Numerous and diverse beaches, spectacular scenery, majestic sailing excursions, romantic sunsets, bristle nightlife, great food, incredible history!
Most of the people speak only greek
Wonderful sea in solitude
Bicycling in Milos5 photos!Milos is ideal for any level of bicycling activity. The coastal road inside the bay of Milos is a flat, scenic route for a relaxing ride. Most other routes involve alternating up and down hills, or demanding, steep hills and off-the-beaten-path gravel roads. There are no dedicated bicycle paths, but vehicle traffic...more
Andreas' Cruise was by far the highlight of our entire trip to Greece! Andreas' small traditional fishing boat has space for up to 11 people, which makes for a intimate, personalized cruise that will leave you feeling like a celebrity- without the celebrity price. Andreas, a former fisherman, has lived on Milos his entire life and uses this...more
(Continued from Part I)Ancient Marble Theater of Milos - Part IIWhen the Vénus de Milo (Aphrodite of Milos) was discovered 4 years later in a field near the theater, Ludwig claimed -albeit unsuccessfully- the statue from France, on the grounds that it had been found on his property. Later, in 1836, Ludwig, now as King, came to Milos together with...more
Nice silent place with a very nice waiter (owner???) to make some conversation with. He found very funny that in Italy we call the watermellon (Karpuzi in greek) "Anguria" that in greek means.... cucumber!! So he was saying that Italians (who maybe think that italian is a language understood everywhere???) at the end of the meal use to order...more
A little restaurant with its clear green tables on the street. The service is good and fast, prices are ok, maybe a little higher than average proces for Milos. Here you cannot miss "Pitarakia" little croquettes filled with Milos typical cheese, slightly saure but really tasty! My husband took grilled octopus which was simply delicious. I took...more
Tarantella: Lunch with a viewTarantella is definitely one of the best restaurants in Milos. Even though it is located off the beaten path, it is always full of guests. Both the locals and the visitors alike choose Tarantella for its exquisite cuisine, generous portions and magnificent, elevated view of the bay of Provatas. Tarantella is more...more
The bar Akri [AKPH in Greek; pron. ACK-ree; means "Edge"] is one of the most civilized nightlife spots in Milos. Located in a privileged, elevated position overlooking the port of Adamas in the bay of Milos, Akri features tasteful, contemporary music and a wide selection of refreshing alcoholic drinks. Seating is primarily outdoors, while the...more
The services in Milos are not expensives. The island has an important size and a lot of hidden beautiful places. You will need your own transportation to appreciate the spirit of the whole island.Rent a car or a moped at some of the agencies beside the port of Adamas.Try with Athina Travel Agency in Plaka or Vichos Travel Agency in Adamas (the...more
If you want to spend a different day in Milos go to the port and begin to talk to all the people with a sailboat: it costs a little bit more than going on the big tourist boat but it's much much better!!! Ask for prices, weather, trip: they are all very kind and they will answer all your questions!! We decided for Captain Elias who told us that in...more
Visit Milos on the way to or from SantoriniThe LANE ferries Ierapetra or Vitsentzos Kornaros depart on Thursdays and Sundays from Santorini to Milos, 10:00PM - 02:00AM, continuing on to Piraeus. On Fridays and Mondays, they depart from Piraeus to Milos, 18:50PM - 23:55PM, continuing on to Santorini, arriving at 04:00AM and then on to Crete. This...more
In Adamas on the port before souvernirs shops and cafè start you can find this little grocery. It sells sweeties anf fresh fruit and vegetables, the best in the island: tomatoes, cucumbers, watermellon, onions, peppers, peaches.... and prices are very good. In order to prepare a real greek salad at home come here to buy your ingredients!!more
Arriving in Adams turn right at the little bridge an you'll find the supermarket Atlantik. Every kind of food and drink except vegetables and fruits which are simply rotten!!! As reguard everything for your breakfast (butter, yogurt with honey, jam, bread juices, american cookies), your main meals (meat is good, cheese too, there's no fresh fish...more
5 photos!In shopping for local handcrafts, there aren't very many such retail establishments, but most shops are located in Adamas and Plaka. In Triovasalos, few retail shops cater to tourists.I would point out "Kalimera", "Marianna" and "Kellina" in Adamas and the "Milino", "Archondoula's" and "Anna's Shop" in Plaka as my favorites. Since most...more
Almost every week there is a festival somewhere in Milos. Most are religious "panigyria" (singular = panigyri; pron. pan-ee-YEER-ee) in honor of the patron saint of a given church. Typically, a panigyri involves a religious ceremony that includes a parade of the saint's icon around the vicinity of the church, followed by traditional live music and...more
Milos is the island of Lovers. It comes as no surprise, then, that the thousands of young lovers who visit Milos every year would express their affection for one another at every opportunity - even underwater!Captain Nikolas Xenakis of the catamaran sailboat "Chrysovalandou" makes it a point to snap dozens of pics of his guests during the daily...more
Milos, like most greek islands that size, is practically devoid of violent crime. This means that a woman can camp out on a remote beach overnight all by herself and feel absolutely safe. Apart from the occasional petty theft, the police there have only minor traffic problems as well as desk-job boredom to worry about.On the other hand, keep in...more
Warning! These products have absolutely nothing to do with Milos! The brand name constitutes an expropriation of the name of the island of Milos. No products from Milos have ever been mass-produced or distributed in canned packaging. Besides, Milos produces no giant beans or red sweet peppers.These products vaguely claim to be Greek. They could be,...more
