Where to stay in Milos: from boutique escapes in the prettiest villages to chic destinations in remote spots. Delve into the different areas in Milos and the top places to bed down in each of them with this guide.
Rumours of Milos’ charms are starting to spread, partly fuelled by TikToks showing an impossibly cerulean sea, whispers of undulating lunar landscapes carved from rock, and beaches… so many beaches.
Milos might only span an area of 150km², its size belies a diversity of landscapes and destinations of somewhere much bigger. Do you opt for the hilltop charm of the capital, Plaka, or the seaside delights of the fishing village of Pollonia? What about Adamas – the main port and arguably the liveliest place on the island?
This guide walks you through where to stay in Milos, with a breakdown of the top sights and spots in each area to help you plan your Milos trip.
Best Places to Stay in Milos
Want to take a quick peek at the best places to stay in Milos? Here are my top picks:
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|Best Overall Hotel in Milos
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|Best Spot for Sunset Views
|Most Romantic Hotel
|Domes White Coast Milos
|Best Hotel for Value Luxury
Best For: Best Overall Place to Stay in Milos
Pollonia is a picturesque fishing village located on the northeastern tip of the island, far removed from the (relative) hustle and bustle of the main port. That said, there’s still a lot to do here – with a pretty beach-side setting and lots of seafront bars and restaurants to choose from.
Named after Apollo, the god of harmony and light, this quintessentially Cycladic spot has evolved into a cool location to base yourself in during your time in the island thanks to its relaxed vibe, pretty beaches and vibrant culinary scene. A quality selection of mid-range and luxury stays only adds to the appeal.
Locals are super-friendly too, which I think is partially due to it being a little less packed than similarly large villages in the south.
- Alogomandra Beach – Beach near Pollonia that has some nice shade (which is rare), a beautiful cave, and plenty of sand to lay out on.
- Papafragas Caves – Cool area to cliff jump from or swim around the series of secluded beaches inside caves.
- Yialos Restaurant – Indoor/outdoor space with stunning sunset views and hearty plates of traditional Cycladian seafood.
Suggested Places to Stay in Pollonia
This is a brand new hotel and where I stayed on my last trip to Milos. The owner (Alex) was super hospitable and gave us a ton of recommendations for hidden gems around the island. Rooms and suites are spacious, elegantly decorated in contemporary Greek style, complemented with natural materials like woven lampshades. Many have private plunge pools too.
15 unique rooms and suites offer guests a chance to stay in a traditional Greek villa with ocean views and private spa tubs. Amenities include a Mediterranean restaurant & bar and luxury spa.
Penthouse suites are lovely, but the Honeymoon Room features a beautiful 46-metre patio overlooking the sea.
Located in the heart of the village, steps from Pollonia Beach, this luxury hotel offers on-site parking and an à la carte breakfast every day. Aside from convenience, you can really live lavishly here, with ocean-view suites that feature plunge pools on private balconies.
Best For: First-Time Visitors
If it’s your first time in Milos, Adamas (Adamantas) is a great option for your visit.
Adamas has been a nexus of seafarers and traders since ancient times. Today, it serves as the welcoming gateway to the island where the ferries from Santorini and Mykonos set sail and dock each day.
As such, it’s a good option for those looking for something a little on the livelier side, with plenty of restaurants and bars at their fingertips, and even (whisper it) some late night options during the summer months.
It’s close to the southern side of the island, which means you’re near the best beaches – like Paliochori Beach, an idyllic cove that’s home to Sirocco (a Greek restaurant where they cook the food in volcanic sand, with a side of stunning ocean views).
It’s also an area near the port with loads of hotels to choose from, along with some hidden gems just a short drive away.
Adamas sets you up with the best of Milos’s dining and bar scene, with spots like Deep Blue Beach Bar that have a lively vibe while remaining down-to-earth and accessible.
