Milos island Greece is an extraordinary island for a number of reasons:
- Milos has all the Greek Island beautiful characteristics such as whitewashed houses, bougainvillea small alleys, crystal clear blue waters, and mouth-watering Greek food
- Milos island Greece also has the most impressive and exotic beaches in the Cyclades shaped by its volcanic past, just like Santorini’s
- Milos travel is also distinct from the other Cycladic islands because of the very active mining industry that makes it a lively island all year round, not just in the warm months (May-October).
One would ask, what about Santorini island? Isn’t the famous Santorini the most impressive Greek Island of all? Yes, Santorini has indeed the most stunning caldera views and sunset but when it comes to beaches, Milos island Greece is a total knock-out!
This post is all about the fascinating Greek Island Milos, how best to have fun on the island, to relax, to travel Milos, and explore with a focus on its greatest asset: Milos exquisite volcanic-shaped beaches!
Where is Milos Island in Greece?
Milos island belongs to the Cyclades group of islands – along with the likes of Santorini, Mykonos and Paros – in the southern Aegean Sea.
Milos is a spectacular island, of multi-colored volcanic rocks, stunning beaches all wrapped up in a Cycladic atmosphere and hospitality.
The island Milos has been inhabited since ancient times and it is a dormant volcanic island. The last full-scale volcanic eruption on Milos (90.000 B.C.) took place in the area of the Tsigrado volcano. A steam eruption occurred between 1st and 3rd c AD. in Agia Kyriaki.
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How to Travel Milos Greece
- Airport: Milos airport has daily summer flights from Athens. There are 2 Greek air companies flying to Milos, Sky Express & Olympic, and the flight lasts about 45 minutes.
- Ferries: There are daily ferries going to Milos. The ferry to Milos from Pireaus (Athens main port) runs all year round. The route is served by conventional and high-speed ferries and the journey lasts from 3 to 5 hours.
- There is a once-a-week ferry leaving from Lavrio Port but it takes about 15 hours to reach Milos as it passes from many islands (avoid!)
- Athens International Airport to Piraeus Port: If you are arriving at Athens International airport you can travel straight to the port by taking the X96 express bus (3 euro), which departs every 30-40 minutes.
- Or you can take the Athens Metro (10 euro ticket) easily found right across airport arrivals (light blue line – M3) until the Monastiraki stop and very easily change to the green line – M1 going to Piraeus port which is the last stop of the line. From the M1 exits, you go towards the port which is located right across the exits (usually 5 to 10 minutes walk). There are overhead digital signs guiding you to port gates but whoever you ask in the port they will know to guide you to your gate and ship. Just get there at least 30-45 minutes earlier than your departure time
- Map of Athens Metro here
- Detailed info on Ferries to Milos travel and its connections to all the other Cycladic Islands on FerryHopper Website.
How Many Days do I need in Milos?
3-4 days should suffice to see all the important sights of Milos. And if you fall in love with the island, you can always stay more and extent your Milos holidays!
When is Best to Visit Milos?
That’s up to you! Do you like the busy period where there are a quite a few tourists, when prices are at the highest, the temperatures can reach 35 C and the northern August wind Meltemi is strong? Go July and August.
You would like some warm weather but not so many people? Go late May – June & September – October. Or perhaps you are like me loving hiking when it is a bit cold and everything is very quiet? Go October to April, you will just love the island but probably it will be too cold to swim unless you are a winter swimmer.
Greek Island Weather Tip: In Milos and in all the Cyclades islands during the summer there are strong winds blowing from the North. This is great because it makes summer days cooler but can be slightly chilly in the evening: take with you a sweater or a sweatshirt.
Tell me About Those Dazzling Milos Beaches!
Milos island has over 70 beaches, each one of them with its own striking beauty and allure formed by the volcanic eruptions, the sea salt effects and the local mineral ground ingredients.
The volcanic rocks paint the beach pink, orange and red creating stunning landscapes, unique in Greece and amazing to swim in their waters.
The best thing you should do is to take a boat and go around the island and check, dive, swim on as many beaches as possible. Find below the top beaches that you should visit at least once:
- Sarakiniko beach is just remarkable. Imagine a lunar-like rock formation with white polished rocks beach and azure diaphanous waters. Sarakiniko beach has a small sandy part but other than that it is pure white rocks. It is a thrilling place to watch the sunset or stargaze. It’s 6.4 km (4 miles) from Adamas
- Papafragkas beach is a spectacular place to watch the sunset from the top of the beach. The rock formations and cliffs are impressive and jaw-dropping. This beach however is challenging to get to, resulting in few people managing it. There is a carved staircase on the cliff but if it is very windy, you will have no protection. Climb at your own risk. For me, it is also slightly claustrophobic. I prefer to admire it from the top! It is about 7 km from Adamas.
