This weeks post, 3 Day Guide to Milos, Greece is a revision from an earlier post. This was one of my first posts that I blogged and at that time I did not know much about blogging so thought I would update this with a newer version of my theme and updated SEO. I also added maps of the area we traveled and links to more places.
Wondering what to do in Milos, Greece? This guide to Milos, Greece will give you some great ideas. We spent three days exploring this island in September, 2018. Milos is a small island in the Cyclades. Charming is the perfect word to describe Milos and there is so much to love. First there is an abundance of Greek culture and great food in the towns and villages. Second, if you like unique beaches you will find plenty, considering there are over 70 beaches around Milo’s. Third, there are also plenty of historic places to explore. Finally, like everyone we met in Greece, the people are warm and friendly.
Milos is not busy like Santorini, hence, much less touristy. Steve and I arrived by small plane from Athens after a 35 minute flight. We knew we were in for a special treat when we saw the island from the air and landed at the small airport. We had a transport waiting to take us to our hotel in Polonia. It was early morning, our room wasn’t ready yet so we rented a car through the hotel for the day and began to explore. began to explore. You can rent a car or an ATV and drive with barely any traffic. Just remember, as in all of Greece, you need an International Drivers License to rent a vehicle here.
First stop was the Ancient Roman Theatre and Catacombs located near the village of Tripiti. Immediately we fell in love with the countryside along with the small villages we were traveling through. The Roman Theatre was beyond expectations. The marble Theatre sits on a hillside overlooking the sea. Built during the Hellenistic period, around 3 BC then completed by the Romans around 7 or 8 BC.
Hike to Prophet Ilias Chapel
We noticed a small chapel above the Roman Theatre on top of a hill and decided hike up to the chapel. Therefore, we followed a dirt path that led up hill, hoping it would reach the chapel. Walking through the countryside was tranquil as we passed age old walls handmade of stone. The walls were made for farming terraces, and appear to still be in use today. Meanwhile, hiking up, chickens and roosters were cackling and crowing in a small barnyard while a dog barked in the distance. Finally, we reached the top. The sea view was amazing, and the Chapel of the Prophet Ilias overlooked the sea! It was a fun hike and I would do it again! So far I was loving Milos, Greece!
Next stop were the Catacombs which are located just down the hill from the Roman Theatre. This was a place we really looked forward to visiting and if you like history, religion, or just curios it is a must see. You can tour a section of the Catacombs with a tour guide. The tour is not long but it is informative and fascinating. The catacombs date back to sometime between the 1st and 5th century. They were used by the early Christians in Milos to bury their dead and to conduct church services. They chose this area to hide their Christianity to avoid Roman Persecution.
After a busy morning it was time for lunch. We knew we wanted to eat lunch in the village of Plaka, which was only a few minutes away from where we had explored. The streets were narrow so we parked the car and took our own little walking tour.
Plaka is an adorable village, best seen on foot, exactly what you would picture a Greek Island village to be! White washed homes and buildings complete with bright blue doors and trim. Narrow cobblestone streets with pink flowers growing over the buildings shading the streets. Outdoor cafes with brightly painted chairs and tables finished off this picturesque village. We had so much fun roaming the streets.
Palaios Coffee and Pastry Shop
It was rest time, most of the shops were shut down for the afternoon. Consequently, few people were around. Regardless, we were able to find a few shops and cafes open. We managed to wander into Palaios Coffee and Pastry Shop. We sat outside on the lovely garden terrace sharing Spinach Pie and Orange Pie (which is actually a type of cake). The food was amazing, the ambiance relaxing, and the service was good. If you are in this area I highly recommend this place. As a matter of fact, we enjoyed it so much we returned 2 days later for Baklava.
Milos Breeze Boutique Hotel
After buying a few souvenirs at Plaka we decided to call it a day and check out our accommodations for the next three nights. We were staying at the Milos Breeze Boutique Hotel in Pollonia, a small seaside village. Milos Breeze sits on a small hill overlooking the village and the sea. The village is just a short walk down the hill.
