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Updated: May 9, 2023
By Santorini Dave
Our Favorite Mykonos Hotels
• 5-star: Mykonos Blu
• 4-star: Panormos Village
• 3-star: Matina
• Mykonos Town: Belvedere
• Ornos: Santa Marina
• Platis Gialos: Branco
• Ferry Port: Mykonos Riviera
• New Hotel: Panoptis Escape
• For Families: Santa Marina
• For Couples: Bill & Coo
The Best Areas to Stay in Mykonos
• Best Hotels in Mykonos
• Best Family Hotels in Mykonos
• Mykonos Maps
Famous for beaches and infamous for nightlife, Mykonos is the most visited island in Greece. This small island with an outsized personality is home to extravagant hotels, refined gastronomy, luxury shopping, golden beaches, and wild nightclubs. Though the cosmopolitan side of Mykonos gets the most fanfare, there are plenty of historic, traditional, and remote outposts waiting for curious travelers to discover. The archaeological treasures of ancient Delos are a short boat ride away, while Mykonos Town has the whitewashed 15th-century Church of Panagia Paraportiani (made up of five interconnected churches), and traditional Ano Mera village is home to the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani and attached ecclesiastical museum.
Most of the action on Mykonos takes place on the west and south coasts in and around Mykonos Town, Ornos Beach, and Platis Gialos Beach. These are the most popular areas for travelers to stay, though you’ll find excellent hotels and things to do all over the island. As you venture farther east and north, the population thins out with hotels, nightclubs, beach clubs, and shops giving way to rugged landscapes, a few farms, and sandy beaches hidden by rocky outcroppings.
The big decision visitors need to make is whether to stay in Mykonos Town (the most nightlife, shopping, and restaurants) or one of the world-renowned beaches that encircle the island. Buses run regularly (and late into the night) between Mykonos Town and the main beaches, especially Platis Gialos and Ornos, and the water taxi connects the south coast beaches, so it’s easy to stay in one spot and enjoy another. My preference is to stay in Mykonos Town and take the bus to beach during the day, then return to town in the late afternoon and enjoy the evening when Mykonos Town really comes alive. Mykonos Town, also called Chora, has the most nightlife, restaurants, and shopping of anywhere on the island. This compact, walkable village is the island’s historic capital and largest town, buzzing with activity, especially at night. The landmark windmills sit just outside the charming Little Venice neighborhood not far from the Old Port, lined with seafood restaurants. There is also a tiny beach at the Old Port with a lifeguard. South of the village center is Megali Ammos Beach, often windy but with remarkable sunset views toward Baos Island, an old pirate hideout.
Mykonos Town has the most luxury hotels but there are many 4-star and 5-star resorts at the beach towns located around the island. The best beaches in Mykonos are mostly along the south coast, protected from the meltemi, the strong, dry north wind that blows all day in the summer (Mykonos is known as The Island of the Winds). Most of these beaches are linked by a water taxi route that runs from busy Ornos in the west to tranquil Elia in the east. Ornos is the most family-friendly beach and wonderful for swimming. Platis Gialos is the considered by many to be Mykonos’ best beach: a wide strip of sand lined with casual tavernas, luxe hotels, and water sports rentals. In between Ornos and Platis Gialos (but not on the water taxi route) is Psarou Beach, set in a small cove shielded from the wind with calm water, luxury resorts, a chichi beach club, and a designer mall. This may be the most expensive area to spend your time on the island.
Farther east along the water taxi route, you’ll find the popular party beaches of Paraga, Paradise, and Super Paradise as well as the more relaxed, remote beaches of Agrari and Elia. East of Elia is the new hotspot, Kalo Livadi Beach, where a slew of luxury hotels and upscale beach clubs have popped up in recent years. Like Psarou, Kalo Livadi Beach is not on the water taxi route. To get there, you’ll have to pass through the traditional village of Ano Mera, known for its quaint main square and 16th-century Tourliani Monastery.
South of Mykonos Town and west of Ornos Beach is the rugged, romantic Aleomandra Peninsula and Agios Ioannis Beach, a quiet, small beach with gorgeous sunset sea views. North of Mykonos Town, also with stunning sunsets, are Tourlos (the New Port and marina area with luxury hotels and easy reach to Chora) and Agios Stefanos Beach (golden sand and casual tavernas). On the north coast, but tucked inside the bay is the beach settlement of Panormos (a wide swathe of sand, mostly open but with one stylish beach club), which lies near near rugged Agios Sostis (a natural, pristine beach – home to beloved Kiki’s Tavern).
