The Greek Island of Milos is famous for its surreal coastal landscape indented with caves, colourful volcanic rock formations and magnificent beaches shelving into turquoise coves – just perfect for couples celebrating a honeymoon.
Inland sit picturesque villages of sugar-cube houses and whitewashed windmills.
It was on Milos (pronounced mee-loss) that the famous statue of Aphrodite of Milos was discovered in 1820. While the original (re-named Venus de Milo) is displayed in the Louvre museum in Paris, you can see a copy of the statue at the Archaeological Museum in Plaka, the main town of Milos.
Explore the narrow, picturesque alleyways of Plaka, with traditional Cycladic architecture of whitewashed houses with blue doors, shutters and windows, and balconies overflowing with colourful flowers.
Enjoy scenic views from Plaka’s hillside location, visit the remains of a hilltop Frankish castle, the 13th century Byzantine Church of Thalassitras and the extensive early-Christian catacombs at nearby Tripiti, which were built underground during Roman times. Nearby sits an ancient Roman amphitheatre.
The island’s rocky coastline is indented with deep sea caves that are easily accessible by boat, most notably at Papafrangas, Kleftiko and Sikia.
The beaches of Milos are surrounded by colourful volcanic rock formations and shelve into clear emerald green waters. With more than 75 beaches to choose from, you can’t go wrong.
The best beaches in Milos, include the following…
Discover one of the most beautiful and unique beaches on Milos. This white-sand beach nestles beneath sun-bleached white volcanic rocks that resemble a lunar landscape and frame a long fjord-like inlet.
Swim from the beach or wander along the smooth horizontal rocks to find a good spot to dive into the clear water.
Devoid of plant life and eroded by wind and sea from the millennia, this stark, brilliant-white landscape is one of the most impressive natural sights in the Aegean.
Sarakiniko is located 4km east of Plaka town.
This crescent of silver-grey sand is framed by rugged rocks and lies beneath soaring cliffs on the south-west coast of Milos.
Breathe in the stark rugged beauty of this sun-bleached landscape and swim in the calm blue waters of the bay.
Framed by towering white sea cliffs and lapped by turquoise waters, tiny Papafragkas Beach offers a picture-perfect setting on the north-east tip of the island around 13km from Plaka town. The setting resembles an open-air cave linked to the sea by a small narrow covered opening.
Swim in the calm protected waters and explore some of the many deep-sea caves. Nearby sit the remains of the ancient town of Phylakope, now almost entirely covered with seawater.
This tiny white-sand beach nestles between soaring rocky outcrops along the rugged south coast, about 20km south of Plaka town.
Sunbathe on the white sand, cool off with a swim in the crystal clear water and breathe in the stark beauty of this magnificent setting.
There are no facilities on the beach so it’s probably best to take your own beach umbrella, food and drink.
This long crescent of silvery-white sand lies between a red-rock cliff face and shimmering shallow turquoise waters that are perfect for swimming.
Relax on the beach, cool off with a swim and savour a drink at the small beach bar.
Firiplaka is located close to Tsigrado Beach, around 21km from Plaka town.
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The best time to visit the Cyclades is during the mid-season (May, June, September and October) when the weather is warm and the islands are less crowded. Note: Peak season generally runs from July to August and is best avoided due to temperatures often exceeding 38°C and to the fact that the main islands are swamped with European holidaymakers.
From March to May, the temperature is cooler, hotel prices are more reasonable and the crowds non-existent. The winter off-season, from November through February, is generally quiet everywhere, however many hotels are closed.
Milos is one of the Cyclades, a group of islands that comprises Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Ios and Santorini, plus a number of smaller islands. The Cyclades is located in the Aegean Sea, south-east of mainland Greece.
By air, Milos is just 40 minutes from Athens, and by ferry, just 5 hours from Piraeus (Athens).
Latest update: Milos Honeymoon Guide : 9 August, 2019
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