Mykonos Island is celebrated for its fantastic beaches, many of which are considered the most cosmopolitan summer hot spots in Greece. Millions of visitors flock to the island to spend their days lying on Mykonos beaches that are packed with people of every kind. The most famous, and most frequented, Mykonos beaches are Paradise and Super Paradise, although Platis Gialos, Ornos, Psarou, Elia, Ftelia, Paraga, and Kalafatis are close contenders. Naturally, there are Mykonos beaches that are quieter and less crowded for those who want to avoid busy beaches, such as Agios Sostis, Agia Anna nearby Paraga, Fokos and Mersini.
Agia Anna Beach
One of the two Agia Anna Mykonos beaches is near Kalafatis. It’s a narrow stretch of fine sand surrounded by cliffs. It certainly is an ideal setting for visitors staying at nearby hotels and couples that are looking for a peaceful, relaxing and less crowded place to enjoy your vacation. Most importantly at this Mykonos beach you’ll find a beach volley area, a Scuba Diving Center and umbrellas with sunbeds, loungers and deckchairs for sunbathing.
If you love a fine Greek, Mediterranean or European cuisine after spending a day by the sea there are many alternatives and a variety of restaurants, you’ll find at Agia Anna by Kalafatis. Some of the top cozy tavernas and restaurants at Kalafatis, close to Agia Anna Mykonos beach are Bandanna Mykonos Restaurant & Pizzeria (offering late night food and outdoor seating), Nesaea, Petrino Aquarius, Maizevelo, Spilia Seaside Restaurant & Bar, Pavilion, Aphrodite and Seven among others.
The beach bar at Agia Anna offers a great selection of delicious cocktails as well as great music. You can have access to Agia Anna Beach by Kalafatis by taking the bus from the Old Port to Kalafatis and then a 5-minute walk. If you’re driving, it’s about 30 minutes from Mykonos Town.
Agios Ioannis Beach
Agios Ioannis Beach in Mykonos Greece is one of the most popular beaches, located close to the capital town of the island. An attractive feature of this beautiful beach is its view of Delos Island, which is located just opposite of this beautiful group of sandy coves. The beach is fully organized with sunbathing facilities and great restaurants for all tastes and budgets offering quality traditional Greek dishes. This is a wonderful beach, with beautiful views, warm breeze, and sparkling clear water.
Since many wealthy and fashionable individuals (both living locally or travelling frequently for pleasure) own property in the area, it is highly likely you will find yourself dining or sunbathing next to one of them! Agios Ioannis Beach is considered by many travelers one of the most beautiful beaches in the south-western part of Mykonos island, bounded by plentiful hotels and restaurants and may be reached by boat or road vehicle.
In most areas festivals are held in honor of the Saint that each church is named after. Myconians consider it their duty and sacred obligation to operate the Church on the feast of the Saint. With great joy they participate and all are welcome including relatives, friends and visitors to the island and everyone can eat and have fun. Many of the visitors who love and had visited the island, remember with great nostalgia the hospitality and care offered by the Myconians at the festivals.
Agios Stefanos Beach
Located just a few kilometers from the island capital, Mykonos Town, and the new port, Agios Stefanos beach in Mykonos is a beautiful sandy shore with calm waters and lots of things to do while enjoying the warm Mediterranean sun. This makes it a perfect option for families with children.
Agios Stefanos is a Mykonos beach with an interesting particularity that gives it an enchanting flair – it is divided into two parts, each catering to the needs of different holidaymakers. The upper, east-facing part expands on the hillside surrounding the beach (great for those seeking a bit more privacy) while the other part is right on the shore, featuring a great array of sea sport facilities and services for swimmers.
Here, you can enjoy jet skiing and surfing to sea skiing, as well as sunbathing, given that Agios Stefanos is a Mykonos beach with everything about it extremely well-organized. To get there, you can use the bus service from the old harbor.