Best Places to Stay in Mykonos
- Best Luxury Hotels in Mykonos
Mykonos Blu • Katikies • Santa Marina • Myconian Villa Collection • Mykonos Riviera
- Best Boutique Hotels in Mykonos
Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge • Bluetopia Suites • Kivotos • Belvedere • Kensho Ornos
- Best Honeymoon Hotels in Mykonos
Katikies • Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge • Bluetopia Suites • Semeli Hotel • The Wild Hotel
- Best Beach Hotels in Mykonos
Mykonos Blu • Santa Marina • Branco • Mykonos Blanc • Kivotos
- Best Family Hotels in Mykonos
Santa Marina • Mykonos Blanc • Mykonos Blu • Myconian Villa Collection • Katikies Villas
- Best Party Hotels/Hotels Near Nightlife in Mykonos
Belvedere • Semeli • Destino Pacha • Tropicana
- Best Budget/Midrange Hotels in Mykonos
Matina • Harmony • Yakinthos Residence • Acrogiali Beach Hotel • Carbonaki Hotel • Villa Konstantin
Hotels on Map: 1. Destino Pacha • 1. Rocabella • 2. Grace • 3. Mykonos Riviera • 4. Yakinthos • 5. Panormos Village • 6. Cavo Tagoo • 7. Villa Konstantin • 8. Harmony • 9. Bluetopia • 10. Theoxenia • 11. Matina • 11. Carbonaki • 12. Semeli • 13. Belvedere • 14. Boheme • 15. Bill & Coo • 16. Korali • 17. Tharroe • 18. Katikies • 19. Mykonos Grand • 20. Anax • 21. Kalesma • 22. Kivotos • 23. Kensho • 24. Mykonos Blanc • 25. Santa Marina • 26. Palladium • 27. Mykonos Blu • 28. Nissaki • 29. Petasos • 30. Acrogiali • 30. Petinos • 31. Myconian Ambassador • 32. Branco • 33. Tropicana • 34. Lyo • 35. Smy • 36. Myconian Villa Collection • 37. The Wild
Best Areas in Mykonos for…
- Best Places in Mykonos to Stay for First-Timers: Mykonos Town
First-time visitors should stay in Mykonos Town (AKA Chora), home to the picturesque Old Port, iconic windmills, charming Little Venice, and historic Kastro neighborhood. Restaurants, shops, and attractions are packed tightly in its elaborate maze of streets, designed centuries ago to thwart pirate raids. White cubic buildings with multihued stairways and balconies line the narrow, pedestrian streets of whitewash-outlined flagstones. Attractions in Chora include an open-air cinema, archaeology and folklore museums, and the 15th-century Panagia Paraportiani, a complex of five interconnected churches. Stroll the scenic Old Port and take one of the many boats to nearby Delos, the most important sacred site of ancient Greece. There is a small beach at the Old Port, too, but better beaches (Platis Gialos, Ornos, Psarou, and more) are a quick bus ride away from one of Mykonos Town’s two bus stations. Cap the day off with a sunset cocktail in Little Venice, right at the edge of the sea, then head into the tangle of lanes in Kasro for dinner at one of the many tavernas. Dance the night away at one of Mykonos’ legendary nightclubs – there is no “last call” and parties go on until sunrise.
- Best Places in Mykonos to Stay for the Beach: Ornos, Platis Gialos, Psarou, Paradise, Super Paradise, Elia, and Kalo Livadi Beaches
Mykonos has dozens of heavenly beaches tucked into natural coves all around the coast, but the beaches on the island’s south side tend to have the calmest waters as they are shielded from the meltemi winds. The above beaches are all south coast beaches with golden sand, food and beverage services, and sunbeds and umbrellas available for day use. All of these beaches are connected via bus to Mykonos Town, and most (except Psarou and Kalo Livadi) are also on the water taxi route, making it easy to travel from one to the other during the day. Ornos and Platis Gialos are the busiest and most family-oriented. Psarou is the best for beginning swimmers and has a luxury mall attached. Paradise and Super Paradise are the best party beaches. Elia is the quietest beach: long and wide with great swimming and casual tavernas. Kalo Livadi offers a chilled-out mix of stylish beach clubs and luxe hotels without the crowds of the beaches on the boat route.
- Best Places in Mykonos to Stay for Families: Ornos, Platis Gialos, and Psarou Beaches
The most family-friendly places in Mykonos are the westmost of the south coast beaches, namely Ornos, Platis Gialos, and Psarou. All offer excellent sand, great swimming, and plenty of dining options all day without the noise of the parties and bars you’ll find in Mykonos Town or the more adult-oriented beaches. Ornos and Platis Gialos offer a slew of casual tavernas, a wide range of accommodations, water taxi connections to all south coast beaches, and easy bus access to Mykonos Town. Psarou offers the calmest water, protection from wind, luxury accommodations and designer shopping, and bus routes to Mykonos Town but no water taxis. Psarou and Platis Gialos both have water sports rentals.
