Freedom and wild abandonment, these two things sum up the beaches of Mykonos.
With the help of The Rochari hospitality group concierge, I have prepared a detailed summary on each of the island’s beaches. I hope you will find it useful as the choice is truly immense and an exploring itinerary should be put in place during your stay. Enjoy.
Mykonos beaches are a postcard come to life. There is something for everyone, whether looking for sun, sea or sand; you can find these things and more. A combination of stark white houses on the surrounding rocky, brown hillsides; a clear, blue sea; a bright blue sky, with the sun presiding over all of this make up the incredible colors of Mykonos beaches. Mykonos offers beaches for families, gays, couples or singles. If you are looking for a party or tranquility; (sex) or sandcastles; nudity or modesty; a social life or solitude; water sports or relaxation, you can discover any or all of this on the beaches here. Mykonos beaches range from developed, seaside communities to beaches tucked away or a little more wild and off the beaten path. Transportation to the beaches varies with each beach, whether it be public transportation (bus or taxi), caique (boat), rent a car – motorbike or by foot. Every day is special, each visit to any of the beaches provides a different flavor. Find the way to your perfect beach and indulge your pleasures.
This increasingly popular, northern beach has become the destination in recent years of the more bohemian Greeks, locals and a mix of tourists. Nudity is perfectly acceptable here, especially on the far right side of the beach. This beach is somewhat undeveloped . It is a narrow, fine sand stretch of beach with little alcoves scattered along the back side, in the low sand dunes, where you can sometimes find a bit of privacy. If you choose to stay on the left side near the beach bar – taverna, located between a large, wild bamboo area and beautiful shade trees, you will find more activity, music, food, drinks and a lively atmosphere. There is plenty of shade under the pergola while enjoying a drink, a meal or the company of friends. Panormos is a north beach located en route to Agios Sostis Beach, after driving through the countryside passing the Marathi Water Reservoir. The landscape until the beach( photos at the beginning of the post) is truly b breathtaking. The sea can be a little rough when the north wind blows, but you can still find a bit of protection to lay your towel and work on your tan. Almost always you will see small, local fishing boats and private yachts anchored in the bay. Fishermen launch their boats or fish off the rocks to the left of the beach Blue puffs and very low umbrellas are highly disputed by all and are the only ‘islands.’ on the boiling hot sand. Worth the adventure before a sumptuous meal at the camouflage tented hippy style lounge. Ufff what a life!
Best known as “Shirley Valentine” beach, because of the 1980’s English movie filmed on Mykonos, it is one of the best spots to watch the sunsets especially in September and October as the sun moves closer to the southern sky. You can view the island of Delos from this pebble and sand beach or while floating in the blue sea. Let your imagination take you to mythical times and the birth of Apollo, the god of light and his twin, Artemis. This magical event is said to have taken place on Delos. From the dock of Agios Ioannis you can view a “point of light” on a clear summer day. This is one of three places in the world where the sun is brighter than anywhere else. The sun shines on the water and you can view a current running across the sea, thus being a special part of the birthplace of Apollo (god of light). Another legend associated with this beach, is the story of the mermaids. The story was created, during war times, as a scare tactic to try to keep people from coming to the beach at night, so that men arriving in boats carrying black market goods could unload their cargo at the dock. The story told was that these half female – half fish creatures would lure you to them and take you to their world at the bottom of the sea. This is a small, rather tranquil Mykonos beach where you can relax under the sun or enjoy a meal at one of the tavernas just a few footsteps away from the sea. Agios Ioannis Beach is divided into two sections separated by a large, rocky area. On the right side is the dock, a beach, a bus stop and a large parking area. On the left side of the rocks is the longest section of the beach with a limited parking area and a bus stop. On the longer section of the beach there are some umbrellas and sun beds available for rent or there is enough open space to lay a towel on the sand. It is a child-friendly beach with shallow water at the shore line to play in. Not extremely protected from the north winds, but is fairly calm on most days.
Known for special events, such as Full Moon Parties and Bubble Parties, this can be a beach to relax on or die partying.
Don’t miss the closing party if you’re on Mykonos in early September.
It’s mostly multicultural, young twenty something’s, but you can find a mix of all ages. Paradise Beach is a good place to sleep off a hangover in early afternoon with the throbbing music from several beach bars picking up at around 16:00 where you can start the party all over again. Bodies everywhere, dancing on the bars or on the sand, it’s amazing that after a few minutes you don’t even notice if people are dressed or undressed.
This is a lovely cove surrounded by dramatic rock walls that catch the late afternoon sunlight, making an incredible contrast with the beautiful colors of the sea. Nice pebbly sand and the water is perfect for swimming. The hill side behind, the bamboo fence and the narrow mouth of the bay, provide some protection from the north wind…