Megali Ammos - Mykonos

by Niki Kefala
Megali Ammos

Megali Ammos is just 2 km from Mykonos Town and Little Venice. For this reason, it was the beach that brought the first tourists on the island, although today it is not very popular among visitors. 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.

It is a beach without any umbrellas and sunbeds because of the fact that there are very strong northerly winds and that's why it is a little bit deserted and also because next to the beach is the main road. School excursions are frequent in this place during winter. The strong winds, as you can imagine, make this beach suitable for windsurfing and also for scuba diving. Visitors can find a few hotels and apartments here. You can also find a small traditional tavern located just a few steps from the water's edge. Enjoy here fresh, tasty octopus! This beach is a good place to take a quiet -although windy- walk on the beach during the sunset.

During war times, this beach was used to bring in black market essential goods from other islands. One of the stories is about the ghost of a pirate named Kapetanaki whose spirit was haunting the beach. But don't be afraid, as the story was made up in order to keep people off the beach at night, so that the goods could be unloaded from the boats.

DO: There is a riding school at Megali Ammos, so you can ride a horse if you like.
DON'T: At the bottom of the sea, a few meters from the beach, there is a huge plate that makes it a little difficult to swim in here.

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