The 12 Best Beaches on Mykonos

Updated: December 2, 2016

Platys Gialos, Psarou, and Paranga Beaches on Mykonos Island in Greece

The awesome beaches of Mykonos. Here you can see Psarou Beach in the foreground, next is Platys Gialos Beach, then near the top of picture you can see Agia Anna Beach, and on the far side of that little peninsula is Paraga Beach (not visible). A little farther around the corner (at the top) is Paradise Beach. All of these are connected by a footpath along the coast. It’s a highlight of Mykonos to walk between the 5 beaches – swimming, drinking, and eating along the way. And you can take a boat back if you’re out of energy.

The Best Beaches on Mykonos

1. Platys Gialos Beach

Platys Gialos Beach in Mykonos, Greek Islands
5 km southeast of Mykonos Town. The best beach on Mykonos. Wide and beautiful with many restaurants and several hotels. There’s a mini-market and direct buses to Mykonos Town. This is where you catch the water-taxi to Super Paradise and other beaches.
Recommended Hotels: Myconian Ambassador Hotel & Spa (luxury) • Nissaki Boutique Hotel (luxury) • Petinos Beach Hotel (moderate) • Petasos Beach Resort & Spa (moderate)

2. Ornos Beach

Ornos Beach on Mykonos – Close to Mykonos Town.
3 km south of the Chora. It’s a beautiful beach with lovely surroundings and many tavernas. The most family-friendly beach on Mykonos.
Recommended Hotels: Santa Marina Resort & Villas (luxury) • Kivotos Luxury Boutique Hotel (luxury)

3. Psarou Beach

Psarrou Beach on Mykonos – The best for beach party through the day.
5 km southeast of Mykonos Town. Many restaurants and beautiful sand. The most trendy beach on Mykonos.
Recommended Hotels: Mykonos Blu (luxury)

4. Paraga Beach

Paranga Beach – Lively beach party but quiet at night.
6 km southeast of Mykonos Town. Paraga is very busy but beautiful. Several places to eat and drink. Direct bus from Mykonos Town to Paraga.
Recommended Hotels: Zephyros (budget – the only hotel right at Paraga) • San Giorgio (moderate – half way between Paraga and Paradise Beach)

5. Elia Beach

Elia Beach on Mykonos
11 km southeast of Mykonos Town. The longest beach on Mykonos. In high season there are 5 or 6 buses a day from Mykonos Town to Elia. There is also a boat from Platis Gialos to Elia. Lots of parking here if you have a rental car.
Recommended Hotels: Myconian Imperial Resort & Villas (luxury) • Greco Philia Luxury Suites & Villas (luxury) • Arte & Mare Luxury Suites & Spa (luxury) • Villa Maria Boutique Apartments

6. Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach on Mykonos – Beach club and dancing make it the best party beach.
6 km south of Mykonos Town. A young lively party-beach with many bars spilling out onto the sand. After the sun goes down the party just gets louder. Buses go directly from Mykonos Town to Paradise Beach. Paradise Beach was once the most popular gay beach but is now largely straight.
Recommended Hotels: Paradise View Hotel

7. Super Paradise Beach

Super Paradise gay party beach in Mykonos.
7 km southeast of Mykonos Town. A small beach with plenty of activity and 2 or 3 beach bars. No direct buses but there are small boats from Platis Gialos and Paradise Beach to Super Paradise Beach. Probably the most gay-friendly beach on Mykonos. There are no hotels on Super Paradise Beach.

8. Agios Ioannis Beach

Best quiet beach near Mykonos Town.
5 km south of Mykonos Town. A beautiful quiet (but narrow) beach. 2 tavernas and direct buses in high season to Mykonos Town.
Recommended Hotels: Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort (luxury) • Saint John Hotel Villas & Spa (luxury) • Manoula’s Mykonos Beach Resort (moderate)

9. Agrari Beach

Agrari beach on Mykonos.
10 km southeast of Mykonos Town. Very quiet and secluded with good sand. There is no bus from Mykonos Town to Agrari so it’s bus to Elia and then walk 15 minutes. There’s 1 restaurant at Agrari. You’ll want a rental car if you stay here.
Recommended Hotels: Sunrise Hotel & Suites (moderate)

10. Megali Ammos Beach

Megali Ammos beach near Mykonos Town.
500 meters south of Mykonos Town (Chora). Nice sand and swimming but can be windy. It’s an easy walk from the Chora. Joanna’s Nikos Taverna is on the beach and very good.
Recommended Hotels: Grand Beach Hotel (luxury) • Poseidon Hotel Suites (moderate) • Hotel Adonis (good budget hotel)

11. Lia Beach

Best beach on Mykonos: Lia Beach
14 km east of Mykonos Town. Beautiful beach that’s quiet and has great swimming. Also a good snorkeling beach. No public transit. The small La Luna taverna is here and has wonderful Greek and Italian food.

