Best Mykonos Beaches
Mykonos is an island blessed with wonderful beaches. Every summer thousands of tourists flock to the island to enjoy its crystal clear waters. There are plenty of choices to suit every taste and mood: from celebrity beaches, where you can see and be seen, to more secluded coves and unspoilt bays ideal for relaxation.
Most beaches on the island are organised and offer comprehensive tourist facilities, from seaside accommodation to beach bars, restaurants and water sports centres.
Everyone is guaranteed to find a personal paradise on this island: nudists, partygoers, gay and lesbian crowds, families with children, people seeking peace and quiet.
Tip: hitting the beach in the morning is a good idea if you want to avoid the large crowds that arrive in the early afternoon.
The island’s south coast boasts the best organised beaches, though they tend to get extremely overcrowded during peak season. Among them are Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach, both famous as the top party beaches in Greece. They have the best sand and the best views, and they are protected from the Cycladic sea wind, known as Meltemi.
Beaches on Mykonos’ northern coast are less organised, less crowded and as a result, ideal for those wishing to enjoy a calmer and more relaxed experience. Nudists will find some of these beaches ideal, as they are less developed than the ones in the south but equally beautiful.
Ideal for: gay hotspot
Elia is one of the longest and busiest beaches on Mykonos, and is very popular with the gay crowd. Visitors will find several places to eat, drink or relax, and amenities such as umbrellas and sun beds for rent are readily available. The right side of the beach is mostly clothing-optional and preferred by a lot of LGBT tourists, while a mix of people may be found on the left side of the beach.
Ideal for: trendsetters
One of the most secluded beaches on the northern coast of Mykonos is Panormos. This beach is ideal for chill and trendy/hip crowds, thanks to the lack of tourist facilities and water sports centres. The sunset here is beautiful, but you will need private transportation to get to the beach as there is no bus or boat service.
The only beach bar in Panormos is Principaute de Mykonos, which opened its doors in 2016. Situated right on the beachfront, it offers a fine dining experience based on Mediterranean cuisine, in an exclusive and tranquil environment. Champagne lovers can treat themselves to a limited edition champagne, and the signature cocktails are prepared by experienced mixologists.
Ideal for: see and be seen
Paraga is a relatively small but lively beach combining crystal-clear waters, excellent services and many all-day venues, including the Greek-style Nikolas Taverna and the uptempo, feel-good, Kalua beach bar.
Scorpios is an ultra-glamorous establishment for discerning visitors who like a taste of the jet set lifestyle. This venue occupies its very own peninsula and offers breath-taking views of both the sunrise and sunset, so guests can relax in the morning and party all night. Scorpios is ideal for fine dining, drinking, chilling, sunbathing, partying and shopping.
Ideal for: parties ’till the break of dawn
Super Paradise is ranked among the world’s ten best-known beaches. It made its name when the hippy generation first came to Mykonos in the late 1960s and early ’70s, and it remains the place to be if you consider yourself a party animal. Many events, including full moon and bubble parties, take place each summer at Super Paradise. In early September it plays host to a legendary end of summer closing party. Accessibility is very good thanks to the frequent bus service from Mykonos Town and the additional shuttle buses operating during special events.
Located in Super Paradise Bay, Jackie O’ Beach Club is not far away from the centre (direction Airport). This cool place attracts a diverse crowd of happy partygoers. The restaurant seats 150 people and there is also a large open bar, pool, Jacuzzi and private lounge areas. The views on the bay are unique and there is direct access to the beach.
Ideal for: relaxation
On the island’s north coast more adventurous visitors can discover a secluded spot. Agios Sostis, a wonderful hidden cove, offers none of the usual amenities such as umbrellas or sunbeds, but instead the perfect spot for peace and relaxation away from the large crowds. Those willing to make the trip down a somewhat bumpy road will be rewarded by a magnificent view looking down over the beach.
Ideal for: windsurfing
Mykonos is well known for its watersports, particularly windsurfing. It’s for good reason that the island is also called the Island of the Winds. A great spot for windsurfers is Ftelia, a windy northern beach and a favourite among watersport enthusiasts. If you want to give the sport a go, or just fancy admiring brave surfers flying across the sea, Ftelia is the place to be.
Ideal for: families
Agios Stefanos, with its sandy beach, is ideal for families and is located just a stone’s throw from the new port of Tourlos. Swimmers will appreciate the clean and clear water. The beach does not lack the typical amenities of an organised beach, such as sun beds and umbrellas, but there is also a lot of free space to lay your towel. Children can run free here and there is even a beach volleyball court for the sporty types.