Top 10 Beaches in Milos Greece – My Favourite Beaches Milos

Choosing the top 10 beaches in Milos Greece was no easy task! Here are my favourite beaches in the famous Cycladic island, to put you in the mood for a summer vacation in Greece 🙂

Beaches in Milos Island Greece

The Greek island of Milos is an upcoming destination. The weird, lunar landscapes and the gorgeous, colourful beaches are just two of the reasons.

Vanessa from Real Greek Experiences on Sarakiniko beach Milos

But why is the scenery in Milos so unusual? Well, the island was created due to a series of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis, a couple of million years ago. This volcanic activity shaped Milos, Kimolos and the surrounding archipelago in the Aegean Sea. Nearby Santorini has a similar story!

Milos has over 75 beaches, so unless you have several days it will be difficult to visit them all. Here is a guide on how to get around Milos to help you plan your transportation.

Before planning your beach time in Milos, you should be aware of the meltemi winds. These are strong northern winds that blow in summer, and could make it impossible to sit on the beach. In addition, swimming could be dangerous, even for adults! On those days, avoid the northern beaches, and go to the south ones instead. After four decades (jeez!!) of visiting the Cyclades islands, I’m not exaggerating!

Another thing to note is that most of the beaches in Milos are wild and natural. While some of them have facilities like tavernas, beach bars or umbrellas, the majority is unspoilt. Bringing water and snacks is always a good idea.

After exploring the island both by road and by sea, here are my top 10 beaches in Milos Greece.

Sarakiniko Milos

Many people vote for Sarakiniko as the best beach in Milos. It is famous for its unique, lunar-like landscape – it really looks like it’s not on this planet! According to legend, it used to be a hideaway for the Saracen pirates, hence the name.

In fact, the actual sandy beach in Sarakiniko is pretty small. The wider area is full of the iconic white rocks that look absolutely stunning in photos. {Yes, they look amazing in real life too!}

Milos Greece - Sarakiniko beach

When it comes to swimming, Sarakiniko is great when the sea is calm. You can explore the coastline and snorkel all around the rocks and caves. In addition, divers can look out for a shipwreck of a small tanker that crashed into the rocks in 2003.

Sarakiniko is one of the most popular and easily accessible Milos beaches, so it gets quite busy at most times of the day. If you want to avoid some of the crowds, try visiting early in the morning or late in the evening. You can also come here on a full moon night, when the setting is pretty spectacular.

How to get to Sarakiniko Beach Milos: You can easily reach Sarakiniko by road, and there are buses several times per day. Moreover, some boat trips stop here when the winds allow it.

Kleftiko Beach Milos

Kleftiko beach is another famous spot in Milos and, arguably, the whole of Greece. The imposing shiny white rocks jutting out of the sea are one of Milos landmarks!

In fact, Kleftiko is not exactly a beach. It’s a remote wild bay, and just like Sarakiniko it used to be a pirate den. The boats could easily hide among the huge rock formations.

Hiking to Kleftiko beach in Milos Greece

In my experience, the water in Kleftiko is crystal clear and snorkelling is delightful. I thought it was one of the most interesting places to snorkel in Milos, and swimming between rock arches and caves is a lot of fun. {Incidentally, I have also snorkelled here on a rare south-wind day, and it wasn’t clear}.

How to get to Kleftiko Beach Milos: This remote Milos beach is at the southwest coast of the island. There are only two ways to get to Kleftiko Beach – boat trip and hiking.

The easiest and most common way to get to Kleftiko is on a sailing trip around Milos. You will find plenty of excursions sailing from Adamas, Agia Kyriaki and Kipos. Some of these tours last for a few hours, while others stop at many other beaches on the way and take up the whole day. The exact itinerary will be defined by – guess what – the winds. In rare occasions, a sailing trip around Milos might be cancelled altogether.

Not everyone knows that you can get to Kleftiko Bay on foot! You will first need to drive on a long dirt road, and then take the hiking trail. Here is my experience of hiking to Kleftiko Milos. This was the only place on the island I felt the need for proper hiking shoes.

Thiorichia Milos

Thiorichia is one of my favourite beaches in Milos, both because of its breath-taking setting and unique history.

