Elias Beach, Mykonos – Image courtesy of Squirmy2000/Wikimedia Commons
Mykonos Beach Guide
Choose the perfect beach for your Mykonos honeymoon holiday or romantic getaway. The beaches of Mykonos are famous for golden sand, crystalline waters, water sports, sun and extreme partying.
The most popular beaches can be found along the southern coast; however during the peak summer season (mid-July to the end of August) these can get overcrowded. The beaches along the northern coast are less commercial, hence better for a spot of quiet sunbathing. Here’s a selection of the best beaches of Mykonos, from busy to secluded.
Psarou Beach – Spot the celeb sunbathing on the soft golden sand of this long beach that stretches between two rocky headlands and shelves into a pretty bay. Located a short bus ride from Chora on the southern coast of Mykonos, Psarou is a family friendly beach offering excellent watersports such as windsurfing, waterskiing and scuba diving. A beachside bar offers sushi, sun loungers and comfy sofas.
Paradise Beach – If you like your sun, sea and sand accompanied by cool sounds, then you’ll love Paradise Beach. Framed by rocky headlands and shelving into a turquoise bay, Paradise is famous for its loud day and night beach parties. Check out the popular Cavo Paradiso, which stands atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the sea, or one of the many other beachside bars.
Other facilities include a diving centre and several restaurants. This clothing-optional beach, popular with singles and couples, is easily accessed from Mykonos town by bus or water taxi.
Super Paradise Beach – Less developed than neighbouring Paradise Beach, Super Paradise is renowned as Greece’s most famous homosexual beach. Framed by rugged promontories and the crystalline waters of a sheltered bay, this clothing-optional golden-sand beach is neatly divided into hetero and gay sections.
With its collection of restaurants and bars playing non-stop loud music day and night, Super Paradise attracts partygoers from around the world. Super Paradise is accessible by water taxi from Paradise Beach.
Platis Gialos Beach – With its long stretch of golden sand and crystalline waters, Platis Gialos is one of the most popular family beaches on Mykonos. Beachfront facilities include sun beds, umbrellas, various watersports, restaurants, bars and hotels.
Platis Gialos is serviced by a regular bus service from Mykonos town, which is only 4km away. The beach is also the main gateway for caiques (traditional fishing boats used as water taxis) heading to the south coast beaches of Paranga, Agrari, Elia, Paradise and Super Paradise.
Agios Stephanos Beach – This long golden-sand beach shelves into turquoise waters north of Mykonos town. Protected from the summer winds and offering a variety of watersports facilities, taverns and hotels, this popular family friendly beach can get crowded during the summer season.
Ornos Beach – Located in front of a small fishing village, Ornos offers a beautiful beach of fine golden sand with sun beds and umbrellas for hire. Facilities include schools for diving, waterskiing and windsurfing as well as a huge hotel complex that offers a variety of restaurants and bars.
Ornos is located at the end of a sheltered inlet and is the closest fine grain sand beach to Mykonos town. The beach is serviced by a frequent bus service.
Elia Beach – The longest beach on Mykonos offers a wide choice of tavernas, bars and hotels, as well as watersports including waterskiing, parasailing and windsurfing. Clothing-optional Elia is the last stop on the caique route, so it’s more peaceful and quiet than many of the other south coast beaches.
Mykonos’ only water park (Watermania) is situated only minutes behind the beach, so it’s perfect for families wanting some extra excitement for the kids and couples who want rugged natural beauty with all the facilities while avoiding the crowds.
Lia Beach – Bound by rocky outcrops and shelving into a crystalline sea, Lia is one of Mykonos’ least crowded beaches. Lia offeres soft golden sand and facilities including sun beds, umbrellas and a taverna serving fresh seafood and traditional Greek dishes.
Kalafatis Beach – This long golden-sand beach is renowned for calm water and a wide range of watersports including snorkelling, jet skiing, banana boating, kayaking, diving and windsurfing. The local windsurf centre rents boards by the hour and you can also sign up for windsurfing lessons.
Located on the south coast near Lia, Kalafatis hosts a beachfront restaurant and several accommodation options in the nearby village.
Panormos Beach – Relax on the soft golden sand of this isolated beach that gently shelves into the crystalline waters of a sheltered bay. Located on the northern coast of Mykonos, Panormos is easily accessible by private car or motorbike.
The beach has no facilities other than a large beach bar and a volleyball court, but is mercifully free of sun umbrellas, which tend to dominate most of Mykonos’ beaches.
Agio Sostis – This secluded and undeveloped golden-sand beach nestles between two rocky headlands and shelves into calm crystalline waters just north of Panormos Beach. The white-washed town of Agio Sostis sits perched on a headland overlooking the beach.
Note: Up to 90 per cent of almost every beach in Mykonos is covered with shaded sun loungers, which are typically lined-up like soldiers on a parade ground. If you choose to use one of the loungers, be prepared to pay for the pleasure; some sun loungers are the property of beachside hotels and bars and are exclusively reserved for patrons.
If this is all too sterile and organised for your bohemian tastes, head to the secluded north where the beaches are still largely undeveloped and you can flop down anywhere you choose to brush up on your golden tan.