Milos is a germ. If you're looking for a truly picturesque Cycladic island with turquoise water, look no further than Milos. With its compact size, it has a party area close to the pier but it also has many quiet colourful fisherman's villages where one could have an atmospheric and relaxing Greek holiday.
Where is what in Milos?
The half donut shape island has plenty of places to see and things to do on Milos. However, the experience would be tremendously improved with a rental car, motorcycle or a quad (unless it is a quiet stay-in-one-location holiday). Many beaches or villages are isolated and there is no ring road that circumference the island.
Most of Milo’s accommodations for visitors concentrated on the north and northeastern part of the island. There are also many isolated villages offering unique or all-inclusive accommodations for visitors.
Although Adamantes is the port with beautiful waterfront restaurants and accommodations, the main town is Plaka in the northwest inland part of the island, poking out from the landscape and where the ruin of a former castle still stands. It is a traditional village with narrow alleys, interesting shops and some very good restaurants offering panoramic view of Milos.
Many come to Milos to experience the fisherman’s village vibe. There are so many wonderful villages but the incredibly beautiful small fishing village of Mandrakia in the north where there’s only one restaurant and one church is one of the most authentic. The clear blue water surrounding the village is just irresistible to dip in. It is only 30 minutes drive from the pier in Adamantes and about 4km away from the famous Sarankiniko beach for the famous lunar walk on the white volcano walk.
Klima could be the most photographed fishing village on the island with its colourful fisherman’s houses right on the coast. It is a special experience because most of the holiday accommodations from converted fisherman’s houses are right on the water. It is best for those who enjoy watching other tourists coming and going while enjoying the spectacular sea view.
There are also plenty of opportunities for very secluded accommodations on Milos. Many on the north or on the less populated south.
On the other hand, for a classic Greek holiday experience with good restaurants and shopping, consider Pollonia on the north most corner of the island, across Milo’s sister island, Kimolos. It was a fisherman village and now developed into a holiday village with a wide range of accommodations and a restaurant street where one could enjoy a wide range of cuisines and traditional Greek food. There are just so many beautiful spots to swim and snorkel.
The western part of Milos offer many secluded beaches but little accommodations. They are best for day trips or stay-on-the beach vocations.
Milos is a mineral rich island with a long mining tradition. Don’t be surprised when you spot heavy trucks running on roads or barren lands that are/were reserved for mining. However, these sights are not going to take away any charms and clear water of Milos. Also, there is an informative and interesting Milos Mining Museum in Adamantas, where many valuable historical photos, interviews with local workers and introductions to various minerals are displayed.