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Milos Travel Guide: What to See and Do in Milos Greece

January 20, 202311 min read.

General Information of Milos

Milos is a gem of Greece that has remained relatively untouched and does not enjoy mass tourism like other Greek islands. Here we tell you everything about how to travel to Milos Greece.

The volcanic nature has given rise to a unique archaeological landscape and coastline. You can also find caves, hot springs, salt hotels, and a large number of beaches (75 to be exact, yes, 75). Overall, it's a unique island with an interesting history and a lucrative mining past.

While Instagram has helped popularize the island due to its more unique beaches (like Sarakiniko and Tsigrado), Milos has yet to see a tipping point in tourism, which means it remains untouched, reasonably priced, and ready. to be discovered.

Location of Milos Greece

Below, we show you where the island of Milos is located.


Map of Milos Greece on Google Maps

Top 5 Things to Do in Milos

Sailing in Milos

One of the best ways to enjoy Milos is to sail around the island for a day. See the 75 beaches that line the coast of Milos Island, and explore some only accessible by boat, including Gerontas and Gerakas.

The tour also goes to the neighboring islands and natural wonders, Glaronisia and Polyegos. You'll also be provided with snorkeling equipment so you can explore the old pirates' den, Kleftiko Bay.

Visit Sarakiniko Beach

A visit to Milos is not complete without exploring the most famous of the 75 beaches, Sarakiniko Beach. This unique moon-shaped rocky beach was carved over time by natural elements. Spend the day cliff jumping, sunbathing, or exploring (Tip: there's a shipwreck nearby).

Better yet, bring a bottle of wine and a take-out dinner and watch the sunset, and gaze at the stars; you probably have it all to yourself.

Explore the Colorful Village of Klima

Perhaps the most famous village on the island of Milos, Klima is as picturesque as it is colourful. Fishermen's hideaways, known as Syrmata, line the Aegean Sea. Take a walk, pick up local handmade souvenirs, or enjoy a sunset dinner at the only restaurant in town. Better yet, splurge and rent a Syrmata for the night to enjoy the sunset or sunrise from your own balcony.

Swimming in the Kleftiko Caves

It's not every day you get to visit an old pirate's lair. It is not easy to get to Kleftiko Bay, but it is worth the effort. Visit during a day sailing tour, take a private boat, or walk for an hour and a half to get there.

You will be rewarded with caves and crystal-clear turquoise water that you can snorkel and explore. The best part is that the bay is so remote that you won't be swimming with hundreds of people. Bring your underwater camera, you won't want to miss a shot!

Explore Kastro Castle in Milos

The Kastro Castle Ruins are a must-see during your visit. Not only will you get great 360° views of the island, but you'll see the old town where people lived before the city expanded into what is now known as Plaka.

Some locals still live here and the houses that remain are quaint and charming, just as you would expect from an old Greek neighborhood. There are two churches on top and you will be able to watch the sunset from both.

Sights in Milos

Lose yourself in the capital, Plaka

With so many colorful houses and small cobbled streets, Plaka will satisfy your craving for Cycladic architecture.

Feast on Greek delicacies, get lost in typical Greek cobbled streets, and watch the sunset from the Panagia Korfiatissa church.

In addition to a ton of restaurants, Plaka also has three cool museums, including the Archaeological Museum which houses a replica of the Venus de Milos statue.

Beaches of Milos

There are 75 beaches to choose from, and most of them are beautiful! Top beaches like Sarakiniko, Tsigrado, and Kleftiko Bay have captivated Instagram, and rightly so.

But there are many others to see. Some are out of the way, some have beach bars, some are great when it's windy, and some are only accessible by boat.

Villages of Milos

In addition to the well-known villages Adamas, Plaka, and Klima, Milos has 12 other villages that you can explore. Some are popular and some are remote, but each has its own vibe, energy, and attractions.

