Platis Gialos beach in Mykonos

How to get the best out of Mykonos’ legendary beach life

Mykonos’ beaches lavish you with riches. High-end restaurants, exquisite local dishes at tavernas, sunset cocktails and beach parties, watersports and even shops (if you get the urge to splash out in another way). It’s beach life, but not as you know it.
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2 - 4 days
April - October


Every day on Mykonos repays you in ways you could never have imagined. So when it comes to its world-renowned beaches, it’s worth choosing as carefully as if they’re covered in gold dust, not sand. Because that’s how you’re about to feel. 

What will it be today? Fine dining with the most exquisite local and international tastes? Chargrilled fish and fresh local delicacies in a family-run taverna? Sunset cocktails and dancing to a renowned DJ long into the night? The adrenaline rush of water skiing or kite-surfing? Buying that irresistible little something you spotted in a boutique right next to the beach? Or a combination of the above?

This, after all, is the island where every experience is unforgettable. Just say the word and the beaches will do the rest. 

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Elegant tastes and legendary nightlife

Ever wonder what luxury tastes like? On beaches such as Ornos, Psarou, Platis Gialos, Paraga, Paradise and Super Paradise, Kalo Livadi, Ftelia and Agios Ioannis you’re about to find out. Seafood comes in the form of lobster and pasta with prawns and clams. Or perhaps you’re in a sushi mood? You’ll find Kobe beef, Iranian beluga caviar and dishes as inventive as seabass with chilli and fruit of the forest. And more than anything, you’ll adore the fresh Mykonian produce, so beautifully presented you won’t know whether to photograph or eat it. And for the evening, how about a sunset cocktail made by an expert mixologist? Before the DJ starts up and the dancing begins. And all this to the sound of the Aegean waves lapping the shoreline. 

A traditional taverna on the beach

Or perhaps it’s a different kind of luxury you’re after? We’re talking about the feeling of being at a more remote beach taverna, the kind where you can feel the warmth of the smooth golden sand beneath your feet as you wait to be brought a local delicacy. Fish caught on the very same day, salads bursting with the colour and life of ingredients picked at a family-run farm, Mykonian onion pie or stuffed tomatoes and peppers. Head to Agia Anna, Kalafatis, Megali Ammos, Ftelia, Panormos, Agios Stefanos and Lia and the more remote Agrari, Agios Sostis and Fokos and you’ll find what you’re looking for. Even in the more cosmopolitan Elia and Ornos, you will find traditional tavernas, many serving local specialities for decades. With a glass of ouzo or chilled wine in hand, you’ll still be there at sunset.

Gettting active with watersports

And then there are the days when the sea calls you to get active. We’re talking about the likes of tubing, water skiing, parasailing, wakeboarding and fly-boating. Super Paradise, Elia, Kalafatis (one of the most popular because of its size), Kalo Livadi, Platis Gialos and even quiet Agari have popular water sports centres. And you can book yourself kite-surfing lessons at Korfos and Ftelia and go diving at Paradise, Lia and Kalafatis.

Splashing out at the shops 

Lastly, an activity you probably never thought you’d combine with a day at the beach. Shopping! There’s a wide range of shops right by many of Mykonos’ beaches, from stores with international luxury brands at Psarou to little boutiques with men’s and women’s wear at Super Paradise, Kalo Livadi and Ornos. A tip is to look out for the sandals, handmade bags and straw hats at Elia, made by Greek and international designers, and the boho chic choices at Paraga, Ftelia and the more remote Lia. It’s enough to keep you off the beach. For a bit! 

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To Hora

From the airport

From the New Port (Neo Limani)

  • By car/taxi: 3.5km (15-25min)
  • By foot: Around 35min, by the sea
  • By bus (to the Old Port) More information
  • By sea bus (to the Old Port ): From April-November (8min)

More information

  • You can visit Mykonos all year round but the complete sun & beach experience, with most stores and facilities open, is from April-October.
  • Mykonos is very popular from June-August, so it’s worth visiting in April to early June or late September and October.
  • Autumn
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter

Plan your trip



Greece’s beaches are delicate ecosystems so please help keep them in the best possible condition and leave only your footprints.

Use the bins provided or, if need be, take your rubbish with you.
Don’t remove any shells, rocks, fossils or sand from the beach.
Respect the marine life and the plants and animals on shore.
Use a refillable water bottle to try to minimise your use of plastic.
Explore your surroundings but do so carefully and avoid disrupting the flora and fauna.
Making fires on beaches is strictly forbidden.

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