a popular beach with the locals as well as the tourists.
Paraga Beach is one of the beaches originally made
famous by the hippie generation, being one of the
first clothing-optional beaches of Mykonos.
You can still find a
laid back attitude mixed in with a party atmosphere.
The music can get loud in front of the restaurant
- beach bar, especially in August, when the Italian
crowd flocks to Paraga Beach.
You can find sun beds and umbrellas for
rent or a place to lay your towel on this sandy beach.
Swim in the clear waters out to the rock, just a few
meters from the shore and take a dive into the sea.
This is one of the few beaches where you can find
trees providing some shade. The shore line has shallow
waters safe enough for a child to play in. Part of
the beach has a bamboo fence to offer some wind protection.
There are nice, large, smooth rocks on the left side
to lie on or discover small tidal-like pools.
If you find yourself needing a break from
the beach, take a hike to the right and follow the
footpaths up the rocky hill or out to the point of
the rocky headland. It will give you a completely
new view of the sea. You can also find a bit more
privacy if you choose to spend some time away from
the beach. An alternative hike is on a footpath following
the headland to the left of the beach, this is one
of the ways you can reach Paradise
Beach (ten minute walk) or just take in the view.
Paraga Beach offers lifeguard services,
a restaurant - bar with beach service, a taverna with
some tables on the beach and cafe beach bar also with
beach service. A little to the left of the beach is
a pool bar. Mykonos Camping is just beyond this pool
bar and extends out to the point of the headland.
You can find rooms
to rent, hotels and apartments
around the perimeter of Paraga Beach.
You can get to Paraga Beach by public
transportation, rental car -
motorbike or boat/caique
originating from or returning to Ornos
or Platys Gialos
beaches. Bus service directly to the beach is only
offered during peak season, otherwise you have to
walk from Paradise Beach bus stop. There is a footpath
over the hill, just a short ten minute walk. You can
also walk from Platys Gialos Beach on a gentle footpath
crossing over Agia
Anna Beach (a small beach separating the two.)
If driving, there is a small, free parking lot for
the customers of the taverna or cafe beach bar on
the left side of the beach and a large parking lot
that charges a fee on the right side of the beach.