a greek holiday: postcards from the beaches of mykonos

Agios Stefanos Beach, Mykonos

People from four corners of the world come to the island of Mykonos for its incredible, long sandy beaches and enjoy the crystal clear waters and brilliant sunshine. But no one told us that Mykonos is also a cradle of winds. It was therefore essential to check how the wind was blowing every day as a trip to the beach could be quite uncomfortable with towels flailing and sand getting onto your face.

Taxi boat approaching Paranga Beach

First, an impression. The waters of Mykonos beaches are outstandingly warm and are in the most attractive shades of deep blue, turquoise, and lapis. It is truly quite a breathtaking sight to see or swim in.

Well, most of the days was windy so we only managed to visit two beaches. While Mykonos is known for its Paradise Beach, and as if that wasn’t enough, the ultra hot gay beach Super Paradise, we opted for more toned-down choices. One could reach the beaches via networks of private-run buses or by way of the sea with a taxi boat. If you have extra money to spare, as if Mykonos is not already expensive, you can rent a scooter, a quad, or a car during your stay and drive to some of the islands’ virgin beaches that are unreachable by public transportation. Also remember that rental of sunbeds and umbrellas on the beach is expensive, at 4 euros each. So if you are a couple, you’d pay 12 euros for two sunbeds and an umbrella for a day. But you can always just choose a spot right on the beach, bring your own towels and umbrella and pay nothing.

Our first beach was Paranga Beach. Situated between Paradise and Platys Yialos beaches, Paranga is a beautiful organized (sunbeds on offer) southern beach that offers excellent swimming and bars that go rowdy as the day rolls by. If you like a more peaceful area like we do, go to the right-most side of the beach, farthest to the row of bars.

Paranga Beach, Mykonos

Paranga Beach, Mykonos

Paranga Beach Boys

LV Zippy Coin Purse

We got a tip off our hotel hostess one day we wanted to go to the beach while it was quite windy. Located just around the corner of the new Tourlos Port on the northwest coast of the island, the Agias Stefanos Beach is well protected against winds from all directions. A favorite among locals, the beach has very fine sand and it’s easy to waddle from the shore as it’s mostly just sand, quite a wonderful surprise actually. It is also at an advantageous position capturing the legendary Mykonos sunset and watching the big cruise ships leaving the island at the end of each port call.

Agias Stefanos Beach, Mykonos

Cruise ship leaving Tourlos Port

Agias Stefanos Beach, Mykonos

There were still many beaches we wanted to explore like the undeveloped, virgin beaches and a tip-off like Agrari Beach and its idyllic cove, but we just didn’t have enough time or the weather conditions didn’t offer the best possible scenario. But as long as the tides keep on turning and the sun keeps on shining, there will be a next time for Mykonos and its lovely beaches.


15 Responses to “a greek holiday: postcards from the beaches of mykonos”

  1. 1 RennyBA's Terella August 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    What a great vacation you’ve had on this lovely island – great pics Mark (thanks for taking us with!)

    We’ve had kind of the same experience – hop over and see us enjoying Provence in France :-)

  2. 3 Eric August 23, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Wonderful. The beach, the sun, the guys, Vuitton. What can u ask for more?

  3. 5 M August 23, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Really love the 3rd and 4th one, and of course the ones with the hot guys on!
    Gotta say I like the LV scarf better and better btw. Looks great on your tanned skin to the blue sea :)

  4. 10 ofaj August 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    of course you HAD to post the guy’s pic. haha

    I like the mixing blues and greens of the sea, although I must say I just like looking at them. :-)

    • 11 freshmess August 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm

      But I posted the PG-13 version didn’t I? :p You got the exclusive peek. Hahaha! So you’re not a beach person?

      • 12 ofaj August 24, 2009 at 11:49 am

        yes, thanks for the exclusive pics. my favorite one that I told you about is always opened in an image viewer so I could always take a peek. he’s my idea of beauty. :-)

        no, I hate the beach. I have low tolerance for direct sunlight, not because I’d get darker but because I have this unusual skin condition.

  5. 14 Charles Ravndal August 24, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Just lovely especially with the eye candies around lol!

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