Best beaches and villages in Milos

An island with pure Cycladic style, Milos has many gorgeous villages and beaches to explore. Most famous Milos villages are those typical fishing villages with the boat garages (called syrmata) on the ground floor of the houses. Klima, Mandrakia, Firopotamos and Fourkovouni are few of these fishing villages in Milos, with the colourful doors and window shutters. Other nice settlements are Pollonia, Adamas and Plaka, the three most tourist places on the island, where many Milos hotels are found.

Apart from lovely villages, there are many stunning beaches in Milos. Due to the volcanic background and the rich geological diversity of the island, Milos beaches have different and impressive landscape. The most famous Milos beach is Sarakiniko, a fantastic moonscape that was formed when tones of hot lava were spread on these coasts and frozen there with time. Most fantastic beaches in Milos are though found on the southern side of the island, such as Tsigrado, Firiplaka, Agia Kyriaki and Paleochori.

Here are the most famous villages and beaches of Milos. Each location is presented with detailed text, map and occasionally photos and close sightseeing.

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 their boats in these garages during the winter time, so that they are protected from strong winds. Such fishing villages with boat garages are very frequent in Milos. Apart from Klima, other fishing...
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 find traditional taverns, cafeterias and lounge bars for an evening drink, as well as many shops. In Plaka, there is a small Archaeological Museum with findings from excavations around Milos island...
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 sea, the rocks gradually obtained their present form. Due to the volcanic background of the beach, many underwater caves are found under Sarakiniko, making it a great spot for scuba diving. To go...
Adamas is the main port of Milos Cyclades and the largest tourist centre on the island. This is where ferries arrive to Milos, while the local airport is found at a distance of 5 km. Around the port, there are many hotels, taverns, cafeterias, banks, shops, and other services. Historically Adamas village was founded in 1835 by Cretan refugees from Sfakia, who settled in Milos after a failed revolution of the Cretans against the Ottomans, who had Crete under their occupation those times. Due to the large natural harbor and the strategic location of Milos in western Aegean Sea, Adamas quickly developed...
Located on the north eastern side of Milos, Pollonia is a lovely fishing village with controlled tourist development. This is a great holiday place for families and romantic couples. There are few Milos hotels and apartments in Pollonia, traditional seaside taverns around the fishing port, nice cafeterias and some shops. A couple of beaches are found in walking distance from Pollonia. Regular bus schedules connect Pollonia village with Adamas, Plaka and other villages and beaches on the island. Also from the small port of Pollonia, there are small ferries to Kimolos island about 3-4 times per...
Tsigrado is among the most beautiful and secluded beaches in Milos. With perfect exotic water and soft sand, Tsigrado is a paradise on Earth! Although getting down to the beach is difficult, it is totally worth the effort. Tsigrado beach in Milos is located on the south eastern side of the island, right next to Agia Kyriaki beach. It is accessible through a hike down a narrow passage among two wild cliffs. Visitors have to pass through the cliffs to get down to the beach. As Tsigrado is not organized, visitors are advised to bring any supplies with them.
The beach of Agia Kyriaki is located on the southern side of Milos, next to Paleochori beach and about 12 km from Adamas port. This is a large bay with crystal, light-blue water and white pebbles on the shore. The beach is surrounded by large cliffs with reddish colour that remind the volcanic background of the island. Part of the beach is organized with umbrellas and sun beds, but the largest part of Agia Kyriaki is not organized and great for relaxing moments.
Surrounded by huge red volcanic cliffs, Firiplaka is a nice beach on the south eastern side of Milos island. The beach has red sand on the shore and the water deepens quickly. Some parts of the beach have sun beds, umbrellas and a couple of beach bars, while a large part of Firiplaka remains unorganized. This is a great place to enjoy exotic water and a long day under the hot sun.
Paleochori is a fantastic beach on the south eastern side of Milos. In fact, this is among the best organized beaches in Milos, lined up with restaurants, beach bars, umbrellas, sun beds and water sports centers. Few apartments are also found on the hill above the beach. Paleochori beach in Milos is large in size, with soft sand and crystal water. This is a great place to enjoy a long day swimming in the sea and sunbathing.
Papakino is actually the main beach of Adamas, the port town and tourist centre of Milos island. Located in 15 min walk from Adamas, Papakino is a nice place with soft sand and clean water to swim. Part of the beach is organized with sun beds, umbrellas and taverns. Recently a windsurfing centre opened offering courses for all levels and renting the necessary equipment to practice this sport individually. Papakino beach in Milos is lined up with few hotels and apartments, making it a great place to stay during your Milos holidays, as it provides easy access to the beach, restaurants and the town...