Many flock to the island of Milos because they have seen a beautiful image of a moonlike beach called Sarakiniko. While this beach is undoubtedly one of the best beaches in Milos, there are plenty of other great Milos beaches to explore.
Between a Fredo Cappuccino and walking around the Ancient Theatre Of Milos, days are best spent relaxing on beautiful Greek beaches. Below are a few of our favorite beaches in Milos to enjoy.
The Best Beaches in Milos
Located on the northeastern coast of the island, this stunning beach has some of the finest sands around. It also has clear water suitable for swimming. At one far end of the beach, you’ll find a fascinating cave that was created by cliff erosion.
Located on the island’s south coast, Firiplaka Beach is a narrow stretch with a mixture of sand and pebbles. The thing you’ll likely notice first about this beach is the stunning contrast of multi-colored volcanic cliffs and clear, blue water. It’s truly a dream destination in Greece.
On site, you’ll find a small and basic beach bar, a few sunbeds, and umbrellas. However best to bring your own towel as you may have to lay on the sand.
This beach is so pretty and accessible that it tends to get very crowded. However, if you arrive before 11:00 AM, you should have no problem securing a nice spot on the beach to sunbathe. Prefer to spend your day in the water? When it’s not windy, this beach with its clear water is perfect for swimming.
Sarakiniko Beach is situated on the North coast of Milos and is one of the most scenic places on the island due to its volcanic rock structures. Sarakiniko is the most famous beach in Milos, and what put the island on the map for international tourists. Visiting is one of the best things to do in Milos and even one of the best things to do in all of Greece.
Its small bay tends to get crowded at times, but there’s usually enough room for everyone to secure a spot where they soak up some rays. The blue water is deeper than many of the other beaches so it’s popular with cliff jumpers. There are some more shallow parts though that are suitable for all swimmers.
It’s not the best beach in Milos to lay out on though, as there isn’t really any sand here, and most beachgoers plop a towel on the hard rock, though it’s well worth the discomfort for the views.
Make sure to check out the view over the Sarakiniko swip wreck before you leave!
The most notable thing about Kleftiko Beach is the incredible white cliffs that line it. This secluded beach is popular with snorkelers and divers, but it’s also a great place to do some sea cave swimming and exploring.
The water at this beach is crystal clear and the views are spectacular and it’s one of the most famous coves on the island and was an old pirate hideout. Kleftiko is located on the island’s southwest tip and is mainly accessible by boat; though it’s possible to walk there, we don’t recommend it.
Instead, book a sailboat and enjoy a fully captained experience full of swimming, snorkeling, and even a cookout on the beach. You’ll also see unique rock formations and traditional fishing villages!
Long, sandy, and easily accessible are words one might use to describe Pollonia Beach. Along its edge, you’ll find plenty of shady places in the trees and a collection of bars, cafes, and restaurants. Did I mention the water is incredibly clear here too like the rest of Milos?
Peace and quiet is pretty elusive during peak season in Milos, but there are some off-the-radar places worth checking out if you just want to relax in a secluded seaside location.
Voudia Bay is one of those places and this long, pebbly beach bordered by pink volcanic cliffs and clear, blue waters is the perfect escape. This beautiful beach is also home to some fascinating caves.
This tiny, sandy beach features a sheltered pool that opens up to the sea via a natural arch. Swimming here is one of the best things to do in all of Greece! As you swim in the clear, blue water, you’ll also be able to swim through sea caves and unique rock formations.
The views are stunning here and the beach is unspoiled so don’t expect to find comfort amenities or sun loungers for rent here! To reach the beach you’ll have to hike down a series of steep stairs.
We recommend heading here earlier in the day, as it gets past noon Parafragas Cave Beach unfortunately sits in the shade and is not so pleasant for sunbathing.
This secluded gem is located on the less-developed west coast of Milos and part of the day’s adventure is just getting there! That being said, you’ll realize your effort paid off when you realize that you have the beach all to yourself because not many people know about it.
The area is untouched so you’ll enjoy wild and natural surroundings with plenty of vegetation, clear water, and a lack of man-made facilities.
