The Greek island of Milos, located in the Cyclades is an all-encompassing destination. Clear tropical-like azure waters, sandy beaches, ashy lunar landscapes, charming hilltop towns, and plenty of history, culture and cuisine to explore.
For me, where to stay in Milos is pretty straightforward. But, I’ve gone ahead and included a few more locations where you can experience a more authentic way of life in Milos, especially for second-timers.
Accommodation in Milos comes in all price points and styles, so there is definitely something for everyone. Most of the best hotels in Milos are concentrated in three towns: Adamas, Pollonia and Plaka. But colourful seaside villages like Klima, Mandrakia and Firopotamos also have great novelty hotels in Milos Greece, too.
This guide on the best place to stay in Milos will take you through what each area offers and nearby attractions. I’ll also take you through my recommended luxury, mid-range and budget hotel options, everything from Air BnB Milos style accommodations to studios and the iconic boathouse suites.
Alright, let’s explore where to stay on Milos, one of my absolute favourite Greek islands!
NOTE | It’s important to note, that Milos does not offer many typical hotels, rather air BnB, studio and apartment-style accommodation are plentiful.
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Milos Quick Guide
Planning a last-minute trip to Milos? Here are the top-rated tours, Milos accommodation and transportation to make your booking a breeze:
Map of Milos Areas
I find it helpful to visualize all the best Milos hotels Greece has to offer on a map. Click on the image below to interact with the best area to stay in Milos of your choice.
My top recommendations for places to stay are in dark red, with other great places to stay in Milos in blue.
Best Time to Visit Milos Greece
Because Milos island is growing in popularity, I’d recommend visiting the island in the shoulder seasons of spring (late May and June) and autumn (September and October). This will also allow you to get better prices on hotel Milos offerings.
Milos also experiences the Meltemi winds, a severe dry northerly wind especially felt along the north coast.
The Meltemi wind is at its worst in the summer months of July and August and can potentially ruin a day at the beach (Sarakiniko Beach in particular), so make sure to check the weather before venturing out.
Where to Stay on Milos: Best Milos Hotels
If you are looking for a hotel in Milos and are a bit confused as to where to stay in Milos Greece, this guide will answer your questions.
The island of Milos is actually quite large, but mostly unpopulated, so you will find restaurants, cafes and general amenities concentrated on the north end of the island with a few quieter places for the best hotel in Milos down south.
1. Adamas Milos
BEST FOR | First Time Visitors, Convenient Location
POPULATION | ~1,400
Is It Easy to Get to Adamas?
Yes, since Adamas is the ferry port, you arrive in the centre of the village with a max 10-minute walk to get to your best hotel in Milos Greece.
Is It Easy to Get Around Adamas?
Yes, you can walk from Papiknou Beach (on the farthest southeast side) to Lagada Beach (furthest northwest side) in 25 minutes. The town centre (where most amenities and attractions are) can be explored within a 10-minute walking radius.
Located on the northern side of the inner bay of Milos, Adamas (also known as Adamantas) acts as the main ferry port for all visitors arriving to the island by water. Because of this, Adamas is a very convenient location to stay, especially for first-timers or people who plan to rent a car, ATV or scooter.
The Milos airport is also located a 9-minute drive southeast of the town and can be easily reached by taxi or Milos bus.
I’d recommend staying in Adamas if you are only staying on the island of Milos for a few days.
Right when you come off the ferry, you can walk to the right about 3 minutes along the boardwalk to get to the centre main hub of Adamas. This hub will have a few restaurants, a taxi station and acts as a fork to the two main roads of Adamas. Both roads lead to great Adamantas hotels Milos has on offer.
Adamas itself is a small harbour village, with a tiny old town sector located up a hill in the ‘downtown’ of the village (only takes a couple of sets of stairs to reach the top). Whitewashed Cycladic architecture is on display here, with a prominent church at the top of the central hill.