- Kapros beach, It’s 7.3 km (4.5 miles) from Adamas, with an amazing ark that you can swim through, easily accessible but most of the times a quiet place.
- Kleftiko, once a pirate’s hideout place, today is a breath-taking steep white cliff and turquoise waters beach, perfect for scuba diving and reachable only by boat. It’s more of a network of caves and rock formations than a traditional beach, but there are plenty of swimming opportunities.
- Agathia, a sandy beach with green-blue water and wild nature perfect for peace and serenity
- Sykia Cave: Accessible only to small boats and inflatables, it’s as unique as it takes being partly a cave, partly a beach
- Provatas beach, a popular sandy beach with food options, beach chairs, and great sand and 9.3 km (5.8 miles) from Adamas and minutes next to Provatas is Agios Sostis beach, with sand, a nice restaurant and golden colours during sunset
- Tsigrado Beach is for the adventurous spirited! It is the most secluded beach in Milos, accessible by boat or by a long ladder set on the rocks. Nestled between cliffs on the southern coast of the island, it is not easy to climb down the ladder or going up. There is absolutely no water or food around and the closest taverns are in Fyriplaka. However, the Tsigrado beach is like a dream and there are beautiful caves around it to be explored. Tsigrado is 11 km (6.8 miles) from Adamas
- Paliorema or Theioryheia is an unusual beach with a disused sulphur mine above it. Here lies the old sulfur mining quarry that operated up until 1956, with the building, the caves and some of the machinery still in their place. The beach found right by the mines has yellowish pebbles due to the sulfur but the waters are clear and you can combine your swim with a visit to one of the geologic sites of the island’s mining history.
Book a full day boat sunset trip with stops at Polyaigos island with a stop to swim, pass by Kimolos, Gerakas Beach, stop at Kleftiko for swim or scuba, have a traditional Greek meal on board, Sykia beach and many more adventures. Check out availability and prices on Any Destinations Agency booking page.
Which Milos Villages Should I Visit?
- Adamas, Milos Port, has a striking large natural harbour, the biggest in Greece. It is a good place to stay as it is central and is connected by bus to all the island – although I am always in favour of renting a private car. Anyway, Adamas is convenient, has a lot of food and bar choices but almost nothing else. An exception is the Mining Museum if you like geological info.
- Klima, is one of the most colourful fishing villages in Greece. Take some time aside to walk beside the 35 pretty two-storey old houses, watch the sunset and stroke the stray cats that always hover around in wait of a fresh fish. There is a single tavern there and some of the houses have been turned into gift shops or hotels. Other interesting close by sites includes the Early Christian Catacombs of Milos and the Ancient Theatre and the discovery site of the statue Aphrodite of Milos. The closest bus stop is in Trypiti and then it is a half an hour hike. Or you can drive there but you will need to leave the car out of Klima as it is pedestrians only village.
- Plaka, is the beautiful capital of Milos with traditional Cycladic architecture, with whitewashed houses, coloured windows and doors, balconies full of flowers and greenery and narrow white streets. On top of Plaka is the Kastro area with remains of a Venetian Castle and the Church of the Panagia tis Korfiatissas, marvellously located on the edge of the high cliffs: both of these places offer incredible panoramic views and the most romantic sunset in Milos. Worth visiting the Archaeological Museum housed in an Ernst Ziller neoclassic building – contains a replica of the original statue of Aphrodite of Milos donated by Louvre – and the Folklore Museum.
- Pollonia, a low-key, quiet and family orientated small village, ideal to pop to KImolos island for some more exploration
Where to Stay in Milos
As Milos hasn’t got many hotels, which they fill up fairly quickly, I would recommend booking your hotel early, before the season starts.
I always stay at a hotel and not at Airbnb. I have nothing against the other options but I like my bed made, my breakfast ready when I wake up and people to ask if I need some trivial info like where the pharmacy or the supermarket is or how to get to the closest beach and such. So I always suggest hotels that I really like myself and they are reasonably priced.
- Adamas: Margaritari Studios Milos. Family-run cute hotel, 500 m from Korfos Beach with super friendly and hospitable owners. Great value for money hotel.
- Agia Kyriaki Beach: Psaravolada Hotel Milos.A super romantic stylish hotel, with gorgeous sea views, quiet and remote.
- Pollonia: Delmar Apartments & Suites – I stayed here and I absolutely loved everything about this hotel. The good taste and simplicity of the decoration, the location, the breakfast! A perfect hotel.
- Pollonia: Nefeli Sunset Studios – A really lovely villa with a well-groomed garden by the seafront, smart rooms and breath-taking sunsets. You really want to check out this one!