- Best Places in Mykonos to Stay for Nightlife and Parties: Mykonos Town, Paraga Beach, Paradise Beach, Super Paradise Beach
Mykonos Town is legendary for its nightlife with tons of nightclubs, cocktail lounges, bars, and shops packed into its narrow, pedestrian-only lanes, most of them open until at least 4:00 a.m., many until after the sun comes up. Most people enjoy a sunset cocktail in Little Venice, before heading into the heart of Chora or the Old Port for dining, dancing, and some tipsy late-night shopping. Several beaches on the water taxi route are also well-known for partying, with a string of beach clubs featuring sets by local and international DJs. Paraga Beach’s SantAnna and Scorpios throw the most lavish parties, while Paradise Beach’s Cavo Paradiso, Tropicana, and Paradise Beach Club tend to attract a younger, hard-partying crowd. Super Paradise is home the Super Paradise Beach Club, a long-running party powerhouse, and Jackie O’, a gay-oriented beach club with nightly drag shows (their nightclub in Mykonos Town also has nightly drag).
- Best Places in Mykonos to Stay for Couples/Honeymoons: Mykonos Town, Agios Ioannis Beach, Elia Beach, Kalo Livadi Beach, Panormos Beach
Pretty much all of Mykonos is ideal for honeymoons and romantic getaways, but some places especially stand out. Mykonos Town is the top spot for big celebrations with lively streets and squares, dreamy sunset vistas, all-night dancing, and restaurants that run the gamut from elaborate fine dining to cozy traditional tavernas. Agios Ioannis, Elia, Kalo Livadi, and Panormos are all less-crowded beaches served by luxury resorts and boutique hotels with soft sand and under-the-stars-dining options. Agios Ioannis has the best sunsets of the lot, while Elia offers the calmest waters. Kalo Livadi offers a cosmopolitan feel but avoids the crowds. Panormos is the least visited with just one beach club, while also offering easy access to pristine Agios Sostis Beach and rustic Kiki’s Tavern.
- Best Places in Mykonos to Stay for Sightseeing: Mykonos Town or Ano Mera
The most opportunities for sightseeing are in Mykonos Town, where travelers will find the iconic windmills, historic Paraportiani Church, alluring Little Venice, and the delightful, bougainvillea-filled lanes and squares. Delos Island, the mythological birthplace of Apollo and Artemis – among the most important archaeological sites in the world – is accessible by a short ferry ride from the village’s Old Port. Ano Mera is the last traditional village left in Mykonos, home to the centuries-old churches of Panagia Tourliani in the village square and the Byzantine Monastery of Paleokastro next to contemporaneous castle ruins. Sleepy Ano Mera is connected to Chora by a direct bus, so staying in one village and visiting the other is easy to do.
- Best Places in Mykonos to Stay for Short Trips: Mykonos Town, Tourlos, Agios Stefanos Beach
If you’ve only got a couple of days on the island, Mykonos Town is the most convenient place to stay, with a wide range of accommodation, dining, nightlife, and even a couple of beaches within easy walking distance. Mykonos Town is also the central bus hub of the island, making visits to all the best beaches simple to do. Tourlos is nome to the New Port; most visitors to the island will arrive and depart from here. Tourlos (the port and the marina) is connected to Mykonos Town by the Sea Bus (about a 15 to 20-minute ride; runs about every half hour) or a 20-minute walk. About a 15-minute walk north from Tourlos (or a 5-minute bus ride from Mykonos Town) is Agios Stefanos Beach, a quiet, sunset-facing beach with a handful of tavernas and a few excellent hotels.
Staying in Mykonos Town
Also known as Chora, the island’s capital is a charming tangle of narrow pedestrian-only streets – a real pleasure to get lost in. The historic core is densely packed with guesthouses, hotels, restaurants, and bars. Tavernas dot the waterfront, and there are two bona fide shopping streets lined with Greek fashion boutiques, art galleries, and souvenir shops. Little Venice is a dense cluster of waterside bars and a favorite gathering place at sunset, as are the picturesque Cycladic windmills at the western edge of town. A couple of worthwhile museums and an open-air cinema add to the town’s attractions. There are excellent bus connections to the beaches and interior villages of the island. Pictured above, the pool and view from Belvedere Hotel.
The Best Hotels in Mykonos Town
- Semeli Hotel Mykonos • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 27466)
- Cavo Tagoo • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 20100)
- Bluetopia Suites • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 24034)
- Theoxenia Boutique Hotel • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 22230)
- Vencia Boutique Hotel • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 23665)
- Kouros Hotel & Suites • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 25381)
- Belvedere Hotel • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 25122)
- Andronikos Hotel • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 24231)
- Villa Konstantin • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 25824)
Staying at Megali Ammos Beach
Located about 500 meters south of Chora, Megali Ammos offers nice sand, sunset views, and great swimming without the crowds of the village or the southern beaches. It can be windy here. It’s a short walk from the village center, though there is no sidewalk, so walk with caution – especially late at night. The hotels below should be considered as part of Mykonos Town but close to Megali Ammos Beach.
