Mykonos beaches: 10 of the Greek island's best
In the heart of Greece's Cycladic chain of islands, Mykonos stands out like a whitewashed island paradise that continues to attract visitors from all over the globe with its cosmopolitan nightlife, accommodation ranging from camping to boutique hotels, and eclectic sightseeing options. Read on to explore the best beaches that Mykonos has to offer.
Top 10 Mykonos beaches
It's an added bonus that this popular Greek island is blessed with some of the most pristine beaches in the country. Ringed with turquoise waters, and sandy and rocky shorelines set in scenic landscapes, you're sure to find a beach on Mykonos to suit every taste.
1. Agios Sostis Beach
This beautiful sandy stretch is most likely to be crowd-free since it lacks lounge chair rentals and beach bars. Although the summer winds tend to hit the northern part of the island, on calm days you'll find yourself in tune with Greek island nature. There's a small restaurant - Kiki's - where a whole array of salads are served as well as fresh grilled fish and meats (take cash).
If you choose not to take a dip in the clear waters, then sit in the grounds of Agios Sostis church. Perched atop the hill, Saint Agios Sostis keeps a sleepy watch on all who use the bay around. It really is the perfect beach and place to experience complete relaxation
2. Agios Stefanos Beach
Named after the little chapel of Saint Stephen, situated at the tip of the bay, Agios Stefanos is within close proximity to Mykonos town. Families will love this beach with its shallow coastline and choice of tavernas nearby. It's also popular in the early evenings at sunset, offering views across Mykonos town and the uninhabited neighbouring UNESCO island of Delos, and the rocky outcrop of Rinia.
3. Psarou Beach
This white sand beach is the island's VIP destination where you'll always find a series of yachts moored. This is where the famous Nammos Restaurant organises daily summer beach parties, and you'll find yourself dancing like everyone else around you. As for grabbing that large posh sunbed that seems empty, don't bother - it's been secured in advance, likely for the entire summer, by someone who knows someone.
4. Panormos Bay
North of Mykonos town, this sandy beach - tucked between fertile land - offers two environments: an atmospheric beach bar and restaurant that rents out sunbeds, serves up cocktails, and plays loud and lively mixes or a fine sand beach at the other end with no facilities, just the view of the island's turquoise seas surrounded by nature. The bay is sufficiently large enough so that if it's quiet you're after you won't be affected by the livelier beach at the other end.
5. Paraga Beach
Since the sandy and once secluded Paraga Beach attracted the hippie crowd of the seventies, it's continued to evolve as one of the great places to party on the island. Here you'll find several beach bars that pump dance music throughout the day, while the area around the beach features all kinds of accommodation that typically attract a young, active crowd.
6. Paradise Beach
Paradise is the most famous party beach in Mykonos. If you're within walking distance of it, simply follow the music, which overtakes the crowds from day-to-night. It attracts a diverse, mostly young, international group looking to let loose from dusk till dawn.
7. Agrari Beach
Simple, pretty and peaceful, Agrari is known for its sparkling sea that gently meets a stretch of pebbly sand beach - a swimmer's paradise - with few hotels and some restaurants dotted around. Agrari beach reaches into neighbouring Elia Beach, and together they offer a calm, peaceful atmosphere surrounded by barren rocky hills that Mykonos is famous for.
8. Agios Ioannis Beach
Just west of Mykonos Town is the beach of Agios Ioannis, known for featuring in the hit movie Shirley Valentine, which was filmed here. At the time of filming the area was idyllic in that it was underdeveloped. Now you can expect to still enjoy the beach, but at a more luxurious level with sun loungers and cabanas. The ever-popular Hippy Fish Restaurant not only offers top quality Mykonian cuisine and fish, but also opens out almost onto the beach - a true Shirley Valentine experience.
9. Platis Gialos Beach
Platis Gialos is a colorful, friendly, small beach town that's bustling with holidaymakers and beach lovers. Several hotels and sea view restaurants hug the golden coastline that features shallow waters popular with families and young children. The beach itself is lined with sunbed rentals, beach cafes and water sports facilities.
10. Kalo Livadi Beach
South of Ano Mera, the second largest town in Mykonos, you'll find Kalo Livadi beach where a calm, sophisticated, and family-friendly vibe exists. Kalo Livadi, which translates to good valley, is literally named for its location at the end of a long valley.
However, it's the beach's picturesque and shallow shoreline that attracts visitors, and that's why it continues to be popular with families with young children. There's also a water sports area where you can rent a paddleboat, kayak or similar.
Whatever takes you to this beautiful island, there are clearly plenty of beaches in Mykonos to choose from, whether you're travelling as a couple, family or group. Remember to see what the weather in Mykonos is like, plus when we think is the best time to go to get the most out of your beach holiday.
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