Milos: The Perfect Greek Island
So if you’ve already been to Santorini or really hater the crowds of Mykonos, where do you go? If you’re looking for a magical sunset, an idyllic island, and friendly locals then Milos might be the place for you. For me it was.
Milos in 4 Words
Idyllic, Magical, Friendly, Unique
Expectation vs Reality
In my humble opinion, Santorini is a must-see if you’re visiting Greece for the first time. It’s as stunning as you can imagine it to be; white washed houses, Mediterranean sun, and the deepest ocean blues you could imagine. Sounds idyllic right?
It can be idyllic, but it can also get very crowded. So, how crowded can it actually get? Well for example, during Santorini’s famous sunset people camp out at least 30+ minutes ahead of time, the streets are filled with tourists, and cameras or elbows are usually being shoved into your personal space. Santorini is famous for a reason, and everyone is traveling there to see it for themselves.
So after Santorini I headed to the lesser known island of Milos. Milos was a great surprise and much more than I expected. I ate some of best foods I had in my entire trip to Greece. I was lucky enough to explore an entire ancient Roman ruin all to myself. Then to top it all off, I witnessed the most magical sunset from an old church rooftop.
That last paragraph hasn’t convinced you yet? Then I dare you to scroll down through the pictures and not drool all over them!
Best Time to Go
April through May is considered the shoulder season , and would the best time to visit Milos. It’s less crowded, the water has warmed up a bit, and most stores and restaurants are now open for business. But before you book that trip, make sure to do research on Easter week. Easter throughout Greece is a very special celebration. Depending on your travel style, you may or may not want to experience this holiday celebration. Museums, restaurants, and shops may close early or entirely for Easter.
Milos is in cheaper in comparison to other islands like Santorini or Mykonos. My tip here is to make sure you bring enough cash (Euros) before getting to Milos. Although some restaurants, shops, and tourist companies take credit cards you’ll find that local tavernas may not. Mom and Pop shops may also be cash only. If you’re not sure, don’t hesitate to ask!
Getting Around Milos
You can get to Milos one of two ways; by ferry or plane. Taking the ferry is obviously more economical, but it is prone to long delays. My ferry from Santorini was delayed for about four hours! If you get easily sea sick, I would recommend booking a flight if you can. That way you get there quicker and you avoid the “not so fun” effects of sea sickness! No thank you to heaving out that recently digested Gyro.
If you’re coming from or going back to Athens, then the best way to get there is by catching a flight. A ferry from Athens can be about six to seven hours! In comparison, a flight is only 45 minutes. You can be on the beach or eating some delicious local food sooner rather than later.
In Milos, you will need to rent a car or bike since the island is so spread apart. The local transportation system is sparse. I don’t remember seeing a bus during my entire visit. You’ll definitely need your own set of wheels to be able to explore all of the wonderful beaches and hidden spots of Milos.
Where to Stay in Milos
There are a few places you can make your home base while you’re in Milos. Where you stay will just depend on what kind of vacation you want.
Adamantas: This is the main port of Milos. If you’re coming by ferry from another island, you’ll be dropped off here. Adamantas has more shops, restaurants, and has a larger town feel to it. Adamantas is also where you’ll find all of the boat tours that sail around the island. If you happen to end up without a car or cute little moped, then Adamantas is the best place for you to stay. It’s central to the port, nearby the airport, and walking distance to shops and restaurants.
Pollonia: A quaint fishing village filled with shady beaches, small sea side restaurants, and friendly locals. Pollonia is quiet but very charming. This is why I chose to stay here. I spent my time relaxing, eating great food, and enjoying my time away from crowds and tourists. Pollonia is also a great place to stay if you are planning on seeing the nearby island of Kimolos. Some of the boats that go to Kimolos depart from Pollonia.
Plaka: Plaka is a small mountain village with iconic white washed houses and colorful blue shutters and doors. There are a few traditional Greek tavernas here, as well as some places to eat outside and enjoy people watching. Whether you are visiting or staying in Plaka, the hardest part seems to be finding a parking spot.
Kilma: Do you want to really get away from it all? Then Kilma might be for you. There’s not too much around the area as far as restaurants, shops, and other people even! You can even rent some of the old fishermen houses that sit right on the edge of the water. Kilma is a place to get away so you can write a novel or read a few.