The Best Beaches in the Cyclades Islands

A guide to the best beaches in the Cyclades Islands, from Mykonos to Santorini

Milos beachGreece’s Cyclades Islands have some of the most remarkable beaches in the world. Whether you want to dance on the sand, indulge in some water sports, lounge in the sun or plan a romantic afternoon, there’s a Cyclades beach for you, and a yacht charter is the best way to explore all that they have to offer.

Here are the beaches that you plan to visit during your vacation in Greece.

Super Paradise Beach (Mykonos) – not only one of the most beautiful beaches in the Cyclades, many would say it’s among Greece’s best. A large bay on the southeastern side with soft golden sand and crystal clear water, one side has beach bars, taverns, watersports, sunbeds and umbrellas, and the other is more secluded.

Red Beach (Santorini) – the most famous beach on Santorini because of its impressive volcanic landscape lined by red cliffs. You’ll quickly forget about its challenging pebbled bed once you see its spectacular beauty. After a refreshing swim, lounge on a sunbed under an umbrella.

Kolymbithres Beach (Paros) – located on the northern side of the island opposite the Bay of Naoussa, this smaller beach and surrounding coves have crystal clear water and soft sand. The coves are separated by large white rocks that are popular with sunbathers.

Mylopotas Beach (Ios) – this is the most popular beach on the island, located near the port and main capital. It’s a favorite with young visitors because of the watersports centers and beach bars. Enjoy the soft golden sand by day and the vivacious beach parties by night.

Plaka Beach (Naxos) – although it’s one of the largest and most popular beaches in the Cyclades, it’s never too busy because of its size. A small part of it has sunbeds, umbrellas, taverns and water sport centers, but most is private and laid back.

Elia Beach (Mykonos) – one of the largest beaches on the island, this is one of Mykonos’ quieter spots. Located on the southeastern side, many yachts stop here on the way to the southern beaches. You’ll find umbrellas, sunbeds, restaurants and bars alongside the soft sand.

Tsigrado Beach (Milos) – this beach on the south side of the island is difficult to reach but the soft white sand and refreshing water make it worth visiting. There aren’t any bars, food stands or shops, so you’ll have to bring your own supplies.

Agia Anna Beach (Amorgos) – one of the most beautiful places on this island, this beach is set on a small pebbled bay accessed via water or a hiking path from the Monastery of Hozoviotissa. Secluded nearby coves are also nudist-friendly.

Agios Prokopios Beach (Naxos) – located close to the main town and the port, this beach is very popular with visitors. A portion has umbrellas, sun beds, beach bars, taverns and watersports centers, while the rest is more unspoilt.

Kolona Beach (Kythnos) – the least developed island of the Cyclades has one of the best beaches. Located on its northwestern side, Kolona is actually a peninsula with two sandy shores connecting Kythnos with the islet of Saint Minas.