Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Top 5 Beaches in Mykonos

by Laura Bianchini

Mykonos in Greece has over 20 gorgeous beaches and to highlight the best is a real challenge! Yoga Escapes has been hosting yoga retreats in Mykonos for years now and have had the pleasure to visit most of the beaches on the Greek Island of Mykonos. They’ll be happy to take you around and show you the best ones to fit your mood. 
There’s one for everyone – it just depends what you’re looking for. Many of them are organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, beach bars, restaurants and water sports, and many of those are found on the southern coast. But if you venture a little further away, you’ll find the less touristy beaches, each one unique and beautiful in its own way.

Here are the Top 5 Beautiful Beaches in Mykonos, Greece, each with their own style and vibe, catering to a specific crowd:

Lounge in the sun with the rich and famous on Psarou Beach, Mykonos, Greece. #mojotravels
Lounge in the sun with the rich and famous on Psarou Beach

This is definitely the jet setters beach where you’re likely to spot a celebrity or two coming off their yacht, lounging on the posh Nammos sunbeds with a glass of pink champagne and sushi. Despite the scene, it is very a pretty beach, not too large, with deep green blue waters, a traditional taverna, and wonderful laid-back music to keep you relaxed for the day until the party starts. Usually in high season and on the weekends, at about 5 or 6pm, Nammos restaurant at Psarou beach becomes a party scene with people dancing freely on the tables to the latest summer hits. It’s worth the experience, if you’re lucky enough to get a table. And if not, join the rest of the glamour on the beach with a swim at sunset. If you want to see and be seen, this is the beach for you.


It's easy to relax on Panormos Beach, Mykonos, Greece. #mojotravels
It's easy to relax on Panormos Beach
One of the more relaxing and chilled-out beaches in Mykonos, Panormos is very popular with high-end Athenians and with the in-crowd. The beginning part of the beach has several oversized white beach pillows used as sunbeds, and a few scattered umbrellas. There’s a fabulous restaurant and a nice vibe. Panormos is a great place to people watch, surrounded by beautiful beach bodies with large designer sunglasses. The end of the beach has no umbrellas and no beach chairs – the perfect balance if you feel like a little bit of both.

Get away from it all at Agios Sostis Beach, Mykonos, Greece. #mojotravels
Get away from it all at Agios Sostis
Agios Sostis

Agios Sostis is an expansive, wild beach on the northern side of the island, also without umbrellas or sunbeds – just you and nature, sand, sea and sun. The wind can get quite strong here, so be sure to go when the northern winds are calm, and you’ll be in for a real treat. The bustling nightlife of Mykonos will seem miles away, there’s plenty of space for everyone to find their spot on the sand, and the distance from the road and lack of beach bars means there’s a peaceful silence all along the beach. After a day on this paradise beach, head over to Kiki’s taverna just next door – a little gem owned by two delightful brothers, with a beautiful view and a magical feeling. This cozy authentic taverna has been there forever, but only those in the know can find it – there’s no sign, barely any electricity, and serves delicious grilled meats, fish and fresh salads. A must.

Kalo Livadi

Kalo Livadi Beach in Mykonis, Greece, has something for everyone. #mojotravels
Kalo Livadi has something for everyone
Kalo Livadi is one of the prettiest and larger beaches on Mykonos, catering to a mix of families, couples, and groups of friends alike. Everyone seems to fit in and find their own space. There are plenty of beach chairs, and the beach itself is quite long and wide, making it feel less crowded than many of the other beaches. The water here is spectacular and if you’re a swimmer, this is where you can enjoy laps without constantly bumping into a random floating tourist. And when you’re done swimming, you can splurge on a fantastic Thai massage under your umbrella at Barbarola, or wander over to Sol y Mar for some food and a late afternoon beach party with great music.

Fokos Beach is one of Mykonos' best-kept secrets in Greece. #mojotravels
Fokos is one of the best-kept secrets of Mykonos

If you want to get away from it all, Fokos is the ideal beach for a real break. Off the beaten track and reachable only by car or taxi, it’s quite an adventure to get to, but once you’re there, you’ll be glad you came. Somewhat small, not crowded, very secluded and far away from the busy streets of Mykonos town, it has a feeling of peace and tranquility. No sunbeds nor umbrellas, so avoid the hot midday hours by having lunch at the wonderful taverna on the beach – the best kept dining secret on the island with amazing home-cooked meals and tasty dishes. One of the lesser known beaches, most tourists will never see Fokos, but those that do will love it.

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About the Author, Laura Bianchini

Laura has worked in the travel industry for many years, primarily organizing tours for U.S. visitors to Europe, accompanying many guests on their first trips abroad. Born and raised in Rome with an American mother and Italian father, she has lived in New York and London and has traveled extensively to many parts of the world, always in search of those special beautiful corners of the planet. She is a yoga instructor and has been practicing for over 12 years, experimenting with various styles from Vinyasa, Iyengar and Ashtanga, to restorative and Yin yoga, continuously learning and discovering how yoga can help people physically and emotionally. After holding marketing jobs in banking and media in New York and London, Laura decided to make a change from corporate life to start her own business. Combining her passion for travel and yoga, she created Yoga Escapes, keen on sharing those two passions with others on her retreats.

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