Are you traveling to Greece and wondering what to do on Milos Island? There are a lot of exciting things to do and this post is all about it!
Milos island 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.
On the north of Milos, you find Serifos and Sifnos islands, and on the east Folegandros, Sikinos, Ios, and Amorgos.
Milos 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 exotic beaches in the Cyclades, like the famous Kleftiko and Sarakiniko.
Some of the best things to do on Milos Island are:
Explore Milos’ exquisite volcanic-shaped beaches, hike in Milos, stroll through the traditional villages of Adamas and Plaka, and visit the colorful fishing village of Klima, and its awe-inspiring early Christian Catacombs. Hiking the volcanoes or visiting nearby lava-shaped islets and Kimolos island will be a fantastic way to spend your vacation on Milos island!
Up next I am going to tell you about the best things to do on Milos island!
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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Map of Milos island
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What Best to Do on Milos Island
Swim in Milos’ Best 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. Milos beaches are best explored with a yacht making the round of the island.
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 port.
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, It’s 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, 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 and nearby you can find the Agios Ioannis Siderianos monastery.
Sykia Cave is accessible only with small boats and inflatables, a spectacular place in Milos, partly a cave and partly a beach.
Provatas beach is 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 colors 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 go 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.
The last full-scale volcanic eruption on Milos (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 beautiful beach takes 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 Villages
Adamas or Adamantas
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).
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.
Plaka is the beautiful capital of Milos with traditional Cycladic architecture. Its 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.
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 far. It is a low-key, quiet, and family-orientated small fishing village around a 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, 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
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.
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.
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.
Some suggested hikes are:
- Adamas – Klima – Plaka: not exactly a trail but passing by some beautiful scenery and offering the opportunity to visit the catacombs, 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 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.
My favorite months to hike in Greece is October (warm but not too much) and April (everything has blossomed).
Outdoor Activities on Milos 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.
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, 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 on Milos Island
As Milos has a small number of hotels, which fill up fairly quickly, I would recommend booking your hotel early, before the season starts.
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 absolutely loved everything about this hotel. The good taste and simplicity of the decoration, the location, and the breakfast.
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 Island
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 extent your Milos holidays!
When is Best to Visit Milos?
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.
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
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 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 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?
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 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 are 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.
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: 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 to rent 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
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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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!
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!