- Klima: Dream Boathouse. A bit on the pricey side but one of the most iconic places to stay in Milos. The rooms are literally 2 metres from the sea, you sleep and wake up to the sound of the waves, watching the sunset while having a drink.
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- Pachaina: Asterias Boutique Hotel. A great, family-run boutique hotel located between Sarakiniko beach and Papafragas beach.
- Pollonia: Milia Gi Suites. Exceptional suites at very affordable prices with great reviews on Booking.com
Are there any Good Hikes on Milos Island?
Milos is part of the Hellenic volcanic arc and has strong hydrothermal activity, caused by the subduction of the African under the Aegean plate. The highest mountain is Mount Profitis Elias at 748 metres (2,454 feet) in the west.
There is Fyriplaka volcano, in the central and southern part of Milos, which has an impressive crater of 1700 m and a height of around 220 m and a must-visit hike. There is a second, the smaller volcano Trachila, in the northwest that only a small part of it still exists.
Both volcanoes are impressive sights to visit and hike as well as some volcanic activity in the hydrothermal form near Agia Kyriaki or Achivadolimni.
Generally speaking, there are no ancient donkey trails that we find on other Cycladic islands like in Sifnos.
Some suggested hikes are:
- Adamas – Klima – Plaka: not exactly a trail but passing by some beautiful scenery and offer the opportunity to visit the catacombs, the Roman Theatre, tp swim in Klima and visit Plaka and Kastro with great sea vistas. Estimated Hiking Time: 70-80 minutes
- Agia Marina in Adamas – Profitis Ilias loop: Well marked with numerous cairns (koukos in Greek) and one of the best hikes on Milos. Estimated Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
- Mandrakia – Sarakiniko – Mytakas – Agios Konstantinos – Pachaina – Papafranga – Fylakopi: Estimated Hiking Time: 6-7 hours. There is no real trail as such but the views are worth the hike. It is a good opportunity to visit the archaeological site of Fylakopi. A great description of the trail can be found here by Raymond Verdoolaege, a Greek Island lover and amazing hiker.
Is there an Animal Group on Milos?
Yes, there is: Milos Friends of the Animals, with a Facebook page for any inquiries you may have or if you would like to support their cause for the stray and abandoned animals of Milos. They have been neutering cats and rescuing animals for the last 20 years.
What else can I do on Milos?
- Visit nearby beautiful small volcanic islands of Kimolos, Polyaigos, Antimilos, Glaronisia and Akradia which also have secluded beaches and landscapes of great beauty
- All western Milos is a Natura 2000 protected area with rare indigenous species such as the monk seals, the red viper (Macrovipera Schweizer) and migratory birds. This is a good island if you like bird-watching.
- Swim in the thermal springs – they considered being therapeutic if you have arthritis or other similar issues. You can find thermal springs in a configured cave in Adamas (water temp 33 C), Alykes, Kanava & Paliochori (water temp 50 C) and Mandrakia (water temp 52 C).
- If I haven’t mentioned it already, please take the boat trip around the island!
I am a Vegetarian, Where Can I Eat on Milos?
If you are a vegetarian or a vegan, Greece is your country! Greece has so many vegetable dishes that it will satisfy any taste. Greek taverns serve all kinds of salads, with the Greek salad being the king of summer salads.
From a Greek table you will also see an assortment of fried vegetable dishes such as potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, aubergine, or boiled veggies like cauliflower, carrots or beetroots.
My favourite are the Greek traditional homemade dishes that all Greeks were raised with:
- Briam: a variety of veggies in fresh tomato sauce
- Imam Baildi: sliced eggplants cooked with oil, tomatoes, onions and spices
- Fava: dip/purée of split peas and olive oil & Tzatziki spread: yoghurt, garlic and cucumber
- Gigantes: broad beans (butter beans) baked in a thick, sweet tomato sauce
- Dolmadakia: vine leaves stuffed with lemon-flavoured rice
- Fasolakia (fresh beans in fresh tomato sauce)
- Arakas (peas in lemon sauce with herbs)
- Agkinares: Artichokes and potatoes in lemon sauce
- Bamies: Okras in tomato and oil sauce
- Horta: boiled greens usually picked up from the nearby garden early in the morning
- Spanakorizo: spinach and rice in white lemon sauce
- Gemista: oven-baked tomatoes or bell peppers stuffed with a filling of rice, veggies and fresh herbs
- Any pie you can think of: tyropita (cheesepie), spanakopita (spinach pie), chortopita (greens pie) use your imagination-pie!
Milos Local Delicacies are:
- Skizes Milou, slices of bread with olive oil and fresh tomato grilled
- Pitarakia, small cheese pies with local cheese
- Watermelon Pie & Milos Koufeto, the sweet choices.
All the above usually are accompanied by generous proportions of feta cheese, bread and a lot of local wine or ouzo, whatever is your thing!
