Looking for some of the best 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 compared to others, so it was only a matter of time before we ventured to Milos ourselves.
After visiting 15 other Greek islands, including Hydra, Santorini, Crete, and Mykonos, I can say that Milos ranks up as one of our favorites. Milos has everything you could want from 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.
Where Is Milos, Greece?
Milos Island is a beautiful island that is part of the Cyclades island group of the Greek islands. It’s quieter than nearby Mykonos and Santorini but is quickly becoming more popular as visitors to the Cyclades try to escape the crowds.
Like nearby Paros and Naxos, Milos still has places where you can find idyllic stone streets and white-washed buildings. Particularly in the town of Plaka, one of the best places to visit in Greece.
It’s best known for Sarakiniko Beach, an unreal landscape that looks like the moon. Milos can easily be reached by ferry from Mykonos, Naxos, Ios, Sifnos, Amorgos, and many more Greek destinations making it the perfect place to head on your Greek islands travel itinerary.
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. This is where the ferries arrive and depart the island, so it has many cafes, restaurants, and shops around.
It’s a great place to stop 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, which are some of the best sights in Adamantas.
2. Sunbathe on 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 a day at! You’ll find beach chairs and umbrellas for hire during the peak summer season.
Despite being a popular Milos beach, it’s not too crowded. There’s not much around besides a few restaurants, which keeps the crowds down.
3. Swim at Firiplaka Beach
Firiplaka Beach is one of my favorite beaches on the entire island and one of the best things to do in Milos! 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. However, I loved the huge colored rock formations along the coastline. It’s one of the more unique beaches on Milos. Come here with snacks and all you need for the beach, as there is only one small beach snack stand.
4. Descend to 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 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. Cliff Jump at 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; fair enough, this Greek beach is out of this world.
Stepping onto Sarakiniko Beach 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 Sarakiniko, 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 wonderful 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. Stop by the Sarakiniko Shipwreck
Next to Sarakiniko Beach is the Sarakiniko Shipwreck; it can be very easy to miss but is worth a stop to see! 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 a ship that crashed into the rocks in 2003 amid a storm. If you’re a strong swimmer and the water is calm, it’s also possible to go snorkeling here.
7. stroll around Mandrakia
The small fishing port town of Mandrakia wasn’t on our list of things to see in Milos. 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 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 the fisherman’s typical residence. There are not a whole plethora of things to do here in this small village, but many people venture here for a restaurant…
8. Eat at Medusa
And that restaurant would be Medusa. Medusa is one of the best-reviewed restaurants in all of Milos, and people come from around the island to eat here. They have fresh greek cuisine and great seafood.
The best part is Medusa 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; it’s one of the best things to do in Milos!
9. visit the 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. In case you didn’t know, Greece has a ton of ancient ruins!
This theatre dates back to the 3rd century BC, and once you see it in person, you will be seriously impressed at how well preserved it still is.
The theatre was destroyed during Roman times and rebuilt out of marble. The official hours are from 6 am to 6 pm, with no gate or anyone to monitor the times. It’s free to enter after hours 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 where the statue of Aphrodite was discovered. She now lives in the Louvre, but the people of Milos are desperately trying to bring her home.
10. go underground at the 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 only 74 discovered catacombs worldwide, the Catacombs of Milos are a pretty big deal. Some say that these catacombs are even older than the ones in 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. Catch Sunset in Klima
After you visit the ancient theatre, continue onto the small village of Klima. Klima is one of the picturesque towns of Milos and is where you’ll find colorful fishermen’s 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 the sunset (one of the best spots on the island to witness a Greek sunset). I suggest grabbing a cheap bottle of Greek white wine at the grocery store and a reusable cup and enjoying the best view in Milos.
12. enjoy Sunset in Plaka
Plaka is the chief town of the island and the 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, an archaeological museum, and a couple of idyllic churches.
To access Plaka, you’ll have to park 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 sun sets. If there were a hip area of Milos, Plaka would be that area. One night, I showed up here at sunset in my beachwear and felt underdressed among others who were clearly more dressed up for the evening.
13. Plaka Castle (Venetian Castle of Milos)
It’s 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. see the Windmills of Milos
At the top of the town of Trypiti, ruined and preserved Greek windmills can be found. Four 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 the sunset.
15. relax at Firopotamos Beach
Firopotamos Beach is another absolute must-see beach on Milos. It’s at Firopotamos, where you can 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, umbrellas at Firopotamos, and a pop-up food stand.
16. climb down to Papafragas
If you hit Papafragas at exactly the right time, it’s a 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.
Papafragas is good at the right time because the sunlight must be hitting the beach and water exactly right for it to look like anything special. Catch it in the shade, and it may not look like much of anything to you, and you may want to give it a skip.
