Mykonos’ beaches are popular across the globe for their beautiful sand and crystal clear blue waters. In fact, several of them are regarded as some of Greece’s most stunning beaches.
As one of Greece’s most popular islands, most beaches are well-organized, with a variety of tourist services ranging from coastal lodging to beach bars, restaurants, and water sports centers. The best-organized are on the southern shore, which is highly congested during peak season.
In summary, the most popular beaches for partying are Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach. The most famous among jet setters and celebrities is Psarou beach, which features the well-known Nammos restaurant and beach bar. The most remarkable beach resort, with several hotels, is Platis Gialos.
Windsurfing and other water sports are popular at Kalafatis Beach. The beaches on the island’s northern coast are less developed and excellent for relaxing in peace and privacy.
Let’s have a look at the list with the 12 best beaches on the island.
#1 Platys Gialos Beach
Platys Gialos (often written Platis Yialos) is Mykonos’ greatest beach, with crystal-clear azure waters. It’s a good starting point for exploring nearby beaches on foot or by taking an hourly water taxi, and it’s home to some of the best hotels on the island, right on the sand and facing the sea. It features restaurants and bars that provide meals and beverages all day. This isn’t a party beach, but it does have a bustling vibe. The majority of the beach is covered with umbrellas and loungers and the shallow water is ideal for refreshing swimming.
#2 Psarou Beach
There’s a good reason this is Mykonos’ most popular beach right now: it’s wonderful for swimming and has stunning views. It can become crowded, but it’s unquestionably worth seeing. The presence of luxury vessels indicates that this is the island’s most exclusive beach and a favorite of the affluent and celebrities. Naturally, everything (sunbed rentals and restaurants) is pricey, but the experience is worthwhile if you can afford it. It’s a popular choice for a romantic getaway or to wow a special one.
#3 Paradise Beach
Paradise Beach is well-known for its chic beach clubs and lively nightlife. In the summer, a youthful, stylish population gathers here to have fun in the sun and dance the night away.
The iconic Cavo Paradiso complex, located on a slope above Paradise Beach, features a swimming pool and a restaurant.
This large length of sandy beachfront is a nice area to explore and relax by the water throughout the day. During peak season, the beach is packed with lounge chairs and parasols (available for rent). Water sports such as boating and scuba diving are also available at Paradise Beach.
Tourists can take a boat from Platys Gialos or walk there. From Platys Gialos to Paradise Beach, there is a hiking track as well
#4 Super Paradise Beach
Super Paradise Beach, another bustling beach, offers less services than Paradise Beach but is still over-crowded. It’s definitely one of Mykonos’ most stunning beaches, with a golden beachfront of powdered sand lapped by crystal blue waters.
During the summer, Super Paradise is busy with sunbathers who rent lounge chairs and umbrellas on the beach. Swimming and water activities, such as scuba diving, are also popular there.
A number of hotels are within easy walking distance of Super Paradise Beach. The caique (shuttle boat) leaves from Platys Gialos and makes a stop at Super Paradise Beach. Take the local bus to Super Paradise Beach as another alternative.
#5 Elia Beach
Elia provides a quiet beachside hideaway as an alternative to Mykonos’ crowded party beaches. Turquoise waters wash up against the shores of Mykonos’s longest sandy beach. Rows of beach chairs and sun parasols flank the seafront, inviting tourists to unwind to the calming sound of the waves.
Gourmet food enthusiasts visit Elia Beach to dine at the beachside Elia Beach Restaurant, which specializes in Mediterranean cuisine, including classic Cycladic specialties.
Many visitors prefer to stay near Elia Beach since it is more peaceful than Platis Yialos or Super Paradise Beach.
The caique boat shuttle service from Platys Gialos terminates at Elia Beach and as a result, the beach is less busy than Paradise and Super Paradise beaches.
#6 Ornos Beach
This family-friendly beach is located next to a small fishing port and boasts a sandy beachfront nestled in a protected harbor. Little whitewashed Cycladic residences are built on the neighboring hills.
