The very name, Mykonos, brings to mind fun and nightclubs. And for good reason, because on many beaches the dancing starts at 4 p.m. Over the years, Mykonos has gained the reputation of being a party island: Paradise Beach and Super Paradise are proof of this; their white beaches attract young people from all over the world. Every year, youngsters from across the globe come here to have fun, but so do families, eager to experience one of Greece’s most beautiful islands. Locations like Paradise Beach and Super Paradise have always attracted the most famous DJs on the planet, for whom Mykonos is the destination of choice for their summer season.
Mykonos è una delle mete preferite dai Vip di fama internazionale, che scelgono quest’isola per trascorrere le proprie vacanze all’insegna del divertimento e del lusso. Mykonos non è però solo feste in discoteca: sono tante le baie dove potersi rilassare in tranquillità, per godersi un po’ di relax circondati dalla natura. In questo caso è possibile darsi allo snorkeling, oppure apprezzare le bellezze della natura e del paesaggio, facendo un bel bagno, mangiando del pesce fresco al ristorante, oppure facendo una passeggiata nei caratteristici vicoli dell’isola greca, fatte di villini bianchi e antichi mulini.
We at Costa cruises have selected the 14 most beautiful beaches of Mykonos, all just waiting to be discovered by you:
- Paradise Beach
- Agrari Beach
- Platis Gialos Beach
- Agios Ioannis
- Ornos Beach
- Houlakia Beach
- Panormos Beach
- Kalafati Beach
- Super Paradise
- Elia Beach
- Paraga Beach
- Kalo Livadi
- Agios Stéfanos
- Psarou Beach
Paradise Beach is one of the most famous and popular beaches on Mykonos. With crystalline waters, colourful fish and an expanse of golden sand, from 4 p.m. it becomes an open-air disco where you can dance and have a great time. Not by chance, it is one of the top destinations for the very young, who come to Mykonos, especially for the dancing and beach parties. If wild parties are not for you, our advice is to steer clear of Paradise Beach. But if you don't want to miss out on an earthly paradise (hence the name), just make sure to go there early in the morning and then leave before 4 p.m.
Paradise Beach is very moderately priced, which explains why it is so attractive to groups of young people from all over the world. What's more, you'll find the international music scene's most famous DJs here: another reason why the very young choose this as their favourite holiday beach, often not bothering to visit any other sites. The landscape is breath-taking, the atmosphere is fun, the air is fresh. A word of warning: watch out for sea anemones on the rocks in front of the beach. They can sting and, if you touch them, it could be very painful.
Beautiful crystal-clear seas, light-coloured sand, rugged nature and lots of colourful fish in the water. If you want to discover the real Mykonos, the one without parties and music on the beach, then Agrari Beach is the place for you. Quite small, it lies at the end of a rough, narrow track across rocks falling steeply down to the sea. The perfect place for families who want to spend a quiet day in dreamily beautiful surroundings.
Agrari Beach is often very windy and the seabed is rocky. For this reason, rock-climbing shoes are recommended for walking and bathing, otherwise, you may experience discomfort or even hurt yourself. Agrari has a picturesque landscape shared by few other bays in Mykonos, not because they are not equally lovely, but because it is not easy to find a beach that doesn't turn into a disco after 4 p.m.
Platis Gialos Beach
Calm, crystalline waters, a beach fully equipped with facilities and services, as well as a wide choice of water sports for those who want them. Platis Gialos beach is a favourite with tourists mainly because, on a windy island like Mykonos, it is the least breezy, being more sheltered than the other bays. In the morning it is generally quiet, but in the afternoon, it starts becoming crowded, especially with groups of young people coming for an aperitif to start off the evening.
Unlike other Greek beaches, the sand at Platis Gialos is very fine and is therefore particularly suitable for families with children.
Like many other Greek beaches, Agios Ioannis lies in a very small bay, but one which is not generally crowded with tourists. If you have the patience to wait around in this wonderful place, you will be rewarded by a truly breath-taking sunset, framed by an enchanting landscape and an expanse of crystal-clear sea lapping the beach. Right in front of Agios Ioannis, lies the beautiful island of Delos, one of the most important archaeological sites in the whole of Greece.
Agios Ioannis is rather isolated, not very windy and boasting a beach of soft white sand, perfect for children to play safely. The blue waters allow visitors perfect bathing and the chance to enjoy the deep tranquillity of this very special bay. Behind the beach rise hills that shelter the bay from the wind, making this a very pleasant place to relax.
Ornos Beach boasts fine, very light-coloured sand, and is lapped by transparent seas. This little corner of paradise is located at the heart of the island's nightlife, meaning it is often overcrowded because of the large numbers of bars, clubs and restaurants in the area. Ornos Beach is particularly suitable for lovers of water sports who want to have some fun before the dancing starts.
