Want to see one beach each day of your vacation in Mykonos? Then plan on staying for more than a month. Mykonos has a beach for every taste and day. We have Family Beaches, Sporting Beaches, Quiet Beaches, Party and Nude Beaches, Celebrity Beaches, Rugged Beaches and even Beaches in or near town! Here’s the list. Good luck exploring and take your sun screen!
The Family Beaches
A great place for families. Plenty of tavernas for lunch or dinner. I often take a quiet early morning dip here and stay for breakfast at Konstantine. The photograph also shows Korfos Bay in the distance which has Parasailing for the sport members of your family. The village of Ornos offers everything from grocery supermarket to nail salons and spas.
Platis Gialos is 3 km. from the Chora. This is where an 8 minute bus ride from town drop you to take a small boat (kaiks) to Paradise, Super Paradise, Elia and Agrari Beaches It has many hotels, restaurants, taverns and shops and is well organized. It is also easy to walk to Psarou Beach and Paranga Beach from here. The Palace Hotel and Petinos offer traditional greek dancing shows some evenings. Call ahead to find out which nights.
This beach is within view of Tourlos Harbor and just northwest of the chora. The seashore is shallow and good for small children. You will find a couple of tavernas nearby. You can catch a bus from the beach to and from town.
Agios Ioannis is named after the nearby church. You will find some sunbeds and umbrellas and part without. It can be windy some days, but has a wonderful sunset view of Delos and Rhenia islands. It is an easy beach access for children. I highly suggest you go to Hippie Fish to eat! It is where Shirley Valentine was filmed. You will have a great sunset view towards Delos from there… and great food!.
This beach is located 10km from the Chora and 2km from Ano Mera village. It’s been a favorite of Mykonians for years when the tourists didn’t know it was there. They are making their way there now. You will find three restaurants on the beach. Solymar serves excellent food! After a swim, you can also drive a couple of minutes further towards Kalifati and follow signs for Marko’s Fish Taverna for seafood caught by the owner and his son.
Panormos is about 7km from the Chora on the north side of Mykonos. You can reach it from the road leading to Ano Mera. The far end allows nude sun bathing, but the rest is good for families and not crowded. There is a taverna directly on the beach, but I do suggest you take a short walk over to Albatros Club Hotel for lunch. It is family operated and serves wonderful food, much of it home grown by the owners.
This is on the south west side of the island close to Ornos and Agios Ioannis with a few hotels surrounding it. It is small, quiet, part sand and part pebbles and has a few sunbeds and umbrellas. It’s good for snorkeling. There are no taverns.
The Celebrity Beach
Psarou is 5km from the Chora and famous for attracting Greek glitterati and international VIPs. Most visitors love the well organized, sandy beach, especially in front of well known Nammos Restaurant. Make sure you reserve your bed and lunch well in advance. Even when reserving a sunbed, it will probably not be right in front at the sea unless you have connections and tip well.
The Nude/Semi-Nude & Party Beaches
Elia is one of the largest beaches on the island. Both gay and hetero sun worshipers enjoy this lovely beach. It is protected from the north winds and faces Naxos island. You will find 3 restaurants and a tavern, sunbeds and umbrellas, ski and jet-ski sports. The nude section is at the end and along the rocks toward Agrari beach. There is a bus from the town or you can travel by boat from Platys Gialos beach.
Paraga is a popular hetero and gay beach with nudity on the far right if you are facing the sea. It can be reached by boat from Platys Gialos or by car (lots of parking). It is about 15 minutes walking from Platys Gialos and 10 minutes walking from paradise if you prefer the exercise. Paraga is on the south side of the island protected from winds. You will find restaurants and taverns here which get loud with music pumping from about 5pm.
Who hasn’t heard of Paradise and Super Paradise Beaches? They are the two that come to mind for most tourists, especially the young crowd looking for a party. The Tropicana Club is where the party begins. The music pumps loud from lunch and progressively gets louder around 4 and into the night. Lots of table top dancing and drinking going on here until all hours. Then there is Cavo Paradiso, a 3000-capacity open-air clifftop club overlooking the sea, top international DJs keep the poolside crowd dancing well after sunrise.t has three stages and a swimming pool. Full moon parties are popular here. It
Facing the beach, on the far left is Jackie O Beach which took over what used to be CoCo’s . It is beautifully designed with a pool, terraced restaurant, open bar, hot tub and lounges. Around 4pm through sunset you will find fun gay drag shows by the pool. Below, by the rocks at the beach is mostly gay and nude. The middle and opposite end is a mix of nude and prude.
Beaches At Or Close To Town
Chora Old Port Beach
This beach is convenient if you want a swim but don’t have time to get to the bigger beaches of Mykonos. It’s right by the main entrance to the Chora, so don’t plan on any privacy as everyone walks by in and out of town. It’s not used by many.
Agios Haralambos (near Mykonos windmills)
This is a very tiny beach named after the church situated directly above it. It is within walking distance of the famous windmills. It’s good if you want a swim close to town and don’t want to travel by car or boat.
