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Milos is an island in the western Cyclades chain. It’s best known as the isle where the famous statue, “Venus de Milo” was discovered. It sits about halfway between Crete and Athens and features a diverse array of beautiful landscapes thanks to volcanic activity during ancient times. Sometimes called the “island of colors” its sands range from shell- or pebble-covered to white and black, all framed by crystal-clear waters in various hues of blue and green.
Milos Island At A Glance
Average Flight Time from the UK to Milos Island 3 hours to Santorini, then sea crossing
Population of Milos Island 10,000
What to See in Milos Island Relax on the idyllic beaches, experience the hot springs, the ancient Theater and Venus do Milo site, Milos Mining Museum. Take a stroll through the charming capital, Plaka.
Towns or islands to visit near Milos Island Sifnos, Antiparos, Ios, Folegandros, Paros, Naxos, Iraklia, Serifos, Koufonisia
Things to do in Milos Island
With over 75 beaches on Milos, you’ll want to spend at least one day enjoying them. Aghios Sotis in the village of Provatas is particularly stunning and framed by shallow blue waters ideal for swimming. On the island’s north shore is Sarakiniko, its most photographed stretch. Filled with white rocks, you might think it was a lunar landscape. Provatas is popular with families, a golden stretch of sand and shallow water that’s easily accessed by a paved road, lined with hotels and eateries.
Soak in the hot springs
Visitors can take advantage of the soothing, healing effects of the island’s many hot springs which are scattered across the island. Most aren’t organized but spots along the shoreline, but there is a spa with thermal waters ranging from 95 to about 106 degrees Fahrenheit in Adamas which sits in a cave known as the Lakkos baths.
The Ancient Theater and Venus de Milo Site
The site where the Venus de Milo, one of the most famous statues from antiquity, was discovered is located near the modern-day village of Tripiti. Nearby are the remains of an ancient Roman theater built by inhabitants of the ancient city of Klima that dates to the Hellenistic Age. It was destroyed by Athenians and rebuilt with a capacity for 700 spectators, with seven tiers and six stairways still very well-preserved.
Milos Mining Museum
This museum is located in the main port of Adamas and hosts a collection chronicling the island’s 10,000 years of mining history. The island is still the largest producer of perlitein and bentonite in Europe. By joining the museum’s Miloterranean Geo experience you’ll be able to discover more about Milos’ mining history, mineral content and unique geology.
A variety of boat tours are available in a range of vessels that will take you around the island for a perspective of it from the water. All depart from Adamas and include food, drink, and the opportunity to swim around caves and view unusual rock formations along with multiple points of interested around the island.
Take a stroll through the Plaka, the island’s capital which sits atop a hill. Not only can you take in gorgeous views of the gulf and spectacular sunsets, but you’ll see lots of traditional whitewashed homes as well as independent shops, bars and restaurants. It’s also home to the archaeological museum that displays a replica of the Venus de Milo which is currently at the Louvre in Paris.
Trips to Milos
Athens - Milos - Santorini8 NightsFrom $3,195 ppCombine ancient Athens, peaceful Milos and spectacular Santorini - Perfection
When to go: May to SeptemberNew Ship
Athens - Cape Sounion - Mykonos - Koufonisia - Santorini - Milos - Kimolos - Serifos - Kythnos - Athens7 NightsFrom $2,860 ppDiscover the Cyclades Islands on our 25 cabin Greece small ship cruise, with highly personalized on board service and delicious Greek cuisine.
When to go: May to SeptemberNew Ship
Athens - Cape Sounion - Mykonos - Koufonisia - Santorini - Milos - Kimolos - Serifos - Kythnos - Crete11 NightsFrom $5,185 ppOver 12 days this trip will reveal some of the best that Greece has to offer, a mix of the most popular and some of our favorite less-visited gems.
Our Favorite Restaurants & Bars
Enjoy delicious Mediterranean fare, soaking up the breathtaking panorama of the Aegean Sea from the stone-built veranda along the south coast of Milos near Aghia Kiriaki beach. The menu is focused on fresh fish and seafood, meat and poultry dishes and traditional appetizers, with everything from dorado ceviche to octopus carpaccio and chicken breast in a lemon-thyme sauce. All can be complemented with a tasty smoked beer or a wide range of Greek wines for a fabulous romantic culinary experience.
Hidden away in a remote area on the west side of the island, Taverna Embourios is worth the bumpy drive to enjoy its dishes made with ingredients from the family farm. Enjoy the smell of the salt sea air and a gorgeous water view meant for long, leisurely meals. Each dish in this local favorite is cooked like it was made from a Greek grandmother’s recipe book, including fresh fish and popular items like goat and lemon chicken along with some of the best fried feta cheese with honey you might ever taste. Try to save some room for the yogurt lemon dessert.
Specializing in seafood based on the fresh oysters and fish fresh-caught from local fishermen in the village of Pollonia, including the owner’s father himself, Armira Milos is a standout on the bijou port. Enjoy a wonderful ambiance and gorgeous views as you savor dishes like shrimp ragout inside Cypriot pie with a yogurt sauce, octopus with fava, stonefish soup or caramelized thyme cuttlefish. No matter what you select you can be assured it will be incredibly fresh and the innovative flavors unforgettable.
Lydia faces Papikinou beach, serving traditional Greek cuisine with Polish and Italian accents. Many of the ingredients come from the restaurants own garden, including aromatic herbs, juicy tomatoes, watermelon and zucchini. There are a variety of dishes from fresh seafood to chicken souvlaki, lamb and moussaka. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy during a day at the beach, and there are even hammocks and deck chairs that sit under shady umbrellas for sipping refreshing drinks while enjoying the view.
Located at Hotel Galini, Galini Restaurant sits near the beaches of Alogmandra and Agia Irini providing magnificent sea and sunset views along with traditional homemade Greek fare created with local ingredients, some of which come straight from its garden. Enjoy plenty of warm hospitality along with large portions of dishes like Anna’s chicken, rooster in wine, zucchini balls and cheese pies. There are as many as five different BBQ meats to choose from, while the filo pastry with feta and honey is a favorite for dessert.
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