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Milos Travel Guide
Milos Island name

The island of Milos has been known with several names throughout the years, with some of the most common being Melas, Memvlis, Gorgis, Vivlis, Mimmalis, Akytos and Zefiria. According to the legend the name that survived, “Milos”, a variation of the Greek word for “Apple”, is attributed to the first settler of the island, a royal hero, who was sent there from Cyprus by Aphrodite. Another theory implies that the name has originated from the pre-Hellenic word “Vylos “, meaning sheep, due to the many sheep that were principally found on the island, which was gradually changed throughout years into  Milos.


Milos was one of the first Cycladic islands to be inhabited since 12.000 years ago. It is believed that its first inhabitants were the Kares or the Phoenicians and then, during 980-800 B.C., the Dorians who migrated from the Peloponnese.  

Earlier Times

Not only the island was inhabited at a very early stage but it also flourished at an early stage due to the trade of the obsidian stone.  The inhabitants of the island were experts on working with this glass mineral and were also occupied with its export. Many different types of tools made by obsidian stone have been found scattered all over Greece dating back to the Neolithic Era.

During Bronze AgeMilos became an important center of the Cycladic civilization. Exceptional artifacts such as pottery, ceramics and wall paintings as well as the first houses were built.  Some historical remains from this period can be found in Phylakopi and the archeological museums of Athens and Milos.

After Phylakopi was abandoned in the Archaic period, a new town was constructed and a high wall was erected for fortification purposes. Arts and civilization started flourishing again and the famous Melian amphora was now introduced.

Classical Period

The inhabitants of Milos participated in the Persian wars standing on the side of Greeks. During the Peloponnesian war, though, and since they could not pick sides, the Athenians tried to force them to abandon the island. The Melians left the island and returned only after the Spartans have defeated Athenians.

Hellenistic Period

Just like the history of Greece, the history of Milos also followed a steady pace of growth especially in the fields of trading arts. Some of the most magnificent worldwide popular masterpieces where created on Milos, like the statue of Aphrodite currently exhibited at the Louvre museum.

Roman Period

Keeping its steady pace, by the Roman period the island accomplished great prosperity and its inhabitants became very wealthy. New buildings and architectural marvels were built such as the marble theater. Christianity was also introduced at that time and catacombs were built in order to serve  as places both for religious rituals and burial spots for the deceased. During this time, the inhabitants started to move outside the walls of the town and scattered all around the island.

Byzantine Period

Being part of the “Theme of the Aegean” the island of Milos as well as the rest of the Cycladic islands went under the Roman Domination.

The Venetian and Turkish Domination

After the fall of Constantinople the Aegean Islands were dominated by the Venetians. The Melians attempted to regain their freedom by revolting against the Venetians but since they did not have  the Byzantine fleet support, they never succeeded. In 1580 all islands of the Aegean went under the administration of Sultan Murat III and Chora of Milos was utterly destroyed.

Hellenic Revolution and later years

The Melians have always been free spirited, free minded and always played an important role in battles and fights for their freedom. Milos Island was one of the first islands to rebel against the Turks for the Hellenic Revolution of 1821. During World War I the island’s harbor was used as a navy yard for the French and the British fleets while Adamas hosted the naval administration of the Aegean. During World War II Milos was conquered by the Germans but was able to win back its freedom after about 4 years.

Milos Mythology

Milos was the home of Aphrodite, the Goddess of love and beauty, who endowed some of her beauty to the island. And that is true… Milos is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in the Aegean Sea.

The story behind the name

According to Mythology, Milos was a young man from Delos who, at some point in his life, decided to visit the island of Cyprus. There he met Adonis, son of the king of Cyprus Kinira and Pelia, a beautiful girl with whom he fell in love finally married. This loving couple gave birth to a beautiful little boy that was named after his father and was dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite. Milos, Adonis and Pelia were very close friends and enjoyed each other’s company. Unfortunately their destiny had planned a misfortune ahead. Adonis, who was in fact the object of Aphrodite’s passion, died violently and prematurely. When Milos heard the bad news he was so devastated that he decided to follow his friend to his death. He ended his life by hanging himself from a tree that was later given his name by Aphrodite “Milia”, meaning apple tree in Greek. Pelia followed their path since she was madly in love with her husband who was now dead along with Adonis who was a member of her family and one of her closest friends.  

