Travel to Milos – Discover the Secrets of this Volcanic, Authentic Beauty

Discover Milos, a volcanic Greek island in the southernmost part of the Cycladic archipelagos. Milos has the most spectacular moonlike landscape and exotic beaches all because of its volcanic origin. Go sea kayaking, diving, and hiking among unreal shapes of rocks! Milos island is a unique Cycladic gem and it will steal your heart with its unpretentious charm.

TOP 10 Things to do in Milos

Why to Visit Milos Greece?

Milos Beach Guide

What to See in Milos Greece?

How to Reach Milos Greece?

Does Milos Greece have an Airport?

Climate and Weather in Milos

What is Milos Greece Known for?

History of Milos

Where is Milos Greece?

Milos Greece on a map

What to do in Milos Greece?

Sea Excursions Around Milos

Hot Springs of Lakkos Adamantas

Travel to Milos Cyclades Greece, Cave of Papafragas, Milos
The Cave of Papafragas in Milos

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TOP 10 Things to do in Milos

  1. Discover the lunar landscape of Sarakiniko
  2. Go sea kayaking among strange rock formations
  3. Enjoy diving and snorkelling
  4. Go hiking in the volcanic landscape
  5. Visit the fishing villages of Firopotamos and Klima
  6. Boat tour around the island to see the Caves at Kleftiko
  7. Visit the Hot Springs of Lakkos
  8. Windsurfing and kitesurfing in Milos Bay
  9. Go fishing – underwater with harpoon or from the shore, the Melian fauna is extremely rich
  10. Visit the Catacombs of Milos – an underground Roman complex
Milos Greece - Photo by David T.
Milos beach – Photo by David T.

Why to visit Milos Greece?

Milos Greece

Milos is one of the most laid-back and exotic Greek islands. This is where you will hang out around a beach fire in the evening with total strangers, sharing a bottle of wine, talking about holiday adventures. Milos is standing out for its rich history, its majestic ambiance, indigo-coloured bays and picturesque villages and great little taverns. Milos is home to the stunning beach of Sarakiniko and is also the place where the statue of Aphrodite was found. The famous statue of Venus de Milo (Venus of Milos) was discovered in Milos in 1820. It is now on display in the Louvre Museum in Paris, where thousands of visitors every year admire her stunning beauty.

Milos Beach Guide

Milos Greece, Sarakiniko Beach - Photo by Diana Macesanu
Sarakiniko Beach – Photo by Diana Macesanu

The Milos beaches are stunning, and the most spectacular is the “out-of-this-world” Sarakiniko Beach. It boasts a lunar landscape with crystal clear turquoise-coloured waters and gleaming white volcanic rock formations. Spend your days exploring sea caves diving or in your sea kayak, jump into the amazing sea from cliffs or relax under the sun on your beach towel. Kleftiko beach, a former pirate hideaway, is popular with its towering rock formations and emerald waters, quite a trademark of Milos today. Apart from the most popular beaches Milos has around 70 altogether of which 40 beaches are exotic beauties worthwhile visiting.

Sarakiniko Beach, Milos

In Milos, most beaches are non-organized, a few are partly organized and some only reachable by boat. Find them listed below:

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What to see in Milos Greece?

Milos island Greece

One of the most charming characteristics of Milos are the tiny, colourful fishing villages hiding in little bays around the island. These picturesque villages have whitewashed houses with shutters in green, blue, and red and boat garages where the fishermen keep their colourful little boats. Go for a trip to the villages of Firopotamos and Klima to enjoy a day with sun and sea food!

How to reach Milos Greece?

You can easily reach Milos from Athens by the regular ferry connection from Piraeus port. The travel duration is 4-8 hours, depending on whether you are traveling a regular or a high-speed ferry. The island of Milos is also interconnected with some of the other Cyclades islands, such as Paros, Sifnos, Serifos, Santorini, Ios, and Folegandros. In the summer months you will find some extra ferry routes from Heraklion, Crete.

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Does Milos Greece have an airport?

Yes, Milos Island National Airport receives flights from Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” several times per week. The flight duration is around 45 minutes.

Climate and weather in Milos

Average air and sea temperature in Milos in °C
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What is Milos Greece known for?

Venus of Milos Greece

Milos is where they found the famous statue of Aphrodite (the “Venus de Milo”, now in the Louvre), and also statues of the Greek god Asclepius (now in the British Museum) and of Poseidon and an archaic statue of Apollo in Athens. The Municipality of Milos also includes the uninhabited offshore islands of Antimilos and Akradies. In 2011 the population was almost 5.000 inhabitants.

History of Milos

The position of Milos, that is between mainland Greece and Crete, and its possession of obsidian, made it an important centre of early Aegean civilization. Obsidian from Milos has been traded from the island in the past 13,000 years. Obsidian is volcanic glass, and a material which has been used for the manufacturing of weapons and tools. Milos lost its arms-making importance when bronze became the preferred material for weapons.

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Where is Milos Greece?

Map of Cyclades Archipelagos
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Milos is the south westernmost of the Cyclades islands, 120 km east from the coast of Laconia. From east to west it measures about 23 km and from north to south 13 km. The biggest part of the island is rugged and hilly, with its peak in Mount Profitis Elias, 748 m, in the west.

Milos Greece on a map

Map of Milos, Kimolos and islets
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What to do in Milos Greece?

Milos Greece, Apollonia - Photo by K. Kouzouni
Pollonia – Photo by K. Kouzouni

Sea excursions around Milos

Sea excursions around Milos, Cyclades, Greece
Boating around Milos

With the organized sea trips you have the chance to visit beaches inaccessible from land, like for example the famous “Meteora Rocks of the Sea” or Kleftiko, the emerald-coloured Sykia cave, Glaronisia and many more, to swim into the crystal clear waters of otherwise inaccessible beaches of spectacular beauty, to admire the island’s mineral wealth, to explore the secrete caves or to visit the neighbouring islands.

Thalassitra at Kleftiko, Milos - Photo by George Korovessis
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Hot springs of Lakkos Adamantas

The volcanic activity and the meta-volcanic hydrothermal action has given a lot of hot springs on the island of Milos, well-known in antiquity for their therapeutic benefits. Characteristically, Hippocrates refers to the therapy from skin diseases (in his book E’ “On epidemics”) at the Hot Springs of Lakkos in Milos. The island is full of hot springs of different temperature and water composition. Below you can be informed of the most important one:

Thermal springs and spas in Greece - photo by Elcarito

Lakkos Adamantas Hot Springs
(located in the left side of Adamantas harbor, in a cave of 15m)
Temperature: 33-41C, depending on the sea level and the weather.
Composition: Thermal mineral sulphide, ferrous, chlorinated
Their therapeutic indications are:

  • Chronic rheumatism
  • Arthritis
  • Myalgias
  • Neuralgias and in general peripheral nerves diseases
  • Skin diseases
  • Gynaecological diseases

The hot springs of Lakkos are open for treatments from July 15 to October 15, 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For more information

At the beaches of Alikes, Provatas, Skinopi, Paliohori, Tria Pigadia, Kanava, in the places where hot springs exist, you will see fumaroles gushing within the sea water and you can enjoy your swim completely for free all year round. However, out of all the hot springs, the only exploitable and recognized as a therapeutic spa-spring of a healing importance, is that of “Lakkos” in Adamantas, which is mentioned in Hippocrates’ works.