Milos Island Greece: Top things to do

Kleftiko Milos island boat tour
Kleftiko Milos island

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I must admit that I am very lucky. I visited the island of Milos, one of the most beautiful Greek islands, along with my best friend Vlasia. She comes from Milos so she knows the island very well. During my stay there she took me to the best places on the island. So here is my list of what to do in Milos island Greece.

Things to do in Milos Island Greece

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. Here are some of the best:

Sarakiniko Beach

Located on the north shore of the island, Sarakiniko beach is the most photographed spot of the island. The beach is full of white rocks that reminds you of a lunar landscape.

 

Sarakiniko Beach Milos Island
Sarakiniko Beach

Firiplaka Beach

Firiplaka is a long beach with white sand, pristine waters and big rocks. It is an organized beach with a small beach bar.

Firiplaka beach Milos island
Firiplaka beach

Tsigrado

Tsigrado beach -The Best Milos Beaches
Tsigrado beach

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.

Provatas Beach

Provatas Beach

Golden sands and shallow waters make Provatas the perfect beach for families. The beach is lined with mall hotels and restaurants, and it’s easily access by paved road.

Take a boat tour around the island of Milos

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 and see the strange rock formations. This tour will take you to many points of interest around Milos.

Kleftiko Milos island boat tour
Kleftiko Milos
Kleftiko Milos island
Kleftiko Milos island
boat tour Milos Island
boat tour Milos Island
the bear rock Milos island
the bear rock

Visit the beautiful villages of Milos

Klima

You should visit the traditional little village of Klima. 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.

Klima village Milos Island
Klima village Milos Island

Mantrakia

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.

Mantrakia village Milos Island
Mantrakia village Milos Island

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 colored 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.

Plaka Milos Island
Plaka Milos Island Greece

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 perlitein 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.

Visit the Venus Of Milos Site and The Ancient Theatre

Ancient Roman Theater

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.

Visit the Catacombs of Milos

the catacombes in 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 the all of the catacombs today, what you can see is still impressive and worth your time.

Old Sulfur Mines at Paliorema

Milos – Thiorichia old sulfur mine 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.

Explore the Papafragkas Caves

Cave of Papafragas

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. 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.

Day Trip to Kimolos Island

view from Chorio - Kimolos
view from Chorio

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.

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 MonachusMonachus Mediterranean seals come to lay their eggs. This island’s natural beauty makes a boat trip worthwhile whether you hire one or rent one yourself.

Eat, the food is delicious!

I must admit that I am a fan of Greek food. I believe you can find tasty food all around Greece but there are some places that are special. Milos island is one of them.

Where to eat in Milos island Greece

So if you are wandering where to eat in Milos I recommend eating in all of these places.

Gialos

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.

Hamos

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!

Ergina

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.

Me at Plaka Milos Island Greece
Me at Plaka
Adamas Milos Island
Adamas

Where to stay in Milos, Greece

Here are my picks for the best accommodations in Milos, Greece:

Portiani Hotel is located in Adamas village close to local attractions, restaurants, and bars. This beautiful hotel offers spacious clean rooms and great breakfast.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

 

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