Mykonos Areas | Lia
The farthest organized beach of Mykonos, 13 km south of Chora, Lia is a tiny diamond in the rough. Despite the long and windy road that leads to Lia, everyone visits this beach, at least once! It compensates its visitors with the coarse sand, clear waters and surrounding rocks that make the beach unorthodoxly elegant and sharply beautiful. Sunbeds, umbrellas, showers, changing rooms and the Godive diving and snorkeling school are located here, which will equip you with all you need to enjoy the marine wonders and oceanic mysteries of the unknown Aegean.
The beach of Lia (or Lyia) is often mistaken with that of Elia just by hearing it. It is one of the most naturally preserved beaches of Mykonos, with cold transparent waters that court silver sands. You can only reach Lia with your own vehicle or by taxi, as long as you pass by Ano Mera and follow the signs - in the past, the road was not in good condition, but now the route is much easier since it is almost all paved with asphalt.
The beach also has restaurants that operate right on the sand, featuring wooden decks and bars for drinks and Italian cuisine. What’s more, Lia is also gay-friendly and offers seclusion and relative solitude for those who crave some moments of peace.
Where to stay
Secluded Lia boasts some of Mykonos’ most underrated villas and deluxe resorts: Villa Athinais is a brand new property carved on a hill above the area of Lia Beach on the eastern side of Mykonos, well-known to be one of the more natural and casual parts of the island. In the same vein, Villa Aqua is a magnificently renovated beachfront villa enjoying a confined yet jaw dropping view of the area.
Where to eat
Lia may be a secluded slither of paradisiacal land, but that does not mean that it isn't furnished and “equipped” with lavish restaurants and cosmopolitan bars. One such example is Restaurant Bar Beach Club Liasti, the ideal place for anyone who craves a break from the (otherwise tranquil) life on Mykonos. Here, you will enjoy your cold brews prepared with gusto and care, you will taste meticulously cooked yet not pretentious brunch recipes and savor the flavor of meaty lunches. For a specialized seafood experience, trust Lia Fish Tavern for your dinner, as their sardines, tuna and salmon are island-wide famous. Traditional dishes like grilled octopus and the classic Greek tzatziki add to a menu that keeps on expanding each and every season.
Where to have fun
Confined and sheltered inside the flocking hills, Lia nonetheless has some nightlife close by - if all else fails, however, you can just drop by to nearby Elia or Tigani for a club dive! Lia beach Diving Center doubles as a beach bar and diving instruction center in the mornings, and as a chill bar at nights. So, after a hard day of exploring the underwater marine world, there is nothing better than sipping your mojito or zombie and lounging before the gentle, melodious rhythm of frothy waves.