The Cyclades are very diverse in beaches. Some of these eye-catching islands have large sandy coves with crystal blue water, ideal for every traveler. Others offer some of the most unusual beaches you can see all over Greece, like the extraordinary beaches of Milos and the renown Red Beach of Santorini.
We prepared for you a list with some of the best and most recognizable beaches of the Cyclades, divided into a few categories.
You can find beaches with fine or coarse sand in almost all islands of this group. But when we talk about a choice of plenty of sandy beaches in one island, you`d better opt for Naxos, Paros or Mykonos.
A long sandy strip with and without facilities, located in one of the most wind-sheltered locations of Naxos island. Its blue water and golden sand rank it in the first positions for beautiful beaches in the Aegean.
The island of Serifos is one of the low-key destinations of the Cyclades but everyone agrees that this beach deserves to be noticed. Psili Ammos has a line of trees behind the shore, very shallow seabed and warm water.
Mykonos is endowed with many pretty sandy beaches and it is hard to choose one of them. The bad thing is that all of them get crowded in the summer and somehow it ruins the expectations of many. Ornos is one of those beaches which are suitable for everyone.
All beaches of Koufonisia are distinguished for the soft sand, shallow waters and the unforgettable blue color of the sea. Pori is the longest beach of tiny Ano Koufonissi island, located next to the Ksylombatis caves.
Beaches around ports are not typically considered the best but Kamares is an exclusion. It lies in a large sandy bay with transparent water, with plenty of space for both those who want to rent a sunbed and those who prefer to use their own umbrellas with less people around.
The most popular beach of Santorini and one of the most colorful in Greece as well. It may not be the best place to sunbath and swim but with the vertical red cliffs and the tiny red pebbles around the shore, this a beach one can hardly see somewhere else.
Though very popular and often crowded, Kolympithres is a scenic beach that you must visit during your stay in Paros. It attracts with the greyish rocks that divide the beach into small bays and the crystal clear shallow water without waves.
Maybe you don`t know much about Kythnos island but photos of Kolona beach sometimes appear on the web in articles devoted to the Cyclades. Kolona is a tombolo because it connects Kythnos with the small islet of Agios Loukas, forming a twin beach.
The weird landscape around Firiplaka includes large rocks in various shades or red, violet and yellow, due to the volcanic origin of Milos. The sea is in contrasting blue color and the water is shallow around the shore.
A strange beach with a strange name - Tis Grias To Pidima is translated as The old woman`s jump. The characteristic feature of this beach is the vertical rock which sticks out of the sea right next to the shore.
Best party beaches in the Cyclades
Mykonos and Ios are traditionally known as the party islands of the group. Paros also offers great night life and clubs which organize parties by the sea, and the most famous beach club there is Punda Coast.
Mylopotas has the fame of a party beach on a party island. In reality, just half the beach has parties going on in the summer, and Ios is more than a party destination. Mylopotas is long and wide, covered with golden sand.
Super Paradise is the equivalent of Paradise as you should know that both are very busy so sunbed reservation is recommended. Super Paradise is gay-friendly.
Best lesser known beaches in the Cyclades
All of the above listed beaches are popular destinations and you will not see them empty unless you go out of season. So here is another list with nice beaches all over the Cyclades which are not the target of every traveler.
Also known under the name Agios Georgis, Prassa is a remote beach in under-the-radar island which guarantees a different experience. The sand is mixed with tiny white pebbles from a nearby quarry and the sea has amazing turquoise color.
Antiparos is usually a one-day destination from neighbor Paros and few people reach its south end where the beach of Agios Georgios is located. It consists of a series of small sandy strips separated by low rocks.
Kastanas is one of the most colorful beaches of Milos but it is not as popular as the rest because of its isolated location. It is accessible via dirt road in the easternmost part of the island where there are no settlement or buildings.
Vlychada is one of the ”black” beaches of Santorini, because of the coarse dark sand and pebbles. But it is better known for the peculiar rock formations created as a result of the volcanic eruption.
Best beaches for surfing in the Cyclades
The Cyclades are windy islands and the wind may sometimes be unpleasant for holidaymakers but surfers would be more than happy at certain spots. The largest wind- and kitesurf clubs can be found on the islands of Naxos, Paros, Tinos and Mykonos.