A Complete Guide To Where To Stay In Mykonos

Finding where to stay in Mykonos is easier than you can imagine. Packed with gorgeous beaches with the clearest waters; nice narrow cobbled alleys; shops, cafés and restaurants galore and with a thriving nightlife, this beautiful island is a great holiday destination. However, it’s also the most popular island among the Cyclades and one of the most popular islands in Greece, which means careful planning is necessary in order to find a good place to stay.

Try to book anything last minute, and you will be left with expensive places only – and even budget places won’t be so budget anymore.

This post will help you decide where you should be staying in Mykonos, highlighting the nicest areas and best hotels in Mykonos, with something suitable for all budgets.

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If you are looking for a place that is bustling with life, Chora is your place

What To Consider When Deciding Where To Stay In Mykonos

Mykonos is a great island, but your experience will vary greatly depending on where you go, on what your budget is and on how you want to spend your time. When looking for a place to stay in Mykonos, ask your self the following questions:

WHAT’S YOUR SCENE? – Do you want a town that buzzes with life, or are you desperate for a more peaceful place? Towns and villages have anything you may possibly want in terms of restaurants, cafés and bars, shops and city charm. But they are more crowded and you will need to drive or use public transportation to get to the beach. Beach areas have have some nice restaurants and bars, but you will be away from the cultural life of cities and villages and won’t be able to mingle with the locals unless you drive to town.

WHAT’S YOUR IDEA OF VACATION? – Do you just want to rest, or would you rather explore? Do you want to try a different restaurant every night, or would you rather have a quiet night in and head out for a meal every now and then? Are you a party animal? Depending on that, you may need something more or less expensive and central.

WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET? – Mykonos doesn’t have to be expensive. Places with a pool and close to the beach or with views of the sea tend to be more expensive, while most budget friendly options tend to be in town, where you can find small guest houses and bed and breakfast with simple yet clean rooms.

YOU MUST BOOK IN ADVANCE – A must if you want to find a good place to stay that won’t completely blow your budget.

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Mykonos is packed with excellent hotels

Where To Stay In Mykonos – Best Overall Options

Here are my favorite picks;

Mykonos Bay Resort And Villas 

This wonderful hotel is set in Megali Ammos beach, and very close to Mykonos City – offering the best of both worlds. It offers private beach facilities, and it has a pool and a restaurant. Rooms are plush. Click here for the latest rates and here for reviews.

Sofia’s Bungalows Mykonos 

This bed and breakfast and villas complex is located in Mykonos City and has fantastic sea views. Villas are furnished in a beautiful marine style and have a beautiful terrace and patio to hang out. There is a common pool. Click here for the latest rates and here for reviews.

Makis Place

You don’t have to splurge to enjoy a comfortable room with a view in Mykonos. Makis Place is located in Tourlos and thought to be one of the best budget friendly options on the island, with spacious clean rooms with a view – some even have a balcony. Breakfast is included in the price – what else could you ask for? A pool? Yes – there’s a pool as well. Click here for the latest rates and here for reviews.

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Mykonos City is a good option if you want to experience nightlife

Where To Stay In Mykonos: Best Areas And Places To Stay

Mykonos City: Best for Nightlife

Locals refer to Mykonos City as “Chora.” This is the biggest town on the island, and it’s quintessentially Greek. Picture bright white buildings with blue doors, windows and banisters; balconies adorned with colorful flowers; narrow cobbled alleys where you’ll find a plethora of shops, cafés and excellent restaurants.

Little Venice, AKA the waterfront, is a great place to admire sunset. Another must see are the windmills of Kato Mili. Chora also has interesting museums and an open air cinema, and is well served by public transportation so going to the beach and exploring the island is very easy.

This is definitely where to stay in Mykonos if you are a night owl and plan to hit the best bars and restaurants on the island.

TIP: Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach are two other locations that excel in terms of nightlife, with beach parties and lots of clubs, but that’s pretty much all they have to offer.

