Nicknamed "The Island of Colours", Milos is volcanic as Santorini but here, craters and fumaroles are scattered on the island, which forms a crescent around a kind of inner sea, with very scenic coasts and beaches.
Achivadolimni Beach
One of the most beautiful beaches of Milos, ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing. It is named after the small lake just behind, which means "Clam Lake". Continuing the road, you enter the western part of Milos, very wild and ideal for hiking, but the paved road soon becomes a dirt road.
Achivadolimni Lake
This small lake is off the eponymous beach, which name means "Clam Lake". Further on lies the western part of Milos, very wild and ideal for hiking, but devoid of paved roads, where maybe you'll see the dangerous Milos viper (Macrovipera lebetina schweizeri).
The port of Milos (also named Adamantas) is located north of the inner bay of the island. Ferries sail along the coast, go to the deck to admire the amazing view! The village of Adamas is not extraordinary but its seafront is full of assets.
Aghia Kyriaki
One of the beautiful beaches of the south coast, reached by an asphalt road. Partially equipped, it is very popular in summer but of course quieter in spring and autumn. Above, to the north-west, is the big eroded crater of Fyriplaka, one of the ancient volcanoes of Milos.
Mikri Akradia and Meghali Akradia (or Akrathio) are two deserted islets that you will see shortly before your ferry enters the "inner sea" of Milos. Until now, you haven't yet seen how extraordinary is the coastline, it's time to go to the deck and admire the view on the port side...
The multicoloured fishing village of Klima is not the only one you will see along the coast below Plaka and Trypiti. Other villages of the same type are much smaller and less accessible by road. Areti is a good way to get away from the crowds!
At Cape Fourkovouni, strange-shaped reefs are one of the mineral attractions of Milos. One of them, from a certain angle, evokes a threatening bear standing on its hind legs. This is how the reefs were named "The Bears" (αρκουδες in Greek).
The catacombs of Milos, dating back to the first centuries of our era, are among the three most important Christian necropolises in the world, with those of Rome and of the Near East. They have not been fully explored yet and only a small part can be visited. They extend to the coast and you can see exits pierced in a cliff just east of Klima.
As Areti and Schinopi, Fourkovouni is a tiny fishing village consisting of typical "syrmata" and accessible by sea or by a dirt road. While Klima, largest and most famous village of this type, is one of the great tourist attractions of Milos, it's these secret hamlets that you'll visit to escape the crowds.
There are so many amazing beaches in Milos that you'll not be able to say which one you prefer, but Fyriplaka will be high in your ranking. A paved road, a trail section, then you go down a path. The effort is worth it, you can quench your thirst at the friendly beach bar and the beach, partly sandy, is really scenic!
A small church perched on a spectacular rocky cape, a wind-sheltered bay with a beautiful sandy beach, crystal clear waters and typical fishermen's houses of Milos (the "syrmata") are the scenic setting you'll discover in Fyropotamos, on the north coast of the island.
Right next to the dizzying Papafragas Beach, Kapros Beach is much easier to reach. It's a narrow sea inlet that ends with a sandy beach, in a spectacular setting. Here, a second firth slides gently under a picturesque rocky arch.
With Sarakiniko Beach, Kleftiko is probably the most photographed place in Milos. Located near the south-west cape of the island, this former pirates' den can only be reached by boat. Access by land is possible, but by goat trails through wild landscapes where live the vipers of Milos... Up to you!
This multicolored fishing village is one of the most visited places in Milos. The houses are "syrmata", typical dwellings where the ground floor is a boat shelter, while the first floor is occupied by the fisherman and his family. Klima is not the only village of this type, but it's the largest and the most impressive.
One of the most beautiful fishing villages of Milos, with "syrmata" nestled around a small natural harbor, a pretty church, a tavern with panoramic views. No large beach but many picturesque spots to swim in crystal clear water. Wonderful!
