It’s not easy to pick a summer holiday destination but if you are a beach lover like me, then I can say with confidence that Milos Island in Greece is my top pick. This beautiful Greek island is blessed with many gorgeous beaches and lots to choose from. There are few small adorable Greek towns that are not crowded by tourists and many great restaurants offering fresh seafood. Unlike Mykonos, this island is not developed and it’s still authentic! Keep in mind that Milos is a chill and relaxing island so don’t expect a party vibe.
You can reach Milos by ferry from Athens, which takes around 5 hours. Or you can take a 45 minutes flight from Athens to the small airport of Milos. I highly recommend that you rent a car or a scooter as there are not so many taxi’s or little public transportation.
WHERE TO STAY
We stayed at the beach town of pollonia that was very convenient because you got the beach plus many great restaurants to choose from. If you’re interested to visit the close island of Kimolos you can take the ferry from Pollonia to reach this island.
Milia Gi suites– we stayed at this newly built boutique hotel located in heart of Pollonia. The rooms are spacious, very clean with modern minimalist design and some rooms come with private Jacuzzis.
WHAT TO DO
Beach Hunting– Milos is famous for it’s beautiful beaches so rent a car or scooter and discover it’s countless beaches!
Sarakiniko Beach- one of the most unique beaches of Milos, not for its beach but rather for it’s volcanic rocks that has been shaped by the North wind. This is probably the most photographed spot of Milos and definitely not to be missed as you get the impression of walking on the moon.
Kiriaki Beach– beautiful wild beach on the southern side of the island with crystal- clear water.
Tsigrado Beach– Located right next to Firiplaka, Tsigrado is a small sandy cove with turquoise water. Going down this beach is difficult, as you have to pass through a ladder passage to get there. Note there is no bar or restaurant on this beach.
Paliochori Beach– Organized beach with restaurants and beach clubs makes it a relaxing spot to enjoy the blue sea and local food.
Visiting the small Greek villages
Visit Plaka village, overlooking the gulf of Milos, built like a maze of alleys with picturesque charming paths as you would expect from a Greek island. Explore the little shops, restaurants and bars!
Adamas is the main harbour town and the biggest village of Milos. This is most touristic part of the island with car rental companies, shops, restaurants, and tour agencies.
Pollonia is a small fishing village on the Northeast tip of Milos. Offering nice sandy beaches and great selection of seaside lane restaurants.
Tripiti is a tiny village next to Plaka, famous for it’s sunset and third-century catacombs.
Klima is a colourful fishing village, famous for it’s pretty houses.
Boat Trip to Kleftiko caves
Kleftiko caves are definitely worth the visit and you can only reach them by the sea. This unique volcanic area consists of remarkable caves, impressive rock formations and crystal clear water. Kleftiko used to be a famous hiding spot for pirates!
We found a great boat tour by ARK Sailing. They were well-organized, informative and welcomed us with their warm hospitality and offered us their local Greek lunch on the boat. We had a great experience and I would recommend this company.
I love saluting the sun at the end of the day when I am on an island.
Best spots to watch the sunset is at Tripiti village or at Plaka by the main church or you can get a nice drink at Utopia Cafe.
Day Trip to Kimolos Island
Kimolos is an unspoilt Greek island next to Milos. Famous for its natural beauty, white sandy beaches and turquoise waters which makes it a perfect beach destination.
You can reach Kimolos by short ferry ride from the village of Pollonia.
WHERE TO EAT
- Gialos Restaurant in Pollonia was recommended to us by locals and we loved our fresh seafood dishes while enjoying the beautiful sea view. One of our favourite dishes was the dakos salad (similar to Greek salad but with tomatoes only and fresh creamy cheese on a whole wheat bread).
- Avil is an authentic Greek restaurant in the heart of Plaka village. It was one of my favourite restaurants in Milos and we had to wait in the line for 25 minutes just to get a table but it was absolutely worth it. I highly recommend the traditional goat dish. The portions are big so you can easily share the plates.
- Kivotos ton Gefseon bakery in Pollonia not to be missed. The watermelon pie is a speciality of Milos and definitely must try. They also offer home made jams, honey and other delicates to take home with you. We had a lovely breakfast in their little garden and enjoyed our watermelon pie with coffee and fresh orange juice!