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I must admit that I am very lucky. I have visited the island of Milos a couple of times by now, along with my best friend Vlasia that comes from the island and knows it very well. During my visits, she took me to the best places on the island. So here is my list of the best things to do in Milos island Greece.
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Milos Island Guide by a Local
Where is Milos?
Milos is a beautiful, horseshoe-shaped volcanic island and the most southwesterly island in the Cyclades group. Milos is known as ‘the island of colour’ as it has lovely beaches, crystal clear azure waters, gorgeous views and the most stunning sunsets.
There are a number of different ferries that sail to Adamas (the port in Milos) each week. The crossing takes up to seven hours, but is just over three hours if you catch a SeaJet ferry.
Milos has a small airport and there are regular flights from Athens Airport provided by Olympic Airways, Aegean Airways and Sky Express. Ticket prices are cheaper if you book in advance and a window seat is essential to enjoy the stunning views.
How to get around Milos
Milos has a really good local bus service that visits all of the seven towns as well as a number of the beaches. The bus terminal is situated in the main square at Adamas Port – just outside the Portiani Hotel.
If you would prefer your own wheels, car hire is available from several different companies on the island. They all have offices both at Milos Airport and in Adamas Port.
Things to do in Milos Island Greece
1. Spend the day on the beach
Milos Island is famous for its beaches. It has more than 75 small and big beaches some accessible by land and some by water. No list of things to do in Milos is complete without visiting the beaches the island has to offer. Here are some of the best:
Firiplaka is a long beach with white sand, pristine waters and big rocks. It is an organized beach with a small beach bar.
This beautiful, small cove with crystal clear waters is located near Firiplaka. Going down to this beach is not for the faint of heart. The harrowing climb down should be navigated carefully.
Golden sands and shallow waters make Provatas the perfect beach for families. If you’re with little ones then walking along and swimming the beach is one of the top things to do in Milos Greece. The beach is lined with mall hotels and restaurants, and it’s easily accessed by paved road.
A visit to the island of Milos is incomplete if you don’t do a boat tour around the island. It gives you the chance to swim in places only accessible by boat and see the island from a different angle. There are a lot of tours available and they cost from around 50 € per person including food and drinks. I totally recommend the one by sailing boat.
All the boat tours in Milos depart from the village of Adamas, they take you across the shoreline of Milos making stops along the way. The highlight of the journey is Kleftiko.
There you will be able to swim around the small caves which are one of the best things to do in Milos and see the strange rock formations. This tour will take you to many points of interest around Milos.
3. Visit the beautiful villages of Milos
One of the top things to do in Milos is to visit the beautiful villages. Klima is a traditional little village. This beautiful village has coloured houses that are carved within the rock and are called Syrmata. They have two floors. On the ground floor, the fisherman keep their boats protected at winter when the weather is bad and on the first floor lives the family.
It is another traditional fisherman’s village in Milos with the houses carved within rocks just like in Klima. It has a few rooms for rent and a taverva.
4. Stroll the cobbled roads of Plaka
Plaka is the capital of Milos island. It is built on the top of a hill. From there you can enjoy a magnificent view of the gulf of Milos. It is particularly nice during the sunset. The village is full of traditional white-washed houses with coloured windows.
You will find a lot of restaurants, bars and little shops along the narrow roads. Also, you can visit the archaeological museum that has a replica from the Venus of Milos that is currently on display in the museum of Louvre in Paris.
Tip: The restaurant Phatses in Plaka has live Greek Music many nights.
5. Check the Milos Mining Museum
If you want to learn a little history of the island then one of the things to do in Milos is to visit the Milos Mining Museum. Located in the island’s main port of Adamas the Milos Mining Museum is a great way to spend an afternoon. The collection chronicles the island’s 10,000 years of mining history dating back to 8000 B.C. Today, Milos is the largest producer and processor of bentonite and perlite in the European Union. Take advantage of the museum’s Miloterranean Geo Experience. The tour takes you across the island to discover for yourself the island’s unique geology, mineral content, and mining history.
6. Visit the Venus Of Milos Site and The Ancient Theatre
One of the most famous statues from antiquity, the Venus of Milos, was created on the island of Milos. While the original is now housed in the Louvre Museum in Paris, you can still see the discovery site on Milos. The discovery site is located near the modern-day village of Tripiti.
