Oh yes! It’s been a while that I’ve been abroad (since late April to be exact), but I did a few domestic excursions during my vacations. Today I am going to present you Milos Island.
Milos is one of the biggest island in Cyclades (that is a group of islands in the Aegean Sea) but is not inhabited in its entirety. It used to have volcanoes (which ceased to exist a looooooooooooong time ago), but that makes it unique as far as the beaches are concerned (I doubt if there are two identical).
As Conde Nast Traveller pointed out (1st Greek Edition), Milos is an island for couples as per the [Greek] lifestyle sociology (don’t ask me what that means) and I must admit that its true as most of the visitors are indeed couples. Well I saw a lot of families as well. Maybe that happens because Milos isn’t famous for its nightlife (it has only one club and a few bars) and is considered a “quiet” island.
As I stayed there for only 4 days (most of my friends insisted that a week is needed to see the whole island) I didn’t see all the beaches, but I surely visited the best of them (thanks to a few tips given by friends). The most famous and extraordinary beach (well if you can call it a beach, since it is rocky) is Sarakiniko, whose white rocks make the landscape almost surreal! Tip: avoid the beach when north winds are blowing since it is very difficult to swim. A few miles east of Sarakiniko is Papafragkas. Again you cannot call it a beach…for me its more of a natural made pool surrounded by high rocks – what’s your step when descending!
The southern part of Milos has most of the beaches, plus they are not affected by north winds (they are very common during the summer). Most of them are accessible by car. Personally I totally adored the beach of Ag. Kyriaki. It was so calm and it had two beach bars, which means that they provided sunbeds and umbrellas (so as not to get fried). The water had turquoise/light blue coloring and the beach was mostly sandy apart from some small TOTAL white stones.
Fyriplaka and Tsigrado are two adjusting beaches with peculiar landscape. I visited the first one, which was long, sandy, turquoise waters again and a rock in the middle, which divided the beach in two parts. Tsigrado is an equally beautiful beach which I didn’t get to visit as the path going down was very very steep and you had to use a rope at some points – not my thing! So I decided to visit Provatas beach which is a few miles western and the access is so much easier! The sand here was golden…pure gold…ah! Very nice!
But I left the best beach (well, if you can call it that way) for the end: Kleftiko. You only get there by boat (ship, whatever) and there are plenty of vessels that go there and there are also some bigger ships that make a round trip of the island. Kleftiko is literally speaking a bunch of high rocks into the sea which form a lot of caves. We swam through the caves and it is an experience you can’t afford to miss! Tip: make sure you avoid such trip in windy days, because you will spent half of your day on board which can cause you nausea. In any case, do me a favor and get an anti-nausea pill!! Just for precaution
And now…food…the second most important thing after the beach and the sun when you are on vacation!
At the north-east part of the island is the village of Pollonia. Apart from being a picturesque village, it has a lot of restaurants and cafes by the sea. I recommend Armenaki, which is a tiny fish and seafood restaurant. The portions are satisfying and the taste is very good.
In Plaka (which is the island’s “capital” by the way) you have to east at the restaurant located in the main square of the town. It is named Archondoula and its easy to spot it: its always full of people, so you have to arrive early to secure a table, or you’ll have to wait. Utopia (café) is the place to be at sunset. It has the best view! And for those of you who have a sweet tooth (and I know there are plenty of you), visit Paleos, which has traditional desserts. Try chocolate pie, which is something between a brownie and chocolate soufflé. I’ve heard that watermelon pie (year there is such thing) is also delicious, but haven’t tasted it.
After a long day on the beach (yes it has to be long – its summer, what else to do!) you’ll surely get hungry, right? So my last suggestion is Tarantela restaurant just above the beach of Provatas/Agios Sostis. The dishes are both Greek and international and there are many eccentric ones, such as crocodile (Tip: the crocodile fillet with saffron sauce is really delicious).