The ultimate Milos Island guide

In this article you’ll find everything you need to know to plan your trip to this peaceful destination of Greece. From how to get there to the best things to see as well as a few tips to help you having the greatest stay. Milos is a volcanic and stunning island part of the Cyclades group in the Aegean Archipelago. The crystal water and unusual rocks curved by the sea makes it really unique and special.


1. HOW TO GET TO MILOS
2. BEST TIME TO GO
3. THE NICEST BEACHES
4. BEST AREAS TO STAY
5. BOAT TRIP AROUND THE ISLAND
6. GETTING AROUND


33BC5B19-D379-4FE6-8303-C20ADFA969F6

Fact – Did you know that the famous Venus de Milo also known as Aphrodite of Milos (100 BC) was discovered on the island by a local farmer in 1820? The Greek goddess of love and beauty is now exposed at the Louvre museum in Paris.

1. HOW TO GET THERE

By air: Flying is the quickest mode of transportation. The 45 minutes flight from Athens operates 3-4 times per week.

EA2CEA34-36FB-4050-9B1E-25BBDD2D23A5

By sea: Several ferry vessels depart from Athens Piraeus port and dock at Adamas the main port of Milos. The duration can take from 2.5 up to 7hours depending on the company and route. They also connect Milos to other Cyclades (Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, etc…). 

We went for the plane option so I would not be able to recommend the best ferry company but you can find more details and schedule online (hyperlink).

2. BEST TIME TO GO

Soak under the sun during the summer season from June to September. We went for a week mid-June and couldn’t be happier. There were tourists around but the beach wasn’t crowded and the roads were quiet enough for us to pull on the side and take photos while we were driving. 

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE

599049CA-72A7-46AB-9381-352270ABC540

Graphic taken from here

3. THE NICEST BEACHES

SARAKINIKO BEACH

Sarakíniko ‘the moon beach’ is a must visit! The white rocks shaped by waves and wind are unique and the blue of the sky and sea makes it even more beautiful. You can spend your time taking photos, swimming and cliff jumping if you’re into it. There is only a small beach area but you can chill on the rocks and check out the natural pool.

56235898-2DBC-4826-A0BB-16AFC3BC3801

The parking lot is large and easy to access from the main road.

FIROPOTAMOS BEACH

Firopotamos is a picturesque beach next to a waterfront traditional Greek fisherman village. Walk to the end of the path if you want to see the small ruin or laze on the beach all day. The clear turquoise water is fantastic for swimming and snorkeling. As you drive down the cliff the scenery from the cliff is breathtaking, you won’t be disappointed!

B8F898DE-D896-4B1F-AFB9-C9393F243677

There is a small parking area down the road and I’d recommend to get there early in high season to get your spot.

PALIOCHORI BEACH

Paliochori is one of the largest beach of Milos surrounded by pinkish rocks that makes it special. Paliochori is more ‘civilised’ than other beaches of Milos, you’ll find restaurants, sun beds and water sports. It is located about 30 minutes from Pollonia and 20 minutes from Adamas driving through the local villages which are worth seeing.

73B655D7-A413-4A32-8D3A-9125EF014665

You’ll find a large parking right next to the beach.

PAPAFRAGAS

Papafragas is a wonderful place to swim through the cave and the rocks. It is a tiny beach tucked between two high cliffs, great for swimming or taking pictures, not sunbathing. If you don’t fancy climbing down the tricky path you can just admire the view from the top next to parking area.

336436F4-FD76-4B25-A4B1-066FFC4F71AC

KLEFTIKO CAVE

Kleftiko, the pirates hide out. The spectacular spot with amazing rock formations is only accessible by boat (more details below on boat trips). The crystal clear water is perfect for swimming and snorkeling around the caves. There is no beach but you can sunbath on the boat and enjoy the surrounding views. Don’t miss it!

9DFF1368-0E5A-462C-BDD9-01C8A37F91C2

SIKIA

Sikia, the wonder cave! The hidden beach is also only accessible by boat. Pack your snorkeling gear and camera before getting off the boat. It is quite rocky aqua shoes are recommended for swimming in the open cave.

