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Introduction to Milos
Milos is a volcanic island in the southwest of the Cyclades which is most famous for the Venus de Milo (statue of Aprhodite which now resides in the Louvre) among other things.
But, let’s face it. History is history, right?
What’s far more intriguing to me is the fact that the Greek island of Milos is home to more than 72 different beaches. That’s right seventy-two different beaches.
I could go on for days about how much I love this island but before I begin to tell you everything you need to know about the island of Milos, I’m going to be straight up with you and let you know that Milos is hands down my favorite Greek island. Follow some of the advice found in this travel guide and I’m pretty sure it will become yours as well.
Milos — Stunning sunsets, beautiful beaches awash in the colors of the Mediterranean Sea and white-washed Cycladic villages.
Milos is the 5th largest island in the Cyclades archipelago, located west of Santorini, between Heraklion, Crete and the Greek mainland. Some 5,000 people call the island home, making their living through fishing, farming, agriculture, mining and tourism.
Just four hours by ferry from Athens, Milos is an unspoiled volcanic island which is still lesser known to many tourists when compared to islands such as Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes.
If beaches are what you’re in search of — get ready to be absolutely blown away. The north and south shore are the most popular, while the beaches located on the east and west coasts are well off the beaten path and will be sure to be a highlight for those of you who consider yourselves to be adventurous travelers.
Seven towns make-up the island of Milos: Adamas, Plaka, and Pollonia are the larger towns, with Plaka having some of the best sunset in Milos.
Tip: Utopia Cafe is the best place to catch the sunset in Plaka — be sure to arrive early to get a seat.
The other four towns of Klima, Mandrakia, Fourkovouni and Fyropotamos are really more like small fishing villages, but well worth a visit. Mandrakia is charming for it’s colorfully painted boat sheds built into the rocks — in other words a photographers dream.
You have two options when traveling to Milos — Take the ferry or fly. If you’re comfortable with taking the ferry you can go ahead and purchase your tickets ahead of time using the ferry booking below.
There is a high-speed catamaran which takes about four hours from Piraeus. It’s important to note that timetables for the ferries change frequently so be sure to contact a Greek tourist office or book your tickets online to assure you have the most up to date times.
One of the better greek ferry booking systems is powered by a company called Ferries in Greece, a major greek ferry booking hub that helps more than 35,000 passengers get to and from the Greek isles each year.
I’ve used Ferries in Greece to book ferry tickets in the past and I highly recommend you use them for your next Greek Island trip.
- Ferry tickets sell out so don’t be surprised to find out your ferry is sold out if you leave it to the last minute.
- Athens’ Port of Piraeus is hectic and very spread out. Be sure to figure out which part of the port that your ferry is leaving from prior to taking a taxi to the port.
- For reliable taxis with reputable drivers, download and install the app called TaxiBeat on your phone. It’s the best way to get around Athens.
If you would prefer to travel by air — Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines have daily flights from Athens to Milos
(Airport Codes: ATH / MLO)
The flight is a quick up and down, taking only 40 minutes or so. If you’re pressed for time, flying can be a great way to optimize time spent exploring. The island’s airport is located about 4 km (2.5 mi) from the port town of Adamas.
Ready to price out some flights to Milos? If so, click on the button below to get started.
Where to Stay
In Milos it’s easy to find the perfect place to lay your head each night. Everything from airbnb apartments to traditional rooms in small, family run hotels are available in the main port city of Adamas.
Here are a few recommended airbnbs in the area:
Located in an ideal and tranquil setting, Villa Venus blends Cycladic tradition and luxury. All rooms of Villa Venus are appointed with comfortable furnishing that make for a relaxing and comfortable stay. Studios, apartments and suites all feature en-suite bathrooms and balconies. The hotel is just five minute walk the center of Adamas the beautiful beach Papikinou. Room prices start at 55 Euros per night.
The Delfini Hotel likes to characterize itself by aiming for what it calls the three “C’s” – comfort, close and caring. This friendly hotel is managed and run by the Mathioudakis family and has been recently renovated.
Delfini Hotel is located in a quiet area of Adamas, 50 meters from sandy Lagada beach, 250 meters along the left of the ferry dock and walkable to the village centre, restaurants, shops, bus and taxi station.
It consists of 23 spacious rooms. Rooms are comfortable, clean and with good facilities. Each room is equipped with private facilities, own bathroom, TV, fridge, air-condition and balcony with sea, mountain, village or garden view. Rooms are cleaned daily.
