10 Most Popular Attractions in Mykonos

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Super Paradise Beach

Ano Mera

Ano Mera is considered to be the most beautiful beach in Mikonos and not just because of the crystal blue water and golden sand. Ano Mera is also situated at an altitude of 415 meters and is part of the "Four Seasons of the Aegean" with an almost uniform temperature throughout the year of 23 degrees Celsius.

It is also one of the few beaches that has the unique characteristic of turning a rich blue color in the early hours of the afternoon. According to the weatherman, this blue color is attributed to the presence of the mineral fluorspar beneath the beach sands. This blue color is spectacular for photographers because it gives the illusion of the sands being covered in diamonds.

In addition, Ano Mera is home to many protected plant species and is a no-camping zone.

Panormos Beach

Location: Mykonos, Greece

Panormos beach is the most popular beach and is known for its strong waves. Because of the strong waves, this is considered a surfing beach. This beach is located in the main town and is located at only a few minutes… by foot from the city, on the shore the ancient town of Mykonos. There are two parking areas designated for the beach, which is equipped with a lifeguard proximity. Seaweed is a common problem during windy days that lasts only a few hours. There is also a walk along the seaside path from Panormos to nearby Mandraki beach, which is a long sandy beach with good and clear water that is suitable for swimming and sunbathing.

Extremely raucous, this beach is the place where the party and partying all night long, until they wake up.

Panagia Paraportiani

Visited by thousands each day during the main season, Panagia Paraportiani Church, also known by its Kastro name, dates back to the 13th century. Panagia is the Greek word for Virgin.

A narrow alley leads to the church. I found the alley to be a bit of a disappointment, though, as the church was hidden from sight. Making matters worse, Panagia Paraportiani Church is quite small, you can easily scrunch in on a visit here.

What saves Panagia Paraportiani Church from being lost in the crowd of churches in Mykonos is the lovely church frescoes which change daily as people volunteer to paint them for free.

Official Website: Paraportiani.mt

Distance from Mykonos Town: Approximately 3 miles.

Directions: Take Konis Vasilis Street all the way until you reach Episkopi Mons Protaras. Turn left and travel eastward until you reach Drakelounda. Eventually, Drakelounda turns into Panagia Paraportiani.

Konsus Vasilios Drakelounda.

The Drakelounda area is also home to the ruins of the small palace built by the British Consul Charles James Drakelound in the early 19th century.

Elia Beach

This beach has a great view of fabled Mykonos town and the bay Omega. Though this is a crowded beach, there are nice amenities in the area, including some pretty outdoor cafes.

Elia is the most popular beach of Mykonos and is always very crowded from dawn to dusk. There are lots of people, but it’s very lively. You have bars, DJs, restaurants and clubs and lots of tourists. This beach is more popular with the budget crowd, as you can find lots of people who are looking for a good time for less money than at any of the fancy resorts.

The Elia beach has a very wide sand area, so it’s a great shelter for many people. The beach is very accessible to everyone, even the visitors who can find life-saving help.

The beach is lined by some beautiful hotels, like the Elia Palace Hotel, which is built in the old Ottoman style. There are also lots of restaurants all along the beach as well. For all of those who can’t afford the luxury of staying at the premium islands, this might be the best beach in Mykonos.

Platys Gialos Beach

Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach becomes a beach twice a day – at dawn and at dusk. Every morning, the sun rises above the horizon in the east and casts its light across the Aegean Sea and imparts a golden hue on the rocks and mountains of Mykonos. Year long, this golden light cascades across the Aegean to create the second sunset at Paradise Beach.

The sun has now set, but the sand, rocks and hills are still illuminated with gold coming in the golden light of the still setting sun. As the sun dips below the horizon, the brightness of the lights and stars diminish and the golden sun of Paradise Beach once again breathes life into the evening. The stunning view provides dramatic scenes and mesmerizing moments that you will never forget.

Visitors to Mykonos will be enjoying Paradise Beach, then, for more reasons than its beauty, and they will pay a visit time and again to experience the beauty and drama of its unique setting. For it is always in the golden light of the setting sun that Paradise Beach comes alive.

Kato Mili

Delos

Little Venice Quarter

The Little Venice Quarter is located just north of the port and includes the main street with its narrow cobblestone roads and handsome architecture. The houses here are more than 300 years old (well, not as old as that, but old enough).

Passing by them, you feel like you’re in a Venetian city in a time machine. The old town’s architecture has survived with no damage at all.

Today, the city boasts modern shops, bars and even a movie theater. There is a coffee shop, several restaurants and cafes, and even a post office. There is even a brand-new hotel, the Palace Hotel to make your stay even better.