Aphrodite was so touched by their decision to follow each other to death that she turned Pelia in to a pigeon and Milos into an apple, in order to honor them. The son Milos, who was under Aphrodite’s protection, was sent by her to inhabit another Greek island. There he established a new colony and the island was named after him

Milos Beauties

The stunning island of Milos is also known as the island of colors due to its volcanic origin providing magical landscapes painted in mystical colors, amazing rock formations and striking water nuances. It is an island blessed with spectacular natural beauty, rich historical legacy and culture and some of the most gorgeous and unique beaches in the insular complex of the Cyclades. Following there is a list of the most important attractions and sights to visit while in the island:

Archaeological Museum

A visit to the Archeological Museum of Milos will take visitors on a journey through the island’s past. At the entrance there is a replica of the renowned statue of Aphrodite. Situated in the capital of Plaka, the museum hosts collections of prehistoric findings from the excavations of Phylakopi, sculptures, obsidian gemstones preserved from the volcanic deposits, ancient inscriptions and tools used in everyday life as well as ancient handmade vessels.

Folk Museum

Situated in Plaka the Folk Museum of Milos will travel visitors through the island’s fold tradition. Resembling a traditional home from the 19th century the museum features traditional costumes, embroidery, home utensils and appliances, traditional drawings and artifacts.

Mining Museum

Located in Neochori, the Mining Museum of Milos offers an extensive collection of mining equipment, rocks and minerals introducing visitors to the mining history and geophysical heritage of the volcanic island of Milos.
For more info, please visit www.milosminingmuseum.com

Ecclesiastical Museum

The church of Saint Trinity in Adamas hosts the Ecclesiastical Museum of Milos. Visitors can admire exhibits from the artistic and holy painting traditions as well as objects and relics of ecclesiastical interest.

Naval Museum

Located in Adamas the Naval Museum holds exhibits related to the naval past of the island, including artifacts from the prehistoric period, obsidian tools, historical displays from battles, rare maps as well as a locally crafted wooden boat.

Prehistoric Settlements of Phylakopi

It is considered to be one of the most significant Bronze Age settlements not only in the Cyclades but the entire Aegean due to its continuous habitation during that era.

Ancient town of Klima

Klima was the first port of the island and visitors will now be able to admire the ruins of the old town, the fortification walls and the old market together with other preserved ancient remnants. Here you will also be able to visit the exact spot where the world renowned statue of Aphrodite was found.  

Ancient Roman Theater

The remains of the island’s ancient marble open theater dated back to the 3rd century. The view from the theater to the port of Adamas is absolutely breathtaking.


Situated in the village of Trypiti, the Catacombs of Milos are among the three most important catacombs of Christianity along with the catacombs in the Holy land and the ones in Rome. Dating back to the 1st century the Catacombs of Milos where the first place of Christian worship and the first communal cemetery of the island.


There are many churches of great importance scattered around the island of Milos. Some of the churches and monasteries worth visiting are:


Situated in Plaka, Kastro (meaning Castle in Greek) was built during the 13th century to protect the island’s residents from pirate attacks.  Now it is a great spot to enjoy the breathtaking view of the gulf and the magical sunset.


The first sulfur mine in Greece was situated at Paliorema. Now visitors can swim into the crystalline waters of the beach and marvel the colorful rock formations as well as the old mine remains that will travel them back in time.


The astonishing beach of Sarakiniko is a must see. The lunar like landscape with the white rocks and the emerald waters of the sea will just remained scarred in your memory forever!


Kleftiko is another amazing beach with striking natural rock formations and crystalline waters. Only accessible by boat, a tour through its exotic, supernatural beauty is definitely a must do!

