I can honestly say that Milos is one of the best places I have ever been to. This Greek island won me over in a few short hours and I did not want to leave once our stay ended. Milos has maintained a certain charm and an unpolluted traditional vibe that can only be had through minimal tourism and visitors. Besides sporting some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean, Milos has amazing food, reasonable prices and some of the friendliest and most-hardworking Greeks you’ll ever meet. I can’t rave enough about this little island and part of me is happy that it’s not as well known as Santorini, Mykonos or any of the other more popular Greek islands. I swore to go back and I’m hoping I can see that promise through someday. Hopefully this Milos travel guide will help take you through the island and all of its charms.
Where to stay in Milos
There are three main towns in Milos: Pollonia, Adamantas, & Plaka. After touring all three, I would highly recommend Pollonia as the place to reside in during your stay in Milos. It’s quiet, charming and located right on the water. We stayed at the Villa Gallis, a cute bed & breakfast about a 10 minute walk from downtown Pollonia. Pollonia is extremely safe and walking at night is completely doable. Our first night, I was surprised to see a mother walking her baby in a stroller on a dark street after 10pm. I realized then that Milos was unlike any other place I had lived in and I loved that aspect.
Villa Gallis – This charming bed & breakfast is the whole package. There is wifi, a pool, breakfast and excellent service. The owner is super friendly and you are served breakfast in your balcony every morning (you just have to open your window to alert them you’re ready for breakfast). As you can see below, the views are amazing.
Note: Delmar Apartments and Suites got great reviews and is located a little closer to town. Their prices are only slightly higher than Villa Gallis.
Best Restaurants in Milos
My suggestions for where to eat will be limited to Pollonia. We loved each and every restaurant we went to and did not feel the need to travel further to try anything else. Almost all the restaurants are located right on the water so you get fantastic food with a great view.
Enalion – A favorite, we stopped here twice – best food and gorgeous views. I would highly recommend the Greek salad, fresh grilled fish, pitarakia, and lamb with tomato sauce. Pretty much everything is delicious. We were treated to a complimentary serving of Koufeto (a local dessert) one night and a lemon dessert the second.
Gialos – While Gialos was my least favorite restaurant in Pollonia, it did have great food and an even better view. Be sure to share the appetizers (loved the feta/honey app) – I found them a little bit rich. Their coffee was excellent.
Apanemia – This was our other favorite restaurant – we ate here twice. If you are renting a room from Villa Gallis, you will receive a small discount to eat here. There was live music Sunday night which made that night extremely memorable and one I’ll never forget. The music was outstanding, the ambience rich, the food delicious. Must try: stuffed eggplant, pastitcio, and Greek salad. The best menu item is the grilled halloum cheese with fig butter. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
*2018 Update: Unfortunately, Apanemia is closed now.
Local food shop – This place does not have a name, at least not one in English. It is located across the street from Apanemia. The owner is friendly and will help you with anything you ask. They have the best pastries in Milos (baklava, chocolate cake, galaktoboureko) for great prices and huge portions. Be prepared to overeat or come ready to share. They carry local honey, herbs and jams which the owner herself makes. Hands down, highly recommend.
What to do in Milos
Milos is surprisingly full of things to do for a small island. Renting a car or ATV is pretty much necessary since a bus system or other public transportation system is virtually nonexistent.
Catacombs – Visiting the catacombs was interesting, really one-of-a-kind experience. The only negative was that the tour guide barely spoke English. It was a truly unique site and one that’s worth a visit if you happen to be in the area.
Ancient theater – This ancient Roman theater stands in the middle of nowhere, its excavation and preservation work seemingly on hold. It is located near the catacombs and is worth a short hop if you’re in the area and you have a vehicle. Sadly, there is no museum and the statue of Milos which was found near the theater stands on display in the Louvre.
Plaka – The town of Plaka is definitely worth a visit. It’s a charming town with a lot of cute alleyways and shops. Plaka has the best shopping if you’re looking for unique souvenirs to take home. And the best part is that many of the shops carry locally made goods. If you’re lucky, you might even get to meet the artist!
Beaches – I just wrote an article on the Best Beaches in Milos so you can imagine the beauty contained within each beach. There are more than 40 beaches in all of Milos and we were able to visit around 7.
Here are just a few snaps from Milos. Stray cats are everywhere as are fig trees and grapevines.
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