Choosing where to stay in Mykonos is an important decision! The island is famous for its attractions including glamorous beaches, luxurious restaurants and bustling nightlife, so you’ll want to be centrally located to make the most of them.
In addition, its also notorious for the super strong wind that blows in summer so it’s important to choose your accommodation wisely. To help you out, here is our guide to where to stay in Mykonos.
Choosing accommodation largely comes down to what is right for you and your group, but the three most popular locations for tourists are Mykonos Town (great for nightlife), Ornos Beach (great for watersports) and Platys Gialos (great for families).
It doesn’t get more central than staying in Mykonos Town, with its maze of cobbled streets filled with great shopping, dining and bars. In particular, Mykonos Town is famed for its nightlife, so if your main reason for visiting the famous island is to dance the night away, this is a great choice.
There are also a number of cultural activities including open-air museums, churches and tavernas, especially around the beautiful Little Venice area. It’s also within very close proximity of the beautiful windmills of Mykonos, so you’ll never forget that you are on the stunning island!
Another highlight of staying in Mykonos Town is that it’s extremely well-connected to other places on the island via public transport. If you’re looking for a home base that will allow you to easily explore other parts of the island without your own vehicle, Mykonos Town may be perfect.
As it is one of the busiest hubs on Mykonos, it’s probably not ideal if you want a secluded break away from the hustle and bustle. Mykonos Town is a hive of activity which is ideal for those looking to make the most of what’s on offer, but probably not the best choice for peace and quiet.
Recommended Budget hotel : Andriani’s Guest House
Recommended mid-range hotel : Portobello Boutique Hotel
Recommended Luxury hotel: Boheme
It’s only a couple of kilometres south of Mykonos Town, but it has a different feel — largely because it is very much a beach town. In fact, the sandy swathe of beach is definitely Ornos’ most famous attraction, and one of the busiest beaches on Mykonos.
Thanks to the allure of the beach, there is a good selection of hotels, resorts and guesthouses for visitors on all budgets. In particular, many of the accommodation options have families in mind, so Ornos is a great choice if you’re travelling with children.
As you’d expect, direct beach access comes at a price, but it’s certainly luxurious to know you’re only ever a few steps away from one of Mykonos’ best beaches. In particular, Ornos Beach is famous for its kitesurfing (as it does tend to get quite windy), so it’s especially good for families with older children who might like to have some fun with that!
Due to the many hotels and resorts in the area, there are also plenty of amenities including tavernas, bars and shops – although not quite as many as Mykonos Town.
In particular, there are several excellent seafood restaurants to enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the Aegean. Plus, being just a few kilometres from Mykonos Town means it’s very easy to get there by bus or by taxi.
Recommended Budget hotel : Filoxenia Apartments
Recommended mid-range hotel : Dorion Hotel
Recommended Luxury hotel: Mykonos Blanc
While it does have a number of excellent restaurants and a spattering of bars, it is a little more laid back than either Mykonos Town or Ornos. This also makes it a good choice for families wanting to get away from the party-hardy crowd, while the beautiful sunsets make it a popular choice for honeymooners and couples enjoying a romantic break.
The beach here is absolutely beautiful, and a little more sheltered from the wind than Ornos. While you can still enjoy watersports like kitesurfing and stand-up paddleboarding, the winds are not as dramatic. This means it’s an ideal place for those who want to relax on the beach, as well as enjoy the odd watersport.
The relatively calm waters also mean it is a great choice for younger families. As one of the most kid-friendly places to stay in Mykonos, the resorts and hotels also generally offer plenty of fun attractions for little ones. It’s also fairly well serviced by public transport so you can always get out to see even more of what’s on offer.
Recommended Budget hotel : Studios Katerina
Recommended mid-range hotel : Mykonos Drops
Recommended Luxury hotel: Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux
More unusual places to stay in Mykonos
Of course, you don’t need to stay where everyone else is staying!
Arriving in beautiful Ano Mera (about eight kilometres from Mykonos Town), you might be surprised to find out that it is the island’s second largest town. That’s because it has a very different feel to Mykonos Town; more like a large village than a big city.
It’s all part of the charm, and staying in Ano Mera means spending slow mornings and afternoons in the beautiful old main square, or perhaps checking out the famous sixteenth-century monastery.
The outskirts of Ano Mera also offer beautiful views of the scenery of the island, so if you are looking for somewhere a bit more secluded to stay then a villa on the outskirts may be ideal. If you stay in the town centre, be sure to head up to the hilltop castle to check out the views.
Ano Mera is well-connected to Mykonos Town by buses and taxis, and during the summer period you can also get public transport direct to further afield attractions. However, perhaps the best thing to do is simply to explore the town and live life like a local!
Super Paradise Beach
On the other hand, if you want to party like no-one’s business during your stay in Mykonos, then Super Paradise Beach may well be the best place to base yourself. Here, the main attraction is partying from the mid-afternoon and through the night, before spending the day recuperating on the beautiful sandy beach.
This area is not ideal for families travelling with children, as particularly at night, the alcohol flows freely and the music pumps all night. That said, Mykonos’ reputation as a party haven is well-deserved, and it doesn’t get much livelier than Super Paradise Beach, which is also particularly popular with LGBT travellers.
Here, you can expect to dance away to some of the best DJ sets on any of the Greek Islands, and throughout summer there’s a nonstop calendar of debaucherous events to let your hair down at. There are also a few restaurants in the area, but for cultural attractions, you’ll be best going further afar.
There is no public bus to Super Paradise from elsewhere on the island such as Mykonos Town, but in summer there is a privately operated shuttle bus, or you can get a taxi. For the most part, however, the appeal is staying close by to one of the island’s best party destinations.
Recommended mid-range hotel : Super Rockies Villas
Recommended Luxury hotel: Lyo Boutique Hotel
On the southwest coast of Mykonos, only about 2.5 kilometres from Ornos lies Agios Ioannis. It could be called a “Goldilocks” location – it’s not too big and not too small. Plus, its location is very central for many of the island’s attractions, although it’s not quite as well connected as Mykonos Town or Ornos itself.
There’s a beautiful sandy beach with stunning azure water, flanked with soft sand that’s busy without being overcrowded. Many of the buildings still retain some traditional charm, and there’s an abundance of colourful flowers found along the cute streets.
It’s another location that is excellent for families, as the beach offers many great activities for little ones, and there’s also a nearby waterpark for something different. The area is also surrounded by natural beauty, so there are a number of hiking trails to enjoy as well. At night, you can even spot the lights of Delos across the water.
One highlight of Agios Ioannis is its convenient location, which makes it a great base for visiting other sites on Mykonos. There’s also a daily bus to Mykonos Town which is helpful, while a short walk will see you arrive at some of the most pristine and deserted beaches on the island.
Recommended mid-range hotel : Mykonos Moussa
Recommended Luxury hotel: Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge – The Leading Hotels of the World
Agios Sostis Beach
If you’re looking for a more isolated spot that offers the incredible natural beauty of Mykonos without the crowds, then Agios Sostis Beach on the north coast is an excellent choice, although you’ll need your own transport to get there.
It’s considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, but the winding road to get there keeps the crowds away. This means that you’re bound to have plenty of sand to enjoy for yourself, especially if you go early before the day-trippers arrive.
Amenities around the beach are limited, although there is one good quality taverna. Of course, you can get taxis or drive to more lively destinations, however, the appeal of staying here is being tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Mykonos.
It may not be ideal for those wanting to make the most of the glitzy amenities on offer on Mykonos, but it’s perfect for those craving peace and quiet, and a gorgeous beach.
Recommended mid-range hotel : Mykonos Thea
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