What to Do on Milos Greece in 2024

Are you traveling to Milos Greece in 2024 and you are wondering what are must-sees and dos? I assure you, it is one of the most exciting and interesting Greek islands to visit!

Milos Greece is in the top five most popular Cycladic Islands along with Santorini, Mykonos, Ios, and Paros. It is also one of the most stunningly beautiful Greek islands in the center of the Greek island group widely known as the Cyclades.

Sarakino at Dusk with a beautiful sunset 
in Milos Greece.
Sarakiniko at dusk

On the north of Milos Greece, you find Serifos and Sifnos, and on the east Folegandros, Sikinos, Ios, and Amorgos.

A Small Port Surrounded of Green and Whitewashed Houses with Blue Sky in Milos Greece.
Mandrakia Milos

Milos Greece is a typical Cycladic Greek Island with whitewashed houses, bougainvillea alleys, crystal clear blue waters, and mouth-watering Greek food. The extra with Milos is that it has some of the most impressive and fascinating beaches in the Cyclades, like the famous Kleftiko and Sarakiniko.

Some of the best things to do in Milos Greece are:

  • Explore Milos’ exquisite volcanic-shaped beaches
  • Stroll through the traditional villages of Adamas and Plaka
  • Visit the colorful fishing village of Klima, and its awe-inspiring early Christian Catacombs
  • Hike the stunning volcano-shaped trails
  • Discover the nearby lava-shaped islets and
  • Take the short ferry to beautiful Kimolos Island!
A Beautiful Beach With Blue Water and Blue Sky Kleftiko Area in Milos Greece.
Kleftiko area in Milos

Up next I am going to tell you about the best things to do in Milos Greece!

There are public buses on Milos and water taxis but I got around the island with a rental car as it offered the freedom to explore Milos in depth.

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Best Things to Do in Milos Greece

Swim in Milos’ Best Beaches

Agia Kyriaki beach with Sand and Rocks in Milos Greece.
Agia Kyriaki in Milos Greece

Milos Greece has over 70 beaches, each one of them with its striking beauty and allure formed by the volcanic eruptions, the sea salt effects, and the local mineral ground ingredients. Milos beaches are best explored with a yacht making the round of the island.

Sarakiniko (Top Milos Greece Beach)

 A lunar-like rock of Sarakinikos Beach in Milos Greece.

Sarakiniko Beach is just remarkable. Imagine a lunar-like rock formation with white polished rocks beach and azure diaphanous waters.

Sarakiniko Beach with One Person in Milos Greece.
Sarakiniko Beach

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 port.

Papafragkas Beach

A Cave With Green Water and one Person Swimming in Milos Greece.

Papafragkas beach 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. It is about 7 km from Adamas.

Kapros Beach

An Amazing Ark that You Can Swim Through in Milos Island.

Kapros Beach, is 7.3 km (4.5 miles) from Adamas, with an amazing ark that you can swim through, easily accessible through a sandy beach, and most of the time a quiet place.

Kleftiko Beach

Kleftiko beach with yachts  in Milos Island.

Kleftiko, once a pirate’s hideout place, today is a breathtaking 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 alabaster-white rock formations than a traditional beach, but there are plenty of swimming opportunities.

Secluded Kleftiko, is located southwest of Milos Greece and nearby you can find the Agios Ioannis Siderianos monastery.

Sykia Cave

Sykia Cave (Sykia = Fig tree in Greek) is accessible only with small boats and inflatables, a spectacular place in Milos Greece. What makes it really special is that part of the roof of the sea cave has caved in over time, creating this cool “hole” where you can see the sky. Inside, there’s this tiny beach with pebbles, rocks, and super clear water. And you know why it’s called that? Because right near the roof opening, there’s a fig tree!

Tsigrado Beach

Tsigrado Beach between cliffs on the southern coast of the island in Milos Island.

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 go up.

