Although most people come to Mykonos for its spectacular hotels, party atmosphere, and gorgeous sea views, we will let you into a secret – this Greek paradise actually has some lovely hiking and walking trails too.
With great weather, and many achievable paths, Mykonos is a good walking destination, and enjoying the trails here will truly allow you to experience this island at its fullest.
So pull yourself away from the pool for a morning and strap on your walking boots, as we share with you some of Mykonos’ best hikes!
Walking and hiking in Mykonos: The best trails
Mykonos Coastal Trail
This five mile trail will see you traverse three beautiful beaches as you hug the island’s south coast.
The path starts at the eastern end of Platys Gialos Beach, a lively resort village with beachside bars. You then head away from the hustle and bustle for a while as you walk down a coastline path before resurfacing at the small but popular Paraga Beach. This is a lovely swimming spot due to the crystal clear water in the bay.
The coastal path continues eastwards with great sea views until reaching Paradise Beach, a stretch of sand renowned for its party atmosphere.
All in all this walk should take around 1.5-2 hours, and despite being in a very popular area, the path itself is often quite empty as well as being easy to follow. It’s a great way to get away from it all for an hour or two. You can see a map of the trail here.
Merchia Beach to Saint Nicholas Church
This beach is wild and remote, and you won’t find hordes of tourists or beach bars here. Instead, Merchia Beach is peaceful and almost always empty.
The reason for that is the drive to get here is tricky, and the beach is mainly made up of pebbles. However as such it feels like a real nature spot – something that’s quite hard to come by on this heavily populated island.
Start at the beach and walk along it until you reach a road on the eastern side. That road goes away from the beach, walk it and then take the first left. If you follow that road (it turns into a dirt track) for less than a kilometer you will come to a tiny scenic church called Saint Nicholas. It sits perched on the edge of a peninsula, with waves crashing on the rocks surrounding it.
This is a lovely little walk that very few people know about. To get to this beach and the starting point you can just put Merchia Beach into Sat Nav.
Agia Anna Beach to Kalafati Beach
This short walk starts at Agia Anna Beach, a lovely clean stretch of soft sand with crystal clear water. It’s a nice spot for a swim but don’t use the sunbeds or umbrellas – there are hefty fees attached to them!
Walk eastwards along the beach until you reach a dirt road that runs beside the eastern side of the beach. Here you can cross over the road and visit Divounia Beach if you’d like – it’s far less busy than Agia Anna but not suitable for swimming.
Back on the road facing northwards you will see it makes a fork, choose the right-hand side which hugs the coast. After 400 or so meters a crossroad appears and take the right, that leads to Kalafati Beach – a lovely long stretch of sand which is less busy than similar beaches in Mykonos.
There are some sunbeds that are free to use on the beach provided by Petrino Restaurant – if you use them, then order some food or drink as a matter of courtesy. It will be a lot cheaper than hiring sunbeds anyway.
Agios Sostis Loop
This partially looped trail starts in Agios Sostis and will see you gently climb to an altitude of 250m, bringing some great views out across the ocean.
The route then takes you up to the most northerly point on the island – great for sunsets in the evening – before eventually returning to Agios Sostis where you can take a well deserved dip at the beach there, which tends to be quite empty as it’s relatively remote.
In total this trail is four miles long, and takes around two hours at a leisurely pace. Find a map of the path here.
Hike to Prophet Elias Church
This pretty little church in the north sits on one of the highest hills in Mykonos, and so the reward for hiking up to it are spectacular views out into the Aegean Sea.
The path you will follow is a small dirt road that leads up to the church, but it’s not recommended to drive as it’s only suitable for 4×4 vehicles, and there’s often a barrier in place stopping cars completely.
Rather, park near Seaclusion Apartments Mykonos, and walk the road going up the hill from there. As you walk, the trail gets steeper and less road-like. It branches off at one point but stick to the right hand side, after 30-45 minutes you’ll reach the top. The views from the top are arguably the best in Mykonos.
Mykonos is small, developed, and a tourist hotspot, so finding tranquil places to have a peaceful walk isn’t that easy. However Marathi Lake – which is just two miles outside of Mykonos’ Old Town – can provide just that.
There’s a trail that goes around the whole lake, and is often used by locals for running. However going off that path are many smaller tracks that will allow you to explore the immediate surroundings.
You’ll find many small churches and shrines, and on the western side of the lake, there’s the Monastery of Saint Pantaleon – a little oasis of calm.