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Mykonos Town

Called Chora by the locals, Mykonos town is a typical Cycladic village which climbs steeply up a hill with narrow streets forming a labyrinth. It has whitewashed cubic houses with wooden colored doors, windows and balconies painted brightly mostly blue, green and red. The streets close to the harbor buzz with activity. They are filled with attractive small shops, bougainvillea trees in purple bloom, small cafes and churches, and usually end up at a square with a terraced restaurant and a church, or at the harbor front with its colorful fishing boats, the row of windmills and a pelican or two. The heart of the city is closed to traffic during most of the day. The famous whitewashed windmills, trademark of the island, are standing on a hill overlooking the city and offer magnificent views over the Little Venice which is one of the most beautiful parts of the capital, located on a peak of land and consisting of two-storey Venetian houses of extremely bright colors, built very close one to another, with colored wooden porches and balconies, lining the seafront, almost falling into the sea with the waves coming to break under them. Many trendy cafes and bars are located in Little Venice which becomes a lively area during night time.  A great quantity of bars and nightclubs can be found in the capital. As soon as the sun goes down, the capital`s narrow streets fill with crowd ready to party and dance all night long.

The town has a small beach at the harbor front, and superior sands are close by. Platys Gialos is a long, stretch, 15 minutes away by bus, and the springboard to other southern Mykonos beaches. From here, it`s a few minutes` walk to the little cove of Aghia Anna, where a handful of bamboo dividers and a sole taverna keep things low-key. It`s only another 15 minutes over the headland to laid-back Paranga Beach.

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Myconian K hotels & Thalasso Spa Andronikos Hotel Belvedere Hotel
Mykonos View Apartments Apanema Resort Cavo Tagoo Hotel
Petassos Town Hotel Bill and Coo Suites & Lounge  
Poseidon Hotel and Suites Grand Beach Hotel  
Vienoulas Garden Hotel Harmony Boutique Hotel  
  Hermes Mykonos Hotel  
  Ilio Maris Hotel  
  Kouros Hotel and Suites  
Leto Hotel  
Mykonos Bay Hotel
Mykonos Theoxenia Hotel
Ostraco Suites
Semeli Hotel

Platis Yialos

Plati Yialos, one of the longest beaches on Mykonos, lies in a protected bay backed by low hills, 2.5 miles from Mykonos Town is best-known for its long bend of golden sand. The first resort to be developed on the island, because of the peaceful location, the glorious long stretch of beach, and its proximity to Mykonos Town, which is just a 10-minute bus ride away. It offers sophisticated facilities including a selection of stylish, high-class hotels, villas, apartments and numerous seafood tavernas with open-air terraces overlooking the water, plus travel agencies offering excursions and car rental companies.  Behind the front, meanwhile, cube-like houses sprinkle the countryside, with the low spine of the surrounding hills at their back door. The beach here comes with Blue Flag credentials. It`s set in the safe arms of a cove, with the hills buffering it from winds. A shallow shoreline and lots of water sports make it very much a family place. But if you do fancy a change of scene, there are regular taxi-boats that come and go from the port at the left side of the bay to a succession of blonde beaches. Historical landmarks either side of the beach give the place extra character. To the north, the monastery of Panagia Vounou, which dates from the early 19th century, is set on a hilltop and makes a great look-out spot. Around here also you`ll see the remains of the White Tower, one of the best preserved of the 57 ancient beacons on the island. To the south, meanwhile, there`s a prehistoric cemetery.

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Argo Hotel Acrogiali Hotel Myconian Ambassador Hotel
Kamari Hotel Kosmoplaz Hotel Palladium Boutique Hotel
  Lady Anna Hotel Petasos Beach Resort and Spa
  Mykonos Palace Beach Hotel Petinos Beach Hotel
  Nissaki Boutique Hotel  
Pelican Bay Art Hotel  

