6 Mykonos Neighborhoods: A Breakdown MADE For Travelers

Trying to figure out where to stay and visit in Mykonos might be overwhelming since it may seem like the entire island is ready to party ’til the wee hours.


In fact, there are still different parts of the island that welcome a certain type of traveler. If you don’t mind the touristy vibe, then stay near Old Port and Little Venice. If luxe is what you’re opting for, then head to Elia Beach. Meanwhile, Ornos is made for kite and wind surfers. We’ve got the total breakdown for you, so you can enjoy Mykonos to the max!

1. Old Port

Mykonos Fun Facts

Reputation: Downtown Mykonos, and where you want to stay.

The 411: This is the most popular area to stay, since it encompasses the most picturesque view of the island. There are tons of hotels and accommodations in Old Port, so the vibe is busy and extremely touristic. If you’re traveling to Mykonos for the first time, or love to sightsee, Old Port is made for you.

Don’t miss: Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, Folklore Museum, A Touch of Art Manuel, Mantos Mavrogenous Statue, Old Port of Mykonos City Building, Boni’s Windmill, and Paraportiani Orthodox Church.

2. Little Venice

Little Venice, Mykonos
Little Venice, Mykonos. UNSPLASH Sergio Otoya

Reputation: Charming & romantic.

The 411: Situated next to Old Port is Little Venice which embodies the iconic view of Mykonos with blue houses peeking above crystalline water. Also a touristic area, Little Venice boasts an alluring atmosphere perfect for strolling along the shoreline. You’ll discover several cocktail bars here, featuring live music and a ready-to-party crowd.

Don’t miss: Little Venice Viewpoint, Lena’s House Folk Museum, Rarity Gallery, and Aegean Maritime Museum.

3. Platys Gialos

Platis Gialos, Mykonos
Platis Gialos, Mykonos. UNSPLASH spiros xanthos

Reputation: Beach bums & families.

The 411: Located next to Mykonos International Airport, Platys Gialos is for travelers who want to hit the beach as soon as they land. For those without children, this is a nice beach to grab a drink during the day then head to Paradise Beach at night. For family travelers, Platys Gialos’ beach is spacious with gentle waves.

Don’t miss: Agia Anna Beach, Paraga Beach, Paradise Beach, Psarou Beach, Saint Anna Church.

4. Megali Ammos Beach

Mykonos windmills
UNSPLASH Despina Galani

Reputation: Local vibes.

The 411: For travelers who want a bit more distance from tourists but still wish to have easy access to where the crowds are, you’ll prefer Megali Ammos Beach. It’s a less dense neighborhood, surrounded by waves from dusk ’til dawn. Since this area is more secluded, it’s ideal for beach bums, active travelers, and couples on a private getaway.

Don’t miss: Windmills of Kato Mili.

5. Elia Beach

Elia Beach, Mykonos
Elia Beach, Mykonos. UNSPLASH Panagiotis Lymperopoulos

Reputation: Luxurious hidden gem.

The 411: If you want a bit more sophistication during your stay, then hit up Elia Beach. It’s a 25-minute drive from Old Port, but this area is exclusive and posh. Most hotels and luxe apartments will have private access to the beach so you don’t need to share the sand with roaming tourists.

Don’t miss: Kalo Livadi Beach, Kalafati Beach, Ftelia Beach, and Ano Mera Town.

6. Ornos

Ornos, Mykonos
Ornos, Mykonos. UNSPLASH Dimitris Kiriakakis

Reputation: Kite & wind surfers.

The 411: For those who travel for sports, Ornos is a great place to stay with easy access to kite surf and wind surf. There are even classes that beginners can take. For the less sporty, Ornos is fantastic for sunbathing but it does get busy during summertime.

Don’t miss: Korfus Beach.

Wendy Hung


As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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