(Continued from Part I)Like I said, you could take your chances, but quite frankly, it is highly unlikely to find anything at 20 Euros/night in August, without a prior confirmed reservation, unless you are extremely lucky. Even if you do find something not booked in advance and at that price range, however, you should be highly skeptical of the...more
Spelling and Pronunciation in Milos: A Survival Guide - Part IIt is neither uncommon, nor incorrect to spell the name of the island as Melos, especially when referring to the island in the ancient times. In antiquity, the spelling was once Malos. However, in modern web usage, the most appropriate spelling form in latin characters is Milos. The...more
We went to eat on Paliochori beach in the "Sirocco taverna" which shows a proud sign where there's written: "Volcano cooked meals". It is not true!!! And the food is not good. We took an appetizer that should have been (as written on the list) pyta bread with seafruits and... it was bread with frozen seafruits, lettuce and cocktail sauce!!! Typical...more
Spelling & Pronunciation in Milos: A Survival Guide - Part IIId vs. thOnce you arrive in Milos, you'll find that the d in the largest village and main port of the island, Adamas, is not pronounced by the locals as the d in Adams, but more like a th in then/there/therefore. They tried spelling it Athamas once, but realized the foreigners would...more
Luggage and bags:
Notice to my fellow Americans (who tend to bring half their household along): Think like Europeans and travel lightly. Very lightly. Ignore my advice at your own risk, since you'll curse many times over as you drag your 6 suitcases and 4 kids on gravel roads or 1001 steps in high 30s weather.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Beach sandals are a must in Milos, but you can always buy cheap ones locally. A pair of hiking boots is a good idea for the adventurous among you. One light jacket plus one sweatshirt will cover you for the 4 summer months.
Bring adequate changes of underwear as there is no coin laundry and no hotel on the island provides this kind of service. There is a cleaner's store in the village of Adamas but the turnaround time may be rather long. UPDATE: There are now 3 cleaner's stores in Adamas. Yay!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are 3 pharmacies to cover most of your non-emergency pharmaceutical needs. Expect long lines in July-August.
Photo Equipment: There are 2 photo finishing shops in Adamas where you can have your photographs developed, if you are still using film.
If you use a digital camera, there are stores where you can upload your digital captures to a hard disk or cartridge and even send them to yourself over the internet.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you arrive in Milos in July or August without a hotel reservation, bring along a sleeping-bag--you'll need it!
Miscellaneous: Do not expect to stay at the Ritz-Carlton. Decent accommodations are available, however. Expect hotels to offer no more than inn-level amenities. See my tip on Choosing a Hotel in Milos.
If you plan on staying a week or more, it pays to drive your own vehicle from the mainland. Foreign tourists are better off renting locally.
A credit card won't be of much use to you except to withdraw cash from the bank. Few establishments honor credit cards.
(Continued from Part I)Erimomilos is a natural preserve and its mostly barren, desolate landscape is home to a rare species of wild-goat, "Aegagrus Pictus", a close relative to the "Kri-Kri" of Crete. The only source of water to this endemic species of wild-goat that call Erimomilos home, is a small pond that fills up with rainwater in the fall and...more
Who would have ever said that "ugly" mines could be an attraction... In Milos they are!!! Just go on the north east to a desert road looking out for the running trucks coming from and going to the mines. You have to give always way to them (read the signs) and pay attention because they go very fast. But it is really worth it: mines are little...more
If you want to spend some "thrilling" hours in Milos go explore the east part of the island to the old abandoned sulphur mine. You have to take the road to Zefiria and then go on until you reach a country road (watch out the potholes). You have to go on for a 20 minutes until you seeing possibly nobody (!!) until you reach this spectral place! We...more
Some of the most spectacular places to see and best beaches to swim in Milos such as the famous cove of Kleftiko are only accessible by boat.It is highly recommended that all visitors to Milos take a sailing trip at least once during their stay. There are several boats/kinds of trips available: The round of Milos by large boats carrying 100+...more
Because of its horseshoe shape, the island of Milos is ideally suited for windsurfing, as beginners and experienced windsurfers alike enjoy the relative safety of the protected bay of Milos.Some prefer to practice the sport privately, off of Pollonia or Achivadolimni beach during the few days when the weather conditions are suitable for...more
One totally fascinating experience is to explore the beaches and the caves of the island by sea kayaks. I found out that a lovelly couple, Petrina and Rob, offer this kind of activity with their brand new sea kayaks. Rod holds a 4 star kayak proficiency certificate with the British canoe Union (BCU) so for sure you will be in good hands!more
Pachena is a fast-growing settlement with 2-3 accommodations. There is even a mini-market operating in the high-season.Sarakiniko is more isolated, with just 3 lodging establishments in the wider area.Pollonia is also a fast-growing fishing village and tourist resort, with plenty of accommodation options, several good tavernas and restaurants, a...more
Venus de Milo, the famous Greek Goddess of Love, graced the shores of Milos since the dawn of time. Today, thousands of modern day Venuses choose this island as their romantic getaway.Milos is a destination for the young at heart. Couples walking hand in hand along a remote beach against the sunset or dancing to the rhythm of a modern tune at one...more
Nature really enjoyed playing with Milos' shapes and colours... so if you are going to stay a couple of days in this wonderful little pearl in the Aegean sea, do whatever you want but do not miss for any reason theboat trip around the island!!! Don't forget the antiistaminic pills if you easily get sick (like me...) but... do that! And admire the...more