Everyone loves Mykonos! The nightlife is among the best in the Mediterranean, the food is fabulous, and the towns and villages ooze a winning combo of glamour and authentic charm. Then, of course, there are the beaches. Heavenly swathes of golden sand, secret coves and party hotspots – this tiny island has them all. We’ve picked out some of our favourites for party people, families, couples and water sports: whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered in our essential guide to the best beaches in Mykonos!
Best for party people
Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach are the party beaches par excellence on Mykonos. Located about 4 miles south of Mykonos Town (also called Chora), they sit next to each other on a gorgeous stretch of coast (water taxis ply between them). Soft, golden sand and shallow turquoise waters ensure they live up to their name. Expect DJs, music day and night, beach parties, and non-stop fun. Psarou Beach, a little further up the coast, is a summer celeb hang-out and has a quieter, less hectic vibe. It’s great for water sports, particularly wind-surfing and water-skiing.
Best for families
Ornos beach is one of the closest to the island capital of Mykonos Town, and is a top choice for families – although in August it can get very crowded. It’s got lots of sun beds and parasols for rent, plus plenty of options for eating and drinking close to the beach. Younger kids will enjoy building sandcastles and splashing about in the shallows, while older kids can have a go at wind-surfing, snorkelling or scuba diving. Another good options for families is Platis Yialos, which is a long, sandy beach with good facilities, plenty of water sports and a wide choice of places to grab drinks and snacks. Many of the hotels are right on the waterfront, which can be handy if you’re travelling with young children.
Best for romance
If you want to escape the crowds and find your own secluded corner of Mykonos for romance, you’ll need to get off the beaten track. Agrari beach is a very mellow spot with a taverna, soft, golden sand and thatched parasols to laze under, but you’ll need to walk from Elia beach to get there. Agios Ioannis is a beautiful sandy strip, which is linked by bus to Mykonos Town, but remains comparatively uncrowded. Lia Beach and Fokos Beach are both perfect if you’re looking for some peace and quiet, with few facilities (although each has a good restaurant) but plenty of seclusion and tranquility.
Best for water sports
Most of the main beaches – including Paradise Beach, Paraga and Platys Gialos – offer a wide range of water sports. Elia beach, the longest beach on the island, is also a good bet, with a great choice of things to do. Kalafatis is the best-known beach on the island for aquatic activities, with facilities for wind-surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving. You can also rent out jet skis. Korfos is the best spot for kite-surfing, and has a kite-surfing centre on the beach.