There are towns you can miss and others you can skip if you're short on time, however, from fishing villages to port cities, there's something for everyone. Start with Trypiti, Mandrakia, and Pollonia.

The Ancient Theater of Milos

Surround yourself with hundreds of years of history. Enjoy a short walk from Trypiti to the ancient theater and walk around the marble wonder. Sit back and imagine what it would be like to see a play here against the backdrop of beautiful views.

On the way to the theater, you'll see the site where the Venus de Milos was discovered in 1820 and now resides in the Louvre.

The Early Christian Catacombs of Milos

Take a short but worthwhile tour of the Roman catacombs, a burial site and place of worship for early settlers from the 1st to 5th century.

The site is close to the Ancient Theater and can be accessed by car (and on foot) from Trypiti. Admission includes a guide and will only cost you around €4.

Monument of the Three Crosses

Less known than the neighboring castle, this monument offers a great view over Triovasalos and other towns. You may find that you have the hill to yourself during your visit to really enjoy.

If you've walked up to the castle from Plaka, consider walking towards Plakes and Triovasalos for a different view.

Eating Seafood in Milos

Lunch with a view! You can't go wrong with a local dish by the sea in one of the port cities, Pollonia, Mandrakia or Adamas. Plaka also has many restaurants that have their own charm but do not have sea views.

Water Activities in Milos

We recommend you walk or sail to the Kleftiko and Sykia caves and swim in crystal clear waters. See why Kleftiko was the perfect pirate hideout. These two are unique sites and will leave you impressed.

Kleftiko Bay is larger than you might expect, with volcanic rock formations jutting out of the crystal-clear waters. Sykia is a small cave whose roof has collapsed and is only accessible when the sea is calm.

Water Sports in Milos

Milos offers the perfect weather conditions for windsurfing, especially in the bay of Milos. If you want to rent equipment and learn to windsurf, visit the Hang Loose Club at Papikinou Beach.

For wakeboarding, jet skiing and other sports, sports centers can be found on Paliochori beach. If you have your own equipment, you can have Achivadolimni beach pretty much to yourself.

Kayaking on Sarakiniko Beach

See a different side of Milos and get in some cardio at the same time. Kayak below the cliffs of Sarakiniko Beach and check this off your bucket list. There are several companies that have daily tours and a variety of routes.

Diving and Snorkeling in Milos

Diving is not the first thing on your mind when you think of Greece. While the Aegean Sea is not known for having many fish or sharks for that matter. You will find rocks, wrecks and some fish. You might even see the monk seal, Monachus. Dives are weather permitting. If you take a sailing or catamaran tour, the operators will provide you with equipment to snorkel at various beaches.

Scenic Points of Milos

Sunset from Agias Marina

It's hard to get a more impressive view of the island than from this hilltop church on the west side. Drive to Agias Marina church and enjoy.

The roads leading to the church are mostly dirt roads and can be rough at times, but it is drivable.

The Lighthouse of Adamas

A short walk from Adamas gives you an amazing view of the port city. There's a WWII memorial, a quiet park, and a lighthouse you can walk to. The view from the lighthouse is incredible.

Villages of Milos

With more than 15 towns on the island, there is much to explore.

The most famous, Plaka, Trypiti, Klima and Pollonia, will keep you very busy. They are also bigger than the rest and have facilities.

If you want to get off the beaten track, Mandrakia, Triovasalos, Skinopi, Plakes, Fourkovouni, Mytakas have you covered.

Other picturesque but remote and harder to find villages include Mikri Skinopi, Areti, Emporios and Zefyria. If you have the time, they are well worth a look as they are all charming in their own way. If you're short on time, these are the ones to skip.

Visit Adamas Town

Adamas is the largest town on Milos, thus offering the greatest variety of options when it comes to hotels, restaurants, hotels, shopping, banking needs, and transportation. Staying here will ensure you have everything from convenience/grocery stores, to ATMs, travel agencies, car/ATV rental shops, and the port at your fingertips.

