Located in the heart of the Aegean Sea in Greece, Milos is a small volcanic island blessed with impossibly blue waters, stunning landscapes and unique beaches.
Although I had visited a handful of Greek islands before, I hadn’t even heard of Milos until about a year before our trip. Now, after spending some time on this enchanting island, I can safely say that it’s the most beautiful Greek island I’ve been to.
In this blog post, I’m sharing my favorite experiences and the best things to do in Milos, which I hope will inspire you to visit this little gem! You’ll also find my tips on where to stay in Milos and how to get to the island as well as a map that gives you an overview of where the main points of interest are located.
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Best things to do in Milos, Greece:
1) Explore the beaches in Milos
Out of the eight Greek islands I’ve been to, Milos has by far the most impressive and unusual beaches. Due to its volcanic origin, the island has a very diverse coastline where you can find both sandy beaches and pebble beaches, as well as secluded coves and dramatic cliffs.
We visited a lot of beaches during our 5-day stay on the island and while you may think that seeing so many of them can get a little repetitive, the truth is that the beaches on Milos Island are all so different from each other and special in their own way.
Whether you want to take a dip in calm turquoise waters, jump off cliffs, snorkel or simply bask in the Mediterranean sun, Milos offers something for every taste. Make sure to allocate several days for beach-hopping because exploring the stunning beaches is undeniably one of the best things to do in Milos.
There are dozens of beaches to choose from in Milos but here are some of my favorite ones:
- Firiplaka – a long stretch of sand, crystal clear waters and impressive cliffs in shades of orange, white and pink; located on the south coast
- Sarakiniko – a spectacular moon-like landscape consisting of white rock formations; located on the north coast, the most famous spot in Milos
- Gerakas – a small bay with mesmerizing turquoise waters; located on the south coast and only accessible by boat
If you’re a beach bum like me, make sure to read my detailed blog post on the best beaches in Milos.
2) Stroll the whitewashed streets of Plaka
Perched on top of a hill in the northern part of the island, Plaka is the capital of Milos where you can find gorgeous whitewashed streets typical of Greek islands.
With blue doors, cute cats and an abundance of bougainvillea trees adding a burst of color to the white streets, Plaka is an Instagram heaven where every corner looks photo-worthy. You can easily spend a few hours wandering the narrow streets and soaking up the dreamy ambience of this place.
Explore the little boutiques and souvenir shops, have a romantic dinner in a local taverna and finish your day by watching the sun drop behind the horizon. Since Plaka is located on a hill, it’s one of the best places for watching the sunset in Milos as it offers an amazing panorama over the Aegean Sea.
Some of the best sunset spots in the area are Panagia Korphiatissa church, Utopia Cafe and Plaka Castle. Be sure to show up early because these places can get pretty crowded.
3) Swim in Kleftiko caves
On the southwestern coast of the island of Milos, you’ll find one of nature’s great masterpieces – Kleftiko. Full of towering white rock formations with sea caves that you can swim through, the bay of Kleftiko is nothing short of magical.
Floating in those emerald waters, surrounded by giant rock pillars is easily one of the most unique experiences in Milos. Remember to bring your snorkeling mask because there are plenty of fish to be spotted here.
Most people take a boat tour to Kleftiko from Adamas and that’s what we did as well. It’s a very relaxed and enjoyable way to get there and the views along the way are fantastic. However, it’s also a bit more pricey compared to getting there by land.
If you choose to go to Kleftiko by land, you need to drive up to the mountains in western Milos and then hike for about 40-50 minutes to the coast. However, our scooter rental company clearly said that we’re not allowed to drive in that part of the island because the roads there are in very poor condition. They emphasized that insurance wouldn’t cover any of the damage we might cause to the scooter if we drove there.
It’s not illegal to drive in that part of the island though, it’s just very bumpy, so if you have an appropriate vehicle like a quad or a 4×4 and your rental company allows driving there, you can definitely do it. For more details on how to hike to Kleftiko read my article on the best hikes in Greece.
Tip: While you’re visiting Kleftiko, you might also want to check out the nearby Sikia Cave – a big sea cave without a roof. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to fit this place into our schedule but I’ve heard it’s beautiful!
4) Take a boat tour around Milos
Sailing around Milos was the absolute highlight of our trip! By joining a boat tour, you can visit places that are not accessible by land and see the island from an entirely different perspective.
Our sailing tour started in Adamas, the main port town of Milos, and took us all the way around the island in 10 hours. We sailed past the picturesque fishing village Klima, the islets of Glaronisia, Polyaigos Island, Sarakiniko, Gerakas beach, and Kleftiko to name a few, and made several stops to swim and snorkel in the irresistible blue waters.
Sailing around the island and visiting these magnificent spots is a truly memorable experience and one of the best activities in Milos. I think I’ve never swum so much in my life as I did during that boat trip but I just couldn’t say no to these incredible turquoise waters!
There are different Milos boat tours available which vary in terms of length, the type of boat and the itinerary. I highly recommend choosing a tour that includes stops at Polyaigos Island (also known as Poliegos), Gerakas beach and Kleftiko, such as this full-day tour or this catamaran cruise. These three places completely blew my mind and you just shouldn’t miss them when you’re in Milos.
The tours that stop in all of these three locations are typically a bit more expensive since they need to cover quite a lot of distance but once you arrive in these magical places, you’ll see that it was 100% worth the money!
Alternatively, if you feel like exploring independently and want to have more flexibility, you can also rent your own small private boat and be the captain yourself (no skipper license needed).
5) Watch the sunrise at Sarakiniko beach
On the north coast of Milos lies the iconic Sarakiniko beach – the most photographed spot on the entire island. As soon as you arrive at the beach, you’ll understand why it’s so famous and why visiting this spot is considered one of the top things to do in Milos.