- O! Hamos! Tavern – One of the best restaurants on the island (and the queue proves it). Go for the hospitality, gorgeous courtyard patio and oh so succulent lamb that falls off the bone.
- Sea Cruise – Set sail from the main harbour on this family-run catamaran tour along the southern stretch of the island to the hidden pirate cove at Kleftiko.
- Milos Mining Museum – Cool museum that uncovers the history of mining sulfur, obsidian, and other minerals in Milos. Schedule in a self-guided hike through their Miloterranean Geo Walk program.
- Sulphur Mines – Located outside of Adamas near Volcano Luxury Suites, Thiorichia Beach is home to hillside ruins leftover from 20th-century sulphur mining.
Suggested Places to Stay in Adamas
Santa Maria Village Resort & Spa sets you up in the heart of Adamas, in comfy rooms and suites overlooking the ocean and pool, with a hot tub and cocktail service available for guests.
This is a cool high-end hotel about 15 minutes from Adamas proper, near Paliochori Beach. It has stylish touches like hardwood furniture, hand-made lampshades, and luxury linens.
Every room comes with a spa tub on a private balcony for an added touch of luxury.
This ultra-exclusive luxury rental is one of the most sought-after reservations for larger groups in Milos. The eco-friendly resort is hidden away on an orchard, with a private beach you and 9 other friends can only access from the property or by boat.
Best For: Cultural immersion and beautiful views
Plaka, Milos’ enchanting capital, is perched atop a hill with panoramic views of the Aegean. With its labyrinth of narrow, marble-paved streets and whitewashed Cycladic houses with bougainvillaea tumbling down from their flat roofs, it’s the picture of Greek island charm.
As the capital, there are a few landmarks you’ll want to make it a point to see, including the ruins of a 13th-century Venetian Castle, just below which you’ll find a beautiful Orthodox cathedral with a white–dome roof.
The price you pay for staying in this car-free haven is… some rather steep hills. I’ll warn you, you might have to carry your belongings up and down a few flights of stairs but the reward is staying in a historic village that really taps into the spirit of the Cyclades.
Because you’re perched high above the city, many of the hotels, restaurants, and bars in the area offer sunset views that rank up there with any you’ll find in Greece. Real talk. My favourite is at Utopia Caffe, just below the Venetian Castle.
Want a sunset view with a sundowner? You can bring a drink from Verina, Cocktail & Food Bar over to the Panagia Korfiatissa Church walls for an epic view.
- Venetian Castle – Take a short but sweaty walk to see the old walls of this ancient ruin in the centre of town. Go for sunrise or sunset for the best light.
- Sand Museum – A quirky museum and shop showcasing sand from beaches all over the world.
- Avli-Milos – This first-come, first-served restaurant dishes up traditional Greek food in a small space that fills up daily with locals – a sure-fire sign that it’s doing something right.
- Archaeological Museum of Milos – Museum in a neoclassical landmark that’s home to a beautiful replica of the Venus de Milos.
Suggested Places to Stay in Plaka
This hotel features studios and villas that are perfectly cosy with unfussy decor. You’ll have a full kitchen, ample space, and jaw-dropping views of the ocean and mountains on the west side of Milos.
Stay in a 2-bedroom or studio apartment in the heart of Plaka for a taste of what it’s like to live in the 19th-century village. The views are stunning, and unique design touches like bespoke driftwood headboards are charming.
This boutique property is located just south of Plaka in the ancient village of Trypiti. Rooms and suites have an old-school charm, and the property delivers in-room dining each morning for breakfast. Outside, there’s a beautiful pool with sunbeds and mountain views.
Best For: Stepping Back in Time
Close your eyes and picture yourself in the quintessential fishing village in Greece. Are you dreaming of whitewashed houses stacked side by side on the edge of the Aegean Sea? I thought so.
Klima is that village – with a neat row of snow-white houses with colourful boathouse doors welcoming visitors to step back to another era. The colours of the doors indicated which boat belonged to which hut, but now they’re pretty much all holiday rentals.
