If Mykonos were famous for just one thing, it would be the beaches. And for very good reason. These sun-bleached shores provide the most perfect settings for relaxation in the world, be it for a romantic retreat, a Grecian party, or a family getaway.
Our insiders have combed near and far to bring you our five favourite beaches to make for truly unforgettable Mykonos holidays.
1. Party paradise beach: PsarouFamous throughout the Mediterranean as a favourite escape of VIPs and celebrities, it’s easy to see why. The stunning sandy shore is dotted with umbrellas and beach loungers while the cove hides calm, cool water for swimming.
Top tip: Nammos Restaurant, set right on the shore, is the place to be for a hip and trendy evening with Mykonos ‘it’ crowd, complete delicious Greek delicacies and drinks and exciting entertainment.
2. Family fun: Kalo LivaldiThis is one of the longest beaches on Mykonos and its warm sands and shallow, bright blue waters are a dream for family holidayers. Plenty of space means that it never feels crowded, even during high season, and the beach facilities and restaurants are truly excellent. Adults can even enjoy a Thai massage while the kids play in the golden sand.
Top tip: Very few buses go to the beach, so it is worthwhile driving or taking a taxi from Mykonos town, 10km away.
3. Easy escape: Agios StefanosLocated just north of Troulos, this small beach resort is nevertheless quite calm most of the season, unlike the more popular beaches to the South. The protected cove makes for calm, turquoise water, and there are a few small cafés and beach restaurants to sate any appetite. This is an ideal escape for those not looking to go far.
Top tip: If you are feeling very organised, head down early to the harbour and buy fresh fish off the boats to grill up for lunch.
4. Sports shores: KalafatisFor anyone looking for adventure and excitement, this is the beach for you. The north end has snorkelling and scuba diving rentals, for those who want to explore the submarine splendours of the Mediterranean, while further to the South, you can rent windsurfing and kitesurfing equipment, as well as kayaks, jetskis, and more from the Water Action hut.
Top tip: The nearby Thalassa restaurant provides succulent fresh fish cooked in Greek style and offers beautiful views.
5. Secluded sands: Agios IoannisFar enough from town to keep it from becoming crowded, this stunning beach is often labeled as the most beautiful beach in Mykonos. Fishing boats angle further out in the cove and you can watch them bringing their catch up to the shoreside restaurants.
Top tip: A westwardly orientation makes for some of the most dramatic sunsets over the crystalline waters and the island of Delos.