The Greek island of Mykonos might be synonymous with lavish nightclubs and partying through the night (think Ibiza in Spain), but there’s a lot more to this Mediterranean marvel than rich celebrities cruising around on yachts and college students drinking themselves into a stupor.
And while Mykonos certainly does present itself as a party mecca and a cosmopolitan hot spot in the Mediterranean, it also has a rich history and distinctive Greek island charms and allure for tourists and families to explore.
Sugary white beaches, crystal clear waters, an idyllic shoreline, scenic whitewashed houses and chalky chapels with blue domes overlook the Aegean Sea. Along with relaxing by these pristine beaches there’s also a lot of exciting water sports and other actives to enjoy while you soak in the sun, sand and surf of world famous Mykonos.
Planning a trip with the family, but don’t know location in Mykonos is the most suited place for you? Come with us, as we avoid the large crowds and partying masses, and dive into the top three family friendly places to stay in Mykonos.
Ornos is a picturesque region less than a mile from the island’s capital. The area combines the great nightlife of Mykonos Town with delicious restaurants, shops, sandy beaches, relatively shallow waters, as well as lots of opportunities for scuba diving and swimming.
The area of Ornos has absolutely spellbinding views of the island, along with more peaceful experiences. It’s also a great spot to find exclusive accommodation with top-tier amenities like outdoor kitchens, basketball courts, breakfast bars and infinity pools. This is one of the main drawing cards for families, as there are plenty of amenities to keep the kids occupied while you also enjoy your Greece getaway.
Ornos is also close to the island’s main transportation network, which makes it easy to get around the rest of the island, especially with a family. Whether you’re planning a sightseeing tour, or just want to go and explore, it’s easily accessible by car. And if you want to swap out the car for a water taxi, Ornos is also an excellent spot to start a beach-hopping adventure. Jump on a taxi boat and visit the most popular (and more secluded options) along the coastline.
If Ornos is a little too close to the craziness of Mykonos Town, and you want to pamper your family with more tranquillity and secluded beaches, then Platis Gialos is a perfect alternative. The scenery is absolutely stunning and there are a number of little coves to explore that surround the area.
As for the beach itself, it’s magnificent! With fine sand, transparent waters and the most idyllic views of the archipelago, you can’t go wrong here. One of the main family friendly appeals for Platis Gialos it that is has a lot more space for the little ones to enjoy. Kids, and some adults too, will love the space to run around and make sandcastles on uncrowded beaches, especially if you come early in the morning.
As the kids run the amok around the beach, you can nestle under an umbrella, kick up your feet on a lounger and enjoy a refreshingly cold cocktail from one of the nearby beach bars or restaurants.
Aside from its beauty one of the best things about Platis Gialos is that you can rent a magnificent villa just a few yards from the beach, making an early morning walk on the beach, or multiple trips throughout the day, a lot easier with families.
Agios Stefanos is another fantastic option if you want to experience the more laid-back and chilled side of Mykonos. It’s one of the less visited locations in Mykonos, but it’s just as striking. The slight isolation from the main town areas makes it another great option for family friendly places to stay in Mykonos.
Situated on the northern side of the island, Agios Stefanos will leave you with a sense of total bliss and rejuvenation, with its wind protected, sandy shores and some unbelievably mind blowing sunsets.The location is well connected by both sea and land, which means that you can easily visit anything inside Mykonos, or even the neighboring island of Delos.
There’s also stunning accommodation on offer in Agios Stefanos, with impressive villas and combo units that can sleep up to 20 people. The villas come with facilities like private pools, several lounge areas, a built-in BBQ, outdoor kitchen and bar, a fully equipped inside kitchen and gorgeous seascapes.
Which Family Friendly Spot in Mykonos is Right For You?
This is barely an exhaustive list of the best family friendly places to stay in Mykonos, so if you’re looking for more options you can also try Agios Lazaros and Aleomandra regions on the south-west, Kalafatis and Kalo Livadi on the south-east, and Agia Sophia on the west.
And if you want to be in the action, and don’t mind the partying crowds and the music from the bars going well into the night, you could even consider a villa with full amenities in Mykonos Town. Regardless of where you end up, the island of Mykonos is an excellent place to stay with the family from end to end!