Have you ever heard of Milos? I hadn’t until about 1.5 years ago. While there are many heavenly Greek islands to daydream about, Milos is something special.
Milos is not on the radar of most travellers, and for that reason it escapes the hoards of tourists that most Greek islands receive. Milos is small enough to navigate in a few days, yet with over 70+ beaches to explore, you can spend weeks there and never get bored. There are SO many unique places to discover on Milos island, just wait and see!
Beaches with moon-like landscapes, colorful fishing villages, picturesque blue and white towns, and mouthwatering fresh seafood, what’s not to love about Milos? Oh, and of course cats, lots of them (would you expect anything less from Greece?).
The Perfect 4 Day Milos Itinerary
Day 1: (1-5 on map)
→ Sarakiniko, Mandrakia, Firopotamus, Plathiena, Fourkovouni
Day 2: (6-10 on map)
→Plaka, Klima, Catacombs/Roman Theatre, Adamantas, Thiorichio (Paliorema sulphur mines)
Day 3: (11-13 on map)
→Papafragas, Pollonia, Kimolos Island
Day 4: (14-16 on map)
→ Firiplaka Beach, Tsigrado Beach, Paliochori Beach
*My Airbnb is #17 on the map (the furthest drive was about 30 minutes from my Airbnb so it was a great location).
4 Day Milos Itinerary | Day 1
Sarakiniko-lunar landscape beach that looks like white sand dunes and also the most popular beach on the island. You can spend some time walking around the moon-like landscape to other areas where you can swim and snorkel.
Mandrakia-the cutest little fishing village lined with colorful houses and turquoise waters. Eat at Medousa restaurant on the water. They have the best grilled octopus and vinegar dish (best octopus I’ve ever tasted). There are also many kitties around.
Firopotamus-gorgeous blue waters with a white little church in the distance. This area is etremely relaxing and picturesque. Take a hike behind the church for some ruins and awesome plunging cliffs on the other side.
Fourkovouni-another picturesque fishing village near Plathenia beach. Plathenia is a nice beach with large rock formations in the water. It’s definitely worth the stop if you have time.
4 Day Milos Itinerary | Day 2
Plaka-traditional Greek Town up on a hill where you can view a big portion of the island. This is where you go if you want to see the traditional Greek blue and white houses. It also has many lovely restaurants and shops.
The church in Plaka sits atop the highest point on the island and you can see it from a distance (i.e. you can basically use it as a reference point if you ever get lost).[easy-image-collage id=4013]
Klima-a traditional fishing village with colorful boat garages on the bottom. This village is very calm and quiet and is a nice place to walk around and take lots of photos. A lot of locals still live here and it’s cool to see them living the simple old way of life.
Catacombs and Roman Theatre-take a little break from the beaches and appreciate some of the history on the island. The Roman theatre has an amazing view over the Aegean sea and is a few minutes from the underground Catacombs. Make sure to stop at the port city of Adamantas on your way out. This is where you will find most of the boat tours leaving from the island.
Paliorema Sulfur Mines-the only place on the East Coast you can go with an ATV.
The sulphur mines were operational until the 1960’s, but have remained abandoned ever since. It’s set on a beach with orange sand (dyed from the sulphur) and is a really cool site to explore. It’s kind of an eerie, spooky feel walking through all the little rooms with the beds and other signs of life that remain.
You must drive down a very rocky dirt road about 20 minutes to get to it. It’s hard to get to but there is no one around and it’s a fun place to photograph.
4 Day Milos Itinerary | Day 3
Papafragas-a hidden little cove on the way to the port city of Pollonia. It has a small caved arch that leads to the sea. Be careful with the descent, the steep cliff has a lot of slippery rocks. Pollonia is a cute port city and where you will catch your short ferry to Kimolos island. Eat at Enalion restaurant in Pollonia. They had some awesome grilled shrimp and fried eggplant with feta and tomatoes sauce.
