Milos island in Greece was unbeknownst to me until I met a Greek girl on my transit flight from Paris to Istanbul earlier.
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Sure, I was going to visit Santorini on my virgin trip to Greece, but what about something less touristy and more representative of Greece’s beauty?

I was won over by the conversation I had with her about how unspoiled Milos sounded, as compared to Mykonos. Milos indeed is an underrated island, which perhaps is the reason why it holds its charms.

A peaceful island with limited activities to do, it is also the reason why many flock to this island, if only to lounge on the seabeds and take in the serenity of this turquoise Aegean beauty.

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Thought a Milos, Greece map would help you visualise Milos better.

Hopefully this Milos travel guide will win your heart over like it did to me. Forget expensive Mykonos. Milos is the real Greece deal!

How to get to Milos island, Greece

Athens to Milos

Milos is connected with the port of Piraeus in Athens. The journey time from Athens to Milos by ferry is around 5 to 7 hours, depending on which ferry you take and the stops the ferry will make during its course to Milos.

High speed ferries to Milos are also available in 4h and 45 minutes.

There are also Athens to Milos flights available. Flight journey is 45 minutes and they are serviced by Hahn Air, Olympic and Sky Express Airline. Prices start as low as USD92.

Santorini to Milos

A ferry from Santorini to Milos can take as short as 2 hours for €52.90 up to 6 hours for €22.

You can book from these online sites which I use: Greeka, Direct Ferries or Ferry Connection.

Things to do in Milos island, Greece

Hop on a Milos boat tour

The Milos boat tour takes you around the island of Milos (refer to map) starting and ending at Adamas. We spent the entire day sunbathing on Angela, the boat (pictured below) with 10-odd other travellers. The focus is on small group tours so everyone could enjoy their time during the tour.

 

It will pass by most of the iconic spots of Milos, including some villages that are accessible only by boat.

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A photo with our suave Greek captains at sunset.

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Captain in action preparing our lunches in the boat which he lives in.

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So this is what I call sunbathing while cruising on the most turquoise waters I have ever seen in my life.

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Spot a rabbit? That’s at Arkouda.

Glaronissia, our first swimming stop. See what I mean by crystal clear turquoise waters?

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Kleftiko is another famous rock arch pictured in the postcard of Milos.

Cost: 70€ per person
Duration: 4-5 hours
Capacity: 8-14
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Visit the 6 villages of Milos

The popular villages you cannot miss are Adamas, Plaka and Pollonia. But of course the attractions doesn’t end there.

1. Adamas, Milos, Greece

Adamas is situated on the gulf and is the port where you embark and disembark Milos from. It is THE place to be because this is the main hub where activities begin and end, public transport included.

If you are wondering where to stay in Milos, Adamas is THE best place to stay in Milos if you are looking for convenience in terms of food, tour bookings and car rental. It has cafes and restaurants right on the gulf, shops and markets, discos, and the majority of other services.

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I cannot begin to tell you just how fresh the seafood are in Milos. We simply ordered one dish, a lobster spaghetti, from one of the restaurants along the seaside at Adamas, and it was more than satisfactory.

You would not be able to find a more generous amount of lobster meat (not shell, mind you) for the price we paid for in your life EVER.

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The famished and excited face when we saw what was presented at the table. Incidentally, this falls on the day of our anniversary, and we spent it cruising along the coast of Milos on a boat tour.

2. Sarakiniko, Milos, Greece

This is one of the most photographed spot of Milos island in Greece.

It is no wonder, for it is not common to see smooth limestone rocks that make up this Milos, Greece beach. Those rocks are eroded by time, wind and salt water, and have small and huge hollows all over them.

Sarakiniko is not the most accessible beaches in Milos, Greece. The walk to the beach is not difficult, but you do have to park your car high up near the road and then walk down a foot path to reach the sea.

jump into the sea

3. Klima, Milos, Greece

Where to Stay in Milos, Greece

Klima, being a fishing village with colourful houses right on the beach, is among the most picturesque and traditional villages on Milos. It is one of the icons of Milos that got me real excited to see with my very own eyes.

We passed by it on our boat tour but didn’t get close. This was the best shot I could get out from passing by the village!

4. Plaka, Milos, Greece

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Narrow back streets, whitewashed courtyards and Cycladic-style balconies festooned with flowers are some of the characteristics of this village.

Stop at one or two of the Milos’ Greek restaurants and enjoy the laidback atmosphere of this sleepy village.

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Visit the Kastro, from which you can get an unobstructed view of the North/West part of the island and unforgettable sunsets.

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Sunset in Milos, Greece

5. Tripiti

Where to Stay in Milos, Greece

Composed of soft volcanic rock, Tripiti stands on a hill. Land and life is pretty much barren save for shrubbery.

There is not much activity going around here, with it being a peaceful little village where locals reside along the narrow streets.

That makes for some of the best cheap accommodation in Milos while still being close to Plaka – Tripiti is a mere 10-minute walk up the slope to Plaka. And that is where we stayed in Milos.

6. Pollonia

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Pollonia is a fishing settlement that has a beach along with a rich seaside. Accompanying it are a couple of taverns, restaurants and island cafes around the village.

If I may say, Pollonia offers some of the best beaches in Milos. Along the seaside you can spot many summer holiday homes with people frolicking in the sea.

Small boats, sea-taxis and ferry-boats transfer you from Pollonia to the neighbouring island of Kimolo within 30 minutes.

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Caught a bubbly family doing exercises on the beach. There were at least 3 generations in this picture alone. When was the last time you went on a holiday with your parents and grandparents?

Guide to Island of Milos, Greece

Guide to Island of Milos, Greece

It’s hard to resist leaving Milos when there are houses that are all in my favourite colours – even the barricades! 

Getting around Milos, Greece

ATV/ Car

For rent, but be sure to produce your driving license!

Bus

The bus lines are shown below:

milos greece bus timingsThe frequencies are variable depending on the line and schedules are set to the relative stops.

Cost: 1.60€ 1-way
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Cats of Greece

Not usually a fan of cats but these little ones we met along the way were irresistibly cute and shy (unlike the shameless and spoilt ones in Singapore)!

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Cat, milos boat tour, milos greece beaches, things to do in milos island, Where to Stay in Milos, Greece

 


Recommended duration in Milos: 3 to 4 days

1 full day for taking the Milos boat tour around the island, 1 to 2 days for village-hopping and beach-hopping, and another day for travelling into and out of Milos.

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I’m falling in love with this island once more as I look back at these pictures. Seeing that Santorini is such a popular destination, Milos should not be left out on your trip to Greece too!


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Isabel Leong

Isabel Leong

An explorer at heart, the world is Isabel's playground. She enjoys seizing every moment exploring every hideout and doing the unimaginable, like bungee jumping in Phuket and couchsurfing in Europe. If she had wings, she’d definitely be soaring right now. Also a fitness trainer, if she’s not at the gym, you can find her doing yoga or rock climbing! Read more about her on belaroundtheworld.com/about.

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