On either end of the town, you will find a popular beach. Papikinou Beach is best for lounging and swimming, while Lagada Beach is better for water sports such as kayaking.
>> READ MORE | Complete Guide to Adamas Milos
Hotel Adamas Milos Options
As the main tourist hub of the island, Adamas has a lot to offer in terms of places to stay. From higher-end studios located in the old town to more spacious apartments, a few minutes walk away from the centre.
Adamas Nearby Attractions
Sarakiniko Beach | 10-minute drive north
Mandrakia | 10-minute drive north
Plaka | 12-minute drive northwest
Klima | 12-minute drive northwest
Pollonia | 16-minute drive northeast
2. Pollonia Milos
BEST FOR | Quiet Relaxation, Access to a Beach, Great Food
POPULATION | ~275
Is It Easy to Get to Pollonia?
Pollonia can be reached from the ferry port or Milos airport in 20 minutes by car, ATV or scooter. If you decide to take the bus, it can take upwards of 30-40 minutes.
Is It Easy to Get Around Pollonia?
Pollonia is concentrated along the coastline making it a pleasant 10-minute walk from one end to the other. Pollonia beach can be reached within 5 minutes from anywhere in the village.
Pollonia is located on the most northeastern tip of the island, across from the underrated island of Kimolos. Pollonia beach is featured in the centre of the town with two more populated areas to the north and south of the beach.
The north end of Pollonia is mainly a large array of best hotels in Milos, vacation homes and studio suites up for rental. You can also find a small church and viewpoint on this end with a couple of small cafes.
The south end of Pollonia is the centre for restaurants, shops and the ferry port to Kimolos. This is also where you can try your hand at diving from the Milos diving center. The biggest and most beautiful church is prominently located on this side of the town, as well. The best places to stay in Milos Pollonia on this end are apartment-style accommodation with beautiful design.
Pollonia itself is a quiet destination for beachgoers and vacationers. The restaurant scene here is one of the best on Milos, with options from brunch, to sushi to traditional Greek seafood.
Most things in Pollonia revolve around the beach, where you can rent sun loungers and umbrellas in the summer months. There is also a winery just a 10-minute walk outside of town that has some beautiful Melian wines for tasting.
If you like to hike, you can also find hiking in Milos between Pollonia and Papafragas Beach.
I consider Pollonia one of the best places to stay in Milos because of the best hotels Milos has on offer are here.
>> READ MORE | Ultimate Guide to Pollonia Milos
Hotels in Pollonia Milos
Pollonia Nearby Attractions
Phylakopi Ancient Ruins | 3-minute drive west
Papafragas Beach and Caves | 7-minute drive west
Sarakiniko Beach | 17-minute drive west
Adamas | 20-minute drive southwest
3. Plaka Milos
BEST FOR | Picturesque Alleyways, Shops, Views
POPULATION | <100
Is It Easy to Get to Plaka?
Plaka can be reached by car, ATV or scooter in 12 minutes from the ferry port in Adamas. The Milos bus also services Plaka, running almost every hour in the summer months.
Is It Easy to Get Around Plaka?
The village of Plaka is located on a hill making most destinations in this small town reachable by a short walk uphill. You can get from the complimentary parking at the base of the village to the top of the castle in 10-15 minutes depending on your fitness level.
Most of the best places to stay on Milos in Plaka are located at the base of the hill.
Set on a prominent hilltop in the northern region of Milos, Plaka enjoys unparalleled views of the entire island. You can reach Plaka from most major villages and attractions in 20 minutes or less making it one of the best places to stay on Milos.
Once a fortified town with a noteworthy castle, the town has always been the centre of commerce and art on the island. Today, Plaka is the capital of Milos.
Due to piracy, the town of Plaka was built with winding alleyways to confuse the pirates, which today make for a quintessential and charming Cycladic experience. Whitewashed buildings with blue accents, quaint shops and popular cafes are celebrated here.