Megali Ammos Beach is the closest large beach to the Chora. If you walk about 600 meters south from the windmills you will find it. It is quiet and uncrowded but windy. There are no umbrellas. Nikos Annas traditional restaurant taverna is located at right side of the beach. Bil and Coo Hotel is located at the left end of the beach (facing sea).
The Sporting Beaches
Korfos is a windy beach best suited for wind sports. There is a nice wind surf business now thriving here. It is located right at Ornos town with lots of village conveniences. Ornos Beach is a 5 minute walk from Korfos and more organized for family swimming. There are no chairs and umbrellas due to the winds on Korfos Bay. Ornos beach is on the protected south side. Directly across from Korfos beach is a large soccer field and running track hidden by a large concrete wall. You can take a run in there if it’s not being used by the soccer clubs. The one image above shows you an aerial view of both beaches and the soccer field (green square patch by Korfos bay).
Kalifati Beach is the furthest away from the Chora at 12 km. This beach has been awarded the blue flag for many years. To do this, a beach must meet 32 criteria including cleanliness, organization, information and safety. There is a diving center and windsurfing school here. (It is a windy family beach). The Aphrodite Beach Resort is above the beach. There’s a row of trees for shade lining the back of the beach and plenty of sunbeds. Close by at Divounia is the only original fishing village. Go to Marco’s Fish Taverna for seafood.
Ftelia is a large, sandy, very windy beach most of the year, that attracts international windsurfers. It is not a swimming beach and has no beds. There are two tavernas nearby.
The Quiet Beaches
Because this beach is so close to the large Tourlos Port, I would not recommend it for swimming. The water is not as clean as other locations, it’s small and undeveloped. It is, however, a 15 minute walk (1.km) to the Chora. Further north on the road is Agios Stephanos beach which is used more by families.
Agia Anna Beach
This undeveloped, small beach is next to Kalifati Beach and Divounia which is where you will find the only fishing village on the island. They will soon be tearing down this village to make way for large development. Right now you can still enjoy seafood at Marco’s Taverna.
Take the road towards Panormos Beach and watch for the turnoff just before Panormos. It is an undeveloped beach that allows nudity. There is also a very tiny beach located below Kiki’s Taverna. Visit the lovely old Agios Sostis church next to Kiki’s Taverna.
Agrari is a small, quiet beach 8km. from town that has a difficult road to travel by car. You can take a 5 minute walk over rocks (for the adventurous) or take the boat from Platys Gialos. There are sunbeds, umbrellas and water sports. It’s for those who desire a smaller, less crowded sandy beach.
Lia beach is quiet (no music at all), with sunbeds well spread out. Note that if you have children, the water is very deep close to the beach. The beach itself is pebbly, not sandy. Liasti restaurant is loved by many for it’s seafood and organic food. There’s also a diving school here.
Agia Anna – Paraga
This beach is right next to Paraga Beach with a view of Platis Gialos Beach. Agia Anna Paraga is quiet and simple. You get there by taking the road to Paraga Beach. There are a few sunbeds and two restaurants. Family operated Nikolas tavern has offered homemade traditional food since the grandfather opened it in 1967.Much of his produce comes from their farm. The other restaurant offers italian dishes.
Rugged or Undeveloped Beaches
Kapari, 5km from town, is gradually becoming more known. Find Agios Ioannis church and continue walking down a steep hill. There are no facilities at this beach and no shade.
Houlakia is a rocky beach that is not frequented for swimming. It is 4km north of the Chora along the main road.
Fokos, 11km from the Chora, faces north and is undeveloped. If you want a quiet beach with no crowds, then this is it. It has Fokos Taverna which serves good traditional Greek fare.
Mersini is a very isolated beach over the hill from Fokos. You may find yourself completely alone here.
Merchia & Plyntiria
These pebble and stone beaches are located on the windy northern side of Mykonos about 4km from Ano Mera. Very few tourists find their way here.
Another beach for the adventure seeker. You will only arrive at this beach with a 4×4. It is past Lia beach and quite isolated.
Frangia, on the southeast side of the island is best reached by sea. There are no direct roads to it. You can however, get there by car and foot. Follow the route to Lia beach and just before you have reached it, turn left on a concrete small bridge. Continue on a concrete road. After a short while it becomes a dirt track. Continue on the the dirt track, passing by Tsangari beach on your right. Soon after you will see a huge rock, take the dirt track on the right. Continue until you have reached a closed door after the last house. Park your car and get ready for a short walk on the dirt track leading to the beach that you can see on your right. Bring your own supplies.
Tigani Beachs Pano & Kato
These beaches are 15km from the Chora on the east side of the island. It is a small cove with pebbly beach better reached from sea. Another place you will be isolated.
This is definitely for the hardy explorer. Vathia Langada is 15 km from the Chora and difficult to access.
Plaka Tou Patera
This beach is found between Ornos and Agios Ioannis beaches. You will find a very small, isolated bay here for those who want to be alone.
Want to see one beach each day of your vacation in Mykonos? Then plan on staying for more than a month.