Planning a 3 day Milos itinerary and wondering what to do? Don’t worry, I got you covered!
Milos might not be as famous as other Greek islands, but it sure has a lot going for it! Located in the western corners of the Cyclades archipelago, Milos is a beautiful horse-shoe-shaped island boasting picturesque beaches with crystal-clear waters, stunning coastlines featuring unique rock formations and otherworldly landscapes, and colorful fishing villages.
If you’re looking for a laidback alternative to the bustling tourist spots of Santorini and Mykonos, Milos is the perfect add-on to your Greek island-hopping itinerary.
Ready to plan an epic trip to Milos, Greece? Grab some ouzo, and let’s dive into my step-by-step Milos itinerary so you, too, can discover the best of Milos in 3 days!
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3 Days in Milos Itinerary Essentials
Before you head out to dreamy Milos, you’ll need a few things to make your trip all the easier.
- Milos remains a relatively hidden gem in the Greek Cyclades. That said, it is gaining popularity quickly. If you’re visiting during peak season, book accommodation at least a few months in advance. Search Milos’s best hotels, villas, and B&Bs here, or check out my top recommendations below.
- Unless you’re flying from Athens, the best way to get to Milos is by ferry. Book your ticket at least a few weeks in advance to guarantee you have a spot.
- While Milos does have a public bus that can get you to most corners of the island, the best way to explore the island is by ATV or rental car. Pre-arrange a car rental here via DiscoverCars or pre-book an ATV for pick-up at the harbor via Apollonas Sunshine.
- Book a private boat well in advance if you plan to visit Kleftiko independently, as boats are limited. We used Firaplakia Boat Rentals.
- The best time to visit Milos is during the warmer months. Summers are hot, so pack light, breathable clothing and plenty of reef-safe sunscreen. If you’re visiting during the shoulder season, know that it can get quite windy along the north and south coasts of the island. Therefore, pack some long-sleeved t’s or tops, too. Another huge must-pack item for Milos is water shoes. Trust me – you’ll wear them every day!
Milos Itinerary Quick Overview
Milos packs the perfect mix of adventure activities, stunning natural scenery, fascinating history, and delicious Greek food.
There are loads of amazing things to do in Milos, and while 3 days in Milos is enough to see the island’s best attractions, you should stay longer if you can!
Here’s a quick peek at what’s covered in this Milos itinerary.
- Day 1 in Milos: Sarakiniko Beach >> Secret Cove >> Poundes >> Mandrakia >> Adamas
- Day 2 in Milos: Firiplaka Beach >> Tsigrado Beach >> Kleftiko Bay >> Provatas Beach
- Day 3 in Milos: Papafragos Caves >> Plaka >> Milos Catacombs >> Ancient Theater of Milos >> Klima
Milos Itinerary Day 1: Explore the North Coast
Kickstart your itinerary in Milos at the island’s crown jewel – Sarakiniko Beach. Explore two secret spots you won’t find on any other Milos itinerary. Then visit the colorful fishing village of Mandrakia, swim in its turquoise waters, and gobble up the best seafood of your life! Finally, end your first day in paradise sipping cocktails in Adamas.
Wear water shoes because many places you’ll visit today are slippery or have loose rocks!
The number one reason to visit Milos is to see Saraniko Beach for yourself!
Sarakiniko is unlike any beach you’ve ever seen, and once you get there, you’ll see why. With its surreal lunar landscape boasting chalk-white volcanic rocks shaped by thousands of years of erosion, Sarakiniko is truly a unique sight.
While you could easily spend the whole day working or your tan or cooling off in the cool waters of the Aegean Sea, what really makes Sarakiniko so special is its unique terrain – with rocks, hollows, and arches in all kinds of unusual shapes and sizes. You can explore caves, jump off cliffs, walk all along the top of this moonlike place, or channel your inner model if you’re into the ‘Gram.
Most people stick to the western side of Sarakiniko, but if you want to get away from the mobs, the desert-like scenery of this beach’s eastern side is just as fascinating. This is also where you can see the Sarakiniko Shipwreck, which crashed here in 2003.
Since Sarakiniko is one of the most popular places to go in Milos, it’s best to come as early as possible. That way, you can secure a spot and spend a day relaxing, swimming, or exploring. There are no facilities at Saraniko Beach, so make sure you bring whatever you need along for the day. If you get hungry, there is a small food truck near the parking area where you can grab snacks and ice-cold beers.
Milos’s north coast is packed with stunning hidden gems. And if you want to explore a real secret gem, Secret Cove is a must-visit.
