Sitting pretty in the Aegean Sea, the little Greek island of Mykonos is home to an array of gorgeous beaches, whitewashed houses and maze-like streets. It may be small but it’s a seriously popular destination, and when it comes to places to stay you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Whether you want to be within touching distance of the beach or right in the heart of town, there’s something for everyone here. Let’s take a closer look at your options.
Mykonos Town (or ‘Chora’, as it’s known by the locals) is the main town on the island, so there’s plenty to see and do here. Take it slow with a stroll through the maze-like streets; it’s a great way to discover the cubic whitewashed houses, quirky cafés, chic boutiques and family-run shops. Highlights include the famous white windmills and beautiful Little Venice. There’s also a fun nightlife scene, including the popular Skandinavian Bar.
The charming fishing village of Ornos lies around 2km southwest of Mykonos Town. You can’t help but fall in love with the pretty harbour, where you’ll find a mix of fishing boats and luxury yachts. It’s home to two beaches, too; Korfos Beach is a popular windsurfing spot, while the sheltered Ornos Beach is the place to go for a spot of sunbathing. Make your way through the village to discover streets lined with tavernas and cafés, as well as a flea market or two.
3.Platis Gialos (Platys Yialos)
Down on the south of Mykonos (only 4.5km from Mykonos Town), the cosy coastal village of Platis Gialos is home to one of the island’s longest beaches. The golden sand and azure waters are a huge draw for those wishing to laze away their days on a sun lounger and topping up their tan. But if you do fancy picking up the pace, the water sports here are superb.
Life in the welcoming village of Agios Ioannis, which is built in the shape of an amphitheatre, centres around the beautiful sandy beach. This is a quiet and low-key destination, making it a great choice for laid-back family holidays. Make your way around the picturesque streets and you’ll find a good choice of family-friendly restaurants serving up tasty Greek fare.
Looking for lively places to stay in Mykonos? Paradise Beach is where you want to be. Day and night, there’s a fun-filled atmosphere here, whether you’re sunbathing on the beach or making a beeline for the bars. When the sun goes down, there are two big clubs to choose from where you can dance until dawn.
6.Super Paradise Beach
Even livelier than Paradise Beach is Super Paradise Beach, which draws in a glamorous crowd. This is the most famous party beach on Mykonos, and it’s known for its vibrant LGBT scene. Holidays here are all about sipping cocktails on the beach, soaking up the sunshine and 24/7 partying.
Beautiful Elia Beach (the last stop on the water taxi from Mykonos Town) is one of the most charming places to stay on the island of Mykonos. It’s small but perfectly formed, with a long stretch of white sand, crystal-clear waters, a pretty maze of traditional houses, and just one restaurant. It can become busy here during the peak season, but it’s still much quieter than other nearby villages.
Holidays to Ano Mera are all about enjoying the slow pace of life. You’ll find this traditional village right in the centre of the island, so you’ll be away from the crowds around the coastline. Even though you won’t be within walking distance of the beach, Mykonos Town is only a short bus ride away if you’re longing to see the sea.
Kalafatis is home to one of the prettiest beaches on the island. The strong breezes make this a firm favourite among windsurfers. Plus, there are plenty of other water sports to try here. Base yourself here and you’ll be within quick and easy reach from Mykonos Town; there’s a frequent bus service that runs to and from the island capital.
Looking for peace and quiet? Look no further than the tiny village of Agios Sostis, which is ideal for couples or laid-back family holidays. This beautiful place is named after its 500-year-old chapel, which is perched beside the ocean. You’ll find a sandy beach here, which is much quieter than others on the island, as well as a superb selection of seafood restaurants.