On the south coast of the island paradise of Mykonos lies a spectacular beach scene waiting to be explored. Here is where the global jet-set flock to, taking in the party scene all day and night, dancing, drinking and sun lounging. But for the types who prefer their seaside outing on the quieter, laid-back side, there are a few hidden gems. Imagine turquoise blue waters for a spectacular view, soaking up the sun on a lounger, napping the afternoon away on the golden sands and taking a dip in the relatively uncrowded waters. This is what Elia Beach is all about! And it sure sounds like the perfect way to spend your summer holiday. And we recommend setting at least a day aside (if not more) to soak up this spectacular setting.
Located 10 kilometres away from Chora, the capital of Mykonos, Elia Beach forms the longest sandy stretch on the island. Here, you'll find a wide choice of amenities to ensure a comfortable experience – think sunbeds, chairs, umbrellas, drinks, shower facilities, tavernas and bars. For the active kinds, there are also watersports packages available, allowing you to try your hand at everything from parasailing to windsurfing.
Getting to Elia Beach is relatively simple; you can take a bus from Chora, which is a 30-minute ride or a water taxi from Platis Gialos Beach. Alternatively, you can also book private transportation options with your concierge.
Elia Beach is a family-friendly spot with playgrounds for junior visitors along the shore and shallow water, making sure everyone is welcome. But that's not all. There are designated spots for the LGBT community, marked by a rainbow flag, as well as nude sun worshippers.
When you're feeling peckish, head to any of the tavernas dotting the shore, serving up everything from delicious international treats to traditional and modern Greek specialities with refreshing cocktails.