With 500 islands to choose from, it’s amazing how many travellers just stick to the same five islands. Having just arrived from Folegandros, I was shocked that my ferry to Milos carried at most 20 people. I knew immediately this was going to be an even more secluded island than I just experienced. One foot off of the ferry and I felt like I had been taken back in time. There was one road to the ferry and it was being blocked by a donkey. This is the Greece I’ve been waiting to see. Fun Fact Milos is where the statue of Venus de Milo, currently housed in the Louvre in Paris was unearthed. So it is a bit surprising that more people haven’t come to explore this island. It is also an island full amazing opportunities to hike, swim, sail, and kayak (oh and eat!). Everything I’m looking for.
Getting to Milos
Milos is incredibly well connected by ferry. It has connections from Piraeus (Athens), Folegandros, Heraklion, Ios, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Rhodes, Santorini and Sifnos (to name but a few). You can buy tickets same day but if you want to plan ahead you can book your tickets here.
Where to Stay
Much like the issues faced in Folegandros regarding scarcity of accommodation, this problem also exists in Milos to an even greater extent. If you’re on a serious budget your best bet is to find short term holiday rentals through Airbnb or TripAdvisor, but there are a few great hotel options to be found though.
Galini Hotel is definitely a surprise budget find. Overlooking the gorgeous blue water this no frills hotel has everything you need – clean beds, clean rooms, and free wifi. Prices start at €50
Hotel Aeolis is perfect if you’re looking for some more modern comfort. The rooms are newly renovated, clean and bright, with some including small kitchens. Rooms are air conditioned, and have relatively fast wifi. Prices start at €88
What to do in Milos
Milos is an active travellers wonderland. There is so much to do and so much natural beauty on the island
There is no shortage of amazing beaches on the island. The two that stood out were the beaches of Sarakiniko and Kleftiko. Both beaches have been formed by the erosion of volcanic rock by the water, but Sarakiniko was left with pure white rock that the locals often refer to it as lunar rock. The erosion of the rock has also created amazing caves to swim or even kayak in. If kayaking is your thing, Sea Kayak has some great tours of both beaches
Stroll through the Villages of Plaka and Pollonia
These towns will transport you back in time where the daily life revolves around the church, strangers are welcomed with open arms and food is all locally grown and farmed. If they don’t grow it, they don’t eat it.
The centre of Milos is named Plaka, and is located roughly 200m above sea level. Come here at sunset to take in the most spectacular view next to the old church and castle.
Walking through the streets of Plaka you’ll undoubtedly encounter many friendly locals that might invite you in for a drink of raki. Don’t turn them down. They are just that friendly and mean absolutely no harm! You’ll hear local music coming from the alleys, homes and restaurants. This is the place to be every evening.
Pollonia is the local fishing village and is definitely worth exploring. There are so many charming seaside cafe’s and restaurants to visit in the morning or for lunch. This is also a great place to rent a kayak and explore the shoreline
Visit the Catacombs
You can find catacombs throughout the island. Most of the catacombs that are accessible to the public are located near the village of Tripiti. They are considered an early Christian cemetery dug about 200 A.D. Since they were first discovered, over 300 graves have been found containing 5000-7000 early Christians. These catacombs were also used by locals as a hideaway from pirate raids.
The best way to explore the amazing shores of Milos is by boat. If you’re willing to splurge a little, a half day sailing tour is your best bet. I got a great deal using Viator. Tours depart at 9:15 and return at 15:15. The tour takes you through many picturesque fishing villages with colourful houses, then through the lava and lunar rocks. You’ll have the chance to explore the many caves with all snorkelling equipment provided. Lunch provided consists of a number of salads and fruit. The second half of the tour is just spent relaxing on the boat and it’s simply a wonderful way to cover the island. Highly Highly recommend
Where to Eat
There is no shortage of wonderful and traditional places to eat and drink in Milos. As I mentioned I definitely recommend grabbing lunch at least once in Pollonia and grabbing most of your dinners in Plaka
O Hamos if you’re looking for the most traditional of Greek experiences, O Hamos was quite simply one of the greatest meals of my life with many vegan and vegetarian options available
Enalion is an amazing place for seafood. Located in Pollonia, directly on the beach, the food is as fresh as it gets. Don’t forget to order the traditional tomato and olive flatbread
Utopia Cafe this is a wonderful place to come and unwind at the end of a long day or in the heat of the afternoon. You’ve never had a frappe so refreshing. Definitely come here at least once for sunset
Best time of year to Visit
While you can visit year round, some accommodations shut down during the off season. For me the best time to visit is in the spring or late summer. Summers can get extremely hot but this is still a wonderful place to get away from it all, all summer long.
If you do visit Milos let me know what you think in the comments. I’d also love to hear your Greek Island tips.