17. enjoy the atmosphere in Pollonia
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, a 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.
18. Kleftiko Cove and Beach
Kleftiko Beach is one of the best places to see in Milos. It’s one of the most famous coves on the island and was an old pirate hideout. Kleftiko is located on the island’s southwest tip and is mainly accessible by boat; though it’s possible to walk there, we don’t recommend it.
Instead, book a sailboat and enjoy a fully captained experience full of swimming, snorkeling, and even a cookout on the beach. You’ll also see unique rock formations and traditional fishing villages!
19. Day Trip to Kimolos
Kimolos is a charming and quaint island in the Cyclades close to Milos. However, not many people have heard of it or ventured into it. It’s known for its unique beaches and turquoise clear waters.
You can enjoy the uncrowded streets of Kimolos after just taking an hour ferry ride from Milos! It’s the best €5 ferry ticket you’ll ever spend!
20. Sail to Poliegos Islands
Poliegos Islands is an uninhabited island close to Milos, and if you’re looking for a fun day exploring the clear waters around the island, a fun thing to do in Milos is sailing out to it! On this fun sailing trip, you’ll be taken to Poliegos and then to the colorful beach of Firligos. After, you can enjoy Gerakas – only accessible by boat!
a helpful Map Of Things To Do in Milos
How Long Should You Spend on Milos Island?
We spent six nights and seven days on Milos Island, and I felt it was the perfect amount of time. We could have easily seen more with a bit more time or re-hit some of my favorite things to do in Milos a second time had we planned for ten days. If we had less than five days, I would have felt too rushed around Milos, for it is a unique island.
I would advise spending between 5-7 days on Milos and then taking the ferry to another island in the Cyclades like Paros or Naxos.
How to Get to Milos Island
A small airport on Milos Island (MLO) connects easily to Athens International (ATH). Olympic Air and Aegean Air both operate direct flights to Athens, and if you book well enough in advance, you’ll be able to get a great rate.
Your other option on Milos is a ferry. Milos is well connected via ferry to Athens, Santorini, Naxos, Paros, Mykonos, and Tinos. We always like to check Ferry Hopper to get an idea of prices and times for the ferry. It’s also often cheaper to book Greek ferries in advance.
Transportations Around Milos
There are three options for getting around Milos. Rental Car, Moped, or 4×4.
A moped is the cheapest option, but you need a motorcycle license to rent one in Greece. 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 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 advance 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 driver’s 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 are trying to rent, an International driver’s 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, so it’s all dependent on the car rental agency. If you are from North America, Australia, or outside the EU, you should arrive in Greece with an IDP just to be safe. If you get in an accident or are pulled 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 hold 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:
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.
You know those Windmills I talked about earlier? Well, you can stay in one!
Niki Savvas are comfortable suites and studios just 10 m from the beach in Pollonia. They are great places to stay if you want a little hideaway and a romantic setting.
What to Pack for Milos?
You may wonder what to pack for Milos and the rest of the Greek islands. The islands are beautiful, swarming with history, and populated with some of the friendliest people in the world.
When is the Best Time to Visit Milos?
High season (June-September)
Like most places in Europe, Greece’s high season runs from June to mid-September. This is when you will find the best sunny weather and larger crowds. Days are longer; the weather is HOT, so you’ll want to be close to a pool or ocean. Hotel and car rental prices are at their highest. In mid-to-late September, we traveled to Milos and found the weather and crowds ideal for a great Greek vacation.
Shoulder Season (April-May or October-November)
The weather in Milos is cooler during these months; some would consider it much more comfortable than prime summertime weather. It’s not as busy as the summertime, but you’ll still see plenty of travelers lingering about. Prices on accommodation and car rentals will drop during this time. The shoulder season is typically a fantastic time to visit Milos.
Low Season (Late November – April)
The temperatures are cooler during the low season in Greece. You’ll still see plenty of sunny days but overcast days and little to no sunbathing on the Milos beaches. It’s too cold to dip in the water, but you can still enjoy the beaches with some clothes on to keep warm in the breeze. The upside is you’ll find low prices and very low numbers of tourists.
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20 Things to do in Milos, Island
- Provatas Beach
- Firiplaka Beach
- Tsigrado Beach
- Sarakiniko Beach
- Sarakiniko Shipwreck
- Eat At Medusa
- Ancient Theatre Of Milos
- The Catacombs Of Milos
- Sunset In Plaka
- Plaka Castle (Venetian Castle Of Milos)
- The Windmills Of Milos
- Firopotamos Beach
- Kleftiko Cove And Beach
- Poliegos Islands