The Best Hotels in Megali Ammos
- Bill & Coo Suites • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 26292)
- Myconian Korali • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 22107)
- Boheme Mykonos • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 23300)
- Mykonos Earth Suites • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 25014)
- Mykonos Bay Resort & Villas • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 23338)
- Tharroe of Mykonos • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 27370)
Staying at Ornos Beach
Just 3km south of Mykonos Town, Ornos Beach is one of the busiest beaches on the island. The streets around it are dotted with boutique hotels, and its dazzling sand is densely lined with sun loungers. Half a dozen or so seafood restaurants are found immediately next to the beach with a few more nearby. Ornos overlooks a sheltered bay (as seen here from Kivotos Luxury Boutique Hotel) and the shallow, calm water is popular with families. If the crowds get a bit too much, a five-minute walk around the east side of the bay takes you to the excellent Apaggio restaurant that overlooks a cluster of docked fishing boats, while a 5-minute walk north takes you to Korfos Beach – more exposed and breezy on windy days (popular for kitesurfing), but far less crowded. There are lots of buses to and from Mykonos Town (some of them keep going to Agios Ioannis Beach). Ornos is also the starting point for the water taxi to Elia Beach with stops in Platis Gialos, Paraga, Paradise, Super Paradise, and Agrari Beaches.
The Best Hotels at Ornos Beach
- Santa Marina Resort & Villas • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 23220)
- Kivotos Luxury Boutique Hotel • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 24094)
- Kensho Ornos • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 29001)
- Mykonos Blanc • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 27618)
- Ammos Hotel • (Hotel phone: 30 22890 22600)
- Myconian O • (Hotel phone: 30 22894 44000)
Staying at Platis Gialos Beach
The best beach on Mykonos for a mix of restaurants, low-key nightlife, hotels, and good sand. Platis Gialos is a 4km drive south of Mykonos Town. It’s got something for everyone: families come here for the calm waters and white sand; the young, trendy crowd heads for the hip beach bars; and everyone comes here to eat – the beach fronts back-to-back restaurants serving everything from Greek standards and seafood to sophisticated fusion. It’s also the main water sports beach in Mykonos, with kayaking, standup paddleboarding, wakeboarding, and flyboarding on offer. Numerous hotels and villas surround the beach, including Branco Mykonos (above). Excellent bus connections to Mykonos Town and hourly water taxis to other south coast beaches in the high season.
The Best Hotels at Platis Gialos Beach
- Myconian Ambassador Hotel & Spa • (Hotel phone: +30 2289 024166)
- Branco Mykonos • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 25500)
- Palladium Hotel • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 25925)
- Nissaki Boutique Hotel • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 27666)
- Petinos Beach Hotel • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 24310)
- Petasos Beach Resort & Spa • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 23437)
Staying at Agios Ioannis Beach
Studded with beach umbrellas, this narrow sandy crescent on Mykonos’ west coast is a favorite sunset-watching spot. Part of the movie Shirley Valentine was shot here, and it’s also where you find a popular seafood restaurant – Hippie Fish – and a couple of boutique hotels on the hillside overlooking the Aegean, like Anax Resort and Spa. Several daily buses from Mykonos run by the steep, short access road down to Agios Ioannis, turning around in the parking lot near the picturesque Cycladic church by the sea. From Agios Ioannis, it’s a 10-minute walk past the church and around the headland to the small, sheltered cove of Kapari Beach.
The Best Hotels at Agios Ioannis Beach
- Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 25555)
- Katikies Mykonos • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 27890)
- Anax Resort and Spa • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 77600)
Staying at Agios Stefanos Beach
This is the beach nearest to the New Port at Tourlos (where most Mykonos ferries arrive and depart) and about 3 km from the heart of Mykonos Town. Agios Stefanos is a small, sandy beach with a handful of restaurants and beach clubs, including the amazing Limnios Tavern on the hill overlooking the beach with gorgeous sunset views and flavorful Greek comfort foods. This is not the most beautiful beach in Mykonos, but it is great for swimming and protected from the winds. The area is well-connected by buses to and from the airport and Mykonos Town and by the Sea Bus (water taxi) to the Old port at Mykonos Town and to Delos Island.
The Best Hotels at Agios Stefanos Beach
- Destino Pacha • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 25520)
- Habitat • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 77205)
- Mykonos Princess • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 23806)
- Rocabella Mykonos • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 28930)
- Grace Mykonos • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 20000)
- Mykonos Soul • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 27694)
- Mykonos Riviera Hotel & Spa • (Hotel phone: +30 22894 40100) In Tourlos, near Agios Stefanos Beach.
Staying at Psarou Beach
With its sparkling waters and end-to-end rows of sun loungers, Psarou Beach is one of the island’s most popular destinations. It’s a particular favorite with families and honeymooners due to its relaxed atmosphere, powder-soft sand, and enviable location in a cove protected from the winds. A minor water sports center, Psarou Beach sees windsurfers and waterskiers bouncing on the waves further away from the shore. There are a couple of great restaurants and hotels here, including Mykonos Blu (foreground) and N Hotel (background), restaurants, and the beach is well-served by buses from Mykonos Town.
