A guide to the best beaches in Mykonos

You’ll find well-organised stretches of sand on the southern coast of the island, offering great facilities to supplement restaurants and Greek tavernas along the seaside. There are Mykonos beaches for every taste and preference, ranging from family-friendly to naturist, secluded sands to stretches that host almost round-the-clock parties. Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach are the most popular beaches in Mykonos, and in the evening these sandy areas turn into outdoor clubs.

Paradise Beach

Nestled between Paranga Beach and Super Paradise Beach is this popular stretch of flat coastline. All around this beach are thriving bars and delicious seafood joints. There’s also a diving centre and plenty of watersports to throw yourself into. The far side of the beach is usually occupied by naturists.

In the evening this stretch of coastline transforms into an exciting nightlife hub, with the famous Cavo Paradiso nightclub kicking things off. International DJs come here to spin electronica and house music tracks till the sun comes up.

Super Paradise Beach

Located right next to Paradise Beach, this coastline is considered one of the most beautiful spots in Greece, and easily one of the best beaches in Mykonos. With soft rolling sands and see-through blue waters Super Paradise Beach looks like it’s been copied from a postcard picture. This beach is easily reachable in water taxi from Plati Yialos. Super Paradise Beach is known for being a party capital, and when the sun goes down you’ll be invited to join in on the epic dance parties that erupt by the shore.

Elia Beach

Elia is the longest sandy beach in Mykonos and is the last stop on the water taxi route. This quiet beach is encircled by traditional white houses that are raised up out of the hillside. Even though Elia is a peaceful beach it still has a good range of facilities, including a long list of watersports like water skiing, parasailing and windsurfing. If your stomach is starting to growl there are Greek tavernas and bars lining this coastline, ideal for grabbing a bite to eat after having tested the water.

Plati Yialos Beach

One of the most popular beaches on the island, Plati Yialos welcomes thousands of visitors on holidays to Mykonos every summer. Hotels and resorts are strung out along the coast, giving easy access to the seaside. There are sunloungers and umbrellas available to hire for the day and an array of watersports you can join in on.

Getting here from the capital city of Mykonos Town is simple, with buses leaving every hour. You can also hop aboard a water taxi from the port and head to Paradise Beach or Super Paradise Beach.

Agios Stefanos Beach

This is the closest beach to Mykonos Town and is located just north of Tourlos. With land around it forming a horseshoe cove, it is protected from the winds and is about the size of a football pitch, providing ample space for you to lay down your beach towel and unwind. Visitors here can enjoy a lazy day watching the larger-than-life cruise ships drift in and out of the harbour.

Panormos Beach

Located on the northern side of the island is this secluded coastline, an unspoilt area that is left unmanaged by human hands, which means you’ll experience the rugged natural landscape away from touristy facilities. You’ll need private transport to get here, but with a large car park available to visitors the location needn’t be a problem. The slight detour away from the resort complexes is worth the extra hassle, and you’ll see why as soon as you set eyes on the emerald green sea surrounded by jaw-dropping cliffs.

Ornos Beach

This sheltered beach has fine golden sands and sits right in front of an idyllic fishing village, picture perfect for those Greek island holiday snaps. Sunloungers and thatched umbrellas are available to hire, and there’s even a diving school and place to rent windsurfing equipment right on the beach. Getting here is a simple journey as buses leave from the capital city of Mykonos Town daily.