Mykonos Beaches

Updated: November 27, 2017

  • Mykonos is loaded with great beaches. It’s a beach paradise whether you’re looking for swimming, sunbathing, beach resorts, beach parties, or water sports.
  • Paradise Beach is the party beach. Ornos and Platys Gialos are great for families and couples.
  • Staying in Mykonos Town (for the restaurants, shopping, and nightlife) and visiting the nearby beaches through the day is easy to do. Buses run often until late evening (in summer).
  • Walking along the coast between the beaches of Psarou and Paradise Beach is a highlight of a visit to Mykonos.
  • The best luxury hotels in Mykonos should be booked 4 to 6 months in advance. The best cheap hotels should be booked 3 to 5 months in advance.
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 12 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 Beach Hotels: Branco Mykonos (luxury, brand new and right on the beach) • Myconian Ambassador Hotel & Spa (luxury) • Nissaki Boutique Hotel (luxury) • Petasos Beach Resort & Spa (luxury) • Petinos Beach Hotel (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 Beach Resorts: 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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24 Questions and Comments

  1. Mykonos Excursion from Cruise

    Hi Dave, love your website! We are coming to Mykonos in July on a cruise so have a day to look around. Would like to go to the beach for the morning and lunch, then head back to the town to look around and have a drink around the Little Venice area. Concerned about the crowds taking buses, so considering hiring a car and heading out to Lia or Fokos beach. Is that feasible to do in a morning? Are the beaches worth the cost of the rental? Or would we be better just getting the bus to one of the beaches served by public transport? Appreciate your advice, so looking forward to Mykonos and just want to make the most of our (sadly) limited time there. Thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel & Travel Expert

      You’re right: popular beaches such as Platis Gialos, Paraga, Paradise, Super Paradise and Elia will be crowded. To avoid the crowds, I think it’s a good idea to head out to Lia (30-minute drive); getting out to Fokos (40-minute drive) is trickier to get to by car because the road is rough and more suitable for quad bikes which can carry up to two people, so it depends on how many of you there are. And yes, to head out to the less crowded beaches you’ll need your own wheels. I can also suggest Panormos and Agios Sostis beaches – less crowded than the south coast, and around a 20-minute drive from Mykonos Town.

      Frequent buses and beach shuttles run from the bus station in the heart of Mykonos Town to Platis Gialos, Paraga, Paraga, Super Paradise and Elia beaches, and it’s entirely possible to catch a bus out there, spend the morning and have lunch, and then spend the afternoon in the Little Venice area. Platis Gialos, in particular, has lots of restaurant options (the other beaches have 1-2 dining options apiece. There are also several car rental companies in Mykonos Town, including Asimomitis Mykonos Rent a Car and Autorad Car Rental; if you do decide to rent a car, get in touch with them in advance, since it’ll be peak season and demand will be high. They can arrange to bring your rental car over to the New Port, which is where the cruise ships pull up. However, since you want to spend time in Mykonos Town itself, I have to warn you that parking around there will be a nightmare (unless you drop the car off at the rental place first).

      Basically, both options are doable: either getting a frequent bus to one of the more popular beaches and dealing with crowds, or renting a car (prices start from around 50 Euros a day), going to a less crowded beach, but then dealing with the hassle of parking around Mykonos Town. I hope this helps!

  2. Agios Ioannis or Ornos?

    Hi Dave,

    My husband and I are doing a two week trip of Italy and Greece. We are ending our trip in Mykonos at the beginning of June and have been looking at two different hotels: Bellissimo Resort (Agios Ioannis) and Yanna Luxury Suites (Ornos). We were wondering if you had any comments about the areas?

    Thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel & Travel Expert

      Agios Ioannis is much quieter with a small beach and a handful of distinct hotels on the hills around the beach area. Ornos is a beach town with a large swimming area and great sand. Many hotels and restaurants on or near the beach. Much more activity.

  3. Mykonos Path Between Beaches

    Hi Dave,

    Your blog is very helpful, thank you! I will be going to mykonos in July and im looking forward to it. There is one day I am concerned about that i have planned out. I want to beach hop and i have mapped out the below beaches in this order:

    -Psarou Beach
    -Platis Gialos Beach
    -Paraga Beach
    -Paradise Beach

    I will be coming from Mykonos Town which is where my hotel is so I figured I would take a bus from the town to Psarou but then when I looked at google maps to walk from beach to beach it looks like the roads there is no direct route and could take an hour to walk from 1 beach to the next. I saw on your blog there is a walking path? Once I saw google maps I thought I would have to rent an ATV to get from beach to beach (which I don’t want to do) but is this path, true? Is it a direct path from Psarou to Paradise? and allows me to stop at all the beaches on the way? If that’s the case I figured I would take the bus to Psarou, walk from beach to beach along the coast on the path, then take the bus paradise back to the town? Please give me a bit more information and let me know the best suggestion for this schedule. I prefer to walk but I dont want it to take an hour to walk from 1 beach to the next. This path could be a life savor so please let me know!

    Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel & Travel Expert

      Yes, there’s a nice path along the beach from Psarou to Paradise (you can also walk to Super Paradise). Take the Platys Gialos bus and get off one stop before the end for Psarou. From Psarou to Platys Gialos is about a 15 minute walk. Platys Gialos to Paraga is about 20 minutes. And from Paraga to Paradise is about 25 minutes. Lots of bars and restaurants along the way. It’s great. Take the bus from Paradise Beach back to Mykonos Town.

  4. Kalafatis Beach / Best Beach for Restaurants and Shopping

    Hello Dave
    We arrive in Mykonos the third week of August 2017 on a NCL Cruise. Their beach excursion goes to Kalafatis beach. I’m sure it a nice beach but we really want to see one of the most recommended beaches. We are a family but everyone is over 18. Were not looking for a secluded beach but rather a beach where there’s enough to do and see (restaurants, some shopping).

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel & Travel Expert

      Kalafatis Beach is beautiful and has nice sand but there’s not much there and it can get very windy (good for wind surfing which is popular there, not so good for relaxing on a sun bed). The most developed beaches are Platys Gialos and Ornos. Both have lots of good places to eat but neither have much shopping. For shopping you need to go to Mykonos Town.

  5. Walking Between Mykonos Beaches

    I have a group of 10 Millennials going to Mykonos in September, and they are pretty fit, and enjoy a good hike. They’ll be staying at Myconian Villa Collection in Elia Beach.
    Can you please tell me about the walking path between the five beaches mentioned in this post? What would be the distance between the first to the fifth, if they walked to all? How long would it take to walk if they didn’t stop and spend time at any of the beaches? I know they will, but I’m just wondering how much time to allow for the walking. Also, where would they get the boat mentioned, if they want to return that way? Thank you in advance. btw, your blog is awesome and very helpful! I am forwarding it to them for their information. Diane Fudge

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel & Travel Expert

      Walking from Psarou Beach to Paradise Beach (for example) would take less than 90 minutes and is pretty easy with good path. Getting to the next beach (Super Paradise) is trickier and probably not worth the effort unless really into hiking the coast. A boat runs between all these beaches and you can take it in either direction though it can be cancelled due to rough seas (in which case you’d take the bus).

  6. 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 Hotel & Travel Expert

      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.

  7. 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 Hotel & Travel Expert

      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.

  8. 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 Hotel & Travel Expert

      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.

  9. 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 Hotel & Travel Expert

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

  10. 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 Hotel & Travel Expert

      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.

  11. 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 Hotel & Travel Expert

      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.

  12. 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 Hotel & Travel Expert

      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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