Milos, the beautiful Greek island, is well known for its fantastic landscapes and amazing beaches. But that’s not all! Here are the prettiest quaint towns and fishing villages in Milos Greece.
Plaka – The capital of Milos
Plaka is the capital of Milos, built at an elevation of 220 m above sea level. It’s the best place in Milos to admire the traditional Cycladic architecture with white houses and narrow alleyways.
One of the top attractions in Plaka Milos is the crumbling Venetian castle, up on the hill. Visitors who walk all the way up will be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the Aegean Sea.
Plaka is home to a small archaeological museum, exhibiting various ancient Greek objects found in Milos. One of the highlights is the replica of the statue of Aphrodite of Milos – the original is in the Louvre museum.
You can also spend some time in the folk museum, right opposite the impressive white church of Panagia Korfiatissa. It is an interesting place to visit if you want to find out about life in Milos in the last centuries.
Plaka is one of the most beautiful villages in Milos. Visitors will find plenty of accommodation, restaurants, cafe-bars, some live music, and the best souvenir shops on the island.
Here is some more information about Plaka Milos.
Adamas – The port town
Adamas, or Adamantas, is the main port and biggest town in Milos island. Its strategic position inside the protected bay, makes it a safe haven for ferries, yachts and all sorts of boats.
Adamas is where most of the boat tours of Milos island depart from. It’s also where you can get a ferry to other nearby islands, like Santorini and Folegandros, as well as Piraeus port in Athens.
My favorite attraction in Adamas is the incredible Milos Mining Museum, where you can find information about the island’s impressive mining history.
Visitors should also allow some time for the small but excellent ecclesiastical museum inside the church of the Holy Trinity, which was built in the 9th century AD.
Adamas is one of the most developed villages in Milos. There is many tourist facilities with restaurants, cafes and bars, supermarkets, a few souvenir shops and the small Lagada beach, with some natural shade.
Here is some more information about Adamas in Milos, including restaurants and accommodation options. There are several hotels and rooms to let, making Adamas one of the best towns to stay in Milos.
Triovasalos and Pera Triovasalos – Two down-to-earth villages
Triovasalos and Pera Triovasalos are two villages built on two adjacent hills, only a short distance from Plaka.
The main street, called “Karodromos”, is a vibrant, lively area. It’s full of tavernas, cafes, shops, ATMs and a few public services. While you are there, you can visit the churches of Agios Georgios and Agios Spyridonas.
If you happen to be in Milos for Greek Easter, you’re in for a treat. The two villages compete against each other with fireworks and explosions. The “winner” is the one who will make the most noise, so be prepared.
You can also observe the custom of burning the effigy of Judas, one of the most unique cultural events on the island of Milos.
Trypiti – Quaint hilltop village
The small village of Trypiti is walking distance from Plaka. Its name comes from the Greek word for “hole”, as the rocks around the area are full of holes.
Two of the highlights in Milos, the ancient theater and the Milos catacombs, are walking distances from Trypiti.
Other places of interest include the church of Agios Nikolaos with its unusual architecture, the nearby chapel of Panagia Tourliani, and the small chapel of Profitis Ilias on the top of the hill.
Overall, Trypiti is a pretty, picturesque village, with wonderful views of the Aegean. You can enjoy them over a coffee or meal in one of the numerous cafes and restaurants.
Finally, check out the traditional windmills, some of them have been refurbished into boutique accommodation.
Pollonia – Popular beach resort in Milos
Pollonia is a small coastal resort on the north coast of Milos. Some people choose it as a base, while others visit on a half-day trip, combining it with a few more activities on the way.
The village is very small. Strictly speaking, there isn’t much to do here apart from relaxing, swimming and eating. There are some excellent restaurants, and you can pass by Konstantakis Cave Winery to have a taste of their unique wines, and maybe buy a bottle or two.
Walk along the promenade, past the picturesque church of Agios Nikolaos, to take in the lovely views. While you are there, ask the locals about the chair-shaped rock. According to a popular legend, couples who sit on the rock will stay together forever. So, make sure you sit with the right person!
Small ferries depart from Pollonia to the nearby Kimolos island. In addition, there are boat tours from Pollonia taking you to the nearby beaches and Glaronisia islets.
Pollonia is one of the best villages to stay in Milos. If you are traveling during the high season, you should book your accommodation well ahead of your trip.
