Milos Travel Guide 2024

Milos Travel Guide 2024

What’s in this essential travel guide to Milos Island, Greece: Map of Milos Island | All the ways to Get to and around Milos | Complete weather guide to the months and seasons in Milos | Top Attractions on Milos Island, best beaches, historic sites, and picturesque villages | Emergency and Useful contact numbers.

An Introduction to Milos Island, Greece

Milos Island is quickly becoming a super-popular Greek destination. It is still quieter than Santorini, Mykonos, or Paros, but its natural beauty and idyllic fishing villages make it an ideal summer vacation destination.

It’s Milos’ beaches that are its main drawcard – dozens of them, each different but gorgeous. You could spend two weeks here and visit a different beach each day.

A large part of Milos Island’s charm lies in its fishing villages and former pirate hideouts. These aren’t scruffy fishing villages, they are impossibly colorful and beautiful boat houses and fishing shacks circling small bays.

Milos is as close as you can get to paradise rendered in marble. Venus de Milo belongs here where it was found, but equally monumental natural sculptures exist like the sea caves and rock formations of Kleftiko Bay.

Milos is not a big nightlife destination. Its villages serve authentic island food and there are enough historical sites to keep any history lover busy for at least a week. 

With an international airport, incredible natural beauty, and lots of nearby islands for island hopping trips, you can see why so many people come back to Milos Island year after year. 

Map of Milos Island

Map Milos Island

How to Get to Milos Island by Air 

If you’re in a hurry or prefer efficiency over experience, your quickest way to the Island is by plane. Olympic Air and Sky Express operate regular flights to Milos from Athens with a flight duration of around 40 minutes. 

I sometimes take a flight to Milos because Seajets Ferries has a monopoly on the highspeed ferries to Milos and charges accordingly. 

How to Get to Milos By Ferry 

Alternatively, there’s the option to travel by ferry. This journey may be longer, with routes from Athens taking at least 2 hours and 40 minutes, but you’ll get to enjoy journeying across the Aegean Sea.

Adamantas Ferry Port, Milos Island, Greece

Aegean Sea Lines, Aegean Speed Lines, Anek Lines, Minoan Lines, Sea Speed Ferries, SeaJets & Zante Ferries offer daily services with rates that vary based on seating class and season.

Booking in advance is a good idea, especially in high season when ferries may be fully booked.

FerryHopper is the booking platform that I have used to book dozens of Greek ferry journeys. I’ve never once had a problem. 

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Island Hopping

Milos Island is 99 miles (160 km) southwest of Athens and although it’s a little to the west of most Cyclades islands it is still only a short ferry trip to Folegandros, Paros, and from there to Naxos, Tinos, and Santorini.

Read more about how to plan a Greek Island Hopping trip, and see my best itineraries that include Milos Island.

Local Transportation 

 Car, ATV, and scooter rental services are readily available. Taxis are affordable if you plan on sticking to the main areas.

For anywhere else though, hop on the local buses, which service most towns and beaches on Milos, just not very often.

1. Hiring A Private Vehicle ⚙️ 

One of the most popular choices among visitors is renting a car or scooter. For more adventurous souls, ATVs and quad bikes are available.

ATV rental, Milos Island, Greece
ATV rental, Milos Island, Greece

This adds a dash of flexibility to your journey, as you can weave your way around the island in your own time

2. Riding A Bicycle 🚴‍♀️ 

Many towns in Milos offer bicycle rentals. For short distances this is ideal but be mindful of how hot the Greek islands can be mid-summer, and how unforgiving the midday sun can be.

3. Walking and Hiking 🚶‍♂️ 

Milos isn’t just stunning coastlines and serene beaches, it also hosts a myriad of ancient paths which make excellent hiking trails.

The landscape of Milos Island, Greece

The trails lead you through olive groves, past ancient ruins, and even to dormant volcanic craters.

It’s a perfect choice for nature enthusiasts and active travelers and if you’re in Milos for four days or more, try and fit in a hike.

This pdf from Walking the Islands is a detailed summary of all the walks you can take on Milos (where they go, start from, end up, what’s on the way). I use it as my guide, but you can also buy their full digital guide here.

4. Public Bus System 🚌 

Milos Island has a reliable public bus system circulating through the major towns and popular tourist spots.

