Milos: The Best Island In Greece
Updated: Sep 17, 2022
Always wanted to go to the best island in Greece? Then Milos is the place to be. Milos is one of the most relaxed and exotic islands in Greece. Its crystal clear water, white beaches, and small villages enchant everyone. Milos is such a diverse place. It has so many adventurous things to do while also having a lot of remote beaches that are very peaceful. The sunsets we saw on Milos were the prettiest we had during our stay in Greece. In this article, we'll break down the best things to do in Milos.
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Where is Milos and how to get there?
Milos is a volcanic island in the Aegean Sea. It belongs to the Cyclades group together with Mykonos, Santorini, Naxos, and many other islands. The only airport that flies to Milos is Athens International Airport. This is why many people choose to go by ferry instead. You can take a ferry from Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Naxos, Rhodes, etc. Find out more about the ferries here. We stayed at Venus De Milo in Adamantas and really enjoyed it. You can find a map below indicating all the places we'll talk about in this article.
Best things to do in Milos
We recommend staying at least three days on this beautiful island to be able to do everything (stay even longer if you have time). We would also suggest renting an ATV to discover the island. It's the perfect size and has more power than a scooter to climb the steep hills of Milos. Now, lets's dive into the 10 best things to do in Milos.
10. Paliochori Beach
The tenth best thing to do in Milos is visiting Paliochori Beach. Located about 20 minutes from the city center of Adamas, it’s easily accessible by any vehicle. This beach is really colorful with red, yellow, white, and brown rocks surrounding it. The variety of colors behind the beach provides an amazing view, especially while you swim in the crystal clear bay below them.
9. Papafragas Caves
Papafragas is a must-see when visiting Milos, Greece. It is one of the most unusual rock formations you will see in your life and the watercolor is a stunning bright green. There are also many caves in and around the water to explore. You can swim in the ocean below, however there are many signs indicating the danger, and doing so is at your own risk.
At number 8, we recommend visiting the small fishing town of Klima. Here, you can walk around the bay and take in the sights of the colorful houses lining the shore. This town dates back to 1,100 BC and was powerful from the 7th to 5th centuries BC due to its location on the sea. It was the location of the original harbor on Milos island and was situated just below the ancient theatre on the hills above. The color and structure of the houses are very special. All the houses were painted in different colors so the owners could recognize their specific house. The ground floor of the houses were used to store the boats while the first floor was to live in. Nowadays, Klima is one of the most beautiful spots to enjoy a sunset seafood dinner in the Greek islands.
7. Sarakiniko Beach
Sarakiniko beach is a natural wonder. It is made up of greyish-white volcanic rock that’s been carved into strange shapes by the wind and waves. But while this beach was extremely beautiful and unique, we didn’t like how overcrowded it was. It felt like we were surrounded at times and many people were there just to get pictures and leave rather than enjoy the beauty around them. Try to go at sunrise to enjoy a less crowded and more authentic experience at this magnificent beach. Also pay attention that there are often sea urchins on the rocks so you have to watch out for them or wear water shoes.
Coming in at number 6, we have the traditional small town of Trypiti. This little village is located just a few minutes from the town of Plaka and has many small streets with tons of character. We recommend eating lunch or dinner at Glaronisia. The view over the ocean is stunning and they have some of the tastiest food on the entire island. You can also find traditional windmills on the hilltops of Trypiti. These were used across many Greek islands to take advantage of windy conditions and grind barley, wheat, and other cereals produced locally.
5. Firiplaka Beach
Firiplaka Beach is located on the southern coastline of Milos island and takes about 20 minutes to get to from the main town of Adamas. You can also get there by bus if you don’t have a vehicle. This beach blew us away with its colorful waters and jagged rocks. Nestled in a perfect half-moon cove, the beach is exactly what you imagine when dreaming of visiting a classic Greek beach. It’s also conveniently located within a two-minute drive from Tsigrado beach, our favorite beach on the island!
4. Ancient Theatre
The fourth best thing to do in Milos, Greece is to visit the ancient theatre. It is situated between the towns of Trypiti and Klima and is incredibly well preserved. Visitors are allowed to sit on the steps, walk around, and even explore the stage floor. When we visited, there was no entry fee and surprisingly, there was almost nobody there. This allowed us time and space to imagine what it would have been like to watch events here.
3. Firopotamos Beach
Firopotamos is a true hidden gem in Milos, Greece. Located below the town of Plaka, it is less touristy than many of the other popular beaches on the island. Along the beach, you will find a few fishermen's houses, rentals, a beautiful church, and even ancient ruins. Take some time to enjoy this town around mid-afternoon before the sun goes down behind the mountains. If you’re lucky, you might even be welcomed to the beach by a group of local cats and kittens like we were.
2. Plaka Sunset
Plaka is one of the best places to visit in Milos. The cobblestone paths, tight alleys, and colorful blue and white buildings make it one of the coziest towns we’ve ever visited throughout our travels. The town was actually built like a maze to confuse pirates when the city was in its prime of wealth. There are many shops and restaurants to enjoy here, so take some time and get lost wandering the streets at your own pace. We suggest visiting the town a couple hours before sunset and then heading up to the castle of Plaka high above the town. From there, you will be able to see stunning 360 views of the sun going down over the island.
1. Tsigrado Beach
The best beach in Milos in our opinion is Tsigrado Beach. It has a perfect mix of adventure, peacefulness, and natural beauty. You’ll feel like a modern day pirate as you scale ladders and ropes to get down to the beach and back up again after your swim. Make sure you have decent shoes and are in good enough shape to get down safely since the descent to this beach is at your own risk. As Tsigrado beach is located just a couple minutes from Firiplaka Beach, you can easily do both beaches in one afternoon.
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