>> READ MORE | Complete Guide to Plaka Milos
Hotels in Plaka Milos
Plaka Nearby Attractions
Catacombs of Milos | 6-minute drive south
Klima Fishing Village | 10-minute drive south
Firopotamos Fishing Village | 10-minute drive north
Mandrakia Fishing Village | 11-minute drive northeast
Sarakiniko Beach | 12-minute drive east
Where to Stay in Milos: Fishing Villages
4. Klima Milos
BEST FOR | Colourful Boathouses, Best Sunsets, Novelty Accommodation
POPULATION | <100
Is It Easy to Get to Klima?
Nestled into a large rocky crevice the hamlet of Klima can only be reached by a single narrow road or by boat. Renting a car, or scooter is your best option since you cannot reach Klima directly via bus.
Is It Easy to Get Around Klima?
Klima is very small. Walking from one end of town to the other will take you about 5 minutes along the shoreline.
Klima is located on the northern edge of Milos’s inner bay. Which means it enjoys calm waters (sheltered from the Meltemi winds) and beautiful views. Due to Klima’s orientation, it also enjoys the best sunset in Milos that can be enjoyed seaside.
This iconic Greek island village is best known for its colourful syrmatas (traditional boathouses) situated along the coastline. The town itself has one restaurant to speak of.
>> READ MORE | Klima Milos Ultimate Guide
Klima Accommodation Milos Greece
Staying in a traditional boathouse in Klima should be on everyone’s Greece bucket list. These novel accommodations come with either a walkout patio or balcony for watching the sunset and come complete with a kitchenette for longer-term stays.
Klima Nearby Attractions
Plaka | 10-minute drive north
Mandrakia Fishing Village | 10-minute drive northeast
Sarakiniko Beach | 12-minute drive east
Adamas | 13-minute drive southeast
5. Mandrakia Milos
BEST FOR | Local Living, Harbour Views
POPULATION | <100
Is It Easy to Get to Mandrakia?
Mandrakia can be reached by renting a car, ATV or scooter, or alternatively, you can take a taxi. The Milos bus system does not service Mandrakia. You can reach Mandrakia from the ferry port in Adamas in 10 minutes.
Is It Easy to Get Around Mandrakia?
Due to the size of Mandrakia, you can walk all over Mandrakia in less than 5 minutes. Even the Milos where to stay options in Mandrakia are located a few steps within the centre of Mandrakia.
Located along the volcanic shoreline of northern Milos, Mandrakia is showcased on its own rocky outcrop. Surrounded by azure waters and a small picturesque lagoon, this fishing village can experience some windier days.
Most popular for its quaint harbour surrounded by picturesque blue and white boathouses, Mandrakia is mainly visited for an hour or two. But, if you decide to stay here, you can experience a more authentic way of life. A small church and top-rated restaurant are also featured here.
>> READ MORE | Mandrakia Milos Complete Guide
Mandrakia Milos Accommodation Greece
Classic sugar-cube Cycladic design is on display here, with most accommodation options boasting single dwelling home-away-from-home type offerings. Most studios here will come with a kitchenette, quaint patio and great hospitality. I would stay at Casa Mylonas Deluxe or Aerides Mandrakia Milos, personally.
Mandrakia Nearby Attractions
Sarakiniko Beach | 9-minute drive east
Firopotamos Fishing Village | 8-minute drive west
Plaka | 8-minute drive southwest
Klima | 10-minute drive southwest
Adamas | 10-minute drive south
6. Firopotamos Milos
BEST FOR | Quiet Beach, Boathouse Rentals
POPULATION | <100
Is It Easy to Get to Firopotamos?
Firopotamos can only be accessed by car, scooter or ATV. The Milos bus system does not service Firopotamos. There is a couple of big hairpin turns on the way downhill towards Firopotamos, so take it slow.
Is It Easy to Get Around Firopotamos?
Firopotamos is tiny. There is only one dirt road that connects everything in Firopotamos, including the beach, church and any accommodation options.