Tsigrado Beach between cliffs on the southern coast of the island in Milos Island.
Tsigrado Beach

There is 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.

The last full-scale volcanic eruption in Milos Greece (90.000 B.C.) took place in the area of the Tsigrado volcano.

Paliorema or Thiorichio

Paliorema or Thiorichio is an unusual beach with a disused sulfur 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 Milos mining history.

Firopotamos, a Top Beach in Milos Greece!

Firopotamos Beautiful Beach with the Fishermen's Houses, and Multi-Colored Doors Housing the Fishing Boats of the Locals Firopotamos' beautiful beach takes you back in time with the fishermen's houses, and multi-colored doors housing the fishing boats of the locals.

Firopotamos’ beautiful beach takes you back in time with the fishermen’s houses, and multi-colored doors housing the fishing boats of the locals.

The heavenly, turquoise, and transparent waters are inviting for countless dives as with all of Milos’ exquisite beaches. Firopotamos is one of the northern beaches of Milos. To enjoy it at its best, check the weather and prefer it when it has south winds.

Explore Milos Greece Villages

Adamas or Adamantas

Adamas Port with Whitewashed Houses and a Fish Boat  in Milos Island.

Adamas, Milos’ Port, has a striking large natural harbor, the biggest in Greece. It is a good place to stay as it is central and is connected by bus that runs Milos. Adamas has a lot of food and bar choices with few other entertaining options.

If you love museums then you should visit the Mining Museum (closed on Sundays/Mondays) and the Ecclesiastical Museum (Daily 9:15-13:15 & 18:15-22:15).

Whitewashed Houses with Colorful Balcony's Beside the sea   in Milos Island.
Klima Village

Klima is one of the most colorful fishing villages in Greece. Take some time aside to walk beside the 35 pretty two-story old houses, watch the sunset, and stroke the stray cats that always hover around in wait for fresh fish. There is a single tavern there and some of the houses have been turned into gift shops or hotels: such as Dream Boathouse.

Other interesting close-by sites include the Early Christian Catacombs of Milos (Tuesday to Saturday 08:30-18:30 Sunday 08:30-15:00 Monday closed) and the Ancient Theatre and the discovery site of the statue Aphrodite of Milos.


Traditional alley in Plaka With Two People Walking  in Milos Island.

Plaka is the beautiful capital of Milos with traditional Cycladic architecture. It is characterized by whitewashed houses, colored 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, marvelously located on the edge of the high cliffs: both of these places offer incredible panoramic views and the most romantic sunset in Milos.

An Alley with Whitewashed Houses  in Milos Island.
Plaka beautiful alleys

The Archaeological Museum is housed in an Ernst Ziller neoclassic building and contains a replica of the original statue of Aphrodite of Milos donated by the Louvre. Open 8:00-15:00 daily (except Mondays)
In Plaka, you will also find the very interesting Folklore Museum for an inside look at Milos past time.

A unique property to stay in Plaka is Eiriana Luxury Suites in a lovely quiet location, with a swimming pool and huge breakfast.

Pollonia or Appolonia

Pollonia, or Appolonia is located northeast of Adamas, 10 km. It is a low-key, and family-orientated small fishing village of Milos Greece, built around a beautiful bay with a sandy beach, with traditional taverns by the sea.

Pollonia is a popular area to stay in as it is close to all the beaches on the north side of the island of Milos as well as the nearby islands: Kimolos, Agios Georgios, Polyaigos, and Glaronissia.

The best property to stay in Pollonia is the seafront, beautifully decorated with swimming pool Captain Zeppos rooms.

Mandrakia (Best Thing to Do in MIlos Greece)

A Small Port and some people selling some things and a Fish Boat  in Milos Island.
Mandrakia – photo:zoudia.gr

Beautiful Mandrakia village, just like Klima, is a typical example of the folk architecture of Milos. The village is a complex of cave buildings where fishermen stored their boats to protect themselves from bad weather during winter. The boats were stored in the lower part and the upper floor used to be the boatman’s house.