350BDD9C-76D9-424F-90FA-4B1184B52EAF

Milos has so much to offer, take a map, go explore and find your favorite spot!

4. BEST AREAS TO STAY

ADAMAS

Adamas is the most popular destination in Milos and main port of the island. The lovely waterfront town could be a great base if you’re looking at a central location. The village has everything, large choices of accommodation, tavernas, shops, car rental, nightlife and it is where most of the sailing tours depart from. The nearest beach is about 500 meters away from the village.

POLLONIA

Pollonia is where we’ve stayed. The small fishing village has just all you need for a beach holiday. Quiet area with great choices of family run accommodations, a few tavernas and cafes and a long soft sand beach. There is one grocery, a pharmacy and a couple of shops, car rental and travel agencies along the promenade. The beach is nice but isn’t the most spectacular of Milos but perfect to soak in the sun next to your room or apartment. The sea is good for swimming (no rocks) and the trees all around the beach provide you shade in hot days. 

10BD4B64-CC6E-4DAD-B907-8C692EF26E94


32DDD8EE-31B0-4276-AFDE-43BF3FD1A8FDWe’ve really enjoyed staying at Captain Stavros in Pollonia. The Greek style apartment was perfect, cleaned and comfortable with a functional small kitchen.  It is owned by a lovely Greek family that made us feel at home. It is located in a quiet area about 20 minutes driving from the airport and a short walking distance from the center of Pollonia. There is no pool which is common in Milos but you just need to walk 5 minutes to be by on the beach! It also has a private parking if you need a spot for your hired vehicle.

PLAKA

Plaka is a charming traditional Greek village up in the mountains that offer the most beautiful views of the island and magic sunsets. Renting a vehicle is a must since it’s quite a long way from the beach by walk, a small car would be ideal to go around the picturesque village and its narrow streets.

Off season I’d recommend to stay in Adamas as most of the restaurants and shops stay open through the year.

5. BOAT TRIP AROUND THE ISLAND

A must if you want to see the hidden gems of Milos and swim in crystal water around the caves.

We’ve booked a sailing trip with Drougas Tour which was wonderful! You can reserve through their office in Pollonia or in Adamas. Before planning anything you should check the weather and ideally avoid going on windy days, it won’t be as enjoyable on rough sea.
The tour guide Ioanna and Dimitri the captain couldn’t do more to make us happier. We were well welcomed on board, the schedule was clear and we had enough time in each stop to enjoy swimming throughout the day.

52DA2CEA-AF62-4BBB-A189-285860A3EE67

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Breakfast – cakes and sandwiches
Lunch – traditional Greek pies and salad
Soft and alcoholic drinks throughout the day
Snorkeling gear

 Pack your swimwear, towel, sunglasses, suncream and camera!

The boat leaves at 9m and returns around 7pm. Cost is 70€ per person.
It departs from Adamas however if you’re staying in Pollonia the agency can book a taxi transfer for you priced at 15€ Per way.

6. GETTING AROUND

Although taxis and buses are operating, the best way to explore Milos is by having your own vehicle. The most spectacular beaches aren’t walking distance from the main towns but nothing is really far away. You can rent cars, scooters and ATVs from Adamas or Pollonia at reasonable rates. We got a small automatic car for 40€ per day, you’ll get a cheaper deal if you go for a manual.

Most of the roads that link to the main attractions are paved. For your safety avoid the dirt roads, your hotel or tour desks can provide a map of the islands which shows which roads are accessible or not. GPS work fine in Milos and getting a SIM card would make your life on the road a little bit easier.


D057A64E-515B-4D60-BDBC-043867171892

There are so many islands in Greece and it took a while and a bit of research to decide where to go. I fall in love with Milos just looking at the photos and I’m so glad we went, the landscapes were spectacular all over the island. Hope you’ll enjoy as much as I did!

Sydney xoxo”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: