Because it’s located just a short walk down the road from Chora, this was one of the first beaches to be developed for tourism in Mykonos. Today, there are many more attractive and popular beaches on the island, but this remains a good spot for some time in the sun, especially for those staying at the hotels nearby. Surprisingly, it’s almost never crowded, especially when the north winds are blowing.
There are sunbeds for rent, facing a view of the island’s famous windmills. On windy days with stronger waves, it’s a good spot for windsurfing.
Its name means “big sand,” and dates from a time before the road behind it was built, when the sandy area extended all the way back to the hillside.
How to Get to Megali Ammos Beach
Megali Ammos is centrally located just a 10-to-15-minute walk south from the heart of Mykonos Town and the Fabrika bus terminal.
Hotels in Megali Ammos Beach
Grand Beach Hotel
Standing right above Megali Ammos, this hotel has spacious rooms with panoramic views, and some even feature their own private pool and hot tub. It also boasts a large seawater pool, a paddling pool for children, and a fitness center.
Located a few feet up the road from Megali Ammos, this is a more moderately-priced hotel in the center of the island. Open since 1970, it keeps itself up to date with comfortable rooms, some of them with sea views. It also has views of Mykonos’ iconic windmills, and the Fabrika bus terminal is a couple-of-minutes-walk away.
Mykonos Bay Resort & Villas
This mostly-white hotel faces Megali Ammos, and although it has been welcoming guests for three decades, it has constantly updated its design and facilities. Inside its traditionally Cycladic complex are 31 rooms and suites decorated with art made of carved marble, plus a seawater pool, a bar, and restaurant.
It’s one of Mykonos’ oldest hotels (it opened in 1976), but has updated its design, creating contemporary spaces and maintaining its gay-friendly hospitality. It features a large terrace with pool and offers a panoramic view of the island. Rooms range from “economy” to grand suites, so it’s for all budgets. The restaurants and bars of Chora and Little Venice are a short walk away.