he 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Agia Anna – A quiet beach with one very good restaurant. An easy walk from both Platys
Gialos and Paraga.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elia – 11 km southeast of Mykonos Town. The longest beach on Mykonos. Lots of parking
here if you have a rental car.
Kalo Livadi – is one of the longest beaches in Mykonos and quite popular for the facilities
and the parties. It is found between Kalafatis and Elia beach, located 10 km from Mykonos
Town and 2 km from Ano Mera. The vast beauty of the exotic waters and the idyllic setting
mark the landscape of this beach.
It is well-organized with many umbrellas and sundecks available for your comfort under the
hot sun, the ideal destination for people who wish to spend some days away from the noisy
crowd. Everyone can find space to lay their towel in the sand. Many families tend to visit
Kalo Livadi due to the shallow and clean waters and the quiet atmosphere. There are various
types of accommodation around the beach as well as great taverns.
Kalafatis – is known for its water sports. This is very much an active beach. In the left corner
of the beach of Kalafatis one can find a hut with hire facilities from a snorkel to diving. There
is also a windsurf centre, where you can rent a board by hour, and a watersports centre for
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
Agios Sostis – is among the quietest beaches of the island due to its location, a bit far from
the popular southern beaches of Mykonos. This is an unspoiled area without any kind of
amenities, a characteristic that creates to visitors a feeling of total freedom. The beach
stretches for about 250 meters and visitors go down a small path to reach Agios Sostis.
There is no bus connection available so you can only come here by car or motorbike where
you can park on the road and then walk down the hill. On your way to the beach, you will
see a hidden tavern to enjoy a lovely meal after a hot day. Another path will lead you to the
beach of Panormos, a lovely fishing village.