The Best Hotels at Psarou Beach
- Mykonos Blu • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 27900)
- N Hotel • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 29002 )
- Colours of Mykonos • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 23883)
Staying in Paradise Beach
A big draw for revelers, Paradise Beach has three clubs to choose from: Paradise Club with a hugely popular beach bar surrounded by mounds of empty Dom Perignon bottles, Tropicana with wild all-night dance parties, and Cavo Paradiso, a five-minute walk away on a headland overlooking the waves. All attract big-name international DJs and the parties go on ’til dawn. In daytime during peak season the sandy beach is popular with young, trendy sunbathers; in low and shoulder seasons, families take over. The excellent, authentic Indian Palace restaurant is nearby. The beach can be reached either by frequent shuttle from Mykonos Town or by water taxi.
The Best Hotel at Paradise Beach
- Tropicana Hotel • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 78746)
Staying at Super Paradise Beach
Exclusive villas dot the hillside above the sheltered cove of Super Paradise Beach, accessible via a steep, narrow access road. Super Paradise is dominated by its namesake beach bar and club (shown above) with popular Jackie O at the opposite end. During summer peak season, beach parties with international DJ sets kick off in the afternoons and continue until the wee hours of the morning. During the day, the beach is a good spot for sipping a cocktail while working on your tan. Hourly shuttle buses from Mykonos Town during high season run late into the night, while boat taxis serve the beach during the day.
The Best Hotel at Super Paradise Beach
- Lyo Boutique Hotel • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 22535)
Staying at Paraga Beach
Lively Paraga Beach on the south coast bridges the gap between backpacker party central and sultry sophistication. This appealing sandy crescent has several beach bars and a youth hostel at one end. Beach parties tend to kick off in the afternoons. At the other end of the beach, on a headland with excellent sea views from its lofty vantage point, is Scorpios (shown above) – a place for leisurely lunch under a shady canopy by day, an amphitheater for sunset-watching, and a club lounge by night. A two-minute walk north across the headland you’ll find a couple of great seafood tavernas and a more chilled-out vibe on pebbly Agia Anna Beach (one of three beaches in Mykonos with the same name – the others are in Mykonos Town at the Old Port and south of Kalafatis Beach on the west side of the island). Buses run to Paraga from Mykonos Town in summer.
The Best Hotel at Paraga Beach
- Agia Anna on the Beach • (Hotel phone: +30 69442 68372)
Staying in Kalo Livadi Beach
You have to pass through Ano Mera to reach this long, wide beach on the south coast. Because it’s relatively isolated compared to other south coast beaches (reachable by bus in high season but not by water taxi), this beach avoids the worst of the summer crowds. There are a handful of luxury hotels on the hills above, a couple of beach clubs, seafront tavernas serving Greek standards, and several clusters of sun loungers. Still, travelers can easily find a patch of sand to call their own, or take a short walk southeast along to coast to find the tiny, lesser known Loulos Beach (no sunbeds or umbrellas here, so come prepared). On windy days Kalo Livadi Beach can feel quite exposed.
The Best Hotels at Kalo Livadi Beach
- Aegon Mykonos • (Hotel phone: +30 22894 49000)
- Nomad • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 72800)
- Radisson Blu Euphoria Resort • (Hotel phone: +30 22892 09449)
- Mykonos Bliss Cozy Suites • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 72912)
- Salty Houses • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 72421)
- The Summit of Mykonos • (Hotel phone: +30 21089 00208)
Staying at Elia Beach
Reachable via Ano Mera (or via boat taxi from nearby beaches during summer season), Elia Beach is a long, sandy beach on the south coast of Mykonos. Elia Mykonos, a decent seafood spot with a bar and sunbed rentals, is the only restaurant open to the public on the beach; all other restaurants are inside the resorts. However, the luxury resorts capping the surrounding hills all have their private beach areas here. You’ll also find a small water sports rental center with jet skis and inflatables. While the beach gets busy with sun worshippers, its lack of public beach bars and abundance of space lends it a more relaxed vibe than other south coast beaches, even during its most crowded moments. A ten-minute scramble along the rocks from the west end of Elia Beach takes you to the quiet, pretty Agrari Beach in a sheltered bay, where you’ll find a couple of beach restaurants, plenty of deck chairs, and calm, shallow water.
The Best Hotels at Elia Beach
- Panoptis Escape • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 76000)
- Myconian Villa Collection • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 76000)
Staying in Ano Mera
The only other village on the island of any size after Mykonos Town, Ano Mera sits roughly in the center of the island, reachable via an 8km drive along the island’s main road (not long ago, this was the only road on the island). Ano Mera is well worth a visit for its attractive main square, lined with tavernas and cafes, and the beautiful Tourliani Monastery (pictured above) that dates back to the 16th century. Beyond its whitewashed, fortress-like wall, there’s a striking marble chapel filled with medieval icons. There are great views of the village and the monastery from the Paleokastro Monastery, located on a hill just outside Ano Mera. Frequent buses connect Ano Mera with Mykonos Town. In summer, there are buses that connect Ano Mera with Kalo Livadi and Kalafatis beaches. There are very few hotels in Ano Mera, but the village is home to one of the best, Koukoumi, the one and only vegan hotel in Mykonos.