Hot Springs

The island of Milos is full with natural hot springs. Visitors can take advantage of the therapeutic effects of the island’s hot springs that are situated in the following areas:

Eat & Drink
TYPE: Beach Bar,   STYLE: Mainstream
Location: Paleochori

TYPE: Bar - Restaurant,   STYLE: Italian cuisine
Location: Adamas

TYPE: Café & Bar,   STYLE: Lounge & Atmospheric
Location: Lagadas

TYPE: Café & Bar,   STYLE: Alternative
Location: Plaka

TYPE: Restaurant,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Adamas

TYPE: Café & Bar,   STYLE: Alternative
Location: Polonia

TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Polonia

TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Fresh Fish & Seafood
Location: Polonia

TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Adamas

TYPE: Café & Bar,   STYLE: Lounge & Atmospheric
Location: Adamas

TYPE: Bar - Restaurant,   STYLE: Mainstream
Location: Adamas

TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Adamas

TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Adamas

Practical info
General Info

Like most Cycladic islands, Milos features a typical mild Mediterranean climate with hot summer months and mild winters with some rainfalls. The north winds (meltemia) occur mostly from the middle of July to the middle of August. The best time to visit the island of Milos is between the months of April when the temperatures are around 17-23 Cº and September when the temperatures are around 23-30 Cº.

The national prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad. All numbers in the capital of Athens start with the prefix 210 and are followed by 8 digits (e.g. 210-3227400).
The Area Code for Milos is: +30 22870 xxxxx. If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialing the other country’s national prefix (i.e. 0049 for Germany, 0044 for England etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.

Euro €
Euro Coins:
1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver color)
10, 20 and 50 cents (gold color) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper color)
1 euro = 100 cents/centimes
Euro Bank Notes: Are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive change for 200 and 500 Euro Notes

Getting There

Milos is very well connected with all major cities and islands of Greece either by boat or airplane all year round.

By Ferry
The island of Milos is connected to the port of Piraeus in Athens, all Cycladic islands, the Dodecanese and Crete with ferries and high-speed catamarans. Especially during the peak season in the summer there are daily scheduled routes to and from the island. There are two ports in Milos, the main port in Adamas and another port in Apollonia which connects the island of Milos with the islands of Kimolos and Glaronissia.

Ferry Duration: Approximately 6:30-7 hours from and to the port of Piraeus

High-Speed  Duration: Approximately 3:30-4 hours from and to the port of Piraeus

Hellenic Seaways: For accurate timetable and ticket costs visit Hellenic Seaways website www.hellenicseaways.gr
Tel.: +30 210 4199000

Aegean Speed Lines: For accurate timetable and ticket costs visit Aegean Speed Lines website www.aegeanspeedlines.gr
Tel.: +30 210 9690950, 210 -4274009-010

Anek Lines: For accurate timetable and ticket costs visit Anek Lines website www.anek.gr
Tel.: +30 210 4197470

Ventouris Sea Lines: For accurate timetable and ticket costs visit Ventouris Sea Lines website www.ventourissealines.gr
Tel.: +30 210 4114911

By Air
Milos airport is situated approximately 5 km from the island’s main port in Adamas. Milos is connected with the International Airport of Athens Eleftherios Venizelos with scheduled flights all year round. The duration of the flight is approximately 30 minutes. There are also connections to other major cities and islands in Greece such as Thessaloniki, Santorini and Rhodes according to the time of the year. The national airport of Milos can easily be reached by bus or taxi from most parts of the island.
Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos: www.aia.gr
Milos National Airport: Tel: +30 22870 22090, Email: [email protected]

Olympic Airways:
For accurate timetable and ticket costs visit Olympic Air website www.olympicair.com Athens Office: +30 210 355 0500, 8018010101
Milos Office Tel: +30 22870 22381

Local Transportation

The island of Milos has a good transportation infrastructure. Travelers can move around the island with the means of transportation that better suits their needs.

