Beaches

Mykonos is celebrated for its long sandy coasts that are idyllic spots for both relaxation and recreation. Many Mykonos beaches are ranked among the best beaches in the Aegean Sea, attracting thousands of visitors every year. There are all types of beaches in Mykonos, catering to all types of vacationers. Mykonos is well-known as a party island, and this characteristic is obvious on the Mykonos beaches, as well.

There are Mykonos beaches that cater to specific types of people. Windsurfers frequent the Mykonos beaches of Agia Anna, Kalafatis, and Ftelia. Families with small children usually prefer Ornos Beach, as it is well-developed, with lots of facilities. 

For those who like to swim in the nude, the island’s nudist beach is Panormos.The most popular gay beach in Mykonos, and indeed the Cyclades cluster, is Super Paradise, which is also known for its exciting beach parties. Lovely Agios Ioannis Beach offers a stunning view of the island of Delos.

Most Mykonos Beaches include a wide selection of facilities, such a restaurants, cafés, bars, and mini markets, ensuring that visitors can acquire everything they need. Whatever type of beach you like, you will find several Mykonos beaches that suit you style and needs!

Ornos

This is a convenient, family-friendly beach where you can find a relaxing atmosphere, though sometimes it can get crowded. Ornos is a large beach with many sun beds and umbrellas available for rent and also space to lay a towel. Shallow water along the shore line that is perfect for children to play in.

This beachside community has many tavernas, cafes and restaurants right on the beach for easy access. At least one beach bar on the far left even has beach service. This beach community provides services for almost all your needs. Either on the beach or within easy walking distance there are mini markets, super market, bakery, pharmacy, butcher and more.

Ornos bay provides a safe haven from the ‘meltemi” (northwest wind that can be strong,

blowing during the day and dying down in the evening). Ornos Beach is one of the two starting points for the boats (‘kaiki’) taking you to or returning you from other southern beaches. On the left side of the beach is a dock with a boat launch where you can try your luck at fishing or watch the local fishermen repairing their nets. In early morning you can see the fishermen arriving back to shore with their catch of the day before loading on to transport for delivery to local restaurants, tavernas or the harbour fish market.

A unique experience not to be missed! Discover more natural, serene beaches on the island of Rhenia (known to the locals as big Delos). This island is located just to the west of Delos. Enjoy the crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches of this special place. Arriving at this uninhabited location you nearly feel transported back in time to the ancient civilization. You are able to take a boat from Ornos Beach, leaving in the morning and returning in the afternoon.

Psarou

This attractive little beach offers protected, clear, tranquil waters at the bottom of dramatic rocky hill sides, located a short walking distance to the right of Platys Gialos Beach.

You can always find some fishing boats and private yachts anchored in the bay. Take in the view of fantastic colors in the early morning as the sun rises over the hilltops or late afternoon as it sinks behind the rocks. Stunning!

You can get there by public transport (though by bus, you must walk from Platys Gialos or down the mountain path located approximately 150 meters from the end of the road). There is also a boat/kaiki originating from Ornos Beach to take you to Psarou Beach. This is not a party beach, so come here to relax or socialize. There are sun beds and umbrellas available for rent and limited areas to lay your towel. You can find a restaurant, sushi bar, cafe and even a traditional Greek taverna on the far left. The restaurant does provide beach service.

An extensive scuba diving center is located behind the restaurant on the beach. Whether an experienced diver or a beginner you have the opportunity to discover the sea life or the mystery of a sunken ship!

Platys Gialos

This is an extensive beach side community with places to lay a towel or sun beds and umbrellas available for rent. Protection from the wind is provided by the surrounding hill sides and the fact that most of the restaurants and some of the hotels are located right on the beach. You will find plenty of mini markets, tavernas, restaurants, souvenir shops and beach bars.

This is a convenient, family-friendly beach including several playgrounds. A sandy beach, equipped with a life guard on duty, offering a perfect shallow shoreline for children to play in. While lounging on the beach or around one of the swimming pools watch the sun glistening on the sea like diamonds. A wide – ranging water sports area with water skiing, jet skis, all kinds of towable tubes, banana boat water sleds and parasailing is offered here.