Kimolos-take the ferry to Kimolos island. It is a 25 minute ride from Pollonia. You can bring your car or scooter, which I highly recommend because there really is no other way to get around the island.
Ferry Cost: €2.10 for passenger, €5 for ATV, and €8. 70 for car. Make sure to bring cash.
Chorio-start off by visiting the adorable little traditional Greek town of Chorio. It has a castle and ruins, as well as some cute little restaurants.
Prassa beach-take a drive to the prettiest beach in Kimolos called Prassa. It’s a rugged drive, but you pass some beautiful scenery on the way. Unfortunately the beach was closed as they were doing some construction on it, but I was able to snap this picture before I left. How pretty is that water?
Goupa-yet another pretty fishing village (are you kinda sensing a theme here?). I saw this on the road and turned around to come see it up close. If you love photography, make sure to stop here.
Abandoned Windmills-if you can find this place its definitely worth a visit. I had to ask a local and he drove his car up there in front of me to show me where to go (talk about Greek hospitality).
Not only is it fun to walk around the abandoned windmills and have a selfie photoshoot, it’s also where you can get the best views of the entire island.
4 Day Milos Itinerary | Day 4
The last and final day will be spent on the South part of the island. The South was definitely the most rugged area and had the most secluded beaches. Naturally, this was my favorite part of the island.
Firiplaka-the prettiest beach in Milos and one of the prettiest beaches in Greece (in my opinion). There is a little beach bar and lounge chairs on the beach. The best views are from the car park so make sure to get a peak before you go down!
Tsigrado-the most unique entrance to a beach I’ve ever seen. You have to inch your way down on your butt and climb down a rope, down 2 ladders, and another rope.It opens up to a beautiful secluded beach perfect for relaxing and sunbathing. The descent is at your own risk. I honestly wouldn’t attempt it if you’re not too mobile. Tsigrado is only a few minutes away from Firiplaka Beach so make sure to look for the signs as you’re leaving Firiplaka.
Paliochori-a stunning coastline of burgundy cliffs and huge boulders in the water. There are a few hotels situated on the beach but it still is less populated than the beaches on the northern part of the island. You can climb across the boulders to get to a more secluded beach on the other side if that’s what you fancy.
How To Get Around Milos
Rent an ATV from Moto Christos.
My favorite and most recommended way to explore the Greek islands is by ATV. My host dropped me off at Moto Christos and negotiated from €25 down to €20 a day for a 150cc ATV. Go with the 150cc ATV as the 50cc is like a toy vehicle and has trouble making it up steep hills.
I felt pretty safe riding around the island as there were hardly any cars on the road. Parking was also free and readily available everywhere I went.
Note: some places on Milos require either a motorcycle license or international driver’s license to rent a motorbike/ATV. Moto Christos only required my regular US license.
UPDATE MAY 2020: I was told that Moto Christos now requires this IDP (international driving permit) since I visited. You can easily get one the same day at AAA offices in the USA. They last for one year and cost $20.
Also, most places do NOT allow you to drive the vehicle on the West part of the island as it is not very developed and there aren’t many paved roads. This means you will NOT be covered by insurance if you disobey this and drive there anyway.
Where to Stay in Milos
I rented a cute little studio Airbnb for only $32 a night. The host was amazing and it included pick up and drop off at the airport. She even dropped me to the ATV place. She wrote out a list of best restaurants and things to see on the island. You really don’t need to plan anything if you stay here.
The studio had a TV, AC, kitchen, and private bath. The host lives right next door. It’s a very quiet and safe area, (except for the bell tower going off every hour until midnight). It also included maid service daily. The location was excellent as it was 5 minutes from the main city of Plaka and close enough to travel to all the main beaches within 30 minutes or less by ATV.
You can check out the listing here. If you are new to Airbnb, you can use my $40 OFF coupon here. Yay!
How to get to Milos
Fly from Athens with Olympic Air or Aegean Airlines. The flight is only a short 25 minutes from Athens and costs around €70. It all depends on the season. During high season, make sure to get your flight months in advance to snag some cheaper flights. I found my flight using Skyscanner.