This beautiful cove is just a few minutes’ drive from Sarakiniko Beach, but since you need to go off-road to get there, I only recommend visiting here if you’ve got an ATV. While you can also hike here, it’s probably not the best idea in the Greek heat!
Besides its secluded location, what really makes Secret Cove so special is its stunning setting, offering spectacular views of the Aegean Sea, Sarakiniko, and the islands Serifos of Kimolos in the distance. And if you continue walking along the dirt road toward the ocean, there’s a glistening swimming hole with crystal-clear water surrounded by white cliffs – perfect for a quick dip!
Poundes is another stunning hidden gem on the northern coast of Milos, only accessible by ATV.
Much like the rest of Milos, Poundes offers breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea with plenty of photo ops. However, you should know that getting acquainted with this stunning stretch of volcanic coastline requires some courage. You’ll need to clamber over boulders and jump over deep crevices – the reward is 100% worth it, though!
To the east, you can scramble along the coast past unique rock formations and deep pools of azure-colored water. Please don’t attempt to swim here, as it isn’t safe!
And on the western side, you can get an epic view of Mandrakia and hunt for oddly shaped rocks. Keep an eye out for the one that looks like a gloomy chicken!
No visit to Milos would be complete without visiting its colorful fishing villages. And since you’re already on the north coast, you simply can’t miss Mandrakia.
Mandrakia is a charming seaside village with the clearest water imaginable and colorful boathouses dotted along its shores. It’s not the biggest fishing village on the island, but you can easily spend a couple of hours here swimming in the small bay, taking photos, or simply hanging out along the wharf. Just wear water shoes, as most of the walkways are slippery and covered in algae.
Besides being a real Insta hot spot, there’s another reason why Mandrakia is such a must-visit seaside village in Milos. And that’s to eat at Medusa – one of Milos’s most popular restaurants. The restaurant has killer ocean views and the best seafood you’ll ever have! We loved the grilled veg, prawns, and baklava – all were delish! Since Medusa is such a go-to spot, reserving a table in advance is best.
Adamas (also called Adamantas) is the main port town of Milos and arguably the most convenient place to stay on the island. It’s home to the Milos Mining Museum and has a good mix of shops, tavernas, and bars.
If you still have some energy left, end your first day in Milos at one of the cozy bars overlooking the harbor. Try Akri Bar – a hip spot with a lovely outdoor terrace perfect for sunset viewing while sipping a boozy cocktail.
Milos Itinerary Day 2: Explore the South Coast
On the second day of your 3 days in Milos, wake up early because it’s time to explore the island’s stunning southern coastline. Relax or swim at the beautiful beaches of Fyriplaka and Tsigrado before setting sail to Kleftiko Bay. End your day with a tasty Greek meal at the secluded Provatas Beach.
Next up on your Milos itinerary is Firiplaka Beach (also spelled Fyriplaka).
Fyriplaka Beach is a gorgeous crescent-shaped bay with reddish-colored cliffs surrounding it. The beach features a long stretch of soft, golden sand with plenty of room for baking in the sun, while the turquoise waters are perfect for swimming. There is also a small beach bar where you can purchase ice-cold beers, cocktails, and snacks. Beach loungers and umbrellas are also available for rent, but it’s best to come early to secure a spot.
If you’re looking for something more adventurous than beach bumming, rent a kayak at one of the vendors and paddle out to Tsigrado Beach and its surrounding caves.
Tsigrado Beach is a beautiful little cove just around the corner from Firiplaka Beach and one of the most unique beaches in Milos.
Nestled between dramatic cliffs, Tsigrado sports a small but beautiful strip of golden sand and warm waters. It’s the perfect spot to relax, work on your tan, and swim. There are also a couple of cool sea caves nearby that are worth checking out, even if it is just for a quick selfie.
However, getting to Tsigrado is not for the faint of heart. From land, Tsigrado is only accessible by scrambling down a wooden ladder with only a rope to hold on to. If heights aren’t your vibe, don’t worry. A much easier way to reach this dreamy cove is to kayak over from Firiplaka or, better yet, swim out from your boat – that’s what we did!
Sail to Kleftiko
If there is one thing that should be on any Milos bucket list, it’s sailing to Kleftiko Bay! While oodles of day tours are available to visit this stunning slice of paradise, renting your own little boat to explore the island’s southern coast at your leisure will be an absolute highlight during your 3 days in Milos itinerary.
What really makes Kleftiko so stunning is its magical setting. Only accessible by boat, Kleftiko is a gorgeous cove with towering white cliffs and uniquely shaped rock formations jutting out right from the sea. Boasting crystal-clear water and oodles of sea caves, Kleftiko is a great place to swim, snorkel and explore.