The Best Hotel in Ano Mera
- Koukoumi Vegan Boutique Hotel • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 76317)
Staying at Panormos Beach
One of the longest beaches in Mykonos, Panormos stretches for about half a kilometer along the island’s north, central coast. Set back in a cove, the beach is somewhat protected from the strong, northerly winds, though it is typically breezier here than at the southern beaches. There is a fantastic restaurant, Kalosta, and a lively beach club, Principote, here, but the beach is relieved of the usual throng of tourists due to its semi-remote location and lack of a regular bus (you’ll want a car to visit here). Expect crystalline waters, fine golden sand, and plenty of sun. Both restaurants and a smattering of hotels sit at the northern end, while the far south end attracts a few nudists. The pool and view from Panormos Village is shown above.
The Best Hotel at Panormos Beach
- Panormos Village • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 29183)
- Yakinthos Residence • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 29183)
Staying at Agios Sostis Beach
The prettiest beach on the Mykonos north coast, Agios Sostis is tucked away in a cove but has a good strip of white sand, shallow, calm water, and a few beach umbrellas. It tends to be a lot less crowded than the south coast beaches but can be buffeted with the wind in July and August. At the north end, high above the beach is the legendary Kiki’s Tavern; diners start lining up outside it at noon for the terrifically simple Cycladic dishes. Directly below the taverna is a small, sheltered cove with crystal-clear water and a tiny beach. You need your own wheels to get to Agios Sostis. The turnoff for the beach is 2km or so out of Mykonos Town off the main road towards Ano Mera.
The Best Hotel at Agios Sostis Beach
- Mykonos Lolita • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 27900)
Staying in Aleomandra
Named for the mythological stables that sheltered Apollo’s horses, Aleomandra is the little peninsula between Ornos and Agios Ioannis jutting southwest out into the sea. This is the closest point in Mykonos to the sacred island of Delos. This sparsely developed area is dotted with private luxury villas with only a few high-end hotels open to guests and a handful of small, sandy beaches (some with no names) that see very few visitors, even in the peak season. Glyfadi Beach, below Casa del Mar’s is one of these nearly secret beaches. For privacy and serenity, this is among the very best spots on the island, though it may feel a little isolated for some.
The Best Hotels in Aleomandra
- Kalesma Mykonos • (Hotel phone: +30 69839 18726)
- Casa del Mar • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 26676)
Staying in Kalafatis
The westernmost village on Mykonos, about 8 km from Chora as the crow flies, casual Kalafatis village is home to the only Blue Flag-awarded beach in Mykonos, Kalafatis Beach. This long, tree-lined swathe of golden sand features a handful of watersports centers, beach volleyball, and boat charters, though it’s most popular as a windsurf destination, loved for its steady breeze and consistent (yet not too aggressive) waves. Sunbed and umbrella sets are on offer from the couple of seafood tavernas perched on the sand; more dining options are available offshore in the village. Most of the activity takes place at the north end of the beach, leaving the south side mostly open for swimming, snorkeling, or simply claiming your own patch of sand under the sun. There is a lifeguard on duty throughout the summer season. Unpretentous, low-key, and family-friendly, Kalafatis is a breath of fresh air in an often hectic, always glitzy, destination.
The Best Hotels in Kalafatis
- The Wild Hotel by Interni • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 72500)
- Anemoessa Boutique Hotel • (Hotel phone: +30 22890 71420)
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Hi, my boyfriend and I will have just a short time in Mykonos. Probably about two days. What is the best/most beautiful beach to visit? Also keeping in mind we will only get to see this location likely when we are there since it’s a short stay. Thanks!
Ornos is my favorite.
Hi, your website is the best. We booked for Santorini with your info. We are from Montreal and are going to Mykonos September 18-25th and are undecided between Roccabella and Tharroe. We looked at the rooms at both and prefer the Roccabella but also want to be able to walk to cafés and bars. We love minimal decor and white – what would you recommend?
Both are great hotels. I’d probably give a slight edge to the rooms at Rocabella and a slight edge to the location (and definitely the views) at Tharroe. Tharroe is walking distance to Mykonos Town (though it’s a busy road and you wouldn’t want to walk it at night). Rocabella is not walking distance to Mykonos Town.
Thank you David. Because of you, I’m staying at Branco Mykonos this summer! Thanks for the great website.
It’s a fantastic hotel. You’ll love it.