This small but picturesque beach is not for the faint at heart. To reach its sandy shores, you must hike down a path and use a rope and ladder to navigate the final part of your journey. It sounds simple, but the ladder is more difficult than you can imagine on loose and rocky sand. Wear good shoes and watch your step on the way down.
However, once there, you’ll stare in awe at the sheer beauty of its tall cliffs and sparkling water. The seclusion is one of the best things about this beach, but the swimming is good, too. Don’t expect to find any facilities on site so come prepared!
It’s a great Milos beach to combine with Firiplaka Beach as they are just a short two minute drive away from each other.
The earlier in the day that you arrive at this Milos beach the better. There’s not much lounging space and it gets busy quickly, so you’ll want to plop your towel somewhere first. Also the beach sits in the shade later in the afternoon, so it’s best to enjoy it around 10am.
As the longest sandy beach on the island with plenty of shaded areas and clear, shallow waters suitable for swimming, it’s no wonder Achivadolimni Beach is so popular! On-site you’ll find your standard beach facilities and a series of nature trails.
The views of the island’s highest mountain are a popular draw too, not to mention that this beach is the only one on Milos where you can kitesurf and windsurf.
Firopotomos Beach is easily accessible from the little town of the same name on the north coast of Milos. The beach is small and pebbled but it’s a great family-friendly spot for swimming and sunbathing in the clear water.
There is a canteen at this beach is a place where many young people chill out for the day. Like Mandrakia Bay, we found some of the clearest and bluest water in Firopotomos Bay, and you’ll definitely want to take a dip here.
There are also more of those cute syrmatas here for rent if you want to stay by. Take care driving here, the road down to Firopotomos is a narrow and windy one!
Cape Kerdari, is a cape located past Firopotamos Beach. It is known for its beautiful and rugged landscape, featuring tall cliffs and dramatic rock formations. The drive to this spot is remote, rugged, and quite removed, but we promise it’s worth it for sunset.
Watch the tour boats and ferries finish their day here with a few sunset snacks and a glass of wine. The cape is also a popular spot for bird watching, as the area is home to many rare bird species.
Nearby is a small and secluded beach where it’s unlikely you’ll find anyone else around. So if you are looking for one of the best beaches in Milos for complete solitude head here.
Nearby to Cape Kerdari is the slightly more popular Nerodafni Beach. Nerodafni is an extensive beach which consists of very large pebbles. I certainly won’t say it’s one of the best Milos beaches if you are after sun loungers, a beach cabana, and music however coming here is a very wild experience with exceptionally blue water and is nudist friendly.
Klima is a traditional fishing village located on the southeast coast of the Greek island of Milos. It’s one of the most popular places to visit in Milos thanks to its row of colorful traditional fishing houses that line the bay. These homes were once homes to fishermen, known as “syrmatas” along Milos Bay, but now they are mostly Airbnbs and short term rentals.
Klima is one of the oldest and most picturesque villages on the island, and it’s a popular spot to watch the sun set. While there’s not one long sandy beach here, there are plenty of places to soak in the views and jump in the crystal clear water. Even if you don’t plan on sunbathing here, visiting Klima is a must do on Milos.
You’ll be surprised when you take the road to Mandrakia – at least we sure were. We thought we were pulling into a sleepy town, but Mandrakia is much more than that!
Mandrakia is a small, picturesque fishing village featuring bays, beaches, colorful homes, and one of the best restaurants on the island – Medusa. It’s just a short drive from the capital, and the bay is home to one of the best Milos beaches with the clearest water you will ever witness! Spend the morning here before grabbing a table at Medusa.
The Best Beaches in Milos Map
The Best Things to do in Milos
This is just an overview of the best beaches in Milos, however, there is so much more to do there than chill at the beach. Whether it be food, culture, or castle hopping, there is plenty to do to keep entertained. We spent five days on Milos and wished we had more time to explore. Some other things to do on Milos include:
- Have dinner at Medusa in Mandrakia
- Visit The Ancient Theatre Of Milos
- Stroll Around the village of Klima Before Sunset
- Go Underground At The Catacombs Of Milos
20 BEST Things to do in Milos, Greece
How to Get to These Milos Beaches
There are three options for getting around Milos. Rental Car, Moped, or 4×4.
