When visiting Greece, we had a great chance to see some of its beautiful islands. While Santorini is popular because of the unique white-washed houses and volcanic landscapes, Mykonos is famous for its golden sand beaches, clear water and parties. Although we stayed in Mykonos only for a weekend, we still had a chance to admire the old town as well as some of the best beaches of the island. This post will be useful if you don’t have too much time to spend there and want to use public transport to see some of the most beautiful beaches in Mykonos.
Best beaches in Mykonos
I will write how we reached Mykonos in a separate post describing the impressions of the Mykonos town itself. After roaming around the narrow streets and spending a day in the town, we decided to explore the other parts of the island and relax on the golden beaches. Mykonos is an extremely popular destination - especially for young people, it’s full of parties, beach clubs and crowds over the summer. In the winter months, it is mostly deserted.
Of course, the beaches in Mykonos are lovely - with white/golden sand and crystal clear waters but the landscape around is rather dry, boring and empty. Visiting Mykonos after we’d just been to Albania (which turned out to be a hidden paradise - check out my posts about Albania), set my expectations really high and for this reason I think, I did not enjoy Mykonos beaches as much as I could have otherwise.
Personally, I am not a big fan of just lying on one of the tightly arranged sunbeds all day and prefer a wild, hidden beach where you can feel like it’s your own - but I do understand that there are as many preferences as there are people, therefore, if you like relaxing and just doing nothing - you’ll love Mykonos. There are also some options for those who prefer more quiet places too, of course.
Below I am describing how to reach the best beaches in Mykonos in the easiest and fastest way possible by bus.
How to get to the beaches in Mykonos by public transport
The good thing is that, even if you don’t spend too much time in Mykonos, you can still visit beautiful beaches from the main town just by using public transport and paying as little as a few euros - the island is really small.
Below is the map showing the beaches we’ve been to - we took the bus to Paradise from the old terminal in the Mykonos town, walked to Psarrou and returned from Platys Gialos beach - the stop is in front of the Petasos hotel. You can find information about both locations and the timetable in the following links:
From Paradise, you can also easily walk to Super Paradise beach to the east (it didn’t fit in the map) or visit all the 6 beaches we’ve seen heading to the west.
You can enjoy an amazing coast and some lovely beaches in the very town of Mykonos. There are also many pubs and restaurants around and of course, the famous white houses and windmills that are a landmark of Mykonos. The beaches in the town, however, don’t have any sunbeds. The coastal part of the town is as beautiful as it's interior, however, there was one detail that for me, damaged the overall amazing atmosphere of the place. I’ll write about it in the post about the town of Mykonos in the future.
Climb the hills surrounding the town to get the best views.
Paradise beach is where the bus took us from Mykonos Town - the first stop (number 1 on the map). It’s the most popular beach in Mykonos - long and wide, with shallow and clear water. There are plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas, but you can also find a more quiet and relaxing spot. You can find the Cavo Paradiso club here - the most popular beach club on the island.
Paraga beach (number 2) is smaller and relatively less crowded than Paradise. You can still, however, find sunbeds here - there’s also a bar and lots of empty areas where you can put your towel. The water here is shallow and very quiet, but overall the beach is not as beautiful as Paradise.
Agia Anna (number 3) is the most quiet of all the beaches here - there are very few sunbeds lined up on the sand and it has a more private feeling. However, it’s not as attractive as the other beaches, although the rocks around are pretty nice.
Hidden beach (number 4) is not shown in any touristy guide. It’s a tiny strand of sand and usually it’s completely empty - if you’re tired of the crowds, it’s a nice and romantic place to come, relax and swim. No pubs, no sunbeds around.
Platis Gialos (number 5) is another beautiful beach with turquoise waters. It’s large, full of hotels and sunbeds and has a bit “upscale” feeling. There are boats that run between here and the Paradise beach.
If Platis Gialos seemed “upscale”, Psarrou (number 6) is of the highest class. It’s known and visited by celebrities from all over the world. The beds are tightly packed and to be honest, although spectacularl, I preferred the other beached. I can’t relax being stuck in a sunbed having other persons’s feet right behind me and somebody’s back in front so I can’t even see the sea. Not too mention that a sunbed is over 30 EUR here. On the other hand, Psarrou is truly beautiful and offers amazing restaurants as well as a wide range of water sports.
Author: Tom @ Adventurous Travels
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