It takes about 30-40 minutes to sail to Kleftiko, but there are loads of beautiful spots along the coast where you’ll want to stop and jump off into the crystal-clear water or swim out to secret beaches! Some of the highlights along the way include Cape Akrotiri, Cape Pounda, Malolo, Katergo Beach, and Gerontas Beach.
Tip: We rented a boat from Firaplakia Boat Rentals for half a day, and I cannot recommend them enough! The best part is that you don’t even need a boating license. That said, having some experience riding a small vessel is recommended. Remember to also rent snorkeling gear from them (you’ll thank me later) and bring some Greek pastries, snacks and drinks to enjoy on your boat trip!
After a full day of exploring the south coast of Milos, there’s nothing better than enjoying a traditional Greek meal in a stunning setting!
And Provatas Beach is the perfect spot to end your second day in Milos. Located less than a 10-minute drive from Firiplaka Beach, this long, soft, golden sand beach with calm, warm waters is the perfect spot to relish in a late afternoon dip. Another plus is that Provatas Beach is less crowded than other famous beaches in Milos!
If you’ve had your fill of sun and sand, head to Muses Restaurant for a delicious dinner while watching the sun fade over the horizon. They dish up various authentic Greek dishes, but definitely try the calamari – it’s divine!
Milos Itinerary Day 3: Visit Papafragos Caves, Plaka & Klima
Start your final day in Milos at the incredible Papafragos Caves, swimming in crystal clear pools and exploring caves. Then, head to Plaka, Milos’ charming capital. Climb to its famous Kasto for a panoramic view over the island and get lost in the village’s winding alleyways. Next, dive into Milos’s fascinating history at the Catacombs and the Ancient Theater before wrapping up your day in Klima with another delicious seafood feast.
Sarakiniko Beach isn’t the only place on Milos Island sporting moonlike vibes. That’s right, Papafragos Caves (also located on the north coast) is another beautiful spot with cool caves and an otherworldly landscape.
While there are lots of nooks and crannies to explore at Pagafragos Caves, the highlight here is undoubtedly the glorious natural pool nestled between towering volcanic cliffs. You can scramble down a narrow trail carved out in the rockface to a tiny beach with soft black sand and cool water. There’s little space down here, so make sure to come early.
East of the parking area, also check out the stunning black pebble beach. It has lots of room to bake in the sun and is perfect for escaping the crowds.
Plaka & Plaka Kastro
Plaka, the capital of Milos, is a beautiful hillside village filled with whitewashed houses, cute cafes, and narrow streets where you can get lost.
Some of the most important museums of Milos are located here, like the Folk Museum, the Archaeological Museum, and the War Museum. But the highlight is undoubtedly the Plaka Kastro. While most of the castle is in ruins today, it’s worth the 15-minute climb to the top as the views from here are breathtaking. Nearby, you’ll also find Panagia Thalassitra and Mesa Panagia, which offer even more incredible views over the island, especially at sunset.
If you’re hungry, I highly recommend stopping by the Palaios Coffee & Pastry – the cherry tomato and caramelized onion pie is absolutely divine! For something a little more romantic, try Utopia Caffe or Piazza Castello.
Catacombs of Milos & Ancient Theater
If you’re into history, two of the most important historical sights of Milos are located just a short drive from Plaka – the Catacombs and the Ancient Theater of Milos. Both are equally fascinating and definitely deserve a spot on any Milos itinerary.
The Catacombs date back to the 1st-5th century AD and were once used as a large underground burial place for Christians. It’s estimated that around 8000 bodies were buried here, making it one of the most important burial sites in the world today. Although only a handful of the chambers are open to visitors, it’s worth joining a quick guided tour to learn more about this ancient site.
Just a short stroll from the Catacombs, you can also visit the incredibly well-preserved Ancient Theater of Milos. It dates back to the 3rd century BC and could once seat 7,000 people. Unlike the Catacombs, the theater is free to visit, and it’s a cool spot to wander around, test the acoustics, and admire the amazing view over Klima below. En route, remember to stop for a selfie with Venus de Milo! While the original statue of Aphrodite now lives in the Louvre, the replica is just as beautiful.
Klima is one of the most colorful places in Milos and the last stop on this 3 day itinerary.
Located just down the hill of Trypiti Village, Klima is a gorgeous little seaside village chockful of colorful boathouses. While you can easily walk around the whole place in less than 30 minutes, it’s a great place to slow down, chill on the tiny beach, play with friendly cats, and take photos of all the colorful double-story boat houses – each painted in a different color. A walkway also runs along the promenade with several spots where you can dip right into the Aegean Sea for a quick cool-down sesh. Just wear water shoes, as the walkway can be super slippery.