Ornos

Ornos is a coarse sandy beach loop around a wide bay, which is sheltered from the island`s strong northern summer winds, only 2 miles and a 5-minute bus ride away from Mykonos Town.  This beachside community has many tavernas, cafes and restaurants right on the beach for easy access. And behind them, the sugar lump-like houses on the surrounding low hills are watched over by 16th-century windmills ? all part and parcel of the Mykonos landscape. Due to the sea`s sandy bottom which drops off very gently from the shore, Ornos beach provides the perfect family beach.  To one end of the bay there`s a small fishing harbor where visiting yachts drop anchor and water-taxis ply their trade, shuttling passengers back and forth between the south coast beaches. Caiques also stop here en route to the UNESCO-listed islet of Delos, which is swamped with ruined temples and statues dating back to the days of Apollo and Artemis.  At the mouth of Ornos bay there is a large, slightly submerged rock to be navigated by boats, on which during quiet, less crowded periods you can view seals swimming or sunning themselves on top of the rock.

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Erato Club Mykonos Dorion Hotel Kivotos Hotel
Vanilla Hotel Mykonos Ammos Hotel  
  Yiannaki Hotel  

Agios Ioannis

Agios Ioannis is thought by many to be one of the most picturesque places on the island.  Famous as the location for the award winning motion picture Shirley Valentine, many appreciate this setting for its calm and relaxed atmosphere.  Agios Ioannis beach is on the west side of the island and facing Delos. Agios Ioannis is one of the best places to be when the sun goes down, for an enticing sunset view. The beach is divided into two parts, separated by rocks. On one of the two sides, there are umbrellas and sun beds available for rent. The water on the beachfront is shallow enough for children to play in, and there are a few tavernas close by for lunch. Not extremely protected from the strong north winds that blow in the Cyclades, but rather calm on most days. The setting in the beautiful bay is dramatic with views across to the island of Delos and a small white chapel to add a picture postcard flourish. Nearby rocks and coves add interest and there is a tiny beach at Kapari for those who prefer more solitude, but it has no shade and no facilities.

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De Light Boutique Hotel
Mykonos Grand Hotel and Resort
Saint John Mykonos Hotel 

Agios Stefanos

Agios Stefanos Beach is located just around the corner from the new port of Tourlos, located roughly 2 miles from Mykonos town. It was named after the pretty church with the red roof located at the end of the beach.  It is a sandy, family-friendly beach with shallow waters along the shoreline for children to play in. The water is so clean and clear, it creates a perfect swimming environment including a wonderful, sandy sea floor. When the north wind blows it can be somewhat windy on this beach.  There is also a view from the beach to the historically important islands of Delos and Rhenia. Agios Stefanos is one of the closest beaches to Mykonos Town and it has a bus connection to the capital. This beach is probably a solution for those who do not have their own means of transport and do not like moving around much. Agios Stefanos beach is surrounded by tavernas. You will find sun beds, umbrellas, tavernas for fresh fish and cooked dishes, as well as a bar-taverna. There is a beach volley court, lots of space to play paddle ball or let your children run free. The Nautical Association of Mykonos provides morning swimming, small craft sailing and windsurfing lessons on this beach, for the local children.

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Princess Of Mykonos Hotel Grace Mykonos Hotel
Rocabella Mykonos Art Hotel  

Elia Beach

Located 6 miles from the capital, Elia is the longest sandy beach of Mykonos, fully organized, offering a wide choice of taverns and bars as well as water sports facilities such as water-skiing, parasailing and windsurfing. At Elia beach you will come across many of those who feature in the society pages of magazines and newspapers. It is characterized as "gay-friendly beach" by the connoisseurs of Mykonos.  In designated sections nude bathing is allowed ...yachts are also allowed to anchor here. Elia is a busy beach and a favorite of many, to spend the day chilling out or socializing. It has become quite the meeting place and many plans for the evening or holiday romances are formed here.  There are several places to eat, drink or relax out of the summer sun with beach service also available. Umbrellas and sun beds for rent; bathrooms - showers; and water sports, including parasailing can be found on Elia Beach. Elia is the last stop on the caique (traditional fishing boat used as taxi boat). Lots of nudists come here. It is easily accessible by bus from Mykonos town and with a regular boat service from Platys Gialos beach.

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Myconian Imperial
Royal Myconian Hotel Thalasso Spa