The small hamlet of Firopotamos is situated on a small rocky outcrop backed by steep coastal cliffs along the northern side of the island. Firopotamos is the farthest inhabited town in the northwest region of Milos.
You can hop skip and jump and reach basically anything in this tiny little hamlet. Firopotamos has three features: a small boathouse-lined lagoon, a church and a beach. It’s important to note that Firopotamos does not offer any public amenities such as restaurants and restrooms.
>> READ MORE | Ultimate Guide to Firopotamos Milos
Where to Stay in Fyropotamos Milos
The only accommodation options in Firopotamos are located to one side of Firopotamos Beach. These novelty boathouse suites are perfect for a local-living type of experience. Grab your book and a glass of Melian wine and enjoy the quiet uninterrupted harbour views from either Vilos Suites or Blue Mare Apartments.
Firopotamos Nearby Attractions
Mandrakia Fishing Village | 8-minute drive east
Sarakiniko Beach | 11-minute drive east
Plaka | 10-minute drive south
Where to Stay in Milos: Beach Towns
7. Paleochori Beach Milos
BEST FOR | Remote Destination, Beautiful Beach
POPULATION | <100
Is It Easy to Get to Paleochori?
Paleochori is the most remote destination on this list of where to stay in Milos. But, luckily this location is popular enough to warrant service by the local Milos bus. Otherwise, you can make it to Paleochori by car in 25 minutes from the Adamas ferry port heading southeast.
Is It Easy to Get Around Paleochori?
Like most destinations on Milos island, you can walk everywhere in Paleochori in about 5 minutes.
The epic shoreline of southern Milos is backed by picturesque red cliffs, Paleochori is no exception. Nestled in the crevice of the rock is the small holiday village. You can only reach Paleochori through one main road from major hubs like Adamas, Pollonia and Plaka.
Because of Paleochori’s more remote location, most other Milos attractions and towns are located at least 25-30 minutes away.
The village of Paleochori is situated along the coastline with two expansive sandy beaches separated by a small rocky outcrop. I’ve listed Paleochori Beach as one of the best beach in Milos Island.
At the centre of town is a large parking lot, with a restaurant to the left and most accommodation options to the right.
>> READ MORE | Ultimate Guide to Best Milos Beaches
Paleochori Hotels in Milos Island
Paleochori Nearby Attractions
Agia Kiriaki Beach | 10-minute drive southwest
8. Pachena Milos
BEST FOR | Peace + Solitude, Proximity to a Beach
POPULATION | ~50
Is It Easy to Get to Pachena?
If you are renting a car, you can reach Pachena in 12 minutes from Adamas ferry port. But if you do decide to take the Milos bus, you can get dropped off on the main road and make the 5-minute walk into Pachena from there.
Is It Easy to Get Around Pachena?
Definitely. The one beach located in town is down the hill, so keep that in mind.
Situated centrally along the northern coast of Milos, Pachena enjoys expansive coastline views.
Pachena is essentially a village of holiday homes. The small hamlet shuts down, for the most part, starting in October until the beginning of June. One small cafe is available to you, plus access to the sandy stretch called Pachena Beach. Sun loungers and umbrellas are rentable during the height of summer.
Things to Do in Pachena
- Lay on Pachena Beach
- Write a Book
Pachena Villas in Milos Greece
The town of Pachena is made up of apartment-style holiday homes with access to Pachena Beach. The town is centrally located so staying in Pachena could be a good option if you plan to rent a car and want to stay somewhere a bit more off-the-beaten-path.
Pachena Nearby Attractions
Papafragas Beach and Caves | 2-minute drive east or an 8-minute walk
Phylakopi Ancient Ruins | 3-minute drive east or an 18-minute walk
Pollonia | 5-minute drive east
Sarakiniko Beach | 10-minute drive west
How to Get to Milos Greece
Milos is located in the Cycladic group of Islands in the Aegean sea and is easily accessed by plane or ferry. The main ferry port of Adamantas Greece is located in the inner bay and is convenient to access, especially by fast ferry.