Best described as a small, boutique hotel, Aeolis has 12 spacious, double rooms with private baths, air conditioning and balconies. Rooms also come equipped with kitchenettes and sitting areaz. Aeolis Hotel is located in the heart of Adamas, only 250 meters from the port, and is within walking distance of restaurants, shopping and the bus station. You’ll find the owners extremely friendly and knowledgeable, ready to offer suggestions on the best places to go, see and do.
Things to See and Do
Now, if you know anything about me you would know that I’m all about the beaches (no pun intended). If there’s one thing I can assure you it’s that a trip to Milos will leave you with a sore neck. Why? Because it’s almost as if you can’t go a few miles without spotting one beautiful beach after the next. In other words, getting your tan on won’t be an issue.
Here are my personal recommendations when it comes to beaches in Milos:
- Sarakiniko (Favorite!)
Milos is like no other destination that I’ve ever visited when it comes to the diversity of the beaches. From golden sand beaches to pebble beaches, cliffside beaches and a beach that looks like you’ve landed on the moon, Milos truly has it all.
For those seeking more action adventure activities Milos does not disappoint. Sea-kayaking, scuba diving, windsurfing, hiking and even mountain bike riding are all offered on the island.
Oneiro Boat Tour:
Exploring Milos by sea is highly recommended and a day voyage on the “Oneiro” is an absolute must. Once onboard this roomy Beneteau 400 you can swim in clear blue waters, explore sea caves and enjoy a guided tour by Oneiro’s experienced captain. This tour is rated #1 on TripAdvisor and for good reason. For me, personally, the Oneiro boat tour was one of the highlights of my trip to Milos.
Oneiro offers full day boat excursions that take you along the southern coast of Milos from Paliochori Beach to Kleftiko Beach, the most southwestern tip of the island.
The total cost per person for this tour is approximately €75 and the price includes three meals (light breakfast, full lunch and dinner) snacks and drinks. It’s a full day so be ready to be up early and back before sunset. The tour lasts approximately 8-9 hours but it flies by as you’re constantly in and out of the water exploring different parts of the island.
In all honesty, our tour with Oneiro was one of the most professionally run tours I’ve ever been on. The sheer value of this tour is absolutely out of this world. It could easily be priced at €85-90 and it would still be worth every penny.
More info: You can book your tour with Oneiro by heading down to the Adamas marina in the evening and finding their boat. All of the boat tour companies setup their info kiosks around sunset and Oneiro is usually one of the first boats from the left if you’re standing facing the line of boats in the marina.
Price: €75/per person
Adding a stop to the Greek island of Santorini isn’t only easy, it’s something I highly recommended. The ferry from Milos to Santorini takes anywhere from 2 hours to 6 hours depending on the type of ferry you choose. If you only have time for a day trip to Milos, be sure to take the high speed ferry so you can spend more time exploring the island than getting there.
So you made it to Milos, now you need to get around the island. There are a number of car and motorbike rental agencies and given that Milos is a rather large island renting a 4-wheeler or car is recommended.
Milos also offer local public transportation, with a bus system that goes to all seven towns and a number of the beaches. The bus terminal is located in the main square in the port of Adamas in front of the Portiani Hotel. This is where you’ll also find the boat excursion dock. Additionally, taxis are also readily available.
Best Time to Visit
I would say NOW is a good time! But in all seriousness Milos is blessed with a Mediterranean climate which mainly consists of mild temperatures, calm seas, and warm water. In the winter months you can expect to find some rainy, cool days and in the summer it’s warm and dry.
July and August tend to be a favorite time of the year for lovers of all ages to visit, so make sure to book your accommodations, car rentals, and ferry or airplane tickets in advance.
If you’d rather experience Milos when it’s on the quiet side, the island has far fewer visitors in June and September and you may be able to call the island your own (minus the locals of course!) in April/May and October/November.
In July, the island organizes a festival with various cultural events, including music and delicious local fare, like watermelon pies, cream cheese pies and bonbons with white pumpkin.
The months of April and May are when the island is at its most beautiful thanks to the winter rains which have turned every green and brought into bloom beautiful wildflower.
Though not as famous as some of her sister Greek islands, Milos should not be overlooked. The island’s clear blue and green waters, beaches of incomparable beauty, and stunning coastline, some say the most interesting in the world, give Milos a personality all her own.
As Milos remains still somewhat untouched by chain hotels and pre-packaged tourism, you can truly discover Milos as the island has been for thousands of years. It is place full of wonder and surprise perfect for families, couples as well as solo travelers.
Picture yourself on the lunar landscape in Sarakiniko, or the picturesque fishing village of Klima. How about a soak in the thermal springs to rejuvenate your body and soul? If you are looking for a lesser known Greek island with unmatched beauty Milos is the place for you.
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