Anyone who isn’t dreaming of visiting this Greek island hasn’t fallen in love with the pictures you can take here.
Sorry to make your trip to Europe harder by adding another fantastically beautiful spot for you to explore. Between the ancient cities you can find in places like Athens, and the picture-perfect old sunset views in Santorini and now the views found in Milos, we think you’ll probably end up spending quite a bit of your time in Greece when you’re in Europe.
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Milos has a volcanic history, you’ll see snow-white arches perched atop the turquoise waters of the Aegean sea … it’s beyond beautiful, and to make your vacation there even easier, we’ve pulled together a few helpful recommendations.
- Your Must See Adventures In Milos
- Our Favorite Place To Eat
- Where To Stay
- Getting Here
- + A Few Tips
Your Must See Adventures In Milos
Some Recommendations For Beaches
As an island, Milos is surrounded by the ocean, but not all the best places to swim are found on the coast. The island has a dramatic volcanic past which has created inlets full of that dreamy turquoise-blue water you came here for. This blogger has outlined a few of the best places to swim in Milos, but we think you can’t leave without visiting Sarakiniko.
Sarakiniko’s White Cliff Beach
It’s one of the most famously pretty beaches in Milos, maybe all of Greece, thanks to the bone-white rocks that form unique swimming spots and cliffs. It’s definitely not the best swimming beach (though you can swim here) but it’s probably the prettiest. If you want to visit, go early (as in get there before 9:00 AM in the high season). You’ll be able to get there via taxi, and make sure you bring plenty of water. There isn’t any shade on these porcelain rocks!
While you can visit some beaches by taxi (or bus), a few are only accessible by boat. You can head to the two ports on Milos and book a boat tour to take you out for a day of beach hopping. We have ferry information and port information at the end of this post.
The Colorful Town Of Klima
Found right above the town of Tripiti, Klima is probably the most well-known fishing village in Milos. It’s a quiet, sleepy town with white-washed buildings fitted with colorful doors and balconies. Since it’s near the catacombs (we talk more about this below), it’s worth checking out if you’re already out in that part of the island. According to one ILP volunteer, the place comes highly recommended especially since it’s such a great place to take pictures.
Easily reach the fishing town of Kilma by taxi.
This Fishing Tour
Not convinced a fishing tour will be the highlight of Milos? “It was the best part of our trip” according to some ILP volunteers vacationing in Milos. It was about 70 Euros and included food for the day, a boat tour of the island, and the whole experience of Milos’ history: Fishing. The tour includes the process of pulling in the fish of the day, cleaning the fish, and eating what you catch! One volunteer said “the fish was soooo good even though I’m super picky with fish, I loved it”.
Their guides, Nikos and his wife, spoke rather good English which gave this group of volunteers the chance to sit and chat with people who grew up here, as well as the chance to spend a sunny day out on the ocean. In the summer time, the tour can also include a trip to an island for some beach time, but in the off season you’ll still get to experience the sea and may even get to see some starfish.
Visit their website here and their Facebook page here.
You probably came to Milos for the beaches and the views, but some of the side-adventures you can also experience here are some of the best. One ILP Group headed to the cemetery in Triovasalos which is one of the towns in Milos. It’s incredibly old and unique — partly due to the catacombs you can find there. The catacombs have been around since the 1st Century and are considered one of the three most important discoveries in the world of catacombs: just behind Rome and the Holy Land.
Your inexpensive ticket (a few euros) includes a tour guide who will walk you through the small network of caves: it’s a short activity, maybe about 10 minutes to see it all, but makes for a fun little side adventure in Milos. You can read more about the catacombs here, but do know that it does come recommended by a handful of past volunteers.
Getting Here: Reached by taxi
Hours: 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Our Favorite Place To Eat
According to a group of ILP Romania volunteers, O Belivanis is “the best souvlaki restaurant in town: we ate there every night for super cheap and the food was amazing, I recommend the gyros and the grilled pita bread. We became friends with the owner and she was super sweet! There’s also a bakery across the street and a few buildings down that has awesome baklava.”
Sounds like where you’re going to want to eat for the whole time you are in Milos! Souvlaki is a traditional Greek dish, made up of grilled chicken and veggies, marinated in a spiced yogurt. It’s delicious, and one to try at O Belivanis. Also, don’t miss out on baklava at the bakery next door, it’s delicious.
Address: Triovasalos 848 00, Greece
Hours: 7:30 PM to 12:30 AM
Where To Stay
There aren’t any hostels on the island and unless you’re interested in splurging for a fancy hotel, an AirBnB is the way to go. Here’s where one ILP group stayed (and loved):
“It was very affordable and Matilda even picked us up from the airport and showed us around town. She gave lots of tips and even drove us to the beach one day, she also drove us back to the airport when we left, she was a great host and the house was really nice, we even got to eat fresh oranges off their tree!”
Here’s the link to her AirBnB — side note, you'll find gorgeously beautiful apartments all over the neighborhood (like this one below), so plan on spending an hour or two just wandering around your AirBnB's neighborhood to soak in the sites. All of Milos (and Greece for that matter) is rather photogenic.
We suggest getting yourself to Athens first. It’s an incredible city to explore (get our go to guide for Athens here), plus it’s the ideal jumping off point for Milos if you’re going by ferry.
You can get ferries and high speed catamarans from the Piraeus Port in Athens. Ticket prices depend on if you’re going in the high season or the low season, and how fast your boat or ferry will get you there. Prices tend to range from about 35 euros to 80 euros each way depending on what kind of boat you are taking. A ferry is about a 7 hour ride, while a high speed boat is around 4 hours or less). Book your ferry here.
Ports In Milos
You’ll get dropped off at one of two ports in Milos: Adamas (the main port) or Apollonia. From there, a taxi can take you to where you are staying.
+A Few Tips
Getting Around The Island
Taxis are going to be the way to go. Since the island is small, you’ll probably run into taxi fares that are around 5 euros or less, unless you’re traveling a far distance. In the high season, you can also find frequent bus routes to the popular places you will want to visit from Adamas to Triovassalos, Plaka, Tripiti, Pollonia, Philakopi, Zefiria, Paliochori, Hivadolimni and Provatas. Hotels and some AirBnBs may be able to give you more info on buses, but you can also check the schedule and prices on the Milos Bus website.
How Long Should I Stay?
It’s really up to you, but the island is rather small with a few fabulous beaches, and a few side adventures, like the fishing tour and a few villages to scope out. You’ll probably be happy with about two days in Milos (maybe three or four if you’d like a slower paced trip).
...But we suggest spending quite a bit of time in Greece. Once you're over there, it's relatively easy to island hop and spend time in places like Mykonos and Santorini to get shots like this:
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