Milos was the first island that we visited during our travels of the Greek Islands and it ended up being our favorite. It is a pretty large island geographically but has a small population. It is super laid back and easy going and you can explore the whole island in a day. We rented a car and spent our time driving to the various towns and beaches that make up the island, drinking coffee, eating local food, and stopping to take a lot of pictures.
TRAVEL TIP: Find a private half day tour that shows you the highlights of where you are. We used to think that tours were a waste of time and that we would much rather have more free time and explore on our own but that all changed when we visited Peru. Not only do you learn a lot about where you are visiting on a tour, in our experience we also learn where we want to explore further and spend more time. We spent a half day on the “Best of Milos” tour. Our guide’s name was Gina and she was like someone out of a novel. She was older, had lived all over the world, spoke numerous languages, chain smoked cigarettes, and told great stories about her life and was filled with little musings that showed a lot of wisdom and experience. She would switch from speaking English to French and we would have to ask her to switch back to English, she was a character and added some local flare to our trip.
Gina-ism: “There are a lot of dirt roads in Milos, you may not know where they go but they all lead somewhere interesting.”
Now on to the PICTURES OF MILOS!
The first stop on our beach odyssey was Fyriplaka. The colors in the mountains were crazy and the water was crystal clear but like all of Greece, COLD!
There are cats everywhere in Greece, they roam around the streets and restaurants and are well behaved and generally well taken care of. Amy said that when we retire we are going to move to Greece and she is going to photograph cats and eat Mille feuille.
Milos locals say that this beach looks like the surface of the moon. It is very famous and is called Sarakiniko, there is lots to explore here and a few cool swimming holes. There are also some really cool cliffs to jump off but the wind was up and the sea was a little aggressive on this side of the island when we were there.
Gina took us to the fishing village of Klima because she said we could get some great pictures. She was not lying. These little garages are there for the fisherman to pull their boats in when they are done fishing. Quite a few of these little garages have been converted to vacation homes and some are now vacation rentals.
To get to Tsigrado Beach you have to scale a ladder and a rope and shimmy through a little crack but it is definitely worth it! There are a bunch of cool caves to swim around and the beach is really small. As you can see the water is really clear and the sea is calm because it is in a cove.
We spent one of the evenings we were in Milos in another fishing village called Mandrakia. They had octopus drying all over the place and delicious local seafood at a restaurant called Medusa. The colors, contrasts, and sunsets made Mandrakia a perfect place to spend an evening.
The last day we were in Milos we went on a sailboat down to the pirate hideout of Kleftiko where we disembarked and kayaked through huge rock outcrops and overhangs. We then sailed back up the coast where we saw the island from the water and got to see this really cool abandoned sulfur mine and stop at some beautiful beaches that were only accessible by boat.
As I said, Milos was our favorite island out of the three that we visited. If you go I recommend renting a car and cruising the island with some beach towels, your camera, and swimsuit. Thank you for checking out This Week in Pictures Issue 4 – Milos! Be sure to subscribe to Pulling A Geographic so that all of our blog posts come right to your mailbox and you can see more pictures from Capri and the Amalfi Coast by clicking this text. Stay tuned for our next This Week in Pictures: Issue 5 – Santorini and please share this with anyone who is planning a trip to the Greek Islands, Sicily, or Italy!