Holidays in Milos island

Famous fishing village of Klima in Milos Greece

Located on the south western side of the Aegean Sea, Milos island amazes visitors with the gorgeous beaches and the wild landscape. Administratively Milos belongs to the Cyclades group and became world famous when the ancient Greek statue Aphrodite of Milos (Venus de Milo) was excavated there. Today this statue is hosted in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Holidays in Milos is a truly relaxing experience. Milos island is ideal for families with kids but also for romantic couples. Romance seems to pour from the Cycladic streets, the lovely white chapels, the crystal waters and the seaside villages of Milos.

Due to its volcanic background, Milos in Cyclades has a large dormant crater in the center of the island and smaller craters scattered around. These volcanic elements have affected the geography of the island and have given its coastline a strange, rocky shape. This is why the famous beach of Sarakiniko has white moonscape rocks and also why the regions of Kleftiko, Gerontas and others have these strange shapes.

Milos hotels and tourism

Tourism in Milos is developing over the last years and this Cycladic island is becoming famous as a great romantic destination. In fact, Milos is attracting many couples and honeymooners, along with families with kids. Lovely Milos hotels are spread all around the island to cover all needs, whether looking for a romantic Milos apartment by the sea or a secluded place in the middle of nowhere.

Most hotels in Milos are found in Adamas, Pollonia and Plaka. These are the three most tourist developed places in Milos island, although this development is in total harmony with local Cycladic style and nature. Many other accommodation in Milos is found along beaches like Agia Kyriaki, Paleochori, Plathiena and Papakino, providing easy access to the sea any time of the day. Such Milos beach hotels are perfect for true relaxation.

The majority of Milos hotels are family places to stay, with traditional style and hospitable owners. Some hotels offer more upscale facilities, such as pools or spa, but nothing in excess.

Beaches

The beaches of Milos stand out with their amazing waters and the impressive natural beauty. The most famous among Milos beaches is Sarakiniko, with the white rocks that look like a moonscape. Other nice places to swim on the northern side of the island are Adamas, Papafragas, Pahena, Achivadolimni and Pollonia. However, the most impressive beaches of Milos are located on the southern side and include Tsigrado, Agia Kyriaki, Paleochori and Firiplaka.

A great place to swim is also Kleftiko, called the Sea Meteora due to the impressive rocks that seem to come out from the sea bottom. This region has gorgeous blue green water and can be visited only by boat from the ports of Adamas or Pollonia. Milos island in Greece also has many secluded beaches all around the coastline. As this is not a tourist developed place, it is worth to rent a jeep and discover the gorgeous bays at the end of track roads.

Villages

Villages in Milos distinguish for their Cycladic architecture with the sugar cube houses, the narrow streets, the colourful window-shutters and doors, and the lovely white churches. Plaka is the capital town of Milos island Greece and stands on the slopes of a hill with breathtaking view to the Aegean Sea. Above Plaka is Kastro, the oldest settlement in Milos dating from the Venetian times and first capital town in Milos history. Adamas is the main port of the island, constructed on the edge of a large gulf. Another nice village is Pollonia, on the eastern side of the island, a fishing village with many tourist facilities.

The most characteristic Milos villages, however, are Klima, Fyropotamos and Mandraki. The special thing about these places is that they are actually fishing ports and houses have boat garages at the ground floor. The locals use to get their boats in there to protect them from the strong winds of the Aegean. These garages called syrmata are painted in bright colours of red, blue and green, creating a vivid atmosphere.

Sightseeing

Milos island in Greece combines natural beauty with interesting historical sights. The most impressive monument in Milos is the Catacombs, an underground complex formed by three interconnected catacombs that were used by the Christians as cemeteries and places of worship during the Roman times. These catacombs are found at the village of Tripiti, located in the midway between Plaka and Adamas. In close distance to the Catacombs is an Ancient Theatre, dating from the Roman period.