Agrari Beach is ranked among the finest quiet and peaceful beaches in Mykonos. It is situated 10km southeast of the island’s capital on a scenic bay between Super Paradise and Elia Beach and is fully-equipped with sunbathing facilities, a beach bar and a restaurant. Visitors can access Agrari Beach by road or by sea, catching a boat from Platis Gialos Beach.
This beautiful beach is more secluded and less crowded than the surrounding beaches, where you can relax under an umbrella and enjoy a refreshing drink from the beach bar or swim in the clear blue waters.
In Agrari there is also a water sports center where you can rent equipment and have fun at the sea, a tavern and hotels. The beach also attracts nudists. Although the road is a bit demanding, it is well worth a visit. There is a bus to Agrari Beach from Chora, but you can also opt for a taxi boat departing from Platys Gialos.
Ftelia is an unorganized beach, with a restaurant for area visitors, crystal clear waters and golden sand. The feature of this beach is the strong north winds which make it suitable for windsurfers for impressive jumps and speed.
When there are no winds, the calm waters combined with the environment make it look like a lagoon with a real beauty.
It is worth noting that on this beach, prehistoric period settlement ruins were discovered specifically from 4500 BC. Also according to Greek Mythology, the body of Ajax or Aias the Great the son of King Telamon and Periboea, a Trojan War hero, was buried here.
To get to Ftelia, follow the road signs to Ano Mera. Part of the road is layered with cement and the remaining dirt road is in good condition. Along the beach on the dirt road there’s ample parking space for vehicles. You will usually see caravans and windsurfing aficionados coming to enjoy the amazing waves.
Kalo Livadi Beach
Panormos Beach is fairly quiet and frequented by sunbathers. It is located in a beautiful setting and is exposed to a cool sea breeze. It is one of the Mykonos beaches where nudism is permitted. There are a couple of restaurants located nearby where you can enjoy your meal or coffee in their delightful shadow. They can also set umbrellas and sun beds at your favourite spot and you can have your drink or snack served at no time.
At the beach bar also you will hear great music, for the eclectic ears, so you might want to give it a shot! Beware of the two geese quacking around and have literally become the mascots of the beach! You can reach Panormos Mykonos beach by car.
Paradise Beach is the most popular of all Mykonos beaches. It is situated on the southern coast of the island, in a charming cove. Visitors will find it to be packed with people at practically any time of the day. It is long and sandy, offering an abundance of dining, sunbathing, and water sports facilities, including a diving center and a camping site.
You will also find great beach bars, such as the Tropicana beach bar and restaurant, which is the greatest hot spot for all-day fun lovers. Another world famous club is the the Cavo Paradiso, organising special sessions hosting upscale DJ’s throughout the summer! If you are still there in the break of dawn you will have the chance to admire the wonderful views to Paradise Beach. Paradise Beach is accessed by car, public bus, or boat from Platis Gialos Beach.
Platis Gialos Beach
Situated just a short distance from Mykonos Town is the lovely sandy Psarou Beach. Its proximity to the capital and its organized facilities make it one of the most popular Mykonos beaches. It is also one of the most cosmopolitan beaches, a hot spot for the rich and famous where reserving sun beds and umbrellas at the well known restaurants and beach bars during high season is a must.
On Psarou Beach you will find sunbathing, dining, and water sports facilities, making it ideal for all types of visitors. It is also a well-sheltered beach, which is safe for swimming even when strong winds blow. Psarou Mykonos Beach is accessed by car, bus and boat. Remember that the bus to Psarou stops on the main road, as the way down to the beach is narrow and winding.
Super Paradise Beach
Super Paradise Beach is a beautiful small cove which getting really crowded during summer time, offering bars, clubs and restaurants. It is particularly popular with the gay crowds, hanging out at the beach bar on the right part of the beach, while at the rest of the area you may relax sunbathing, surrounded by six-pack abs and models!
Super Paradise is one of the wildest Mykonos beaches, as parties are held there every day, all day! You can reach Super Paradise Beach by bus, car and boat. Keep in mind that that the bus to Super Paradise stops on the main road, as the way down to the beach is narrow and winding. Boats make frequent trips from Platis Gialos to Super Paradise until 7 p.m.