What are the negative aspects of Milos Island?
There are a few things that a first time visitor should keep in mind while visiting Cyclades Islands and specifically Milos:
- The roads are not good and you need to be careful especially at night
- Many of the beaches have no trees or other shade available, water or food supply. You should carry your own supplies if you are visiting such a beach
- For more info on travel dangers and precautions in Greece, you may find interesting my post here
Are you a Solo Female Traveller?
Are you contemplating venturing Athens Greece and the islands all alone or with a group of female friends and wondering if Greece is safe for solo female travellers?
Greece is a perfectly safe country for everyone regardless of age, gender, race or sexual orientation. In addition to that, Greek people are gene-programmed to be hospitable and are always eager to offer directions to your destination or any other advice, so ask freely.
Naturally, common sense and gut feeling should always be trusted so if something looks suspicious or sketchy, go in the other direction.
And if I had to mention a problem with Greece, that would be petty theft, especially in the big cities.
You may find interesting my post First Time Travelling to Greece where I get a bit more analytical about petty theft especially in the Athens metro.
How to Get Around Milos Island
BUSES: If you are going to be using the buses, it would be better if you stay in Adamas or Pollonia. Find here the bus timetable for Milos.
RENTALS: The roads in Milos are extended with a lot of dirt roads and not all in very good condition. If you decide to have your own transportation, I believe the safest option is to rent a small 4WD so that it can take you to difficult places. A normal car won’t be able to go on many of these roads, and the insurance won’t cover you in case of a breakdown.
You will need an International Drivers License to rent a car in Greece. Most rentals are in Adamas port, so you can walk around and ask for prices. Just like the hotels, if you are travelling to Milos during peak season, it’s best to book your rental car in advance. I would never suggest an ATV as I consider them an unsafe and unpredictable solution.
TAXIS: There are plenty of taxis on Milos that work 24/7. Find info on taxis on their TaxisMilos Website
Useful numbers for Milos: Milos Health Center: +30 2287360000 Milos Police: +30 2287021204
- Please leave no rubbish behind you, no plastic bags or other items. Use the bins and if there aren’t please take the rubbish with you
- At no circumstance should you light a fire to bake or for any other reason on Milos
- Don’t remove any shells, rocks, fossils or sand from the beach
- The animals shouldn’t be annoyed and they are not here for our entertainment. We respect their natural habitat. Serpents, turtles and snakes are shy creatures and avoid human contact as much as they can. If you come across one of them, change your route and leave it alone.
- If you open a gate in one of your hikes please close it behind you. It is closed for a reason, the most usual of which is keeping animals inside. Shepherds get really annoyed if they have later on to search for their goats all over the place if the door is left open
- Refrain from visiting private properties because it is a “great” spot for a “great” Instagram shot. You wouldn’t like it if this was happening in your house. We respect the locals
- Remote Churches and Chapels: they may look abandoned, they may look in disrepair, they may be half-demolished, still Greeks love their churches and would never tolerate any disrespect or vandalism.
Did I forget something important to mention for Milos? Please leave a comment and I will add it. Thanks!
Greek Travel Resources
- All the archaeological sites in Greece that have entrance fees can be found on the official Greek Ministry’s website here. Before you purchase your tickets, especially if you are an EU citizen, check if you have free or reduced entrance. You should also check to see if you happen to visit on one of the free entrance dates. If you are going to Acropolis during the peak season (May-September) prepurchase your tickets as the queues are insane. Finally, from November to March entrance fees to all Archaeological Sites are 50% off everywhere in Greece for everyone.
- Booking.com: I use Booking.com because I can get the best deals, has info on hotels and Airbnb’s alike, with breakfast or not, free cancellations and great prices!
- Hiking Maps. You can purchase paper maps of Anavasi or Terrain from their sites which have much cheaper prices than Amazon. Alternatively, you can always buy a paper map on the island, when you get there.
- Purchase the great hiking book Eastern & Northern Cyclades by Dieter Graf. You might be able to find it on a larger island but this is not always for sure.
- Ferries: Book your ferry transfer with FerryHopper, and get the best price in the market with no hidden fees
- World Nomads Insurance: I feel insecure traveling to another country without having even the most basic of insurances. Insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft and cancellations
- iVisa: For any questions, you may have about your documents, passport if you need a visa, a new photo, or any visa-related matter, iVisa is your man (or woman!)
- Get Your Guide: For all your day or multi-day tours and city guide needs, I use Get Your Guide
- Emergency Numbers Anywhere in Greece: AMBULANCE 166 – FIRE 199 – POLICE 100
- Need more help planning your trip? Make sure to check out my Resources Page where I highlight all the great companies that I trust when I am traveling.
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