We were supposed to stay two nights in Milos and then move on further down south. Instead we stayed five and then headed north. Don’t get me wrong, we would have stayed longer if time would have allowed it.
Milos is one of those rare pearls where one area is different from another: the south from the north, the west from the east. No beach is the same, but every beach will suit one or another’s tastebuds. Let me introduce you to the five most sensational, the ones we were recommend to go to and to which we went.
…became my (Christina) favorite beach and I wish we would have stayed longer, if only to visit it once more before we left. We don’t like crowded beaches, nor are we particularly fans of sand as it gets stuck (everywhere), and therefore Firopotamos suited us very well. The scenery around it was also spectacularly nice to study, allowing us to daydream of once owning a Greek house by the sea ourselves.
Time to go: Anytime really, it’s a small beach with a vast sea to swim in. There’s enough water to go around without bumping into anyone, even if all the sand is taken.
Waters/location: The sea at Firopotamos was stunningly beautiful turquoise with a few typical Greece houses, a church and ancient architecture lining its borders. We didn’t have to go far in before it become deep enough to dive with our fins and explore the massive rocks at the bottom. No scary creatures either which is two thumbs up from me (Christina)!
Good to know: The only source of food and drinks is a man selling items from his wagon. He’s very nice though and even gave me paper for the toilet cubicle (Note to everyone else, bring toilet paper when you go to the beach as most likely there will be none).
…is Milos’ wonder not to be missed and Ole’s favourite of those we visited. It’s a playground for every photographer, swimmer and beach enthusiast alike – and probably everyone else too.
Time to go: Early morning for the sunrise/before the masses or after 5PM in time for an hour (or two) swim before the sunset.
Waters/location: Pictures don’t lie. While the waters may not be entirely calm, the white rocks makes for equally exciting terrain to see below water as above. Dive in, but the water might be a bit less clearer at some spots than at the other beaches.
Good to know: Keep track of time at Sarakiniko and don’t spend more than two-three hours here, especially if the sun is up high. According to our host, he had taken one too many guests to the hospital with serious headaches and sunburns. Bring water and something to shield yourself from the sun, and remember that the white rocks reflect the sun more than your regular beach. PS: Food and drinks is sold from a food truck up at the parking lot.
…is really pretty with its rock formations and soft sand. It reminded me of the beach in New Zealand which they used in the Narnia series’ Prince Caspian.
Time to go: We arrived at 2pm on our first visit to Firiplaka, at which point the beach and parking lot was so full of people that we were discouraged to stay. Instead we came back the day after. Leave for Firiplaka early morning so that you arrive before the masses, preferably arrive 9AM at the latest or 8AM if you want it entirely to yourself.
Waters/location: my favourite colour, looking as I like to call it, like “kinder egg figure water”. Warning: “mini-piranha” which will nibble your feet and body if you stand still too long.
Good to know: We’d imagine your food source would be the beach bar. I believe there were toilet cubicles at the parking lot.
…Provatas is beautiful with clear light blue waters and soft sand, but it’s not extraordinary compared to the three mentioned above. Medium masses with people, a decent swim with no Mini-piranha’s bothering you.
Time to go: Anytime. We went in the morning and learned the hard way we should’ve gone to Firiplaka first.
Waters/location: Clear sight, few exciting rocks to dive around, but a good swim.
Good to know: There were two restaurants/beach bars practically side by side next to Provatas which puts food, water and most likely toilets easy at reach.
Agia Kiriaki Beach…
…has some beautiful white “sparkling” stones waiting to be collected. The challenge is however, if you want to fish them up from the sea, to do it without being nibbled to death by the mini-piranhas. That’s what I call them anyway, but the rest of you fellow travelers might know them as the buggers which tickles your feet at fish spas.
Time to go: Anytime. It’s your funeral.
Waters/location: Infested with mini-piranhas protecting the treasures under the perfect crystal blue.
Good to know: I did warn you against the mini-piranhas didn’t I?
We would advice a minimum 4 days to experience everything Milos has to offer, if you’re on a budget regarding money and time, but if you can afford it we would definitely recommend anyone to spend at least 6 days at Milos, taking one beach or a day tour per day to properly relax and immerse yourself with Milos’ beauty and adventures. (Warning: The effect of Milos is that you’ll end up spending more time here than you originally planned).
Moreover, as with most islands, a car, scooter or a quad can be rented to be used at your leisure (buses aren’t really dependable and/or we wouldn’t have any experience with them to share with you). For economical reasons we chose the scooter and it added to the experience of the island to be able to cruise along the roads, kiss Ole’s neck (now you guys can’t do that, but you know, I’m just painting you a picture here), and watch the landscape as it changed and passed us by.
Starting in the north, we suggest going Firopotamos at first, followed by food, and then Sarakiniko from 5PM to catch the sunset at 7-8PM after a decent hour or two of swimming while it’s still warm. This can of course be reversed, by going Sarakiniko before the masses in the morning, but it is worth mentioning that you’ll miss a grand sunset.
Leave really early for Firiplaka (South) if you want some time to yourself/without the masses photobombing your pictures. Some people arrive at 9AM, a steady stream of tourists arrive from 11AM and after. By 2pm the parking lot is ridiculously full.
When you’ve had your fill of Firiplaka, make your way over to the neighbor beach Provatas.
Consider watching the sunset at the castle of Plaka (North) or at one of the restaurants within the traditional village during the evening.
Time to collect those souvenirs! Make your first stop at Agia Kiriaki and then jet over to its neighbour beach Paleochori when you feel hungry. Apparently they cook food in the sand there, which is a cultural experience to be had if you haven’t already (we didn’t go). If you have time & energy to spare, a second visit to your favourite beach could be made after.
You should start collecting information regarding boat trips to see the beaches, cliffs and spectacular sights impossible to access by road, already during your first night in Milos. The boats are lined up after 8PM with their representatives every day, eager to sell you their trip. Obviously, you could make the day or half-day trip your day 1, 2, 3 or 4, but just make sure that you feel comfortable and informed in your choice – because there is a lot to choose from! The main sights tends to be Kalegries, Sikia (awesome), Kleftiko (a must), Gerakas and Poligoes (the two latter usually part of a full day tour).
Disclaimer: All suggestions are based on our own experiences made in the month of September. Times and conditions might change according to your time of travel.
Today’s little something: No matter which beach we went to, we always encountered more than a few women who’d tossed their bikini tops, flashing their boobies. This offered a bit of a problem for us considering Ole wanted to see mine too, but he didn’t want to share them with anyone else (nor did I for the record) . Solution: I took my top off under water while he snorkeled.