Milos, Greece — Turquoise waters, white and gold sandy beaches, beautiful sunsets, and overwhelming natural beauty – the perfect recipe for the ultimate travel destination.
If you’ve been planning for that long overdue vacation or have just been wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, Milos is a perfect place to escape to.
Home to the infamous Venus of Milo, this island doesn’t fall short from the beauty that Venus herself exemplifies.
The island of Milos is still far less visited than some of the more popular Greek islands.
The sheer beauty of the island is abundant with more than 72 gorgeous beaches and sunset views which come pretty close to rivaling the ones found in Santorini.
Whether you’re an adventurous soul who loves activities such as sea-kayaking, scuba diving, windsurfing, hiking, or biking, or you’re the timid type who wants to bask in the sun, Milos is a destination that simply cannot be missed.
Things to Do in Milos
Take the Oneiro Boat Tour
The Oneiro Milos boat tour is considered one of the top activities in Milos and I cannot recommend it enough.
I have personally taken this tour twice and I can tell you that it’s one of the best tours I have ever been on, hands down.
The full day tour usually lasts about 8 to 9 hours and while that seems a bit long, trust me when I tell you that it’s an adventure that you’ll never want to end.
After departing from the port of Adamas in Milos, you’ll start off the morning by gazing at the volcanic formations of Cape Vani.
Afterwards, you’ll get to explore the open-roof cave of Skyvia and on to an old pirates cove known as Kleftiko.
The tour price is approximately €75 Euros and includes three delicious meals – a light breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Snacks and beverages are provided on the tour as well.
Stroll the Streets of Plaka
Wandering in the picturesque narrow streets of Plaka, the island’s capital, is like stepping inside of a painting.
Beautiful white-washed architecture, trees and flowers line the streets of the this little village and watching the sunset from here is truly a memory that you’ll never forget.
Watch the Sunset from Utopia Cafe
The best place to catch the sunset when in Milos, is at Utopia Cafe in the village of Plaka.
Here, you can sit back and enjoy the views and the sunset with a drink in hand after an adventure-filled day.
Note: Be sure to arrive early in order to get a seat as this cafe is quite popular and tends to hit capacity quite quickly.
Visit Plaka Castle
Located on the second highest peak in the island, which is about 280 meters high, the walk up to the castle on the hill of Plaka is worth every step.
Aside from the beautiful houses along your way, you’ll also get a panoramic view of the island when you get to the top.
Interesting Fact: Plaka Castle was once used as a German base during World War II.
Mandrakia is a tiny fishing village located just 4 kilometers from Plaka — here, you’ll find beautiful little houses carved from rocks surrounding the port.
The beach in Mandrakia is much less crowded than the majority of the beaches in Milos so if you’re looking for some peace and quiet, this is the place to be.
Visit the Ancient Theatre of Milos
The Ancient Theatre of Milos was built by the Romans during the Hellenistic period and it’s something to consider when in Milos if you’re interested in getting a cultural, archaeological, and historical experience all at once.
The Theatre of Milos is located in Tripiti, which is about 5 kilometers from Adamas and 2 kilometers from Plaka.
Visit the Firopotamus Seaside Settlement
This is a small fishing village composed of a number of small houses with syrmata – boat garages found underneath the houses directly above the water.
Visit Firiplaka Beach
Firiplaka Beach, located along the southern part of Milos, is known as one of the best beaches in Greece.
The best way to reach Firiplaka Beach is to rent a car or ATV and make your way from Adamas to the southern coast of the island.
Here, you can enjoy swimming in the shallow blue waters and relax with a drink from the small beach bar on-site.
Visit the Milos Mining Museum
For a small fee of €5, you can witness the rich history of mining in Milos and see a collection of exhibits meant to display the island’s wealth in minerals.
The Milos Mining Museum is located in Adamas and the hours of operation are from 10 am to 2 pm.
Go to the Milos Archaeological Museum
The museum exhibits collections that date back to the Bronze Age such as their Obsidian collection and many more.
Here you can also find a copy of the Aphrodite of Milos, whose original statue is now found at the Louvre.
