Milos, the beautiful island
Milos is a little paradise. This small volcanic island is not as famous as the neighbours Mykonos and Santorini… yet! I’m sure it will get more and more visited because of its incredible beaches, beautiful landscapes and unforgettable sunsets: what else could you aim for in an island?
In this post you’ll find some reasons why I loved Milos and why I think you’ll love it too.
What to see in Milos
Sarakiniko beach is one of a kind. I told you about it as soon as I came back! I believe this beach itself worths a trip to Milos, even a trip to Greece.
You can read more about it here.
Milos lesser known beaches
Sarakiniko is the most famous one but Milos has more beautiful beaches to offer. In general they’re clean, they have outstanding cliffs and there are no building in the surroundings: perfect match!
The most important ones are:
- Paliochori: you can get there easily via public bus. And if you’re a foodie, you’re going to love it! They prepare volcanic food in the sands.
- Tsigrado: for the adventurous! It’s not easy to get there: this tiny beach require an extra bit of effort.
- Firiplaka: close to Tsigrado, it’s one of the favorites in the island.
- Firopotamos & Mandrakia: close to Sarakiniko, they’re located in picturesque villages.
Island boat tours: Kleftiko
If you ever go to Milos, you’ll have to sail. It’s a must! Almost half of the island is only accesible by boat, so you litteraly have to sail. The reason why? Kleftiko.
Kleftiko and Sarakiniko are the major attractives you’ll find in Milos. Both share postcard images with turquoise waters and huge white volcanic rock formations. Because of its caves, it’s one of the best spots in the island for snorkelling too.
There are 2 different kind of tours: one goes to Kleftiko only, the other one goes around the whole island.
You can book your tour 1 or 2 days before when in Milos, and probably in the same morning before they leave the shore. Take into account that the tour may change its itinerary if the sea conditions are not OK. That’s in fact what happened to us so we had to come back to Adamas port after exploring Kleftiko 🙁
There are also different types of boats doing this kind of tours.
Captain Yangos is maybe the cheapest option: you will share your boat with an important amount of people, they will stop for snorkelling in different locations and they will include a meal too. The price is around 30€ per person.
We sailed with Excellent Yachting and the experience is slightly different. The captain and the crew were really attentive, they gave us loads of information about the island (from geology to politics and ornithology). They also had a zodiac to explore the caves, we went snorkelling with a guide and we had unlimited amounts of food and drinks. The prices is 70€ per person.
There are several companies at the port with different services, so just go find your best fit 🙂
Milos by motorbike or quad
Exploring Milos is easy if you rent a bike or a quad: it’s the best option. Distances are not huge and there are always pretty spots in the way to stop and take some pics. Public transportation is not well developped yet so it’s better to hire something to explore the villages and the beaches on your own.
Villages you have to visit:
- Klima: under a cliff and surrounded by water, this picturesque village has colorful houses were the sailors used to live.
- Tripiti: you will find here the ancient theater and the catacombs.
Sunsets in Plaka
For sunset lovers, the place is Plaka. It’s a little charming village with steeped cobbled streets and the castle on the top is the most visited place for sunset in the whole island.
I highly recommend you stopping at the church located in the way to the castle. Climbing to the rooftop there is not difficult, it’s way less crowded than the castle and the view over Plaka and the sea is gorgeous.
Where to sleep in Milos
If you get to Milos by boat you’ll probably get to Adamas port. It’s a little lovely town sparkled by white houses, sleepy cats, bouganvilleas and terraces with a view to the sea.
Adamas was our home base while in Milos: we slept in Alexandros Village. It’s a beautiful family-run resort with a great swimming pool – we spend some time there before taking the ferry to Santorini and it was awesome.
Pollonia is located in the north west of Milos, just in front of Kímolos island. You can get there easily by ferry (we didn’t because we had no time).
This village is small but cute. The atmosphere is really calm, as it’s mostly visited by honeymooners.
Where to eat in Milos
Some recommended restaurants in Milos (oh my, I really miss Greek food!):
- Adamas: O Hamos (I loved the views from here) and Mikros Apoplos
- Pollonia: Armenaki, Gialos and Enalion
- Plaka: Archodoula
- Tripiti: Glaronisia (known as the best restaurant in the island)
Are you still not convinced to visit Milos?
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