A great spot for drinks (or dinner) is Astakas Cafe. It is the only restaurant in Klima, so you might need to wait around a bit for a table. However, it has a picture-perfect setting right next to the ocean, has a great cocktail menu, and serves delicious authentic Greek food.
Need More Activities for Your 3-Day Milos Itinerary
If you want to squeeze in a few additional attractions on your Milos itinerary, here are some places to add to your to-do list:
- Pollonia is a laid-back seaside village in the northeastern part of the island of Milos. It features a stunning golden beach and a great selection of cozy restaurants.
- Firopotamos is yet another beautiful little fishing village of Milos. Like Mandrakia and Klima, you can expect the same colorful sirmata (boathouses) lining its shores, amazing blue water, and a lovely little beach to relax on.
- Sikia Cave is a stunning roofless cave featuring crystal clear water and a small pebble beach. It’s one of Milos’s most unique sea caves and is only accessible by boat.
- Kimolos is a charming little island just east of Milos Island. Local ferries depart daily (weather permitting) from the small port of Pollonia (check schedules for the Osia Methodia) and arrive at Psathi Port in about 20 minutes. Bigger ferries also run from the big port in Adamas (check schedules on Ferryhopper) but take about double the time.
- Explore Milos Beaches: Milos is home to more than 70 beaches, and while you won’t have time to see all of them, here are a few extra ones if you’d like to squeeze in some more beach time. Playa de Voudia Beach, Paralia Paleochori, Gerakas Beach, Kastanas Beach, and Nerodafni Beach.
Whether you have 3 days in Milos or more, the island boasts many accommodations to suit every pocket. If you want to be close to lots of shops, eateries, bars, and the ferry terminal, the best areas to stay in Milos are Adamas and Plaka. However, if you prefer a more relaxed vibe, try quieter areas like Klima, Firopotamos, and Pollinia. Here’s where to stay in Milos:
- Budget: Milos Inn
Getting to Milos
The most straightforward way to get to Milos (practically anywhere in the Greek Cyclades) is by ferry. Milos has ferry connections to nearby islands like Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, and Paros, making island hopping from one dream destination to another easy.
That being said, it’s important to note that ferry schedules vary depending on the season and weather. If you plan to visit Milos during peak or shoulder season, it’s best to book your ticket well in advance to guarantee you have a seat.
Another option is to fly to Milos but note that direct flights are only available from Athens. You can find flights and compare prices on Skyscanner.
Getting around during your Milos Itinerary
While it’s easy to explore Adamas or Plaka on foot, you’ll need transport to access the best attractions in Milos.
- ATV: The easiest way to get around Milos is by ATV. While renting a scooter in Milos is possible, I recommend renting an ATV during your trip. Milos’s terrain is rugged, and many of the island’s best gems require going off-road. Just note that you’ll need an international driver’s license. Booking well in advance is recommended, especially if you visit Milos during the warmer months. Apollonas Sunshine (Google Maps) has a good selection of quad bikes and offers pick-ups/ drop-offs from the harbor or your hotel at a small additional transfer fee.
- Car Rental: Renting a car is your best bet if you’re uncomfortable on an ATV or traveling in a group. You might not be able to drive right up to all the spots on this Milos itinerary, but you will have aircon and the flexibility to plan all your stops!
- Taxi: Taxis are few and far between in Milos, with only a few drivers. Moreover, it can be pricey. If you must use a taxi service, try Milos Taxis.
- Bus: Milos has a cheap public bus network that can get you to the most popular places to visit in Milos. However, you should know that figuring out the bus system in Greece can be challenging as the schedules only indicate the departure times from the starting point. As a result, you’ll need to guess when the bus will arrive at your specific stop. See the Milos bus schedules here for more info.
When to Visit Milos for 3 Days (or more)
The best time to visit Milos is during the warm, sunny months, from May to October.
Peak season in Milos runs from July to August, and finding reasonably priced accommodation can be difficult if you don’t book ahead. The shoulder season runs from May to June and September to mid-October. During these months, Milos is generally less crowded and prices lower.
I wouldn’t recommend visiting Milos during the off-season (late October to April) – it’s windy and rainy, and the weather can be downright miserable. Additionally, most tour activities, accommodation rentals, and restaurants are only open seasonally, and finding a ferry can be hard.
Itinerary for Milos in Conclusion
While this Milos 3-day itinerary only scratches the surface of things to do on this stunning Greek island, I hope it comes in handy when planning your dream trip!
Well, that wraps up this Milos itinerary! Remember to check out my other Milos guides for more tips, and feel free to drop me a comment if you have any questions about visiting Milos!
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