Not far from where the Venus of Milos was found lie the remains of the Ancient Roman Theater. The theater has a fantastic view of the sea and the village of Klima below. Originally built in the Hellenistic period, the theater was reconstructed during the time of the Romans. Today, the Roman ruins are what remain and 7 tiers and 6 stairways are well preserved. Take a seat and enjoy the spectacular sunset views.
7. Visit the Catacombs of Milos
Discovered in 1844 and considered to be the most important early Christian monument of worship and burial site in all of Greece, the Catacombs of Milos are a must-see during your visit. These impressive catacombs are carved from the volcanic rock and are believed to have been built as early as the 1st century A.D.
What makes these catacombs so fascinating is that they were not only used for burial. They were used by persecuted Christians under Roman rule as a secret place of worship. While you can’t access all of the catacombs today, what you can see is still impressive and worth your time.
8. Old Sulfur Mines at Paliorema
Paliorema is a beautiful and eerie site. It’s harrowing to get to by car and you will have to walk some of the way after roads become impassable. You may prefer to view the site from a boat tour. You can view the remnants of the buildings, large machinery, caves and houses, and warehouses that were abandoned in the late 1960s. Paliorema is an important industrial monument and is key to understanding Milos’ modern history.
9. Explore the Papafragkas Caves
Along the main road to Pollonia you will find the three Sea Caves of Papafragkas. These huge rocks were used as a base for Byzantine pirates. The tiny stone pathways that descends to the beach is not for the faint of heart, but the reward is sweet. If you’re adventurous this is one of the best things to do in Milos Greece. Inside the towering rocks, and surrounded by sea cave you can swim through are mesmerizing waters that seem to change colors depending on the temperature and lighting.
10. Visit the seaside resort of Pollonia
This pretty fishing village is situated on the north-east of the island. It has lovely beaches, traditional waterfront tavernas and white-washed buildings with colourful bougainvillea. There is a good dive centre as the coast around the island has numerous reefs and wrecks to explore.
11. Archaeological Museum of Milos in Plaka
Situated in a pretty neoclassical building in the main square of Plaka, is the island’s Archaeological Museum that tells the island’s history through its exhibits. The most important exhibit is the life size copy of the world famous Venus de Milo that was unearthed on the island in1820. The original marble statue is displayed in the Louvre in Paris.
12. Folklore Museum in Plaka
This delightful museum is in a 200 year old house in the courtyard of the church of Panayia Korfiatissa, which nestles on the hillside in Plaka. The exhibits portray traditional, everyday life and include furniture, costumes and utensils.
13. Ecclesiastical Museum of Milos
The Ecclesiastical Museum is situated in the Church of Ayia Triada (Holy Trinity) in Adamas and its exhibits portray the artistic heritage of the island. There are icons, wood carvings and beautifully decorated iconostasis (altar screens).
14. Visit the port town of Adamas (Adamantas)
Adamas is the main town and port on the island and offers good shopping and restaurants. At the port, you can hop on a boat to visit other islands such as Sifnos, Serifos, Santorini, or Kimolos. It is also possible to get a boat to Anti Milos (Efira) which is a small islet where a rare species of wild goat lives.
15. World War II Refuge Museum
Located in central Adamas, is an old underground war shelter, that has been cleverly converted into an art gallery, with tree roots growing through the roof in places! The local guide gives information about how and why the shelter was constructed. It is situated just across the road from Lagada Beach.
16. Check out the celestial landscape of Sarakiniko
This is the most photographed place in Milos! Situated on the north-east coast, the pale grey volcanic rocks have been shaped by the winds into unusual shapes that look like a beautiful ‘moonscape’ that contrasts with the azure blue of the Aegean.
17. Day Trip to Kimolos Island
Catch the ferry from Pollonia to the island of Kimolos. Although this island is quiet compared to some of the Cyclades powerhouses like Mykonos or Santorini, it’s still perfectly charming with the benefit of being less touristy. Spend the day exploring the abandoned windmills, hiking the abundance of trails, walking around the chorio, or visiting the small fishing village of Goupa.
