Popularity: Not Much
Level: Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Megali Ammos is the closest beach to Mykonos Town and the Little Venice, located within walking distance of 600 meters south, and often referred to as the Mykonos town beach. Surprisingly it's usually very quiet. This is because there tends to be a lot of wind; that’s why it is suitable for windsurfing.
Also, it's not one of the best beaches because it is so close to a road, but if you like to escape the crowds that you find on most of the other beaches this beach could be an option. Worth particularly if you have only a few hours to spend on Mykonos.
The name Megali Ammos means 'large sand'. This name originated because before the road was built, the sand extended as far as the base of the hill sides. Because of the road, it was the beach that brought the first tourists on the island; although today is not very popular among the visitors.
Medium Months: January, February, March, April, October, November, December
Wind Type: Thermal Winds, Local Winds
Best Direction: N
Main Direction: N
Wind Factor: 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft), 28-33 knots (7 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Shore
Blowing at: Morning, Afternoon
In Megali Ammos northwest-facing beach, the strong and stable north “Meltemi” wind blows during summer. Nice conditions also when local winds blow.
Depth: Shallow (walking several steps not to step on)
Shallow seas backed by large flat rocks. At the bottom of the sea, a few meters of the beach, there is a huge plate that makes it a little difficult to swim in here.
Bathers Period: June, July, August
The beach is made of coarse sand with rocky bits.
The proximity to town usually guarantees large crowds later in the day. During the day it's not particularly busy, it is mostly ideal solution for residents of the two seaside hotels of the area. At the winter are frequent the school excursions in this place, so be prepared for a noisy time; it’s also right next to the road so the sound of scooters and cars can be lightly intrusive.
Access to Megali Ammos: The spot is located 5-mitute walk south of Mykonos Town and bus station (600 m), 1,5 km away from the Old Port and 2,5 km from the Airport.
Access to Mykonos:
Arrival by Airplane: Mykonos National Airport (JMK) is located at 4 km from Mykonos town (Chora) and it can take about 15 min. by car to cover that distance. There is no public bus operating on this route and the most common way to reach Mykonos town from the airport is by taxi. Taxis can be found waiting outside the airport.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: Mykonos Island features two ports; the old Mykonos Harbor, where arrive all the ferries and there is also the New Port of Tourlos, mostly used for Cruise Ships. The main port to take you to Mykonos from Athens is Piraeus, but there are also ferries departures, especially high-speed ferries, from the port of Rafina, which is closest to the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport. To reach Mykonos by sea, there are two types of ferries; the high-speed ferry which takes approximately 2,5 hours (from Rafina Port) and the normal ferry which is much slower and takes approximately 5 hours. You can also travel to Mykonos by ferry from/to main Cyclades Islands, Dodecanese Islands, Crete and Thessaloniki.
Local Transportation: When you arrive in Mykonos, you can either use the public transportation (local bus) or taxis or, even better, rent a car (or a motorbike in the summer). If you land to Mykonos airport, you can take a taxi or ask the rental agency that your car will wait for you at the airport. If you come by ferry, you can rent a car at the car rental agencies that surround the port.
Arrival by Car: Renting a car or a motorbike to get around is common practice in Mykonos and there are many such agencies operating at the airport, the harbor, Mykonos town, as well on certain beach areas like Platis Gyalos and Kalafatis.
Arrival by Bus: Departure points: Agios Stefanos and the New Port, next to Remezzo departures to Ano Mera, Elia, Kalafatis and from Fabrika departures to Plati Gyalos, Paraga, Agios ioannis, Ornos, Paradise beach.
Arrival by Taxi: Taxis in Mykonos are grey in color. They can be hailed on the street or arrive by appointment.