NOTE | Milos and the Cycladic islands, in general, can experience very strong Meltemi winds (a severe dry wind), so ferry crossings and flights can be cancelled last minute. Make sure to schedule a bit of buffer time for your Greek Island holidays just in case!
Day Trip to Milos
If you are coming to Milos for the day from neighbouring islands like Naxos or Paros, this is a great option. Taking an organized day tour of Milos means that everything is taken care of.
You will be able to hit all of the highlights of the island and have access to a knowledgeable guide that can give you a more in-depth look into the history and culture of Milos.
This epic 4-hour organized day trip takes you to Milos attractions like the ancient ruins of the Milos theatre and Phylakopi, the picturesque villages of Klima and the old town of Plaka.
Along the way, you will see how local dairy and wine products are made, and of course, you get to see the moonscape of Sarakiniko Beach!
SEE TOUR | Milos Archaeology + Culture Tour
Travelling by ferry to Milos is the most common way to visit the island. Ferry tickets can be purchased in advance, which is highly recommended in the summer months of July and August. A large range of ferry options is available to you, from more expensive highspeed trips to economical yet longer trips.
When arriving in Milos by ferry, you will land at the port in Adamas, a central location to start exploring the rest of the island.
>>> Check out Ferry Tickets to Milos
Athens to Milos Ferry
The best Athens port to depart from to get to Milos is Piraeus, which can be reached by metro in less than 30 minutes from the centre of the city. This is your most direct and shortest route to Milos from mainland Greece.
The journey will take roughly 3.5 hours. Most ferry Athens to Milos provides food and internet amenities for your convenience.
Ferries Santorini to Milos
As a common route in the Cyclades, ferry Santorini Milos are plentiful. You will always find a ton of options for whatever budget and time frame, especially in the summer months of June – September. Durations range from 2 hours to 7 hours.
Ferry Paros Milos + Ferries From Naxos to Milos
You can make the journey from Paros to Milos by ferry in just over 1.5 hours making it a great day trip to Milos if you are limited on time. Fast ferries and slower ferries will all sail at least once a day during the high season.
Ferry from Crete to Milos
From the port of Chania in Crete to the port of Adamas in Milos is a 3.5-hour ferry. During the summer months of June-September, the Crete to Milos route operates 7 times a week directly without stops at other islands. In the winter, this is reduced to once a week.
Ferry Sifnos to Milos
About 30 minutes from Milos is the hidden gem of Sifnos. Visiting this small island as a day trip from Milos could be a great option if you have a week or more on the island.
Ferry Mykonos to Milos
Travelling by ferry from Mykonos to Milos is available at least twice daily during the summer months. The fastest ferry to Milos from Mykonos will take 3 hours, with 5.5 hours at the longer end.
Milos boasts its own airport, which makes the island convenient to get to from nearby Cycladic islands and even larger mainland cities like Athens. And, the small airport in Milos does receive many direct flights to Milos.
You can catch a taxi at the airport and be in the centre of Adamas Milos in under a 10-minute drive which is full of great places to stay in Milos Greece.
Athens to Milos Flight
How to get to Milos from Athens? A flight to Milos from Athens is very common and is available from airlines like Aegean every day, multiple times a day, in the high season. The flight takes an easy 40 minutes. Due to Athens’s position in the world as an international hub, you can transfer through Athens to Milos from almost anywhere in the world.
NOTE | Of course, like anywhere, once tourism slows down you will see a major decrease in air service to Milos from most other islands and cities. This usually happens between November and April.
Santorini to Milos Flights
How to get from Santorini to Milos? Most trips to the Cyclades include a stop in the picture-perfect Santorini. So, flights from Santorini to Milos are common. Santorini has a similar-sized airport as Milos.