In addition to the port (where all day sailing trips depart from), you'll also have access to one of the island's two taxi stations and many local buses. There are a couple of hiking trails and beaches nearby, and it's one of the best places in Milos to watch those heavenly Greek sunsets.

Get to Know the Plaka Town

Plaka is one of the most picturesque towns on the island and the capital. The small cobbled streets and the charming Greek architecture will make you fall in love!

There are a variety of restaurants and hotels for you to choose from and you will get a nice view while wandering around due to its location on a hill. Plaka's ancient castle towers over the town, giving you an authentic feel of how it must have been before the rest of the island was developed.

Most streets are not accessible by car and parking can be hard to find; Staying here is ideal if you don't plan on renting a car, especially since you can take buses and taxis (which have access to the pedestrian streets).

Explore Trypiti Village

The calm energy of Trypiti combined with the incredible views will leave a lasting impression. Trypiti is perched on a cliff at the top of Klima and has beautiful buildings and churches that draw you in as you sail or walk around the island. You will find great restaurants and great views, especially at sunset.

It is also a 10-minute walk to the catacombs and ancient amphitheater, both on the way to Klima if you decide to go down. Plaka and the castle are also a 15-minute walk away.

Trypiti is a relatively quiet town and is also on the bus route, making it easy to get around if you don't have a car.

Get to Know the Pollonia Town

With a small port and plenty of restaurants, rental places, and shops, its laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere may be just what you need to unplug and enjoy some low-key time in Milos.

If you want to explore Kimolos, staying here would also be convenient as there are frequent daily boat transfers that make the trip. There are even car rental and diving companies if you want to explore the island further.

Visit Klima

Klima is arguably the prettiest spot on Milos, and understandably popular given the allure-worthy backdrop. Despite his popularity, however, he remains reasonably calm.

Staying in one of the unique fishermen's houses by the sea is a unique experience.

The downside to staying here is the lack of accessibility to things. There are a couple of shops and a restaurant, and the crowd tends to thin out around sunset.

Getting Around in Milos

Explore Milos by Car or SUV

Despite having the allure of a small island, Milos is relatively large with many hidden corners to explore. By renting a car, you'll be able to hop onto the beach, explore the traditional fishing villages scattered around the island, and get off the beaten track, literally.

Choosing an ATV will give you access to more of the island, as some of the dirt roads are not car-friendly and are considered "rental-car no-service areas," which means if you get stuck there, no one can assist you.

What are you waiting for to travel to the island of Milos? It is extremely attractive and offers thousands of different activities for all tastes. If you want to know more about packages to the island or excursions to Milos, take a look at Greca!

What is the weather like on Milos and when to visit the island?

Like most of the other islands in Greece, Milos sees a lot of sun during the summer months, and it gets quite cold in winter or in the off-season. For the best experience, consider visiting in May, June, September, or October. The island begins to prepare for the summer season in May and businesses do not close until the end of October.

Where to eat and drink in Milos?

There are so many wonderful restaurants on Milos, regardless of where you are on the island. Restaurant prices in Milos are very reasonable. The costs will vary depending on the choice, but on average I noticed that you can have an authentic and delicious Greek lunch for €15-20 and dinner can cost you at least €20 per person. You can definitely spend more, and there are plenty of options if you want to splurge, but you don't have to. Of course, that doesn't include seafood, which tends to be more expensive, like everywhere else. A glass of white wine costs around €2.50 in Adamas, which is even cheaper than Athens (where a glass of Greek wine can cost around €5 or more).

Where to Stay in Milos

Accommodation options on Milos are growing as the island becomes a tourist hotspot. There are many options when it comes to choosing the town to call home during your stay on the island. Each one has its own magic and will offer a different experience.

Shopping in Milos

If you're wondering where to shop in Milos, Adamas will be your first point of contact if you're traveling by ferry and has the highest concentration of businesses on the island, including restaurants, shops and travel agencies.

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