Best things to see and do in Milos in 3 days. Discover the island’s most famous landmarks and tourist hotspots – like Kleftiko, Plaka or Adamas – in our Milos 3-day itinerary!
This Milos 3-day itinerary is a part of our broader Cyclades Islands travel guide. We recommend you check it out for the best travel tips and the most accurate information about the archipelago, regarding transportation, hotels and restaurants for the islands of Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros and Milos.
The bearer of an absolutely unique geomorphic nature, the small island of Milos is a textbook paradise of uncommon landscapes and distinctive views. Despite its small size, Milos certainly packs a punch when it comes to things to see and do, especially when you factor in its rock formations, idyllic beaches and historical buildings, which include castles, lovely old towns, archaeological theaters and even underground catacombs. Come to think of it – maybe 3 days aren’t actually enough for such an amazing place!
That being said, if you’re on your way to Greece and looking for what to see and do in Milos in 3 days, we leave you with a detailed Milos 3-day itinerary, complete with all the tourist landmarks and points of interest you don’t want to miss.
We’ll kick things off by seeing first-hand one of Milos’ most popular online depictions. Beyond the historical sites and pristine beaches, what truly helped this island earn its spot among the Olympus of Greek tourism hotspots was the apparently extraterrestrial image of Sarakiniko. Formed by the constant movement of sea waves over the course of millions of years, this volcanic rock ended up creating a natural lagoon where tourists flock to for a day at the “beach”.
After swimming for a little bit, its time to explore the towns in northern Milos, which are simultaneously the island’s main urban areas. Let’s start with Adamas and its lovely maze of tiny streets, where you can find the Port of Milos, as well as the Milos Mining Museum (4€), which explains the island’s unique geological composition and the way its resources have been mined for centuries.
You’ll follow Adamas up with a detour to the village of Trypiti, where you must visit the Catacombs of Milos (4€). Considered one of the most special places in the Cyclades, this underground complex of tombs has been excavated almost 2000 years ago, having served as a secret cemetery and sanctuary to new Christians escaping the Roman persecution. Also in Trypiti, you can take a look at the Ancient Theatre of Milos, a small archaeological treasure built (despite its name) during the Hellenistic period.
Finally, and for the last stop of the day, this time you’ll be exploring Plaka, considered the capital of the island. Once more, the historic core and its whitewashed houses will make for an instagrammer’s wet dream! And since you’re here anyway, don’t miss out on the Castle of Plaka or the Museum of War (3€), set inside a real WWII bunker!
After a pretty busy first day, this time you will dedicate your time to doing absolutely nothing! After all, if you decided to visit the Cyclades in the first place, I’m pretty sure the archipelago’s pristine beaches had something to do with that! As such, today you’ll explore the island’s south coast, home to sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters and imposing cliffs.
Although there’s plenty to choose from, we recommend visiting three specific beaches: Firiplaka, Paliochori and Paliorema. If you’re not to keen on spending your entire day basking in the sun, the latter might sound like a pretty cool option. By far the most isolated of the three, the Paliorema Beach is located right next to an abandoned sulfur mine, whose ruins you can actually explore in-between dives.
Finally, for your last day in Milos, you’ll have the opportunity to see the island from a whole new perspective – from the water! Luckily, two of the island’s main attractions can actually only be accessed by boat, which means you can kill two birds with one stone.
That being said, and regardless of the tour you pick, you’ll at least want to make sure you’ll get to see Kleftiko, a water area filled with monumental rocks and white volcanic cliffs. On a boat, you’ll have the chance to actually cross some of these gigantic structures and appreciate their naturally carved curves and arches. Nearby, you can also ask the boat driver to navigate through the Sikia Cave, a natural structure which forms a natural pool where visitors can actually at. On the top of the cave, you’ll notice a huge hole, the result of ceiling’s collapse, many, many years ago. Honestly, it makes Sikia look even cooler!
It’s also likely that the tour will include some other secluded beaches and side activities such as snorkeling. Be that as it may, make sure these two stops are part of the itinerary!