12. Fokos Beach

Fokos Beach on Mykonos near Mykonos Town.
13 km northeast of Mykonos Town. A quiet and secluded beach. There are no tourist facilities here but there is an amazing taverna just off the beach. The taverna is worth a trip in itself. No public buses come to Fokos – you’ll need to get here by private transportation.

Where are the best beaches on Mykonos?

Map: The Best Beaches on Mykonos

The best beaches on Mykonos are along the south coast of the island where they are protected from the sometimes brisk winds that blow from the north. The beaches along the north can look great in pictures but will often be quite windy – especially in July and August. That said, they are much quieter and if you catch them on a peaceful day you’ll have a beautiful beach nearly all to yourself.
Map of the Best Beaches on Mykonos
#1 Agios Ioannis – 5 km south of Mykonos Town. A quiet (but narrow) beach. Two tavernas and direct buses in high season to Mykonos Town. One of the most beautiful beaches on Mykonos but might be a little too secluded for some.
#2 Ornos – 3 km south of the Chora. It’s an idyllic beach with lovely surroundings and many restaurants. Ornos is the most family-friendly beach on Mykonos.
#3 Psarrou – 5 km southeast of Mykonos Town. Many restaurants and beautiful sand. The most trendy beach on Mykonos and dominated by the all-day party restaurant Nammos.
#4 Platys Gialos – 5 km southeast of Mykonos Town. A wide beautiful beach with many restaurants. There’s a mini-market and direct buses to Mykonos Town. This is where you catch the water-taxi to Super Paradise and other beaches. It’s easy to walk from here to Psarrou, Agia Anna, Paraga, and Paradise beaches. This is my favorite beach on Mykonos.
#5 Agia Anna – A quiet beach with one very good restaurant. An easy walk from both Platys Gialos and Paraga.
#6 Paraga – 6 km southeast of Mykonos Town. Paraga is busy but beautiful. Several places to eat and drink. Direct bus from Mykonos Town to Paraga.
#7 Paradise – 6 km south of Mykonos Town. A young lively party-beach with many bars spilling out onto the sand. After the sun goes down the party just gets louder. Buses go directly from Mykonos Town to Paradise Beach. Paradise Beach was once the most popular gay beach but is now largely straight.
#8 Super Paradise – 7 km southeast of Mykonos Town. A small beach with plenty of activity and 2 or 3 beach bars. No direct buses but there are small boats from Platys Gialos and Paradise Beach to Super Paradise Beach. Probably the most gay-friendly beach on Mykonos. There are no hotels on Super Paradise Beach.
#9 Agrari – 10 km southeast of Mykonos Town. Very quiet and secluded with good sand. There is no bus from Mykonos Town to Agrari so it’s bus to Elia and then walk 15 minutes. There’s 1 restaurant at Agrari. You’ll want a rental car if you stay here.
#10 Elia – 11 km southeast of Mykonos Town. The longest beach on Mykonos. In high season there are 5 or 6 buses a day from Mykonos Town to Elia. There is also a boat from Platys Gialos to Elia. Lots of parking here if you have a rental car.

Other Beaches
Lia Beach – 14 km east of Mykonos Town. Beautiful beach that’s quiet and has great swimming. Also a good snorkeling beach. No public transit. The small La Luna taverna is here and has wonderful Greek and Italian food.
Fokos – 12 km northeast of Mykonos Town. A quiet and secluded beach. There are no tourist facilities here but there is an amazing taverna just off the beach. The taverna is worth a trip in itself. No public buses come to Fokos – you’ll need to get here by private transportation.

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14 Questions and Comments

  1. Location of Bill Coo Suites on Mykonos

    Hi Dave,

    My husband and I are visiting Mykonos at the end of May and are staying at the Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge near Mykonos Town. After booking, we noticed that most of the popular beaches aren’t on our side of Mykonos. We will be there for 4 nights/5 days. Do you think we should rent a car to get to these places for convenience sake? Or will the taxi/bus system in Mykonos suffice? Or should we rent a car just for a couple days? We would love to know your thoughts and expertise on the subject. Also, if you do suggest that we rent a car, will that be easy to do once we get there or should we book in advance? Are all places reputable or should we be looking for a specific company? Sorry for the spit-fire of questions! Christine