The museum is open from 9 am to 4 pm, Tuesdays thru Sundays from June to October, and 8:30 am to 3 pm, Tuesdays thru Sundays from November to May.
Spend the day at Sarakiniko Beach
Known as one of the best beaches in Milos and in Greece, Sarakiniko Beach is surely worth your day.
It is unique due its landscape made from eroded volcanic rocks that are white-gray and lunar-like.
Visit the Adamas World War II Bomb Shelter
This is an experience like no other. This was built under the order of the Germans during WWII.
For the price of €2, you can see exhibits relating to its rich history and walk the historic tunnels yourself.
Explore the Paliorema Beach
This beach is more for exploring rather than swimming since the beach around the port is quite deep.
It is where the abandoned mine of Thiorichia can be found.
It is only accessible through a 7-8 kilometer dirt road followed by a 500 meter walk. Still, its scenery is an adventure you should not miss.
Visit the Ancient Village of Klima
Klima, in the olden days, was the first port in Milos. Now, you can see two acropolises in Klima – the hill of Prophitis Ilias and Pyrgaki.
You can also find remants of an ancient temple from the Hellenistic Period.
Near the area is the location where the original Aphrodite of Milo was found.
Swim in the waters of Agios Sostis Beach
In the southern part of Milos is Agios Sostis Beach, a small beach where you can relax and unwind.
From here you can also take a boat ride to Kleftiko, its name comes from the Greek word meaning ‘to steal’.
The significance of Kelftiko is that it used to be a place where the pirates would hide out and plan their attacks along the coast of Milos.
Go to the Tsigrado Beach
Getting to this beach is quite a challenge since you have to pass through rocks, cracks, and even use a ladder to reach the shore.
Once you arrive, you’ll be rewarded with an incredible, lesser known beach with opportunities for swimming and snorkeling.
Adventure in the Ancient City of Fylakopi
Go back in time in the city of Fylakopi (located on the northern coast) and learn why it was so significant during the Bronze Age.
The ancient village of Fylakopi was once the commercial center of Milos before it was moved to Klima.
Visit the catacombs of Tripiti Village
This ancient burial site is evidence of the earliest forms of Christianity on the island of Milos.
Inside the catacombs, you can see inscriptions on the walls that include the monogram of Christ.
It is said that it is possible that the catacombs of Milos are older than the ones in Rome.
Enjoy the Papafragas Beach
You will truly enjoy the color-changing beach of Papafragas – its water seems to change color according to the weather and the time of day.
What makes this beach so unique is that it resembles a swimming pool hidden between two stone wall cliffs.
Make your way through the cave opening and you’ll be lead out to other nearby beaches.
Try the delicious fresh calamari of Lydia Restaurant
Your trip to Milos would not be complete without trying some local Greek food.
I can personally vouch for the quality of the fresh calamari at Lydia Restaurant as I spent an afternoon on the beach in front of the restaurant and dined here for lunch. Highly recommended!
Visit the Paliochori Beach
Paliochori beach is several kilometers long, divided into west, central, and east.
Due to the mineral deposits, some areas of the beach have warm water and some parts exude a beautiful array of colors.
Sail to Sykia Cave
Accessible either through boat tours or an hour of hiking, this roofless cave is a must see.
The roof of the cave collapsed in the past, leaving a hollow opening that resembles a small beach.
If you take the Oneiro Boat tour mentioned above, you’ll be able to spend some time in this beautiful cave.
Dine at O! Hamos Tavern
O! Hamos is one of the top rated restaurants in Milos and for good reason.
The restaurant is known for it’s variety of local dishes and their fairly priced menu which suits just about all types of eaters.
Milos is an incredible destination with rich history, scenic views and some of the best beaches in Greece.
You can find our in-depth travel guide to Milos here: Milos 101: The Beginner’s Guide to Milos, Greece.
Don’t forget to pair your trip to Milos with a day trip to Kimolos.
Interested in visiting the Greek islands? If so, be sure to check out my full collection of Greek Island Travel Guides.
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