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With its central caldera and rugged, volcanic scenery, Milos resembles neighboring Santorini at a squint. But unlike Santorini—and other Cyclades islands such as Mykonos and Naxos—under-the-radar Milos slyly surprises with a wealth of unspoiled beaches, colorful fishing villages, and an unhurried pace of life, sans overcrowding or hustle and bustle. Perhaps best known as the home of the Venus de Milo, which was discovered by a farmer in 1820, top things to do in Milos include exploring the Milos Catacombs, the pretty town of Plaka, and the ruins of a Roman amphitheater.
Summer is undoubtedly the high season in Milos. July and August are particularly busy (and expensive) times to visit, even though Milos is generally less busy than its Cycladic siblings of Santorini and Mykonos. As an alternative, consider coming in June or September: You’ll still be rewarded with ample sunshine and warm seas but will face fewer crowds and lower accommodation costs.
Milos’ main ferry terminal is located in the port town of Adamas, which connects it with numerous other islands, including Santorini and Mykonos. The island’s main bus terminal is also located in Adamas, and routes serve towns across the island. Private car and motorcycle rentals and taxis provide the most flexible way to explore, while sailing tours offer a new perspective on Milos.
The beautiful Milos coastline includes secluded inlets, hills, and dramatic rock formations, some of which—particularly on the southern and western edges of the island—is inaccessible by foot or by taxi. To get an up-close view of the scenery, the best way to explore is going on a sailing tour. Many will anchor in those pretty coves for swimming and snorkeling breaks.
Yes. With its blue and white churches, unspoiled beaches, bustling village eateries offering plates of grilled seafood, and lunar-like white cliffs, Milos exemplifies all that tourists tend to look for when visiting a Greek island. And unlike its far more crowded neighbor, Santorini, it’s still possible to find corners of Milos to yourself....More
Milos is perhaps best known as the island where the Venus de Milo—the now-iconic Greek sculpture currently on display at the Louvre Museum—was discovered in 1820, and it’s possible to visit the exact site where the ancient artwork was found. The island is also famous for its moon-like Sarakiniko Beach....More
To really soak up the sights and do the island justice, you’ll want to plan on at least 2 or 3 nights on the island. You wouldn’t want to leave without visiting the colorful fishing village of Klima, the white moon cliffs of Sarakiniko Beach, the Roman-built amphitheater, or bustling Plaka....More
You’ll find public buses on the island, but if you’ve got limited time (and if you want to get further afield than your local beaches), then renting a car or motorcycle is the way to go. That said, if you’ve mostly signed up for organized tours, many of them offer hotel transfers....More
Yes and no. You’ll find a lower-key vibe on Milos than on rowdier islands like Mykonos or Corfu—this isn’t your go-to spot for nightclubs or high-end lounges. But if you’re looking for a cozy terrace to watch the sunset, or to down a glass of ouzo with some local fishermen, then this is your place....More
Yes. You can find ferries from Athionios port in Santorini to Adamas port in Milos that take only 2 hours, meaning a day trip is technically doable if you get an early start. But consider this: Milos is meant to be savored, not rushed through, meaning you’d do well to devote another day or two to your visit....More
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