This is a cost-effective mode of travel, where you can enjoy the island views from the comfort of your seat. The bus schedules change with the seasons.

Check out the Milos Buses Timetable before venturing out for the day.

Best time of year to visit Milos Island

The island, like most of Greece, experiences a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. However, the optimal time for your visit depends largely on your plans and preferences. 

MonthMin Temp (°C)Max Temp (°C)Avg Temp (°C)Min Temp (°F)Max Temp (°F)Avg Temp (°F)Avg Rainy Days

High Season (June – August)

These summer months pull in the largest crowd, with temperatures often soaring above 30°C (86°F). 

It’s perfect for beach lovers who want to soak up the sun, dive into crystal-clear waters, and take part in exciting water sports.

Milos has incredible places like Kleftiko and beaches to explore, and summer is perfect for a memorable holiday.

The downside is that the island is crowded during this period and accommodation prices can become eye-watering, even when you book six months in advance.

Shoulder Season (April – May, September – October) 

If you prefer slightly calmer climates and fewer crowds, the shoulder season is an excellent choice. 

The weather is still lovely, with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F), making it a comfortable time to explore the island’s natural landscapes and archaeological sites. Plus, you get to enjoy more competitive rates during these periods. 

Low Season (November – March) 

Though the temperature drops to around 10-15°C (50-59°F), the island has a charm of its own with serene landscapes and empty beaches.

However many hotels and restaurants are closed, and ferry services are less frequent due to weather conditions. 

Top Attractions on Milos Island

  1. Beaches
  2. Historical Sites
  3. Picturesque Villages

1. The Best Beaches on Milos Island

If you’re only here for a week, here are the most amazing beaches on the island – one for each day!

For a comprehensive guide to all of Milos’ fantastic beaches, read my guide to Milos’ best beaches.

Sarakiniko Beach 🏖️ 

Apart from its ethereal lunar landscape, Sarakiniko Beach comes with its own slice of history.

Sarakiniko Beach, Milos Island, Greece

The ghostly shipwreck lodged into its snow-white shores tells an intriguing tale of a pirate ship run aground.

This makes Sarakiniko not just the most iconic beach in Milos, but also a veritable historic site. 

Kleftiko Beach  🌊 

Arriving at Kleftiko Beach, you’ll encounter towering white rock formations that have been artfully sculpted by the waves over time.

Kleftiko Bay, Mios, Greece

The beach is only accessible via boat but the mesmerizingly clear contrasting blue of the sea will convince you that it was worth the trip.

This is the perfect spot if you are looking to snorkel or relax in secluded coves. 

Papafragas Beach 🏖️ 

Known for its breathtaking scenic beauty, Papafragas Beach resembles a natural swimming pool, surrounded by tall, smooth cliffs.

While bathing in the azure waters, you can admire the intricate caves carved into the rocks. 

Firopotamos Beach 🌊 

Firopotamos Beach is another stunner on Milos Island that is characterized by its crystal-clear waters and unique landscape.

The beach is adorned with traditional fishermen’s houses, which give it an enchanting vibe. Swimming here feels like entering a dreamy postcard. 

Tsigrado Beach 🏖️ 

Last but certainly not least, Tsaradika Beach is an unspoiled gem of Milos Island. It’s a much less crowded beach because of the need to get there by boat or a downhill walk. 

These five beaches are more than enough for one Greek Island, But Milos Island’s coastline throws up more than two dozen perfect beaches. Here’s a guide to the top 18 beaches on Milos Island.

2. Historical Sites on Milos Island

Milos Island was a wealthy island in antiquity, and there is an array of captivating historical sites to explore. Many of these are around Trypiti Village.

Catacombs of Milos 🏺 

Where: Trypiti, Milos 84800
Information: +30 22870-21625
Open Hours: Mon-Sun: 9:00 AM — 6:45 PM, closed on Tuesdays
Admittance: €4 | €2 to people over 65 | Free to EU students

First on your list should be the Catacombs of Milos. Ranked as one of the most remarkable Christian monuments in the world, this ancient underground cemetery dates back to the 1st century AD.

Chamber of the Elders, Catacombs of Milos, Milos Island

It’s a labyrinth of passages etched into the volcanic rock, with tombs dug into the side tunnels—a truly unparalleled experience. 
Don’t forget to marvel at the etched Christian symbols and Greek inscriptions, revealing fascinating insights into the thriving early Christian community on the island. 