Klima – The most picturesque fishing village in Milos
Klima is a small fishing village located on the northwest coast of Milos. It is best known for its colorful fisherman houses and the stunning sunset views.
There are only a handful of permanent residents in Klima village. During spring, summer and autumn the village comes alive with visitors who come to spend some time here.
If you are looking for somewhere unique to stay in Milos, you can stay at the quaint, colorful houses, some of which have been transformed into seasonal accommodation. There are a couple of restaurants and a souvenir shop, but no mini market.
Klima is definitely worth a visit if you’re exploring the villages in Milos. Here is some more information: Klima Milos.
Firopotamos – Superb views of the Aegean Sea
Firopotamos is one of my favorite places in Milos. The setting here is truly outstanding, with imposing rocky cliffs. There are numerous sea caves with crystal clear waters, that are fantastic for snorkeling.
In winter, the small settlement is deserted. In summer, many people visit to swim at Firopotamos beach and spend a few hours here.
Don’t miss a quick visit to the quaint church of Agios Nikolaos, with its colourful, contemporary frescoes. Afterwards, walk down on the rocks, and enjoy the stunning views to the Aegean Sea.
As the canteen on Firopotamos doesn’t open every year, it’s best to bring some water and snacks with you, just in case.
Mandrakia – Yet another charming fishing village (2)
Mandrakia is a tiny coastal settlement on the north-eastern side of Milos. In summer, it comes alive with visitors coming to eat fresh fish at the popular Medusa taverna. It’s totally worth the wait!
This is another beautiful fishing village, with extremely photogenic fishermen houses. Get down to the small port, and you will see several pretty boats and houses with matching colorful doors.
If you walk to the east of the taverna, you will discover a fantastic rocky landscape that looks a bit like Sarakiniko beach, only without the crowds. That was one of my highlights in Milos!
Near Mandrakia, you can find Tourkothalassa beach, where you can go for a quick swim.
Paliochori beach resort
Paliochori, also found as Paleochori, is one of the longest and nicest sandy beaches on Milos island. Its multi-colored rocks give hint to thermal activity, and contrast beautifully with the crystal-clear blue waters.
While technically this is not a village, visitors will find rooms to let, sun loungers, umbrellas, watersports and a couple of restaurants / cafes.
For more privacy, walk to the far-left end of Paleochori beach and climb over the rocks. Consider bringing some shade, as there is none.
Paliochori beach is easily accessible by any type of vehicle, and is pretty popular – anyone spending more than a few days in Milos will probably visit at some point.
How to get around Milos
So now that you know all about the best villages in Milos, here comes the big question – how do I get around the island?
The best way to get around Milos is on your own wheels – either a car, an ATV, or a small 4WD, which is essential if you want to explore the long dirt roads on the island. Fortunately, my old Starlet survived with only minor damage!
You should also consider taking one of the Milos boat excursions that take you around the various bays, coves and sea caves. It’s by far the most relaxed way to do some beach hopping and to see the beautiful coast.
Public buses will take you to some of the villages in Milos, but they may not be as frequent as you’d like. You can see the timetables here: Milos buses.
Here is some more information on getting around Milos.
How to get to Milos
Milos has a small domestic airport, which you can reach on a flight from Athens. It’s best to book your flights well in advance, as last minute prices tend to be quite high.
We typically use the various Greek ferries – these days, you can buy your tickets online. Ferryscanner is a great search engine where you can compare all routes and prices without any hassle.
Here is more information on how to get to Milos Greece.
Frequently asked questions about villages in Milos
Readers visiting Milos often ask questions like these:
Where should I stay on Milos?
Some of the most popular places to stay in Milos include Adamas, the port town, Plaka, the capital, and Pollonia, a small beach settlement.
What is the main town in Milos Greece?
The capital town of Milos Greece is Plaka, built up on a hill. Adamas, the main port, is the biggest town in terms of population.
Where is the city center in Milos?
The capital of Milos is Plaka. It’s a small Cycladic town, where you can find many restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, and hotels / rooms.
Is Milos a party island?
Milos is not really a party island – it’s best known as a romantic island, with beautiful landscapes. Interesting, you can find a few lounge bars – it’s Greece, after all!
Is Milos very touristy?
Compared to other Cyclades, such as Mykonos, Santorini or Paros, Milos is not very touristy at all. While there is enough tourist infrastructure, you will mostly find small hotels and family-run apartments. Moreover, Milos has the longest dirt road network in the Cyclades, making it an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
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