Milos Airport
Milos National Airport (MLO) is less than 5 km from the port of Adamas, southeast of Milos Bay, the "inner sea" of the island. It's a very small airport, which is only served from Athens and, in high season, from Thessaloniki. Its runway is only 3,380 ft long.
A tiny fishing port on the north coast of Milos, very exposed to the wind, with small sandy beaches, rugged rocky landscapes and a spectacular sea view on windy days.
If you want to discover why Milos is nicknamed "the island of colours", this is where you have to come, on the south coast of the island. This beach of golden sand, very popular, leans against an incredible multicolored cliff. With turquoise waters and blue sky, Paliochori is a feast for the eyes!
On the north coast of Milos, two nearby beaches are famous for their picturesque scenery: Papafragas and Kapros. They are located along the north road, 3 km from Pollonia. Papafragas is the most spectacular: a narrow canyon separated from the sea by a rocky arch. Difficult and dangerous access, vertigo guaranteed!
This long shady beach, partially equipped, is located east of the port of Adamas. Following the seaside, you will first find a series of taverns with nice terraces overlooking the water and then, just after the Mining Museum, begins the beach, drowned in the vegetation. A very nice stroll!
Capital of Milos and most beautiful village of the island, Plaka is a jewel set nearly 200 m above sea level at the foot of a hill crowned with a Venetian kastro and beautiful churches. It's a car-free village with nice surprises in its alleys. Don't leave without discovering the esplanade of Panaghia Korphiatissa and its amazing panoramic view!
Plaka Kastro
Above the capital Plaka, the ruins of the 13th-century Venetian kastro do not offer much interest, but the walk takes you past beautiful churches and, at the top, a huge esplanade offers amazing panoramic views of Milos and the neighbouring islands. It's of course a great spot to watch the sunset!
Second port of Milos, Pollonia is not served by the main boat lines, it's the port from where the small shuttle ferry serves the neighbouring island Kimolos, right in front. With its beautiful beaches, nice fish taverns and many accommodations, Pollonia is the most important seaside destination of Milos.
One of the beautiful sandy beaches of the south coast of Milos, easily accessible and suitable for families. It is partially equipped, with accommodation and taverns nearby.
Impossible to visit Milos without going to this strange beach, the most famous of the island. It's the most photographed place of the Cyclades, with the windmills of Mykonos and the cliffs of Santorini. The dazzling whiteness of the site, if it were not contrasted by the blue of the sea and the sky, would give the impression of being exploring the Moon...
A short distance from the port of Adamas but accessible only by a bumpy track or by boat, Schinopi is a tiny village of "syrmata", colorful houses opening directly to the sea. These traditional houses are built on a ground floor sheltering the boat, with the first floor being home of the fisherman and his family.
One of the most spectacular places of Milos, reachable in principle only by boat. It's a huge sea cave which vault has collapsed, you'll feel like being in the crater of a volcano. The turquoise waters are crystal clear, the lights are magical, you'll believe to be visiting the land of fairies and sirens!
Trypiti is the village overlooking the catacombs, the ancient theater and the fishing village of Klima. There are good restaurants, with splendid views, and a beautiful church. There is a parking lot at the north entrance of the village, don't try to go through the village by car, the main street is narrow and it's impossible to cross or turn around.
If you are subject to vertigo, don't try to go to this beach, go to Fyriplaka, quite close and easily accessible. Here, you reach the beach by a steep path, with difficult passages where you hold on to a rope... Let's face it: we did not go down there...
Your boat will pass spectacular Cape Vani, northernmost point of the western part of Milos, when sailing along the coast to Sykia Cave and Kleftiko. You will see some ruins of manganese mines that were exploited here from 1890 to 1928.
Built by the Venetians in the 13th century, Zefyria has been the capital of Milos until 1767. Unfortunately, that year, earthquakes destroyed the city, releasing harmful gases that caused epidemics. The city was abandoned and nowadays it's a sleepy rural village around a beautiful church and the capital is Plaka.
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