Parlour X's Communications Manager, and aficionado for all things Greek, Sophia Kondilis shares her ultimate guide to the best beaching in the beautiful Island of Milos.
Tell us about Milos
Milos is one the most spectacular islands I’ve seen within the Cyclades. While the island may not be completely ready for tourists, the simplistic locals have a slow and relaxed pace which is endearing. With over 70 beaches, you can understand why it has become a must-visit spot amongst Greek Island destinations. The island itself is big and needs to be explored by car, no question. Unless you are spending over a week in Milos, you won’t cover all beach locations. However, if you are in the mood and up for an adventure you can definitely beach-hop and visit three to five beaches in a day.
Top recommendations for where to stay?
Opt to stay in Adamas which is the town centre, or further up on the northeast tip of the island in Pollonia. Pollonia has a relaxed, resort atmosphere with great food choices and enough of the essentials; a chemist, doctor, as well as car and boat hire. Adamas on the harbour is busier and livelier, with all the makings of a town centre. My pick is Pollonia.
Garifalakas Comfort Rooms - newly-built, serviced apartments with Korres products in the bathrooms - each with a little balcony. While there is no breakfast option, the couple who own the premises are delightful and eager to please. It's also a five minute walk to Pollonia’s city centre.
Lagada Beach Hotel - walking distance from the main Adamas port, this location combines the spirit of Adamas but with a sense of relaxation.
Artemis Deluxe Rooms - a minute's walk from Paliochori Beach, this hotel is situated close to the Milos ferry terminal, and a short distance from Firiplaka Beach.
Villa Gallis - a quiet villa with an outdoor pool and views of the sea in Pollonia.
Olea Bay Hotel - modern and traditional with a white outdoor environment set amongst Mediterranean plants and flowers.
En Milo - modern and newly-built studios and apartments in Milos.
Golden Milos Beach - 4-star Hotel located on Provatas Beach.
What are the must-visit beaches?
Sarakiniko - the architectural and desert-like landscape is so unique and memorable. Venture down the lunar peaks to discover beautiful shallow lagoons to swim or snorkel in. The cave-style lagoons offer a stunning contrast to the open ocean water, which you can jump or dive into. Tip? Keep hydrated, as there is no cover from the sun. There is however a local van which sells fresh fruit - making the perfect post-swim refreshment.
Kleftiko - accessible only by boat (private or tour), this is one of the must-visit beaches, along with Gerakas, to see in Milos. The destination is remote and weather dependant, so take the conditions into consideration when planning, as choppy seas or high wind will mean you may miss the opportunity to visit. Be sure to plan a day of snorkelling and swimming in the clear and turquoise waters around Kleftiko, and other the island's other beaches that are accessible only by boat. It’s a dream.
Firiplaka - an easy beach to get to, and very child-friendly. As with all beaches in Milos, you really start to become spoilt with the turquoise waters! Enjoy a swim in the later afternoon as the sun sets, surrounded by locals, then try for a short hike to the top to visit the local church. On the way, enjoy a dive or jump off the neighbouring cliffs into the big blue below.
Tsikgrado - an experience that ‘wows’. To get to the actual beach you'll descend down a sketchy-looking ladder, which may have you questioning your safety! Wear trainers for grip. Once you overcome the nerves, the experience becomes fun and adventurous. The one-way ladder doesn’t have a monitoring system for people waiting to go up and down, so practice patience and be mindful of the right times to enter/exit. When you do arrive, the water is HEAVEN and well-worth the mission. This is a favourite beach in Milos for a laid-back swim, thanks to it's remote surrounded by nature, coves and crystal-clear water.
Fyropotamos - another favourite beach - we went back a few times. The wide-sprawling beach is contrasted by a biological backdrop of rock and crystal formations. The water is blue, blue, blue. A small beach bar which serves Greek salads, sandwiches and fresh juices is simple, but hits the spot. There are sun chairs for hire, but in Milos luxury and relaxation come in different forms to the 'super islands' like Mykonos or Santorini. This is the perfect destination for any age or group size. Visually, it's such an unusual beach. Parking here is a bit tricky due to the steep inclines, but this is Greece!
Mandrakia - the waters are quite shallow, so swimming is optional but the clear waters makes this a picturesque location to visit. Colourfully painted steps lead down to boat houses, which are occupied by local fishermen. Nearby is Medusa - a delicious seafood restaurant with fresh octopus hanging on the line.
Klima - similar to Mandrakia, the boat houses are situated on the water which offers an authentic view of local life in Milos. Nearby bar and hotel Panorama is perfect for a sunset cocktail. Klima is a challenging drive to get to thanks to narrow, one-way streets, however it is easily accessible by boat.
Agia Kiriaki - a low-key beach with pristine waters. Not the beach for you if you're looking for striking architecture or geographical features, but instead enjoy an easy swim in gorgeous waters. A welcome balance to some of the more adventurous beaches on the island; Agia Kiriaki is perfect for young families wanting a stress-free experience.
Papafragas - this is a stunning cave-formed beach. You may not get the opportunity to swim if the tide is low, but it is visually astounding so be sure to bring your camera! The Food You'll find lots of quality, simple but flavoursome food in Milos. All eateries in Pollonia do not disappoint, and are easy to discover by foot. Generally meals in Milos are more focused on late lunches or dinners, as opposed to breakfast. Overall, Greece does not have the breakfast culture we have in Australia but you can grab a delicious tradition cheese pie 'Tiropita' on the go, with a frappe.
Food Hot Spots?
Kivotos ton Gefeson - the desserts here are everything! The pies are a speciality in Milos, especially the watermelon pie, and don't miss out on the galaktobouriko, karidopita, bougatsa and so on. Addictive. Take some treats home too with delicious packaged products and condiments.
Enalion Restaurant - a traditional seafood restaurant with fresh lobster caught on the day.
Hanabi Sushi - modern décor serving up Japanese.
Rifaki - a casual Greek Taverna with lovely meze plates and delicious dishes.
O Hamos - a must-try seaside restaurant serving Greek plates.