Agios Ioannis Mykonos beach guide
Photo: Sue Dawn Johnson
Made famous as the setting for the 1980's hit movie 'Shirley Valentine' the beach resort of Agios Ioannis makes a good alternative for those wishing to escape the heady, but noisy, delights of nearby Mykonos Town.
Just five kilometres west of the port capital Agios Ioannis has a small sandy beach which, although it can quickly fill in the high season, is usually less crowded than other popular island beaches.
Sitting on the western shore of Mykonos opposite the islet of Delos, the resort has a trio of tavernas and a tiny shop selling the basics.
The gently shelving sand makes this a fine beach for families with young children. It's mostly soft sand with pebbles along the shoreline and good view across to the historic islet of Delos.
Split by a rock outcrop the northern strip has the sunbeds and a photogenic chapel perched above an attractive small harbour.
Behind the beach is extensive hotel development. The road to the beach ends at a car park. There are about seven buses a day to Mykonos Town and times are posted on a stone wall on the main road above the beach.
Nearby is tiny beach a Kapari, even quieter that Agios Ioannis. It's very small and secluded with fine views over to Delos but there are no facilities here even though it is still very much in beach hotel territory.