Best areas to stay in Mykonos

Top areas to stay in Mykonos

Replete with traditional buildings, wild landscapes and a glamorous sheen, Mykonos is one of the go-to Greek islands for different types of travellers. Deciding which area to stay in will be easier if you narrow down exactly what you want to get up to on your holiday to Mykonos. Neighbourhoods offer plenty of attractions, pretty buildings and chic bars: wherever you choose to stay in Mykonos, you can make it as quaint, glam or chilled-out as you want with its collection of museums, swish villas and family-friendly beaches.

  1. Little Venice
  2. Ornos
  3. Old Port
  4. Elia Beach
  5. Megali Ammos Beach
  6. Platys Gialos

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1. Little Venice

Little Venice is one of the most picturesque areas to stay in Mykonos, thanks to its low-set, white-washed buildings hugging the shoreline and restaurant tables spread out right up to the waterfront. Many of these buildings, once home to the sailors who lived here, have been converted into swish little bars; Little Venice has a buzzing air about it which you can feel as you stroll down its narrow alleyways and take in the views of the majestic sea ahead of you.

Best for: Waterfront bars and dining.

While you’re there: It’s a popular spot for artists, with many art galleries to browse.

2. Ornos

Ornos is undoubtedly the best area to stay in Mykonos for families. The beachfront is built up with white-washed resorts which back onto the rolling hills behind. It’s pretty resort-heavy here, with each establishment offering their own perks, from fitness centres and hot tubs to private beachfront restaurants. Kids will enjoy splashing about in the shallow turqouise waters or venturing further out into the curved bay, while there’s a clutch of cute cafes to pause at if you want to head inland from the beach.

Best for: Families.

While you’re there: Everyone of all ages can dive into the watersports scene here.

3. Old Port

This central spot is the best area to stay in Mykonos for first-timers; it’s jam-packed with a wealth of sights, attractions and has one of the liveliest atmospheres on the island. You can chill out on the beach and watch the boats and cruise ships zig zag on the rich blue seas ahead of you, but the best thing to do in the Old Port is to go sightseeing. There’s the pure-white, 17th-century Paraportiani Orthodox Church which makes for a striking visit, as well as the likes of the Spiral Art Gallery and Folklore Museum. The highlight has to be the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, where you can take in the display of prehistoric vases, grave statues and more.

Best for: Buzzing atmosphere.

While you’re there: Wherever you choose to stay, Old Port has some of the most beautiful sunset-watching points.

4. Elia Beach

Elia Beach is popular for romance and celebrities; so you can expect rather glam hotels, villas and resorts in this part of Mykonos. Elia Beach is the longest beach on Mykonos; its stretch of near-white sands lined with parasols makes it a perfect see-and-be-seen location. Venture into quaint Ano Mera Village, where seemingly everything is covered in white, bar a few bright blue handrails and doorframes, along with bursts of verdant foliage. Whether you want high-end luxury, family-friendly resorts or a get-down-with-the-locals vibe, browse our range of Mykonos holidays.

Best for: VIP-wannabes.

While you’re there: It’s also a good base to explore further around Mykonos.

5. Megali Ammos Beach

Ideally situated away from the main crowds, but still within close enough distance to the main sights, Megali Ammos Beach is another fab area to base yourself in Mykonos. There’s a few hotels, resorts and villas to choose from, although there’s not quite as much choice as its neighbouring counterparts; but this is what gives it its charm. It’s got that local-vibe to it, and you can also venture out to the nearby Windmills of Kato Mili with their straw rooftops, white exterior (as per most Mykonos buildings!) and 16th century origin. Be warned that the beach is by a main road, but this means it doesn’t see as much action as others on the island.

Best for: Tranquility.

While you’re there: Stop for food at the seafront tavern to make the most of your time here.

6. Platys Gialos

Platys Gialos is another top beach destination, perfect for kicking back on its large beach and chilling out. Even better, it’s pretty close to the airport, so you don’t need to waste too much time getting to your hotel: choose from beach hotels, luxury affairs or boutique hotels. It’s perfectly suited for families, too, although nightlife can be found just around the corner of the peninsula on Paradise Beach.

Best for: Convenient location (near the airport).

While you’re there: Venture out to Paragae beach and the peninsula that juts out into the sea beyond.

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