You’ve heard of Santorini and Mykonos, perhaps even Paros. But have you heard of Milos? If not, chances are you will.
This tiny volcanic Greek island is quickly coming on the scene as one of the hidden paradises of the Aegean, and we couldn’t agree more. Situated just north of the Sea of Crete within the Western Cyclades Island chain, Milos is the perfect destination for those in search of an off-the-beaten-path paradise.
In truth, we would love nothing more than to keep this secret spot just that – a secret. But some of the best things in life are meant to be shared, especially when they come in perfect packages such as Milos.
Here are few reasons why we love Milos right now:
1. Uncrowded Serenity | Milos is surprisingly serene in its beauty. It boasts the same applause-worthy, cliff-side sunsets as its Santorini neighbor and is filled with an impressive display of traditional whitewashed homes like those expected of Mykonos. The only difference is the lack of crowds. Yes, the island remains a popular holiday spot for many Athenians during the summer months, but it has yet to truly hit the international tourism map, meaning travelers rarely have to share the same waters, vantage points, beaches, and dining spots as the few others visiting the island. The unhurried and uncrowded character of Milos is what ultimately translates as serenity and exclusivity for those fortunate enough to experience it.
2. Quaint B&Bs | Milos is home to just three main towns — Pollonia, Plaka, and Adamas – along with several smaller fishing villages. Each has its own character and landmarks, but all of them are filled with an unlimited supply of locally owned B&Bs. You won’t find the same deluxe accommodation options as you might on the more populated islands, but you will find intimate, boutique B&Bs with warm hospitality. Whitewashed and full of breezy comforts, the accommodations of Milos reflect the quiet, simple luxury of the entire island. We especially recommend the accommodations of Pollonia, where you can wake up to an endless view of the sea and an empty tide pool beach inviting you to an uninterrupted morning swim.
3. Stunning Sunsets | It’s a fact that each sunset in the Aegean is followed by much-deserved applause from anyone lucky enough to witness it. The experience is simply that stunning. To catch the very best sunset spot on Milos, head to Kastro Plaka, the highest point on the island. A short yet steep walk to the stone ruins promises just a few like-minded visitors and a natural spectacle so breathtaking, it will seem to have been orchestrated just for you. Afterwards, the bougainvillea-lined village of Plaka is on hand for further exploration with its narrow roads, Cycladic houses, Archaeological Museum, and adorable shops.
4. Ancient Theaters | The Ancient Theater of Milos is one of those sites that represent both natural beauty and a fascinating history all in one. Built by the Romans during the Hellenistic period, this ancient theater sits perched on a slope overlooking the harbor of Klima and the infinite Mediterranean horizon beyond. The amphitheater also serves as a memorial to where one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture was originally found: the Venus de Milo.
5. Sarakiniko Beach | There are over 70 beaches at your disposal on Milos. While Firiplaka, Klima, Kleftiko, Firopotamos, and Tania are all gorgeous options, Sarakiniko is the one you simply cannot miss. Its white, lunar landscape and clear azure waters are an Instagrammer’s dream. It is absolutely worth witnessing in person and even better to take the plunge by jumping from the smooth rock into the waters below. It is especially perfect in the early morning before the midday crowds, or later in the evening when the moonlight creates a haunting glow against the white rocks.
6. Seafood Perfected | The many fishing boats arriving at port every morning is the first clue that Milos takes its seafood very seriously. You’ll find everything from authentic regional dishes such as sautéed octopus at quaint eateries like Enalion, to elaborate platters of Dorado ceviche, barbecued prawns, and cuttlefish ink orzo at cliff-side establishments like Psaravolada Restaurant. No matter the dish, you’re guaranteed the freshest catch of the day and a local flair you simply won’t find on mainland Greece.
7. Sailing Adventures | A private, full-day sailing adventure around Milos is a mandatory excursion for anyone visiting the island. Based on wind and weather, the boat captain can determine the best, lesser-known coves and beaches around Milos, accessible only by boat. In many cases, travelers may even find them on a different island altogether – one like Polyaigos with only two inhabitants, deserted beaches, and caves large enough to hold an entire ship. A day spent at sea also offers a revealing geological history, a wealth of delightful snorkeling sites and swimming holes, and a delicious lunch spread prepared with fresh produce straight from the captain’s garden. At the end of the day, you are afforded one last Aegean sunset, followed by the insatiable desire to applaud its beauty – even if you are the only one around to witness it from your spot in the sea.
Milos is a dream destination and an island paradise just waiting to be discovered. Contact Ker & Downey today to begin planning your next “hidden gem” escape to this million-dollar marvel in the Aegean.