My first island stop on my Greece trip was Milos. One of the Cyclades islands known for their white & blue buildings, Milos is a hidden gem. The beaches are the most beautiful I have seen in Greece thus far, and the food is excellent. This was my third year in a row visiting this island; my boyfriend vacationed here as a kid, so he really enjoys going back for nostalgic reasons (& also because it truly is a beautiful place). The unique thing about Milos is that the flow of lava has created strange rock formations around the island, and these formations have become places for people to lay out and swim. You can go from swimming in caves, to laying out on a beach with fine sand, to swimming in a small pool of sea water between moon-like rocks. Also, there is a ton of history in Milos – the famous Venus de Milo (name make sense now?) was found here back in 1820!
As the island is rich in minerals, the economy doesn’t solely rely on tourism. As a result, prices at restaurants and bars are reasonable and you can get a feel of the local culture and traditions. You’ll find beaches on this island that haven’t yet been taken over by beach bars and lounge beds – in some cases, it’s just you and the sea. Milos is the perfect spot for those who want more of a cultural experience, a quiet getaway, great beaches and tasty Greek food. If you ever plan on visiting this special place, here’s a quick travel guide to Milos.
Up in the town of Plaka, Utopia Cafe is my favorite spot to grab a simple breakfast and enjoy a fantastic view of the sea.
Although it requires a long drive down dirt roads, Empourios is an amazing restaurant that’s run out of a small house, LITERALLY right on the water – and by right on the water I mean if a boat comes by the waves will rise and get your feet wet…so don’t leave your valuables on the floor! The atmosphere here is one of a kind, and the food is super tasty (be sure to order the tomato fritters and pitarakia).
Another place with an amazing view, Ergina is the place to be for sunset. Definitely order the pasta, it’s homemade and seriously delicious. They usually offer complimentary dessert, one of which is a tasty light yogurt with biscuit crumbs – look forward to it after every meal there.
Yankos Cafe is the spot for a quick Souvlaki. Conveniently located in Adamas, it’s the perfect place to grab a bite on your way to the beach.
If you’re looking for the best bakery in town, Mouratos is THE place. Everything is amazing here, both savory and sweet. The highlight is their Ladenia bread – think focaccia but even BETTER – yes, it’s possible. Another great place to stop on your way to the beach so you can snack on delicious carbs while you bake in the sun all day.
Located in Pollonia, Liofito is where I go for “mezze” (small plates that are mean to be shared). Really chill ambiance and great outdoor seating.
Gatis (aka “the cat bar”) is a cozy cocktail bar in Plaka that plays solid tunes. It’s pretty chill – perfect for a drink or two if you’re in the neighborhood.
For drinks and dancing, head to Akri (in Adamas). With both an indoor and outdoor space, you can have the best of both worlds – a dancing room and a place to lay back and enjoy the scenery.
Milos doesn’t have nearly as much shopping as Mykonos or Santorini, but the shops I find to be the most unique on the island are in Plaka. I recommend spending an evening in Plaka and walking around the narrow, cobble stoned streets where the majority of shops are.
For local products such as honey, jams, spices, soaps, etc. my go-to is the Ark of Flavours in Polonia. Their thyme honey is out of this world.
Head to Sarakiniko for photos & a quick swim if the wind permits – this area of the island has moon-like rocks that will make you question what planet you’re on. Unreal.
If you’re in Milos for a few days, definitely do a day trip to Kleftiko beach. The rock formations have beautiful caves, and it’s the perfect place to go for a swim or snorkel. It’s only accessible by boat, but it is absolutely worth it.
Check out the old sulfur mines at Paliorema (it’s a rough drive but it’s pretty awesome) and hang out at Thiafes beach for the day. This isn’t an organized beach so come prepared with an umbrella, water, etc.
For sunset, I recommend heading to either Klima, a small fisherman village on the shore with colorful boat houses that have been transformed to actual homes, or Marmara, a small church in Plaka with a large veranda facing the sea.