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.
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.
What to do in Milos, Greece
1. 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.
Glaronissia, our first swimming stop. See what I mean by crystal clear turquoise waters?
Kleftiko is another famous rock arch pictured in the postcard of Milos.
Cost: 70€ per person Duration: 4-5 hours Capacity: 8-14
2. Visit the 6 villages of Milos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Narrow back streets, whitewashed courtyards and Cycladic-style balconies festooned with flowers are some of the characteristics of this village.
Visit the Kastro, from which you can get an unobstructed view of the North/West part of the island and unforgettable sunsets.
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.
We stayed hereat 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.
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.
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.
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?
The houses are all in my favourite colours, even the barricades. Sigh.
Getting around Milos
For rent, but be sure to produce your driving license!
The lines are shown below. The frequencies are variable depending on the line and schedules are set to the relative stops.
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)!
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.
And in case you want the best hotel deals in Milos, I got it covered. 😉
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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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