Paraga Beach Mykonos in Greece markets itself as “Like here nowhere else!” and I can say that is definitely true, if only for the rest of Mykonos, maybe.
It was the third day into our week long break on the wonderful Greek island of Mykonos. Like most days we were going to spend most of the daylight hours taking in the sun’s rays and swimming in the sea.
However I noticed that it was windy on this particular day and the sea was quite choppy.
We first headed around the corner from our apartment to Psarou beach where we’d enjoyed the previous day. It soon became clear that with the winds, choppy waters and exposure to the elements this probably would not be ideal for relaxing by the sea.
We decided to head east and one of the furtherest beaches of Platys Gialos (Platis Yialos) which had a different angle facing the sea and the wind. This was only a small beach and it was already full by the time we got there. We couldn’t see any sunbeds free.
Making a snap decision we decided to head on east to the next beach, the nearby Paraga Beach Mykonos.
Paraga Beach in Mykonos markets itself as “Like here nowhere else!” which I thought was just marketing talk. It had fancy sun lounges, the odd bar, mini market, wi-fi and people offering a massage on the beach. (Paraga Beach may also be referred to as Paranga Beach.)
We found numerous sun beds available and opted for 2 with an umbrella for €12 for the day. I think the most expensive were €20 and they were very swish, soft furnished and included towels.
We relaxed as piped music played quietly in the bar area. My bride observed that some of the tunes sounded like camp remixes of popular tunes but it didn’t bother us.
Then we opted for our first swim of the day. It was somewhat of a brave decision, the sea was not overly warm and the waves were of a fair size.
After adjusting to the temperature and swimming a little bit in very choppy waters the moment arrived.
Why Paraga Beach Mykonos made me utter the words “Oh my God!”
Very uncharacteristically I uttered the words “Oh my God!” as I looked my bride in the eye.
“Is that guy naked?”
In a flash and a moment of panic my bride turned round to look at the guy sat on the front row at the beach only to confirm my suspicion.
No wonder Paraga Beach was like nowhere else (I suspect on Mykonos) since it was a nudist beach!
Don’t get me wrong, each to their own. I’ve never understood the appeal of letting it all hang loose with sun cream on but we hadn’t been given any warning. This is what shocked us.
If we knew in advance that we’d be going to a nudist beach then we would have been mentally prepared for it, although we wouldn’t have joined in (that just isn’t our style).
If you’ve been to Greece then you probably know that topless bathing is widespread and not frowned upon. Sexual equality? After all us guys go topless all the time, and there are some man-boobs which really put the women to shame.
Nudist or no clothes beaches is not something we’d been accustomed to nor were we looking for it. My bride had been to a lot more Greek islands than I have and hasn’t really come across nudity on the beaches before. Yet somehow it seems to be an established tradition in some parts of Mykonos.
In all I would guess there were maybe 5-10% of the people on the beach who decided to take all their kit off. Up until shortly before we left it also only appeared to be the men doing so.
Grey, little wrinklies hanging out for all to see.
Then my bride got the shock of her life whilst swim when a bare naked arse suddenly emerged from the waters right beside her.
What were we to do?
We’d paid our fee for the sun beds, we were relaxed and knew that the other nearby beaches were either full or not as sheltered as this one. Nothing else for it, we stayed.
We did in fact enjoy our time on the beach although there was the odd cringe of “Ewh!” as our heads suddenly tried to avert our gaze with the birthday suits present.
I wouldn’t say we are prudish, we just wanted an indication as to what to expect when on the beach. Paraga Beach Mykonos are so keen to put promotional signs up, surely the word “nudist” would not go amiss?
I can only imagine how Karl Pilkington of An Idiot Abroad would have reacted.
We’ll have to put Paraga Beach Mykonos down to experience. It was a nice beach, lovely sunbeds, foot tapping tunes and a beach bar atmosphere was certainly being created. However I’ll keep my swimming trunks on if you don’t mind.