The luminous island of Milos offers a fascinating insight into Greek history and is home to some of the most inspiring beaches in the Aegean. Yet, despite its history and geological charm, it is often overlooked as a travel destination in favour of its more populous Aegean neighbours. For those looking to experience old world Greek island charm off the beaten track, Milos is sure to deliver an unforgettable experience.
Milos is home to more than 70 beaches and is second only to the Italian capital of Rome in the historical significance of its catacombs. The crowning glory of this collection is a 7,000-seat amphitheatre located in the capital of Plaka. With its maze of streets, maritime history, mining museums, and a crowning castle that sits atop a high summit, Plaka is an 89 square-kilometre historic relic that overlooks the Gulf of Milos and is accessible by foot, motorbikes, and mopeds.
Nowadays, Milos is a working island that combines tourism with a burgeoning industrial economy that continues to deliver wealth to the region. Notably, Milos produces cotton, wine, and olives and exports to a global market which drives the local economy.
Milos remains one of the least visited, yet most talked about Greek islands. Behind Santorini, Milos is widely considered to have the most varied and dramatic terrain of any of the Cyclades due to its volcanic history. There are breathtaking rock formations, hot springs, and scarcely populated beaches that make Milos feel special and completely unique amongst other Greek islands.
The best way to see the spectacular rock formations and beaches of Milos is by the excursion boats that depart daily at 9am from the port of Adamus. Some of them will stop at the nearby island of Kimilos for lunch and they all stop to allow for regular swim breaks in the crystal-clear waters. For those who want to experience Milos from different angles, there is also a dive centre in Polonia with scuba diving equipment and tours, and a smattering of car and motorcycle rental places that will allow you to take advantage of the island’s extensive road system.
Some of the beaches worth seeing on your stay in Milos include Polonia, a small village where the locals have summer houses, Lagkada with its tranquil mineral baths, and the endless sandy beaches of Provatas and Paleohori. If you are visiting in the colder months, there are also hot springs in Paleochori that incorporate the stunning backdrops of local rock formations.