Taxis can easily be found all around the island of Milos but there are always taxis waiting at the port of Adamas and in Triovassalos. Taxi rates are fixed on a yearly basis but can also vary according to the season.
Taxi Service in Adamas: +30 22870 22219
Taxi Service in Triovassalos: +30 22870 21306

One can also discover the island of Milos in a more affordable way. The island has a very well organized network of buses with scheduled routes that vary from season to season. During the peak season there are frequent itineraries from Adamas to Triovassalos, Plaka, Tripiti, Pollonia, Philakopi, Zefiria, Paliochori, Hivadolimni and Provatas. Usually tourists will be able to find the bus schedules posted on each station. Ticket fares are really reasonable.  

Milos is an island with a great road network so travelers will feel very comfortable driving around the island. They can bring their own car or rent a car as soon as they arrive, provided that they possess all necessary documents, driver’s license, identification card etc.

On the island of Milos there are many secluded beaches waiting to be discovered. Visitors can enjoy boat excursions to Kleftiko, Paliorema, Gerakas, Gerontas as well as boat trips to the island of Kimolos. Travelers can arrange their excursions and buy their tickets from the travel agencies located near the port of Adamas.

Local Services

There are several Banks and ATMS on the island of Milos mostly found near the port of Adamas and Triovassalos.



Travelers can exchange money at the airport, at some of the island’s major hotels, at travel agents, where the rates may be a little higher than the rates used by banks and are at all times posted outside their branch.

The Greek post office is called ELTA and you can find the main post offices of the island in Adamas where there is also a branch of the Hellenic Post Bank. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. You shouldn’t expect to find such boxes in the island. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE.

Post Office in Plaka Tel.: +30 22870 21214
Post Office in Adamantas Tel: +30 22870 22288

There is a police station in Milos which is located in the island’s capital, Plaka.
Police Authority: Tel.: +30 22870 21378, 21204, Fax: +30 22870 21204

The Municipality of Milos is located in Plaka while the island’s tourist information desk is found near the port of Adamas.
Municipality of Milos
84800 Plaka, Milos, Cyclades, Greece
Tel.: +30 22870 21370, 21380
E-mail: [email protected]

Tourist Information Office of Milos
84800 Adamas, Milos, Cyclades, Greece
Tel: +30 22870 22445
E-mail: [email protected]

Useful Numbers

Health Center of Plaka: +30 22870 22700-2
Doctor’s Surgery in Adamas: +30 22870 21755
Town Hall in Plaka: +30 22870 21370, 21249
Community Center in Adamas: +30 22870 22130
Port Police: +30 22870 23360, 22100
Telephone Office in Plaka: +30 22870 21399, 21599
Police Station in Plaka: +30 22870 21204
Tourist Police in Plaka: +30 22870 21378
Radio Taxi Adamas: +30 22870 22219
Hellenic National Meteorological service: +30-210-9699101-3
Elpa (Car breakdown tourist information service): 174


An international and Greek press agency is located in Adamas. International newspapers and magazines can be purchased at the airport or at some newsstands throughout the island.


•    Police: 100
•    Fire Department: 199
•    Ambulance: 166

There is a health center in the settlement of Plaka which is open every day  on a 24 hr basis,. The health center consists in departments of Pathology, Dentistry, X-ray and Microbiology. During the summer months there is also a surgical and cardiological department available as well as pediatricians, otolaryngologists, ophthalmologists and gynecologists coming from Athens.  There is also a doctor’s surgery in Adamas open Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 13:00 and Friday from 11:00 to 13:00, in Zefiria open only on Fridays from 11:00 to 13:00 and in Pollonia open only Wednesdays from 12:00-14:00.
Plaka Health Center Tel.: (+30) 22870 22700, 22870 22701, 22870 22702.

Pharmacies, dentists, private doctors and surgeons can be found in the towns of Plaka and Adamas. A vet is also available in Triovassalos. Ffor more information please call at: +30 22870 21230

Unspoiled beach utopia
Location:Agios Ioannis

Situated amidst the rugged rocks, the emerald waters of the sea and the azure sky the pristine beach of Agios Ioannis is actually made up of three smaller beaches. While the first beach is accessible by car the other two beaches are remotely secluded and very difficult to access. In order to visit the two smaller beaches one must carefully pick his way down the steep rocky cliffs but the fine sand and the emerald waters make it all worth the "trouble". All three beaches are totally unorganized therefore visitors must arrange for all necessities.

