Soak Up The Sun: Mykonos’ Best Beaches

Recuperate on one of Mykonos’ relaxing beaches after an entertaining night out.

Although Mykonos is known for its bustling nightlife, many of its beaches offer family-friendly or relaxing atmospheres. After spending a night out on the island famous for its entertainment, resting on one of Mykonos’ best beaches is essential. Each offers opportunities to recharge for the next exciting event on the Island of the Winds.

Psarou Beach

Psarou Beach
Psarou Beach. FACEBOOK Mykonos

One of Mykonos’ most popular beaches for locals and tourists, Psarou attracts thousands of visitors each summer to revel in its striking scenery and clear waters. Offering many lounge chairs, one can recuperate on this calm beach and take a break from Mykonos’ lively atmosphere.

There are also well-known restaurants nearby, including Nammos Mykonos, which boasts cabanas and spa services as well. While this restaurant may host animated parties at times, Psarou Beach is still a relatively serene spot to take in the beauty of the island.

Platis Gialos Beach

Platis Gialos beach
Platis Gialos beach. Photo by spiros xanthos on Unsplash

Featuring an expansive shoreline, Platis Gialos is one of Mykonos’ most all-inclusive beaches. It offers the opportunity for one to relax on its lounge chairs along with several other amenities. Its shallow waters can translate to a memorable experience for children wishing to escape the heat, while visitors can take part in water sports too.

Many restaurants and bars line the beach, like Blue Myth Restaurant and Eclipse Seaside Restaurant, serving Mediterranean and Italian dishes. One can enjoy various elements of Greek summer culture at Platis Gialos, making it an ideal location for travelers to the island.

Ornos Beach

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Ornos Beach. Photo by Dimitris Kiriakakis on Unsplash

Situated in a bay protected by cliffs and buildings, gentle waves and the absence of strong winds make Ornos one of the safest beaches for swimming on Mykonos. As a result, many amenities are offered, including watersports schools. One can also dine at the seaside restaurants lining the beach, such as Aperanto Galazio Cuisine Bar and Kostantis. Additionally, Apaggio, one of the top waterfront restaurants on the island, is a short walk away.

Ornos Beach is only a 9-minute drive from the town of Mykonos and could be included in a day trip to the popular spot. Although this beach can get crowded during the summer, its calm waters and coastal amenities make it a safe choice for visitors.

Elia Beach

Elia beach
Elia Beach. Photo by Panagiotis Lymperopoulos on Unsplash

Elia is the longest beach in Mykonos and also the quietest of this list. It is the last stop on the caique, or the shuttle boat service that takes travelers to various beaches on the island, making it one of the least crowded beaches for tourists.

Elia offers countless lounge chairs and umbrellas, along with opportunities to jet-ski, parasail and windsurf. Visitors who wish to sunbathe in the nude can also do so here, as there is a beach furniture-free corner that nudists frequently occupy.

Paraga Beach

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Paraga is Mykonos’ most southerly beach and within walking distance of Platis Gialos and Psarou. It offers opportunities for sunbathing (clothed or nude) and swimming, along with restaurants and taverns. In particular, Kalua is a well-known eatery featuring DJs and a cocktail bar that is worth a try.

Although it is relatively small, Paraga still allows for a memorable experience. Its atmosphere helps maintain its recognition as one of the top beaches in Mykonos.

Ray visited Mykonos in 2019.

Ray Lewis

Content Editor Associate

Originally from New Jersey, Ray developed a passion for traveling through his adventures in Europe. He created unforgettable memories in Greece and Italy, but is looking to explore more countries in different parts of the world as well.

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