleokastro, located on a hill just outside Ano Mera. Despite being an offbeat location, Ano Mera is connected to Mykonos Town via regular bus routes, while it also connected with the beaches of Kalo Livadi and Kalafati, something that will benefit those who decide to pick Ano Mera for their stay.
One thing you need to keep in mind is that despite Ano Mera having a few hotels, none are particularly luxurious. However, that is a small price to pay considering you’ll be staying in one of the most authentically beautiful regions on the island!
Top 3 hotel in Ano Mera
No pressure, but whether you’re staying in Mykonos for a day or a month, the area and hotel you’ll choose will play a significant role in the quality of your vacations, so you need to pick wisely.
In any case, having a bad time in Mykonos is virtually impossible, so if you follow our guide, you’ve got nothing to worry about! We hope that you enjoy your stay to the fullest and fall in love with Mykonos just as much as we have! Until next time!