A private beach, an unknown treasure

The exceptional beach of Paliorema is the perfect choice for travelers wishing to embark on a journey through the island’s history and culture. This unique beach stands where the old sulfur mines used to be and preserves many characteristics from that period in time.  The golden sand, the colorful pebbles and the remnants of mining facilities on the beach constitute a strange secnery. This extraordinary beach with cyan waters can be reached  by a truck road from Zefyria or by boat and offers absolute seclusion and privacy.

Unspoiled serene seclusion

Offering another striking landscape with huge rocks emerging from the sapphire waters of the sea just a stone’s throw away from the shoreline this small sandy beach provides a relaxing escape from the crowds. As the large waves gently kiss the shore bathers can enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters while gazing at the scenic beauty and the volcanic islets of Glaronissia. This beautiful beach is totally unorganized but some tamarisk trees offer a little shade to swimmers and there are some taverns and rooms to let in close proximity.

A symphony of white and light blue

200-meter long stretch of white powdery sand slipping into the calm emerald waters of the sea. Resembling a natural oversized pool this beautiful sandy beach is completely unorganized and provides a secluded spot for swimming, sunbathing and pure relaxation away from the crowds. The scattered tamarisks offer abundant shade to bathers and the shallow crystalline waters are ideal for families with young children. There are not many facilities in close proximity to the beach therefore visitors are advised to bring all necessities along.

A gold and reddish landscape with azure waters

Nuzzled in a small bay, embraced by tall rocks offering natural shade to bathers, this stunning beach is an ideal choice for travelers seeking an unforgettable beach experience. The fine powder-like sand and the emerald crystalline waters create the perfect setting for a magical and romantic escape. Away from the crowds this utterly unspoiled beach is easily accessible. There are not facilities available therefore visitors must arrange to bring along all necessities.

Popular beach escape

One of the two best beaches of Adamas, Lagada beach is situated at walking distance from the port. Its central location offers easy access to many restaurants, taverns, cafes and lodgings in the area. The shallow crystal clear waters and the fine golden sand make this an ideal choice for families with small children.  Numerous tamarisks are scattered throughout the beach offering abundant natural shade to swimmers. Some fishing boats mooring on the shore complete the picturesque setting.

Abrupt slopes of white sand landscape

Enclosed by the impressive geological rock formations this beautiful sandy beach can only be reached by boat. The golden sand and the emerald waters against the striking backdrop of the abrupt mountainous landscape will amaze all visitors. This incredible beach is the ideal choice for those who wish to enjoy ultimate seclusion and peacefulness. There are no amenities on the beach therefore swimmers are suggested to bring all necessities for a day at the beach.

The emerald swing to paradise
Location:Agia Kyriaki

A magical crescent of golden sand and fine pebbles embracing the exotic cyan waters of the sea. This idyllically isolated beach offers relaxed serenity and seclusion from the crowds. In spite of its unspoiled character this treasured beach features sun beds and sun umbrellas as well as two cozy beach bars offering delicious snacks and ice cold cocktails to the thirsty swimmers.  Surrounded by colorful volcanic rocks this incredible beach enjoys a secluded setting with a feeling of being fairly private.

Absolute seclusion

Totally isolated this beautiful golden sandy beach can be reached by Emporios Village or by sea.  Nestled within hillocks, this beautiful beach retreat is the ideal spot for serenity and peacefulness for travelers wishing to enjoy  utmost seclusion. The crystal clear sapphire waters invite bathers for a refreshing swim and hours of relaxation and repose under the everlasting sun.

Serene beach escape

Beautifully secluded by high hills this unfrequented beach has not been yet affected by tourism. Its pristine, isolated ambience allows visitors to enjoy the unspoiled serenity as they swim into the crystal clear emerald waters. The small dock extending from the shore is the departure spot for small island excursions and there is also a traditional tavern overlooking the beach offering local mouthwatering delicacies to the visitors.

