Milos offers endless options for all types of visitors, all needs and tastes. A place delved in history, tradition and striking sites of archaeological importance and natural marvels, Milos is the destination for the discerned traveller that wants the extraordinary.
The island’s coastline features some of the most dramatic sceneries and stunning beaches in entire Greece. Thus, a sailor boat trip around the island is a must-do when visiting Milos. There are some astounding coasts and spectacular sites for swimming that are only accessible by the sea.
For those who like to succumb in the warmth and invigorating qualities of Milos’ earth, the hot springs in Adamas are the place to visit before the daily explorations around the island or after a full day at the beach. Those mineral baths are believed to be utterly beneficial for the body and mind while they are believed to cure skin diseases.
Milos also boasts an amazing network of dirt roads and paths that traverse almost its entire extent. In fact, it is the biggest accessible network in all the Cyclades. Hiking aficionados will love the trajectories that lead to some of the island’s favourite attractions, like the Catacombs, the Ancient Roman Theatre and the monastery of Prophet Elias that offers breathtaking views. For off-roaders, Milos is also a dream destination due to its numerous dirt roads and the treasures they hide. In any case, on foot, 4X4 or by a conventional vehicle, Milos is an island that calls for discovery and visitors should definitely schedule one-day excursions to its most popular sites and amazing beaches.
Nature lovers can combine a day at the beach with exploring the island’s Natura region, the west part of the island. A place of outstanding natural beauty that hosts rare species of birds, the wild goats of Antimilos, one of the rarest species on the entire planet, the red viper Vipera, the cypress forest and many more types of flora and fauna are indigenous to this part of the island. Within this marvel of nature, the beautiful beach of Hivadolimni is found offering relaxation and sun-kissed beach time after a day full of discoveries.
Best beaches in Milos
Kleftiko Tropical waters and volcanic high cliffs in almost extra-terrestrial formations are the highlights of Kleftiko which is only accessible by sea. This place is utterly calm and untouched while its clean, transparent waters invigorate the mind and body.
Firi Plaka A complex of three beaches, one organized and two secluded ones, Firi Plaka is embraced by the high volcanic cliffs and features a coast with thin grey sand and white pebbles soaked by emerald, clean waters.
Sarakiniko Resembling a hand painting by Dali that came to life in an unconventional sculpture, Sarakiniko is a setting like no other. White lunar-like rocks that emerge into the sea create numerous coves while moonlit nights there are just cinematic!
Hivadolimni The biggest beach on the island, Hivadomni was named after the lake next to it which is full of seashells. Thin, white sand, light blue, shallow waters and an additional two isolated beaches, Hivadolimni is definitely a must-visit.
Paleohori One of the most popular and vibrant beaches on the island, just a few minutes’ drives from Adamantas. A coast of 2 km with coarse sand, coloured pebbles and deep, refreshing waters that is adorned by a backdrop of multicoloured high cliffs.
Tsigrado A small and narrow cove surrounded by white rock formations, Tsigrado boasts thin white sand and tropical waters. Accessible through a steep pathway, the beach is non-organized offering priceless moments of beach life.
Sykia Sykia is a cave without ceiling which creates magnificent games of water and sunbeams. Visitors can only access Sykia by sea entering a short rocky entrance. If you are lucky to be alone, this will be the zenith of your summer relaxation.
Ammoudaraki A cute, calm non-organized beach found in the mid-western part of the island, Ammoudaraki features a coast of greyish coarse sand and crystal-clear waters offering absolute calmness as access is only feasible through a dirt road or by the sea.
Agios Ioannis A stunning scenery of volcanic rocks in white, yellow and orange colours resembling watercolour art, Agios Ioannis boasts yellow-ish sand and is accessible by a 12km dirt road. Adjacent to the main, two completely isolated coves are found.
Sulfur Mines Are Also known as Triorichia this coast with yellow-ish pebbles lays at the foot of the old mines’ installations. The remnants of the old sulfur mines at the background create an utterly unique scenery that takes you back in time.
Gerontas The longest beach of south Milos, Gerontas is accessible by an earth road and then a 10-minute walk. An imposing rock forming a bridge that unites the high cliffs with the sea make Gerontas one of the most picturesque beaches on Milos.
Pahena Another stunning beach due to its unique rock formations and a large coast of grey-ish sand and tamarisk trees. Pahena is easily accessible and recommended for those who do not wish to be cut off from all civilization.
Papafragkas A complex of three caves and a narrow cove, Papafragkas is another unique landscape of this amazing island. Greenish waters surrounded by high rocks and a difficult, steep path leading there are promising absolute seclusion and privacy.
Alogomandra Crystal clear, light blue waters, whitish sand and a long, wide coast that resembles a yard, ideal for those who want relaxation and calmness as the coast is not visible from the road, thus not very crowded.
Gerakas Only accessible by boat Gerakas is a coast of exceptional natural beauty and total seclusion. The backdrop of the narrow sandy coast consists of steep, high cliffs formed by both volcanic rocks and white sand.