There is a nice sandy beach on the east of Mandrakia with trees called Geraneia.

Check out Seashell Mandrakia Sea View, it is built right on top of Mandrakia with amazing sea views.

Hiking in Milos Greece

Hiking signs  in Milos Island.
Hiking sign in Milos

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 meters (2,454 feet) in the west. 

Volcanic fyriplaka  in Milos Island.
Fyriplaka Crater – Miloterranean

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 meters and is a must-visit hike in Milos. There is a second, the smaller volcano Trachila, in the northwest, and only a small part of it still exists.

Milos Mining Areas in Aggeria  in Milos Island.
Milos Mining area in Aggeria

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 Sifnos.

Hiking in Milos and a Church with Blue Sky  in Milos Island.
Hiking Milos – Photo: Ioanna Stoica

Some suggested hikes are:

  • Adamas – Klima – Plaka: not exactly a trail but it passes by some beautiful scenery and offers the opportunity to visit the catacombs, and the Roman Theatre, swim in Klima, and visit Plaka and Kastro with great sea vistas. Estimated Hiking Time: 70-80 minutes
  • Agia Marina in Adamas – Profitis Ilia’s 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.

My favorite months to hike in Greece are October (warm but not too much) and April (everything has blossomed).

Outdoor Activities in Milos Greece

A Small Port of Kimolos you Can visit with Small Boats  in Milos Island.
Kimolos Island

Take the small boats and visit the nearby beautiful small volcanic islands of Kimolos, Polyaigos, Antimilos, Glaronisia, and Akradia which also have secluded beaches and landscapes of great beauty.

Lava Rock in the Sea at Glaronisia  in Milos Island.
Lava Rock at Glaronisia

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. Milos is a great 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).

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 but also 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: puree of split peas and olive oil & Tzatziki spread: yogurt, garlic, and cucumber
  • Gigantes: broad beans (butter beans) baked in a thick, sweet tomato sauce
  • Dolmadakia: vine leaves stuffed with lemon-flavored 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, are the sweet choices.

All the above usually are accompanied by generous proportions of feta cheese, bread, and a lot of local wine or ouzo, choose your poison!

Where Best to Stay in Milos Greece

Psaravolada Hotel  in Milos Island.
Psaravolada Hotel

As Milos has a small number of hotels, which fill up fairly quickly, I would recommend booking your hotel early, before the season starts.

Delmar Hotel  in Milos Island.
Delmar Rooms

Agia Kyriaki Beach Hotel: Psaravolada Hotel Milos. A super romantic stylish hotel, with gorgeous sea views, quiet and remote.

Pollonia Hotel: Delmar Apartments & Suites – I stayed here and I loved everything about this hotel. The good taste and simplicity of the decoration, the location, and the breakfast.

Dream Boathouse Room with View in the Sea and a Person Sitting  in Milos Island.
Dream Boathouse room and view

Klima House: Dream Boathouse is one of the most iconic places to stay in Milos. The rooms are literally 2 meters from the sea, you sleep and wake up to the sound of the waves, watching the sunset while having a drink.

FAQ on Milos Greece

How Many Days do I need in Milos?

3-5 days should be enough to see all the important sights of Milos. And if you fall in love with the island, you can always stay more and extend your Milos holidays!

When is Best to Visit Milos?

A Whitewashed Church with a Beautiful View in the Sea  in Milos Island.
Milos view from the Kastro

If you love Greek islands at their busiest with high temperatures, then July and August are your months. If you like warm temps but not so crowded, choose late May – June & September – October.

Greek orthodox Easter in Tinos island many epitaphs together
Epitaph on Great Friday

If you would like to experience a real Greek religious Feast, visit a Greek island during Easter, usually in late April.

