4 DAYS ON MILOS: TRAVEL GUIDE + ITINERARY

A relatively off-the-beaten-path island a few years ago, Milos has quickly become a popular alternative to Mykonos and Santorini. It's the most southwestern island in the Cyclades, home to white-washed towns, colorful fishing villages and one of the most spectacular beaches in all of Greece. Below is my complete guide to Milos that includes the best beaches, daytrip ideas, travel tips, photo locations, hotel and Airbnb recommendations and restaurants suggestions, as well as a complete four-day itinerary that will maximize your time on the island.


If there were beaches on the moon, I'm certain they'd look like Sarakiniko. OUTFIT DETAILS: Swimsuit linked here.


Mother of God Korfiatissa Church. OUTFIT DETAILS: Dress linked here.


THINGS TO DO ON MILOS


FIROPOTAMOS

This quaint fishing village on the north coast of Milos has it all - a stunning bay, colorful boathouses and some of the best chill out vibes on the island. You can walk pretty far out into the bay thanks to the calm, shallow water, but like most beaches in Greece, Firopotamos is rocky (I suggest bringing water shoes) Also, make sure to explore the entire bay when you visit. From the main beach, swim out to the little rocky island to your left for cliff jumping and epic views. Also, drive past the beach to the end of the village where the road ends. Here you'll find a cute viewpoint for photos, a small church and a more cool cliff jumping spots.


FYRIPLAKA BEACH

Popular beach located on the south coast of Milos. Fyriplaka's soaring red cliffs serve up a sweeping backdrop, especially from the parking lot at the top of the cliffs. There are sunbeds and umbrellas available for rent, as well as a small snack shack.


KLEFTIKO

This crystal blue bay is an oasis of white cliffs and stacked rock formations that give way to natural sea caves and soaring archways. Pack a swimsuit and visit midday when the water sparkles intense shades of blue, perfect for swimming, floating and kayaking. Kleftiko is only accessible by boat, so you'll have to join a group tour, book a private tour or rent your own boat. To visit by private boat, Salty Rides runs both half-day and full-day tours - the boats are new, the crew is awesome and they take guests to all the best spots. Alternatively, there are a handful of companies on Milos that will rent out small private boats that you can drive yourself (no license required) - standard price for half-day rental is 150 euros, plus fuel.


KLIMA

Colorful fishing village on the west coast of Milos. It's not my favorite village, but worth a quick stop if you have the time.


MANDRAKIA

Mandrakia is another fishing village, but this one is a must-visit (my favorite on Milos). The boat houses are bright, colorful and there are a handful of pretty incredible viewpoints. Mandrakia is also home to Medusa, one of the more popular restaurants on Milos.


MOTHER OF GOD KORFIATISSA CHURCH

Beautiful church that sits in the middle of Plaka's Old Town. Visit the viewpoint in front of the church in the evening for an unobstructed view of the sunset.


PALEOCHORI BEACH

Colorful cliffs spill into the sand at Paleochori, a south coast beach famous for its orange, yellow and white rocks. The turquoise water is pretty dreamy, and there are plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas available to rent. If you're hungry, Sirocco is located in Paleochori - a seafood restaurant famous for cooking its fiah underneath the beach's piping hot sand.


PAPAFRAGAS

The oddly shaped Papafragas is part sea cave, part beach. It sits on the north coast of Milos surrounded by grottoes, rocky islets and funky rock formations. If conditions are right, Papafragas can be beautiful, but when I visited, the waves were rough and the water a dull shade of grey.


PLAKA

The island's Old Town is charming, but surprisingly small. There is one main pedestrian boulevard lined with a few bars, restaurants and boutiques, plus a few other lanes with shops and a couple cafes. Plaka is pretty quiet during the day, but comes to life in the evening when tourists spill into town for sunset and dinner.


KIMILOS & POLYAIGOS

From Milos, it's possible to visit neighboring islands Kimolos and Polyaigos. There is a ferry service that runs between Pollonia and Kimolos, or it's possible to visit both islands by daytrip. I booked our visit with Salty Rides because I wanted a private tour - more flexibility and freedom. They run both half-day and full-day tours that include both islands with stops for swimming at the prettiest blue bays, sea caves and secluded beaches. Best to visit midday when the water color is at its bluest.


SARAKINIKO BEACH

Perhaps the most iconic beach on Milos, Sarakiniko is a dazzling moonscape of volcanic white rock riddled with shallow bays, gnarly swimming holes and epic ledges that have become famous for cliff jumping. The beach is quietest in the morning, but the water color is prettiest from 11 AM to 3 PM. Beach vibes are also better midday. There is a small food truck stationed in the main parking lot.


TSIGRADO BEACH

Tsigrado is hit and miss, depending on the weather. Visit on a sunny day with minimal winds, and it's a recipe for paradise. The little cove is reachable by boat (it's on the way to Kleftiko if you rent a boat from Agia Kiriaki Beach), or by climbing down a series of ropes and ladders from the parking lot. On a good day, the water is calm and sparkles the prettiest shades of deep turquoise. Swim along the rocks that line the bay, and you'll find tiny sea caves to swim through. Tsigrado is located next to Fyriplaka, so you can visit both of them on the same day.


VENETIAN CASTLE

A popular spot to watch the sunset in Plaka. The Venetian Castle is pretty quiet during the day, but dozens of people show up at Golden Hour to climb the rooftop for sunset.


It's a fun climb down a series of ropes and ladders to reach beautiful Tsigrado Beach.


Cute corners along the streets of Plaka. OUTFIT DETAILS: Lulu's dress linked here.


