Mykonos boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. The best sandy beaches can be found on the south coast. The golden sandy beach Paradise is here with live shows starting at 4pm at its bars and restaurants and parties keeping well in the morning hours at Paradise club located on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea.
Super Paradise smaller and less developed is nearby. While it is not accessible by public transport you can drive there and dare the steepest hill you have seen. If you prefer a safer landing on the beach try one of the scheduled fisherman boats that visit most of the beaches on a regular time-schedule for a small fee. Once there you will notice the nudist section at the one end of the beach and the busy bar restaurant on the other.
Closer to Mykonos town you will find Ornos beach that carries a Blue Flag and is mostly family orientated. A lot of travellers prefer to book accommodation here instead of busy Mykonos town which is only 2.5 km away.
Aghios Ioannis with its beautiful tavernas by the sea is a small bay that became famous when featured in the movie ‘’Shirley Valentine’’ perfect for snorkelling activities. Plati Gyalos resort is a 20 minute ride on public transport from Mykonos town and has one of the most beautiful beaches, with a great variety of restaurants, tavernas, bars, watersports and beautiful luxury accommodation and traditional hotels. Psarou beach is next door and is one of the loveliest beaches on the island whose glory peaked in the 80’s and is more popular with Greeks. In Plati Gyalos you will also find the terminal station for the fishing boats that take you around to the most remote beaches like Elia.
Elia beach on the south coast is characterised by fine sand, beautiful people and easy access by any transport, though it is much further than most beaches. It has become recently a popular gay friendly destination. It is a prestigious beach offering 5 star accommodation and beautiful restaurants.
Paragka beach is smaller, cuter, overlooks Delos Island and gathers all the trendy crowds, often becoming overcrowded especially during the peak of the summer season in July and August.
Megali Ammos beach is a walking distance from Mykonos town is not particularly popular because it can often be windy and the sea has rock formations that make swimming difficult. However, it is a convenient beach to sunbathe or visit when feeling lazy to travel further. You will also find that there is free public wi-fi available as well as a small taverna with outside grill.
On the north coast you will find beaches like Ftelia often affected by strong northern winds which makes it a fun spot for windsurfing but not so for swimming. It is an isolated, tranquil place most of the year and requires private transport. On the same north coast you will find Agios Sostis which is one of the most remote beaches on the island offering total privacy away from the crowds, access can be difficult due to bad road network. Panormos Beach nearby is another welcome nudist beach and is accessible by private transport.
Lia beach on the east coast is more quiet and tranquil, you can taste here lobster dishes at the local restaurant or drink Greek Frappe, cold coffee. Kalo livadi is big sandy beach and features some good restaurants for food, as well as good accommodation options. Kalafati is a less developed beach and like Ftelia is good for windsurfing and watersports.
These were some of the most popular beaches but don’t be fooled there is a plethora of beaches on the island that are less accessible and offer small oasis away from the most crowded beaches. You can rent a boat and use local knowledge to explore such destinations at your own pace for unique experiences. Locals are always happy to share their knowledge and make suggestions for itineraries.
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