After spending two months in Asia with on and off monsoon rains, I was ready for some proper sun. Mykonos was the perfect place, everyday the sun was out and there are so many beaches to explore. I’ll be showing you the best beaches in Mykonos, with something for the party animals, the nudists and if you don’t want to spend fifty euro on a sunbed. I’ve explored the whole island to show you all the best spots! First I’ll be showing you the best beaches with sun loungers and restaurants, so if you’re looking for secluded beaches then scroll right down!
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How to get to the best beaches in Mykonos?
A taxi anywhere on the island will probably be about forty Euro so take some cash out at the airport. We stayed about a twenty minute drive away from Mykonos airport and paid forty Euro for the transfer to Seaside Studios where we were staying. After this, I would recommend getting a scooter as it’s the cheapest mode of transport. It makes it so much easier to get around especially when there is traffic. Having your own transport means you can stop anywhere along the road if you want to take a photo or see something that you like!
There are car rentals in the airport and I saw one quote for 350 for one week. This also saves you the initial forty Euro taxi to get to where you are staying. However, the scooter rental company picked us up from where we were staying to get to the scooter and also does a drop off after you have left the scooter.
Cost of a scooter: 25 Euro a day
Cost of car rental: 350 Euro per week
Best beaches in Mykonos with sun loungers and restaurants
Kalo Livadi Beach
Kalo Livadi is a long stretch on sandy beach on the south east of the island. It is right between Elia and Kalafati beaches. It is very popular for parties, day and night and if you want to see some amazing yachts this is the place to come. There is also a restaurant there called Solymar that serves sushi, seafood, risotto and pasta. It is definitely one of the more exclusive beaches.
Price of a sunbed: 25 Euro each
Where to stay near Kalo Livadi?
We stayed in Seaside Studios, right by the beach and it was really lovely! The villa has a Jacuzzi and an amazing terrace overlooking the whole bay. You definitely need a car to get here but it is only a five minute drive away from shops and restaurants, and walking distance to the beach.
Elia beach is also south east of the island and about a twenty-five minute drive from Mykonos Town. Apparently, this is the longest sandy beach in Mykonos. It is fully organised with sun loungers and a restaurant and also has a separate area for nudists. It was one of my favourite places to swim, as the water here is so calm and clear. You can see the sand below even when you swim far out it really is lovely. Also there were a few people nude on the actual beach itself, so I don’t think you have to go to the nudist area to go nude. The price of the sunbeds depends on how far you are from the seafront. The ones right at the back are the cheapest!
Where to stay near Elia beach?
These will mainly be luxury stays, but if you want to treat yourself even for a few nights then this would be the perfect place right by the beach! The Myconian Collection Hotels and villas are stunning and there are plenty of properties to chose from in this area.
This beach is just a fifteen minute drive away from Mykonos Town centre. This is similar to the ones above, with lots of sun loungers and music, but a bit smaller. It is also a lovely place to swim and relax for the day. There is also a bus that goes directly here from the town centre if you don’t have a car.
Where to stay near Paradise Beach?
This is a bit more affordable, with both villas and hotels nearby. Check here for availability and prices.
Super Paradise Beach
This is THE party beach, there are lots of events on and the beach advertises itself as ‘the most alternative and anti-conformist beach on the island’. So if that appeals to you then it’s the perfect beach. There are also buses from Mykonos Town every 30 minutes to this beach. I was also told it is the most gay friendly beach in Mykonos, but I think they all seemed gay friendly!
Where to stay near Super Paradise?
If you want to party and be right on the beach then Super Paradise Suites will be perfect, overlooking the whole beach, it looks like a beautiful place to stay!
We were told that this was a secluded beach and when we arrived we almost walked into the restaurant where people were very dressed up. The security guard promptly told us that the public beach is just to the right of the bar. After this we were actually pleasantly surprised. There is a large area with sun loungers, but the area without sun loungers is even bigger and wasn’t busy at all! The water was perfect and there was even a little old hut to walk to.
Where to stay near Panormos Beach?
There are a few affordable hotels near here, and as it was one of my favourite beaches, I would recommend staying nearby! For a more affordable place, have a look at Villa Thea, or if you want to treat yourself then Adrina Resort and Spa looks amazing! Head here to check prices and availability!
This is a busy beach, but lovely if you are staying nearby to walk to, with affordable sun loungers. It is easy to spend the day here. Right on the beach, there are also a few different restaurants here with fresh calamari and amazing Greek food.
Price for sunloungers: 20 Euro for 2 loungers
Where to stay near Ornos Beach?
For a real treat, Mykonos Ammos Hotel and Kivotos Mykonos look perfect. Ornos is a great place to stay at the end of your trip, as it is only a maximum ten minute ride to the airport if you have an early flight.
This beach is close to Kalo Livadi and perfect if you want to try some watersports! I saw lots of people on jet skis and wind surfing. This is also an organised beach with sunloungers, it is a sandy beach with clear water.
The best secluded beaches in Mykonos
Fokos beach is located in the north eastern part of the island. You will know you are near when you pass a dam and the road turns into a dirt road and if you are on a scooter, you can’t see from all the dust. But it is so worth it, Fokos beach is a lovely stretch of beach with no sun loungers to pay for, just sand and sea. There is also a small restaurant, but it isn’t situated on the beach like the other beaches I mentioned above. The restaurant is set back up near the road and looks lovely although we didn’t eat here. It is also nudist friendly.
The road to Merchia beach is a bit of a winding one. However, this secluded beach is worth it. It is a pebbled beach and the water is so clear. There is also a little church on the rocks to the right of the beach.
Loulos beach is very close to Kalo Livadi in the south east, but a totally different vibe. It is a sandy beach surrounded by rocks. There are no umbrellas or sunbeds and it is a beautiful secluded beach. With no shops nearby, make sure you have snacks and water with you!
Where to eat?
Joanna’s Nikos Place Taverna – Book in advance as it gets very busy, its very popular and I can see why. The food was delicious and not too pricey. I had chicken souvlaki with rice, with tzatziki as always and some grilled feta cheese. Boyan had the special, which was lamb shank. It is right on the beach as well, so would be a lovely spot for lunch!
Kounelas Fish Tavern
Located right in the centre of Mykonos Town, this lovely little restaurant serves amazing fish and even better cuttlefish risotto. I would highly recommend going! My risotto was about 16 GBP. So also very affordable!
YOU MUST TRY!
Loukoumades – these are deep fried dough balls and they are amazing. There is a place in the old town called Dr Loukoumas where they have the most amazing Loukoumades. The names are amazing and this is the Dental Case that we tried! They also have ones called ‘Diabetes Mellitus’ and ‘For Psychopaths’!
For a video featuring the most instagrammble spots in Mykonos, watch our latest video here! If you are planning to take some photos in Mykonos Town like the ones on my Instagram, I would say go as early as you can, as later on the shops open and cover up the beautiful white walls and blue shutters. We were here for 6:30am on one day to take photos and 7am the next day to film the video.
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