Views over Plaka from the Venetian Castle.


The Venetian Castle.


Sarakiniko is such a vibe.


PLACES TO STAY ON MILOS


EIGHT FINITY RETREAT

This is one of the best Airbnb's finds - an absolute gem perched at the edge of town in Plaka. Eight Finity Retreat is two separate apartments (we stayed in the lower one) that are spacious, modern and loaded minimalist with design cues (lots of whites and rounded edges). Both apartment terraces are completely epic boasting unobstructed views of the sunset.


SUNSET NEST

Beautiful apartment located in Plaka that sleeps three, but is better suited for two. A sunny staircase leads to a rooftop terrace that overlooks the little streets of Old Town. Sunset Nest is bright, modern, clean and bursting with character. My only complaint is the restroom - the shower sits over the toilet. If you can get past that, then everything else about Sunset Nest is lovely.


TANIA MILOS

A seaside boutique property, Tania Milos is located in Pollonia, right on the water. One of the best reviewed midrange options on the island.


WHITE COAST POOL SUITES

This brand-new luxury hotel is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World umbrellas, and one of the only truly upscale options on Milos. An adults-only retreat, the property embrace minimalist luxury with neutral tones, floor-to-ceiling windows and concrete finishes. And every suite at White Coast has a private plunge pool overlooking the ocean.


Wheeee!


Fresh fruit on beach days.


On calm days, this area at Sarakiniko Beach is popular for cliff jumping.


The main pedestrian lane in charming Plaka.


Boathouse views at Firopotamos.


PLACES TO EAT ON MILOS


AGGELIKI ICE CREAM SHOP

Gelato shops are far and few between on Milos, which makes Aggeliki a must-visit while on the island. The shop is located on the Adamantas waterfront, across from the port. Aggeliki serves up a variety of desert items, but the two dozen ice cream flavors are the highlight of any visit.


GIALOS

Gialos is always the busiest restaurant on the Pollonia waterfront, and for good reason. It's definitely the best seafood on the island. I ate here twice while on Milos, and already miss it. Highlights for me were the fresh scallops, Greek salad and grilled whole white fish with potatoes and tomatoes.


GYROS OF MILOS

Cheap, delicious and fresh, this gyro and souvlaki joint is located on the Adamantas waterfront.


HANABI SEASIDE SUSHI

The sushi isn't the best, and it's definitely overpriced. But if you are in desperate need of a change in cuisine, Hanabi Seaside Sushi will definitely do the job. And the location on the Pollonia waterfront is lovely.


KOKKINO MILOS

This charming little cafe sits in the heart of Plaka, and serves up a delicious selection of crepes, scrambles, waffles and fresh smoothies.


MEDUSA

Medusa is a popular seafood restaurant located in Mandrakia. The outdoor seating overlooks beautiful views of the ocean - a great spot for lunch or an early dinner.


UTOPIA CAFE

Sunset bar located in Plaka - popular early evening spot for drinks.


VERINA COCKTAIL BAR

My favorite spot to hang out at night on Milos. About a dozen small tables make up this tiny cocktail bar located on the main pedestrian boulevard in Plaka.


Milos is famous for its colorful little fishing villages.

Grilled fish, potatoes and tomatoes at Gialos - hands down the best meal I had on Milos.

Waterfront dining in Pollonia.


Most of the beaches and villages on Milos are scattered across the island's north coast.


GETTING AROUND MILOS

Milos is a small island, but everything is pretty spread out. You'll maximize your time if you have a set of wheels. Rental agencies can be found all over Adamantas - cars, ATVs, scooters and e-bikes. I rented our car with Budget Car Rentals, and they were great. It's a good location if your arriving or departing by ferry. If you're arriving or departing via the airport, someone will hand deliver (or pick-up) the car at no extra charge. Almost all rental agencies will ask for an International Driver's License, so best to be safe and get one before arriving in Greece. If you live in the USA, you can easily pick one up at AAA.


Our private boat trip to Polyaigos with Salty Rides was my favorite day on Milos. OUTFIT DETAILS: Swimsuit linked here.


Floating up through the swimming hole after cliff jumping at Sarakiniko.


GETTING TO MILOS

Milos is connected to other destinations in Greece by both land and sea. All flights to Milos connect through Athens, but the ferries connect Milos directly to other islands. I used Ferry Hopper to book all my ferry tickets within Greece.


Calm water at Sarakiniko Beach.


There are so many cool spots to swim, float, sunbathe and cliff jump - it's easy to spend an entire day at this rocky beach.


Fyriplaka Beach.


Sarakiniko is the most popular beach on the island, and for good reason. It's stunning!


4-DAY MILOS ITINERARY


DAY 1

Breakfast at Kokkino Milos

Sarakiniko Beach

Medusa for Late Lunch

Mandrakia Fishing Village

The Venetian Castle for Sunset

Avli-Milos Late Dinner

Verina Cocktail Bar for Drinks


DAY 2

Breakfast at Kokkino Milos

Half Day Boat Trip to Polyaigos

Firopotamos Beach

Gialos for Early Dinner

Utopia Cafe for Sunset


DAY 3

Breakfast at Kokkino Milos

Tsigrado Beach

Fyriplaka Beach

Gryos of Milos for Dinner

Aggeliki Ice Cream Shop for Desert

Plaka for Sunset (Viewpoint Near the Mother of God Korfiatissa Church)


DAY 4

Breakfast at Kokkino Milos

Boat Trip to Kleftiko

Klima Fishing Village

Hanabi Seaside Sushi for Dinner