Ornos Mykonos beach guide
A victim of its own popularity, the family beach at Ornos is in a beautiful location with an abundance of restaurants and cafes but this is not a beach for anyone looking for a quiet and relaxing day of sunbathing, despite the pictures in the brochures.
Sun loungers are jammed side by side and cover almost every inch of the sand but holiday visitors will need to get there early to bag a place as they soon get snapped up.
Loud music blasts from the waterfront beach bars and traders will pester visitors all day with pirated products and cheap souvenirs while quad bikes roar through the streets behind.
There are too many beach tavernas to count, some right along the shoreline and more in the resort. Most serve excellent, if pricey, meals and drinks.
he beach lies is south facing and lies in a sheltered cove. It's long, deep and sandy with a gentle fall into the sea, so it's very popular spot for families with young children.
One half of Ornos beach is devoted to watersports of various kinds and the other half is for swimming in the clear, shallow water. A scuba diving school operates from here.
There are daily boat excursions from the harbour and water taxis to other beaches along the south coast.
Ornos is located on the south-west coast of Mykonos and it's about a 40 minute walk from Mykonos Town although most visitors arrive on the the regular daily buses or the frequent water taxis.
A couple of car parks soon get full. There is car parking in the village centre and another car park near the beach.
In the village centre behind the waterfront are more tavernas and several village shops including a mini-market and bakery.
Boat trips leave from the small jetty on the eastern side of the bay. There are day trip excursion to the holy islet of Delos and water taxis ferry holidaymakers to other south coast beaches such as Psarou, Elia, Agrari and Paradise.