Golden beach Serenity

The remote beach of Triades is a beautiful golden sandy beachconsisting in reality in 3 smaller consecutive beaches. It is an ideal spot for loners and people seeking for some solitude and peacefulness away from the crowds. This haven of relaxation is completely unorganized so travelers should consider bringing all necessities for their visit. The serene, natural landscape encircling the golden sand and the sapphire waters will surely amaze all travelers.

The transparent jewel of Milos

Surrounded by the sun kissed cliffs and the silver-grey sand Gerontas beach is an ideal spot for nature lovers. The rough landscape and scenic beauty offer an unforgettable experience for every visitor.  This calm bay with the crystal clear cyan waters is ideal for swimming and diving. Completely unorganized the beach is a haven of tranquility and a popular destination for those who appreciate the unspoiled beauty of nature. The 10 minute walk to the beach is totally worth it.

A Sandy, popular coast

Papikinou is a gorgeous long beach with sapphire waters and golden sand and the only one awarded with the blue flag throughout the entire island of Milos. It is a very popular beach due to its location next to Adamandas and the numerous cafes, restaurants and facilities offered for bathers.  A long line of tamarisk trees offers abundant natural shade to the swimmers while the shallow waters make this the perfect spot for family fun.  

A quiet beach retreat

Nuzzled in the picturesque beauty this remarkable long sandy beach is usually quiet with very few visitors offering a relaxing escape away from crowds. Visitors can enjoy the scenic landscape with the traditional fishermen houses and the colorful boats and dive into the crystal clear waters. Curved into the rocks the impressive boat shelters, also known as “syrmata”, complete the idyllic scenery of a beach side summer escape.

Relaxed beach paradise

Soaking up the relaxed vibe visitors can enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystalline waters with their family and friends. The fine golden sand, the shallow waters and the playground along the shore make this beach a summer paradise for younger kids to enjoy. The numerous tamarisks provide ample shade for bathers and there are a lot of cafes, restaurants and beach taverns offering local delicacies for visitors to savor.

A colorful canvas of natural serenity

As the cyan waters gently lap the golden shore and the splendidly colored cliffs overhang the beach, the striking landscape composes a colorful natural canvas. The stunningly beautiful beach of Paleochori is considered to be one of the most popular beaches of Milos boasting umbrellas, sun beds, restaurants, cafes and wonderful lodgings.  It is the perfect place for swimming, nude sunbathing, snorkeling and a variety of water sports. A wide array of water sports facilities are offered at the beach for the water sports fanatics.

Picturesque harmony!

Combining the traditional character and picturesque beauty of Milos with the exotic emerald waters of an island paradise, this scenic sandy beach is an ideal spot for swimming, unwinding and sunbathing under the everlasting sun. The beautiful trees, the sun beds and the canteen allow swimmers to enjoy a refreshing escape right on the beach while gazing at the azure sea. Access to the beach is quite easy through a paved road and there is also a parking area right by the beach.

Glistering curving long sretch of sand

Achivadolimni, meaning clam-lake in Greek in reference to the lake filled with clams which is situated right behind the beach, is the longest beach of Milos island. It is noted as a family-friendly beach due to the long stretches of fine golden sand, the crystal clear shallow waters and the easy access. This beautiful sandy beach is ideal for swimming and sunbathing while the tamarisk trees provide adequate shade to the bathers. The Achivadolimni camping site is situated within the region offering travelers one of the best organized campsites of Greece

Impressive and Imposing rock formatted beach

Embraced by the striking landscape of imposing rock formations this utterly unspoiled and secluded beach is a hidden treasure of the Aegean waiting to be discovered. Only accessible by boat Kleftiko beach can be reached by sea with daily scheduled boats and yachts. The untouched natural beauty and the emerald waters swashing into the sea caves create a magical setting for sunning, swimming and scuba diving. Visitors will encounter some exceptional geological phenomena which make this amazing beach one of the most photographed spots in all of the Aegean.

A natural marvel

Nestled within a rocky cave naturally curved from the cliff's face this tiny sandy beach is magically sheltered from the outside world.  Resembling a gigantic swimming pool with cyan crystalline waters this beach is a very well hidden jewel of Milos. Access is quite difficult, however it is a favorable spot worth visiting. This stunning, utterly unspoiled beach is an idyllic place for awaking your senses and revitalizing your soul, swim and dive into the crystal clear waters and escape into the sea caves and the picturesque peacefulness.