Read here a detailed post about When is the Best Time to Go to Greece

How to Get to Milos Island

What to Do on Milos Island Klima
Milos Klima village

Airport: Milos Airport has daily summer flights from Athens. 2 Greek air companies are flying to Milos, Sky Express & Olympic, and the flight lasts about 45 minutes.

Ferries: Daily ferries are going to Milos. The ferry to Milos from Pireaus runs all year round. The route is served by conventional and high-speed ferries and the journey lasts from 3 to 5 hours. Check out FerryScanner for the best and most reliable ticket information

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!)

What are some difficult aspects of Milos Island?

There are a few things that a first-time visitor should keep in mind while visiting the 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
  • When it gets windy (June – August meltemia), it just won’t stop. It can also get a bit chilly in the evening (take a jacket or check my packing list for details).
  • For more info on travel dangers and precautions in Greece, you may find interesting Hiking Safely in Greece post here

I am a Solo Female Traveller, Can I Go to Milos?

A woman in Sarakiniko Beach

Greece is a perfectly safe country for everyone regardless of age, gender, race, religion, 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.

You may find 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

What to Do on Milos Island  road sign to tsigrado

BUSES: If you are going to be using the buses, it would be better if you stayed 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 are in very good condition. If you decide to rent a car, 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.

TAXIS: There are plenty of taxis on Milos that work 24/7.

Useful numbers for Milos: Milos Health Center: +30 2287360000 Milos Police: +30 2287021204

How to Get to Athens Port(Piraeus) from Athens Airport

Bus X96 Peiraias Port to Athens Airport
Airport Bus
  • Bus: If you are arriving at Athens International Airport you can travel straight to the port by taking the X96 express bus (€5.5, children <6 yo, free entrance), which departs every 40 minutes and the average trip lasts 1 hour – runs 24/7.
  • Metro: (€9) is easily found across airport arrivals (blue line – M3) going directly to Piraeus port. The average trip to Piraeus lasts 1 hour.
  • Taxis are available in front of the airport (around €40 to Athens, €55-60 to Piraeus (depending on the traffic in Kifisos), and take up to 3 or 4 people with small luggage)
  • Rent a car with Discover Cars for reliable, new cars at affordable prices
  • You don’t like driving but love hassle-free solutions? Book a Private transfer with an English-speaking driver from Athens International Airport to Piraeus Ferries, or anywhere else in Greece
  • Are you looking for domestic flights in Greece? Check out the official Aegean Airlines Website.

Where is your dream summer destination? Would you go to Milos Greece?

I’d love to hear about where you’re spending your vacation this year, especially if you have any exciting travel plans! There are so many things to do in Milos. I hope that you get the chance to try as many as possible. Till next time, Evgenia❤️

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Evgenia Mataragka
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2 thoughts on “What to Do on Milos Greece in 2024”

  1. I want to see more of the beaches you are writing about here. When I was there, access to Papafragkas was closed because there was damage to the route going down and considered too dangerous. One situation I will mention about car rental is that most of Milos has very bad roads and the car rental companies will say that you cannot take their cars on them. I have seen some of these roads and they really are very bad, and for them they recommend using an ATV. One day I asked about an ATV and they were quite a lot more expensive than a car and even then they were questioning me taking one to the more remote areas, saying that it might be too difficult a trip on their particular model of ATV. I will check this out again next visit because I would really like to see those places!

  2. Hi Fred and thanks for the useful comment.
    I agree with you that the roads in Milos have been and still are in the most part of it not good. I am not in favour of ATV’s as there have been quite a few accidents with them, they are unpredictable and terrible for the environment. I believe the secret with Milos and most small places in Greece is to park your car before the place you are visiting where it is the safest place. I got stuck once in Pelion peninsula at Damouchari beach. I was there with my newish Polo VW but the uphill was so steep that the car wouldn’t start going up. I had to seek help. So, after the Damouchari ordeal, I avoid parking very close to my favourite beach, I walk. Great point by the way, thanks for bringing it up!


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