Looking for things to do in Milos? The Greek island of Milos had been on our list of places to visit in Greece for years. We had seen photos of the moonscape beaches and heard about how quiet the island was in comparison to others, so it was only a matter of time before we ventured to Milos ourselves.
Milos has everything you could want out of a trip to the Greek islands. Great food? Epic beaches? Amazing sunsets? Friendly people? Yup! All those things are what make Milos so special. Here are our favorite things to do in Milos.
The Best Things to do in Milos
1. Have a Coffee in Adamantas
Adamantas is one of the main towns on Milos and where most travelers will pass in and out of. This is where the ferries arrive and depart the island from so naturally, it has many cafes, restaurants, and shops around.
It’s a great place to stop in at night and enjoy a Freddo Cappuccino. You can also explore by foot and see the Agios Haralambos Church, the Church of the Holy Trinity, or Agia Triada Church.
2. Provatas Beach
Located on the south coast of Milos, Provatas is one of the most popular beaches on the island. It’s one you can easily spend half day at! During the peak summer season, you’ll find beach chairs and umbrellas for hire.
Despite being a popular Milos beach it’s actually not too crowded. There’s not much around besides a few restaurants which definitely keeps the crowds down.
3. Firiplaka Beach
Firiplaka Beach is one of my favorite beaches on the entire island. This is a long beach with plenty of space to spread out and enjoy a beach day without others on top of you.
White sand, and calm blue waters are what make this beach so special. Although I really loved the huge colored rock formations along the coastline!
Come here with snacks and all you need for the beach as there is only one small beach snack stand around here.
4. Tsigrado Beach
Milos Island has more than 70 beaches, and Tsigrado is one of the most secluded and beautiful you can find. Located just a short five-minute drive away from Firiplaka Beach and nestled between cliffs it’s a great place to come for the adventure lovers.
Why do I say adventure lovers? Because you have to climb down a bit of a scary and exposed ladder to access the beach!
That’s right, unless you arrive by boat the only way to access this beach is via a steep and narrow crevasse with a rope and ladder at the end. If you are afraid of heights it’s probably best to admire the beauty of this beach from above.
Once on the beach, it’s not such a big area, but that’s okay since many won’t venture this way. The water is glistening, with a small cave nearby, and soft sand to lay in (just no beach chairs so bring a towel).
Arrive here earlier in the day. After 3:30 pm the small beach area becomes shaded.
5. Sarakiniko Beach
Sarakiniko Beach is easily the most popular thing to do on Milos Island. It’s likely what drew you to visit the island in the first place, and fair enough, this beach is out of this world.
Stepping onto Sarakiniko Beach literally feels like stepping onto the moon. Over the centuries the sea and wind have shaped this volcanic rock into majestic columns. It’s where pure white rock meets turquoise blue water.
There’s no vegetation here and not much sand. Sunbathing here means placing a towel on the hard rock, but it’s a small price to pay for the uniqueness of this moonscape.
There are plenty of cliff jumping opportunities at Sarakinko and there’s a long, shallow, and safe inlet where visitors can take a swim.
Although this is the most popular beach in Milos I still loved coming here a few days in a row. It’s seriously beautiful at sunrise, mid-day, and sunset. One could easily spend a whole day here. Just bring snacks as there is only one small food truck near the parking area.
6. Sarakiniko Shipwreck
Right next to Sarakiniko Beach is the Sarakino Shipwreck, it can be very easy to miss but is worth a stop to go see it! You can see the shipwreck by walking down towards the beach from the parking area and taking a right instead of a left towards the inlet.
The wrecked pieces belong to ship that crashed into the rocks in 2003 in the midst of a storm. If you’re a strong swimmer and the water is calm it’s also possible to go snorkeling here.
The small fishing port town of Mandrakia wasn’t really on our things to see in Milos list. That is until we unknowingly booked an Airbnb in this small town and found ourselves here for a few days. I’m so happy that we stayed in this small town as I think it’s one of the prettiest stops in all of Milos.
It’s in Mandrakia that you can find complete peace and quiet on an otherwise busy island. The main draw here is a minuscule fishing village with colorful boat garage doors. It’s an idyllic spot to take a photo with the Zoodohos Pigi church rising over it.
Step down to the village to get a better look at fisherman’s typical residence. There’s not a whole plethora of things to do here in this small village, but many people venture here for a restaurant…
8. Eat at Medousa
And that restaurant would be Medousa. Medousa is one of the best reviewed restaurants on all of Milos and people come from all around the island to eat here. They have fresh greek cuisine and great seafood.
The best part is Medousa is reasonably priced. It’s a traditional Greek Taverna run by a family with typical Greek pricing. You can easily eat here for under €10 a person. Come during lunch for the most stunning daytime views.