A nice evening walk in Milos island is the stroll up to the Venetian Castle (Kastro) above Plaka, the capital town. Very few remains of this castle survive today but the location offers amazing view to the vast Aegean Sea. Worth to visit close to Kastro is the picturesque church of Panagia Thalassistra, the most characteristic church in Milos Cyclades. A stroll in Plaka will also bring your steps to the small but interesting Archaeological Museum, while at the port village of Adamas there is a large Mineralogical Museum, depicting the rich geological value of the island.

Milos in a glance

Swim in: Tsigrado, Sarakiniko, Paleochori, Firiplaka, Agia Kyriaki.
Things to see and do: visit the fishing village of Klima; walk through the beautiful streets of Plaka; see the breathtaking view to the Aegean Sea from Kastro and the church of Panagia Thalassistra; taste fresh fish at the taverns of Pollonia; take the ferry to Kimolos island on a day excursion; visit the Catacombs and the Ancient Theatre.
Do not miss: a boat trip to Kleftiko, with boats departing from the ports of Adamas or Pollonia.
For a night out: go to Plaka, Adamas or Pollonia, but still do not expect crazy nightlife in Milos; bars are lounge and usually close at 1-2 am.

How to get to Milos

It is fairly easy to go to Milos, especially in summer. Visitors can go to Milos by ferry or plane.
By plane: Milos has a small airport located 5 km from Adamas, the port town of the island. Although this airport does not receive direct flights from abroad, there are flights from Athens to Milos about 3 days per week.
By ferry: There are daily ferries from Athens to Milos. Ferries from Athens depart from the port of Piraeus, the main port of the Greek capital, and arrive in Adamas port, Milos island. This ferry usually runs the route through all the islands of Western Cyclades, passing from Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos and Kimolos. There are also ferries connecting Milos to Santorini, Folegandros, Paros and other Cyclades islands. From the small port of Pollonia in Milos, there are local ferries to the neighbouring island of Kimolos 3-4 times a day.

Villages and beaches
Beautiful view of Klima, the most famous fishing village in Milos

Klima is probably the most famous and photographed village in Milos. Klima village is located 3 km from Plaka, the capital of Milos island, and 2 km from Trypiti village. This is actually a fishing village, famous for its houses constructed along the port. These houses (called syrmata in Greek) have colorful doors and windowshutters, while on the ground floor they have boat garages. Fishermen store...


Lovely sunset from the top of Plaka, the capital of Milos

Plaka is the main town and capital of Milos. Constructed on the slopes of a hill, Plaka distinguishes for its typical Cycladic architecture. White houses, paved streets, small squares, churches with blue domes and flowered gardens are the main characteristics of Milos architecture in Plaka. Visitors walk around this Medieval village and get a sight of rural Greek life. On their way, visitors will...


White rocky landscape in Sarakiniko beach, Milos island

Sarakiniko is certainly the most famous beach in Milos. It impresses at first sight for its rare geological formation. Sarakiniko beach actually consists of white rocks that vividly resemble to a lunar landscape. Millions of years ago, when the volcano of Milos erupted, hot lava covered these rocks. Along with time, this lava was petrified and formed Sarakiniko. Due to the strong winds and the salty...


Sightseeing in Milos
The famous Catacombs of Milos island, Cyclades

At a distance of 2 km from Plaka, right outside the village of Trypiti, there is an important early-Christian monument, the famous Catacombs of Milos. According to historians, these catacombs were probably constructed as early as the 1st century AD. This shows that the spread of Christianity quickly reached Milos, probably because the mining activity and trade had already made Milos...

Additional information

Milos island in Greece has been inhabited since the prehistoric times and was largely developed due to its sulfur mines. During the Bronze Era (2800-1100 BC), it became an important center in the Aegean Sea. Excavations from the ancient city of Phylakopi are today hosted in the Archaeological Museum of Milos and show a developed early settlement. In the centuries that followed, Milos was invaded by the Mycenaeans and the Dorians and flourished in pottery. During the ancient times, Milos island...