During the summer months of May-October, Aegean airlines offer this route daily. The flight duration is 40 minutes direct.
Flights from UK to Milos
How to get to Milos from UK? The Greek islands are a common holiday for travellers from the United Kingdom, therefore how to get to Milos from London is pretty straightforward. You can easily transfer through the Athens International Airport to the small island paradise of Milos. Serviced multiple times a day.
How to Get Around Milos
Getting around Milos is a breeze with plenty of great options at your disposal. Renting a car, ATV or scooter is the best way to get around Milos, but I’ve gone ahead and outlined additional options like bus, organized day tour and taxi for your convenience.
NOTE | Due to the nature of some of the roads near beaches like Tsigrado and Fyriplaka, I wouldn’t advise walking or cycling to any Milos attraction outside of the main towns.
Organized Day Trip
If you are only staying on Milos island for a couple of days, I’d recommend taking an organized day tour. It will take you to all the highlights of the island, making your trip planning a breeze. Plus, you get the use of a knowledgeable local guide to share historical and cultural information about Milos.
SEE TOUR | Milos Archaeology + Culture Tour
Car Rental Milos
Car rental is by far the best way to get around Milos. With plenty to see and a ton of complimentary parking wherever you go, renting a car in Adamas Milos is just the ticket for an enjoyable, fun-filled holiday.
Plus, you can’t go wrong with the comfort and convenience of a full-sized vehicle to reach all of the top-notch Milos destinations.
Driving in Milos is quite a pleasant experience due to the smooth and well-divided conditions of the roads.
It’s important to note that once you get closer to attractions like Firiplaka Beach and Tsigrado Beach the road can get rougher, and this is why a car hire Milos is super handy.
>> Check out Car Rentals in Milos for pricing and availability.
Scooter + ATV Rental Milos
If it’s just you or you and a partner/friend, then renting a scooter or ATV is your second best option. This option is a bit more economical than a car rental and can still take you to rougher locations like Firiplaka Beach.
We rented from Apollonos Sunshine which I believe was the best ATV rental Milos could possibly offer. The bikes and helmets were in mint condition, and the customer service was great.
TIP | Don’t pay over €20 paid in cash for a scooter rental per day. We had to negotiate down from €25.
NOTE | The island of Milos can experience some really windy conditions, especially in summer, so when considering renting a scooter, make sure you are comfortable on roads with high crosswinds.
Boat Tours Milos
Seeing the Cycladic island of Milos by water is one of the best ways to see this scenic destination. Most boat tours start in the port town of Adamas and last a full day duration.
To visit the picturesque white caves of Kleftiko (only accessed by boat), take this full-day boat tour Milos. You will be provided with a homemade Greek lunch and use of the crew’s underwater cameras to keep memories of your epic day!
SEE TOUR | Full-day Milos Sailing Cruise
The island of Milos is blessed with a well-running established bus system. Most of the attractions and destinations on your Milos bucket list can be reached by bus depending on what time of year you are visiting.
During the summer months, top villages like Pollonia, Plaka, and Adamas are serviced hourly starting as early as 6:30 AM and as late as half-past midnight.
Check out the Milos Bus Schedule to see the best routes for you.
If you decide to pick up a local SIM card or have access to WiFi, you can call for a Milos taxi at +30 22870-22219.
The island’s taxi station is located in Adamas, so be aware that most taxis will have to make the journey to your location from there. Most taxi drivers will accommodate a pick up from anywhere on the island.
Which the taxi drivers on Milos are honest people, they do charge a premium to tourists for this service. I’d use a taxi as your last option for transporting yourself around Milos.
Best Things to Do in Milos
Things to do in Milos Island are plentiful. Make sure to put the moonscape of Sarakiniko Beach on your list, plus Milos beaches like Firiplaka and Tsigrado, the charming hilltop town of Plaka, and the colourful fishing villages of Klima, Mandrakia and Firopotamos.
You could stay on Milos for a month and never run out of Milos things to do.