9. Ancient Theatre of Milos
No visit to Milos is complete without stopping at the Ancient Theatre of Milos first. This is an extremely well preserved Roman theatre overlooking Milos Bay.
This theatre dates back to the 3rd century BC, which once you see it in person you will be seriously impressed at how well preserved it still is.
The theatre was actually destroyed during Roman times and rebuilt out of marble. The official hours are from 6 am to 6 pm, but when we went there was no gate or anyone working in this area to monitor times. It’s free to enter and enjoy. The Ancient Theatre isn’t the most popular thing to do in Milos so you’ll likely get lucky and have it all to yourself (we did!).
It’s also in this spot where the statue of Aphrodite once was, now the original is found in the Louvre, but the people of Milos are desperately trying to bring her home.
10. Catacombs of Milos
Near the Ancient Theatre of the catacombs of Milos. Dating back to the 1st century these three sets of tunnels hold a lot of history.
Considering there have only been 74 discovered catacombs worldwide, the Catacombs of Milos are a pretty big deal. Some say that these catacombs are even older than the ones of Rome.
These catacombs were rediscovered in 1840. The discovered tunnels consist of 180 meters where 2000+ Christians were buried.
Visitors can only view two short sections, but if you are interested in the history of Milos it’s certainly worthwhile.
11. Sunset in Klima
After you visit the ancient theatre keep continuing onto the small village of Klima. Klima is one of the picturesque towns of Milos and is where you’ll find colorful fishermen houses, known as “syrmatas” along Milos Bay.
It’s where one comes to take in the views, enjoy the colorful houses, and snap photos. There’s one restaurant along the water and a few small souvenir shops, but the real draw here is sunset (one of the best spots on the island to witness a Greek sunset).
My suggestion would be to grab a cheap bottle of Greek white wine at the grocery store and a reusable cup and enjoy the best view in Milos.
12. Sunset in Plaka
Plaka is the chief town of the island and capital of Milos. It sits on top of a large rock where no cars can enter. Almost anywhere in town offers unparalleled views over the Gulf of Milos making it another perfect spot to come and watch a Greek sunset.
Most of Plaka has traditional Cycladic architecture with whitewashed buildings and blue roofs. It’s another small village where anyone can come and do some boutique shopping, have a Greek meal, or enjoy a sundowner while the sun is setting. There is also a Folk Museum, archaeological museum, and a couple idyllic churches.
To access Plaka you’ll have to park down below the town and walk 5-10 minutes up to the town as no cars can enter on these narrow roads.
It’s worth noting that the town of Plaka has a slightly more upscale feeling after the sunsets. If there were a hip area of Milos, Plaka would be that area. I showed up here at sunset one night in my beachwear (see photo above) and definitely felt underdressed among others who were clearly more dressed up for the evening.
13. Plaka Castle (Venetian Castle of Milos)
It’s definitely worth the 10 minute uphill climb to the Plaka Castle to watch the sun go down over Milos.
Plaka Castle sits on the second-highest peak on Milos. This 13th-century castle used to be a refuge from pirate attacks. While there are no more pirates, it’s the refuge for sunset seekers. Seriously you get panorama views from Plaka Castle at any time of the day making it one of the best things to do in Milos.
Don’t forget to stop at Panagia Skiniotissa and Panagia Thalassitra, two amazing churches on your way up.
14. Windmills of Milos
At the top of the town of Trypiti ruined and preserved Greek windmills can be found. Four of them have been turned into hotel rooms, but the rest are great to check out and admire! Oh yea – these are also another good place to watch sunset.
15. Firopotamos Beach
Firopotamos Beach is another absolute must-see beach on Milos. It’s at Firopotamos where you can take a dip in the calm Aegean waters and step out on soft sand. The beach also looks out to another bay – home to more cute fishermen villages (in the summer-these are mostly converted to vacation rentals).
There are beach bean bags and umbrellas at Firopotamos as well as a pop up food stand.
IF you hit Papafragas at exactly the right time it’s a very unique and special spot in Milos. Papafragas is a rectangular shaped cove surrounded by tall cliffs on every side. It’s a unique location but requires some descending on sharp cliff walls to reach.
When looking down Papafragas looks like a huge swimming pool that is almost inaccessible, but if you catch the sign near the parking area you’ll see there is a path down to the water. There’s only a very small section of sand to put your stuff and relax and then a long narrow alley of water for a dip.
I say that Papafragas is good at the right time, because the sunlight has to be hitting the beach and water exactly right for it to look like anything special. Catch it in the shade (like we did – photo above) and it may not look like much of anything to you and you may want to give it a skip.
Still wondering what to do in Milos? Located at the most eastern tip of Milos is Pollonia. It’s a tourist town in Milos that offers some higher-end dining options, coffee shops, and beautiful seaside views.
