A journey around Mykonos’s most picturesque beaches

A large empty beach on a sunny day.

Greek photographer Chris Kontos takes us on a visual trip around the island, sharing his favourite untouched beaches and swimming spots

By Chris Kontos Thu, Jul 30, 2020

‘While Mykonos is often thought of as a vacation destination for the rich and famous, its true spirit is really that of an original Cycladic paradise – the prototype for all Greek islands,’ says photographer Chris Kontos. Here, he transports us to some of its most beautiful beaches, reminding us what makes the island so special:

Mykonos has all the definitive elements that make Cyclades one of the top tourist destinations in the world: the frenetic nightlife, the famous restaurants and the day parties. But there is much more to the island than this. In its essence, Mykonos is a classic Greek island, with stunning architecture and one of the most beautiful choras (towns) in the Cyclades. It is also gifted with some of the most impressive beaches that you can find in the country. 

A drive around the island will reward you with pastoral images that are a million miles away from the cliche portrayal of Mykonos in the media and tourist brochures. You’ll see farmhouses with fig trees, little churches with maroon roofs, flocks of sheep, traditional kafeneia (cafes), such as Bakogias in Paraportiani, and beaches tucked away from the crowds with uninterrupted views of the sea.