Cyclades Islands are in close proximity to Athens and with same characteristic architecture style. These islands also stand out for their gorgeous sandy beaches. There you can find Cyclades beaches of all styles: pebbled or sandy, organized or remote, large coasts or small coves. There is a beach for everyone on the Cyclades Islands. The most famous Cyclades beaches are located in Mykonos, Paros and Naxos. In fact, these three islands are also great for water sports, particularly for windsurfing and kite surfing. Golden Beach in Paros, Mikri Vigla in Naxos and the southern beaches of Mykonos are very popular with these wind sports. The rest of Cyclades islands are not that popular, therefore those Cyclades beaches are far less busy. Milos, Sifnos, Amorgos, Andros and Tinos have equally beautiful beaches but with less tourism facilities. As far as beach travel destinations go, Cyclades is right on the mark for remarkable. Here are the best Cyclades Beaches:
Super Paradise Beach, Mykonos
Super Paradise Beach is located right next to Paradise Beach and is reachable by taxi-boat (regular boat services are available from Platis Yialos) and local bus. It is considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Mykonos Super Paradise is less organized than neighboring Paradise and has beautiful crystalline waters and soft golden sand. Super Paradise is a favorite beach of people from all over the world. Due to its popularity, Super Paradise Beach can get very crowded during peak season. Not a family friendly beach, as naturalists like to hand out here.
Plaka Beach, Naxos
Plaka Beach is like a continuation Agia Anna Beach and is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. It is a calm and endless sandy beach with, in some parts, big flat stones and amazing crystal clear waters. In the beginning of the beach one can find sun beds and umbrellas but most of it keeps its unspoiled natural beauty, without any tourist facility to disfigure it. A few hotels, restaurants and cafes can be find behind the sandy dunes boarding the beautiful beach. You can also find water sports and windsurfing rentals on this beach.
Tsigrado Beach, Milos
Tsigrado Beach is one of the most beautiful southern beaches of Milos. Located right next to Firiplaka, Tsigrado is a small sandy cove with crystal water. Going down this beach is a bit difficult as visitors have to pass through a rocky passage to get there. The surrounding environment with the rocky cliffs is quite impressive.
Mylopotas Beach, Ios
Mylopotas Beach is located 3 km from Chora. This is the main beach of the island where all tourist action takes place. It is known for its long sandy beach stretching for 1 km and fantastic tourist facilities. Its crystal clear waters are ideal for swimming and the main reason that Mylopotas Beach has been awarded several times with the Blue Flag. The sandy beach is covered with plenty of sundecks and umbrellas offered in low prices and many beach bars where all the action happens. The beach is perfect for a number of activities offering plenty of water sports facilities to visitors, like windsurfing and diving. Despite the tourist development of the area, Mylopotas Beach remains a beach with a beautiful natural landscape. It receives a great number of people all through the day who enjoy the warm sun, sunbathing in the golden sand and swimming in the emerald waters.
Elia Beach, Mykonos
Elia Beach is a huge sandy beach, 10 kilometers from the capital. Elia Beach is the longest sandy beach of Mykonos, and offers a wide choice of taverns and bars as well as water sports facilities such as water-skiing, parasailing and windsurfing. Elia Beach is quieter than some of the other beaches like Super Paradise and Paradise Beach on Mykonos. Don't take the little ones to this beach as lots of naturalists go to this beach. There is a nice view to the left up the hill, where you can enjoy the traditional Cycladean houses. Here you can find jet ski, water boat, and banana boats for use.
Kolymbithres Beach, Paros
Kolimbithres Beach is one of the most famous beaches of Paros and is located in the huge bay of Naoussa, or Plastira Bay. This beach is impressive because of the huge blocks of granite boarding it, sculpted into strange smooth shapes by the sea and the wind over the centuries. Small sandy coves line the coast one after another, making up the beach of Kolimbithres. Some are lucky enough to have their own private tiny bay. Sun beds and umbrellas can be hired in some areas of the beach and some water sports facilities are also available. A few beach bars and taverns can be found along the road leading to the beach. There is a parking lot above the beach, or you can also take a boat to the beach from the port of Naoussa. This beach also has diving facilities.
Red Beach, Santorini
Red Beach is arguably one of the most famous and beautiful beaches of Santorini. It is located only some steps away from the ancient site of Akrotiri. The small size of the beach creates a much crowded atmosphere and there are many days where most of the visitors choose not to make it all the way down to the beach and instead admire this unique landscape of red and black volcanic rocks from the headland.
The access is relatively easy. You can leave your car at the parking space and continue all the way down that takes about two minutes. As you gradually get down to the beach you will be impressed by the different colorings of the cliffs. Many sunbeds and umbrellas cover the dark sand and right on the seashore are some nice pebbles you can use for your collection. Snorkeling is highly recommended due to the interesting rocks. You can also access the beach by boat that departs from Akrotiri port.
Agia Anna Beach, Amorgos
Agia Anna Beach is a beautiful beach located very close to Chora. It is a small rocky beach that is distinguished for its spectacular beauty. Sunbeds and umbrellas are not available at Agia Anna Beach, so make sure to take all the essential items with you. Despite this inconvenience, Agia Anna Beach remains quite the famous beach on the island. Due to its rocky landscape, it might be a little dangerous for children, yet it offers an amazing diving and snorkeling experience in the crystal waters of the Aegean Sea.
Agios Prokopios Beach, Naxos
Agios Prokopios Beach is one of the most popular beaches of Naxos and considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece as well as in Europe. The long golden sandy beach extends over 1, 5 kilometers and has beautiful crystalline waters, protected from the strong winds frequently blowing on the island. One part of the beach offers sun beds, umbrellas and water sports facilities, while the other part is left to its natural beauty and totally unspoiled by tourist facilities. Sand dunes are softly rising on this beach, and behind them lies a small village with various hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars.
Kolona Beach, Kythnos
Kolona Beach is a narrow strip of land that connects Kythnos to the islet of Agios Loukas. However, it has a particular charm, due to its fine golden sand and the ocean lapping at both of its sides. Kolona Beach is surrounded by gentle, slopes, and is about 3 km to the west of Chora village. This is not a beach to drive to as the road is very rough. Instead take a taxi boat from Merihas, the main port of Kythnos. You will not find any umbrellas at this beach, however there are a few large trees to provide shade. Kolona Beach is noted as one of the most beautiful and romantic beaches. This beach should not be missed when visiting Kythnos Island.