Ancient Theatre of Milos 🎭 

Where: Trypiti, Milos 84800

Information: +30 2287 028026 
Open Hours: Mon – Sun: 9:00 AM — 6:45 PM, closed on Tuesdays
Admittance: €4 | €2 to people over 65 | Free to EU students

Equally enchanting is the Ancient Theatre of Milos which is part of the ancient city, other parts of which you can see in this area above Klima.

The Greco-Roman theatre, constructed in the Hellenistic period, showcases Milos’s contribution to early Greek culture. 

The area that has been excavated is the Roman-era additions.

Tucked into a natural amphitheater on a hillside, it overlooks the Aegean Sea and is 700 meters further on from the Catacombs. It’s one of the best preserved ancient theaters in Greece and the best ancient ruin on the island.

The theatre is still used today for performances, especially over the summer months. 

Phylakopi Archaeological Site 🏛️ 

Lastly, be sure to visit the Phylakopi Archaeological Site just before you arrive in Pollonia.

Phylakopi was a city of a Cycladic civilization dating back to 3,000 BC. It’s now a significant archaeological site that offers glimpses into three important settlement periods in the Aegean region but is touted mainly as a Bronze Age site.

Don’t expect much, only a few walls remain, but you’ll find statues from the site in the Archaeological Museum on the island.

Sulfur Mines at Paliorema 🏭 

Sulfur mining was once a thriving industry on Milos. Nature has reclaimed the old Sulfur Mines at Paliorema. It’s an eerie, otherworldly landscape worthy of a visit.

Yellow sulfur crystals, abandoned machinery, and deserted buildings contrast beautifully with the turquoise seawater. 

3. 10 Milos Villages Worth Visiting

Plaka Village 🏘️

The narrow streets of Plaka, the island’s capital are filled with whitewashed houses, blue doors, and flower-draped alleyways.

The sunset from the Venetian Castle of Milos, located at the top of the town, should definitely be something you experience at least once on a visit to Milos.

Plaka town, Milos Island, Greece
Plaka, Milos Island, Greece

Consider visiting the two main museums in Milos.  At the Milos Mining Museum, you’ll learn about the island’s extensive mining history.

You can also visit the Folklore and Historical Museum to understand more about the area’s past and local traditions. 

In Plaka, don’t forget to check out the local shops. The narrow, winding streets are filled with small boutiques and artist studios.

You’ll find everything from handmade ceramics to fine jewelry, and authentic Greek artifacts. For quality handmade souvenirs, drop by the Lovely Handmade shop. 

Enjoy eating and drinking in squares in Plaka. Try traditional Greek dishes at cozy tavernas like Archontoula or experience contemporary creations at elegant places like Barriello.

For a dining experience with a great view, book a seat at Captain Zeppos, a lovely bistro near the castle. 

Experience the lively nightlife in Plaka. Utopia Café serves up a wide array of cocktails. 

Pollonia 🏘️

Ok, so I’m biased – this is where I stay on Milos. There are lots of other hipper, cooler, and way more expensive places to stay, but I just feel good here.

This seaside enclave is on the northeastern tip of Milos Island and is surrounded by emerald turquoise waters and has epic sunsets.

Sunset in Pollonia, Milos Island, Greece
Sunset in Pollonia Village, Milos Island

The village is sprinkled with top-notch seafood taverns that serve freshly caught octopus, calamari, and an extensive selection of fish, all cooked in traditional Greek style.

I couple it with a glass of local wine but occasionally the owners of the taverna will make me drink ouzo (what can you do…)

There’s no hustle and bustle here which is why I stay here, and there’s not much to do besides swimming, lazing around, eating, and strolling the streets. 

To add to its charm, Pollonia is also home to some cute shops and boutiques selling handmade ceramics, embroidered fabrics, and locally crafted jewelry.

Adamas Port 🚢 

Last, but certainly not least, pay a visit to the animated Adamas Port. This natural harbor is lined with charming cafes, seafood restaurants, and shops selling local products.

The atmosphere here is ideal for both relaxing during the day and enjoying a lively nightlife scene.

Trypiti Village 🏘️ 

Narrow streets, quaint cafes, and archaeological remains characterize this village which is just above lovely Klima.