The accommodations were simple but elegant with windows to make the room bright and airy. Our room had a panoramic view of the sea with our own terrace and also a small private pool. The room was comfortable and tastefully decorated. Steve and I were both amazed at this place, definitely exceeded our expectations. Moreover, this was the perfect place to return to each night after exploring Milos. Follow the link to their home page if you would like more information. Milos Breeze Hotel.
My Greek Wine Experience
Supper our first night was quite the experience. We walked to the restaurant Armenaki in Pollonia, just down the hill from our hotel. We sat at a table along the water. It was a beautiful night. Steve ordered shrimp, I ordered braised beef. All seemed perfect, until I made an embarrassing error.
The waiter brought us bread, olive oil, a bottle of lemonade for Steve, a small odd carafe and 2 glasses. While Steve was pouring his lemonade, I wondered if my wine was in the carafe. Becoming impatient, I decided my wine must be in the pitcher. It looked like wine, so I filled my glass, and was pleased with the generous serving. Anticipating something special, I took a sip. It did not tasted awful! Wondering if all Greek wine tasted this way, I tried another sip. Just as bad. I cleansed my pallet with a piece of bread and took a large gulp thinking I could become accustomed to it. Not a good idea. It burned all the way down, I turned towards Steve explaining there was something wrong with the wine and maybe it was a bad batch.
The rest of the meal went smooth and was delicious. My husband laughed throughout the meal at my mishap and joked with the staff about it. All had a good laugh, even me.
Boat Trip on the Aegean Sea
We awoke to a beautiful morning and had a wonderful breakfast at our hotel. Everything tasted so fresh and delicious. We were picked up by transport and taken to the port at Adamas for a catamaran tour.
We sailed with Travel Me to Milos. They were knowledgeable and were a great guide to the seas around Milos Greece. The crew was enthusiastic and appeared to truly enjoy their work. Seeing Milos from the Aegean Sea on a Catamaran was thrilling.The catamaran was only sailing along one side of the island instead of around it. Due to an earlier storm, the water on the other side was too rough so we would not be swimming at the famous Kleftiko Beach, regardless the trip was still wonderful.
The Aegean Sea is a beautiful deep blue water that has a high sulfur content so when you do swim, you are quite buoyant and we all swam without life jackets. The water is so clear you can see the bottom.
When lunch time came the crew made us traditional Greek dishes including Pastitsio, a Greek lasagna type dish. Everything was delicious! It was a perfect day at sea and I will let the pictures tell the rest!
Back to Pollonia for dinner. We chose to eat at Rafaki which is a family operated restaurant and very friendly. The gentleman who sat us said his mother was the cook, he assured us we would have a wonderful meal. He was right. His mother was a great cook, our meal was wonderful. Our table again was along the water another beautiful night. I had my first chicken souvlaki which became a favorite of mine. Steve had shrimp. Steve ate shrimp 7 nights in a row and each one was different and each one he declared the best!!
Beach Day in Milos
Beach Day!! After all, the Beaches of Milos are part of the reason we chose to visit this island because they looked so interesting and fun! We spent the last of our three days exploring the beaches of Milos, Greece and they were perfect! Since there are over 70 beaches on this tiny island Steve and I were going to see as many as we could. After a relaxing sleep and tasty breakfast at the hotel, Steve decided to rent a SUV. We had so much fun as he drove us from beach to beach! For more in-depth of these you can follow this link to my post 5 Best Beaches to Explore in Milos Greece for a better guide.
Our first stop was less than 10 miles from our motel. Tsigrado Beach is a small beach with unique access. The sandy beach is reached by land. You climb down a cliff, via ladders and ropes. My kind of fun! The climb down and back up is not difficult. Be careful of your footing. The white sand on the beach and steep surrounding cliffs were a beautiful contrast to the blue Aegean Sea. The beach area is basically a small cove with some interesting rock formations surrounding on three sides. It was too early for a swim as there was a chill in the air, but we managed to have fun regardless.