Platys Gialos Beach stays alive well into the evening. Watch the sun sink over the hill side and then take the opportunity to stroll along the beach or sit to enjoy a glass of wine or a meal under the stars watching the lights reflecting on the sea. If you are looking for traditional Greek dancing you might catch Greek Night offered by at least one of the tavernas or one of the hotels.

To arrive at Platys Gialos Beach you can take frequent public transport. You can easily access most southern beaches via boat/kaiki that originate from or return to the cement dock on the right side of the beach. Local fishermen bring in their catch of the day to this dock and if your timing is right you can see them unloading the fish from their nets before delivering their catch to the tavernas and restaurants on the beach. Platy Gialos Beach is an easy walk to the beaches of Agia Anna and Paraga – just follow the gentle footpath to the left. Next to the footpath is an outcropping of rocks to climb on or discover sealife.

Try your luck fishing at a beach bar or the water, if you are unable to catch anything… maybe there is something wrong with the bait!

Paradise

Paradise is one of the ten most well known beaches. This party beach was originally made famous by the hippie generation dating back as far as 1969. This is still the place to go if you are looking for a beach where ‘anything goes’.

Known for special events, such as Full Moon Parties and Bubble Parties, this can be a beach to relax on or partying. Don’t miss the closing party if you’re on Mykonos in early September!

It’s mostly multicultural, young twenty something’s, but you can find a mix of all ages. Paradise Beach is a good place to sleep off a hangover in early afternoon with the throbbing music from several beach bars picking up at around 16:00 where you can start the party all over again.

One of the most easily accessible beaches as it has the most frequent bus service from Mykonos Town, including special event shuttle buses. You can also reach the beach by catching a boat/kaiki originating from or returning to Platys Gialos or Ornos. There is a footpath over the hill to the right leading to Paraga, approximately a ten minute walk. Sun beds and umbrellas are available for rent, there is also an area that offers wind protection behind a bamboo fence. Uni – sex toilets, so be prepared to share. In general you will find a pool dance club, beach bar, self service restaurant, snack bar, croissanterie, mini market and boutique. Equipped with a lifeguard, this is one of the big water sport beaches offering a scuba diving center, jet skis, water skiing, snorkeling, parasailing, banana boats, tubes, canoes and pedal boats. Paradise Beach also features beach volley, horseback riding and bungee catapult. Similar to bungee jumping except that you start on the ground. Catapult is also known as “Reverse Bungee” and “Bungee Rocket”. You shoot up into the air at approximately gazillion miles per hour, eventually stopping and continuing like you would any normal jump.

Super Paradise

This is a lovely cove surrounded by dramatic rock walls that catch the late afternoon sunlight, making an incredible contrast with the beautiful colours of the sea. Nice pebbly sand and the water is perfect for swimming. The hill side behind, the bamboo fence and the narrow mouth of the bay, provide some protection from the north wind.

You will find a lifeguard on duty, a mini market, a boutique, several beach / pool bars, and restaurants that also provide beach service. Sun beds and umbrellas are available for rent, but there is also space to lay your towel on the sand, if you choose. Also available are showers to freshen up before leaving the beach.

Relax early in the day and then the music, and therefore the party, picks up in mid-afternoon and can become quite ‘the scene”. Whether dancing on the platforms around the pool or drinking under the shade of a group of trees, the beach takes on a club – like atmosphere. Super Paradise Beach has made quite a reputation for itself as a place to party. Especially for the gay crowd who predominately congregate on the right side of the beach where a pool club resides on a hill side overlooking the beach. Super Paradise Beach is a favourite hang out for a trendy Greek crowd in unison with foreigners during the summer months and the young Greek students that arrive every spring to enjoy the freedom of Mykonos. On occasion you might even spot a celebrity, in the crowd or dancing next to you.

Super Paradise can be reached by boat/kaiki originating from or returning to Platys Gialos or Ornos. Bus service is not available. If you are driving, be aware that the access roads to both sides of the beach are quite steep. There is a good size parking lot on the right side and somewhat limited parking on the left side.

