We don’t mind admitting it we’ve got a weakness for beautiful beaches and we’re always at our happiest when we’re by the sea.

So we were delighted to discover that Milos has more beaches than you can shake a stick at. With over 70 hidden bays, rocky coves and sandy shores to explore, it boasts more than any other island in the Cyclades.

Throw into the mix, quaint classic whitewashed villages, a rich history, colourful harbourside towns and a surreal volcanic landscape; Milos is a perfect place to kick-back and discover a taste of real Greece.

Our top 5 things to do in magical Milos:

The beaches certainly are the magnet for Milos; different colours and different combinations of sand, stone and shell. The coastline is rugged, dramatic and lapped with jewel coloured waters. Paliochori, Firiplaka and Provatas Beaches were among our favourites.

Paliochori is unique due to the volcanic temperatures rising through the right end of the beach. It’s so hot that the local restaurant cooks up delicious local dishes right there in the sand.

There are pockets of warm water and hot springs all over the island that bubble out of the ocean floor, that are said to have mineral healing properties. You can enjoy natural hot baths of Lakos at Adamos and Alyki beach as well.

The beach of Provatas, also known as the golden beach, is famous for large sandy bay and emerald sea. Located in the south of the island it’s easily accessible by car and bus. Really family friendly, the sea is calm and there’s a handful of tavernas for refreshments and snacks.

Firiplaka was our family favourite on Milos - a long, sweeping sandy bay with crystal clear, calm waters. Quiet enough to spread out and find our space and there’s a small patch with umbrellas and loungers if you fancy setting up in the shade.

With so many beaches and so much variety, you’re sure to find a sandy cove, secluded bay or swimming spot to suit you.

The capital of Milos is named Plaka, an adorable town nestled high into the mountainside. Stroll through the paved labyrinth streets with picturesque alleys originally built to protect against pirates. Here you’ll find small traditional shops, tavernas and cafes and magical panoramic views over the bay of Milos. Find your way up to the old castle “Kastro” and church and settle in for a breathtaking sunset.

Pollonia is a colourful harbourside town with many restaurants, café's and shops. The girls loved exploring the old playground and discovering a giant swing on the beach. Stunning Klima is a picturesque traditional fishing village, memorable for its multicoloured fisherman's houses carved into the rocks along the shoreline. The sunset here is meant to be incredible too.

The tiny cove of Sarakiniko is really out of this world. A white beach surrounded by breathtaking white rock formations extending into the deep blue sea. You feel like you’re walking on the moon, the barren landscape is so unique and incredibly beautiful.

The girls were fascinated and loved exploring all the nooks and crannies but be warned the rocks can be slippery in places and sheer drops appear out of nowhere so keep kids close! You can also find catacombs and man-made caves on the bottom of the mountain near the beach area. There’s a tiny swimming area but we just loved lazing on the rocks and exploring the wild landscape.

If you fancy exploring the natural beauty of Milos and its dramatic coastline, you can hop onboard a boat and take a tour around the island.

One of the highlights you’ll get to see is Kleftiko - located on the far south-western tip of the island it is only accessible by boat. An old pirates’ hideout, this cove is where they would stash their stolen treasures and any tour here is full of good old pirate-y tales.

Boats depart daily from Adamas port - usually leaving mid morning and returning at sunset. You can choose half or whole island tours, both visiting several beaches including, of course, a stop-off at Kleftiko. Enjoy a good swim around this famous cove of crystal-clear seawater, featuring gigantic rock formations, caves and tunnels. With everything from skippered catamarans, private yacht cruises and traditional pirate style boats you’ll find a trip suit every budget and taste.

We stayed in the buzzing little harborside port town Adamas and loved sampling the local tavernas on offer.

From the incredible waffles and pancakes at Milors Cafe to the authentic local dishes at Mileiko - dining out was a real highlight of Adamas. Most of the food is locally grown, organic, and extremely delicious.

O Hamos (Oh Hamo) was another delightful family-friendly restaurant right on the beach. Highly recommended it is a great place to kick back for a leisurely afternoon - with two playgrounds and a trampoline the girls were in seventh heaven!

We stayed at Rigas Hotel Apartments - handily located just 10 minutes walk from Adamas centre and a short stroll to the lovely calm Papikinou beach. Set back from the road this small family-run hotel is in a lovely quiet location but still close to all the action. We had one of their quadruple apartments, a large room equipped with a small kitchen, a modern bathroom and a spacious verandah. With one of the most comfortable beds we’ve been lucky enough to stay in and black-out shutters, we all enjoyed a good night’s sleep here.

A simple breakfast buffet of delicious home-baked treats, pastries and jams certainly sets you up well for a day exploring.

From meeting us at the port to helping us decide what to do each day Christos is super helpful and offers warm, Greek hospitality to help you make the most of your time on Milos.

Buses were pretty few and far between when we visited (early June) but getting more frequent as the season ramps up. We'd certainly recommend hiring a car if you want to get out and explore the further-flung parts of the island.

Milos is truly an unforgettable experience - there is so much to discover about this island between its beautiful beaches, its unique landscape, its rich history and its friendly people. Milos is a secret getaway for those seeking an authentic Greek island to explore.

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