A STAIRCASE LEADS DOWN TO A PRIVATE DECK WHERE YOU CAN DIVE INTO THE AZURE WATERS THAT MILOS IS KNOWN FOR. REST AND RECHARGE WHILE BEING LULLED TO SLEEP BY THE SOUND OF WAVES ON THE SHORE. PERCHED ON THE CLIFFS OF THE SMALL FISHING VILLAGE OF SKINOPI, THERE ARE UNPARALLELED VIEWS OF THE SUN SETTING OVER THE AEGEAN. AN AUTHENTIC GUIDE TO THE ISLAND OF MILOS.
Milos Island Guide: 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 Greece. Not to mention the lovely Venus de Milo was found on this Greek island. Milos is a a great and safe option for solo travel, too! Eat in Milos 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 Milos, head to Kastro to watch the sunset and don’t forget to try the καρπουζοπιτα, a delicious Greek watermelon pie and a local specialty. Spend an evening walking through the town of Adamas or spend the 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.
GETTING TO MILOS
Milos can be reached by a short, 45 minute flight to Milos airport MLO or in 3 hours by ferry boat. Considered one of the most romantic islands with over 70 beaches, most accessible by boat, this Aegean 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 beach has unusually warm, turquoise waters that are heated by the volcanic hot springs. Easy access, sunbeds for rent and a few excellent, seaside volcanic rock restaurants like Sirocco make Paliochori beach a convenient choice. Firiplaka beach has the most incredible crystal, shallow waters and was by far, my favorite beach on Milos island. Make sure not to miss a photo-op at other-worldly, Sarakiniko Milos with its moon like rock formations that fall into the deep, blue Aegean Sea. Head out early to beat the crowds.
Travel Tip: 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!
There are many hotels in Milos to choose from. 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. You’ll find a staircase that leads down to a private deck where you can dive into the azure waters. Rest and recharge while being lulled to sleep by the sound of waves on the shore. I can’t recommend it enough. If you prefer a budget travel option, rent a local syrma” or fisherman’s house, in either Klima, Mandrakia or Fyropotamos for a truly authentic experience. The doors open up onto the water and when the tide is high, waves crash into your doorstep.
A quick guide to beaches in Milos, Greece:
- Firiplaka beach: an organized beach with turquoise, clear waters is hand’s down, my favorite beach on the island
- Paliochori beach: for turquoise waters warmed by the volcanic hot springs and plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from
- Sarakiniko beach: for its other worldly vibes. There is only a small beach for swimming, I recommend it more for sunbathing. Get there early to avoid the crowds
- Tsigrado beach: is one of the most secluded beaches on the island;
- 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.
- Kleftiko Beach: can only be reached by a boat trip and are well worth the extra effort.
- Firopotamos beach: a traditional fishing village with turquoise blue waters.
To read about the Top Beaches in Milos, check out my blog post, here.
PLANNING YOUR TRIP
LOCATION: Part of the Cycladic Islands in the Aegean Sea, Milos island is 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 visiting Milos has become more popular in the past several years, you can still find its authentic charm if you know where to look. With boat tours to some of the best beaches 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. For a true gastronomical surprise hidden in the port of Kimolos, To Kyma has a surprisingly elaborate menu and has served big-name celebrities to locals. Astakas restaurant in Klima is known for their lobster pasta. Make sure to order their σαρδέλες παντρεμένες which translates to married sardines. The dish consists of 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 is known for their baked goods and is an easy stop on your way to the beach.
Travel Tip: There are over 70 beaches on Milos, most reached only by boat – like Kleftiko caves. I highly recommend exploring the island with a day cruise or renting your own private charter.