Kalo Livadi

Even though this is a southern beach, it is not extremely protected from the north wind. There is some bamboo fencing and a few bushes on part of the beach providing a bit of wind protection.

Kalo Livadi Beach is a quiet, long stretch of sandy beach that is popular with a mix of families and Greek tourists. You can find many sun beds and umbrellas for rent and possibly a bit of space to lay your towel. Enjoy water sports, paddle boats, kayaks where there is a lifeguard on duty. Across the road you will find a few beach bars providing beach service, a restaurant – lounge and tavernas where you can enjoy a meal, taking a break from the summer sun. When coming down the hill to the beach or while lying on the beach, look out to the middle of the bay and see a rock formation known as Kalafakiona. This is a popular place with the local fishermen for trapping different types of lobsters as it has small sandy caves where they like to hide.

You can reach this beach by bus. If driving, you will find plenty of parking available along the whole stretch of the beach.

Lia

Lia is a small, peaceful beach made up of sand, pebbles and stones. Being one of the furthest beaches from Mykonos Town makes this a place to escape to. This gem of a beach is very popular with the Greeks. You will find several tavernas, sun beds and umbrellas for rent and wind protection behind a bamboo fence. A beach bar provides beach service if you want to just relax on your sun bed or towel.

On the far right side of the beach there are nice, smooth rock outcroppings where you can lay and enjoy the sun or the view. As with most of the southern beaches, you are able to see the islands of Naxos and Paros.

There is no bus service.

Ftelia

Ftelia Beach is the largest of all the undeveloped beaches in Mykonos. This wild, north beach is one of the favorites of wind surfers. Even as a non-participant you can spend some time watching the spectacle of wind surfers flying across the sea. When the rare south wind blows, this is the beach to come to.

There are no sun beds or umbrellas, but you can find plenty of privacy and space to lay your towel on this soft, sandy, windswept beach. Because of the wind, this is also a fairly good place to do some beachcombing; you never know what you might find.

You can take a pause in your day to have a meal or drink at one of the tavernas on either end of the beach.

Ftelia Beach can be reached by bus.

Agios Ioannis

Best known as Shirley Valentine beach, because of the 1980’s English movie filmed on Mykonos, it is one of the best spots to watch the sunset, especially in September and October as the sun moves closer to the southern sky.

This is a small, rather tranquil Mykonos beach where you can relax under the sun or enjoy a meal at one of the tavernas just a few footsteps away from the sea. Agios Ioannis is divided into two sections separated by a large, rocky area. On the right side is the dock, a beach, a bus stop and a large parking area. On the left side of the rocks is the longest section of the beach with a limited parking area and a bus stop. On the longer section of the beach there are some umbrellas and sun beds available for rent or there is enough open space to lay a towel on the sand. It is a child-friendly beach with shallow water at the shore line to play in. Not extremely protected from the north winds, but is fairly calm on most days.

Megali Amos

When you have only a few hours to spend on Mykonos and want to go to a beach this is the closest beach to the town center, only about a 15 minute walk. During war times this beach was used to bring in black market essential goods from other islands via caique – boat and therefore stories of pirates evolved. One of the stories is about the ghost of a pirate named Kapetanaki (little captain) whose spirit was haunting the beach. The story was made up in order to keep people off the beach at night so that the goods could be unloaded from the caiques.

The name Megali Ammos means ‘big sand’. This name originated because before the road was built the sand extended back as far as the base of the hill sides. The beach is on the northwest side of Mykonos, therefore is disturbed by the north wind.

Agrari

This is a wide beach with small pebbly sand and a steep slope down to the water. Agrari attracts a small gay crowd who want less of a party scene, and a good mix of Greeks and tourists. Sun beds and umbrellas are available for rent and there is a water sports area in the center of the beach.

Agrari is not a throbbing party beach, but there is a beach bar that can turn into an impromptu party occasionally or where you can relax in the shade at a table under the trees to get a break from the summer sun. A taverna is located down the path through the trees and gardens just a short walk from the beach where you can also find the bathrooms and showers.

There is no public bus service available.