This area used to be home to sulphur mines, which were in operation from the 1890s to the late 1950s. A small settlement was built around the mining facilities. This included houses for the mine workers to live in, a restaurant, administrative offices, warehouses, power plants, and everything necessary to make the area self-sufficient.

Thiorichia sulphur beach Milos Greece

Working and living conditions in the Thiorichia mines were exceptionally tough. In addition, there was increasingly less need for sulphur from Milos over the decades, as bigger mines were discovered abroad. The mines eventually closed down, and the last person recorded living there was in 1971.

If you like abandoned places, Thiorichia is a must-visit. You can see what is still standing from the mineworks and the workers’ houses. Tip – be extra careful if you are going inside caves or crumbling buildings.

The beach itself could be best described as yellow. There is no shade or canteen, so if you decide to stay here for a few hours, bring your own drinks, snacks and umbrella.

Before venturing out to Thiorichia, visit the Mining Museum in Adamas. It will give you a better perspective of the lives of the miners and the minerals on the island.

How to get to Thiorichia Beach Milos: You can get here either by boat, by 4WD or on foot. If you have a regular car or ATV, leave it a couple of kilometres away, and then walk down to the beach, as the dirt road is quite rough. This is where I damaged my own car, so I’m talking from experience!

Firopotamos village in Milos

Firopotamos Beach was one of my favourite spots in Milos. In fact, Firopotamos is a small settlement with a few fishermen’s houses, called sirmata, and a small beach right in front. The rocky landscape is overall dramatic and stunning, and there are gorgeous viewing spots. There is also an impressive church with beautiful artwork.

Firopotamos beach Milos Greece

The actual beach is small and shallow, and is surrounded by trees. Firopotamos is an ideal spot for swimming on most days, as it’s fairly sheltered from the winds. If you are into snorkelling, there are some cool sea caves that you can explore.

A few years ago there was a small canteen at Firopotamos, which we didn’t see when we visited in September 2020. As canteen laws change on the Greek islands, bringing your own food and drink is advisable.

How to get to Firopotamos Beach Milos: You can get here by a regular car. It’s best to leave it up on the street and walk down to the beach, as the parking spot could get crowded.

Fyriplaka beach Milos

Fyriplaka is a long, sandy beach on the south coast of Milos. In my opinion, it’s one of the most picturesque Milos beaches, as the volcanic rocks that surround it are simply spectacular.

This is one of the few beaches in Milos where you can find a beach bar with umbrellas and loungers. If that’s not your style, walk on to the right side of the beach, which is natural and wild.

Amazing beach Milos Fyriplaka

On a calm day, Fyriplaka is ideal for everyone, including families. On a windy day though, the waves are massive. Regardless, I really fell in love with Fyriplaka!

If you want to explore some of the coastline in Milos, talk to the outdoors company which is based here, Milos Watersports. They organize guided kayaking trips towards two other pretty beaches further east, Tsigrado beach and Gerakas.

How to get to Fyriplaka beach Milos: You can reach Fyriplaka through an easy dirt road. Leave your vehicle at the top of the cliffs, and then walk down to the beach. It’s best to bring sandals, or any shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. Depending on the season, there may be some buses per day.

Achivadolimni

Achivadolimni Beach sits right in the protected bay of Adamas. At around 1.5 kilometers long, it is one of the longest stretches of sand in Milos.

This is a perfect beach for everyone interested in swimming, sunbathing and relaxing. In addition, the shallow waters make it one of the most family-friendly beaches in Milos.

The quiet Achivadolimni beach in Milos Greece

With that said, on the right side of Achivadolimni, you will find a designated naturist area. In fact, we saw a few nudists along this beautiful sandy beach. I was rather surprised, as most naturist beaches in Greece are secluded and remote!

Although Achivadolimni is not equipped with any facilities like sunbeds or umbrellas, you will find a few trees for shade. There is no canteen either, so bring your own food and drinks, and enjoy the quiet, unspoilt beach.

For me, this was one one of the best beaches in Milos at the time we visited. Surprisingly, it was not crowded at all, and felt warm and relaxing. The perfect break from all that driving and exploring!

