Things to do in Milos
Milos is certainly no longer a secret but luckily development is slow, making places to stay in Milos limited. Book early and don’t miss out, which many people do!
How to get to Milos
Athens to Milos
There is a domestic airport on Milos so it is possible to fly from Athens. The flight is a pleasant 45-minute journey and there are several a day in Summer.
By sea, there are several direct routes from Piraeus port in Athens to Milos each day throughout the year. The fastest takes around 4 hours and 20 minutes whilst the longer journey can be up to 14 hours on the Blue Star Ferry. Indirect routes are also available via other islands such as Syros and Paros.
Check schedules and book with Ferryhopper.
Santorini to Milos
There are 5 or 6 direct ferries most days. They take between 3 and 5 hours. You can also connect with other Cyclades Islands like Paros, Ios, and Sifnos to Milos. Again check and book with Ferryhopper.
The villages of Milos
You will find everything here that most port towns have – souvenir shops, backpacker hostels, cafes, tour desks and more. It’s very central to everything on the island and has a good mix of cultural activities as well as some nightlife.
Where to stay in Adamas, Milos
Its hard to beat the value or location of Hotel Adamas which is located right in front of the main pier at the port. The rooms are well-appointed, modern and have great sunset views. A lovely budget alternative is The White Suites which are a few blocks back from the harbour in a very central spot. As the name suggests the decor is predominately white!
It is quite popular with European families due to the safe, calm beach and has a lively yet family friendly atmosphere at night in summer.
Despite being a fair way from many of the popular sites it is an easy drive in and out each day and quite close to famous Sarakiniko Beach. It is also home to one of the best pastry-shop/bakery at the edge of town and I defy you not to go back for the chocolate pie every day. We spent 5 days in Pollonia on our last visit and we would stay there again next time as well.
Where to stay in Pollonia, Milos
We loved our stay at Unique Suites Milos and cannot recommend them highly enough. Right across from the beach ( with a private beach section with huge bean bags) the suites are modern and very spacious. The service from Stavros was outstanding. Alternatively, Delmar Apartments and Suites or Captain Zeppos Boutique Suites are highly recommended by several friends.
The oldest buildings on the island are found here and you can spend hours exploring the narrow, bougainvillea covered alleyways and the little shops and cafes. There are some stunings views to be had from the Western area at sunset which are good as any you will find in Greece. Many of the little shops of course sell souveners of the island, especially the replicas of the iconic Venus De Milo.
To the north east of the town is the pathway up to the Castro with sweeping views over the entire island.
Where to stay in Plaka, Milos
Budget hotel : Chaido Rooms
Mid-range hotel : Drougas Windmill ( very unique!)
There is a natural thermal spring at Paleochora which is a well organised beach with many sunbeds and umberellas for hire and several good tavernas up the top. There is a big car park and it is very easy to access.
It is a beautiful beach with crystal clear aquamarine water and a small amount of sunbeds. There is no car park but rather you park along the small road at the top of the cliff which can get very crowded in summer.
The water is shallow and warm and great for all ages.
Well, that is Plathiena Beach and you can get to it by walking from Plaka or driving down in your hire car or taxi. There are a small number of cheap sunbeds and a little bar. The sunsets are quite incredible too!
Some of the villas and rooms have their own sections on the beach as do a couple of tavernas.
There is a taverna and one end who rent cheap sunbeds and have nice cold beers. There are also some trees that provide welcome shade below the cliffs at the other end. Generally very quiet even in the peak of summer.
There is a small sand ‘beach’ in the middle where you can easily walk into the water but otherwise, people jump off the rocks. It can get choppy on a windy day so do exercise common sense.
There are also a series of caves that are worth exploring towards the back of the beach.
You can drive to Sarakaniko and there is a large carpark at the top. No tavernas or sunbeds( yet).
One of the most charming attractions on Milos is it’s quaint little fishing villages. These small villages are made up of brightly coloured ‘Smyrna’ or fisherman’s huts, most of which are still in use today. These colourful structures serve as storage for the fisherman and easy access to the sea at ground level, with sleeping quarters above.
Some of these huts are now available for rent through Airbnb whilst a few have opened as shops.
The roads down to the villages are sealed but they are narrow so drive carefully. The road to Klima is especially tricky but there is a nice Taverna and carpark at the bottom as a reward.
You really cant miss these villages when visiting Milos and they are one of the many things that make Milos so unique.
Firopotamos -rhymes with Hippopotamus
Catacombs of Milos
Located at Tripiti just outside Plaka are the Catacombs where once a burial ground over 2000 years ago and is also where the ruins of an ancient theatre can be found.
It costs 4 euro for entry which includes a brief guide. It is interesting to see but does not take long. Really an hour tops is all you need here.
Milos Mining Museum
Even if you arent interested in mining and geology it is hard not to be impressed. The two-story building is wel organised and the exhibits are interesting and engaging.
Entry is 5 euro or 7 with an audio tour. Check opening times as they change throughout the year.
There are 6 ferries a day and it costs 2 euro for adults and 8.50 for a car.
Check out To Kyma Taverna, right on Psathi beach. They have a great wine list and you can see the ferry coming for your quick dash to the wharf. ”
Paula Morgan, Expert Abroad
Best restaurants in Milos
O Hamos, Adamas
Operating for over 30 years this family established one of the first paddock to plate models in Greece with everything at the restaurant grown by them including the meat, cheese, fruit, and vegetables.
You may need to queue during busy periods but it’s a spacious taverna with a big garden and the wait times are not usually long.
House favourites include very traditional and hard to find dishes such as pork in molasses and artichokes with eggs. There is a huge selection to choose from the eight-page menus HANDWRITTEN in six languages, which is a testament to the families’ hard work and dedication. We visited several times even taking new Irish friends back with us. Greek husband has declared OHamos ‘possibly the best Greek food ever!’
Jordan’s Meating House, Pollonia
As the name suggests this taverna specializes in ‘meat’ and offers delicious home-cooked meals such as lamb chops, souvlaki and Soutzoukakia ( meatballs in tomato sauce).
There is live music most nights during summer and the quite gregarious owner loves to chat with the customers and encourage them to get up and dance. A great value night out for everyone.
Choose your own fish and have it cooked however you like. You’ll find a modern take on some old favourites and the octopus with fava and roast beetroot and garlic are standouts. Lots of vegetarian and even vegan options here.
It’s a lovely spot to sit and watch the local fishermen coming to a going and you really get the sense that your seafood meal could not be fresher.
With the traditional hanging octopus, sometimes in a screened box to protect it from insects and wind, you cant miss Medusa and you wont regret lunch here either. Very well priced in a truly unique and very special setting.
Mikros Apoplous, Adamas
With a chilled cabinet of fresh seafood to choose from including lobster and fish, you will be amazed at the value you get for your money here. Not to mention incredible views especially at sunset!
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