A moped is the cheapest option, but in Greece, you need a motorcycle license in order to rent one. Many rental agencies in Greece will let you slide and rent a moped without this, but we couldn’t find anyone in Milos to rent us a moped on just a standard license.
A 4×4 is the most fun option to get around Milos in. However, at around €40 a day, it’s an expensive one. Also, during the high season, you’ll need an advance reservation to rent one of these bad boys. I prefer not to rent mopeds or 4x4s as I appreciate my shade and AC while getting around Milos, and they move much slower than a vehicle. However, they are more fun than driving a regular car around Milos.
The last option, and best option, is a rental car. To rent a car in Greece you need a standard International driver’s license (A valid US license works). If your license is not in English or Greek, have a translation just in case. You also should be prepared to hand over your passport. Also, depending on where you are trying to rent an International Drivers Permit may be mandatory. We couldn’t find a rental agency on Milos that would rent us a car without an IDP, however it’s all subjective to the agency.
We’ve rented a car in Greece without an IDP and had places in Greece require that we have an IDP, so it’s all dependent on the car rental agency. If you are from North America, Australia, or outside the EU, it’s best that you arrive in Greece with an IDP just to be safe. If you get in an accident or are pulled over without an IDP, you may be subject to a steep fine in the EU.
Most car rental companies in Greece will require you to be 21 and to have held a license in your home country for a year. If you are under 25, you may face additional charges. Here are some sites to compare prices on:
Search and Compare Prices for Rental Cars
- DiscoverCars.com – We personally use them to search and compare rental car prices around the globe.
- Auto Europe – Compares the best rates!
Where to Stay in Milos?
There are so many options for accommodation around Milos it may make your head spin when booking. Here are a few great Milos accommodation options.
You know those Windmills I talked about earlier? Well you can actually stay in one!
Niki Savvas are comfortable suites and studios just 10 m from the beach in Pollonia. They are great places to stay if you want a little hideaway and a romantic setting.
What to Pack for Milos?
You may be wondering just what to pack for Milos and the rest of the Greek islands. The islands are beautiful, swarming with history, and are populated with some of the friendliest people in the world.
When is the Best Time to Visit Milos?
High season (June-September)
Like most places in Europe, Greece’s high season runs from June to mid-September. This is when you will find the best sunny weather, but also larger crowds. Days are longer; the weather is HOT, so you’ll want to be close to a pool or ocean. Hotel and car rental prices are at their highest. In mid-to-late September, we traveled to Milos and found the weather and crowds to be totally ideal for a great Greek vacation.
Shoulder Season (April-May or October-November)
The weather in Milos is cooler during these months; some would consider it much more comfortable than prime summertime weather. It’s not as busy as the summertime, but you’ll still see plenty of travelers lingering about. Prices on accommodation and car rentals will drop during this time. The shoulder season is typically a fantastic time to visit Milos.
Low Season (Late November – April)
The temperatures are cooler during the low season in Greece. You’ll still see plenty of sunny days but also overcast days and little to no sunbathing on the Milos beaches. It’s too cold to take a dip in the water, but you can still enjoy the beaches with some clothes on to keep warm in the breeze. The upside is you’ll find low prices and very low numbers of tourists.
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I hope you enjoyed this guide on the best Milos beaches! Hopefully you found it useful. Here are a few relevant articles for more travel around Greece!
Greek Travel Planning Resources
- ‘Hello’ and ‘Thank You’ in Greek: “Yasou” and “Efharisto”
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- Visa: Schengen visa. Which is 90 days in the European Union out of 180. Many nationalities are granted this on arrival for free. Check with your embassy to see if that is you.
- Weather: The weather in Greece is a Mediterranean climate. This means winters are mild and rainy, while summers are warm and dry with plenty of sunshine throughout the year.
- What to Pack: Warm weather clothes and a swimsuit, don’t forget a good pair of clothes to go and a jacket for cool nights. Read about what to wear in Greece.
- Budget: If you’re in the initial stages of planning, check out our awesome post that breaks down how much a trip to Greece costs.
- Rent a Car: We suggest most visitors consider renting a car for the best trip possible. Try Discover Cars to compare quotes from different rental agencies. Check Price Here!
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- Tours in Greece: Check out our list of the best tours you can enjoy in Greece!
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