Wow, Milos, wow. Once we set foot in Milos, I knew we were somewhere special. Maybe it’s because this was the first island we ever visited in Greece, or maybe it’s because I didn’t really believe all the pictures I saw online, but Milos was so much more than I had imagined. On top of the picturesque beaches, the food was superb and the people were some of the friendliest we’d met during our Greek island trip.
Milos isn’t as popular as some of its sister islands, like Santorini or Mykonos, so it was a bit harder for me to find information about this magic little island. I hope that this guide will be helpful to you if you’re planning to go island hopping in Greece. Who knows, maybe it’ll even sway you to stop by Milos and fall in love with it the way that my hubby and I did!
Getting to Milos
In order to get to Milos, you can either take a ferry from Piraeus or fly from Athens. Because we spent a few days in London with family, we chose to fly to Athens and then take a connecting flight into Milos. When I say “connecting flight”, I really mean getting on one of the tiniest puddle jumpers with the propellers on the outside of the plane! Not scary at all…
Where to Stay
We stayed 4 nights at Hotel Liogerma*, right in the port of Adamas.
This hotel was in a great location – within walking distance of the port, but away from the mainstreet so it was very quiet at night. Breakfast is also included every morning if you upgrade to the breakfast package. The spread was great, but the dining room was very dark and dreary. Hey, at least we were able to bring our food outside to enjoy on their outdoor patio!
I’m not sure if it was just our room or not, but it always smelled like cigarettes in there! Next time we come back to Milos, I’m not so sure I would stay there again, but for the price and location, it really was not bad. If you’re going to be out and about all day, this hotel is a great place to crash at night and to enjoy breakfast in the morning. For what we paid, our stay was a steal. You can check out my full review on TripAdvisor.
*Don’t forget that they use Greek letters in Greece! Shocker, right? While we were driving round and round looking for our hotel, we didn’t realize that the hotel whose letters looked more like “ΛΙΟΤΕΡΜΑ” actually did spell out Liogerma. Rookie mistake!
What Beaches To Go To
Milos is known for having so. Many. Beaches. We rented a car and drove out to several of them on the north side of the island.
On our last day in Milos, we did the Thalassitra Sailboat Tour. It was an AMAZING tour! This boat made 5-6 stops around the entire island. At each stop, we were able to jump in, swim around, snorkel, etc. It’s a full-day tour where they feed you an insane amount: coffee, fresh loukoumades (OMG, yum!), drinks, lunch and watermelon for snacks. Their lunch was unbelievable; they had everything between moussaka, fava beans, ratatouille…anyway, I digress.
Here are more beaches where we stopped by for a swim.
What to Eat
Either I had very low expectations on food, or everything I ate really was DELICIOUS. Either way, I’m not complaining! Here are some things to look for on any restaurant menu:
- Moussaka: We played a game called the “Moussaka Test” throughout our entire vacation. We loved moussaka so much that we ordered it at every restaurant that we went to. We rated every moussaka dish based on price, texture and taste. After 10 days in Greece, I still didn’t tire of this game! I would say that the real winner was us :).
- Fava beans: Great dip appetizer. If you love hummus, I don’t see why you wouldn’t like fava beans either.
- Greek salad: I think this goes without saying but the Greek salads here are simply amazing. I don’t know if it’s because every ingredient is fresh or if the dressing is made by hand, but none of the salads I’ve had back home compare to the ones in Greece.
- Grilled octopus: Don’t be weirded out by this! Give it a try and maybe you’ll fall in love with this dish just like I did.
- Saganaki: Saganaki simply means cheese fried in butter, and is typically served as an appetizer. They offer so many varieties of this appetizer: eggplant saganaki, shrimp saganaki, just saganaki. This was probably one of my favorite type of appetizer!
- Olives: Olive oil, pitted olives, crushed olives…take your pick.
- Greek yogurt: Now that I think about it, they probably just call it “yogurt” there, right? Either way, I loved eating fresh Greek yogurt every morning, topped with a little bit of jam, honey and local fruits.
Where To Go
Plaka – We stopped by Plaka on the way back from our long beach-filled day. We really enjoyed roaming the streets and looking around the pretty houses. If you’re going to drive here though, don’t make the same mistake as us. Don’t drive directly into the center square, realizing that you can’t go any further, thus having to double-back while confused people are staring at you. Drive directly to the large parking area that they have for visitors and walk on over.
Catacombs of Milos – This is where you can find 1st-5th century Christian catacombs. While the tour is short (approximately 15 minutes) and you have to pay a small entrance fee, I still found it worthwhile. Pair this with a walk to the Roman Theater and it’s absolutely worth it. Be prepared to walk down a few hundred steps to get to the catacombs though.
Ancient Roman Theater – Definitely worth a visit if you’re staying a few days on the island. I really enjoyed walking through the theater and imagining what life might’ve been like WAY back in the day.
Utopia Café – This is the BEST place to watch the sunset in Milos! Get there by 5:45pm before it opens at 6pm to get a good seat. Just watch out for those darn cats! They WILL steal your cheese. Trust me, I know from experience.
You will definitely need to rent some sort of transportation while in Milos. There’s a lot of ground to cover between Adamas, Plake, Tripiti, Klima, etc…Lots of people rent scooters or ATVs, but in all reality, I get scared! I get all these crazy thoughts like, “What if we flip over?? How am I supposed to look at a map while my hubby drives? Where am I going to store all my food and my large beach bag?” For us, the safer option was to rent a car for the majority of the trip. Knowing how to drive manual will be a HUGE plus. I imagine that some people might be able to pick it up on their own, but I’m not one of those people! Luckily, my hubby is a master stick-shift driver :P.
We stayed in Milos for 4 nights and it was still not enough. Even with renting a car during our stay and taking the boat tour around the island, there are still beaches that we missed! I’ve got my eye on Firiplaka and Tsigrado beaches for our return trip one day.
Is there anything that I missed when we were here? What was your favorite attraction in Milos?
Come back next week to read up about our travels to Folegandros!
Until next time,
Au revoir and efharisto!