If you are trying to figure out what the best area to stay in Mykonos, just read this article.
With many clubs, pubs and discos, Mykonos is the perfect destination for a stay full of fun and nightlife.
However, Mykonos is not only chaos and transgression, the island offers dream beaches and a crystal clear sea and is also suitable for families or couples looking for a relaxing holiday.
For this it will be very important to choose the right area according to your needs: for example if you want to stay close to the most famous places for nightlife or if you prefer a quieter and more comfortable area to visit the most beautiful beaches on the island.
It should also be borne in mind that Mykonos, like Santorini, it is quite expensive, but it is possible to find structures at not exaggerated prices and at the same time comfortable to enjoy your holiday to the fullest.
The important thing is to book as soon as possible otherwise you risk spending much more than you should.
In this definitive guide we are going to see how to choose the perfect area where to stay overnight in Mykonos, based on your budget and the type of holiday you are looking for!
Where to Stay in Mykonos
A first important decision that must be made when organizing a stay in Mykonos is whether to choose to stay in the city and therefore in the liveliest part of the island or prefer the beaches.
There are those who prefer stay in the capital to enjoy the evenings and tour the island and its beaches during the day; those who opt for a structure a stone's throw from the beach. The more revelers will choose the famous Paradise Beach, while for families or couples the areas of Ornos, Platys Gialos or Agios Ioannis I'm the right choice, a stone's throw from the sea and the capital.
But let's see in detail these and other places to guide you in choosing the most suitable place for what you are looking for!
The most comfortable solution where to stay in Mykonos in general is the Chora, or Mykonos Town, the capital of the island.
The advantage of sleeping in Mykonos Town is that during the day you can reach the best beaches, while in the evening you will be able to stroll through the charming alleys of the town without having to move by scooter, car or bus.
The island's nightlife is almost entirely concentrated in the Chora where the best bars and clubs are located. Then there are the two famous discos, Cavo Paradiso and Paradise Club, located in Paradise Beach in the south of the island, which can also be reached by bus, thanks to an efficient and regular service that connects the city to the party beaches.
Obviously the prices in the Chora area are the highest, but it is the most practical solution especially if you don't have your own vehicle.
Mykonos Town is also recommended in less touristy periods and low season, in the city you will always find all the services available.
If, on the other hand, you prefer to stay directly on the beaches where there is a party and where the parties never end, then Paradise Beach it's what's right for you.
It is a very young and perfect environment for those who choose Mykonos mainly for the famous beach parties, animated by the best DJs of the contemporary scene.
Keep in mind that you can always rent a scooter or quad bike to get around the island or rely on the buses to reach the city and other areas.
If the budget is not very high Paradise Beach is the ideal choice, there is also a campsite within walking distance of the best nightclubs.
Ornos is located just 3,2 km from Mykonos Town, offers a beautiful beach, both equipped and free, a crystal clear sea and a good choice of bars, taverns and restaurants.
But the great advantage of Ornos is the location and proximity to the capital, just 5 minutes by bus, therefore convenient for spending a pleasant evening among restaurants, shops and trendy clubs.
Ornos is the ideal place to stay in Mykonos for those looking for a beautiful beach and want to stay away from the night chaos. Furthermore, the costs of the structures are lower than the Chora.
Recommended accommodation in Ornos is Anemos Apartments, family run hotel, clean and welcoming. (check availability and price).
Platis Gialos or Platis Yialos is a wonderful place, there are beautiful beaches, restaurants and bars. The location is strategic to get around the island, it is located a stone's throw from the beach of Psarou (2 km), 5 minutes by scooter from Ornos and less than 10 minutes from Mykonos town. From Platis Gialos you can also move easily by bus and reach other beaches such as Elia, Paradise e Super Paradise.
If you want to stay near the sea and not far from the nightlife, Platis Gialos is the best place to stay in Mykonos.
The beach is sheltered and therefore one of the least windy even on particularly windy days.
An excellent solution to stay overnight in Platis Gialos are the Esperides Apartments, good value for money of these apartments very clean and located in a great location, close to the beach and the bus stop. (check availability and price).
If you are looking for a quiet place in a good location, you might want to consider Agios Ioannis, is located about 15 minutes from Mykonos Town and 10 minutes from the beautiful southern beaches. Agios Ioannis is particularly suitable for a family vacation or a romantic getaway for couples.
The beach offers a free area and an equipped part, the sea is transparent and the sand is clear. The hills surrounding the small bay offer a spectacular view as well as the beach of Agios Ioannis is the best place to watch the sunset.
Just keep in mind that there are not many restaurants and for a greater offer you will have to move to the capital or to other locations.
If, on the other hand, you want to stay directly on one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, away from parties and chaos, the place for you is Elia Beach, perfect for a quiet, romantic holiday and for honeymooners.
Keep in mind, however, that the area is quite isolated and a bit far from everything, but maybe that's what you are looking for! In any case, if you want to move, it would be better to have your own vehicle, buses are available but they have limited hours.
Finally, a good solution for those arriving or departing by ferry is Tourlos, convenient to reach the port but also very close to Mykonos town, where to spend the evenings. Tourlos can be a strategic base for those who have to stay overnight in Mykonos for just one night. Prices are much lower than in the capital.
If, on the other hand, you prefer a structure close to the beach, you could consider Agios Stefanos, the closest beach to Tourlos.
These were the main recommended areas for a stay in beautiful Mykonos. Let's briefly summarize the characteristics of each location:
Mykonos Town: Perfect location, ideal for fun and not to take vehicles in the evening;
Paradise Beach: directly on the party beach;
Ornos: beautiful beach and very close to the capital;
Platys Gialos: strategic position, convenient both for going to Mykonos Town and for getting around the island;
Identical Agios: quiet holiday, but close to everything;
Elia Beach: beautiful beach, relaxing stay, but a little away from the various points of interest;
Tourlos: ideal for a short stay, close to the port and Mykonos town.
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