At the top of the village are the Trypiti Windmills. Nearby is the ancient Greek theater and the Catacombs of Milos. 

Klima Village🏘️

Famous for its colorful syrmata (boat garages), Klima is a seaside village with a tranquil ambiance and traditional fishing charm when it’s not overrun by tourists.

Klima village, MIlos Island, Greece
Klima Village, Milos Island, Greece

Each time I go to Milos I visit Pliatsiko and always buy something (usually jewellery). It’s hard to imagine tiny Klima fitting in more than one souvenir shop. 

If you book very early indeed you can stay in one of the syrmata here. I haven’t managed this yet, but it’s firmly on my bucket list.

📌 Klima Milos: Best things to do in this colorful village

Agia Kiriaki Village🌄 

If you love photography, schedule in a visit to Agia Kiriaki. This village is well-known for its brilliant white buildings, which beautifully contrast against the volcanic landscape.

Besides walking through streets lined with these picturesque homes, you can pop into numerous traditional churches, take a dip in the local mineral-rich springs, or just head to Agia Kiriaki’s quiet beach.

Known as the ‘glass beach’ for its clear glassy waters (in part because of it’s deep seabed), Agia Kyriaki beach has little wind or waves because it’s on the southern part of the island.

Mandrakia Village 🏘️

A small fishing village complete with colorful boat garages, Mandrakia is one of the most perfect places in the Cyclades and features traditional Greek maritime architecture.

Fyropotomas Village 🏘️

Fyropotamos captivates with its traditional boat garages, pastel-hued houses, and a tranquil atmosphere. The small beach and crystal-clear waters add to its charm.

Emporio Village 🏘️

A worn stone path will lead you inland to the semi-abandoned village of Empourios (Emporio) where you’ll find ruins scattered amongst a few restored houses. 

It’s a wonderful view from the top but the climb is not for the faint-hearted.

Zefiria Village 🏘️

Known for its traditional windmills and panoramic views, Zefiria, the “village of the winds” provides a serene escape from the crowds.

The exception to this serenity is each August 15 when the island’s biggest feast day celebration is held here. 

As you walk through Zefira you can’t miss the 17th-century Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. It’s where the celebrations on the feast day of the Dormition of the Virgin are held.

Feast of the Dormiton of the Virgin, Panagia Portiani, Zafira, Milos Island

Hundreds of people start arriving in the early afternoon. There’s a lot of singing, dancing and food – just a regular Greek feast day!

Surrounded by the spectacular expanse of the Aegean Sea, Milos Island is the perfect playground for water enthusiasts.

From fascinating boat tours to adrenaline-pumping water sports, there’s no shortage of nautical adventures to choose from. 

Boat Tours 🛥️ 

Exploring Milos via boat is a must-do activity. Numerous tour operators offer boat tours around the island, showing off its striking coastlines, hidden coves, and secluded beaches.

Look for tours that include a visit to Kleftiko Bay, a stunning spot with unique rock formations and crystal-clear waters. 

Boat tours typically last a full day and often include lunch. Make sure to pack your camera and a pair of binoculars, as you might spot playful dolphins or sea turtles on your journey. 

Sailing Adventures ⛵ 

If you’re interested in trying your hand at sailing, Milos is the perfect place to start. Sailing classes are readily available, catering to both novice sailors and experienced seafarers. 

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling 🐠 

The underwater world of Milos is as impressive as its terrestrial beauty.

Dive into the azure depths to witness thriving marine life, explore sunken shipwrecks, or marvel at awe-inspiring volcanic rock formations.

Whether you’re a seasoned diver or a first-timer, diving schools in Milos provide all the equipment and guidance you’ll need. 

For a more casual dip, opt for snorkeling. Many of the island’s southern beaches, like Papafragas and Tsigrado, are ideal spots for snorkeling because of their clear, calm waters. 

Kayaking 🛶 

For a more self-guided water adventure, why not rent a kayak? Paddling along the coast of Milos offers an intimate way to discover the area’s stunning sea caves, coves, and arches at your own pace.

Emergency and Useful Numbers

Police: 100

Fire Department: 199

Ambulance: 166

Police Station (Plaka) +30 22870 21204

Tourist Police (Plaka) +30 22870 21378

Health Center Milos (Plaka): +30 2287 360000

Taxis (Adamas) +30 22870 22219

Milos Airport: +30 22870 22381