The prices are very reasonable, and it is one of the most popular beaches, not only because of the prices but also for the surrounding landscape: rugged hills, white houses, cottages and windmills, all combine to make this a really special place.
Houlakia Beach is one of the most unspoilt beaches anywhere on Mykonos. Unlike many of the island's other bays, Houlakia has few facilities and, consequently, is never very crowded. It does not attract the hordes of tourists that crowd Ornos or Paradise Beach every day. It is divided into two parts: a pebble beach and another, very small sandy area. Houlakia is famous for its late-afternoon sunsets, with the sun lazily vanishing over the horizon to leave the place in darkness.
Panormos beach doesn't have many facilities, but it is still very popular with young people, especially Greeks. It is surrounded by bars and restaurants, often frequented by tourists who, after bathing in the turquoise - if somewhat choppy - seas, go there to spend the evening.
This strip of golden sand is the preferred haunt of keen windsurfers. This is because it is a very windy bay, not terribly suitable for anyone wishing to sunbathe and relax. However, this is a minor drawback compared to the beauty of the turquoise sea and the magnificent expanse of golden sand at Kalafati, definitely one of the most beautiful beaches on Mykonos.
Kalafati Beach is located about ten kilometres from the centre of Mykonos and, as you might expect - like so many other bays on the island – is well-endowed with clubs and a disco in its vicinity. It is one of the largest beaches on the island, perfect for those who don’t care for being crammed to close to other people as they sunbathe: of course, you have to be ready to put up with the wind, so beloved of surfers.
If Paradise Beach is one of the most popular beaches with young people, Super Paradise is their absolute top-favourite. It lies six kilometres from the centre of Mykonos and is one of the most "alternative" bays on the island, where nudism is not taboo and people even chill out by dancing to music naked. The beach may seem small but it is very wide and parties here go on right through the night, until the next morning when Super Paradise becomes, once more, a relaxing place for all comers. Early in the morning, the beach is very quiet and peaceful, but at 4 in the afternoon it turns into an open-air disco. This is what makes it world-famous.
Popular opinion has it that Elia Beach is the most beautiful beach in Mykonos. It is a very quiet and tranquil bay and its natural surroundings - barren and rugged - give the beach a very picturesque and out-of-the-ordinary appearance. Elia Beach is also renowned for being the destination of choice for big names from the world of entertainment, meaning you might well find world-famous actors and singers on the sunbed next to yours.
The main feature of Elia Beach, apart from its beauty, is that it is a very quiet place, where you are not disturbed by the music pervading other Mykonos beaches from 4 p.m. onwards.
Paraga Beach is about 300 metres long and 30 metres wide, making it the longest on the southern coast of Mykonos. Half the bay is unserved, while the other half is equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas that can be rented. In Paraga Beach, you can enjoy various water sports, from surfing to kite-boarding. Those not interested in sports but just looking for a relaxing holiday, can enjoy a stroll around the market, located right next to the beach, where you can buy clothes suitable for walking along the seafront or for a disco night in one of Mykonos' bays.
Paraga beach is particularly loved by children, who enjoy scrambling on the rocks in the bay and diving, obviously under the watchful eye of their parents and the lifeguard. It is a great place for snorkelling, thanks to the presence of a wide variety of fish, and diving is also available, allowing you a glimpse of the marine life on the seabed.
Beach of Kalo Livadi, Mykonos
Kalo Livadi Beach lies about ten kilometres from the centre of Mykonos and is famous for its golden sands and blue sea, which make it look more like a Caribbean beach than a Greek one. A stunningly beautiful area that has not yet attracted the hordes of tourists that flock to the more famous parts of Mykonos, it lies immersed in the countryside, dotted with buildings built in typical Greek style.
Perfect for families, Agios Stefanos is located on the west coast of Mykonos: 300 metres long and 25 metres wide, it boasts fine golden sand and turquoise seas, with clear crystal waters. One part of the bay offers facilities, so you can rent deckchairs and beach umbrellas, the other part is without services. It is one of the few beaches where there is no water sports centre. Although Agios Stefanos is a very famous beach, it is never really overcrowded.
Psarou beach is situated five kilometres from Mykonos town: with its white sands and transparent seas, Psarou is one of the most famous and popular bays on the island. It principally attracts high-end tourism: many VIPs coming to Mykonos elect to spend their summer holidays here. The beach is lined with bars and restaurants and the place is reminiscent of Babel, thanks to the richness and diversity of languages and cultures that flock to this magnificent strip of beach.
Visit Mykonos with Costa Cruises
Take advantage of a Costa Cruises to relax on some of the most beautiful beaches in Mykonos, such as Paradise Beach, Platis Gialos and Kalafati, little corners of Paradise, with crystal clear waters, offering you relaxation and loads of fun!