Take a catamaran from Athens (Piraeus) which costs approximately €38-€58 and takes anywhere from 2.5 hours to 4.5 hours, depending on the company. There is also a slower ferry but it takes 7+ hours, which I would not recommend.
Travel Insurance for Greek Islands
I would never travel without travel insurance anymore. I learned my lesson. Too many bad things can happen (and they have unfortunately). Travel insurance is especially important when traveling to islands, as you may need to be air-lifted to the mainland in the worst case scenario. Do you know how much air-lifting costs? Think at least 5 digits (I.e. Expensive AF!).
My favorite travel insurance that I have been using for the past 4 years is World Nomads. I have made 3 claims so far and have been fully reimbursed for all 3 without any hassle. I highly recommend them.
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Hi, glad I found your website. we are a family with teenagers and we are thinking of going to Milos for 3 days in Mid July. We are not that adventurous and don’t want to move around too much as young couples :). What would you recommend to focus on?
You definitely will need your own transportation as public transportation is lacking. If you’re not comfortable with an ATV, you could always rent a car! I would focus on the south part of the island as it has the prettiest beaches! It wouldn’t be bad idea to stay near the main city port to do some tours as well. There is a boat tour that goes to Kleftiko which looks amazing! I wasn’t able to go due to weather as i went in October, but i would def look into that! Good luck 🙂
Hi, great photos! What would you do if you only had 2 full days? Our flight lands at 4pm so our trip is 3 nights/2 days.
Hi!! I would definitely do days 1 and 4 from my itinerary with only 2 days (Sarakiniko, Mandrakia, Firopotamus, Plathiena, Fourkovouni and Firiplaka Beach, Tsigrado Beach, Paliochori Beach). If you can catch the sunset in the town of Plaka (at Utopia Cafe) on your day of arrival that would be awesome! Have an amazing time!
Hi! Loved your blog on Milos. My BFF and I will be there in Sept. 2018. Thank you for such great sightseeing suggestions. I do have a couple of questions….
1. What was your all time favorite beach, restaurant and place to shop?
2. Would a small car be okay to rent for sightseeing? I’m a little leary of renting/driving an ATV since I have never driven one?
1. Firiplaka and Tsigrado were my fav beaches. Medousa was my fav restaurant (try the octopus and vinegar yummm). The island isnt big on shopping but
there are a few shops in Plaka.
2. A tiny car would be ok, except you probably couldn’t go to the sulphur mines with a car. You could park on the road right before it gets really windy and starts going downhill and then walk from there. A car would get stuck so def wouldn’t take it down there!
Hope this helps! Enjoy your time 🙂
Wow, I’ve only been to the “typical” greek islands, but i’ve never been here. I definitely have to plan a trip back to Greece and put MIlos on my list !
Yessss it’s so worth it and so different from the other islands. And love the fact that it’s not popular with the crowds (yet)
I was in Milos this past August and it was my favorite island. Your post made me so happy. You did a lot more than I did! Your photos are gorgeous. That water!!! Sarakiniko is seriously amazing. I went twice at different times of day! Also loved Klima. I would definitely go back. I wasn’t able to be very mobile because I didn’t plan ahead and when I got there, there were no ATVs to rent 🙁
oh noooo. How did you even get around then? Ya, if you go during the summer months to Greek islands, the ATVs are harder to find because there is such a limited stock. But at least you got to go to a lot of the best places!
Milos was my favorite Island!! So beautiful. I loved Firiplaka beach the best and agree it’s one of the best beaches in Greece.
It blew me away! I wasn’t expecting the beauty of Milos..especially Firiplaka!
Milos is one of our favorite islands anywhere. So much to do and pretty different from most of the other islands due to the mining industry. It really exceeded our expectations !
We didn’t get to the Roman Theatre so loved seeing your photos here.
Yes it’s definitely one of my favorite Greek islands…and there are LOTS of contenders hehe 🙂