Elia, Mykonos, Greece
Elia is one of the largest beaches on Mykonos island and the most gay-popular. This sandy beach is well-managed with many good quality sun beds and shades for rent.
At the righthand end (assuming you’re facing the sea), you’ll see a rainbow flag. The area between the water sports rental section and the flag gets increasingly gay-popular. The sandy quality above and below the waterline is at its best in this area.
Beyond the rocky outcrop towards the very end (beyond the rainbow flag) is a second beach that is almost entirely gay with some nudism. Further behind is a much smaller sandy cove that is mostly occupied by gay nude sunbathers.
Sun beds and shades (10€ per bed in 2015) are available. Customers can expect an efficient ‘at seat’ drinks and food service. A selection of sandwiches, pizzas, pasta, salads are cooked to order at the nearby Arte & Mare Resort restaurant and, along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, delivered by runners to your bed.
Buying food and drinks from the beach staff is a great way of securing front-row sun loungers reservations for the following day. There is also an excellent beach restaurant in the middle of the main beach, serving a wide selection of fish and meat dishes.
Neither the at-seat or dine-in option is cheap. So, bring your own water, cigarettes, etc. However, our beach attendant (Erick) was a bronzed, smooth-talking Greek hunk who had us ordering from his menu every hour or so.
Elia Beach is generally quiet in the morning with people arriving around lunchtime and leaving in the evening. After 5pm, the rocky area beyond the beaches becomes very cruisy. The only privacy is behind stone walls, and even then you are definitely taking chances with the exceptionally prickly bushes that cover the rocks.
a) Hire a car and drive. There is a car park at the beach. You can drive through the tarmacked car park and turn right into an informal car park than runs along the back of the beach. We think driving is the best option if you are in a group and plan to visit Elia most days.
b) Take a bus from the Northern Bus Station (close to the Old Port ferry quay), buses depart at regular intervals from 11am – check at the station for the current schedule.
c) Take a bus from the main Southern Bus Station to Plato Yailos, then catch the regular boat to Elia.
(updated September 2015)
Great beach, bad service in the gay restaurant
“Elia beach is lovely and crystal clear. The water is a bit cold but it is wonderful. The rocky area (far right when you see the sea) is more like a cruising point for older guys.
The gay area has bad service as they ask you to pay 25 euro for sunbeds plus force you to order food and drinks (!) and their quality is not good at all. Also the waiters (they are Albanians not Greeks as someone mentioned here) are a bit rude (the way they told us that you have to pay was awkward) and not willing to help you… I would say they were mostly interested in either flirting with girls or sucking up on old rich guys (who order a lot, and give them tips). I would suggest sitting on your towel and perhaps bringing an umbrella, saves your hard-working money that could be spent on better services!
PS: There’s no toilet!”
Alex on 09-29-2016 | Problem with this review?
Service in gay end is not as good
“The gay end of the beach (far right when looking at the water) unfortunately has the worst service. So instead of paying for the sunbeds you could just sit on your own towel (plenty of people do). Saves the attendants demanding you keep ordering all day even though you’ve already paid 25 euro for 2 beds! (We had one attendant that got an order wrong and then wanted us to pay for it anyway?!).
The service in the area directly in front of the restaurant or the section just to the right is friendlier.
The beach itself is divine so don’t feel like you need to drop a lot do cash to enjoy it.”
Scott on 05-29-2016 | Problem with this review?
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