Travel Guide to Milos, Greece

Guide to Island of Milos, Greece

Milos was unbeknownst to me until I met a Greek girl on my transit flight from Paris to Istanbul earlier.

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.

milos map

Thought a map of Milos would help you visualise Milos better.

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

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, 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.

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.

What to do in Milos, 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.

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

Milos, Greece

Milos, Greece
A photo with our suave Greek captains at sunset.

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

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


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

Visit the 6 villages of Milos

1. Adamas

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.

Where to stay in Adamas, Milos, Greece

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.

Some highly recommended hotels in Adamas include:

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

This is one of the most photographed spot of the island.

It is no wonder, for it is not common to see smooth limestone rocks that make up this Milos 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.

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jump into the sea

Where to stay in Sarakiniko, Milos, Greece

If you want to stay near Sarakiniko beach, Sarakiniko Rooms is a good choice as it’s just 5 minute walk from the hotel to the beach! Can you imagine what the view will be like? They also provide free airport shuttle so distance no longer have to be a concern.

3. Klima

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.

Where to stay in Klima, Milos, Greece

If you want to experience a holiday home right in Klima, Fisherman House is the perfect stay for you. You get a detached holiday home with a balcony that can occupy up to 5 adults – all that for only USD175! The property also has a fully-equipped kitchen and beachfront terrace – what more can you ask for?

4. Plaka

Guide to Island of Milos, Greece eat plaka tavern

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

Guide to Island of Milos, Greece

Guide to Island of Milos, Greece

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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Where to stay in Plaka, Milos, Greece

On hindsight, if I were to choose again the best place to stay in Milos, I would definitely pick Plaka to stay at.

Here are some popular hotels in Plaka:

  • Vivere A Plakes (from USD 53) – Loved for their personalized, homely service and convenient location
  • Halara Studios (from USD 105) – Loved for its excellent location, it being perched on a hill in Plaka

5. Tripiti

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Composed of soft volcanic rock, Tripiti stands on a hill. Land and life is pretty much barren save for shrubbery. A peaceful little village where locals reside along the narrow streets. Tripiti is a 10 minute walk up the slope to Plaka.

Where to stay in Tripiti, Milos, Greece

We stayed here at a boutique hotel in Milos, Greece called Palaios Rooms. It’s an ideal Milos accommodation if you crave personal space and quiet time with your companion, otherwise it is a rather inaccessible village to live in.

Milos, Greece

Milos, Greece

On the flipside, for a low cost (33€/ S$25 per night for two), there is a considerable room size with a balcony, on top of a stove, kitchen sink and microwave! Run by locals, Palaios Rooms gives off a homely vibe.

Another option could be Chaido Studios. This family-run property offers wonderful views of the coast and sea. The close proximity to nice small restaurants also makes it highly attractive.

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6. Pollonia

Milos, Greece

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

Small boats, sea-taxis and ferry-boats transfer you from Pollonia to the neighboring 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

The houses are all in my favourite colours, even the barricades. Sigh.

Where to stay in Pollonia, Milos, Greece

Some top hotels to stay in Pollonia are:

Getting around Milos, Greece

ATV/ Car

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

Bus

The lines are shown below. The frequencies are variable depending on the line and schedules are set to the relative stops.

Milos Greece bus timings

Cost: 1.60€ 1-way

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)!

Cat Milos, Greece

Milos, Greece


Recommended duration in Milos: 3 days
1 full day for taking the boat tour around the island, 1 day for village-hopping and beach-hopping, and another day for travelling into and out of Milos.

Milos, Greece

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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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20 Replies to “Travel Guide to Milos, Greece”

  1. Milos has amazing beaches! Especially in the south! I bet you stopped at Kleftiko as well (no beach, just rocks and caves): that was the first time I ever swan through a cave. And the sunsets from Chora are amazing, aren’t they?

    1. I’m glad we share the same kind of love for this island. More people should discover this lovely island! 🙂

  2. This is so beautiful! I haven’t been to Milos and because of this post, I will have to drag the Greek Mister to this place. Thanks to the Greek girl you randomly met and a flexible schedule for you. Love it!

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  13. Teresa Brown says: Reply

    Please give me the name of that restaurant with the lobster and spaghetti. That looks AMAZING!! Thx!

  14. Milos is a spectacularly gorgeous island that is definitely worth a visit. There is so much to see and do here it doesn’t matter that the island is on the smaller side. It’s so easy to relax here that it is easy to feel like you never want to leave!

    1. I totally agree with you! You must have been there before then? 🙂

  15. I love your guide! Will be sure to consult it when I go to Milos. 🙂

    1. Thanks Alkisti! I’m glad you find it useful 🙂

  16. Awesome information! Will be using this information in September Can’t wait for this trip, so excited!

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