It’s an ideal spot for families to stay in Milos as it has all the amenities you may need for a Greek holiday (plenty of restaurants, good beach, and ample guesthouses). There’s a golden sand beach with shallow warm water and Agia Paraskevi church is a close Milos attraction to visit.
If you’re interested in visiting the small neighboring island of Kimolos there’s a daily ferry connection from Pollonia.
How to Get Around Milos
There are three options for getting around Milos. Rental Car, Moped, or 4×4. A moped is the cheapest option, but in Greece, you need a motorcycle license in order to rent one. Many rental agencies in Greece will let you slide and rent a moped without this, but we couldn’t find anyone in Milos to rent us a moped on just a standard license.
A 4×4 is the most fun option to get around Milos in. However at around €40 a day it’s an expensive one. Also during the high season, you’ll need an advanced reservation to rent one of these bad boys. I prefer not to rent mopeds or 4x4s as I appreciate my shade and AC while getting around Milos.
The last option is a rental car. To rent a car in Greece you need a standard International drivers license (A valid US license works). If your license is not in English or Greek, have a translation just in case. You also should be prepared to hand over your passport. Also depending on where you trying to rent an International Drivers Permit may be mandatory. We couldn’t find a rental agency that would rent us a car without an IDP.
We’ve rented a car in Greece without an IDP and had places in Greece require that we have an IDP. If you are from North America, Australia, or outside the EU it’s best that you arrive to Greece with an IDP just to be safe. You can get one here if you’re in a hurry. If you get in an accident or our fulled over without an IDP you may be subject to a steep fine in the EU.
Most car rental companies in Greece will require you to be 21 and to have held a license in your home country for a year. If you are under 25 you may face additional charges. Here are some sites to compare prices on:
- RentalCars.com: Provides comparisons for car rentals in Greece.
- AutoEurope: I can often find deals here for car rentals in Europe.
- Discover Car Hire: Searches rental car prices around the globe.
Where to Stay in Milos
There are so many options for accommodation around Milos it may make your head spin when booking. Here are a few great Milos accommodation options.
Plan and Pack for Greece
Travel Water Bottle
Plastic pollution is a problem in Greece so it’s best not to contribute to the problem buying plastic water bottles everywhere – plus the water from the taps here is perfectly safe to drink. We’ve shifted to using an insulated aluminum water bottle as it handles the hot sun well.
However, we also love filtered water bottles in areas we’re uncertain of the water supply. Read more about favorite water bottle for travel in our post.
A cover-up is one of those beach vacation clothes you should always travel within your luggage. When packing for a day at the beach, make sure you don’t forget one. Not only do they look cute, but they will also protect you from the suns harsh rays.
Many establishments don’t allow beachgoers to wear just a swimsuit, so this is where the cover-up is essential. Most of my cover-ups come from Pitusa.
This all depends on where you’re heading to the beach, but a portable Bluetooth speaker is great to have when you’re in a group. We travel with a small BOOM speaker and take it with us when it feels appropriate. We say this because it’s often best to leave it at home on small secluded beaches so not to annoy anyone else with your music — no one’s that good of a DJ.
Of course, what you wear all depends on where you live! For those heading to Greece in the Spring or Fall, you may want something a little warmer. For those days we always reach for a warm fleece jacket.
Patagonia’s Synchilla Snap T Pullover fleece is the best fleeces for the beach in our opinion. The fleece has a classic relaxed cut that has a timeless look for a walk on the beach or evening bonfire. It’s a double-sided fleece that provides plenty of warmth while remaining soft and comfortable.
If you’re wondering what travel necessities to bring to Greece then good walking shoes should be your top concern.
No matter what you will need a beach bag when heading to the beach. This is to throw in anything like towels, a book, a speaker, sunglasses, snacks, and sunscreen. As full-time travelers, we often use our daypacks for trips to the beach since a tote is unnecessary.
However, a classic tote that everyone has in their closet is a great option for those on short trips or live close to the beach. They also travel well as they can fold flat and lie in your luggage. For family beach goers I recommend a large yet durable beach tote like this one.
Skin cancer is for real! Don’t forget your SPF when traveling around Greece. We recommend ordering some online before leaving the house as you will need it underneath the sun in the summer.
We highly recommend getting an eco friendly sun cream that does not contain harmful chemicals.
Make sure to protect your eyes from the sun. There are a lot of options for sunglasses and everyone should own at least a pair. It’s best to make sure they do have UV protection for the health of your eyes.
We made our first investment in quality polarized sunglasses with a pair of SMITH Optics Lowdown 2. Truthfully, not everyone needs to invest $150 in a pair of sunglasses, but they do make a huge difference from the crappy $10 ones.
Most hotels will provide you with a towel, but they often aren’t suitable or allowed on the beaches. I like to travel with a microfiber towel because they are light and fold up small, and they also don’t cling on to sand our dirt. Here are a few of our favorite travel towels.
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