In Mykonos I discovered the quintessence of architecture: beauty, simplicity and functionality. - Le Corbusier
From a discreet fishing island in the 1950s to the perfect celebrity retreat spot of the 1960s, Mykonos is more than just another island in Greece.
Today, it is one of the most famous and most travelled to tourist destinations. The pleasantness of its people, the colourful customs and the beautiful structures attract people from all spheres of the world.
Therefore, prepare yourself for spectacular sunsets, pristine blue waters, loud music, English breakfasts and stunning architectural marvels on your trip to Mykonos.
The following six places are so aesthetically irresistible that you would simply not want to leave Mykonos:
1. Ornos Beach
The Ornos beach is about 3 and a half kilometers away from the center of Mykonos and offers blue water, caster sand and no wind so you can enjoy swimming without fighting the breeze of nature. The bustling beach itself is often full of tourists and is methodically organised with sun beds, sofas, umbrellas, restaurants and beach bars. Ornos beach is considered a perfect family beach due to the sea’s sandy bottom which drops off gently from the shore.
Accessing the center of Mykonos is made easy with a regular local bus service. Moreover, a daily boat service to other Mykonos beaches is also available on this bay which provides a safe anchorage for cruisers. The recommended restaurants are Kuzina Mykonos, Aperanto Galazio and Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence awarded Buddha Bar Beach.
The surrounding area has also advanced into a self-contained village full of economical as well as luxurious hotels. Apart from hotels and classy bistros, there are supermarkets, pharmacies and bakeries around.
2. PARADISE BEACH
One of the best party beaches not only in Mykonos, but in the world. It is a place that advertises itself as the most sinful paradise. The Paradise Beach is an absolute joyride for young people and is known as the party central of Greece. Also, world-famous DJs and countless fans elevate this reputation while keeping its rituals alive for many years.
During the 1960s, hippies introduced nude bathing to Mykonos at this very place. Initially, access was difficult and word of mouth was the only way to spread this beach’s passion for music, love and sun. Therefore, with every passing summer the number of paradise-visitors kept rising. It led to a culture that would announce Paradise Beach to the world.
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3. PLATIS GIALOS
Platis Gialos is a fully organised beach located on Mykonos' western side and primarily consists of beach resorts and opulent summer houses. A lot of people walk straight down to the beach from their resorts. It is geographically an extended beach that offers sun beds, water sports facilities, bars and restaurants.
Furthermore, you can enjoy a drink on the Platis Gialos beach on loungers with seats and table. More conveniently, the area is reachable in less than half an hour from the city centre. Additionally, from Platis Gialos you can always use taxi-boats to go to the southern coast beaches such as Paranga, Elia and Super Paradise.
4. MYKONOS TOWN
The labyrinthine streets of Mykonos (the local name being Chora) are adorned with classic whitewashed buildings. Iconic windmills watch over the town from the peaks above. Moreover, the Folklore Museum and the Aegean Maritime Museum will give you a proper insight into the area’s rich economic and cultural history. Also, the Matoyianni Street is a sanctuary for shopaholics.
It also means that you can hire a car or use public transport to drive around to all the remote areas of Mykonos during the day, while at night you can embrace the noisy midtown clubs, bars and restaurants.
There are budgeted hotels in the centre of Mykonos Town, offering a decent choice of rooms with balconies facing a small rear garden. Similarly, the breakfast is complimentary which makes it excellent value for money for the central location.
5. ANO MERA
Ano Mera is one of the ancient towns in Mykonos besides Chora. A comforting place for the quiet and traditional as it lacks the hustle and bustle of Chora. The most famous area of interest is the Monastery of Paleokastro where you can see the remains of the Byzantine castle.
Due to Ano Mera’s peaceful ambiance and location, visitors can easily access the splendid beaches of Kalo Livadi ,Elia and Agia Anna. In the small central square of this town you would find taverns and a few luxurious hotels. It is pertinent to mention that it is a quiet village where natives go about their everyday life without being disturbed by hordes of tourists.
Kalafatis is situated on the eastern end of Mykonos and offers some of the island’s most exclusive beach resorts. The beaches are secluded (limited public transport to Kalafatis) and are surrounded by lush bushes. Therefore, tourists come to this island to get away from the crowds to find rest and peace.
This area is an extended stretch of sand with few hotels on one side and an authentic Greek village on the other side. The village comes with a fine-looking harbour with kaiks and a couple of taverns, if you do not fancy the hotels.
The majority of seasoned travellers recommend this region's waters for snorkelling and windsurfing.