Elia

Elia is a busy beach and a favourite of many, especially the gay crowd, to spend the day chilling out or socializing. This beach offers some of the softer sand on Mykonos and is also one of the longest. The location provides a bit of protection, one of the best on a very windy day when the north wind is blowing.

There are several places to eat, drink or relax out of the summer sun with beach service also available. Umbrellas and sun beds for rent; bathrooms – showers; and water sports, including parasailing can be found on Elia Beach.  Though predominately gay, everyone can feel comfortable here. The left side of the beach is more of a mix of people, whereas the right side is mostly clothing-optional and preferred by a lot of gays.

Elia is the last stop for the boats/kaiki leaving from or returning to Platys Gialos or Ornos. You can also get there by bus.

Panormos

This increasingly popular, northern beach has become the destination in recent years of the more bohemian Greeks, locals and a mix of tourists. Nudity is perfectly acceptable here, especially on the far right side of the beach. This beach is somewhat undeveloped without umbrellas and sun beds. It is a narrow, fine sand stretch of beach with little alcoves scattered along the back side, in the low sand dunes, where you can sometimes find a bit of privacy.

If you choose to stay on the left side near the beach bar – taverna, located between a large, wild bamboo area and beautiful shade trees, you will find more activity, music, food, drinks and a lively atmosphere. There is plenty of shade under the pergola while enjoying a drink, a meal or the company of friends. To the left of the beach there is also a taverna on the garden hillside or a pool cafe that is part of a hotel where you can relax, have a snack and take a dip in the pool.

Panormos is a north beach located en route to Agios Sostis beach, after driving through the countryside passing the Marathi Water Reservoir. The sea can be a little rough when the north wind blows, but you can still find a bit of protection to lay your towel and work on your tan.

Bus service is not available.

Agios Sostis

Unspoiled freedom, this clothing-optional beach is fairly undeveloped without amenities such as umbrellas and sun beds. If you can do without those things, it is so worth the trip. Even the somewhat bumpy, pot – holed road should not be a deterrent!

The view from the road above, looking down on the beach is beautiful. Development is going on all around, but has not touched this wonderful place. A north beach, but this wonderful little cove is a bit protected on a windy day.

Parking is limited, but you can park on the road and walk down the hill. There is no bus service available. Take the footpath and arrive there to find a stretch of sand and small pebbles, which make up this beach that slopes gently into the clear sea.

Spend a day on this beach and follow the footpath back up to find a hidden garden taverna to enjoy an afternoon meal. Another path leads down from the taverna to a very small, protected beach that can become crowded in summer, but it is well worth the walk to experience a dip in the sea there.

If you find yourself still enjoying a glass of wine at the taverna or lounging on the beach as the sun sinks behind the hill side, be sure to take notice of the amazing colors on the barren hills across the bay and behind you. If you are awake before the sun rises this is also a great place to witness the incredible colours of the dawn.

Houlakia

The rounded stones that make up this natural phenomenon are known as Houlakia. You might find rounded stones elsewhere, but not with the composite, color or size of the stones forming this beach. These incredible, rounded stones have been formed, while tumbling around in the sea for thousands of years, some being reclaimed to create this beach. This is a natural, protected area where it is now prohibited to remove any of these special stones.

The shoreline of Houlakia Beach, divided into two parts, is made up only of stones. The left side does have a cove with a small sandy area just a few meters behind the rocky shoreline. On this sandy area you can find some umbrellas and sun beds near a family owned restaurant. This isolated beach is never crowded, even during high season. If you choose to take a swim here, you can even feel the smoothness under your feet, as the stones also extend into the sea. The right side has no place to lay a towel, but if you would like to view these stones, there is a footpath along the top side of the beach. There is only space for a car or two to park, right next to the main road, on this side of the beach.

Houlakia Beach is ideal to view the sun sinking into the sea behind Delos Island. The day lasts a little longer here.

The best way to reach this beach is by car and there is no bus service.

Agios Stefanos

Agios Stefanos is located just around the corner from the new port of Tourlos.  It is a sandy, family – friendly beach with shallow waters along the shoreline for children to play in. The water is clean and clear, it creates a perfect swimming environment including a wonderful, sandy sea floor. When the north wind blows it can be somewhat windy on this beach.

