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“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” ― Bill Bryson

You Can Totally See Four Mykonos Beaches in One Day

You Can Totally See Four Mykonos Beaches in One Day

 

The beaches in Mykonos are famous the world over. There are over 25 beaches in Mykonos and at least six of them are considered ‘must-sees’. My partner and I had less than two days in Mykonos and, therefore, the odds stacked against us. We spent the first day sightseeing in Mykonos Town and trying to catch a glimpse of the sunset. The second day was wholly dedicated to the beaches and I was determined to see at least four.

And we did…kind of.

 

Ornos Beach

Reaching the beaches from Mykonos Town is surprisingly easy and comfortable. Scarred by countless bus disasters in Italy, I had not expected to see spacious, air-conditioned coaches lined up neatly waiting to take tourists to the most popular beaches.

The ticket booth in Fabrica (the Mykonos Town bus stop) sold buses to all of the biggest beaches; Ornos, Paradise and Super Paradise for €1.80 each way. We decided to visit Ornos first as it was just a short, 20-minute walk from another beautiful beach, Agios Ioannis.

We arrived at Ornos and immediately bypassed the pricey sunbeds to take in a view of the coastline. The beach itself is barely 250 metres across but it’s encased on both sides by gorgeous rocky outcrops, which open out onto a breathtaking view of the Aegean.

We walked along the footpath and climbed down to some rock pools. Having found a secluded patch of sand, we lounged in the sun and cooled off in the water, all by ourselves.

You can only spend so much time in the sun before a beachside bar starts calling your name, so we made our way back for a pint (or two). Refreshed and full of liquid courage, we started what we thought at the time was a 20-minute walk to Agios Ioannis.

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Korfos Beach

Minutes into the walk, we realised we were even closer to another beach, Korfos. Reviews celebrated Ornos beach for its unique protection from the harsh Aegean winds. After just 30 seconds at Korfos, we needed no further convincing. Bracing ourselves against the winds, we quickly left and continued on towards Agios Ioannis.

 

Agios Ioannis

Sure, we could have walked back to the bus stop and taken the bus, but what’s a 20 minute walk on a beautiful day in Mykonos?

In hindsight, it’s a lot more headache than it’s worth, especially in the sweltering midday sun. Probably more foolish still was continuing the walk despite not seeing a single tourist for miles in either direction. On an island as overstuffed with beach-goers as Mykonos, this should’ve been a red flag. But, stubborn and foolhardy as ever, we continued along, eagerly searching for respite from the sun and increasingly keen to see the sea.

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All was going (relatively) well until we hit our next turn. Perhaps it was fair to define it as a road once upon a time, but, to us, it looked more like an overgrown hedge framed on either side by crumbling stone fences. In flip-flops, it was unsurpassable. There was no way through it and no viable alternate route. Turning back was an option but, after 15 minutes sweating profusely on deserted island roads, it was one that we were not intent on taking. Instead we climbed on one of the fences and tightrope-walked  the rest of the way, stopping briefly at one stage to apologise to the construction workers who stopped drilling to allow us to pass.

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We finally arrived in Agios Ioannis and, yes, it was beautiful. Much quieter than Ornos, with fewer restaurants and bars but the beach was just as blue and glistening. We hired two sunbeds and rested after our 30-minute hike.

Re-energised after a dip in the water and some time lying in the sun (with additional beers), I insisted that we could make it to one more beach, possibly two. Paradise and Paraga were high on the list. Unfortunately the bus didn’t go to either of those beaches from Agios Ioannis. We decided to turn back to Mykonos Town, freshen up and head out to Paradise in the evening.

 

Paraga Beach

We took the bus from Fabrica toward Paradise. On the way, we heard the driver announce a stop at Scorpio’s. We’d heard this megaclub, situated on a cliff overlooking Paraga beach, was the best place to be on a Thursday night. On a whim, we stepped off the bus and down the path towards the bar. It was windy and a familiarly tough walk down a road clearly meant for cars and not pedestrians. However, we could see the coastline and the bars in the distance, so we persevered.

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Scorpio’s itself is a sprawling clifftop club, filled with countless expensive people, things and drinks. Expect a single beer to knock you back something like €10. Also expect to be worn out quickly by the intense EDM and increasingly drunk crowds (unless you plan on joining them). After taking in the club and drinking €20 worth of beer between us, we thought about our next moves.

We looked on our map to see how far Paradise was - just a 30 minute walk. We could make that, right? With the sun long gone and some idea of what that path might look like, we decided to head back to the bus stop.

We walked along the same road to where the bus had let us off. As it turns out, walking along a road under the moonlight is far less romantic than it sounds. Every car zoomed passed us within a few inches from our shoulders. We feared for our lives.

Eventually, we made it to the bus stop and, very aware of how dangerous it was to stand in yet another narrow road, jumped onto a nearby fence and waited for the bus. I couldn’t have been happier when I saw a bus approaching and, when it passed us by, I felt like crying. I felt worse still when yet another bus passed. It turns out a drop off point isn’t necessarily a pick up point on Mykonos - who knew?

We were stuck. No buses were stopping and the road back to the bar was just as treacherous, with taxis flying passed at regular intervals. With no reception on our phones, we were stranded. After what felt an eternity sitting on the brick fence in the dark, a passing car stopped.

“What are you doing out here?!”, the driver asked, curious and incredulous.

“We were waiting for the bus,” we replied.

“The bus won’t stop here!” the driver quickly informed us.

She was heading back to Mykonos Town having just dropped off some customers at Scorpios and she kindly offered us a ride back to town.

We arrived back at our apartment, exhausted, deflated and grateful for having returned unscathed - and having seen four beaches in Mykonos in one day. Success.

 

 
Dinner at Bob Bob Ricard

Dinner at Bob Bob Ricard

Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

Afternoon Tea at Sketch London