Milos is famous its dentelated coastline. With more than 75 small and big beaches of crystal, deep blue waters, multi-colored carved rocks and white-yellow coasts, it is certain that you will be impressed.
Due to the volcanic origin of its ground, Milos presents an impressive coastal morphology and diversity. There are white-yellow beaches, bays with pebbles surrounded by stones, and white, red, yellow or black rocks. The sea there has distinctive colors and depths and there are organized beaches for swimming or you can choose more isolated and wild ones. It is certain that the island’s clear waters and its beaches of incomparable beauty will offer you an unprecedented experience.
As far as access is concerned, the road network is very good in the north and in most of the south beaches. For those located in the east and west side of the island, getting there is relatively difficult and in the bigger part of the route there is earth-road. Moreover, there are beaches, (such as Kleftiko, Gerakas, Sykia and many more that are not mentioned below) which you can access only by sea, taking part in the sea trips that set out from Adamantas.
Closing, we suggest you choose the beach for your swim based not only on its natural beauty, but also based on the wind’s direction. During the season of the yearly and the north winds it is best to choose beaches located within the bay, or better yet in the south side of the island. On the contrary, when the wind is south, we recommend you visit the beaches in the north side of the island.
Inside the gulf:
Achivadolimni: It is the biggest beach of the island with a snow-white coast and navy blue shallow waters. There, you will find an organized camping and the beach is accessible by bus, too. It was named after the lake that exists in the opposite side which is full of clams. Achivadolimni or Chivadolimni is divided into two beaches: the first is more quiet and isolated, whereas the second is more frequent, organized and there are a beach-bar and restaurants. The beach is the ideal choice for the lovers of surfing and kite-surfing.
Agios Dimitrios: It is located on the western edge of the gulf and its only accesible by boat. At Agios Dimitrios you will meet bright blue water, a small beach and a beautifull chapel.
Empourios: Passing by the beach of Fatourena and Rivari you will find a picturesque harbor, an old commercial harbor and a beach, a few rooms to let and a traditional tavern.
Fatourena: From Chivadolimni following the central road you get to Aghia Marina. Then, descending on the earth-road towards the sea there is a quiet blue beach viewing the entire port. The “Rivari” lagoon is located nearby.
Lagada: The nearest beach to the port of Adamantas with clear waters and many tamarisks for natural shade. The big beach is yellow-white and it is organized.
Papikinou: This beach is quite big in size and it is located 1km east of Adamantas and it has been awarded with the blue flag by the European Union since 1993. It is full of tamarisks, parasols and deck-chairs, a restaurant and a volley court . It is the ideal beach for children as the waters there deepen quite slowly, whereas simultaneously it is one of the beaches with the most calm waves in the island.
Agios Sostis: It is a continuation of the beach of Provatas, there is a restaurant and some rooms to let. It is a small beach of shallow waters, whereas it was named after the chapel of Aghios Sostis (Saint Sostis) situated a bit further away.
Fyriplaka: A quite big beach with imposing gigantic volcanic rocks, white-grey fine sand and white pebbles. Its waters are blue-green, there is a beach bar, deck-chairs and parasols. Fyriplaka offers the possibility also to those who wish to avoid the crowds of people to enjoy its splendor and beauty in the two most isolated beaches (as a continuation of the first one which is organized) provided that they walk parallel to the sea and the volcanic rocks.
Gerakas: Between Tsigrado and Aghia Kyriaki lies the beach of Gerontas, which is accessible only by boats making sightseeing courses.
Gerontas: It is the longest south beach, accessible also by car. The access is relatively difficult because of the earth-road and a ten-minute walk is required so as to get to the beach which is nonetheless worth visiting. Gerontas is an amazing bay surrounded by white imposing rocks and caves, dark sand and blue-green waters. You will be impressed by the rock in the shape of a bridge uniting land and sea and also by its clear waters.
Kipos: Apart from its sandy beach Kipos has a harbor from which boats set out to go to Kleftiko, there are also a restaurant and a few rooms to let.