You can find sun beds and umbrellas for rent, but there is also the luxury of a lot of open areas to lay your towel. There is a beach volley court, lots of space to play paddle ball or let your children run free. The Nautical Association of Mykonos provides morning swimming, small craft sailing and windsurfing lessons on this beach, for the local children.

This beach is surrounded by many places to eat and drink, including a snack bar, tavernas and restaurants, some even provide beach service.

The wide, open view from this part of the island takes in Mykonos Town, the islands of Delos and Rhenia, a clear view of the sunset and boats/ships passing in the distance.

There is a bus service.

Kalafatis

Trees line the back of this sandy beach providing the largest shaded area of any beach on Mykonos. The winds abound on Kalafatis, setting the perfect stage for a windsurfer’s paradise.

Whether you are a novice, wanting to try windsurfing for the first time or an experienced windsurfer arriving with your own equipment, this is a beach for all abilities. You can find a windsurfing school here that rents out all the gear needed to fly on the water. This beach is chosen by the windsurfers for organized competitions.

There is a beach taverna that provides beach service and a restaurant at the far left end of the beach. In the middle of the beach, tucked into the trees is a beach bar that also provides beach service. Across the road from the right end of the beach is a cafeteria – restaurant frequented by the windsurfing crowd. Nearby, on the main road, is a mini market, a large taverna and a pizza restaurant.

Sun beds and umbrellas are available for rent, though there is plenty of space on the right to lay your towel. On the sand there is a beach volley court, a lifeguard on duty and a water sports area. Kalafatis Beach is also the location for a dive centre that has excursion to two small eastern islands. Kalafatis Beach is the next to the last of the southern beaches before rounding the tip of Mykonos Island toward the remote, not easily accessible eastern beaches. You can reach this beach by bus.

Fokos - Mersini

These are both undeveloped, northern beaches that can be reached only by private boat and car.

Drive through farmland and past one of the two water reservoirs of Mykonos. The road is a bit rough, but at the end you can discover isolation and solitude. The sea at these pebble and sandy beaches is a good place to snorkel. There is a traditional taverna.

Paraga

This is a popular beach with the locals as well as the tourists. Paraga is one of the beaches originally made famous by the hippie generation, being one of the first clothing-optional beaches of Mykonos. You can still find a laid back attitude mixed in with a party atmosphere. The music can get loud in front of the restaurant – beach bar, especially in August, when the Italian crowd flocks to Paraga Beach.

You can find sun beds and umbrellas for rent or a place to lay your towel on this sandy beach. Swim in the clear waters out to the rock, just a few meters from the shore and take a dive into the sea. This is one of the few beaches where you can find trees providing some shade. The shore line has shallow waters safe enough for a child to play in. Part of the beach has a bamboo fence to offer some wind protection. There are nice, large, smooth rocks on the left side to lie on or discover small tidal-like pools.

If you find yourself needing a break from the beach, take a hike to the right and follow the footpaths up the rocky hill or out to the point of the rocky headland. It will give you a completely new view of the sea. You can also find a bit more privacy if you choose to spend some time away from the beach. An alternative hike is on a footpath following the headland to the left of the beach, this is one of the ways you can reach Paradise (ten minute walk) or just take in the view.

Paraga Beach offers lifeguard services, a restaurant – bar with beach service, a taverna with some tables on the beach and cafe beach bar also with beach service. A little to the left of the beach is a pool bar.

You can get to Paraga Beach by public transport or boat/kaiki originating from or returning to Ornos or Platys Gialos beaches. Bus service directly to the beach is only offered during peak season, otherwise you have to walk from Paradise Beach bus stop. There is a footpath over the hill, just a short ten minute walk. You can also walk from Platys Gialos Beach on a gentle footpath crossing over Agia Anna (a small cove separating the two.) If driving, there is a small, free parking lot for the customers of the taverna or cafe beach bar on the left side of the beach and a large parking lot that charges a fee on the right side of the beach.