An unspoiled beach haven

Due to its swallow crystalline waters, its easy access and great facilities this stunning red sandy beach is ideal for a relaxing swim and family beach escapes. It is a very popular, well organized beach offering sun beds and umbrellas as well as several options for lunch in one of the nearby taverns, where bathers can enjoy mouthwatering local delicacies. A number of hotels and apartments to let are available in the area for those who wish to stay overnight.

Exotic Beach Getaway

On the south coast of Milos this endless, undisturbed silver lined beach is very popular due to its unique rocky formation and exotic emerald waters. Impressive high cliffs surround this gorgeous beach and protect it from the northern winds. The crystal clear shallow waters and stretches of fine sand make it ideal for children and family fun. The splendid scenery and serene ambience attracts many visitors throughout the summer months and even though this stunningly beautiful beach is mostly unorganized it is rather crowded.

A snow white beach oasis

Sheltered by rocky cliffs, this marvelous beach of snow-like sand and emerald waters is an oasis of picturesque tranquility in the southern part of Milos. Completely unorganized it is one of the most favorite swim spots for the youngest people. Access to the beach is quite difficult keeping the number of visitors to a relatively low level considering its exceptional beauty. The high cliffs offer adequate shade to bathers and protection from the northern winds.

The Lunar Beach Paradise

Resembling a magical moonscape this bone white rocky beach stands proud against the sapphire waters of the sea. It is considered one of the best beaches on the island of Milos as well as one of the most photographed beaches in the entire Aegean Sea. Formed by volcanic rocks filled with natural bubbled shaped hollows this unique beach nestled amidst the dramatic scenery is completely unorganized and it is ideal for topless sunbathing and snorkeling adventures near the sunken shipwreck.


Local Specialties & Recipes
Milos Specialties & Recipes

Following the Mediterranean Greek gastronomy Milos offers a wide array of mouthwatering traditional dishes and exquisite local specialties served in most restaurants and taverns.  Tasteful simplicity is what characterizes the island’s cuisine and traditional gastronomy is prepared only by high quality ingredients and locally sourced food products.

Local Products
Local Products from Milos

The local products of Milos are those dominating the island’s cuisine and local specialties. Even if visitors don’t get a chance to try some of the island’s local products while on the island, they should definitely consider buying them before they leave the island.

Events in Milos

Milos is an island full of churches and monasteries, just like most islands and places in Greece, therefore many celebrations and festivities take place throughout the year and almost every day during summer months. By attending these festivities, travelers will have the chance to enjoy traditional delicacies and local wine accompanied by traditional folk dances.  The most important celebrations are:

Cycladia Tips
Getting Around the Island

The island of Milos is a volcanic island and even though it has a really good road network it is not easy to get around the island with local transportation. Some of the most beautiful beaches are secluded and difficult to reach and some others can only be reached by boat. It is advised to bring or hire your own car, preferably a 4x4 so as to get around. Since most beaches are secluded visitors should avoid flip flops and open shoes because a lot of hiking is usually involved. Also they need to arrange to carry along all necessities since most beaches are utterly unorganized. Nudism and topless sunbathing is common especially at the most private and remote beaches.

Have a boat tour to Milos secluded beaches

Milos is an island of unique natural beauty, untouched and unspoiled by tourism infrastructure boasting a coastline full of exotic, secluded, magical beaches. When visiting the island you should definitely not miss having a day or half day boat tour to the remote, sea accessible beaches of the island and enjoy the serenity and majestic natural beauty of the island. The boat tour is worth the fare since it will take you to discover the most secluded coasts and dive into the literally exotic blue waters of Milos!

