Between the amazing culture and rich history in Greece, you’ll also find some of the world’s best beaches. From pristine islands to the open seas, Greece is full of spots for your next vacation, no matter what type of break you’re looking for. Islands like Mykonos are great for the small towns and fun beachside spots. If you need help planning, we’ve come up with a list of the ten best beaches in Mykonos.
1. Platys Gialos Beach
Platys Gialos Beach is located on the southwestern coast of the island of Mykonos. The beach is one of Greece and Mykonos’s most popular beaches, featuring mile-long stretches of perfectly golden sand and clear blue waves. The area around Platys Gialos is very built-up, making it a popular tourist spot, full of hotels, bars, and restaurants lining the shores. From Platys Gialos, you can take a quick bus ride over to Mykonos Town, and a quick boat ride to nearby beaches.
2. Elia Beach
As the longest beach on Mykonos, you’ll never run out of things to do, or space, in Elia Beach. Elia Beach is a popular nude beach in some designated areas, but it’s also so big that not all of it is necessarily clothing-optional. Elia Beach is not quite as built-up as some of the other beaches in Mykonos, giving it a more charming and authentic vibe. The crystal clear water and soft sand are perfect for days spent tanning in the sun or swimming in the sea.
3. Kalo Livadi
A pristine beach on the southeastern edge of Mykonos, isolated and farther from Mykonos Town, Kalo Livadi is the perfect beach destination. The beautiful beach is one of the biggest on Mykonos and is often the go-to spot for the rich and famous. Kalo Livadi Beach’s peaceful, calm waves, and shallow waters make it ideal for families with young children, while the beach’s readily available lounge chairs and umbrellas will please sunbathers everywhere.
4. Psarou Beach
The trendiest beach in Mykonos, you’ll find all the young crowds and parties around the gorgeous Psarou Beach. The beach is great for water sports but fills up during high season, so be sure to book the lounge chairs and massages in advance. Psarou Beach is packed with beach bars, restaurants, cafes, and shops, and is easily one of the most popular beaches for those looking for wild parties.
5. Ornos Beach
Ornos Beach, located on the southwestern coast of Mykonos, has frequently been rated the number one most family-friendly beach on Mykonos. The sandy beach is full of great spots for a good bite to eat, perfect swimming and relaxing waters, and lounge chairs, umbrellas, and cabanas to lay out in the sun or shade. Ornos Beach is often less crowded than many other area beaches, so is ideal for those looking for a little more peace and quiet.
6. Fokos Beach
Away from many of the other popular beaches of Mykonos, Fokos Beach is a quiet piece of paradise on the northeastern side of the island. Fokos Beach is much quieter than almost every other beach on the island. The beach is harder to get to, and can only be reached by private transport. There are not many tourist accommodations near Fokos Beach, but you can find some authentic Greek restaurants and bars.
7. Paraga Beach
Paraga Beach is another popular party beach full of young, lively crowds. The beach sits on the southwestern side of the island, close to Mykonos Town. The perfect blue waters and soft white sand bring in thousands of visitors to its clear shores each year. Paraga Beach is often one of the more crowded spots in Mykonos, so if it’s a party you’re looking for, you’ve found it. Paraga Beach is also home to many popular hotels, bars, and restaurants right along the shore.
8. Agios Ioannis Beach
The quiet, secluded, beach paradise of your dreams is here. Get your fill of fun at Agios Ioannis Beach, on the southwestern side of the island of Mykonos. Agios Ioannis Beach sits just a few miles outside of Mykonos Town, but far enough away that it’s almost like it’s on the other side of the island. Agios Ioannis Beach is regularly considered the most beautiful on the island and is also a popular spot for water sports like windsurfing and jet skiing.
9. Super Paradise Beach
With paradise in the name, you can’t go wrong on this pristine slice of sand and sun. Super Paradise Beach, just minutes outside of Mykonos Town, is easily accessible via boat from Paraga Beach or Paradise Beach, giving it a bit more seclusion on the island. The beach is known as an alternative destination and a party destination, as it’s home to many top beach bars parties, while still not being as built-up with hotels and restaurants as other beaches in Mykonos.
10. Lia Beach
Not to be confused with Elia Beach, Lia Beach is a small stretch of coastline in the southern part of Mykonos. Lia Beach is harder to get to, with no public transportation heading to the area, but its a great spot for good food, resorts, and all your favorite beach activities. The waters are clear and calm, making them perfect for scuba diving, while the quiet shore is tranquil for you to spend your days relaxing in the Greek sun.