A STAIRCASE LEADS DOWN TO A PRIVATE DECK WHERE YOU CAN DIVE INTO THE AZURE WATERS THAT MILOS IS KNOWN FOR. THE PERFECT PLACE TO LAY YOUR HEAD AT NIGHT – BEING LULLED TO SLEEP BY THE SOUND OF WAVES ON THE SHORE – WHILE YOU EXPLORE ALL THAT THE ISLAND HAS TO OFFER. PERCHED ON THE CLIFFS OF THE SMALL FISHING VILLAGE OF SKINOPI, THERE ARE UNPARALLELED VIEWS OF THE SUN SETTING OVER THE AEGEAN.
While Milos has become more touristy in the past several years, you can still find its authentic charm if you know where to look. With amazing beaches, some of the best in the Cyclades, charming, off-the grid locations, and under-the-radar, neighboring Kimolos; it should come as no surprise that Milos is one of the most romantic islands in the Aegean. Dine at O Hamos, a local institution serving Milonian specialties on their own ceramic dishes. Or try a meal at Sirocco, where the food is baked in a volcanic oven in the sand. After a picturesque walk through Plaka, head to Kastro to catch an unforgettable sunset and don’t forget to try the καρπουζοπιτα, watermelon pie, a local and delicious specialty. Spend a day exploring laid back Kimolos and don’t miss the island’s noteworthy taverna. After a day of exploring the island, enjoy in an indulgent stay at Skinopi Lodge.
Milos can be reached by a short, 45 minute flight to its local airport or in 3 hours by ferry boat. Considered one of the most romantic islands with over 70 beaches, most accessible only by boat, this Cycladic island is a water-lover’s dream.
AN AUTHENTIC GUIDE TO THE ISLAND OF MILOS
The island boasts over 70 beaches, most accessible only by boat, making the experience of finding a beach a discovery all its own. The wind plays a significant role in which side of the island you’ll take a dip in. Plan accordingly. Paliochori has unusually warm, turquoise waters that are heated by the volcanic hot springs. Easy access, sunbeds for rent and a few excellent, seaside restaurants like Sirocco make Paliochori a convenient choice. Firiplaka has the most incredible crystal, shallow waters and was by far, my favorite beach on Milos. Make sure not to miss a photo-op at other-worldly, Sarakiniko Beach with its moon like rock formations that fall into the deep, blue Aegean. Head out early to beat the crowds.
A 20 minute ferry ride to neighboring Kimolos offers a more relaxed and boho vibe. The in-the-know crowd will head to Prassa (Agios Georgiou) beach with white rocks jutting out of the turquoise waters. Unlikely to catch your eye, To Kyma has an unexpectedly large and modern menu. Think avocado, tuna tartar, local fish soup, scallop ceviche and lobster pasta. This local taverna, with tables in the sand, has served big-name celebrities and locals alike. A true gastronomical surprise in the port of Kimolos!
Skinopi Lodge, is a trio of design conscious, boutique villas that are perched on the cliff of the small village of Skinopi. They each offer unparalleled views of the sea and the sun setting over the Aegean. A staircase that leads down to a private deck where you can dive into the azure waters that Milos is known for. Skinopi is the perfect place to lay your head at night while being lulled to sleep by the sound of waves on the shore. I can’t recommend it enough. For a more authentic experience, rent a local “syrma”, fisherman’s house in Klima, Mandrakia or Fyropotamos. The doors open up onto the water and when tide is high, waves crash into your doorstep.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
LOCATION: Part of the Cycladic Islands in the Aegean, Milos can also be accessed by a short, 45 minute flight from Athens. Otherwise, a 3 hour ferry boat ride from the Athens port of Piraeus makes it incredibly convenient.
VIBE: While Milos has become more touristy in the past several years, you can still find its authentic charm if you know where to look. With amazing beaches, some of the best in the Cyclades, charming, off-the grid locations, and under-the-radar, neighboring Kimolos; it’s no surprise that this developed island is one of the most romantic in the Aegean. Expect to find a younger crowd and plenty of couples.
EAT: O Hamos is slightly touristic and rightfully so. Order their chickpea stew with curry, tiropitakia, baked goat and bouyourdi – a baked feta dip with tomatoes and chilis; To Kyma, a true gastronomical surprise hidden in the port of Kimolos. Their menu is surprisingly quite elaborate and has served big-name celebrities to locals, alike; Astakas in Klima is known for their lobster pasta. Make sure to order their σαρδέλες παντρεμένες – literally translated to married sardines – a dish with sardines stuffed with stewed tomatoes, capers and herbs; Sirocco in Paliochori bakes their dishes in a volcanic oven and in turn, serves delicious meats and fish; Mouratos for baked goods on your way to the beach.
BEACHES: Fyriplaka, an organized beach with turquoise, clear waters is hand’s down, my favorite beach on the island; Paliochori for turquoise waters warmed by the volcanic hot springs and plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from; Sarakiniko for its other worldly vibes. While there is a small beach for swimming, it’s recommended for sunbathing. Get there early to avoid the crowds; Prassa (Agio Georgios) on Kimolos is that hidden gem you only wish for on a Greek island holiday. Partially organized with sunbeds and a cantina with a small stretch of sand that gives you a private feel.
STAY: For a design-conscious, boutique villa with views of the best sunsets on the island, stay at Skinopi Lodge. For a truly authentic experience, rent a local “syrma”, fisherman’s house in either Klima, Mandrakia or Fyropotamos.