The island of Love - Life in the Island

The island of Aphrodite is chosen mostly by couples for romantic vacations and honeymoons due to its natural grandeur, the beauty of seclusion and the romantic ambience that it evokes. Its nightlife is not a characteristic that will draw travelers to the island. Do not expect to find any fabulous night clubs or a vibrant night time scene. There are only a few bars near the port of Adamas and a couple alternatives in each of the islands major towns and villages. There are many restaurants and taverns all around the island as well as super markets, fascinating gift shops and traditional bakeries. Visitors can also find a Laundromat and an internet café near the port of Adamas.

Visit the island not in high season

Even though Milos is not considered to be a busy and cosmopolitan holiday destination it is a favorite choice for summer vacations, therefore those wishing to visit the island should plan ahead and reserve their accommodation and island cruises, which is a “must do”, early because on the spot booking will possibly not be available during peak season.

Shops & Galleries
Shops & Galleries in Milos

There are many little shops all around the island but mostly gathered around the port of Adamas. Most shops sell souvenirs, handmade gifts and jewelry as well as local weaving, embroidery and food products. Local products and delicacies as well as gift shops can be found in most of the island’s villages too. Find listed below a suggestion for some of the best shops to buy useful or uncommon souvenirs and utensils.

This artsy store sells works of art from renowned Greek and International painters, sculptors and jewelry designers. Also a place for exhibitions and interactive objects to let our your creativity too!
Plaka, Milos, Tel: +30 22870 23406, Mob: +30 6971894056, www.thivoli.gr


Situated in Adamas, this cozy shop sells handicraft home decorations and handmade jewelry created with precious or semi-precious stones and silver.
Adamas, Milos, Tel: +30 22870 22460

Bibliagora is a beautiful shop for the book lovers where one can find all types of books for educational or entertainment purposes.
Adamas, Milos, Tel: +30 22870 22885


Keramika Milou is a traditional store selling handmade pottery, gifts, home utensils and exquisite decorations.
Adamas, Milos

Situated in Adamas the Villy Bisylla store sells unique handmade glass sculpture jewelry.
Adamas, Milos, Tel: +30 22870 22744

This is a lovely store in Adamas selling absolutely inimitable handmade themed jewelry.
Adamas, Milos, Mob: +30 6973285284, +30 6948269413

Exceptional paintings of Milos’ traditional little boats.
Adamas, Milos, Tel: +30 22870 23118

In the town of Plaka this charming store sells miniature copies of the statue of Aphrodite designed with exquisite modern interventions.
Plaka, Milos, Tel: +30 22870 23427, Mob: +30 6944509889

Situated in Plaka this exquisite little store sells exceptional sand creations on wood and glass.
Plaka, Milos, Mob: +30 6938266860, www.mysand.gr


In the town of Plaka Anna’s shop sells silver handmade artistic jewelry created by the owner herself and other well-known artists. You will find two stores of the same owner at Plaka. For more details:
Plaka, Milos, Tel: +30 22870 22236, 21213, Mob: +30 6977139407

There are two different gift stores, one situated in Adamas and the other one in Klima, both exquisitely located in an authentic syrma cave (a name given to boat shelters) selling all kinds of unique gifts and decorations.
Adamas, Klima, Milos, Mob: +30 6999202131

Situated in Adamas this boutique style shop offers a beautiful selections of stylish clothes, accessories and jewelry created by students studying in the school of fine arts.
Adamas, Milos, Tel: +30 22870 22222

In the town of Plaka this boutique style shop sells handmade clothing and accessories created by Greek designers in ethnic style.
Plaka, Milos, Mob: +30 6951849762

This little shop is located in Triovassalos and offers all kinds of home equipment, utensils, decorations, cookware and all kinds of home products.
Triovassalos, Milos, Tel: +30 22870 28177

Tesoro is a boutique style store in Pollonia selling cotton and silk apparel, leather flip-flops adorned in hand, hats and accessories in a colourful and warm environment.
Pollonia, Milos Tel: +30 22870 41440, Mob: +30 6936053557

Silver by Sea is a beautiful store in Pollonia selling fashionable handmade jewelry, ethnic ornaments and decoration items, ceramic and glass objects as well as cotton and silk clothes and accessories.
Pollonia, Milos Tel: +30 22870 41269, Mob: +30 6972304560