Kleftiko: Kleftiko or else “The Meteora Rocks of the Sea”, as it is usually called, constitutes a group of grey-white rocks of strange shapes and formations, with caves and cavities created by the wind and the sea in the passing of the centuries. In order to enjoy its crystal blue green waters and its unique formations you will have to approach by boat or by yacht. In old times Kleftiko was used as a refuge and a hide-out for pirates and thus it was named after them.
Paliochori: 8 km from Adamantas, taking the central asphalted road after passing Zefyria, you will reach the settlement of Paliohori easily by vehicle or public transportation. There are rooms to let, beach bars and restaurants serving Greek dishes, fresh seafood, with a view to the vast Cretan sea. The Beach of Paliohori is of almost 2 kilometers in total size and it is extremely popular. It consists of multi-colored pebbles, coarse sand and fresh crystal clear deep waters. In fact, the beach is composed of three beaches: the big organized one, the middle one and a small narrow one surrounded by rocks. In Paliohori you will have the opportunity to see unique and imposing images, result of the volcanic activity and the geologic vividness of the region. Apart from the multicolored rocks in red, pink, yellow and white-grey color, in Paliohori hot springs gush out. The unbelievable diversity of the existing natural materials and colors will surely amaze you.
Tsigrado: Beach magnificently embraced by huge rocks, with white sand and emerald sea. Access in this really exotic beach is by a relatively easy dirt road. To enjoy the real beauty though you will have to go down from the mound through a faint steep path wich is covered by sand. The beach is not organised, but you can supply yourself with what you need from the neighbouring beach of Fyriplaka.
Agios Konstantinos: On the way to Pollonia on your left you will see a small detour leading to the small and quiet seaside settlement of Aghios Konstantinos. The settlement’s beach is quite beautiful and quiet, on its right side among the rocks two small caves are formed from where the waters come in and out and which are certainly worth exploring.
Alogomandra: A lane of sandy beach, encircled by high rocks, which is not visible from the road. The ground is rocky on the sides and the green-blue waters are shallow. The beach formation resembles a yard and that why is was named “Alogomandra” (mandra=yard).
Firopotamos: A seaside settlement with a small, yet organized beach, appropriate for swimming and fishing. It is full of tamarisks and a creek surrounded by “syrmata”. At its edge, after the fishing houses, you will see the deserted ladder used for loading and the Church of Saint Nikolaos.
Kapros: Small bay between white rocks with thin sand and bright blue sea. Kapros is easily accesible by car and bus and visible from the main road that leads to Pollonia.
Mantrakia: Mantrakia is another fishing village with “syrmata” and summer houses situated 5km northwest of Plaka. In the settlement there are rooms to let and a restaurant, whereas within a very short distance there is the beach of Sykia, which is a small beach of almost 150m with dark gray pebbles and deep blue water.
Mitakas: Traditional village with ''syrmata'' and beach with sand.
Papafragas: Next to the ruins of the ancient city of Fylakopi, the three caves of Papafragas are located. The cavern of Papafragas is a deep sea cave, where you can swim in green-blue waters between white-grey rocks leading to the open sea. The beach is small in size, surrounded by the gigantic, light-colored rocks and in order to get there you will have to go down a steep carving on the rock. In Byzantine times, it was used as a hide-out for pirates and it was named after the last Frank Pope who used the beach to protect his boat.East Milos:
Sulfur Mines: In the small Paliorema bay, you can enjoy your swim in a beach with yellowish pebbles and crystal clear waters, whereas you can experience a trip back in time thanks to the ruins of the old mines’ installations used for the mining of sulphur which were in function until 1956. The beach is one of the island’s geologic sights and there you can observe wagons on their rails, old rusty tools and unused spare parts in the materials storehouse, as you enjoy your swim in clear waters in a wild mysterious landscape.
Voudia: A big beach with fine pebbles which is nonetheless inaccessible due to the industrial installations of the mining company that functions in the area.
Agkathia: A quite inaccessible beach (because of the earth-road that you will have to cross to get there), which is nonetheless worth visiting thanks to its shallow blue waters, its lee bay and its big beach. To get there, cross the monastery of Saint Marina and turn right at the second crossroads that you find.
Sykia: A cave of unique natural beauty, accessible only from sea. The cave of Sykia does not have a roof, as a result the sunbeams come into the cave lighting up its emerald colored waters and creating a visual feast of colors and shine.