As Ornos Beach has excellent amenities and is close to Mykonos Town, it may become congested during the summer. Ornos Beach offers lounge chair and umbrella rentals, as well as a scuba diving school and windsurfing training. There are also several Mykonos villas, restaurants, cafés and snack bars on the beach.
Water sports lovers and swimmers like Ornos Beach’s peaceful & serene ambience. Ornos Beach is protected from strong winds and has calm waves because of the sheltered bay.
#7 Agios Ioannis Beach
This lovely sandy beach is located on Mykonos’ southwest shore. Agios Ioannis Beach boasts a peaceful atmosphere, crystal-clear azure waters, making it excellent for swimming. The breathtaking view of the island of Delos, which is located some distance out in the Aegean Sea, is a distinguishing feature of this beach.
Several beachside hotels and restaurants provide lounge chairs and sun umbrellas. It’s ideal for a calmer swim while still providing all the amenities you’d expect, including traditional tavernas, and there’s a rail for easy access for people with disabilities. The beach was named after the Agios Ioannis Diakoftis church, which is located at the far end of the beach.
#8 Lia Beach
Lia Beach is located on Mykonos’s southeastern coast and is well-known for its lovely blue waters and magnificent white-sand beach. This beach is rather peaceful in comparison to other Mykonos beaches. Visitors at Lia Beach come to sunbathe in a peaceful natural environment. Rentable lounge chairs and sun parasols are available.
The waters at this secluded beach are tranquil and transparent, making it perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Lia Beach is also an excellent location for scuba diving.
It also features a few coastal traditional tavernas which serve fresh fish and are specialized in seafood in general.
#9 Kalo Livadi Beach
This long sandy beach is tucked in an exquisite environment, flanked by rocky slopes and protected by waves with a turquoise tint that is almost tropical. The secluded cove ensures that the waves are mild.
Kalo Livadi, which is one of Mykonos’ longest beaches, provides enough room for sunbathers to relax in peace and serenity. Rentable sunbeds and parasols are available. There are also a number of beachside restaurants with lovely outside patios facing the sea.
This beach is popular for families with children due to its safe, shallow, and clear waters. On hot summer days, Kalo Livadi is great for swimming or simply paddling around to cool down.
#10 Agios Stefanos Beach
The allure of Agios Stefanos Beach is its wealth of eateries, seaside amenities, and water sports facilities. This beach is also the closest to Chora Mykonos (the island’s major town), and there are various hotels nearby.
This beach is popular for families with young children since the water is safe for swimming. Another plus is the view of massive cruise ships drifting by.The magnificent sunsets at Agios Stefanos Beach, as well as the distant vista of Delos Island, will appeal to romantics.
A sunbathing location protected by massive, knobbly grey rocks that feels trapped in an age before Mykonos was trendy. As for locals who stay near to Mykonos Town, they seek it out for a paddle between hikes and sightseeing; a few loungers are available if you want to spend a day there, but it’s mainly free of beach clubs.
#11 Agia Anna Beach
This shingly golden beach is a little off the usual path, with a few rows of loungers to book but no beach touts peddling stuff and no significant facilities in the form of shops or watersports.
This is a small, quiet beach on the outskirts of Kalafati. There are no beach clubs, water activities, or music bars. Instead, you’ll encounter something that is generally scarce on Mykonos beaches: SILENCE!
The affluent yachties that visit Mykonos throughout the summer like this beach for a swim before lunch or supper at the lovely local restaurant. Bring a towel and go to the eastern end of the beaches, which is reserved for non-beach-clubbers, to avoid the high-end lounger-rent costs.
Head to Agia Anna if you want to enjoy peace and quiet in Mykonos!
#12 Paraga Beach
A headland separates two sandy beaches on Paraga Beach. The southern side is more calm, while the northern side is more organized, with tavernas, music, watersports and snorkeling.
Expect to pay a lot for a sunbed (about 30 euros), it can become crowded, and the music is loud, so it’s not the place to go for a calm day, but it has a great vibe. It’s also suitable for nudists. Scorpios and SantAnna are two prominent beach bars in this area.
If you are staying at Platis Gialos, Paraga Beach is only a 15-minute walk away, making it ideal to see both beaches in one day.