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Best beaches of Milos Island

Milos Island (or Melos) is truly a magical island. Ιt has stunning sceneries, magnificent shores embraced by the Aegean Sea, picturesque villages, wonderful local culture, and -of course- gorgeous beaches! Let’s explore the best beaches of Milos Island together!

View of Firiplaka beach from under a straw umbrella
Relaxing at Firiplaka beach

Milos Beaches

Milos has many and very diverse beaches! You can spend days on the island and see something different every day. However, this diversity also means that you have to know a little bit about the beach you’re going, in order to make sure it suits your needs. Let me explain myself with an example; If you’re looking for a relaxing day at a beach with an easy access and you go to Papafragas beach because you’ve heard that it’s beautiful, you’re going to have an unpleasant surprise. Is it beautiful? Yes, very. Is it easily accessible? Not really.

Sign on the way down to Papafragas beach in Milos Island, Greece
The sign to Papafragas beach is literally a warning sign! I felt very stupid to ignore it... Am I getting too old? 🤔

That being said, if you ask around or read and do some research beforehand, you’ll be able to choose which beach fits your mood every time and have a fantastic time. Keep in mind that you should also check the weather daily and especially the wind forecast, before you choose where to go. For instance, if the wind blows from the north, go south; if it blows from the south, go north. There are more than 70 beaches in Milos; these are my favourite:

Southern Milos

In the south you can find gorgeous sandy beaches, such as Firiplaka, Provatas, and Agia Kyriaki with shallow turquoise waters. I also loved Paleochori, which has deep blue waters and a beautiful scenery. It’s a long beach, so you can always find a quiet spot even in busy days. All these beaches are partly organized and you have the option of a sunbed and an umbrella if you like.

Paleochori beach in Milos Island, Greece
Look at these waters! (Paleochori beach)

Northern Milos

On the other hand, if you want to see something different and unique, the beaches in the north won’t disappoint you. Sarakiniko, the most popular and photographed beach of Milos, is definitely a must-see! The brilliant white volcanic rocks, after years of erosion by the wind and the waves, form an out-of-this-world landscape.

Woman at Sunset at Sarakiniko beach in Milos Island, Greece
Sunset at Sarakiniko beach

Firopotamos is a charming sandy beach surrounded by trees, where you can enjoy clear waters and a very picturesque scenery.

Firopotamos beach in Milos Island, Greece
Firopotamos beach

Papafragas, that I’ve mentioned earlier, is an interesting choice and it’s worth visiting if you want to explore the caves and you’re not scared of heights.

Papafragas beach in Milos Island, Greece, as seen from above
Papafragas beach as seen from above
Woman on the path down to Papafragas beach in Milos Island, Greece
I did try to go down there in the end! I think it’s worth it; just make sure to be careful!

Plathiena is secluded and ideal for having a cup of coffee with a lovely view, however it isn’t really easily accessible and (at least when I visited) there was a lot of seaweed in the sea.

Plathiena beach in Milos Island, Greece
Plathiena beach

Western Milos

The west part of Milos is not inhabited nor accessible by car (some specific places are accessible if you have an off-road vehicle). This region is part of the international network of NATURA 2000 and it’s protected, because of its rare flora and fauna. There are some absolutely amazing beaches in the west and southwest, where you can go by sea. Among them some really stand out, such as Triades, Gerakas, Sykia Cave, and Kleftiko. You can visit them by boat if you book a sailing trip or a daily excursion, which I highly recommend you do. There are many options including the west part, the south part, or the round of Milos. You can even visit Kimolos, the near by island as well.

Kleftiko beach in Milos island Greece
Kleftiko Cove; the name comes from the Greek word for thief and it's connected to the history of Kleftiko, which used to be a pirates' hideout.

During my stay I’ve rented a car and was exploring the south etc., so I’ve booked a sailing trip to see only the West part. It was SO good! First of all, the sailing itself was amazing, we’ve explored many caves and saw many extraordinary rock formations. Moreover, the stops we made for swimming in the sea and relaxing at the beach were awesome. The water was crystal-clear and the view was breathtaking! This was my most memorable experience in Milos!

Woman on a yacht sailing around Milos Island, Greece
Sailing girl doesn't care!

Final Thoughts

All in all, Milos beaches are diverse and unbelievably beautiful! Do your research before hand to choose the best option for you; explore the island, relax at the beach, swim in the sparkling blue Aegean waters!

[Greek: Καλύτερες παραλίες της Μήλου ]

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