What has created a submerged volcano: A volcanic island of colors, beaches and hidden treasures that one can not possibly imagine. Better not discover everything that is hiding. It is still away from touristic exploitation.
One of the most spectacular coastlines of Milos is Kleftifo Bay. This is a place of amazing rock formations, which is practically inaccessible by land. To reach Kleftiko the best way is by boat, for example in one of the tours around the island depart every morning from Adamas port. The most surprising is the central formation of the bay, somewhat reminiscent. In any case, the whole bay is full of natural caves that are interesting to explore.
It's difficult to choose a favorite among the many amazing beaches on the island of Milos, but Sarakiniko beach will certainly appear on this list, regardless of who you ask. It's a unique blindingly white beach made of limestone instead of sand. The beach is of volcanic origin, and it's the only example of this peculiar rock formation you'll find on the island. The simple geological interest combined with a stunning blue water makes it one of my favorite beaches on Milos. About a kilometer from there, you can find the famous shipwreck of Milos, another thing worth seeing.
This small cove of Milos' southern coast is easily one of the most beautiful in the entire Cyclades (and, perhaps, all of Greece). It's just that the water's hue of turquoise is unbeatable, as is the feeling of being on a small beach with great sand and few people. The lack of people is probably a result of the difficulty of actually getting to the beach: you need to descend an embankment with a rope and going up is even tougher. It's not easy getting there by boat, either, given than the cove is pretty shallow.
But, in my opinion, these are advantages! To arrive at such a paradise-like place and find a crowd would be a real shame!
Definitely the most striking people are the Milos is its capital, Plaka. It is a lovely town on top of a hill that dominates the rest of the island. The classic structure of the Cycladic: Whitewashed Cottages, small Orthodox churches and, above all, a relaxed pace of life that permeates the islands. Plaka is the perfect place to stay in Milos, especially if you have your own car. From there you can reach Adamas (the main port) and to the lovely town of Klima, underneath the cliff hanging Plaka. Plaka is also the ideal place to enjoy a sunset that is best provided by the Aegean (in my opinion, better than what you can see in Santorini ...).
The sunsets on the Cyclades seem endless, but the one that is viewed from the top of Plaka that is simply one of the best in the archipelago ... if not the best, beating mega super famous and busiest of Oia in Santorini. From all the people have great views, but the most interesting is from Thalassitra Church, which is the highest point of the Milos.
The small village of Klima is undoubtedly the most charming town on the island of Milos. It's at the foot of the cliff where the capital of the island, Plaka, is located. It's just over 20 fishermen shacks, all whitewashed with bright doors. The houses have two floors. The bottom floor is where the fishing boat is stored, and the upstairs is where the family lives. It seems that the 20th century has not quite begun in Klima, let alone the 21st! Like all good villages in the Cyclades, Klima is full of cats, who always seem willing to pose for photographs. Also, the small village church, with its Orthodox charm, is a highlight.
Paliochori is a long beach of volcanic origin on the south coast of Milos and perhaps one of the most accessible beaches on this part of the island. It is surrounded by colorful cliffs and the water is simply breathtakingly clear. There are also some very interesting bars on the beach. This beach can be found in the guidebooks or on road signs indicating it as Paleohori, Paleochori our Paliohori.
Neighbor of the stunning Creek Tsigrado, Firiplaka beach is also a sight to behold. And not only for its clear waters, but the cliffs of volcanic rocks located behind it. It is impressive to walk around the beach, finding rocks of different colors (yellow, red, blue, green ...). We were struck by the interesting "sculpture" that someone has been building using local stones. Access is much easier than Tsigrado and you can park right next door.
Plathiena is a small sandy beach on the north coast of Milos, about 30 minutes drive from Plaka. The beach is beautiful and is flanked by 2 imposing cliffs on both sides. It certainly is a great place to rest in "sun and beach" and besides, there are several fishing villages near there that are worth visiting. Not the best beach Milos, but a really nice site.
Undoubtedly the most spectacular corner of the island of Milos is the stranded vessel which can be found on its southern coast near Sarakiniko beach. The combination of the white cliffs of the south coast with the ghostly vision of the boat, with the waves breaking against the Aegean town, is amazing. I do not know the history of this boat, it probably ran aground in a storm, or perhaps its owner left it there. Anyway, it was one of the most fascinating places I saw in the Cyclades Islands. By the way, my photos are from 2006 and from what I have seen from more recent photos, the boat has sunk considerably since then. The force of the sea is unforgiving ...
One of the most relaxing and enjoyable beaches of Milos is in the small fishing village of Firopotamos, in the northern part of the island. The beach is less than 2 kilometers from the village of Plaka, so access could not be more convenient. Upon arrival, Firopotamos known for its white houses and blue color of its waters. They note that the place was until recently a small fishing port. Now some of the houses give the feeling of being more summer residences. In any case, the beach is beautiful and well worth visiting.
Mandrakia is another fishing village that is on the coast of Milos, basically a small bay where it was carved into the volcanic rock of the island shelters to save the fishing boats. There are few reasons to visit Mandrakia, but one is really powerful. One can see firsthand how a fishing community in Greece functions, with its leisurely lifestyle where you can enjoy every moment. And the other, of course, is to eat at the Medoussa Tavern, which is one of the best corners of the Cyclades to enjoy the fresh fish and the Greek cuisine.
Definitely the ultimate experience on the island of Milos is to go along the coastline in one of the ships that sail every morning from the port of Adamas, as the island has some really spectacular places that can only be seen properly from the sea. If you have a few days to enjoy the island this tour is almost essential as you'll see areas such as Sarakiniko, Firopotamos, Paliochori, Klima, Kleftiko, Tsigrado, the famous sunken ship, etc. all in one go. The volcanic past of the island can be seen in all its glory on a cruise and there are a couple of companies that take these circuits, some even stopping briefly on the nearby island of Kimolos, north of Milos. The price is 60 €/person for the tour, which lasts all day and includes meals, the guide explanations in perfect Greek, so I couldn't follow many of the stories he told.