The small Greek island of Milos is just over 150 km², but it’s big on natural beauty, picturesque villages and relaxing atmospheres. The island sits in the southwestern part of the Cyclades region and the landscape intrigues visitors who visit the island every year.
The very distinctive coastline is magnificent, with rugged cliffs of every colour and rock formations, created by volcanic activity from as far back as 90,000 BC. Also along the coastline, you’ll find over 70 beaches, each one unique in its own way, where you’ll find adventure, tranquillity or both.
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A Guide to the Best Beaches in Milos
14km from Plaka is the beautiful sandy beach of Tsigrado. It’s a small beach, in the south of the island, but the huge cliffs and amazing water more than make up for its size. Access is by a path, carved out through the cliff, with a rope and ladder to aid the descent, so it’s not really suitable for children.
It’s a non-organised beach, but it’s secluded and good for swimming and natural beauty. You can take the bus that goes to Firiplaka and walk to Tsigrado.
2. Firiplaka Beach
On the south coast, this narrow, sandy and pebbly beach is partly organised with umbrellas, sunbeds and a beach bar. A favourite among visitors, Firiplaka has stunning volcanic cliffs painted in yellows, pinks and whites, providing a unique backdrop to the shallow green-blue water.
There is a car park at the top of the cliffs, so make sure you take in the amazing view before you descend onto the shore. It’s good for families to spend the day there, and is also accessible by car.
3. Provatas Beach
Provatas beach is 13 km from Plaka, and the best way to get there is by car or bus. It’s organised with sunbeds, umbrellas and there are restaurants and coffee shops, but it can get crowded, so it’s best to arrive before 11.00 a.m. It’s a great beach for swimming in the clear water or relaxing on the sand surrounded by impressive multi-coloured cliffs. It’s family-friendly, but it can get windy.
4. Sarakiniko Beach
Located in the north of the island, Sarakiniko is probably the most photographed place on Milos Island, due to the unique volcanic rocks, eroded by wind and sea to form huge smooth bone-white boulders.
It’s a small bay with gorgeous turquoise water, deep enough for thrillseekers to attempt cliff jumping, but other parts are shallow making it suitable for children. Access is by car and bus, and then a footpath down to the beach. It’s not organised and it can get busy, but if you swim or walk around the bay you’ll be able to find you’re own little secluded spot.
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5. Papafragas Caves
10 km east of Plaka, Papafragas feels like your own private swimming pool, with a tiny sand beach enveloped with tall rocky walls, with a natural sea arch as the only access out to sea. The water is crystal clear, and dazzling turquoise colour, and there are opportunities to swim through the holes in the rocks and sea caves.
It’s a stunning part of the island which is unspoilt with impressive views from the top of the cliffs, looking out the sea. There are no facilities, and the path down to the cove is steep, so it’s not suitable for small children. It is accessible by the bus that goes to Pollonia.
The remarkable white cliffs can be seen all across Milos Island, and Kleftiko beach will not disappoint. Secluded and tranquil, boat tours make daily excursions, from Adamas, for scuba diving or snorkelling around the emerald waters of this glorious bay.
It’s not really a beach for relaxing, more to take in the breathtaking natural beauty, with swimming in sea caves, arches, and some of the clearest water you’ll find anywhere in Greece. It’s not organised, but the white stone cliffs rising up out of the blue ocean will blow your mind.
7. Achivadolimni Beach
Located in the bay area is Achivadolimni beach, the longest sandy beach on Milos. Organised, it’s family-friendly and the shallow waters make it suitable for swimming and sunbathing, with trees to provide shade from the midday sun.
There are splendid views of Milos’s highest mountain, Profitis Ilias, and you can take to the trails and go in search of the only lake on the island. This is one of the only beaches where it is possible to windsurf or kitesurf. It is accessible by bus.
Firopotamos beach is in the north of the island surrounded by the town of Firopotamos, a charming town of blue and white fisherman’s houses. Access is by foot or car onto the small-pebbled beach which is family-friendly.
It’s not organised and there are no facilities or restaurants, so if you plan a day here, you’ll need to take your own food and water. It’s a wonderful beach for sunbathing and swimming in the emerald water.
9. Paleochori Beach
One of the most popular beaches is Paleochori, 10 km from Adamas and easily reached by bus or car. There’s a sandy beach with interesting pebbles, sunbeds, cafes, restaurants and a variety of watersports available.
The beach is long and wide, so even at the busiest times, you’ll be able to find your own little spot to relax. The beach is divided into two coves.
10. Agia Kyriaki Beach
Agia Kyriaki is in the south of the island, 14km from Plaka. The beach is made of sand and fine pebbles and there is a restaurant that prepares some fine Greek cuisine. The high, rugged cliffs that provide the scenery give this beach a feeling of seclusion.
And along with the emerald, clear water, it truly is an amazing landscape. There are some trees for shade and it’s easily reached by car. It’s a good beach for families. It used to be organized but not anymore. There is a bus going to the beach.
11. Plathiena Beach
Situated on the north coast of the island, Plathiena is situated two kilometres from Plaka. It is a crescent of sand, dotted with trees, with a backdrop of rocky cliffs. There are sunbeds and changing rooms available and a small canteen with good food and drinks. The beach is accessible by bus.
12. Alogomandra Beach
Situated close to the main beach of Ayios Konstantinos on the island’s north-eastern coast, is the stunningly beautiful beach of Alogomandra. The beach has the finest white sand and crystal clear water and at the right-hand end of the beach, the cliff has been eroded into a large semi-cave. It is an unorganized beach. The bus that goes to Pollonia makes a stop near the beach.
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On an island as small as Milos, it won’t be hard to find a beach that is perfect for what you’re looking for. Whether that’s swimming, exploring or simply relaxing. Milos has some of the best beaches in Greece.