Hi Dave, great website
Just wondered how difficult it is to get taxis in Mykonos? Unsure whether to stay by the beach or in Mykonos town. Swaying towards Mykonos Town if taxis are hard to come by. We are a group of 6 (3 couples) and want to enjoy nice bars and restaurants. We want to stay in a 5-star hotel and maybe enjoy a day at the beach but are happy to stay poolside so need a great hotel with a great pool. Any local beaches near Mykonos town that would be easy to get to would be great too.
Any suggestions would be great.
Taxis in Mykonos can be hard to come by; there are only 31 taxis in total serving the entire island, so there is almost always a wait at any of the official taxi stands. It’s best to schedule taxis in advance.
But don’t let that deter you from staying at one of the island’s legendary beaches. Mykonos has a reliable bus system, especially the routes connecting Mykonos Town to Ornos Beach and Platis Gialos Beach. Both Ornos and Platis Gialos have wonderful beachfront hotels with great pools within a short walk of the bus stops with buses running about every 30 minutes into Mykonos Town. Plus, if you stay at Ornos or Platis Gialos, you can easily catch the water taxi to the farther-flung beaches to the southeast to visit their amazing beach clubs, especially Scorpios, SantAnna, and Jackie O. Check out Mykonos Blanc on Ornos Beach and Petasos Beach Resort in Platis Gialos. Another option would be to stay at Megali Ammos, which is the wild, wind-swept beach about a 10-minute walk (along a busy road with no sidewalk) from Mykonos Town. Bill and Coo is the best hotel in Megali Ammos.
Of course, if riding the bus sounds unappealing, there are plenty of wonderful hotels in Mykonos Town with amazing pools. Look into Semeli Hotel, which has 2 pools (1 heated, 1 cool) and a jacuzzi.
Great website packed with information! I was just wondering if you knew is the buses still ran early October around Mykonos? My partner and I are looking to go in the first week or so for 10 days, but we won’t be hiring a car. I understand the services are reduced out of season but can’t find any good websites to help this far in advance. We don’t want to book something and then not be able to get around once we get there! Also, how much do taxis cost in Mykonos? Looking from around Agios Stefanos area to Mykonos Town. Many thanks!
In October there will be few buses serving Agios Stefanos (which doesn’t have great service even in high season). Taxis are hard to get here too – though a little easier in October. Taxis from Agios Stefanos to Mykonos Town will cost between €10 and €20. Many hotels in Agios Stefanos (e.g. Grace Mykonos) have free shuttle buses to Mykonos Town.
Hi Dave! My husband and I are going to be staying in Mykonos this year for 3 nights June 3-6. We were initially planning to stay in Mykonos City but decided to stay at the beaches as it seems more convenient to hang out at the beach all day then simply get transportation to Mykonos town at night. We currently have a superior Brancos booked (can still cancel) and it looks amazing, however when comparing some other hotels with similar prices ranges, they have private pools and so I am wondering what makes Brancos high price point worth it? We are in our early 30s and id say we like to party more than average for our age however we aren’t interested in partying with a bunch of young obnoxious people. We’re big foodies and love wine. The city is our usual go to when traveling but the image of Mykonos in my mind is a lively daytime party on the beach during the days then explore the town at night. If you have any other suggestions for me on which beach or similar hotels or why you think Branco is a good choice, I’d appreciate it. Thank you!
Branco is an amazing hotel, one of the best, new, five-star properties on the island. There are definitely other hotels offering luxurious stays and private pools at a lower price point, though. One of the things that sets Branco apart is its beachfront location; many other hotels offer a beach club walking distance from the hotel or just have access to a public beach without their own designated area. Branco has its own designated, serviced beachfront with sunbeds and Bali beds just steps from the rooms on the widest section of vibrant Platys Gialos Beach. Branco offers music events 3 days a week with a live DJ, plus there are several other beach clubs to try within walking distance, including the world renowned Scorpios, just a 10 minute walk away on Paraga Beach. The Superior Rooms boast high-quality, custom furnishings and offer sweeping sea views from their private terraces; you may also decide to upgrade to a Prestige or Honeymoon Suite to add a private jacuzzi (much better than the unheated plunge pools many other hotels offer). Because many rooms have a private jacuzzi and the hotel is right on the beach, the community pool is usually pretty quiet. The food here is also outstanding, with a complimentary a la carte breakfast, a contemporary gourmet taverna, and a casual beach bar with supreme cocktails and a carefully curated wine selection. Service is impeccable in every aspect, from the concierge to the beach staff, and especially the complimentary round-trip transfer from the airport or port. Yes, the rates are high, but that also serves to keep out the young, obnoxious partiers that you’re trying to avoid. You will definitely no regret staying at Branco!
