Nestled in the Southern region of the Aegean Sea, you’ll find a small island called Milos. It forms the most South-Western part of the Cyclades and measures only 14 miles. With climates reaching an average high of between 27 and 28 for June, July, and August, Milos is a must-visit holiday destination.
Where to anchor in Milos?
The largest port on Milos is Adamas (also spelt Adhamas), and this is where you should moor. If you want to anchor yourself, manoeuver towards the bay east of Adamas where it is safe to do so.
Watch out for reefs and rocks on the Eastside of Órmos Mílou. Heavy seas caused by waves bouncing off the North side of Milos can disrupt your sailing and push you near these reefs.
If you need more information on how to moor in Milos, check out the anchorage guide to Adhamas.
Alternatively, if you don’t want to charter a boat, you can take a ferry directly from Athens that will take harbour in Milos.
Facilities on Milos
On Milos, you’ll find water, fuel, repairs, banks, and places to eat.
- Water – Most berths will have water available.
- Fuel – A mini-tanker takes calls and delivers fuels twice a day.
- Repairs – There are only limited mechanical repairs available. However, there is a hardware shop.
- Bank – There are ATMs on the island.
- Restaurants – You’ll find a range of local and authentic Greek cuisine on the island.
History of Milos
Milos dates back to the pre-Minoan Bronze Age, with archaeology digs revealing ‘harpy’ sculptures that come from the Cycladic civilization. During the Peloponnesian War, Milos sided with Spartia, angering the Athenians. This caused the Athenians to massacre the inhabitants of the island, an event recorded by the historian Thucydides.
Years later, Milos fell to Turkish colonialisation, where the island began to prosper. Milos became a hub for pirate ships, where fleets of pirates would use the island to sell their booty, where it would then be resold to merchants.
In more modern history, Milos was used by the British as a naval base.
Reasons to visit Milos
Milos is an island that is formed out of volcanic rock. Due to this, the landscapes are dazzling white and dotted with intriguing rock formations. With over 75 beaches, there are a large number of spots you could anchor at and take a swim.
Alternatively, rent a motorcycle or an ATV and get to know the island on wheels. With fantastic physical geography, populated towns, and great restaurants, you can spend days on the 160 square miles of Milos.
Alongside that, Milos was once home to “Venus de Milo” which is now an exhibit in the Lourve, Paris. From geography to art, Milos is a must-see in Greece.
Where to stay on Milos?
The Asterias Boutique is a beautiful hotel designed in the local style. Currently, Booking.com rates a stay in this location an 8.8, giving it an excellent rating. The Adamas port of Milos is seven kilometres away. If you opt for driving or renting a motorcycle, there is free parking on site.
If you’re looking for a more upmarket option with views of the Aegean, the Miland Suites is for you. With a 9.5 rating on Booking.com, this hotel gives you everything you need for a perfect stay. Every flat is fully equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, alongside a coffee machine. Only 1.6 miles from the Adamas port, this is a close walk from one of the mooring sites.
A mere 40 yards from Pollonia Beach, Millia Gi Suites is perfect if you want to be right by the sea. It’s surrounded by cafes, bars, restaurants, and bakeries, making you feel right in the action of everything. The property is 6.2 miles from the main port in Milos and has a 9.8 rating on Booking.com.
What to do on Milos?
Carved into the pumice stone cliffs of Milos, you’ll find the ancient catacombs of Milos. Long ago, porous rocks were carved out to make space for familial burial tombs. If you’re curious, you can now walk through the halls of the catacombs and see the tomb inscriptions. You’ll be able to find them near Trypiti.
Located on the North shore of Milos, you can find Sarakiniko Beach. Lapping waves have eroded the beach, creating incredible shapes out of the volcanic rocks. Most commonly, tourists in this area refer to the beach as a ‘Moonscape’ due to the white rocks’ lunar similarities.