Mykonos has long been one of the favourite Greek getaways for newlyweds, couples, and families with kids. With its heavenly beauty, fascinating white houses and azure waters that take everyone’s breath away, whether you’re looking for a honeymoon destination, a birthday retreat or a vacation spot, Mykonos is the place to visit. Platis Gialos Beach is just one of Mykonos’s stunning beaches worth your visit. If you decide to spend a day there, here’s what you should know about it.
5 km southeast of Mykonos Town lies the magnificent Platis Gialos beach. That is one of the most popular beaches on Mykonos, attracting thousands of tourists each year. What makes it so popular is the golden sand and the wonderful turquoise crystalline waters that are perfect to splash in when the sun starts to shine ever so brightly and make sunbathing rather hot. Platis Gialos is a fully organized beach, so you won’t have any trouble finding an array of hotels nearby. What’s more, if you prefer accommodation that takes only a minute or two to reach the shore, Platis is close to several of those. If you’re looking for a long beach with a bunch of sunbeds, umbrellas, and water sports facilities, Platis is the one for you. You can even sip on a refreshing beverage right there as you lay in the sun. Super comfortable loungers with seats and tables will be waiting for you to spend a relaxing day in Mykonos.
No matter where your accommodation is, you can reach Platis Gialos easily. If you’re heading straight from the airport, it’ll take a 3 km / 1.8 mile-ride there. The beach is 7.5 km / 4.6 miles away from New Port and 5 km / 3.1 miles from the Town of Mykonos.
Mykonos has a super convenient online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car. On top of that, it also arranges a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. You can go for a different option and arrange a pickup by a local driver directly.
Another option of reaching the beach is by renting a car in Mykonos. That option will cost around 10 euros per day, and you can pick up your vehicle directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Renting a car is one of the best transportation options if you want to see most of Mykonos and discover Platis Gialos at your own pace.
Mykonos town also offers public transfers. You’ll see that there are two central bus stations in Mykonos town: Fabrika and Old Port. You can get a bus directly from Mykonos town (Fabrika) to Platis Gialos, several times a day. If you’re going to the beach straight from the airport, you can also hop on a bus from the bus station outside the airport’s main terminal building. Take the bus route Airport > New Port, which is available about every 1.5 hours. You’ll be transferred to Fabrika first, where you’ll hop on another bus to reach Platis Gialos, following the route Mykonos town (Fabrika) > Platis Gialos.
Things to Do
Water sports and adrenaline-packed activities
While many people prefer to lay back and enjoy soaking up the sun, others love going to the beach because of all the water activities they can try out. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you’ll love Platis Gialos because you’ll have the chance to try out flyboarding, wakeboarding, and wakeskating. On top of that, you’ll have the opportunity to try out waterskiing and wake surfing too. Rent sea kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for the ultimate water fun.
Eden Fine Art
For those wanting to enjoy a slightly calmer Mykonos experience, the Eden Fine Art gallery will be a perfect sightseeing spot. This International Gallery of Pop and Contemporary Art lies among the beach towns of Psarou on the island of Mykonos. You’ll find an intimate Modern collection with over 26 worldwide artists right there. It’s packed with colourful, inspiring, and evocative artwork that will leave you in awe.
The House of Fine Art
The House of Fine Art is an Art Gallery is another gem of Mykonos you must visit. Head to Mykonos Town and marcel at contemporary artists from around the world. HOFA Gallery will be a great spot to visit for everyone who knows exactly what this generation is all about. Vibrant, modern creativity, is depicted in every timeless piece in the gallery.
How do you feel about cheese? Are you a fan or not much of an aficionado? Either way, Mykonos Farmers is worth visiting. They’re local cheesemakers specialising in the production of traditional Mykonian cheeses. Book a traditional cheese tasting tour or an interactive cheese-making tour, a cooking workshop and see everything about cheese making.
Where to Stay
Choosing accommodation for your trip is never easy. Luckily Platis Gialos offers a full spectrum of amazing hotels. Acrogiali Hotel is one of those beautifully situated hotels only 4 km from Mykonos Town. This lovely accommodation features tasteful décor in a traditional Cycladic style, where blue and white mix together to create the ultimate Greek retreat. All rooms are air-conditioned and feature a private bathroom with bathtub, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, refrigerator and balcony or terrace with outdoor furniture. You can get a room with a view of the sea or the garden. To make your stay as comfortable as possible, Acrogiali Hotel offers several facilities and services. From a TV lounge to bars, restaurant, and a 24-hour reception desk, you’ll have everything you need for a perfect carefree holiday.
Kamari Hotel lies on the southern side of Mykonos, 4 km from Mykonos Town. Pick between rooms and suites with stunning balcony or veranda. The rooms and suites look at the sea, pool and garden, so choose the one with the most pleasant view for your taste. No matter the room you get, you’ll have a private bathroom with bathtub or shower, flatscreen TV, direct dial telephone, refrigerator, safe deposit box and wi-fi internet access. To enjoy your trip to the maximum, Kalamari offers a swimming pool, poolside snack bar, Jacuzzi, children’s pool and playground, TV lounge, billiards, table tennis and cafeterias. Thanks to the 24-hour reception area, you can also get a wake-up call, fax transmittal service, car rental, as well as transportation from/ to the airport and port.
Where and What to Eat
Avli tou Thodori
When you feel like grabbing a bite after a day on the beach, only a few steps away from Platis Gialos Beach, you’ll find the Avli tou Thodori Restaurant. To try out some of the most delicious culinary creations, head down to Avli tou Thodori. Not only will you enjoy delectable food but a wonderful view of the Aegean Sea as well. Get a taste of Greek food from traditional recipes like moussaka and kleftiko. Have you ever tried souvlaki or T-bone steaks? How about mix grill platters? All that and much more is available precisely at this fabulous establishment. Don’t miss the chance to indulge in seafood dishes such as salmon, calamari, shrimps, crabs, lobster and octopus.
Bonatsa Restaurant is another culinary gem of Platis Gialos. You’ll find Bonatsa at the far end of the beach, away from water sport enthusiasts and crow. If you love a good salad, this is the place for you. Bonatsa’s most famous specialities include salads prepared by tossing together a mix of fresh greens, sauteed tenderloin and balsamic vinegar. Make sure you order Squid Pesto too. Squid topped with a sauce of basil leaves, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic and seasonings is all you’ll need to make this Mykonos trip more than worthwhile. The rest of the menu includes Tortelloni cuttlefish stuffed with salmon and shrimps, as well as the Risotto Tartufo.
Mykonos is a truly fascinating island with a myriad of amazing things to do and places to see. When you decide to visit Greece, don’t miss out on a chance to head to Mykonos and Platis Gialos beach. Wine and dine at some of the best restaurants and have a holiday, unlike any other before.