But if having a private pool is a must and you’re looking for a similar rate, there are plenty of other luxurious options available. Try Kensho Ornos’ Deluxe Room with Plunge Pool; rates are similar if you book early. Kensho is a 5-star boutique hotel with an amazing restaurant, spa, and pool all overlooking Ornos Beach, which is just a few minutes’ walk away. Or check out Rocabella Mykonos’ Panoramic Sea View Suite with Outdoor Plunge Pool. Rocabella is also a 5-star property with a spectacular pool, great drinks and food, and a beautiful view over Agios Stefanos Beach just across the street.
Great site and I am now helping you with the fight against malaria now – since you have helped me so much!
I have a question and wanted to see your opinion on my thoughts.
We are going to Greece May 25-June 8.
Santorini 5 nights
Naxos 2 nights
Mykonos 4 nights
Athens 3 nights (We want to do Delphi so that is why the 3 nights)
In Santorini we will stay at Astra Suites (already booked) after much debate. We were thinking of splitting time with a Hotel in Oia but my wife did not want to pack and unpack so I lost that battle.
In Mykonos I am lost on hotel options. We are an early 40’s couple traveling without our child from the US, We like relaxation, drinks, and fun. I like sightseeing and seeing what is around, my wife will go but also likes to relax more then me I am always wanting to do something. We plan on doing Delos (1 day), cooking class (1 day), +/- car.
I am looking at your recommendations for Bill and Coo — but see they have 2 places now and can travel between them as well. So not sure which place the Suites vs Coast is a better option vs Branco Mykonos on the beach.
I have AMEX Platinum so can get early check in at the suites and a free lunch or dinner but that is not a deal maker as I want a place we will like the best.
In Naxos we will stay at your number 1 hotel on your site so not an issue there. In Athens staying at the Hotel Grande Bretagne.
We fly into Santorini at 5 pm day 1 and then will ferry to Naxos and Mykonos the other days for more information
Thank you for your thoughts
I would stay at Bill Coo Suites if the hotel and luxury are what you’re after. I would stay at Branco Mykonos if the beach is your primary interest. Both are great hotels. (Not sure if there was another question in there – I couldn’t really tell what you were asking.)
Hey Dave. Love the site, thank you for all of this information! We’re travelling with a large group to Mykonos in late April (all first timers) and thinking of renting a house near Agrari / Elia. Is that too remote to enjoy the rest of Mykonos? Will it be warm enough to enjoy the beaches on the southside?
Mykonos will be quiet in April (outside of Easter weekend) and that area of Mykonos will be dead with little bus service (to Elia). Much better to stay within walking distance of Mykonos Town during an off-season visit. It will be quiet in Mykonos Town during April but still plenty enough open to have some great meals and good fun. Swimming in the sea in April is possible but probably best to assume it won’t happen and be happily surprised if you get warmer than usual weather. Skies will likely be clear and sunny through much of April but it’s usually not swimming weather and the water will be cold even if it’s hot in the sun.
Never been to Mykonos but have been to Santorini four times and have stayed at Kamari and Perrisa. Perrisa is our favorite. So with this information where do you think we would like in Mykonos? We like good food especially seafood nice bars not clubs. Something relaxing but with music as well and a nice beach, nothing too busy. Thanks.
Ornos (more relaxed) or Platys Gialos (more trendy) would both be great.
What’s a good area and hotel to stay so that we get beautiful views, and are close enough to the town and beach? We are looking for a relaxed holiday exploring nice views and food. We’re in our late twenties. Not looking for a party scene.
Two hotels with great views are Cavo Tagoo (north of town, walking distance to Mykonos Town, but not to any beaches) and Bill & Coo (south of town, walking distance to Mykonos Town, short/easy bus ride to beaches).
Hi Dave, where is the best place to stay for a young family with a baby under 6 months?
I’d go with Ornos. Great beach, relaxed vibe, lots of places to eat, short bus ride to Mykonos Town.
What would be a good place for a young couple (late 20s) on their honeymoon in late September? We would like to enjoy the beach, but would like to do a day party and enjoy some nightlife as well. We were leaning towards the Mykonos Blu.
Mykonos Blu is a great choice for a honeymoon. It’s a an easy walk to Psarou Beach and Nammos beach club. In the other direction is Platys Gialos (restaurants and low-key bars) and then a little farther the beach clubs of Kalua and Scropios (at Paraga Beach). For nightlife you’ll probably want to go into Mykonos Town.
I’m going to Mykonos with my husband and another couple in July. We want to be on the beach but close to clubs and bars. Where should we stay?
There is no perfect place to stay for both good beach and clubs as the best beaches have subdued night spots. And Paradise and Super Paradise (which have the big dance clubs) are probably not where you want to stay. A good compromise is Platys Gialos. Great beach with some nightlife, beach clubs (busier through the day than at night) within walking distance, boat service to Paradise and Super Paradise, and good bus connections to Mykonos Town.
What’s the best Mykonos town or beach to stay in for nightlife for a couple in their 30s? Want something fun and lively but not a rave.
Mykonos Town has the best range of nightlife. Cool bars, lively dance clubs, trendy wine bars. The beach clubs with DJs do skew younger.