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The beaches are not within walking distance of Bill & Coo but not far either (I wouldn’t say they’re on the opposite side). The bus from Mykonos Town to the best beaches goes very close to the hotel so you wouldn’t need (or want) a car for beach access. The hotel also has a free shuttle to town, beaches, airport, and ferry port. I never like to depend on these (regardless of the hotel) because they can easily have scheduled pickups from the port and then the airport that can block off 90 minutes in the middle of the day. Best to form your own plan to get around and if the shuttle bus is waiting outside the hotel for you then all the better. Renting a car for one day to explore the farther coasts and the interior is a good plan but a car isn’t necessary for beaches or Mykonos Town. If you do rent it will be fine to find something after you arrive (no need to book in advance). All rental companies are semi-reputable and feel questionable until the moment you return the car and everything has turned out fine.

  2. Stay in Mykonos Town or at the Beach

    Hi Dave,

    I’m glad I ran across your site. I’m looking to stay in Mykonos this July with a couple girlfriends. We are interested in the beaches and the nightlife. Should we be staying in Mykonos Town or somewhere more beach front? I’ve contacted a few sites for Greece vacations and the hotels they offer are all over the island of Mykonos.

    Need some guidance.
    Thanks,
    Ivette

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There are big dance/dj parties at the beach but most of the nightlife in bars/clubs is in Mykonos Town. I personally like staying in town, going to the beach through the day, then back to town and go out. Mykonos Town is magical at night.

  3. Mykonos Princess, Rocabella Mykonos, or Tharroe of Mykonos

    Dear Dave

    Thank you for the wonderful website – I have been scribbling down all of your recommendations which are so useful! Could I trouble you for your views on hotels? My fiancé and I are attending a wedding the first week of September at Alemagou on Ftelia Beach. We will be staying for 6 nights on the island. We were looking at the following hotels:

    1. Mykonos Princess Hotel
    2. Rocabella Mykonos
    3. Tharroe of Mykonos

    We would be most grateful for your comments on the above. I am unsure if we would rent a car, but would of course want to visit beaches and Mykonos Town.

    Many thanks for your assistance

    Sophie

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Rocabella is the most luxurious of those 3 hotels but it (along with the Mykonos Princess) are a long way from anything and very isolated. Tharroe has a better location closer to Mykonos Town (walking distance for the active) and the beaches. On the map the Princess and Rocabella might look closer to Ftelia Beach but you’d need a rental car staying out there and there’s little difference in drive time from all the hotels.

  4. Beach or Town

    Hi Dave,

    My husband and I are debating on staying in Mykonos by Platis Gialos or in the town. Is it easy to find beach access if you are not staying at one of the beach resorts? Are all beaches in Mykonos public? Is transportation to town frequent and easy to get if we stay at the beach?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, all beaches are public and thus accessing the beach is never a problem regardless of where you stay. Buses into town are frequent.

  5. Which Islands in Early May

    Hi Dave, thanks for this great article!
    My girlfriend and I are planning to visit Mykonos and Santorini next May 2017. How many days do you think we should stay each place? We are probably arriving between 1-10 May, and I heard that is a bit early for Mykonos (talking about hotels, services, restaurants, etc)…is that true?

    Would you recommend any other island to visit? We are looking for nice views and relax.
    Thanks a lot!!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Mykonos will still be quietish in early May but so will every island except Santorini. Naxos has more to do when it’s not beach weather. Both islands will have plenty open in terms of restaurants and hotels. Mykonos will have some bars revving up but no huge parties.

  6. Mykonos and Santorini in November

    Hi Dave!
    Very helpful website! Great job!
    My husband and I are flying to Greece tomorrow to spend 3 nights in Athens and then 6 nights in Santorini (staying in Fira). We are also considering Mykonos November 20-24. We are concerned the weather will really limit the activites on the island. Because this will definitely be into the low season, do you think it is worth it to stay in Mykonos or should we save this island for another trip with warmer weather?

    Thanks!
    Liz

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Mykonos will be very quiet so I’d stick to Santorini and Athens (and do a night or two in Naxos if you want another island). Mykonos will be too quiet and it’s not connected by ferry to Santorini in the off season.

  7. Location of Mykonos Blu Hotel

    Is Mykonos Blu directly on the beach? How far is it to walk to Platys Gialos beach? Are there many restaurants near Blu?
    Tania

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Mykonos Blu is just up from Psarou beach. So, yes, it’s basically on the beach but you do have to go up a path and some stairs to get to the pool and then up a little more to get to most of the rooms. Psarou beach and the pool are on the backside of the hotel. If you go out the front to the main road and turn left you’ll get to Platys Gialos beach in about 5 minutes – it’s a very short walk. Here you’ll find a market and many more restaurants.

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