The landscape at Sarakiniko is like from another planet. Consisting of chalk-white volcanic cliffs that have been shaped by wind and water, the beach hides unique rock formations, caves and small pools of water. If you don’t mind climbing a bit, you can continue walking hundreds of meters along this surreal coastline to explore its beauty.
While Sarakiniko looks amazing at any time of the day, my advice is to go there for sunrise. Not only will you have the entire place to yourself but you’ll also see the magnificent lunar landscape come to life when the morning sun illuminates the rocks with an orange glow. As the sun rises higher, the cliffs gradually turn whiter and the water around them takes a beautiful shade of turquoise.
The daring ones can jump into the sea from cliffs but there’s also a small sandy beach where you can relax in shallow calm waters. If you want to jump, have a look at where locals do it first to make sure that it’s safe.
If you don’t feel like waking up early to see the sunrise, head to Sarakiniko for sunset instead. Although there will probably be more people, it’s still a beautiful experience.
6) Visit the colorful fishing village Klima
Klima is an old fishing village near the island’s capital Plaka. What makes this place so special, is its charming seafront lined with whitewashed houses with colorful doors and windows.
These two-story houses are called ‘sirmata’ and were originally used by fishermen, who stored their boats on the ground floor while the top floor was their living quarters. Nowadays, most of the houses have been converted into small shops selling souvenirs and local products or they’re being rented out for tourists.
With its laid-back vibe, Klima is a great spot for spending a relaxed evening by the sea, taking a lazy stroll along its beach and admiring the picturesque boathouses. The village also has a few restaurants where you can enjoy a traditional meal with a sunset view.
P.S. If you paid attention in your history classes, you might recall learning about a statue called Venus de Milo. This iconic piece of art was created in the 2nd century BC and was found near the village of Klima in 1820.
Where to stay in Milos?
Whether you’re looking for peace and quiet or you prefer to stay in the heart of all the action, Milos has something to offer for everyone. Although you won’t find crazy nightlife in Milos, you will find quiet romantic villages and tranquil atmosphere, which in my opinion makes it one of the best Greek islands for couples.
Since the island is quite small, you can easily stay in one location and take day trips to explore the other parts of the island.
Adamas (also called Adamantas) is the largest town in Milos and also the port where the ferries stop. With lots of restaurants, cafes, shops, tour operators and scooter/quad rentals, it is the most lively place to stay in Milos. There’s a lovely waterfront promenade and also a few beaches (you’ll find much nicer beaches in the more remote parts of the island though).
Here are the hotels I recommend staying at in Adamas:
MID-RANGE: Capetan Giorgantas Hotel
This hotel offers excellent value for money and boasts an outdoor pool, a garden, great location and stylish rooms with nautical-themed decor. Breakfast is included in the room rate as well.
LUXURY: Arco Solium Suites
This beautiful newly-renovated hotel blends Cycladic style with bohemian decor and offers exceptional service and upscale amenities. The location is also ideal – in the center of Adamas, just steps away from the main port.
Another popular place to stay in Milos is Plaka. Although Plaka is the capital of the island, it definitely looks more like a quaint village with its narrow white alleyways and beautiful Cycladic houses. There are plenty of shops, cafes and traditional Greek tavernas to choose from just like in Adamas. Note that there is no beach in Plaka since it’s located on top of a hill.
Here’s where I recommend staying at in Plaka:
MID-RANGE: Maison Triantatria
Cute little whitewashed apartment just a short walk from the center of Plaka. It has a fully equipped kitchen and a terrace overlooking the island.
LUXURY: Plaka Suites
These are gorgeous newly renovated Cycladic-style apartments right in the heart of Plaka. Be sure to book a suite that faces the sea so you could enjoy jaw-dropping views of the sunset over the Aegean Sea.
Pollonia is a lovely seaside village at the northeastern corner of the island. It’s one of the quieter places to stay in Milos and has a beach with golden sand and shallow water ideal for families with kids. There are also a number of beautiful seafood restaurants lining the beach, so even if you don’t plan to stay in Pollonia, make sure to stop there for a meal!
My hotel recommendation for Pollonia:
MID-RANGE/LUXURY: Garifalakis Comfort Rooms
This small family-run hotel offers bright and spacious rooms with a terrace and a kitchenette. It’s located in a quiet area, just a short walk from the village center and only minutes from the beach. They also have a spa!
How to get to Milos
The most common way to get to Milos is by ferry. If you’re coming from Athens, you need to catch a ferry from Piraeus port. The trip takes between 3 to 8 hours depending on the type of ferry you take (high-speed or regular). For a one-way journey, the prices start from 42 euros and go all the way up to 58 euros.
You can also get to Milos by ferry from the other Cyclades Islands (Santorini, Ios, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros and a few others) and also from Crete, making it a perfect destination to include in your Greek island-hopping trip.
If you’re traveling during the summer, book your tickets at least several days in advance to make sure you get a spot on the ferry. You can find the ferry schedules and buy your tickets at FerriesInGreece, which is the main website for buying ferry tickets to all the Greek islands.
Another option is to fly to Milos from Athens International Airport. The journey takes about 45 minutes.
Map of the top things to do in Milos
On the interactive map below, you can see where all the main attractions, my recommended hotels and the best places to visit in Milos are located. Click on the icon in the top left corner of the map for more details.
What to do in Milos: Final thoughts
Our time in Milos was truly magical and the memories we created there will last a lifetime. I’m still dreaming of swimming in these turquoise waters!
I hope this post gave you an idea about what to do in Milos and that it helps you plan your trip to this amazing island! As always, in case you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them in the comments.
If you’re considering exploring other Cyclades Islands as well, be sure to read my blog post on Antiparos, a lovely off-the-beaten-path island next to Paros.
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