Mykonos is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades group which is located in the Aegean Sea. It can be accessed with a ferry from Athens in 2-5 hours or with a plane from Athens in 40 minutes as well as directly from several big European cities.
Mykonos is one of the most well-known summer destinations for people from all over the world, and for good reason. From celebrities, social media influencers, and multimillionaires to regular tourists that want to enjoy the characteristic Cycladic scenery, Mykonos has it all. The wonderful beaches, breathtaking views, beautiful architecture, excellent cuisine, and unique atmosphere makes Mykonos the perfect place for an unforgettable summer vacation experience. Where to stay in Mykonos, can depend on many factors such as budget, taste, preferences on places to visit, and others. For the past few years, Social Media pages gave Mykonos the image of an island only aiming towards the super-rich who look for top luxury. It is no lie that people who search for this kind of vacation will find Mykonos an ideal place with its abundance of 5-star hotels and fine dining restaurants, but there is more to it.
In this post, you will find information about the best towns, beaches, and places to stay in Mykonos. In terms of places to stay and visit there are a lot of options each one with its own unique characteristics. It is important to mention that the vast majority of the beaches and places mentioned below can be accessed either by water taxi or the public transportation that the island offers. There are frequent buses that go round the island and can help the visitor get a well-rounded experience of what the island has to offer.
The first option for staying in Mykonos is to stay in Mykonos Town, or as the Greeks call it, Chora. The architecture of Chora is different and unique from other islands of the Cyclades, in the sense that it is not built in an amphitheatrical way but the buildings are spread in line. In the many narrow pedestrian streets of Chora someone can find boutiques of the largest fashion brands in the world as well as of local Greek fashion brands. Moreover, Chora is packed with amazing bars and restaurants that create an elegant and vibrant atmosphere. Little Venice and the Windmills and the old Port are also located in Chora and are some of the most popular attractions of the island.
Megali Ammos beach can be considered part of Chora as well due to its very close distance from it. Chora can be considered as an ideal place for first time visitors, party seekers, families, shopaholics, foodies, art lovers as well as couples.
The only other town-like environment other than Chora is Ano Mera which is located in the center of the island and in its square a lot of restaurants and cafes can be found. Also Ano Mera is worth visiting because of the Medieval Monastery that is located there. There are frequent buses that transfer visitors from Chora to Ano Mera. This place is ideal to visit for someone who wants to explore the history of the island.
Another very popular location in Mykonos is Ornos Beach. Ornos is one of the most crowded beaches on the island with the vast majority of its visitors being families because of its calm waters, easy access to restaurants and the many guesthouses and hotels that surround it. Moreover, Ornos is very close to Korfos beach which is much less crowded mostly due to its less calm waters but gives the opportunity to its visitors to learn or to practice Windsurfing. Ornos has plenty of hotel options and it is also the place where the water taxi of Mykonos begins its route to many very popular beaches. Ornos is a great place for sporty travelers, families, couples, first-time visitors and fans of sunbathing.
Platis Gialos Beach
Considered by many the best beach of Mykonos, Platis Gialos is an option that attracts a lot of people into staying in its abundance of hotels and villas. It is located far from Chora and close to the airport of Mykonos. Platis Gialos combines the excellent calm waters, as it is never too windy there, with great beach bars and amazing restaurants. Fans of sunbathing and great waters gather to Platis Gialos and stay there for hours with the calm water-attracting families as well.
Moreover in Platis Gialos visitors can find a variety of water sports. It is safe to say that no matter what a visitor searches for when visiting the island, Platis Gialos can offer it. It also offers a lot of options for staying there as the area has a lot of smaller and bigger hotels. Platis Gialos is great for people traveling on a budget, families, couples and fans of sunbathing. Platis Gialos is accessible both by public transport and water taxi.
Agios Ioannis Beach
Agios Ioannis beach on the island’s west coast is the place to be if you are looking to watch an amazing Cycladic Sunset. The hotels at Agios Ioannis are not many but have a very nice view of the sea. Also Kapari beach is at walking distance from Agios Ioannis. This beach is a great place for couples, activity seekers and first-time visitors.
Agios Stefanos, the beach near the new port of Mykonos is a small safe beach to swim in, with calm waters and nice sand. Not the most popular beach in the island but has a couple of very interesting restaurants worth visiting. Visitors traveling on budget will appreciate this small but pretty beach. There are buses going there from both Chora and the airport and gives the option of getting a water taxi to Chora. There are also a couple of interesting hotels located near Agios Stefanos.
On the other hand one of the most popular beaches in Mykonos, Psarou with its crystal clear turquoise calm waters and white sand attracts many tourists that search for a calm atmosphere, great waters, good food and relaxation. It also facilitates a small water sports center for those seeking some adventure. Travelers looking for luxury, first-time visitors that want to have a strong Mykonos experience, foodies and sporty travelers should definitely consider Psarou as a destination. There are not a lot of hotels in Psarou but a couple of very nice ones. There are frequent buses that can transfer visitors from Chora to Psarou.