Best places to stay in Mykonos City

Platys Gialos: The best of both

At just 4.5 km from Mykonos City, Platys Gialos offers the best of both worlds: you’ll find some of the best beaches in Mykonos, perfect for water sports lover who can practice kite surfing, stand up paddle boarding and kayak; but families with children will be able to enjoy its fine golden sand and clear waters. There also are plenty of good restaurants with incredible sea views and offering food that ranges from typical Greek dishes to fusion cuisine; a few good bars for evening drinks; and excellent hotels that don’t cost an arm and a leg. 

It really is where to stay in Mykonos to be close to everything. 

Best places to stay in Platys Gialos

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There are plenty of good hotels for any budget

Ornos: Best for families

At a mere 3.4 km from Mykonos City, this small fishing village is an absolute must-see. It has a lovely harbor and provides easy access to beautiful beaches where families with small children will be able to count on white sand and shallow, clear and typically calm waters.

The beach can get crowded in peak months, but within easy distance you’ll find Korfos, significantly less crowded – though mind you, it’s also more exposed to the wind. Apaggio, one of the best restaurants in Mykonos, is also at easy walking distance.

In Ornos, you will find plenty of shops, a nice flea market and lots of small tavernas (local eateries) and cafés, and hotels for any budget.

Best places to stay in Ornos

Agios Ioannis: Best for couples

Mykonos is packed with places that are perfect for a romantic getaway, but Agios Ioannis is unbeatable for its sunsets. Compared to other places in Mykonos, it is quiet – so it’s where to stay in Mykonos if you are looking forward to relax away from the noise and chaos. There aren’t as many restaurants as in Chora, but you will find some good tavernas, as well as Hippie Fish – the best fish and seafood restaurant.

Agios Ioannis is well connected to Mykonos City by public transportation, and within 10 minutes you can reach Kapari Beach, a lovely small cove that never gets too crowded.

Best places to stay in Agios Ioannis

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Elia beach is one of the best on the island

Psarou: A gorgeous beach

Psarou is one of the best beaches in Mykonos and is perfect for families as well as couples who can both count on a few restaurants and on good public transportation to Mykonos City. There also are some very good hotels.

Best places to stay in Psarou

Other Areas

ELIA – A quiet, luxury hotspot away from the crowds and where to stay in Mykonos if budget is not an issue. It’s located on the southern coast and a bit isolated, but there are a few excellent boutique hotels. The best place to stay there is Mykonian Villa Collection.

MEGALI AMMOS – This is the perfect place to stay in Mykonos if want a very quiet area, yet close to Chora. It’s at a mere 500 meters from Mykonos City and the mills. As it’s a bit less popular, it’s easier to find good last-minute deals. The best place to stay there is Mykonos Bay Resort And Villas.

AGIOS STEFANOS – Perhaps this isn’t the best beach on the island, but it’s protected from the wind so it is safe to swim. It’s at easy distance from the harbor and from the center of Mykonos City; there are a few restaurants, the sunset views are gorgeous and you can even easily reach Delos. The best place to stay there is Mykonos Princess Hotel.

Final Considerations On Where To Stay In Mykonos

My favorite area to stay on the island is Mykonos City. I love staying in a place where life is thriving; where there are plenty of hotels and guest houses to choose from; restaurants, bars and cafés and the famous Greek tavernas on the waterfront. This is where most shops are located, with nice little boutiques, art galleries and even souvenir shops.

Keep in mind that public transportation in Mykonos works very well during the day, and it’s extremely easy to reach the beaches and then at the end of the day get back to town to shower and get prepared for a night out. However, if you’d rather move around independently, a car may be a good idea. You can get a quote for car rental here.

As for any other trip, make sure to get a good travel insurance for your trip to Mykonos. Read my post Why You Need A Good Travel Insurance.” Get your travel insurance here.

Further Readings

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