Besides endless parties, non-stop fun, and celebs sauntering the high-end spots of Mykonos, the Island of the Winds is a magnificent family-friendly island in the Cyclades that dazzles with its Greek Island flair and appeal. And, speaking of locations ideal for families with small children, Ornos is the first that pops up.
Home to one of the busiest, safest, and well-organised sugary beaches, Ornos is, indeed, a dream location for relaxing and utterly enjoyable getaways for couples and families with kids alike. Don’t take our word for granted, though. Check out some facts about Ornos, and you will instantly realise how much of a Mykonos crown jewel this place really is!
1. Touristy and inviting beach
Being a pole of attraction for hundreds of visitors every summer makes Ornos Beach one of the most cosmopolitan shores in the southwest of Mykonos. Expect a somewhat upmarket and incredibly stylish beach with things like sunbeds and parasols in abundance. The water here is crystal clear and relatively shallow, with a sandy bottom, especially the southern part of Ornos beach, so perfect for small children to have a blast.
Don’t be surprised to see luxury yachts dropping anchor in the cliff-enclosed Ornos Bay. Many a-lists prefer this particular area for its calm waters and close proximity to Mykonos Town (less than 2km away). What’s even more exciting about this beach is that it stretches from the wind-protected Ornos Bay up to the windy Korfos Beach on the other side of the island.
This means you can choose the kind of beach fun you want to have – infused with water sports needing strong winds (i.e., windsurfing) or more laid-back experiences with the little ones? And while the children have the time of their life, you could try out waterskiing or learn how to windsurf. The experienced instructors at the many licensed watersports schools in Ornos will ensure you have a great first experience.
2. It has everything you will ever need
Whether you are after fine dining, a relaxed drink by the sea, a delicious coffee at a charming traditional Greek kafeneio, and other entertainment options along the foreshore, Ornos has it all. It is also equipped with a plethora of tourist facilities, including supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, and tourist shops.
Even if you prefer to base yourself where all the action is unfolding (that would be Mykonos Town), Ornos luxury resorts like Kivotos Hotels are only a few kilometres from the bustling capital, offering a wealth of amenities, including a private beach, a private pool, a fitness centre, a spa, and restaurants overlooking the bay. All these comforts enable you to savour both the delights of the sandy shore and the vibrant Mykonos nightlife the way you want to live it.
Speaking of nightlife, Ornos has its own share of fun, offering plenty of opportunities to enjoy yourself if you come with the children, with the idyllic beach turning into a vast playground for the small gents and ladies at any time of the day or night.
3. It’s the perfect base for Mykonos explorations
Due to its pristine location, Ornos is the starting point for the many boat taxis that head to the beaches of the southern coast. So, you can easily catch one and visit nearby shores without having to drive all the way there. Plus, a boat tour is much more exhilarating than a typical drive. On top of that, Ornos is the meeting location for most chartered cruises and other types of sea transportation to the neighbouring islands.
Regardless of the type of Mykonos holidays you have in mind, Ornos is a winner for sure, with or without kids!