How to get to Achivadolimni beach Milos: Achivadolimni is easily accessible via a paved road. You will find a few spots where you can leave your car and walk to the beach. There are also some buses from Adamas.

Agia Kyriaki

Agia Kyriaki is another beach in south Milos. It is a shallow, sandy beach, ideal for relaxation and some quiet time. We visited a few times, and it was never too crowded. I get the feeling, however, that it would be one of the least tranquil beaches in Milos in August.

Agia Kyriaki beach Milos Greece

Snorkelling here was delightful – if you swim far enough you will see a few small, secluded coves. While the setting is not as impressive as the nearby Paliochori beach, I personally liked Agia Kyriaki more.

You will find a few trees for shade, though it’s first come, first served. In addition, there are a few tavernas, as well as umbrellas and loungers.

A wooden boat, Armi, departs daily from Agia Kyriaki to Kleftiko Bay.

How to get to Agia Kyriaki beach Milos: Access is easy – just follow the paved road all the way to the beach.

Kastanas beach

Kastanas, an east-looking beach on Milos, is quite remote and secluded. It is fantastic if you are looking for peace and quiet, and it offers complete relaxation away from the crowds. This was probably my own favourite Milos beach.

This part of the coast consists of a several small beaches, coves and bays. What makes Kastanas so special are the wonderful rock formations and its amazing colourful pebbles. It was one of my most enjoyable spots to snorkel in Milos, as the water was super clear.

Colourful stones on Kastanas beach Milos Greece

As you would expect, Kastanas is popular with spearfishing divers and naturists. All in all, we only saw a handful of people here, and they were all Greek 🙂 As the beaches are small, it’s best to come as early as possible so you can get a great spot. Bring all you will need for the day, including snacks, water and sunscreen.

How to get to Kastanas beach Milos: You can drive to Kastanas through an easy dirt road. There are several spots where you can leave your car or ATV and walk down to the beach.

Agios Ioannis

The remote Agios Ioannis was another one of my favourite beaches in Milos. In fact, this is a series of three consecutive beaches, named after the nearby Monastery of Agios Ioannis Siderianos.

While swimming here wasn’t super memorable, the setting was. It’s yet another wild, secluded beach, perfect for relaxing.

I had heard that Agios Ioannis beach attracts free-campers and naturists, but I didn’t see any. I saw a few spearfishing divers though. And we met this friendly duck who came out of nowhere and drank our last drops of water 🙂

Beach of Agios Ioannis in Milos Greece

How to get to Agios Ioannis beach Milos: Getting here is a little adventure. The dirt road to the monastery itself is generally in good condition. However, you will then need to drive down a steep road all the way to the beach. Our little Toyota Starlet struggled here, so it’s best to rent an ATV / 4WD. We came here after the hike to Kleftiko, to decompress from an active day!

Gerontas

Another off-the-beaten-track Milos beach, Gerontas is normally visited on sailing trips of the island. It is famous for its wild rocks and pretty landscapes, and is a convenient stop before or after Kleftiko.

Gerontas beach Milos

I found the setting in Gerontas pretty amazing, especially as there were no other people here when we visited. Unfortunately, we couldn’t swim here, as the day was particularly windy. {I’m sure you can see a pattern here?} This didn’t stop us from taking lots of photos though!

How to get to Gerontas Beach Milos: The easiest and most popular way to get here is on a boat trip. As for us, we hiked here on an easy trail, after a long drive on dirt roads in pretty bad shape. There is a well sign-posted parking area, from where it only took us 15 minutes to walk down to the beach. Sandals are fine here, just pay attention to the rocks.

Milos Beaches Map

This Milos Beaches Map shows you our favourite beaches Milos, along with a few others. You can also see the most important places of interest in Milos.

Milos Beaches Map - Real Greek Experiences

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Hi and welcome to my blog! I am Vanessa from Athens, and I love travelling around my country.

One of my passions is discovering my new favourite beaches in Greece. I’ve been swimming and snorkelling since I was 5 years old – thanks Dad! I’m always looking for new Greek beaches to explore underwater.

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