Check out my post on things to do in Kimolos, Greece.
18. A Boat Trip to Polyaigos Island
Take a boat trip to the largest uninhabited island in the Aegean Sea. The island is brimming with pristine beaches and bays of sparkling sapphire, turquoise, and emerald waters. The island has few sights to see such as the Lighthouse of Polyaigos on the east side of the island and the remnants of the Church of Virgin Mary on the northwest side.
It’s also where the Monachus Mediterranean seals come to give birth. This island’s natural beauty makes a boat trip worthwhile whether you hire one or rent one yourself.
Where to eat in Milos island Greece
So if you are wondering where to eat in Milos I recommend eating in all of these places.
This seafront taverna is located in the beautiful seaside village of Apollonia. I have eaten there many times. It offers a big variety of dishes and it’s a great place to eat fresh fish.
You will find this traditional taverna in the town of Adamas. The meat and cheese that is being served there is their own production. You should try “pitarakia” fried cheese pie!
You will find this traditional taverna in the village of Tripiti. You should get there early in order to find a table in front of the balcony with view of the gulf of Milos. You should eat Kremidopita (onion pie), chicken with homemade lazania, pitarakia, Ergina salad and more.
Medusa Café-Restaurant (Mandrakia)
Enjoy a memorable meal right next to the Aegean. The menu comprises of both traditional and modern island dishes, with seafood being the Chef’s speciality.
Armira Seafood Restaurant (Pollonia)
This attractive restaurant has a first-floor terrace with beautiful views of the coast. The menu comprises of a variety of delicious tastes, both from the island and Greece. Meat dishes, fresh fish, and vegetarian options are both available.
Tarantella (Provatas Beach)
This friendly restaurant overlooks the beach and beautiful Aegean and is popular for its Mediterranean menu which includes seafood, meat and pasta.
Pizzeria Stasi (Trypiti)
If you enjoy Italian food, you will love the freshly-made pasta and pizza dishes to share. The restaurant also offers a food delivery service.
There is something very special about souvlaki and you will enjoy a great one one at Belivanis! A warm pitta bread filled with succulent pieces of pork, cooked over charcoal and salad – all that is needed is some fresh lemon juice- perfect!
Milors all day café (in the centre of Adamas Port)
This is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast, with really good coffee! There are great snacks throughout the day, including salads, burgers, crêpes and ice creams. The ‘happy hour’ cocktails are fun too.
Hanabi Sushi & Cocktails (Pollonia)
This is the new hot spot on the island! The delicious sushi is uniquely created by trained sushi chefs and the cocktail menu is extensive. Both can be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the water.
Utopia Café (Plaka)
Situated in the hilltop town of Plaka, with a great roof terrace, Utopia is definitely the place to enjoy a great cocktail and to watch the spectacular sunset.
Aggeliki ice cream & dessert shop (Adamas)
With great views over the port area, Aggeliki’s is the perfect place to linger and enjoy a great variety of different home-made ice creams, waffles and heavenly chocolate soufflé.
Where to stay in Milos, Greece
Here are my picks for the best accommodations in Milos, Greece:
You can also check: The best Airbnbs in Milos.
Portiani Hotel is located in Adamas village close to local attractions, restaurants, and bars. This beautiful hotel offers spacious clean rooms and great breakfast. Check out the latest prices and more details here.
Another great accommodation option in Adamas is Santa Maria Village. Situated 300 m away from the beach and close to restaurants and bars this beautiful hotel offers spacious rooms with balcony, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and a swimming pool. Check out the latest prices and more details here.
A great accommodation option in Pollonia is Nefeli Sunset Studios. Located just 4 minutes on foot from the beach and the restaurants and bars of the area this family-run hotel offers spacious rooms with balcony, free wi-fi, and air conditioning. Check out the latest prices and more details here.
Villa Gallis in Pollonia offers spacious rooms overlooking the Aegean with a nice swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and within walking distance from the beach and local amenities.
Check out the latest prices and more details here.
For more information on which area to stay in Milos: You can read my post where to stay in Milos.
For more information about Milos island, Greece you can check Bel Around the World’s Guide to the Island of Milos.
So have you ever been to Milos island? What did you enjoy the most?