Our next beach adventure was Firiplaka Beach. This beach was only a few minutes away from Tsigrado Beach but the road was very rough. Parking is at the top of a hill so there is about a 5 minute walk to the Beach and is an easy trek.
Firiplaka Beach is a more popular beach and boasts a beach bar, lounge chairs, and umbrellas. Since the beach is a pebbly, rocky beach it’s not good for lying on the sand. This beach is great to soak up the sun on a beach chair. Perfect place for sunbathing! Exploring is what I enjoy and there is plenty of beach to explore. We spent a fair amount of time here and walked along the beach. Carefully stepping over the large rocks that covered the beach as we headed as far as we dared. Volcanoes formed the cliffs along the beach which created beautiful colors of oranges, yellows and pinks.
Lunch at Taverna Ouzeri
It was time for lunch, once again we headed to Plaka. Plaka is less than 25 minutes from where we were, regardless, the ATV was fun, the weather gorgeous, and we love the village of Plaka!
A small cafe called Taverna Ouzeri was our choice for lunch. Perfectly charming. We picked a table in the open terrace while an older gentleman brought menus. Immediately we knew we liked him. He was very friendly and took pride in his taverna. I asked about the moussaka and was told, “No moussaka today.” We heard a lady holler from inside, the man turned to us, smiled and said, “Mama says moussaka in 10 minutes”! This is what I so love about Greece! Steve had the moussaka while I had meatballs. I do love Greek meatballs! We enjoyed our home cooked meal!
For dessert we decided to go to Palaios where we devoured the Baklava. If you enjoy Baklava, this is the best! The flaky pastry and sweet nutty flavor is perfected.
Once lunch was over, we resumed our beach day. Our next stop was Firopatamos, which is about a mile and a half from Plaka. Due to the rather rough road it took about 10 minutes. We did not go down to the beach here instead we had fun exploring the view from the ancient ruins overlooking the sea. The ruins are of unknown use and origin from what little information I could find. Near the ruins there is a pretty church. It wasn’t open so we enjoyed it from outside. You can also visit a tiny fishing village below the church and ruins. This is area is so peaceful.
It is only 3.5 miles to Sarakiniko Beach, so we headed there. So much fun to see the countryside from the back of an ATV. You will find Sarakiniko Beach to be a very unusual beach since the beach is made of smooth white sandstone eroded over time by wind and water. This odd landscape looks like it belongs on another planet. This was our favorite beach for so many reasons. We climbed on the sandstone and down to the water where we swam under a natural arch. The water was turquoise blue and clear as can be. Everywhere you turned or looked was another great picture to be snapped. This was the most populated beach we visited but still not crowded. If you only decide to see one beach in Milos, this is it.
We drove 4 miles to our last beach stop of the day, Papafragas. Eager to play we hopped off the ATV. Unfortunately, our plan fell through. Going to Papafragas Beach is unique. You have to follow a path down a natural canal then swim through a cave to reach this beach! I thought this would be the best, therefore saved it for last. Sadly, the storm that prevented us from seeing Kleftiko Beach also kept us from this awesome experience. The path to hike down was washed out and inaccessible. Although no complaints, we had such a great beach day regardless of this. I figure this is an excuse to go again?!?!?
Now that we worked up an appetite we were ready to eat! How could we not, with such a perfect day exploring the beaches of Milos. After returning to our hotel, we once again, strolled down to Pollonia for dinner. This time we chose Enalion, another great restaurant. The waiter served us a cheese plate consisting of various types of goat and sheep cheese made in Milos. The cheese tasted so fresh with the variations, amazingly delicious. Of course, bread was served as well. Steve again decided to order shrimp and I had meatballs. I also ordered wine. Once again, the food, ambiance, and service were all outstanding.
We were leaving for Santorini in the morning, I was a bit sad. Although I was excited to travel to Santorini, I was sorry we were leaving Milos. Above all, I love Milos. There is so much to do and discover yet it is also uncrowded and authentically Greek. If you are looking for an uncrowded authentic Greek experience, Milos Greece is the place. I hope this guide to Milos, Greece gives you inspiration to visit this great island!
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