The sleepy fishing village is one of the most scenic in Milos and a perfect choice for travellers who really do want to get away from the hustle and bustle to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the sea.
It also low-key has one of the best restaurants in Milos (Astakas), and watching the sunset beams dance off the cove is an absolute must.
- Catacombs – Ancient Christian Catacombs with over 8,000 grave sites in unique arched and horizontal tombs.
- Ancient Theatre of Milos – Impressive marble Roman theatre dating as far back as 1 AD.
- Astakas – Great restaurant right by the beach. Good food and excellent sunset views; just prepare to be gently harassed by adorable cats.
Suggested Places to Stay in Klima
Stay in one of the famous waterfront boathouse buildings at this beautiful vacation rental in Klima. You’re so close to the water you can practically swim out of your accommodation, which has a beautiful kitchen, living room, and bedroom overlooking the cove.
Tucked away in the small fishing village of Schinopi just outside of Klima, this luxury boutique is an homage to the land and sea it calls home. The stone structures are small but stylish and modern, with unspoiled views of the ocean steps away.
This 3-star boutique is located just above Klima Beach and offers affordable rooms with a Greek beach house vibe. Enjoy breakfast overlooking the Aegean Sea from your full kitchen or balcony outside.
Best For: Scenic Coastline
As charming as Klima is, Mandrakia might one-up it with its immaculate white-washed village perched above the colourful boat houses tucked into the rocky volcanic shores below.
It’s a smaller village, only offering 1 restaurant (though it’s a very good one), so there isn’t any nightlife. But the volcanic cliffs and cerulean waters more than make up for the lack of food and drink options.
If you’re looking for a laid-back village with scenic ocean vistas, you can’t do any better. And while there aren’t great hotels right in town, you don’t have to go far for some of the best luxury properties on the island.
Head to the east of the village, just past the famous Sarakiniko Beach for a few choices. If you’re looking for a quiet vacation with picture-perfect scenery, Mandrakia is the village for you.
- Sarakiniko Beach – Famous “Moon Beach”, with white volcanic rocks you can jump from into the clear blue sea.
- Zoodohos Pigi – White and blue Greek Orthodox cathedral in the middle of the village.
- Medusa Restaurant – Charming restaurant right by a cove in the small village of Mandrakia. They serve up delicious Greek seafood, Milos style.
Suggested Places to Stay in Mandrakia
Located a short drive from the village of Mandrakia, this all-suite property sits between Mytakas Beach and the famous white volcanic cliffs at Sarakiniko. Each villa features bespoke design, luxury appliances, and insane patios and balconies overlooking the Aegean Sea.
If it’s luxury and style you’re after, this adults-only hotel near the rocky volcanic shores of Alogomandra Beach in Milos is where to stay. Rooms are small but effortlessly stylish, featuring private (and transparent) soaking tubs with ocean views.
Just west of Sarakiniko Beach, this 3-star property boasts budget-friendly accommodations with plenty of charm. The interior has stone walls and Edison bulbs suspended from mooring rope, which creates a natural, nautical feel. Outside, you’ll find a gorgeous outdoor pool overlooking the white volcanic coastal shores.
Tips for Your Milos Trip
What is the Best Area to Stay in Milos?
Overall, Pollonia offers the best mix of location, hotels, and things to do in a relatively quiet area with great options for food and drink.
How Do You Get Around in Milos?
While buses serve the main 7 towns and a number of the beaches, I think you do need a car to see the best of Milos. Although the island isn’t really that big, and you can get around using buses and taxis, having a car or ATV gives you access to places the buses just don’t cover.
Now that you know more about the island and the main points of interest, you can plan your trip to Milos.
Whether you want incredible dining and boutique hotels in Pollonia or a quieter coastal retreat in Mandrakia, make the most of your trip to the Cyclades Islands.
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