Elia beach is located in the southern coast of the island and is for the luxury-seeking visitor that wants to lay under the Greek sun for as many hours as possible in one of the sand chairs that this long beach offers. It doesn’t have a lot of restaurants or beach bars as Elia is considered a more exclusive place, making it very relaxed and quiet, but it has many umbrellas and chairs to provide a great destination for getting a good tan session. There are a good number of luxury hotels at Elia offering so many amenities that many visitors don’t even visit the beach. At walking distance Agrari beach it’s a much smaller and less crowded beach with the same great waters. Couples, luxury seekers, active tourists, first-time visitors couples and families all can find what they’re looking for from Mykonos on this beautiful beach.
Paraga beach is the best place for the young Mykonos visitor that likes the more sophisticated music and atmosphere with its well-known beach parties and the famous Scorpios located there. Agia Anna is also next to Paraga offering an opportunity to its visitors to enjoy relaxing and tasting some amazing Greek SeaFood. First-time visitors should definitely consider Paraga as a place to visit as well as young visitors, visitors on a budget and party seeking tourists. Going to Paraga is easy being supported by regular buses from Chora but there aren’t many hotels located in the area.
Agios Sostis Beach
One of the prettiest beaches of Mykonos, Agios Sostis beach mesmerizes its visitors with its long sandy beach line, great shallow waters and a very quiet environment. Agios Sostis cannot be accessed by foot or public transport and a car or other vehicle must be used. Also, the beach can be very windy during the summer. The wind and the difficulty in access make Agios Sostis a very less crowded beach and that can be especially good and refreshing in an island that attracts so many visitors. Together with its amazing water Agios Sostis facilitates one of Mykono’s most well known and amazing Greek Food restaurants. There are only a few hotels in the area.
Super Paradise Beach
If partying is the main priority when visiting Mykonos, then Super Paradise Beach is the most ideal place to visit and stay. There, the Super Paradise beach bar with its daily crazy parties attracts celebrities and fun-seekers that want to hear the music of the world’s leading DJs. The party is non stop with loud music playing almost all day long, as the parties don’t end until the early morning of the next day. Buses serving until late at night, as well as water taxis, can transfer tourists to super paradise.
Similar to Super Paradise is Paradise Beach with its infamous beach bars, clubs and parties. Depending on the season of visit the beach can be full of young people or families enjoying the amazing waters. As in Super Paradise, Paradise is accessible for visitors using buses or water taxis.
Kalo Livadi Beach
Kalo Livadi is a beach that combines some isolation from people compared to the crowded beaches of Mykonos, nice waters and decent food options. While it can provide isolation from the crowds it does not provide isolation from the elements, so it can become windy at times.
The location is one of the factors to take into consideration when deciding where to stay in Mykonos. Another really important decision someone should make is to choose between a hotel facility or private villa. Each one with its own characteristics.
Hotels and Villas
When it comes to hotels, Mykonos has some of the best hotel facilities in the world. They are located in some of the most unique locations in the island offering amazing amenities as well as breathtaking views. Many of them offer transportation solutions to their customers. Also most of the big hotels in Mykonos have excellent restaurants offering the option for the visitor to dine inside the hotel, especially important at times when Mykonos is at peak season and its so crowded that finding a place to eat becomes really difficult.
On the other hand, Mykonos villas have a lot of upsides as well. One of the most important features of a villa is the levels of privacy the visitor can experience. You can literally be in a “home” like an environment that is super luxurious and exclusive. Also because of the number of villas available for rent, someone can choose a villa that is exactly of the taste that wants at the location that is preferred and with the wanted facilities like pools, home cinemas, home gyms, etc. Furthermore, renting a villa allows for a more flexible program. No one will bother the visitor and the visitor can do whatever they want whenever they want.
Especially important is that the villa offers the choice of a large group of friends or for a family to stay together. This gives the opportunity for the groups of friends to have large private parties or for the families to ensure the safety of its members. That also leads to the fact that if many people want to have vacations together, a villa most of the time is much less expensive to rent compared to booking multiple rooms or suites in a hotel. Additionally, most of the private villas offer the customer the option to have a dedicated staff of people responsible for anything that the customer needs like Private chefs, housekeepers, Concierge, security and many others. Lastly, while most of the Hotels in Mykonos are gathered in certain areas of the island, you can find a Villa almost everywhere in the island meaning that you can choose your favorite beach to stay near.
Certainly, Mykonos gives plenty of options to its visitors. There is a lot to choose from when it comes to where someone wants to swim and lay under the sun, eat and drink, have fun during the day or the night as well as staying, choosing from numerous hotels or villas. It is highly recommended to stay more than 2 nights in Mykonos to experience what the island has to offer. There are so many options to choose from though that it is safe to say that 5 days can be filled with ease on this island.
The main concern to a lot of people wanting to visit Mykonos however is the cost of staying there. This cost can go very high very easily but if someone avoids the fine dining restaurants and the places next to the sea as well as book early a room in one of the many really fair priced hotels Mykonos can offer amazing experiences, with the transportation being cheap and many of the beaches offering access free of charge.